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Astir Entertainment

San Diego , CA

LOCATION

3089 Clairemont Drive, 242
San Diego, CA US 92117
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ABOUT US

My name is Lenny, also known as DJ Astir, and I am the owner, and sole DJ at Astir Entertainment. I serve on the board of the American Disc Jockey Association (San Diego Chapter) as Vice... Read more
My name is Lenny, also known as DJ Astir, and I am the owner, and sole DJ at Astir Entertainment. I serve on the board of the American Disc Jockey Association (San Diego Chapter) as Vice President, and hold a very high level of standards to my work. I am a veteran of the United States Navy, and have been a professional DJ for about 8 years. I started off in the club industry, and two years ago I switched over to doing private events, specializing in the wedding industry. This is my full time job, so you can be rest assured that I will put as much attention into your wedding as if it were my own.

My mixing style is turntable based, and I spin all styles of music! With a background in the club industry, you can be rest assured that I can seamlessly blend tracks, and keep your dance floor packed! I am a subscriber to multiple DJ record pools, and acquire all high quality (and legal!) music, from all genres.

My style in acting as your Master of Ceremonies is a very professional approach. I am a good public speaker, and can speak clearly, and with confidence, yet I always keep the focus on you! I definitely am not a "cheesy" DJ. I work well with coordinators to make sure that your big day stays on time, fun, and professional! Read less
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INFO FOR DJ

What music genres are in your collection?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing, World
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
There is no limit, but I use input I have received from you during our meetings, as well as my musical expertise to decide whether each request is appropriate, and if most of your guests are going to enjoy that request as well and stay on the dance floor!
What is your usual attire?
Always professional. The specifics I leave up to you! I have a spot on the worksheet you fill out that allows you to fill in a preference. By default, I will wear formal business attire: i.e.... dress pants and a dress shirt (tucked in).
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
Not unless it is a hard to find song that I am unable to acquire on my own for some reason. I subscribe to multiple professional DJ record pools though, and can acquire most music, in high quality, and legally!
How many other DJs do you work with?
I am the only DJ at my company. I have a business partner that assists me with my work, and setting up, etc... But, I am the one you meet with, and I am ALWAYS the one that will be DJ'ing your event.
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
4 hours... Due to travel costs, set up and break down time, etc.. it is not very cost effective for me to do less. I can perform for less than 4 hours if needed, but I would still have to charge for the base 4 hours.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Of course! As a standard, I prefer to meet with all of my clients before their wedding! I think it makes for a better times if your DJ and Master of Ceremonies is not a stranger!
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
I do not "specialize" in any ethnic, or international events, however, have performed various weddings from international cultures with great reviews. I just take more input from you on your traditions and music selections to ensure a smooth, fun-filled wedding!
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
Certainly! I am not a cookie cutter DJ... I play whatever suits you. That being said, I also don't want to play music that you don't like... after all, its your wedding!
Do you bring your own equipment?
Yes I do. I use all top of the line equipment, that I keep in pristine condition to ensure that it will always both work properly, and look classy at your event!
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
Uplighting, Dance Floor Lighting, Lasers, Monogram Projection, Pinspotting, Cake Lighting
How much time do you usually need to set up? Do you require that the site or client provide a table for you to set up on?
An average setup takes between 1-2 hours depending on the size of your event, and how much equipment I will be setting up. As a standard, I require 2 hours minimum for setup. 
 I also do require a table to set up on in order to ensure that the linens will match the rest of your event! Since you go through all the trouble of picking out colors, and materials, I don't want to use my own and throw off the look of the room!
Do you have any extra space requirements?
My space requirements can vary a bit depending on set up. Since I offer many different options (add-ons), I can't give a standard amount for every event.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
No. Your wedding or event is about you, not me. I let my work speak for itself for promoting me. I truly believe if you and your guests are having a great time, they will remember me. The spotlight is always on you!
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
Yes I Emcee the event (Master of Ceremonies)... but I do not talk between songs, unless I am announcing an event.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
Between having a very broad knowledge of music, and a club background, I can spin just about any style of music and will motivate the crowd by finding what they like is! This is generally not a problem though since we discuss your likes, as well as your crowds likes and interests in our meetings to come up with great selections in advance to keep your dance floor packed!
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I do like to be able to have a meal if possible, but I will no REQUIRE my clients to provide one. There is an area on my contract where you select yes or no. Since I arrive 2 hours prior to start of your event, and am there 1-2 hours after, even a 4 hour event is 8 hours for me. A 6 hour event is 10 hours for me. That is a long time to go without eating!
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
I certainly will ensure there is still music playing while I eat.
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I have never not showed up for an event yet. However, in the unlikely event that something did happen, I could easily find a suitable replacement to take my place or give you a full refund. I am the Vice President of the American Disc Jockey Association in San Diego, and have a very close network of other very professional DJs.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
I do not. When you reserve a date with me, that date is 100% yours.
What is your overtime rate?
My OT rate is currently $150/hr if paid up front. $200/hr if extended on the spot.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Never, travel costs are built into my pricing. As is taxes, set up time, etc... My quotes I give you are always complete. NEVER any surprises.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
I require a 50% deposit to book my services. As soon as I receive this, your date is reserved and blacked out on my availability checker!

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Jenneca
Wedding:
12/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Lenny was amazing. He was very flexible with us and really made our day special. He has a great presence and made the night flow seamlessly. Highly recommended!
Lenny was amazing. He was very flexible with us and really made our day special. He has a great presence and made the Read more...
Lenny was amazing. He was very flexible with us and really made our day special. He has a great presence and made the night flow seamlessly. Highly recommended! Read less
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Trisha
Wedding:
7/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Lenny and his assistant are fantastic! He has a great speaking voice, and is very professional. He commanded a presence but was not overbearing. He played exactly what we wanted, and helped us every step of the way via e-mail phone, and even texting. I was having a disorganized bride moment, as my fiance and I were moving the week before our wedding, and wasn't good at responding to e-mails. He called me to check up and make sure that we had everything we needed, and helped me stay on track.

We asked him to change the type of music in the middle of the wedding to accommodate some of our guests' requests, and he transitioned flawlessly. Most importantly, he was on time, stuck to our timeline (and adjusted when we didn't, lol) and communicated with us and our coordinator throughout the whole wedding. We got so many compliments from our guests about the music, DJ, and lighting. We felt like Lenny really cared about us and our event, and will always go to him for future events.
Lenny and his assistant are fantastic! He has a great speaking voice, and is very professional. He commanded a presence Read more...
Lenny and his assistant are fantastic! He has a great speaking voice, and is very professional. He commanded a presence but was not overbearing. He played exactly what we wanted, and helped us every step of the way via e-mail phone, and even texting. I was having a disorganized bride moment, as my fiance and I were moving the week before our wedding, and wasn't good at responding to e-mails. He called me to check up and make sure that we had everything we needed, and helped me stay on track.

We asked him to change the type of music in the middle of the wedding to accommodate some of our guests' requests, and he transitioned flawlessly. Most importantly, he was on time, stuck to our timeline (and adjusted when we didn't, lol) and communicated with us and our coordinator throughout the whole wedding. We got so many compliments from our guests about the music, DJ, and lighting. We felt like Lenny really cared about us and our event, and will always go to him for future events. Read less
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Bonnie
Wedding:
7/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Lenny, by far was the most fantastic vendor I worked with when I put together my wedding. When I first called he got back to me right away and was extremely professional. We met at the venue (our backyard) and the value of what he could offer (DJ, uplighting, mic-ing the ceremony, doing the lighting, MC'ing to make sure guests could be at the right place at the right time AND filmed my wedding!) couldn't be beat. When we had some changes to the yard which gave some concern to the setup, he even came out a second time to make sure we could make it work. On top of this, Lenny and his business partner Andy are extremely kind -- the kind of people you would want to be friends with. The day of the wedding he was our MVP and really made the night. I know he had 3 events that weekend before mine, but he treated my wedding like it was his only event. The sound was fantastic for the ceremony, toasts and dancing. I can't thank him enough!
Lenny, by far was the most fantastic vendor I worked with when I put together my wedding. When I first called he got back Read more...
Lenny, by far was the most fantastic vendor I worked with when I put together my wedding. When I first called he got back to me right away and was extremely professional. We met at the venue (our backyard) and the value of what he could offer (DJ, uplighting, mic-ing the ceremony, doing the lighting, MC'ing to make sure guests could be at the right place at the right time AND filmed my wedding!) couldn't be beat. When we had some changes to the yard which gave some concern to the setup, he even came out a second time to make sure we could make it work. On top of this, Lenny and his business partner Andy are extremely kind -- the kind of people you would want to be friends with. The day of the wedding he was our MVP and really made the night. I know he had 3 events that weekend before mine, but he treated my wedding like it was his only event. The sound was fantastic for the ceremony, toasts and dancing. I can't thank him enough! Read less
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Zack
Wedding:
7/5/2013
5.0/5.0
DJ Astir is the best. You get an online event planning website to use to specify songs that you want to play, plan special features, and create an event timeline to ensure that everything goes smoothly. We knew exactly what was going to happen, and our wedding was great, just like we planned. We found DJ Astir at a Bridal Bazaar in Del Mar, California, he provided the best value, the most attractive service, and he let us know that he would take care of the event, and that it would be great and it was. After the wedding, I was getting so many complements on the DJ, and many of our guests have DJs in their own families. He was on point all night, the music always sounded good, was the right selections, and was consistently smooth. He is a pro, needless to say, he doesn't mess up. DJ Astir really does have it all, appearance (to suit your event), best price (out of the 12-14 DJs I've talked to - we went to about 5-6 Bridal Bazaar type events all over Riverside and San Diego Counties), and you get the online event planning website. I recommend DJ Astir.
DJ Astir is the best. You get an online event planning website to use to specify songs that you want to play, plan special Read more...
DJ Astir is the best. You get an online event planning website to use to specify songs that you want to play, plan special features, and create an event timeline to ensure that everything goes smoothly. We knew exactly what was going to happen, and our wedding was great, just like we planned. We found DJ Astir at a Bridal Bazaar in Del Mar, California, he provided the best value, the most attractive service, and he let us know that he would take care of the event, and that it would be great and it was. After the wedding, I was getting so many complements on the DJ, and many of our guests have DJs in their own families. He was on point all night, the music always sounded good, was the right selections, and was consistently smooth. He is a pro, needless to say, he doesn't mess up. DJ Astir really does have it all, appearance (to suit your event), best price (out of the 12-14 DJs I've talked to - we went to about 5-6 Bridal Bazaar type events all over Riverside and San Diego Counties), and you get the online event planning website. I recommend DJ Astir. Read less
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Erik
Wedding:
6/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Mr. Paulson is a very professional DJ. There were some obstacles that were last minute and the transition was seamless, music was played and knew what was going on every minute of the event. He took control of the schedule and made things happen. In light of the hiccups that were received from hotel management, nothing stopped him from letting the wedding reception continue.

I will recommend him to every one I know! Hands down the best I have ever had!
Mr. Paulson is a very professional DJ. There were some obstacles that were last minute and the transition was seamless, Read more...
Mr. Paulson is a very professional DJ. There were some obstacles that were last minute and the transition was seamless, music was played and knew what was going on every minute of the event. He took control of the schedule and made things happen. In light of the hiccups that were received from hotel management, nothing stopped him from letting the wedding reception continue.

I will recommend him to every one I know! Hands down the best I have ever had! Read less
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Sabrana
Wedding:
5/24/2013
5.0/5.0
We found Lenny at the Bridal Bazaar in San Diego. When he greeted us, I knew right then and there that I wanted him to DJ our wedding. He offered an excellent package along with non-stop communication and appointments. Although we live 500 mines away his online planning and email responses were quick. When in town he was efficient and able to set up meetings where we were able to accomplish and complete "things" that needed to get done, thank you Lenny for that! And note, he shows up on time :)

Lenny was extremely accommodating and excellent at getting the party started and keeping the party going at our wedding. He was able to stick to the timeline and complete all the formalities with accompanied with throwing an wedding (ie. first dance, cake cutting, money dance, bouquet/garter, etc). Our guest were singing his praises days after the wedding as he "put it down!"

Thank you Lenny for making our wedding and enjoyable and unforgettable event. We can't wait to see the ceremony footage!

Regards,
Sabrana & Alex
We found Lenny at the Bridal Bazaar in San Diego. When he greeted us, I knew right then and there that I wanted him to DJ Read more...
We found Lenny at the Bridal Bazaar in San Diego. When he greeted us, I knew right then and there that I wanted him to DJ our wedding. He offered an excellent package along with non-stop communication and appointments. Although we live 500 mines away his online planning and email responses were quick. When in town he was efficient and able to set up meetings where we were able to accomplish and complete "things" that needed to get done, thank you Lenny for that! And note, he shows up on time :)

Lenny was extremely accommodating and excellent at getting the party started and keeping the party going at our wedding. He was able to stick to the timeline and complete all the formalities with accompanied with throwing an wedding (ie. first dance, cake cutting, money dance, bouquet/garter, etc). Our guest were singing his praises days after the wedding as he "put it down!"

Thank you Lenny for making our wedding and enjoyable and unforgettable event. We can't wait to see the ceremony footage!

Regards,
Sabrana & Alex Read less
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Jodi
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
With my venue for my wedding at the Grand Del Mar it was so important to have a DJ who could create the diverse ambiance we were looking for, DJ Astiir NAILED it! I would highly recommend Leonard Paulsen for any and all events including the biggest event in our lives, our wedding! He and his partner were incredible and helped to make our experience now a lifetime positive memory for not only myself and my new hubby but all of our guests both young and old(er) :D
With my venue for my wedding at the Grand Del Mar it was so important to have a DJ who could create the diverse ambiance Read more...
With my venue for my wedding at the Grand Del Mar it was so important to have a DJ who could create the diverse ambiance we were looking for, DJ Astiir NAILED it! I would highly recommend Leonard Paulsen for any and all events including the biggest event in our lives, our wedding! He and his partner were incredible and helped to make our experience now a lifetime positive memory for not only myself and my new hubby but all of our guests both young and old(er) :D Read less
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David
Wedding:
5/11/2013
5.0/5.0
He was the DJ for our ceremony and wedding. We had a cocktail hour that immediately followed our ceremony, with that being said he had two set ups to do. Our reception area was more concerned with making more money during lunch instead of getting the area cleared for set up of the DJ and decorations. So he was left to set up with less time than he would have liked. He was still able to get everything set up for our ceremony. Overall I was very satisfied with the whole process from our initial meeting to our reception. You can not go wrong with hiring him for your DJ needs.
He was the DJ for our ceremony and wedding. We had a cocktail hour that immediately followed our ceremony, with that being Read more...
He was the DJ for our ceremony and wedding. We had a cocktail hour that immediately followed our ceremony, with that being said he had two set ups to do. Our reception area was more concerned with making more money during lunch instead of getting the area cleared for set up of the DJ and decorations. So he was left to set up with less time than he would have liked. He was still able to get everything set up for our ceremony. Overall I was very satisfied with the whole process from our initial meeting to our reception. You can not go wrong with hiring him for your DJ needs. Read less
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