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Russ - Bakersfield Wedding DJ
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5 out of 5.0
Reviewed On 5/22/2023 by Marlena W
We had Russ help us with our wedding as our DJ last month and I have to say he was definitely the one thing we were the most happiest with, when it came to all our vendors we hired for our wedding. Very professional, tasteful style, nice voic...
e, helpful, very kind and respectful, and did a great job with all the music. Russ really made a positive difference with how our wedding went compared to what we we’re expecting. He defiantly gets my recommendation.
Reviewed On 2/09/2020 by Brianna C
My mother hired Russ for our DJ and I didn’t really think that much about it mattering who DJed our wedding as long as they were fun and played our songs. I had no idea a DJ could make that big of a difference, since I’ve been in a lot of weddi...
ngs as a bridesmaid and just though some DJs were a little better than others and that was it. What Russ did ended up making our wedding pop and really come out so nice I still can’t believe it. The way he helps organize my reception steps and direct everyone was just excellent. The style of announcing was so nice compared to what I was used to at other weddings. The way he took our songs we selected for dance time and worked them out to where they worked out so perfectly was great.
Reviewed On 4/11/2019 by John P
I have to highly recommend Russ. Hands down he’s got to be the best DJ for weddings you can get. Other DJs my friends had for their weddings didn’t even begin to compare to the excellent and professional work Russ did for us. There’s a real ...
skill to playing the right song at the right time and Russ has it down. Also before Russ started each of the steps of our reception, he helped out so much with the coordination making sure everyone knew what to do and when to do it. He also moved guests from one area to the next by getting their attention letting them know what was coming up next. Having Russ as your DJ will definitely make your wedding very nice.
Reviewed On 2/17/2019 by Tina S
Russ our DJ had us all dancing and also kept everything moving during our reception. He was a major part of making our perfect wedding day. So happy we hired him!
Reviewed On 1/28/2019 by Carrie S
What a great DJ Russ was at our wedding. He is super talented and made sure our wedding turn out great. He played all our special selections and even some last minute one’s that we asked for the day of the wedding. Even my mother that hates...
everything thought he was great. Our wedding was a lot of fun thanks to Russ.
Reviewed On 11/21/2018 by Heather M
Russ is a great DJ. After your wedding you’ll say to yourself, “wow, he really knows what he’s doing”. You’ll find out he really does. He was so good with every aspect of everything that he took care of that we were really happy by the end of...
our wedding and what a great time everyone had thanks to him. The way he worked with our music selections, announced, helped coordinate, and all the other things he handled were just outstanding.
Reviewed On 9/18/2018 by STEPH M
We decided to hired Russ for our wedding since he clearly is very professional and we wanted someone handling this part of our wedding that’s a professional. He did such a fantastic job with our wedding. His style and the exceptional way he h...
andled our wedding made all the difference in the world on how our wedding turned out. If you want a DJ that’s professional and very talented Russ is a very good choice and well worth the cost. You’ll be extremely happy how your wedding turns out with him as your DJ. Good luck with your wedding!
Reviewed On 9/15/2018 by Stephanie M
We hired Russ for our wedding since he clearly is professional and we wanted someone handling this part of our wedding that’s a professional. He did such a fantastic job with our wedding. His style and the exceptional way he handled our weddi...
ng made all the difference in the world on how our wedding turned out. If you want a DJ that’s professional and very talented Russ is a very good choice and well worth the cost. You’ll be extremely happy how your wedding turns out with him as your DJ.
Reviewed On 11/30/2017 by Carlie S
Russ was our dj for our wedding cocktail hour and reception at the Marriott.
On his online music planner he has dropdown menus with different music themes he’s created that you can pick for your cocktail hour and dinner time music. We picked t...
wo different music themes for these two times and they both turned out great.
We provided a list of songs we wanted for dance time and also entered songs for special parts of our reception in the fields provided on his planner, like the first dance song, cake cutting song, and last dance song. Russ has the communication side of things really nailed down perfectly, so we actually got exactly what we wanted when it came to things like the music, and the announcements and coordination. Russ clearly knows weddings like no other DJ does. Very professional. I would venture to say he’s likely the world’s most expert DJ when it comes to weddings. He’s really that good and it will show in how your wedding turns out.
We are so pleased that we hired him instead of some other DJ. Russ really knows how to make sure people get what they want for their wedding. In conclusion I can say that Russ is the perfect choice for your DJ if you’re able to hire him. Don’t wait too long getting your date held with him because he books up way in advance.
Reviewed On 10/31/2017 by Lillie C
Thanks for making my friends wedding so much fun!! You were getting us all dancing.
Reviewed On 10/11/2017 by Tanya M
Last Saturday we had Russ as our DJ for our wedding and he was really a life saver. We were having problems with our venue setup times and our coordinator, but Russ with his willingness to help where he really didn’t have to and his experienc...
e, stepped in to managed things to make sure everything turned out like we wanted them to. He also handled all our songs and our announcements with perfection. It was so nice having someone like Russ on our wedding day helping us out. He’s a real nice and easy to work with guy who cares, so both of us can’t recommend him enough to our friends or family getting married.
Reviewed On 8/29/2017 by Codi M
Russ is one great wedding DJ. We didn’t realize how much of a difference a great DJ can make until after our wedding and having Russ as our DJ. Russ managed so much more of our wedding than what we ever realized a DJ could or would. He really...
puts in the work and it shows. Very professional. Great overall style and presence, and great overall service. What more could you ask for with something this important.
Reviewed On 7/21/2017 by Rachael
We found out about Russ the wedding DJ when we attended our friend’s wedding a few years ago. Russ was so good at my friend’s wedding and my best friend that was the bride said she liked everything Russ did so much, that we knew we had to have...
him for our wedding, so we were happy when we found out that he was available for our wedding date when we contacted him. As we expected, he came through for us with flying colors. Talk about fantastic work coming from a true professional. Everything he did was tasteful and perfectly customized for what we wanted. He was perfect at handling our music, and announcing and guiding our guests. I could not thank him enough for the fantastic job he did with our wedding. Great DJ.
Reviewed On 7/08/2017 by Monica C
Some of the main things we liked about our DJ Russ was he was very professional and knows how to DJ and MC a wedding like no one else. He’s respectful, nice, honest, cares about putting out the best service, has a unique and nice sound when he...
announces the reception steps, and because of all this he really made our wedding. I would not hesitate to highly recommend Russ if anyone I know is getting married and needs a DJ.
Reviewed On 4/19/2017 by Andrea M
Russ was our DJ for our wedding a few weeks ago and he played music for our ceremony along with providing the wireless lapel mic so everyone could hear our vows and our officiant. Then he played music for our cocktail hour time and then the re...
ception dinner time, and then dance time. I had quit a few friends and family commented on how professional he was. I think a lot of it is the way he comes across in this professional manner is what makes him so good. He sounds really good when he announces the reception steps. His voice and the words he uses are perfect sounding for a wedding. He also helps coordinate all the reception and keep everything together amazingly well, even though we had a coordinator do some of it. He handled our music part perfectly too. Also, his communication with us leading up to our wedding was excellent. Another thing too are he and his equipment looked great for our wedding.
Reviewed On 3/06/2017 by Jennifer R
I can’t say enough about how great Russ is. He really knows what he’s doing when he’s DJing a wedding. Amazing work and truly one amazingly seriously skilled DJ that knows weddings like no one else. I have to say, I have been to enough wedd...
ings and helped enough of my family and friends with their weddings, and until Russ was part of the processes I didn’t realize how much this good of a DJ can make on your wedding. He’s not a cheap DJ though, but anything good isn’t going to be cheap and this is really the case with DJs from what I’ve seen over and over again. Go ahead and get someone really good like Russ or get Russ if you can and you’re going to be really happy you did. Seriously, Russ is such a great DJ. He’ll make your wedding great.
Reviewed On 4/14/2014 by Carolyn J
My wedding went great. Russ Messick literally ran my wedding for me and if it weren’t for him I can tell you it wouldn’t have ran very well, even though I had someone else beside him that was to be doing the coordination. I had no idea how im...
portant that aspect of what Russ does would make such a major impact on my wedding.
If you think you need a DJ for your music and that’s all that mainly matters, trust me you need to rethink that. Everyone needs to realize that your DJ will be running your wedding. So if it’s done poorly or not done at all by your DJ your wedding is not going to go very well. It can be very bad, trust me. There’s a lot more to running a reception that day than what people think or what meets they eye and other DJs will just get by on the obvious and not deal with the unseen things that will make the difference.
The reason I can say this is because I went to four weddings before planning my wedding where they were so dysfunctional since there was no one keeping all the minor and major details on track, even though their DJ somewhat did some coordinating and MCing, and three even had someone else help coordinating beside their DJ. At these weddings, their DJs all did just very limited coordinating, which won’t cut it. I came to realize that in fact the person that is going to be doing the announcing (hosting the event) is going to have to be doing the main coordinating of your wedding for it to work out, but that’s if the DJ really does know how to coordinate a wedding like Russ does.
Reviewed On 4/02/2014 by Shannon G
Russ made our day! He was very in tune with what we wanted from the first time we spoke. Everything flowed throughout the day, thanks to him. We highly recommend Russ Messick for your wedding DJ.
Reviewed On 12/29/2013 by Cathryn Z
Russ was a pleasure to work with. He is truly a professional. His website made it so easy to select songs. If you are going for an elegant, classy wedding this is your guy.
Reviewed On 11/02/2013 by Jim C
Helpful and professional beyond anything you could expect. The DJ and MC was really the center of my wedding and really made the difference. If I had someone else, I know there’s no way my wedding would have turned out as great as it did. ...
Really he was the only one of my wedding vendors I was happy with at all. Hire Russ and you’ll be happy you did.
Reviewed On 10/06/2013 by Jenny L
He has a great sounding voice, really professional, and really experienced with weddings. He kept the party going and made sure everything ran smooth. I actually had several family members and friends that had him as their DJ, so I knew ahea...
d of time I didn’t have anything to worry about. I didn’t want to copy someone else’s wedding, but it was worth it and it really didn’t seem like copying anyway. Even though I saw him before at the other weddings, it wasn’t until mine that I realize how much a DJs input and style will show through as being the style of my wedding, so I was really glad I had him as my DJ since his professionalism and style is so exactly perfect for a wedding.
Reviewed On 9/30/2013 by Amdnad B
I had Russ for my DJ for my wedding. He did a great job and kept things moving. I saw him catch at least a few things my paid coordinator didn't catch. He's really good at what he does. I highly recommend him if your about to get married.
Reviewed On 9/24/2013 by Jerry4545
I gave Russ five stars on all the criteria. I’m no expert, nor is anyone else on here with wedding or DJs, since we all only did this once. But if I got married every month I guess I would be an expert on DJs. So from what I do know Russ was ...
excellent. After using Russ as my DJ, one thing for sure that I do know is that he always does his own work and doesn’t run a DJ company and send other DJs out to weddings like the others. So if you’re not up to playing russian roulette with your wedding he’s the way to go for sure.
Reviewed On 7/14/2013 by Melissa H
Russ is an amazing DJ and person. He goes out of his way to make your wedding everything you wanted. I was very impressed with his fast responses and ability to do exactly what I needed. There is no reason to use any other DJ! He will not only ...
impress you, but your guests will be dancing the night away.
Reviewed On 5/21/2013 by Breanna C
Well my wedding is finally over. I had some really great people helping me with my wedding, including Russ as my DJ. My family really liked Russ and he was fun and really great at making sure everything ran well. He went above and beyond, an...
d well out his way to help when some things that were completely unexpected and unplanned surfaced. Thank god for that, since without him doing that my wedding would have been ruined on several fronts and occasions. That made me a believer that he really is a progressional wedding DJ. He’s well worth what he charges for just for that alone. Good times thanks to a great DJ. Breanna
Reviewed On 5/15/2013 by Tom B
I hired Russ last year for my daughters wedding. I had three recommendations for DJs from the venue and the caterer, but I wasn’t comfortable with any of them after speaking with them. After I found Russ online and spoke with him about the we...
dding, I knew I was finished having to deal with this part of the wedding. He came across professionally, sincere and being in business my whole life I can tell he was going to come through for us and he did. He did a great job and handled everything so well that we were so grateful that I thanked him and gave him a nice tip for helping us with the wedding. I’m glad I went with my own intuition rather than relying on a referral. I can say I do in fact highly recommend him if your having a wedding.
Reviewed On 5/11/2013 by Dylan M
We picked Russ as our DJ for our wedding since he’s the only DJ we found that clearly has DJing weddings as his only profession. We figured he had to be really good to do that and we were right. We got the feeling that the other DJs we saw a...
dvertising only use DJing weddings as a side job on top of their main job or are musicians making some extra money by also DJing on the side. The way we looked at it was that we wanted a real professional in this important role for our wedding. This type of thing makes a big difference. Short story, we were right in our decision making. Russ did an outstanding job all around. Talk about a pro, he was really on top of everything and knowledgeable. Fact is, he really made our wedding. People underestimate what a difference having a DJ like Russ can make.
Reviewed On 5/01/2013 by Ann K
Russ DJed both my wedding this year and my sister’s wedding last year. He did a phenomenal job. My sister is soooo picky and wanted things just right and Russ managed everything at her wedding so perfect that I knew I had to have him help me ...
with my wedding too. He has a very nice way of announcing. Great customization of both the music and the reception steps. He ran our reception managing all the small and large details keeping it together. Everyone had a real blast with him doing the mc-ing and dj-ing. Made a big difference.
Reviewed On 4/18/2013 by Jen M
I hired Russ because this was the part of my wedding I was going to make absolutely sure was done right. I didn’t find anyone else that was anywhere near as professional and a specialist with weddings as Russ is, so it was a good move on our p...
art to have him DJ our wedding. Russ really gave me a reason not to have to worry or stress on my wedding. Excellent service.
Reviewed On 12/13/2012 by Kari S
More than anything else the reason I hired Russ was that I wanted someone that is ethical. If he charges a little more I didn’t mind, since you're paying for insurance. I wasn’t going to play with things like punctuality, getting the right mu...
sic, and also making sure I got very good equipment that is not old and outdated. The things that you just should not mess with.
So I personally think the total overall dependability in all aspects of what he provides is where the value really lies the most for me, even though there is a lot of other things your going to get going with him as your DJ that are going to be much better than other DJs.
Reviewed On 11/25/2012 by SuJin Y
We needed someone who was going to be professional. DJ Russ was early and he got everything right! He was not obnoxious. We heard his voice when we needed to and the music kept going all night. He kept with the given schedule, but always ma...
de sure we were ready to move on to the next event. His sound system worked great outdoors for our ceremony and for our indoor reception. We highly recommend DJ Russ!
Reviewed On 11/17/2012 by Bruce D
Top 10 reasons: (1) I didn’t have to worry about him sending someone else to DJ my wedding or subcontracting my wedding out, which I hear is a commonplace issue with other DJs. (2) He has a great style with his voice and presence, which kept...
my wedding from having that low class feel, since I’ve seen other DJs at the weddings I’ve been to and their voice and style of saying things sound pretty classless, cheesy, very bad, etc. (3) He clearly is accommodating so I knew that he would do what we wanted with the music and all stages of our reception. (4) He’s obviously honest and sincere. (5) He’s a professional and a veteran so he knows his stuff, not just some young hipster punk DJ. Also, this is all he does for a living, whereas I found that other DJs I called had other main jobs and that their DJ work was for just a second income which means that my wedding wouldn’t be all that important to them. (6) He is very focused on quality with his equipment and overall service. (7) Dependability, responsive, punctual, reliable, low maintenance, user friendly. (8) Doesn’t have an attitude, which I found to be a deal breaker with other DJs. (9) Is very organized and on top of things. (10) I didn’t feel like I was throwing my money away and that I was actually getting something of value.
We’re really happy how things went with having him help us with our wedding. Five stars all the way around. Bruce & Jenn
Reviewed On 10/04/2012 by Andrew B
I'm into music and Russ stuck with the music we wanted. Definitely an all around great dj too. Way worth it. Excellent work! Exceeded any expectations.
Reviewed On 9/13/2012 by Shani B
I would recommend Russ for his great work as a DJ mainly if you’re having a wedding. If it’s something like just a birthday party or company party or whatever you can go with the other cheaper ones. With a wedding you just shouldn’t take a ch...
ance, since way too many things with your DJ can go wrong. I'm giving him a positive review since he did such a nice job with my wedding.
Reviewed On 8/29/2012 by Tray S
Ok, let’s get down to the brass tax as to what was the main point about why having Russ as our DJ was such a surprisingly good and important decision on our part. After our wedding it was abundantly evident that nothing could have make such an...
big impact on how well our wedding went or how well the day turned out in comparison to the work Russ did. Put it this way, if I had to do it all over again, in a heartbeat I would easily pay five times what I did in order just to have him to DJ and MC my wedding. If I had to cut out all other expenses for my wedding in order to pay for him I would. But, I didn’t feel this way until after our wedding and actually thought I was paying way too much, since I just didn’t conceive of his input having that much of an effect and impact on our wedding. But trust me on this, if he is available for your wedding date book him for your wedding and after your wedding you will feel like I do, he’s worth much more than what you will end up having to pay. There’s no need to look anywhere else. Trust me on this, you will not be sorry. Tray
Reviewed On 8/24/2012 by Kristina O
They kept the party going all night!
Reviewed On 8/22/2012 by Macy T
He did alot of things I didn’t even know needed to be done and really helped us with our wedding so it would turn out great. Very nice presentation and great looking and sounding equipment. We had a great time and my wedding was really fun t...
hanks to Russ eveyone had a blast. lol
Reviewed On 8/21/2012 by Ashley L
really nice music
Reviewed On 8/03/2012 by Tracy W
He made the reception fun, and everyone loved the music. He is the one that showed up, unlike many Dj companies who often don't send the person you actually contracted.
Reviewed On 7/04/2012 by Gina P
I appreciate all the hard work Russ did for our wedding. Trustworthy and very good quality of service. You won’t be sorry.
Reviewed On 6/28/2012 by Karen E
I really appreciated all the work Russ did for my wedding. My two best girlfriends spent so much on their wedding, but when they budgeted for their DJ they went with an average priced DJ and it showed. I felt so sorry for them. It was pretty...
bad to the point where they were both really embarrassed and I was embarrassed for them. It was sad too, since their wedding would have otherwise been really nice except that really messed the whole day up. Having Russ for my wedding with how professional he is really did make a very big difference. I was extremely pleased with the way he handled everything and of course I didn’t have to endure being embarrassed at my own wedding.
Reviewed On 6/17/2012 by Linda P
I had Russ help me with my wedding. He is definitely an expert. His consulting on the planning of my reception, the coordinating, great style of MCing, music expertise, and fantastic service is something no one should be without. I insisted ...
that my best friend use him, but at first she didn't want to since she wanted to go with a cheaper DJ to save money so she would have money for other things for her Wedding. I finally convinced her and after her wedding she kept thanking me over and over again for insisting that she hire Russ. She realizes that she almost made a huge mistake. I know a DJ can ruin your wedding and I wasn't going to let her take that kind of risk, especially with all the time she put into it and the cost of her wedding.
Reviewed On 5/20/2012 by Tim M
What can I say about Russ our DJ and MC for our wedding, but he was excellent to say the least. Shopped around for long time and listened to lots of different DJs talk. When it came down to which is the best and most dependable, hands down Ru...
ss was my choice. I can't believe there are some reviews from people saying some other DJ is so great, but if you compare them to what Russ does they obviously don't really measure up. I like that he even guarantees his work. Why take such chances? I wasn’t going to be dumb and hire some DJ that doesn’t guarantee their work. Sure you could spend less, but you’ll get less and worst of all no guarantees.
Reviewed On 5/16/2012 by Ann A
Russ was the disc jockey for my wedding. He was a necessary part of my wedding, playing the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. He was the perfect disc jockey for what I needed. My family, my friends, and my husband and I were all very p...
leased with the results. We didn’t realize before our wedding how much we would be depending on our DJ or MC and how important it is to get someone as professional as Russ is. I highly recommend him if you are having a wedding and you feel you need someone that is going to conduct himself professionally, and provide the right style and skills necessary for your wedding to come out right.
Reviewed On 4/16/2012 by Scott R
I wasn’t about to get a DJ that also does parties and other events. There’s obviously a big difference between a wedding and other types of parties, so if a DJ didn’t do just weddings I wasn’t interested. That was really the deciding factor o...
n hiring Russ. He really does everything very different than these other DJs. As expected, he did a great job at my wedding. If you’re looking for a DJ for your wedding I highly recommend you hire him and I recommend you do it before he gets booked by someone else. Thanks for reading my review. Scott
Reviewed On 2/26/2012 by Jason G
I’m a computer engineer and I’m pretty detail oriented and organized, so when I found Russ I was impressed since not too many DJs are any where near as detail oriented and organized as he is. (A must for a wedding). You can tell just from his...
website that he’s very organized detail oriented, and has good taste compared to what you see on other DJs websites. It seems that type of person isn’t that normal in the DJ business, so I had my wife call him so he could go over how he does everything for her as well and she was just as impressed. He really does a great job and made a huge difference in how well our wedding turned out. His voice and the way he announces, just in itself, left a real air of good taste and style. That’s something I care about since that is what my guests heard through my reception to direct their attention. That made a big impact in the style and feel of my wedding. He also did great work with putting together our music selections by playing the sequence of our songs just the right order, which I guess comes from years of experience with weddings. I just wish the rest of our wedding vendors were as good as him, but then again the person doing the DJ and MC work is what makes the biggest difference with a wedding, so the other things were not quite as critical. He’s the DJ you’re going to want to hire for your wedding if these things are important to you.
Reviewed On 1/28/2012 by Kathryn W
He’s very reputable and does what he says he’s going to do. This was my second marriage and between me and my family we’ve had eight DJs that have done weddings for us, and by far Russ provides far more superior service compared to all the ot...
her DJs we’ve used for weddings. The fact he does only wedding and that’s all he’s ever done is one very big factor. Also his ethical stance on how to treat his clients and their wedding by doing all the weddings he books himself and all the other things he does to ensure his reliability and quality is something that you just can’t always get no matter how much you spend, and my family has spent and waisted a lot of money on some pretty risky and not so great DJs.
Reviewed On 1/21/2012 by Jason P
Russ was great to have as my DJ for my wedding. He’s a very cool guy, very personable and diplomatic, and very professional. Anyone willing to guarantee their work you have to figure isn’t going to be blowing your wedding like the DJs that ...
have no guarantee might.
I figured anyone would have to be plain stupid to play games with dealing with a DJ that has no guarantee that their not going to ruin my wedding.
I figured why have a wedding and spend all the money on it if you don’t know your DJ isn’t going to totally trash your wedding. Russ played all my music and nailed everything perfectly. Couldn’t ask for a better DJ! Jason
Reviewed On 1/10/2012 by Sierra M
I was the Day of Coordinator at a wedding last October where Russ was the DJ. It was really a pleasure working with him. I tend to find DJs very difficult to work with and they often seem to be more interested going against what I need them t...
o do rather than trying to work with me. Russ is dependable, quality focused, and a pleasure to work with, and from now on I will only recommend him to my clients.
Reviewed On 1/07/2012 by Lisa S
I hired Russ to perform as the DJ and MC for my daughter’s wedding and I was very happy with the results. He provided a service that was very professional and reliable. He really put my mind at ease, since we had so much riding on this weddin...
g with the cost of everything, and the amount of work and time put into it. It was great to have someone that really knows what their doing, takes their work seriously, and cares. Other DJs I looked into didn’t come across as someone that I could really count on. He did a great job with the music, coordination and announcing; superior performance from a superior performer. My daughter and son-in-law were extremely happy with the results. I would recommend Russ to anyone that’s getting married.
Reviewed On 12/29/2011 by Michele C
Russ is a true professional through and through. The level of detail he helped with in running my reception that day was very unexpected, but well appreciated. I knew he was good at what he does, but what he did for our wedding went way beyon...
d our expectations or knowledge of the difference the right DJ and MC can make. He kept on top of everything so well. Even when we had forgot to inform him that a song was going to be sang at my reception by my sister at the end of dinner, he downloaded the background song my sister needed to sing to since she had forgot to bring her CD, and he set her up with a wireless microphone and it came out beautiful. Ten minutes before he was to announced the toast he noticed that our caterers had missed filling our special wedding champagne flutes, so right away he notified the caterers to get them filled so they would be ready for the toast. He made sure my dad was back from the restroom before announcing the first dance, since otherwise my dad would have not been there for our father daughter dance after our first dace ended. That was just a few things he did that kept it all together for us that day. He also managed our song selections in what seemed like the perfect sequence/order, where the music seemed to go together perfectly somehow even though the song list we gave him were from a lot of different genres and types. Absolutely incredible skill in every area that he was dealing with. I know there’s no one better out there doing this type of work, so he’s well worth every penny and more. If I had to do it all over again I would be very worried if I had to use some other DJ other than Russ, so yes I do highly recommend him.
Reviewed On 12/22/2011 by Shelly C
He did exactly what we wanted with the music and everything, and helped us with some things that needed done that we didn’t even know needed to be done. Things I’m certain other DJs wouldn’t have helped us with. He was a god send, keeping it...
all together on that day. Additionally, he did a nice job with consulting with us before the wedding when some issues came up that we needed help figuring out, things our consultant we paid for did either know or want to help us with.
Reviewed On 12/06/2011 by Tajna E
After lots of research and thought, we ended up going with Russ for our DJ and MC for our wedding. We did our due diligence and it payed off, he was fantastic . He went so far out of his way to make sure our wedding went well. Russ is clear...
ly a very accomplished professional with real sold ethics and a great attitude, which is just what a wedding needs. Even though we knew we made a great choice in a DJ before our wedding, we still didn’t realize just how much of a difference he would make with our wedding until it was over. If it weren’t for him I know our wedding would have been no where near as nice as it ended up being. I know the other DJs we were looking at talked a good game, but I know it would have not measured up. Russ defiantly provides a five star quaintly service.
Reviewed On 10/31/2011 by Michelle J
Russ is a true professional and knows weddings like no one else. He helped us when no one else would and really knew what he was talking about. During our wedding he really pulled through for us and made it what we wanted. We’re both so very...
grateful for his expert work and professionalism. We paid a bit more for him than other DJs were offering, but it was well worth it. What we received was so much more than what we would have received with another DJ. Michelle Jones
Reviewed On 6/07/2011 by Tina V
After my three friends had such bad experiences with their DJ, I had to go with someone I could really trust. My one friend’s DJ said something extremely obscene over his microphone and even in front of her grandparents and then was a complet...
e jerk to her husband even though before this he seemed very professional and nice, then my other friends DJ showed up late and then played music she told him not to play and wouldn't quit playing music she didn't want, and my other friend who's DJ acted and sounded embarrassingly tacky or goofy on the Mic along with having her reception all mixed up and even called her by someone else's name for their grand entrance.
It was really sad since all of my friends thought they had picked out really good DJs before their wedding and they all were positive they made a good choice. They all said their DJ before their wedding acted very professional and really nice and classy. What you see is not what you get and how things change after you book them. They even had some good reviews. With Russ I had no problems at all and he had everything just the way I wanted it to go. He's very professional and has it all together. Not to mention his voice sounded really great and natural for my announcements.
Reviewed On 6/02/2011 by Theresa R
Me and my husband decided on a cocktail hour style reception with hor'derves, drinks and music. We didn't require much in the way of announcing or coordination and we didn't even have anything like a first dance or cake cutting, so since we ha...
d Russ just play background music so I put four stars for service. He did a perfect job with the music selections and it really made the night for us to hear the music we liked. Sounded great too with the great sounding sound system he set up. The overall look of the equipment he set up and the way he looked were very nice. No complaints here and would hire him again.
Reviewed On 5/13/2011 by Sara R
I helped a friend of mine some years ago with her wedding and the main thing I remember is the disaster her dj ended up being. The dj she had ruined her wedding to put it bluntly. You just don't realize what a big difference having someone l...
ike this can make until you experience it for yourself though. It can make all the difference in the world on how your wedding ends up turning out like. Russ did an amazing job with mine. Good luck with your wedding!
Reviewed On 5/13/2011 by Julia P
We had a very small wedding at my mother's house, but Russ made if feel like we went all out. He really made the day. I can see why they say the person doing the music and the person doing the MCing will either make or break your wedding. No...
w that my wedding's over it very obvious to me now that nothing else can make such an impact either way. If it's good it's great and makes the wedding, and well if it's mediocre or if it's bad? If we went with one of the other DJs we were talking with I know it would have turned out the way it did with having Russ instead. What a great day and night it turned into with having him work his magic. Very skilled and professional work.
Reviewed On 5/13/2011 by Justin W
After some searching I found Russ. He came across as someone that really knew what he was doing and clearly was more concerned about us and being honest and helpful than just making a buck like everyone else I found seemed to be. He was alwa...
ys pleasent and focused on helping us when we needed the help. It was nice having someone of his experience and caliber helping us with our wedding. My wife and I are really glad I made the decision to hire him for our wedding.
Reviewed On 5/05/2011 by Laura J
My husband and I didn't realize how DJs in general really work until we read Russ's wedding secrets page. It was definitely an eye opener and after I did a little investigation of my own I found out that all the information that he uncovers is...
true. I personally know from experience in the industry that I'm in that there's always insider information that no one outside of that particular industry knows about. We couldn't take a chance with our wedding after knowing all the real facts about DJs after reading his wedding secrets page. It was nice to know that we didn't have any of those things to worry about and that he really was looking out for our best interest making sure our wedding was not going to be jeopardized in any way. If anyone reading this hasn't read his wedding secrets page you should take a look. He provided us with the best service we could have ever asked for. Well worth every penny. Everything he did was executed perfectly. -Laura
Reviewed On 5/04/2011 by Keri E
Russ was very personable, friendly and accommodating the entire time. Leading up to our wedding and during our wedding you can tell that he really cared about how our wedding went. The way he handled every detail and how well he ran our wed...
ding went way beyond our expectations. I'm so glad we decided to go with him over the other DJs we were considering even though we paid a little more than most of what the other DJs were charging. I feel we received much more in value to our wedding than that small difference in fee, so it was well worth it and I can honestly highly recommend him to anyone that knows how big a difference that good of a DJ and Master of Ceremonies can make for your wedding.
Reviewed On 4/25/2011 by Michelle L
Russ did a spectacular job with my sister's wedding that I helped put together earlier this year. He did all the announcing and coordinating perfectly, was very skilled with handling my sister's music selections, and has an appropriate style ...
with everything. He managed everything and kept the reception together and running smooth. He really made my sister's wedding. I have to give him my top rating.
Reviewed On 4/25/2011 by Genie M
Russ puts out a great quality service and is extremely skilled with DJing and MCing weddings. Very natural and very fluid style that definitely kept my wedding from feeling or seeming cheap. That's one thing I noticed with other weddings I...
've been to, is that if the DJ is tacky, has a fake voice, acts too excited or dresses wrong or even if the look of the equipment is bad, it can really make the whole wedding seem cheap. With Russ putting out that kind of quality and taste with everything he does really can make a big difference with any wedding. So yes I definitely highly recommend him. Genie
Reviewed On 4/24/2011 by Robert E
When we hired Russ we knew what we were going to get before our wedding, because he never sends out other people to DJ like other DJs do. I heard about DJs subcontracting just anybody they can get to go out and DJ events and weddings. Also ...
getting your DJ switched on you at the last moment. A friend of mine had that happen to her even when her contract said it was going to be the DJ she booked, he claimed he was sick to get around the contract. They found out later he had DJ-ed someone else's wedding and wasn't really sick. We thought that was pretty scary to think of that ending up happening to us on our wedding day. With Russ we had one less thing to be stressed out about after hiring him. Everything he did from the announcing and coordinating to the music was done extremely well and professionally.
Reviewed On 4/11/2011 by Kim C
Russ treated us so well, he was very understanding, very personable, and extremely helpful when things seemed hectic. He really kept my wedding moving forward and organized so that it ran smooth. Really exceptional work with the coordination,...
MCing and the music. When my sister was married three years ago her Dj was none of these and it all just added to her stress. If she had Russ as her DJ I think it would have really made her feel a lot less stressed out. I felt sorry for her. I can honesty say anyone that hires Russ for their wedding are going to be very happy they made the decision to have him help them. He's a great choice.
Reviewed On 4/11/2011 by Maria H
My husband Tom and I were so blessed to have Russ as our DJ. He was so nice to work with and so helpful and understanding, which is uncommon for any type of service. He did everything he said he would and more; just a wonderful service. ...
Exceeded our expectations more than anything else we had dealt with for our wedding.
Reviewed On 4/11/2011 by Amanda N
My review of Russ is that he did a very good job with my wedding last year. The music, announcing and coordination were very well done. He provides a very personalized service. I am very satisfied with his input and work with my wedding....
I would recommend him to my friends. Thank you
Reviewed On 4/11/2011 by Jeni H
Thank goodness we found Russ after our first DJ canceled on us just two days before our wedding. I found out after our wedding it's not such an uncommon thing to have your Dj cancel on you at the last minute, since at work one person had it pe...
rsonally happen to her and another person had it happen to her sister. I wish I was more cautious when hiring my first DJ. One of my main reasons for hiring the first DJ was his price was low and fit within my budget. I know now I should have budgeted more for my DJ. You get what you pay for. When I found Russ I knew I found someone I could count on and trust. Such a big reliefe finding him after such a stressful experience. I'm still trying to get my deposit back from the first DJ that I hired that cancelled on me. Russ has a fantastic service to say the least. Not only is he completely dependable and honest, but he really provides a superior service in every way.
Reviewed On 4/07/2011 by Gina M
Music to us was the most important part of our wedding. Russ was totally accommodating to what we wanted for our style and managed it beautifully. Since we're both really into music so much, we just wanted to make absolutely sure that we hire...
d a dj that would really work with us on that. He did and we are both really grateful and happy how it went.
Reviewed On 4/07/2011 by Tony R
I know a lot of DJs claim to be not tacky or cheesy or whatever, but all my buddies found that at least some that say they're not really cheesy etc. still are. My friends found out the hard way on the day of their wedding and they and their w...
ife were pretty embarrassed. Me and my wife didn't want to take any risk. Russ is clearly a class act and has the right approach and appropriate style that we wanted. We just weren't going to take a chance on ending up with an embarrassing situation on our wedding day with some other DJ. Nice work!
Reviewed On 4/06/2011 by Jennifer S
Russ played for all my wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. He was able to set up all three areas where the music was already playing when guests transitioned from one area to the next. The ceremony music came out great. Sounded f...
antastic. I had him play Vitamin String Quartet songs for pre ceremony as guests arrived and were seated and other special song selections for my bridesmaids entrance, our sand ceremony and our exit back down the isle. The music was perfect and the transitions were smooth. It sounded great. He had a wireless mini clip type microphone on my officiant that picked up the ceremony and our vows. All in all the whole thing came out great and everyone had a great time. Russ is definitely a professional when it comes to weddings. His nice voice and natural style of announcing kept my wedding from sounding like I had some radio DJ doing my wedding. It was very nice! Hope this helps other brides.
Reviewed On 4/05/2011 by Kerry K
Russ was fantastic to have as my DJ for my wedding. The level of coordination he provided held my wedding together and his style of announcing and total care of how things went were indispensable. My wedding would not have been anywhere as go...
od with another DJ, and I know this for a fact after helping other friends and family members with their wedding. He's the only DJ I would ever consider for a wedding.
Reviewed On 4/05/2011 by Sarah H
My husband and I agreed, we were not going to have a DJ that does high school dances, night clubs or anything like that for our wedding. We found Russ to be the polar opposite of a DJ that does those other type of events. We insisted on havi...
ng someone that's an expert when it came to our wedding, so we wouldn't end up with something strange or something that wasn't appropriate. Very solid service and very perfectly designed with the thought of weddings in mind. I would highly recommend him to anyone that is concerned about what me and my husband were concerned about
Reviewed On 4/05/2011 by Lisa K
Where do I begin? Everything Russ did he did so well and there are so many things that a DJ can do to make a wedding so much better and obviously Russ knows what they are and how to pull them off with perfection. He did a fabulous job. Eve...
ryone at my wedding keeps complementing me on most of which Russ had a major part in.
Reviewed On 4/03/2011 by Kerry K
Russ was fantastic to have as my DJ for my wedding. The level of coordination he provided held my wedding together and his style of announcing and total care of how things went were indispensable. My wedding would not have been anywhere as good...
with another DJ, and I know this for a fact after helping other friends and family members with their wedding. He's the only DJ I would ever consider for a wedding.
Reviewed On 3/27/2009 by Michele D
Very easy to work with professional had class and elegance and didn't feel cheesy. He allowed me to give him a detailed song list and a do not play list
I grew up in Kern County and have DJed 1000's of weddings throughout Socal with about 1/3 being at venues such as the Hotel Bel Air, the Hotel Del Coronado, the Trump International Golf Resort, Disneyland, and The Queen Mary. The other 2/3rds of my weddings were at your normal person's backyard and small local venues. My experience with weddings is more vast and extreme than any DJ that I’m aware of. Name any place in Socal and I bet I’ve worked there at least once, but now days I like working as close to home as possible and much rather serve my local communities of Bakersfield & Tehachapi.
Starting Cost: $$ – Affordable