Silicon Forest Entertainment

Portland, OR

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I've been DJing for 11 years now and my policy has been that I won't take your money if you're not completely satisfied. In 11 years, No other DJ in Portland offers that same promise. We include additional services like uplighting and custom monogram at no extra cost. When you compare our pricing to other DJs with similar service, we're usually about half the cost of the other guy.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I DJ because I love being around parties and happy couples. It's the most enjoyable job in the world. Where else do you get paid to eat cake?? :)

Location

Portland, OR 97224

Years in business

2

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

19

Reviews

16 Reviews
  • Natalie H. Apr 10, 2016
    Silicon Forest provided fun, professional and reliable DJ services to our fall wedding!
  • Danielle J. Nov 4, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Silicon Forest Entertainment DJ'd and MC'd our wedding reception on Halloween and really did a fantastic job of selecting music and keeping the flow of the night moving. Especially considering the fact we didn't really give him any direction on what we wanted or firm up the flow of the evening until just before the event, Craig did a wonderful job of reading the crowd and helping us keep everything organized and streamlined. Everyone enjoyed the music and kept dancing until we closed the place down! Couldn't have been a better Halloween-wedding mashup!
  • Jim S. Sep 27, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Silicon Forest Entertainment was incredible! He is very responsive and adaptive to the crowd. Putting on an event for college over 500 freshmen students can be difficult but he had them dancing all night. Even before doors opened he had music blaring and ended the night with a spectacular set. Thank you for everything!
  • Samantha G. Sep 13, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Craig did a phenomenal job for our wedding! He was very responsive with the planning process and made sure a detail wasn't missed. We received so many complements from our wedding guests on what a great job he did. Keep up the great work Craig!
  • Brittney B. Aug 15, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
  • Marco M. Jul 25, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Craig really couldn't have done a better Job if he tried. Our wedding was was absolutely magical thanks to the expertise of silicon forest entertainment. Cheers to you Craig, thank you! Newlyweds, Marco & Laura Murray
  • Misael N. Jul 23, 2015
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Craig was great to work with, he had a thorough questionnaire and allowed us to customize the music at our wedding down to the last note. We danced all night and could not be happier, I would definitely recommend his services.
  • Cindi B. Jul 12, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Fantastic job Craig! We all had a great time and you kept everyone dancing! Highly recommended!
  • Amanda A. Jun 21, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    We enjoyed working with Craig, and he did an awesome job the day of the wedding! Thank you again!
  • Sarah M. Jun 17, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    I was very impressed with Craig Kraus, his involvement with my parents 25th Wedding Anniversary was very helpful and professional. He played what my parents requested, and made the event fun and memorable, we just had a blast. Yes I would most definitely hired him and highly recommend him.
  • Denver P. Apr 7, 2015
    Not only is Craig always up on the latest music trends and technology; not only is he charming, empathetic, professional and accommodating, he is capable. he's the most capable DJ/event/AV pro in town. He has more experience than the next four DJ's you will find on this or any other site. He's seen it all, and rolled with every possible event contingency, and he's prepared for the next one. The best part is, he will play the part of lonely creepy old man leering at your bridesmaids (he's happily married and a father of two). Best DJ ever. Best wedding ever. We had more fun than we deserved thanks to this man.
    Craig K. Apr 7, 2015

    3 kids actually... and I'll keep the leering to a minimum :) Thanks for the kind words Denver!

  • Kaitlin K. Mar 31, 2015
    As a weddings and events coordinator, having faith in the vendors you recommend to your brides and clients is HUGE. Craig was one of the few names that I consistently recommended to anyone who was in search of a great DJ for their event, whether it be for a wedding or other special occasion or event. He is easy to work with, delivers a great product, and really puts the client first. His song selections were always some of my favorites. I'd find myself secretly Shazaming songs when I could sneak it in. I love that he made each event original and didn't just throw on a predictable playlist that guests hear at every other event they attend. He really keeps the atmosphere vibrant and exciting so you can sit back and actually enjoy your event vs worrying about if everyone is having a good time. I couldn't recommended a better choice for your DJing needs. Craig is one of the best out there!
    Craig K. Apr 7, 2015

    We appreciate the unique review Kaitlin! Likewise, Kaitlin was an excellent wedding planner and coordinator and her events always went off without a hitch. -Craig

  • Charles B. Mar 31, 2015
    Craig has DJ'd four events for me, two Sweet Sixteen parties, and two weddings. All four were exceptional and a lot of fun. The sound was great, he was extremely professional, and we wish he was still in the Phoenix area for our future events. I highly recommend Silicon Forest Entertainment!
  • Alex B. Mar 27, 2015
    Craig is fantastic! My first experience with him as a DJ was at my 16th birthday party. It was by far the best Sweet 16 out of all my friends! Four years later he DJ'ed at my wedding. I couldn't have been happier with him! There was nonstop dancing at both events, and Craig knows exactly what kind of music to play to make people have a good time. He has a great music selection, and at the wedding he did a great job of letting people know when different events were going on such as throwing the bouquet and cutting the cake and had the perfect music playing to go along with all of it. You will never be disappointed with Craig as your DJ.
  • Demie A. Mar 23, 2015
    Craig is very talented, nice, and fun. He is excellent and I highly recommend him to others!
  • Shayla H. Mar 23, 2015
    Craig turned our reception into a full-blown dance party! He has awesome taste in music and offered many helpful suggestions as well as played everything that we requested. His equipment is state of the art and sounds great. I would highly recommend him. He was so easy to work with and professional.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We like to meet once in person to give you a chance to meet your DJ and make sure the personality is a match. We'll go over general timelines and music during that initial meeting and then the rest of the planning can usually be done via our custom planning documents provided over email once the deposit has been paid.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I subscribe to various podcasts and YouTube channels for professional DJs in order to stay in tune with the latest trends in weddings, parties, and mixing styles. I'm also an avid Spotify/Pandora/iTunes Radio junkie. I'm constantly on the lookout for good new music.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Yes! Our weddings start at $600 (Weekdays) and $700 (weekends) for 4 hours. Additional hours are $100 each. Weekend rates may fluctuate based on the month. Peak wedding season is June-September. Our flat rate pricing includes all services: -Ceremony Sound Support w/ up to 2 Wireless Microphones -Intelligent Dance Floor Lighting that chases the music. -Fog (if wanted) to enhance the dance floor lighting -Atmospheric uplighting (Up to 16 Lights) -1080p Projector w/ Portable 72” Screen -Custom Monogram
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I sort of inherited the business from my mentor back in 2004. I stumbled into it but it's been a pretty fulfilling side job ever since.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We specialize in weddings, but we also perform for corporate events, birthday parties, charity events, quinceaneras, and High School dances.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure you meet your DJ in person to make sure the personality will be a match for the type of event you're looking to hire him for. There's quite a few different types of DJs out there. Not all of them are ideal for weddings.