Slable

Woodbridge, VA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

We provide both lighting and music to our clients. We also provide a virtually unlimited database of music to the guests and hosts of all events. Our focus is keeping the client happy, and the event running smoothly, and we are quite accommodating.

Location

Woodbridge, VA 22191

Background check

Complete

Years in business

13

Number of employees

15

Times hired on Thumbtack

171

Reviews

81 Reviews
  • Marieke K. Nov 17, 2016
    Solid choice for wedding DJ and uplighting. Ran our event smoothly and professionally
    Working with Slable entertainment was great. We booked DJ Romin and paid a little extra for uplighting in our reception tent to make it look more festive. Karl was very prompt in answering emails and questions before our big day and helped us plan our event so that it all ran smoothly. The uplighting was definitely worth it -- made the venue look so dreamy and it was fun during the dancing too to have different lighting effects. We were on a tight time line up until our photographers left so it was essential to have an emcee who knows how to run a show and control the crowd. With the help of DJ Romin, we were on time and feeling relaxed and happy. Slable / Romin found all the songs we wanted (and we asked for some pretty obscure ones) and ensured that everyone danced the night away! We had a great experience with this vendor!
  • Allie S. Nov 7, 2016
    Highly recommended!
    We are so happy we went with Slable for our recent wedding at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens! I have to admit I was a little hesitant to even contact them when I was searching for a DJ because their prices were SO much lower than other local options. I am very happy I went with them, because while they're prices are low, they deliver high quality DJ/MC services! During the weeks leading up to the wedding, the staff was so attentive, responsive, and helpful. They were truly my most pleasant vendor to work with. My husband and I were thrilled with them at our wedding, as were our guests. They used the playlist and notes I gave them to perfectly tailor the entertainment for the night. There were oldies for everyone to enjoy, and plenty of new music/90s throwbacks for those that stuck around for the dancing long after dinner. We have already recommended Slable to engaged friends and would recommend them without hesitation to anyone in the area looking for a great DJ at a great value! Thanks for helping make our wedding wonderful!
  • Jaclyn E. Oct 18, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    probably not again
    Karl didn't play any songs requested, he was silent on the Mic and I specifically asked for a vocal dj.
    Karl S. Oct 20, 2016

    We are really sorry to hear that you were disappointed with our services, Jaclyn. We have made numerous attempts to get in contact with you and offer you a refund but we have not heard back via email or phone. Please call our office at 703-445-3391 so that we can assist you further. We spoke with your DJ and he informed us that you asked to change several of the pre-arranged special dance songs (i.e. first dance, father/daughter dance, etc) after the wedding had already began. The new songs you wanted us to use were not in our library and because there was no Internet or cell phone service at the venue, we were unable to download any new music while at the venue. We are always happy to accommodate last minute requests if possible, but unfortunately in this case we would have needed to know about the song changes earlier that morning and not after the wedding had already started. Each of our DJs has a different personality and Karl is considered friendly and upbeat, but still professional and not overbearing. It appears as if you chose him specifically when you were booking with us even though his style was explained to you and you met with him prior to booking. We apologize that his style did not line up with what you were looking for and we have attempted to get in contact with you so that we can discuss this. We would really appreciate if you could please reach out to us instead of continuing to leave negative reviews on multiple websites without returning our phone calls or emails when we are trying to help make amends.

  • Nicole B. Oct 8, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Kumi Wedding Review
    Unbelievable!!! Karl was truly amazing and listened to and attended to ourevey need and requests!! The dance floor was popping all night long and people commented on the selection of music as well as his energy and involvement in the ceremony!!! We couldn't have asked for anymore!! Thank you Karl, I we give you ten thumbs up- a strong recommendation for anyone else in the future!! You're a rockstar, your organization, communication and delivery through the whole process was smooth and worry free!! You are a true professional!!
  • Jennifer G. Sep 27, 2016
    Wow! The BEST Customer Service!
    I was going to hire the DJ who performed at my sister's wedding because he did a really good job and everyone danced the entire night and it sounded like some hot club in Miami, but I was nervous because he took forever to respond to emails and calls when I contacted him. I started getting quotes from other DJ's and I was referred to Slable via a friend. When I emailed Slable the first time, Karl (the manager) responded in under 5 minutes. Every email I sent him afterwards he responded in under 30 minutes no matter the time of day or day of the week. I have never seen a company provide customer service like this before and I had a really good feeling about it so I hired them. On our wedding day we had Nick and Dean as our DJ's. They were both professional, friendly, and took the time to clearly explain everything to us and make sure we were staying on time. All of our guests danced and enjoyed themselves. We had a lot of people telling us that they loved our music selection even though it was actually Slable that came up with it and not us! We were worried we wouldn't know what our guests wanted to hear since we like less mainstream music so we asked them to create the playlist and they did a great job. One thing I didn't like is I thought they would be mixing and scratching songs together like DJ's do in the club but it sounded more like what you hear on the radio instead. The only other thing I didn't like was that at the end of the night after the wedding the DJ's left without saying anything to us and we didn't even know they left. I thought this was kind of rude rude which is why I took off a star on my review. We would have appreciated if they had just checked out with us since we were still hanging around helping to pack up decorations. Karl made up for it though by emailing us at 7am the next morning to say thank you for hiring them and he wished my husband and I a happy future together. Their gift basket also showed up on our doorstep a month later which was also a really nice surprise. This company puts customer service as their number one priority and I promise you won't regret hiring them.
    Karl S. Sep 27, 2016

    Thanks for the kind words Jennifer! That is great that you really appreciated our customer service skills. We wanted to touch on two points that you mentioned though: - Usually wedding DJs are not club DJs and as a result you don’t get the same type of elaborate mixing/scratching performance. A standard wedding DJ will perform a minimal amount of mixing so there is a good flow between songs. While we have the ability to provide a club style DJ since one of our staff members used to be a club DJ, it is something that has to be discussed upfront since we only have one DJ who is capable of it. We are really sorry that we didn’t know this in advance otherwise we could have sent a different set of DJs to your wedding! - We are so sorry that our employees left without saying goodbye or informing you that they were leaving after they had broken down the equipment! We will be sure to speak with them about this situation because that is not company policy. We accept full responsibility for this mistake!

  • Lauren W. Sep 27, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Okay
    Great responsiveness but the day of we were told we would have two djs instead we had one. Also none of the songs on my request list were played. And we asked for current music. We did not get current music at all.
    Karl S. Sep 27, 2016

    We would like to note that prior to posting this response we reached out to the client and offered a partial refund since she was unsatisfied with our services. The client declined, not accepting our offer to make amends and remedy the situation. Thanks for taking the time to review us on Thumbtack, Lauren! We are happy to hear that you appreciated our responsiveness since our one-hour response guarantee is something we take very seriously. That being said we are sad to hear that you were not completely satisfied with our services. We were unaware that you were unsatisfied because your fiancé Michael gave us a very generous tip at the end of the night while we were packing up and said we were great. He also then emailed us the day after the wedding and said verbatim: "We appreciate everything you did for us! We will be glad to post a positive review!" We will address the specific concerns you mentioned in your review below: 1. To shed light on your first concern about two DJs instead of one, this is a very rare scenario for us because normally two DJs are at each wedding. We alerted your fiancé the week of your wedding that we were incredibly short staffed that week because two employees were out sick and another employee left our company the week prior, and he said it wasn't a problem and that it didn't matter. We told him that if the other DJ scheduled for your wedding came back to work that week, she would definitely be there at your wedding. He said again not to worry about it. As it turned out, she was still not feeling well on the day of your wedding and did not work that day. As we explained to your fiancé in advance, your wedding was a standard music-only reception and the second DJ was not crucial nor would it affect our performance/quality/setup. All of this being said, we do not guarantee that two DJs will be at each wedding and this is NOT part of the contract, rather we just schedule two DJs to attend each wedding (and they almost always do, 99% of the time). This way if one or the other is sick or unable to attend at the last minute, there is no frantic rush or panic to change schedules since one person will still show up. We do apologize for the confusion though, as we thought both of you were already aware of and okay with the fact that only one DJ would be showing up since we mentioned it to your fiancé a few days before the wedding. 2. As for your concern about us not playing your playlist and not playing recent/current music, you actually did not provide us with any sort of playlist nor was there any indication that you only wanted recent/current music, but even so we actually did play a bit of current music all throughout the evening. All you provided to us was a timeline of events with the specific songs (i.e. first dance, father/daughter dance, etc) as well as preferred artists for dinner and cocktail hour music which we followed exactly. When we emailed you prior to the wedding and asked for a dancing playlist and do not play list, all you responded with was that we shouldn't play line dances. In looking at the song selections you used on the timeline for the specific events, the majority of them are older songs so we assumed that you preferred older music. It wasn't until very late in the wedding (less than 30 minutes remaining) when you came up to us and asked if we could play more recent songs, at which point we immediately changed the format as per your request. When we played newer songs earlier in the wedding, we had numerous guests (including one of your parents) come up to us and say that they didn't want to hear newer music and that we should stick to the older songs. When we are not provided with a dancing playlist from the bride/groom we have to use our judgment and play the type of music which seems to be getting the most people dancing as well as use your guests' feedback. We actually did have one very intoxicated guest come up to us asking for newer music but he was both verbally abusive and physically pushed/slapped our DJ multiple times, so he seemed to be an outlier from the rest of your guests. He was the only person during your wedding who complained about us not playing enough recent music until we heard from you 30 minutes before your wedding was over. Without any feedback from the bride/groom it is very difficult for us to know whether or not you like the music if you and the rest of your guests are dancing and seem to be enjoying themselves on the dance floor.

  • Jack L. Sep 4, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Great Wedding DJ
    Karl was great, he was courteous, professional, and organized, and his experience really helped us in the process of planning our ceremony and reception.
  • Albert L. Aug 29, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    We hired Slable for our DJ/MC needs at our reception and could not be happier with everything they did! Communication was quick and friendly with responses that came back well within 24 hours. During the day of the wedding, Slable was extremely flexible with our last minute asks and made sure the night went smoothly. We also requested uplights and a spotlight; both of which elevated the venue and made things look great. Most importantly, they got people on the dance floor! We received many compliments on the music and guests of all ages were dancing throughout the night! Overall, we could not be happier with the value and excellence of service provided by Slable!
  • Jay F. Aug 29, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    We booked Slable for our ceremony sound and DJ w/ emcee services during our wedding reception. They were prompt with answering questions before our big day. On the wedding day, everything was set up on time and all of the equipment worked properly. Our ceremony service and our vows were heard clearly by all of our 150 guests. Our guests enjoyed dancing all night long during our reception and the emceeing was great. These guys are dependable and they did a good job on our wedding.
  • Megan K. Aug 24, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl and his staff were very professional and prompt while working with me for my wedding. Guests loved the music that was played and had a great time! Thanks Slable for your outstanding work our day will always be remembered and you played a large role in that! Thank you!
  • Leslie P. Aug 8, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    We hired Slable to DJ our organization's awards banquet dinner & dance, and couldn't be happier. They arrived early, set up quickly, and were very friendly and professional. Great selection of music for both the dinner and dance portions of the evening. I would definitely recommend them to others, and would hire them again.
  • Bill B. Jul 18, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl and his team did a wonderful job with our wedding! They ran sound for our ceremony and kept the party hopping at the reception. Great experience!
  • Rebecca B. Jul 16, 2016
    Slable did a wonderful job as our wedding DJ. They were processional and easy to work with before and during our big day. They provided us with exactly what we asked for, and seemed excited to do it. Would highly recommend!
  • Sarah L. Jun 6, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl and his team are very professional. They were all setup when we arrived and had taken care of all of the details. They did a great job at the reception. They played all the right music for us. They were friendly to my guests. If I needed to adjust anything during the reception they were very flexible. If you're looking for a good DJ, I recommend them. I didn't have to worry about anything. They played the songs we requested and kept the crowds happy on the dance floor. They were prepared for anything by providing to DJs to keep the party going.
  • Diane W. Jun 5, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    DJ at our daughters wedding reception: Outstanding job from start to finish. Karl is very professional and personable; he kept the reception moving. We were contacted several times to assure the details were correct. He was fantastic with the announcements and music selection. Setup and delivery was perfect. I would highly recommend Slable.
  • Daniel K. Jun 4, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    I can't say enough on how good a job Karl and his team did for our wedding. He made the whole process so easy and was real quick to reply if I had any questions. The services offered and rendered for the price was phenomenal! Would absolutely recommend them to anyone.
  • Nancy R. Jun 1, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Very reliable, professional and easy to work with. Karl walked us through the process and paid careful attention to timing issues that we could have had, but he prevented. The style/choice of music was perfectly matched to the events and timing of the reception. the pace of the music was done well too. I am very critical of music at receptions. It can make or break a wedding memory. I had nothing but a positive experience at my daughters reception and would highly recommend Slable for any event.
  • Charlie T. May 22, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
  • Jason H. May 14, 2016
    We used Slable DJ services for our wedding in Woodbridge, VA. Karl was the easiest of all our vendors to get in touch with and did a great job of tailoring his services to fit our needs. We had beautiful uplighting that was provided by Slable for our reception. We also were mic'd for our ceremony so that all of the guests could hear everyone. Karl also provided us with a really good reception outline and gave us some tips for pacing the reception. He played pretty much every song that we listed during our reception and was responsive to guest requests. Our guests were dancing the entire night. For the service provided and the cost I really don't think that Slable can be beat in this area. We were very happy.
  • Ginnie Q. May 9, 2016
    We are so pleased with Slable for DJ and uplighting services. They went out of their way to make sure our guests were entertained, and to make sure that all of our requests were honored. We would definitely recommend Slable for all entertainment needs!
  • Charlie D. May 3, 2016
    Karl Stallknecht did a great job as the DJ for our daughter's wedding. He kept the action moving at every phase of the wedding reception/dinner and made sure the focus stayed on the newlyweds. He also used a wonderful sound system that did not overpower the audience, which was much appreciated. Many guests stayed and danced until the party ended. Strongly recommend him for your wedding plans.
  • Emily B. May 2, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl the manager was amazing. My wedding was on my husband's grandparents' family farm in Manassas, VA. We were worried about electricity as we rented a tent and were using the house as a power source. Karl provided information about wattage, generators, extension cords and anything and everything else we asked about. He was personable and responded to our questions promptly. Romin was my DJ and we met with him about a month beforehand. We showed him our playlist, discussed what we wanted and the general time frame. He provided suggestions about reception coordination that my husband and I hadn't thought of before and it ended up making our reception so much smoother. Romin had a great energy with the crowd, he was open minded and respectful of our wishes. I explained to Romin how my father (who is on oxygen and has cancer) wanted to dance with me on my wedding. My dad also wanted to do a surprise dance with my sister since he will not be around to see her married in the future. However my dad's breathing condition varied from day to day and I told Romin the dances might not happen as they were contingent on my dad's health. We couldn't determine if my dad's breathing was good enough for the dances until about 10 minutes beforehand. If my dad's breathing was too bad, we would scrap the dances and act as if we weren't doing them. We explained all of this to Romin and he was so encouraging and was completely prepared for either plan. Moreover, when my dad was able to dance with me and surprise my sister with a dance, he made the announcements and transitions flawlessly along with playing all the right songs at exactly the right time. Slable was reliable, dependable, a great price and I never felt like I had to worry about anything and could just enjoy myself at my wedding. They made my wedding day so much more special by helping my dad have those special dances with his daughters. I highly recommend them.
  • Patrick K. Apr 24, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    no issue. great service. highly recommend
  • Joanne B. Nov 28, 2015
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl did an awesome job! My daughter's Sweet 16 turned out great! Very professional and dedicated! Would highly recommend Slable!
  • Jessy G. Nov 13, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    I would highly recommend hiring a DJ company with equipment protection instead of Slable. I assumed all companies had some protection, since some companies mentioned it in their quotes. A laptop got damaged at our wedding and we had to pay an additional $1200 after the wedding to get it fixed. I assumed we would be liable for some sort of deductible like most people have on their phones, not over 1k. I wish I had done more research and looked into the contract more closely when before we booked this company. We also had some issues with the MOH's mic cutting out during her speech and the reader had to use our officiant's mic during the ceremony because his didn't work. I will say the the music he played was great, our guests had a great time. Karl was professional to work with and Slable was one of the cheapest quotes I got. They also provided a second system for our outdoor ceremony at no additional costs. So, if your willing to roll the dice on anything happening to the expensive DJ equipment, then it wouldn't be a bad way to go.
    Karl S. Nov 20, 2015

    Thanks for taking the time to review us on Thumbtack, Jessy! We are happy to hear that you were generally pleased with the overall performance of our staff and that your guests enjoyed themselves. That being said, we will address your concerns below: - As clearly stated in our contract, our clients are responsible for damage they cause themselves to any of our equipment. In this situation, you (the bride) spilled your drink on one of our MacBook Pro laptops. Technically our contracts states that a replacement piece of equipment must be paid for (roughly $2,000 for the laptop in question) but we offered you the option of only paying for the $1,200 repair that Apple quoted us even though this meant that the laptop would no longer be under warranty due to liquid damage. We are sorry to hear that you were under the impression that you would only owe an insurance deductible. We are not an insurance company and do not provide insurance policies to our clients. An insurance policy is something you would have had to purchase through a third party company as general wedding liability protection for any of your vendors. This is a service that some couples will voluntarily/independently choose to sign up with and some venues require, but it is completely unrelated to DJ services and it is not something we are involved with at any point. - Your maid of honor's microphone was having intermittent issues during her toast/speech due to the fact that the DJ setup was located in a different room than where she was making the speech from. On average wireless microphones can only travel 250ft if there is line of sight, or 75ft if there are walls and other objects in the way. In this case there were 3 concrete walls separating us and about 100ft. We voiced this concern to your day-of coordinator when we arrived at the venue to setup but was told that nothing could be done about it. Had we known this in advance we would have brought an additional DJ setup with us to accommodate. - The reader during your ceremony accidentally switched his microphone off while it was in his pocket. We generally recommend that microphone stands are used during the ceremony to prevent this potential problem, but after we initially setup a stand your officiant asked us to remove it and just give the microphone directly to the reader to put in his pocket. We apologize for the inconvenience but are glad that your officiant was able to lend her microphone to your reader so that he was still heard.

  • Brandon B. Nov 1, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Slable was hired for DJ service for our wedding. From the start, they were all very helpful and nothing needed improvement from our point of view. Our contact was available to us at all hours of the day...I mean all! We were emailing back forth at 6-7 am and even as late as 11 pm. For the date of the wedding, they were there, set up, and ready to go, even when we were running 30 minutes early! This was an absolute great experience from planning to wedding day. I would highly recommend them for anyone who is looking for DJ services.
  • Alexandra Z. Oct 27, 2015
    We were married at Black Walnut Point Inn in Oct 2015. It was an outdoor ceremony and reception. The whole team was great. They played all the songs we requested, and everything went smoothly. The DJ really acted as an MC for the wedding, so I didn't have to think about anything. Great experience!
  • Mary K. Oct 24, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Slable did such a wonderful job at our August wedding. They put so much detail into every part of the day, from the ceremony to the reception! For an outdoor ceremony, they managed the sound perfectly and the music selections were a great match for our theme of country chic. The timeline of the wedding moved the night through seamlessly and they put careful thought into which songs were played through out the evening. We felt so lucky that we chose them.
  • Drew M. Oct 15, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Slable did a very good job for our wedding and reception. The staff was polite, friendly, and on-time. Communication throughout the process was good. Only issue was some music timing during the ceremony. Music during the ceremony and DJ interactions were great!
  • Wayne H. Sep 24, 2015
    We were fortunate enough to employ Slable to manage the entertainment for our wedding in July 2015. From the very first conversation, we knew were in very capable hands. Slable gave us very good recommendations, but in the end, they allowed us to personalize this experience in every aspect. We wanted all of our guests to feel a part of the wedding, so we requested they submit songs to be played at the reception and Slable took the music and created a playlist. They took our ideas and their knowledge and the end product was spectacular. From the very first conversation to the last contact before the wedding, they were available to us by phone; when we got nervous and had questions, they were extremely patient with us and never made us feel as though we were a bother. This was the most important day in our collective lives and they honored that and added to the joy we experienced. Even when at the last minute I decided to sing to the love of my life, Slable did not miss a step in helping me to choose the music and orchestrate the timing; it was amazing!!!! Everyone spoke of how seamless the process was. I've never worked with anyone as committed to the success of an event as Slabe. Thank you guys for a job well done!
  • Shannon Dailey B. Sep 22, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    DJ Slable did a good job; through inclement weather, and other circumstances they provided great service, and kept the crowd happy.
  • Jon S. Aug 4, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    We couldn't be happier with our experience with Slable Entertainment. Karl (Slable CEO) was fantastic from the start. The crew at Slable were very thorough and meticulous about every detail. We had Romin DJ our wedding and my wife and I couldn't say enough good things about his positive attitude and professionalism. I was told by my father-in-law that he even stayed and helped pick up after the reception. Thank you Karl and Romin for providing such great service and helping make our wedding such a special day! -- Jonathan & Alison
  • Ana S. Jul 27, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Very professional. I liked the music selection that they did in addition to songs we specified. There was a short pause before music started for our first dance, but they got back on track very quickly. Uplighting was very beautiful. Overall, I would highly recommend them.
  • Stephen S. Jun 29, 2015
    I used Slable for my wedding and I could not have enough great things to say about the experience and level of customer service their team provided me and my wife with. There were a few emergency situations during the reception and my Slable rep took immediate action and took any worry off of my wife and I. I cannot thank you guys enough!!!
  • Kristine B. Jun 28, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Slable was amazing to work with. They were professional, courteous, and actually fun to plan with. They asked for my input every step of the way, to how I wanted everything set up, to the playlist, to even helping me set up a timeline for the reception (something I was absolutely dreading.) On the day of, they were right on time, were nice to the guests, and checked in with me to make sure it was okay to move on to the next event (cake cutting, etc.) so that we weren't cut short on anything we were doing. I HIGHLY recommend them!
  • Brett W. Jun 7, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Great service for a great value. These guys bend over backwards to make your event as perfect as you could ever expect. We definitely recommend them for any occasion after their amazing job on our wedding!
  • Kelly L. Jun 7, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Slable provided DJ, MC, and uplighting services for our May 2015 wedding. Just as a reference point we are a mid-twenties couple and they did a fantastic job of sticking to our playlists and taking on guest requests. They were professional and easy to work with; they went the extra mile to ensure that all names were prounounced correctly and they made a valiant attempt at keeping the reception timeline on track. We would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for for DJ services!
  • Joyce T. Jun 6, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    They were great and very very professional. We had never hired a DJ before and Slable took our wishes seriously and asked us all the right questions. It was great.
  • Patrick M. May 10, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    We used Slable for DJ and up-lighting services and they were one of our most responsive and responsible vendors for our wedding. Our wedding was in DC at the Carnegie Institution for Science. Slable took the time to meet us before making a decision and during a venue walk-through (we wanted to be sure they were comfortable with the acoustics and high ceilings). The team was very professional and the value/cost relative to local DC DJ & lighting providers was much better with Slable. The team really worked with us regarding the lighting and DJ setup and were able to accommodate on-the-spot lighting color changes during setup in the dining room from our original choice. Throughout the night many of our guest were commenting how much they loved the music and Slable kept the party going until the very end. I strongly recommend the Slable team for your wedding.
  • Corrina L. May 4, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl from Slable was fantastic! I had many questions and clarifications along the way, but he was more than happy to answer them all and work closely with us for our wedding. He made 100% sure that everything was correct (song choices, how to pronounce the entire bridal party's names) and checked in with us during the reception to make sure everything was going well. Many of our guests complimented him very highly to us as well. I couldn't be happier with how wonderful of a job Karl did and would highly recommend him!
  • David S. Mar 24, 2015
    AV Equipment Rental for Events
    Verified Review
    Amazing company and the price couldn't be beaten by anyone else. Not only did I get an amazing subwoofer, but an extremely knowledgable technician who delivered it, set it and ran a sound check and hauled it away at the end of the event!!! I highly recommend Karl and his company for your future events!!!
  • Dara M. Dec 9, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Our company had booked Slable to DJ our Holiday Party this year. Karl was helpful and accommodating from day one. He was very quick to responding to any question and concern I had, 24/7. The process to book was timely and professional, which is very reassuring when it comes to a corporate business event. He arrived early with his staff to set up prior and went with anything we had requested throughout the entire night. Karl did a great job of keeping everything on track in between our scheduled events as well. We all had a wonderful evening, and will definitely hope he is available to assist us again next year. I highly recommend Slable for any event you may need a DJ for.
  • Debora P. Oct 28, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Slable did a great job as DJ for my daughter's wedding. They arrived on time and kept the party going. They didn't play certain things my daughter had asked for but they read the crowd really well and kept people of all ages on the dance floor. I would definitely hire them for any event! They were great!
  • Donna W. Oct 22, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    We used Slable to DJ/emcee our wedding on 10/19/14. Karl was extremely helpful. From the first meeting when he detailed their very low rates and what they offer, to keeping us on track for what was due to him when so that he could be sure he had every song we wanted, to emcee'ing our games and dances, he did a fantastic job. He had suggestions for games we wanted, and ways to get the guests to participate. He was on time, set up and ready to go, with all the songs we had requested. He had the wedding reception timeline and did a great job of keeping everything on track so that we had time to enjoy what was going on. He was always very responsive, within 24 hours, for any questions or concerns I had. I highly recommend Slable for your entertaining/DJ needs.
  • Joanna V. Oct 20, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl and his assistant were terrific! He provided lighting as well as music and microphones for speeches and toasts. Everything went off without a hitch. They kept the flow going and the music running to the point where I had guests wanting to stay past our cut-off time. In the end, I would gladly recommend and/or hire Karl for future events. Thanks Karl!!!
  • Tara S. Oct 7, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    We used Slable to DJ at our wedding Oct. 2014. Karl was great to work with, always quick to respond to questions and willing to work with you with any concerns. Romin, who was our specific DJ was fun, did a really good job of cross-fading one song to the next and even did some song mixing. The only reason I gave a 4 out of 5 is we wished he had played a bit more of our specific playlist. He did keep people dancing and having fun though!
    Karl S. Oct 7, 2014

    Thanks for the review Tara! We are really delighted about you enjoying your interaction with our responsive team members and we also are happy that you enjoyed DJ Romin's energy. I apologize for the fact that not all of your songs may have gotten played throughout the evening. After speaking with Romin he informed me that there was simply not enough time to get through all of them that you provided. We apologize for this, but are glad that you were happy in the end.

  • Vicki W. Sep 29, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    I would have given 5 stars if the Bride's name was used for the first dance. While I realize that mistakes happen, that's a big one for a wedding event. Other than that, every thing went off very well. The up lighting was beautiful, the music was wonderful and the DJs were professional in dress and manner. The price was very reasonable.
    Karl S. Sep 29, 2014

    Thanks for taking the time to review us on Thumbtack Vicki! We are happy to hear that you were pleased with our staff's performance and that everything went well. That being said, I am sorry to hear that you were upset that your daughter's first name was not used for introducing her prior to the first dance. Typically we are more formal and introduce people by their last name instead of their first name (e.g. Mrs. Smith instead of just Suzy). This is something that can be customized and decided upon during planning though.

  • Heather A. Aug 11, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl was VERY detail oriented both during the planning phases and during the event as well. He and his team were prompt and courteous. Most importantly, our guests thoroughly enjoyed the music that he played. We all danced (even those that typically don't) and had a fabulous time! Thanks Karl!
  • Jennifer E. Aug 1, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    DJ Karl and team deliver! Karl is organized, thorough, and responsive. He has state of the art equipment and knows how to use it. Our wedding and reception were simple and focused on celebrating our love - we didn't want to get caught up in the details. We told Karl what we wanted, and he ran with it delivering far more than we had hoped. The package was very straight forward and inclusive - Karl included amplification of the ceremony, lovely up-lighting in the reception hall, master of ceremony, and of course, great music. Our guests wore out the dance floor! Our city venue shared a street with a concert the day of our wedding creating parking challenges and other logistical obstacles. Karl stayed in communication, had a plan, and arrived early to avoid any issues - all while maintaining the utmost professionalism. Finally, Slable's prices cannot be beat, especially for the quality of service! Fair warning, I doubt their prices will stay low for long - Slable is a great company and worth the investment! We highly recommend Karl/Slable without any reservation!
  • Peggy T. Jul 27, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl and Josh the djs at my wedding did an outstanding job! They engaged my guests with dancing they were very accommodating and they kept the party moving and a lot of fun. I would highly recommend them.
  • Rebecca G. Jul 10, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    My husband and I hired Karl for our wedding. Karl was very easy to work with and quick to respond to our many requests. He was very flexible with the music choice and was even able to get some specific Peruvian songs for us. He kept our reception going for the entire 5 hours and everyone loved the music!
  • Lisa A. Jun 30, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Working with Karl was amazing. He was very professional and his attention to detail was superb. We are so happy we chose Slable for our DJ and Videography services for our wedding day!
  • Brooke T. Jun 16, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl and his staff were very professional. They did a great job at our reception and everyone had a great time! I would recommend Slable for your wedding reception or any event for that matter! Thanks again Karl!
  • Stacey H. Jun 4, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl was very helpful and make our wedding day stress free:)
  • Jillian D. May 29, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl was one of the first to contact me on my search for a DJ. He was enthusiastic, professional and very deliberate when it came to ensuring I felt confident with him and his team. I needed him for a Naval Academy graduation party (not in my hone town) which demanded a lower key approach (vs. a wedding). Karl and his team were a hit with all the grads and families that attended. Karl knew intuitively what songs to play and when. Initially when I suggested a DJ to my son (who was graduating) he was not a huge fan of the idea. At the end of the evening, he and all his buddies let me know what a hit Karl was. Karl and his choice of music were the highlight of the evening. Everyone was on the dance floor, including my 90 year old mother (go figure). In closing, Karl stayed in contact consistently with me up unitl "grad day". His professionalisn and delivery grad night were above bar. I highly recommend karl for his professionalism, depth of music knowledge, ability to gauge the audience and his overall rapport. GREAT EVENING, GREAT DJ!
  • Margaret H. May 21, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl was one of our favorite vendors! The DJ service he provided was a great value, but we recieved spectacular service. Karl was on top of every detail for the wedding. He was always prompt in his responses ( I think the slowest response was 17 minutes after our inquiry), and detail oriented. His team was professional on they day of the wedding, and several guests commented on how good the DJ was! I would 100% recommend hiring Slable.
  • Katie M. May 21, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Slable was excellent to work with! We'd had a poor experience with the DJ we booked initially, so we were relieved when we found Karl from Slable. Not only did Slable act at the DJ, they also played the role of Master of Ceremonies and as a "day of" coordinator to help keep the wedding on track. They put a great deal of effort into your event in the weeks leading up which made the whole experience that much better. These guys are great! Our wedding was a blast because of them!
  • Margaret T. Apr 27, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Slabe (Karl Stallknecht) was absolutely fabulous! Karl was SO courteous, so professional, so on time, and his quality was tip-top as well, plus his prices were much more reasonable than other DJ's we looked into; we were so glad we hired Slable and would recommend them (and actually already have!) to anyone desiring a top-notch DJ with a great price to-boot! I will add he also did a wonderful job orchestrating and serving as MC for the reception, he really made the whole process easy, well done Karl!
  • Chadrick S. Apr 14, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl did a great job DJing our wedding! He was great communicating with my bride and I from the start until the finish! He was on point and met all of our needs! Definately worth the money! We highly recommend SLABLE!
  • Colleen D. Apr 13, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    We booked Slable for my daughter's sweet 16 and I couldn't be more pleased. From the moment I sent an inquiry for information, to the actual event, this company went beyond what I had expected. Complete customer service, prompt responses, and excellent dj service! My daughter had a wonderful time and this was due in no small part to Slable!
  • Larisa A. Mar 12, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    We LOVED Karl and Slable Entertainment! Karl is just a great guy with many talents, and he had such a great personality! In addition to being very professional and detail oriented, Karl was very responsive to all communications from us and he took the time to meet with us and to have phone conferences as needed. Slable Entertainment really provided us with an excellent experience at our wedding reception. The quality of their equipment is fantastic, and the music they played was such a perfect balance of classy, fun, sassy, upbeat...it was just a blast! I also really like how structured Slable is as it concerns booking, payment, scheduling, etc. They have a very detailed and useful website that is thoughtfully organized to provide the maximum information. I spent a good amount of time looking through their website before I hired Slable to DJ at our wedding, and it was such a wealth of knowledge. The people at Slable do just about everything, and they do it well! On the day of our wedding reception, Karl was punctual, organized, professional, and upbeat! I loved how he would approach me periodically just to check in and make sure that everything was to my liking. He was so great to work with, and he has such a great attitude about what he's doing. We really appreciated having him there to add to our special day! We highly recommend Karl at Slable Entertainment!!
  • Alex S. Jan 25, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
  • Michelle N. Jan 21, 2014
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl and SLABLE were absolutely wonderful. From the preparation to the actual event, Karl was responsive and attentive. He really took into account what we were looking for at our wedding. He arrived promptly and seamlessly blended into our venue. He moved things along at a perfect pace. THANK YOU!!!
  • Pam M. Dec 31, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    I was hesitant to sign up for Thumbtack and even more hesitant to actually hire someone that I found on the internet, BUT, how glad I am that I did. This past weekend I celebrated a milestone in my life (turning 60) and I had a rather large party (about 130 in attendance). I hired Slable as my DJ and I don't have one second of regret. I photographed weddings for 30 years so I have been around the "good, the bad and the ugly" of DJ's throughout those 3 decades and I will say that Slable would surpass the good category and head straight to the "GREAT" category. I never met any of their employees face to face until the night of my party and normally I would never consider not meeting a vendor face-to-face beforehand. In fact, Slable was actually the only one of my vendors that I didn't meet before my party. The only reason I was ok with it was because Karl (their president) was readily available by phone/email when I needed to ask something. And the one time a call went to voicemail they were very quick to call me back. I was really impressed with their work ethic before I even met them. My party started at 5:00 PM and I had decided that I was not going to get to the venue myself until 3:30. Karl on the other hand, told me he and another employee would be there by 2:00 to start the setup of his sound equipment and the up-lighting I requested. Sure enough, when I got there at 3:30, Karl and Brian were there busily working and things were well on their way to being set up and ready to go. Impressive. My party was on the second floor of the venue and there was no elevator which meant Karl and Brian had to carry all their heavy equipment and lighting up those two flights of stairs. Neither Karl nor Brian complained or fussed at all, not even a "humorous" complaint. Very impressive! Slable was so easy to work with, before and during my event. They played songs from the playlist I gave them and filled the rest in with other songs that went along with the type of music I had requested. I was on the fence as to whether or not I wanted to add the up-lighting but I'm SO glad I decided to add it. It added so much to the room to make it look festive and fun. Karl and his team left no stone unturned in the type of service they gave me and there isn't a single thing, not even a minor thing that I could say I wish they had done differently or better. They worked with me and for me in the most perfect way that any vendor could. I can't imagine that ANYONE would be displeased with their service. I really want to thank you Karl and your team as well, for helping to make my 60th birthday celebration a wonderful event not only for me but for all of my guests that attended. Truly, you're the BEST and I wish you great success as you continue to grow your business. What a complete joy to meet a vendor today with the work ethic that you and your staff have. As my former students would, on occasion, say to me…YOU ROCK! Pam McComb-Podmostko
  • Deborah R. Dec 13, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    We hired the Slabel DJ's for an 8th grade party. They were very responsive and reliable. They responded to my questions prior to the event quickly and completely. The DJ's (there was a main DJ and an "assistant") were professional and arrived on time. The only negatives were that they were a bit rigid, e.g. unless you provided any requests 2 weeks prior they can't accommodate them but overall it was a positive experience for the money.
    Karl S. Dec 15, 2013

    Thanks for the review Deborah! We are delighted that you were pleased with the overall experience! As for our two weeks preparation time, we would like to clarify that our policy is that we cannot guarantee that we can obtain additional music or make additional changes if there are less than two weeks before an event. We have this policy to ensure that all of our employees are fully prepared and ready to go having had plenty of time in advance to review scheduling and music. We feel that two weeks is an appropriate amount of time since we require that we be booked at least a month prior to the event. We are always more than happy to make an attempt at obtaining additional music even if less than two weeks is remaining, and we can always take guests' song requests at every event without prior notice; our policy simply states that we cannot guarantee that every last minute request will be accommodated.

  • Melissa B. Nov 22, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Slable was a joy to work with. They were the single easiest vendor I worked with for my wedding and they did a fantastic job. They called me far enough in advance to really get a sense of my itinerary and my taste. I had a long wedding reception and they kept people dancing. The uplighting and dance floor lighting also made my inexpensive fire house banquet hall look beautiful and festive. I would recommend Slable to anyone, and I hope to have occasion to use them again in the future.
  • Michael Z. Oct 7, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    The Slable DJ service was excellent. Great price for the amount of work. Karl was able to setup all the equipment, including up-lighting without any input from us on our wedding day and we couldn't have asked for a better job. Very detailed oriented. Would definitely recommend Slable's DJ service to everyone in search of a good DJ.
  • Michelle M. Oct 6, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl was very helpful. He was running a little late because of an accident on the interstate. He called me to keep me informed and made it still on time. He did a great job! Played all of our requests on the lists and many more.. I would use him again!!
  • Joseph K. Sep 30, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Slable DJs for our wedding at the Baltimore Zoo in July and did an excellent job. Karl, the owner, is extremely professional. He put our minds at ease. We interviewed a total of 6 DJs (most from Thumtack) and Karl was by far the most professional. He really has his act together and made the entire experience (from finding a DJ, interviewing the DJ, picking out the music, reminding us of when we needed to submit our selection list, etc.) easy. As you might recall, doing with the travel agency on our honeymoon was an incredible pain, the excellent job you did sure did help. Thanks, Karl. You did a great job, and I would recommend you to anyone, anytime.
  • Laura B. Sep 24, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Slable did a great job at our wedding! They followed my guidelines and played the kind of music we wanted. I had a few guests request songs from our black list, and Slable made sure to get permission before playing any of them. Our guests had a great time at the wedding and are still mentioning how much fun they had!
  • Didier R. Aug 16, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Really decent job. They do well working off my specific song list. Lighting provided was amazing and really set off my outdoor wedding!
  • Mark H. Aug 10, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    real pros.. i would definitely recommend Slable. Karl was very helpful throughout the the entire process. Props out to Slable, Karl, and staff. Awesome job
  • Liam H. Jul 17, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Hired them for my wedding on July 4 weekend. Karl and his team did an amazing job. Worth every penny.
  • George P. Jun 23, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl was very professional, on time and outstanding at his trade. I would highly recommend his DJ service. Thanks Thumbtack !
  • Eugenia H. Jun 18, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    I, regretfully, hired this DJ for my wedding. He was specifically told that my ceremony would be outside and an outlet was not required, yet when he arrived he had no way of playing the music, causing me to have to relocate my ceremony to indoors. The purpose of the entire location was to have the ceremony outdoors. Then, during my ceremony, he did not play the correct song for the bridesmaid and groomsmen processional. Throughout my reception, they barely played any music and definitely missed many of the songs I specifically asked for and did not coordinate the schedule with my event planners. He was disrespectful to my husband and ignored music requests. If you want anything out of the ordinary or in any way complex at your event, do not hire this DJ. He was unreliable, unprofessional, and inflexible. It was a complete waste of money.
    Karl S. Jun 21, 2013

    This review is inaccurate and completely false. To address the points the client brought up: 1. We were told that the ceremony would be outside at which point we told the client that an electrical source would be required. The client said that there was one, AND signed a contract stating that 2, 15amp power circuits would be available. We tried our best to accommodate, and even searched the venue for a generator. We thought about using our car to power our sound equipment, but there was no way to get a vehicle anywhere near the intended ceremony location. We then offered to sing and play guitar as one of our employees is a musician, which the client turned down after calling the client who then moved the ceremony to a lovely courtyard which had power access. 2. During the ceremony, the songs were played correctly, and in order in accordance with the music list that the client provided us with. Because the client refused to do a practice run either right before the wedding began or a few days in advance, the day of coordinator did not line the bridal party up correctly causing them to enter in the incorrect order. Due to the client being three hours late to her own wedding, they insisted that we just begin the ceremony rather than confirm that everyone was in the correct order and ready to go (which is normally what we do). 3. Saying that we barely played any music is one hundred percent incorrect. From the time we arrived and had setup to the time we took down, there was music playing nonstop. We were using the exact playlist that the client provided to us and were going in the exact order that the client asked the songs to be played. 4. The event planners were not planning anything and were completely lost; they were totally out of the loop and were standing around texting on their cell phones for most of the event. They showed up late to the venue and then thought that the client hadn't even hired a DJ and had instead hired a band - they really did not know what was going on. 5. We gave the client an extra 45 minutes of overtime absolutely free due to the fact that things were so chaotic and a nightmare. We accommodated the client as best as we good, and trying to blame us for being inflexible is down right unacceptable. The same applies for apparently being "unprofessional" or "unreliable" as we were very reliable considering none of our staff or equipment malfunctioned and we were professional as usual, being polite and courteous to all parties involved. 6. We were not disrespectful in any way to the client or the client's husband. In fact, the client's husband physically threatened and pushed one of our employees in a screaming rage about an issue that was unrelated to us (one of their dinner tables fell over because the client failed to lock the feet, and the client's husband felt the need to yell at us and become physically violent). He later calmed down and apologized and admitted that he was out of line. The client's father said that we did a great job and he tipped us, so we are quite confused as to why this review was even posted in the first place.

  • Lacy J. Apr 30, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Karl and his teaam at Slable did a great job at my wedding reception! They listed to all of my requests and everything ran smoothly. My friends and family especially had a great time dancing to all the great song choices and Slable's behalf. Thanks Karl!!
  • Michelle H. Mar 17, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Very professional. On time. Music equipment sounded great.
  • Joe S. Mar 3, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    I thought Karl and his partner did a very good job. Their music selection was broad and they were very amenable to receiving requests. Just make sure you talk very early with them about your music selections and be very clear about what you want for a play list. I would hire them again.
  • Jennifer T. Jan 21, 2013
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Sweet 16 Party 1/19/13. My experience with Karl from the first correspondence to the event were outstanding. No question was left unanswered. We loved the uplighting and our photo show as well. I highly recommend him to give you the most pleasant, smooth experience you will ever have dealing with a dj. I cannot say enough how pleased we were!
  • Ed W. Sep 30, 2012
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Slable was VERY responsive to a variety of sometimes challenging requirements. I would strongly recommend Slable to anyone requiring DJ work.
  • Cathy M. Aug 26, 2012
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Slable were a real pleasure to work with and I would definitely hire them again. They did a fantastic job DJing my daughter's Sweet 16 party and everyone loved them. They were very professional and went the extra mile in making sure everything was exactly like we wanted. If you hire them you WON'T be disappointed because they are great.

Q&A

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure you choose a provider with backups. While a single person DJing could do a good job, if he/she becomes sick at the last minute, your event will be ruined. Also, the DJ should really bring extra equipment in the event that any of his/her equipment malfunctions during the event.