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Reviewed On 9/08/2022 by Shelby G
Derek is hands down the best DJ I've ever met!! He absolutely killed it at our wedding and so many people came up to me to tell me how great they thought he was! Even my Maid of Honor, who is notoriously picky when it comes to music, sang his p...
raises all night! I didn't even use the bathroom throughout the entire reception because I couldn't leave the dance floor. When we went to take sunset photos, my now-husband said "I'm jealous of all our guests who get to keep dancing while we take photos" :D. If you hire anyone else, you're wrong. Derek also attended our rehearsal and went over the finer details to make sure everything went exactly as we planned it! I seriously can't thank them enough for helping us make our wedding the best day of our lives!
Reviewed On 8/29/2022 by Adrienne C
One of the most important things of our wedding was the DJ and DJ Wes at Block Party did not disappoint!! We wanted everyone on the dance floor all night and that is exactly what we got! DJ Wes knew exactly which songs to play to keep the vibe ...
going all night! They make sure they work with you on exactly which songs you want (If you want to go that far in the planning process) or they can work with a few suggestions. DJ Wes is so nice and personable and made working with him fun! 10/10 would recommend working with them!
Reviewed On 8/27/2022 by Rachel D
DJ Wes did such a fantastic job. He played a wide range of music that helped get all of our guests out on the dance floor. Our guests danced until the very last song! His transitions between songs were phenomenal, scratching records and buildin...
g anticipation for the next song. So many of our guests commented on what a good job he did. Also, he did a great job keeping things on track throughout the night. Absolutely loved working with him.
Reviewed On 6/14/2022 by Rita E
Wes we love you! Guys this team is so passionate about their music. After our first meeting, we left saying “man this is going to be a party”. We postponed our wedding twice because of Covid and they were so accommodating each time. Wes is defi...
nitely a good vibes only man. I was pretty nervous about blending traditional Lebanese music and drummers but he did it so well! We will miss this man! Thanks for making our wedding such a smash Wes <3
Reviewed On 6/02/2022 by Samantha H
Derek/The Block Party was AMAZING. Easily my favorite vendor to work with. He was so easy going, and so responsive. He truly gave us the best service and best experience. We met via zoom before the wedding to go over the whole vibe and what we ...
were looking for and he totally nailed it. We had soo many guests come up to us to let us know how great our DJ was. I was very particular on some of the music and he was able to deliver on everything. I loved his positive and laid-back attitude, it feels so good to have a vendor you don’t have to stress about on your big day!! If you want the best music and MCing experience you NEED to book The Block Party! I will miss working with Derek!
Reviewed On 4/22/2022 by Kristen J
Derek is an incredibly professional and fun DJ. He really knows how to throw a party and we got countless compliments from our guests for how great of a job he did. Not only did Derek make sure our reception was the house party vibe we were loo...
king for, but he also did a fantastic job putting together the music for our ceremony, grand entrance, and dinner. He did an absolutely beautiful job of bringing in the right amount of lighting to highlight the beauty of our space.
An unexpected bonus was having Derek show up to our rehearsal. He stepped in to help get us organized when we were lacking some guidance from the venue’s staff. He truly saved the day and our ceremony would have been a total cluster without his expertise and willingness to go above and beyond. Forever grateful for everything Derek did to make our entire wedding weekend absolutely wonderful.
Reviewed On 4/10/2022 by Lindsay B
I don’t know if words can ever be enough to describe how amazing working with Derek at The Block Party was. From our first conversation we knew he would understand exactly what were looking for and he definitely delivered. I am still getting me...
ssages weeks later from guests about how amazing the music / party was. Derek took our very eclectic music taste and he ran with it. It was exactly what I imagined for our wedding day. Everything was perfect. Don’t think I left the dance floor one time. Would definitely recommend!!!!!
Reviewed On 1/05/2022 by Valerie K
Wes DJ'ed for our wedding in October, and he was AMAZING. These guys seriously know what they're doing, and working with Wes to finalize everything before the wedding was so much fun. We got married at a venue with some pretty cool Motown music...
history, and he was able to use that influence really beautifully throughout cocktail hour especially, and into the rest of the night. We also had a long list of guest requests that he did a great job sorting through and incorporating in a way that flowed with the vibe all night. Plus, even just Wes's personal energy and vibe was so great at our wedding; we knew we were in great hands, AND it felt like having another friend there at the DJ booth. Totally recommend!
Reviewed On 12/03/2021 by Emily M
Derek sets the bar for DJs impossibly high— you can’t do better! His warmth and perception were appreciated in both the planning process and the big event. He did a marvelous job setting the tone for the evening, went above and beyond with indi...
vidual touches, and kept the dance party going the whole night! I want to throw another dance party just so I can work with Derek again!
Reviewed On 10/16/2021 by Cainnear H
I have been to a lot of weddings and I have never seen a better DJ so I knew I had to book Derek with The Block Party for our big day. Derek was amazing to work with leading up to the wedding. He was always quick to respond and was very flexibl...
e with all Covid related changes we needed to make for our big day. In the end we only had around 40 people at our wedding and just about every one of them spent the whole night on the dance floor. It was the best! So many guests commented that Derek was the best wedding DJ they had seen. Do not hesitate to book!
Reviewed On 10/11/2021 by Andrew S
Derek did an incredible job at our wedding! He played a great mix of music to get all of the guests out on the dance floor. The floor wasn't empty for even a moment of our wedding! All of our guests raved about the music and above all he kept t...
he atmosphere fun for everybody.
On top of throwing a great dance party, Derek also did a great job listening to what our wants/needs were for ceremony and reception music, and helped put together a vision that we had been struggling to put into words. I would recommend Derek to anyone looking for an awesome DJ!
Reviewed On 9/03/2021 by Patty H
We knew the vibe we wanted for our reception music, but we didn't want to prescribe a playlist, so we gave Wes a handful of songs and told him to run with it. And man, did he UNDERSTAND THE ASSIGNMENT. He is such an awesome hype man, and kept t...
he party excited and on the dance floor the entire night (and told our guests that requested "mmmbop" and "cotton eyed Joe" to go to hell in a kind enough manner that they looked forward to the trip). You're the man, Wes!
Reviewed On 7/25/2021 by Laura J
Derek was definitely put through the ringer at our wedding!! He did an amazing job navigating different music tastes, other DJs as guests (and actually letting him play), and a surprise karaoke performance. We also asked him not to play a song ...
that we KNEW would get requested. Through all of this, our guests continued to say it was the best wedding ever! He had the nicest things to say about my sister’s speech that truly stuck with my Mom. Derek was absolutely wonderful to work with!
Reviewed On 1/12/2021 by Kevin M
AHHH THE BEST!!!!!!! Derek and his wife are absolutely incredible. I will admit I wasnt so sure about having a DJ for a intimately 30 person wedding. BUT I WAS SOOOOO WRONG! It was AMAZING! It was just the perfect curated music Derek helpe...
d me put together. It was everything! He mentioned helping with ceremony and i wasn’t sure what he would be doing. Well totally wrong again. I feel like if they were not there it would of been super awkward with just music randomly playing and not timed perfectly. They did just that! From perfectly timed music to the start of ceremony to the sound system for us during ceremony. I never realized the amount of help a dj would be other than the music you want to dance to. It doesn’t stop here.... After our beautiful ceremony wrapped up Derek had music and a short and quick announcement to help guest move to cocktail hour with any awkwardness. It was so important and was amazing how well he was being behind the scenes but always there for the major moments. From cocktail hour to are amazing dinner the perfect songs played all night long. Well didnt even think about speeches and a sound system! Well here was Derek again making everything amazing! Those little details made such an impact on our perfect night. Last but definitely no least was the night of dancing! THE MUSIC WAS AMAZING!!!! One thing I always brag about Derek is his transition from one song to the next. He just knows how to keep you on the dance floor. His wife Clare who was there to help was an absolute gem! There are countless things I can write on here about how amazing The Block Party is. If you are looking for a DJ that really really knows what they are doing. This team is it! I cant thank them enough for how special they made our night. WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!!
Reviewed On 4/28/2020 by Alexander F
Derek from Block Party was a fantastic DJ and helped us throw a kick ass party for our wedding. Yesterday was our 1 year anniversary, and we spent it dancing around our house to the recording of our wedding dance party set that he DJed for us. ...
He is super professional, hardworking and reliable, but also kind and excellent person. He went beyond what we could have hoped for, and even gave us a framed record of our first dance song. We had some special requests (including rehearsal dinner karaoke), and he made our vision a reality. Block Party's pricing is fair and totally transparent -- no extra fees or nickel and dime charges for extra services. And, while they wasn't the cheapest option we looked at, the Block Party felt like a total bargain given the quality of service we got. I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Reviewed On 4/15/2020 by Kristin C
Our wedding was originally scheduled for June 5, 2020 and we unfortunately have to postpone to 2021 due to COVID-19. Derek was extremely professional and understanding and did not hesitate to work with us to find a new date. It was such a weigh...
t off our shoulders knowing we had chosen an industry professional. We cannot wait to have Derek for our wedding next year! What a party it will be!
Reviewed On 3/01/2020 by Kate M
If you're looking for the perfect wedding DJ that will listen to your needs and make sure to keep your dance floor alive all night - look no further. We could not have asked for a better DJ and received so many compliments on him after our wedd...
ing. He made the party and we could not have been happier that we chose Derek and The Block Party.
Reviewed On 1/08/2020 by Adrian H
Derek did a phenomenal job at our wedding! He met with us several times beforehand and got to know us and our unconventional venue. He not only provided music for our reception but also tailored music for our ceremony and our cocktail hour wher...
e he played our personal record collection. He kept the dance floor moving all night, he was a great person to have on our side and our team! We couldn’t recommend The Block Party more! Can’t wait to hire them again for our next special event.
Reviewed On 12/22/2019 by Stu A
Derek was recommended by a friend and co-worker who knew that I was starting to look for vendors for my wedding. I can say, without a doubt, that without Derek, our wedding would never have been the smash hit it was!
Right from the get-go, De...
rek was very responsive and extremely excited to help make our wedding the style of wedding that we and our guests could enjoy. He helped us with both our ceremony and reception. My wife and I have more unique tastes in music, so we provided some examples of music we personally enjoyed and gave Derek free reign to mix and sample songs at will. Derek was fantastic at the DJ table all night and our guests loved his work, along with us.
One special request we had, that was not music related, was to add a more personal touch of mine and my wife’s personality into our reception. This touch of personality was to setup video game stations in our reception hall (opposite the dance floor) and have multiplayer video games (Mario Kart) available for our guests who may not be as up for, or just needed a break from dancing. Derek went above and beyond to help us craft the perfect setup for our gaming stations and they were a huge hit with our families and friends!
Throughout the entire process, Derek was extremely responsive and helpful. Never at any point we were concerned that the music and games we had planned would not turn out amazing! We can’t thank Derek enough for helping create great memories of our wedding day that will last us a lifetime!
Reviewed On 11/10/2019 by Alison G
Derek is a party master! He kept the mood fun and upbeat and because of that, the party on the dancefloor went past the time we planned to start to dial things back- and he totally rolled with it! Derek is easy to talk to, found some pretty o...
bscure songs we requested with zero problems, and we had tons of guests comment on how much fun they had dancing the night away! Highly recommend!
Reviewed On 11/06/2019 by Stephanie D
DEREK IS THE BEST. There is truly no other way to start this review than with that proclamation in all-caps. He was recommended to us by our photographer Abbey Moore (also the best!), and we are forever thankful because Derek was nothing short ...
of EPIC on our big day last weekend. He is so friendly, quick with emails, super easy to work with, was open to all of our suggestions and recommendations, and even gifted us with our first dance song ON VINYL because duh, he's the best human and DJ alive.
He was so fantastic, I'm getting a little weepy thinking back to how wonderful of a job he did and how much fun our friends and family had at our wedding. Our guests are STILL talking about our big day and how amazing the music was. That truly says so much. We're his biggest fans now, and can't thank him enough for throwing the BEST PARTY EVER. Thank you, Derek!!!!
Reviewed On 10/31/2019 by Monique L
Wes is the man!!! We received so many compliments on our music and it was all because of Wes! In addition, he helped transition our evening from the dinner tent to the dance floor with ease! Highly recommend him and the Block Party!
Reviewed On 10/29/2019 by Melissa M
I think my guests liked my DJ more than me :)!!!
Seriously though, DJ Derek is the best. Give him bits and pieces of a underdeveloped vision and he will absolutely rise to the occasion and elevate your party.
I grabbed his business card while...
attending another wedding and witnessing the magic of keeping all ages on the dance floor. That was really important to me, and his mix of music, guided by your own requests is 2nd to none.
He also has a talent for speaking to the crowd and his wife was the calming face that eased my nerves before I headed down the isle. I’d recommend 1000x’s over!
Reviewed On 10/08/2019 by Faith W
Thank you Wes for the giving us the opportunity to work with such an amazing man and such talent, you where a pleasure to work with. I wish you the best in life, keep up the good work and thank you soo much for the special gift, Zac and I will ...
cherish it for a lifetime.
Reviewed On 10/02/2019 by Caroline K
Wes was incredible!!!! He had everyone on the dance floor the entire time and was able to read the crowd so well! Before our wedding Wes spent time really getting to know us to make sure he was able to execute the night how we wanted. He is so ...
nice and genuinely cares about music! Highly highly recommended! Incredible experience working with Wes!
Reviewed On 9/30/2019 by Elizabeth S
Derek is bar-none the BEST DJ you could select. I knew Derek through mutual friends from college. When we started the planning process he was my first call. A reception is one of the most memorable parts of your wedding day. When we thought...
about our wedding, we wanted dancing to be central to the night. Derek DJ'd a good friend's wedding and remains one of the most memorable weddings to date, besides my own, and he had a lot to do with that! While he is based in Michigan and our wedding was in Colorado, he was willing to travel. Through the planning process, he was nothing but supportive, attentive and proactive in every way. He did everything to help take any guesswork out making the days leading up to our big day that much better. He worked seamlessly with our other music vendor for our cocktail hour, offering to provide equipment where needed. But the most important part about what Derek will bring to your day is the personalization and true passion for his job. He is truly committed to making your day special, no matter the tempo. I had many family and friends comment on how the playlist and overall music experience was so personalized to me and my husband. We happened to have a large screen near our dance floor that he projected music videos and even images of our honeymoon destination - great examples of personalization. He also creates amazing mixes that not only help to maintain the momentum throughout the day but tailors it to the crowd's energy levels. Through this, Derek and his wife have become a dear friend of ours. We couldn't have asked for a better day, filled with great music, dancing and friendship. He was central to our reception experience. I cannot recommend him enough!!! He is truly the BEST. Thanks to you Derek!!!!!
Reviewed On 9/25/2019 by Elyse C
Before I even begin, let me just say that if you don’t hire Derek, you are missing out on an EXTREMELY talented and just all around great guy.
From the beginning, he was so easy to communicate with, and I knew we were in good hands. After mee...
ting for ice cream and going over my ridiculous hand written list of artists and songs that I love, he remained patient and attentive and wasn’t scared away by my type A personality!!
Fast forward to the best night of our lives. I’m not joking, I danced NONSTOP from the first song to the very last, and so did everyone else. He read the room perfectly, and friends that I rarely see dancing at other weddings were out there ALL NIGHT. My husband and I can’t stop talking about it.
I’ve received so many compliments from family and guests on not only what a great DJ he is, but also on his personality and ability to connect with the room.
If you love music and dancing and want people to be talking about your wedding nonstop, just hire him. Seriously, do it.
Reviewed On 9/06/2019 by Stephanie F
WOW! We worked with Derek for our ceremony as well as reception. HE KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK. We booked because of all the wonderful reviews and we are so happy we did. Not only was all the music perfect, we had an emergency situation whe...
re the grooms father had to be rushed to the hospital. Derek kept everyone on track and went above and beyond to make sure everything went on schedule. I felt so comfortable trusting the wedding in his hands. We are still getting calls about how great the dj and lighting were. The vinyl he gave us was so sweet! We really enjoyed working with him. No only was he patient but so kind. Worth every penny spent.
Reviewed On 8/25/2019 by Paul Z
We hired The Block Party for our wedding and couldn't be happier. Wes did an incredible job building a consistent vibe off of our somewhat eclectic musical tastes. He kept things flowing very smoothly from before the ceremony through the end of...
the night. He was enthusiastic about tailoring all of the music to our personalities, and it was evident. We've gotten a lot of compliments about how fun our wedding was, and Wes really brought all of it together. Can't recommend highly enough!
Reviewed On 8/18/2019 by Erin P
When you are faced with a million choices for wedding vendors, it can be really overwhelming. But let me help you out here, you have FOUND you DJ. Stop looking!! Derek is seriously the ABSOLUTE best!! He single handedly made our party as fun as...
it was! He does such an amazing job reading the crowd and playing things that get everyone moving. He helped us so much - planning walk out times and giving us a good idea of how to organize our evening! We truly could not have done it without him. Since the wedding I have had MULTIPLE people ask me for his contact information, and one of our guests (who is a wedding photographer btw) said that he is her new favorite wedding DJ of all time!! We got pretty incredible complements all around! More importantly, he is one of those vendors that you can absolutely trust to make everything go smoothly, so we got to relax and enjoy our own wedding! I know it sounds silly, but on the day of there are so many things going on that it is easy to worry if everything is okay. With Derek I never even had to question. He helped us plan, he adapted to last minute changes in our schedule, and he created an incredible atmosphere that we will remember for the rest of our lives! Seriously, these guys are the best!!!
Reviewed On 8/14/2019 by Nicole T
Our wedding wouldn't have been the same without Derek. Trust me when I tell you the biggest guest take away from an event is good entertainment and I can promise you, if you hire The Block Party you will have the most memorable wedding of all t...
ime! Derek listened to our hopes and dreams and brought them to life better than I could've imagined. Talented, trust worthy, and simply fun.
Reviewed On 8/08/2019 by Abbey M
You're crazy if you don't hire Derek or Wes of The Block Party. As a wedding photographer I have worked with hundreds of DJ's over the year - and no one is even comparable to Derek. He goes the extra mile for his couples and the other vendors h...
e works with. Once he even worked an entire weekend for a couple and from DJing a talent show to a morning brunch - it was the most perfect weekend I've ever been a part of. He makes people feel loved and most importantly no one can leave the dance floor when he is mixing. You will literally see people sweaty, tired from dancing attempting to leave - and then the most amazing song will come on and they have no chance but to continue dancing. It's truly magical and I always end up staying an hour later on the days I'm working with him.
Literally stop your search and hire him now!!!!
Reviewed On 8/08/2019 by Liz K
Derek is not one of the best, he is the best. From speedy replies to coffee meet up’s, Derek surpassed expectations. He didn’t work for me, he worked with me and helped throw down an epic wedding. His presence was memorable and meaningful. Our ...
first dance song was “the wonder of you” from the Big Little Lies soundtrack. Not only did he buy it on vinyl he allowed my husband to set it up and then gave us the album at the end. We are currently getting the vinyl framed. It’s touches like this that can’t be matched. Thanks again Derek, these memories you help create are memories for a lifetime.
Reviewed On 6/03/2019 by Jason P
We could not have booked a better act for our wedding! Derrick made the party happen - hands down. This is not the guy that plays a cliche wedding playlist. He knows what the crowd wants, and he brings it - I'm pretty sure at one point he had ...
every person at our wedding out on the dance floor with us dancing. He and his wife Clare are not only a must-have for your wedding, but they are also great people and work hard to make sure there's not just a wedding, but a wedding party. I can't imagine our wedding without him being the DJ. Thanks a lot for being such a key part of it for us!
Reviewed On 5/23/2019 by Kirsten C
Derek is an incredible DJ! We really wanted a vinyl DJ for our wedding, and when we discovered Derek's website and mixes we were blown away by his talent. Months later, I still scroll to his site and listen to the mixes on my commute. He was ve...
ry friendly and professional and made us feel comfortable from the moment we met him. His pricing and services were straightforward, fair, and transparent, but more importantly, I felt like he really listened and understood what we wanted. We gave him just a few song suggestions and let him do his thing, and he was able to build from those to create a really special evening and party. He also did a wonderful job with introductions (including some tough-to-pronounce names, which he handled perfectly) and helped us to create a fun environment that wasn't cheesy. We had a blast, and our friends and family were on the dance floor all night! I would highly recommend The Block Party to anyone looking for a wedding DJ.
Reviewed On 1/25/2019 by Alexis B
Derek Hall was absolutely amazing for our wedding!! I tried to be a very stress free bride and asked him roll with the music for the night with only a few recommendations, and he hit it out of the park! I still have family and friends complimen...
ting the music! He did such an amazing job interacting with all the different age groups at our wedding and managed to get everyone on their feet! We couldn’t have asked for a better DJ! Highly, highly recommend!
Reviewed On 1/25/2019 by Nicole J
To say that our experience with Derek was stellar is an understatement! From our first meeting with him we instantly felt like we had found someone that we could trust. He was friendly, professional, knowlegable and instantly had ideas to make ...
our wedding day music unique. At our final meeting before the wedding, he wanted to hear all of our ideas! He wanted to know what WE wanted! On the day of, Derek was on time and checking on not only his set up, but also coordinated with the venue and photographer as well. In addition, he checked on the bridal party as well to help keep everyone on track. Which to me was unexpected but extremely helpful! The music itself was amazing - we received so many compliments and positive feedback about how much fun everyone was having! He even played a custom Backstreet Boys mix for me (I’m a lifelong fan) and the crowd was LOVING it!! Honestly, can I do this all over again just so I can enjoy the music? Loved it. The service was beyond what I could have ever expected and I would recommend The Block Party over and over! Thank you!!!
Reviewed On 10/16/2018 by Justynn Y
DJ Wes absolutely killed it at for our ceremony and reception. $ days later I'm still getting texts from guest/ parents telling me how fantastic the music was. He really took the time to get to know our vibe and what we were going for. Thank yo...
u again Wes! We could not recommend him more for future events!!
Reviewed On 10/15/2018 by andrea B
Derek was so great to work with for our August wedding in Traverse City! Having good music & people dancing was 1 of 3 top things we wanted to be successful on our day and Derek delivered. His DJ style, confidence and excitement for our event r...
eassured us that we would not have to worry about the music. He was also really responsive & helpful before & during the event. We are so happy we found him!
Reviewed On 10/14/2018 by Ruby R
Derek rocks! We were so happy with The Block Party being our wedding DJ. On relatively short notice, we secured The Block Party's services and had a conversation with Derek over the phone. He was (and still is) calm, reassuring, and helpful. A ...
few weeks before our wedding, we met with him at the venue—because he had not been there before—to go over logistics. He reviewed what items he would need and how the evening would go. He provided helpful suggestions for us as well.
On the wedding day, he kept our guests informed about what was happening and helped us stay on the schedule we developed together. Since the weather was so beautiful, we actually decided to move dancing outside since the venue had outdoor speakers. Derek had plugged into these speakers earlier and was able to DJ from inside. Though Derek was inside on the other side of a brick wall and could not see the dance floor, his intuition and skill kept the dancing and great music going all night. He played the songs we wanted. A little before midnight, we moved inside and were able to see Derek continuing to DJ while the dancing continued.
While it felt like Derek went the extra mile for us, we believe that this is just how he and Block Party are. This is what they do for their customers to make their events special, fun, and memorable.
We highly recommend The Block Party to anyone interested in having a rocking, fun wedding where the DJs know exactly how to keep the party going all night. You will not have to worry at all.
Reviewed On 8/06/2018 by Emily D
DJ WES! We were stunned at how many people stayed at our wedding until almost closing time because they were having so much fun dancing and singing. He was so easy to work with and calmed me down in times of stress. He was so cordial and consid...
erate every time we talked. I frequently visited his table on the night of the wedding just to tell him I loved him because he was so great! He even let me work the table for a minute!!! The best part about him was he bought the album that our first dance was on. Such a sweet gesture and really shows what him and his company are al about
Reviewed On 8/03/2018 by Maria L
Derek from The Block Party is, hands down, the best DJ there is. From our initial consultation, my husband and I knew that Derek would throw the best dance party for our wedding guests. He takes his job seriously--he listened to our preferenc...
es, and made great suggestions for what we should play, all of which led to a night of amazing music. Derek is unique in that he mixes songs together and his transitions from song to song is incredible, fun, and seamless. Many of our guests commented that they wanted to hire him for their wedding (or wish they could have)! I have my fingers crossed that I can attend another wedding or event where Derek is the DJ!
In addition to being a great DJ, Derek is just an all around great person who really helped make my wedding special. He helped my brother with setting up his keyboard to his speakers for my dance with my dad, and was amazing at gathering people together. One of the things that I will never forget from my wedding was the blessing Derek helped my dad with at dinner. It was one of the best moments of the night.
Reviewed On 8/01/2018 by Emily H
My husband and I got married this past May in Detroit, and Derek came highly recommended to us. What really intrigued my husband and I about Derek was the fact that he spins real vinyl! After talking with Derek, we knew we absolutely had to boo...
k him. He was prompt, listened to all our requests, was hilarious, and someone we honestly could be friends with lol. When it came to day of, Derek went so far above and beyond what any DJ is “expected” to do. He not only was the best MC of the night, but before the reception even started, he helped smooth out a little bump in the road with confusion about our cocktail hour. He then went on to ensure we had the best night of our lives, and even brought me tums and ginger ale when I wasn’t feeling well. He was always checking on my husband and I, and at the end of the night, he surprised us with the vinyl that our first dance song was on; it brought me to tears. He kept everyone on the dance floor at all times during the night, it was an absolute blast! We received several compliments throughout the night about how great DJ Derek was, and I could not agree more. We felt so blessed to have found Derek and to have been able to work with him! I would 100% recommend Derek to anyone looking for the best DJ for their wedding, and best is an understatement! Thank you again, Derek!
Reviewed On 7/30/2018 by Jenny M
Derek was awesome! Read the feel of our guests, family friendly while still being really fun! Highly recommend this DJ!!!
Reviewed On 6/19/2018 by alex S
Derek was our DJ for our rooftop wedding on 6/16, he’s the first review I made because he was the best! He was recommended to me by another photographer and after speaking with him on the phone for the first time and listening to his mIxtapes I...
immediately booked him. Derek went above and beyond to make sure he was prepared for our ceremony, cocktail party and reception. He was extremely accommodating; so kind and attentive to our special day. He was one vendor I had zero doubts about. Our ceremony was flawless, and our reception was perfection. He spoke at the right times and helped keep the night organized. He knew exactly what to play, when to dial it down. There was never an empty dance floor. His transitions from song to song really sets him apart from other DJs and I got so many compliments about him on the night of! To top it all off he gave us the gift of an actual record of our first dance song. Book him immediately you won’t regret it! Thank you Derek!
Reviewed On 5/06/2018 by Erinn S
I can't praise Derek enough. Guys, seriously, this is the DJ you want. I have never, ever, ever been to a wedding where the majority of the people were on the dance floor the majority of the time. Derek did it; his selections were on point and ...
he reads the crowd. Everyone wants their wedding to be fun- and this guy will deliver it. From the music during dinner to the actual dance party, there was nothing I was disappointed in. Can't recommend him enough!!
Reviewed On 1/14/2018 by Aaron S
Our wedding was outdoors in June, and the day was warm and horribly humid out, yet our dance floor never quit! From beginning to end, the dance floor was always packed and going strong. Derek is phenomenal at selecting songs, transitions, and o...
verall customizing the music to fit the crowd. Even our dinner music had people enthusiastically talking about it. Derek was easy to plan the day with as well. He even sent us suggestions on key music moments when we couldn't decide. If you want to have a fun time with friends and family, AND have them still talking about it months later, then I can't recommend Derek and The Block Party enough!
Reviewed On 1/12/2018 by Kathleen S
We heard about Derek through a friend of a friend's recomendation. He was the first and only DJ we looked at and we could not have been more happy with our decision because Derek was absolutely amazing. My husband and I really didn't know wha...
t songs to give him, so we gave him a general idea of what we liked and Derek more than delivered. The dance floor was packed the whole night and after the wedding multiple guests contacted us and raved about the dj and said he was the best dj they have ever heard at a wedding. Besides putting together great music, Derek always checked in with us throughout the night and constantly asked us if we needed anything or how we felt the night was going, he made us feel so comfortable during the whole experience. I couldn't have asked for a better dj and I wouldn't have changed anything about the night. I will definitely recommend him to all my future friends and family members who are getting married. Don't look any further, Derek is definitely your guy!
Reviewed On 5/17/2017 by Jennifer G
Derek was amazing!!!! We gave him a WIDE variety of songs we loved and he blended them all in together and made them work perfectly!!!! The dance floor was packed and everyone had the best time ever! Not only did Derek play amazing songs all ni...
ght, he and his beautiful wife Clare helped make our night run smoothly, and helped out our amazing vendor team!!! We can't thank you enough for making our night so memorable!!
Reviewed On 10/20/2016 by Melissa C
Derek made our wedding, simply put.
He reads the crowds and mixes genres of music that no one would ever expect to flow, and he absloutely makes it work.
He customizes everything you could think of when it comes to music, from the entrances ...
of the wedding party to the slow songs. You can truly, honestly tell that Derek is one of a kind.
Derek was a true blessing to our wedding and we still have guests months later telling us that they want to book Derek just for parties.
To say that he is good is an understatement in our opinion, he is GREAT. Derek has put himself on another level of dj'ing that few will ever achieve.
If you are so lucky to have Derek be your DJ, he and his mixing and his personality will be something you WILL NEVER FORGET!!!
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Reviewed On 7/01/2016 by Michelle L
BEST DANCE PARTY IN MICHIGAN! We both love a good dance party, so having a great DJ was a huge priority for us. DJ Derek way exceeded our expectations for a dream wedding DJ / dance party! From working closely with us to get the right song sele...
ction for the vibe we wanted at different stages of the night, to multiple flawless equipment set-ups around the venue, to the perfect MC role… DJ Derek worked hard and really nailed it! We got rave reviews from all generations and types of people. It was the first time I have ever heard the crowd chanting ‘one more song’ at the end of a wedding before – how cool is that? :) If you are looking for a DJ that is also an artist and cares seriously about music and the party, DJ Derek is the way to go. Thanks Derek!!!
Reviewed On 5/25/2016 by gabrielle C
If you're thinking about hiring Derek for your wedding day, DO IT! He was great to work with, very accommodating, and really took in our likes and dislikes. The music flowed perfectly from song to song and kept everyone dancing til the end of...
the night! I couldn't have asked for a better DJ for our wedding day, we're still getting compliments on how awesome he was!! Thank you Derek ! :)
Reviewed On 10/11/2015 by Alison R
We chose Derek as our DJ, and couldn't have been happier! He was incredibly accommodating and really wanted to get to know our taste. I had a long list of song requests, and as far as I could tell, he played every one! He even thanked me for so...
many suggestions since it allowed him to get a feel for the music we liked. Throughout the night, he politely waited while we talked to our guests, and quietly asked if we were ready for our next event (ie cake cutting, first dance, etc.) But most importantly, he kept our dance floor packed until the very last song! We are not the biggest dancers in the world, but he read the room perfectly and played everything from Uptown Funk to the Lion King. We were less concerned with a club atmosphere and more interested in everyone having fun-- which we definitely did! Friends of ours who were recently married even told us how jealous they were of our DJ!