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catalyst productions

Munster , IN

LOCATION

Munster, IN 46321 US

PHONE

219-836-8240

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Kathryn
Wedding:
3/29/2014
0.3/5.0
We heard so many great things about Brian Cummings at catalyst! Then when we met him, I felt he was just a lil off, my fiancé said he seemed ok so I just shook it off. Since our budget for music was limited I booked Brian. It ended up being a huge mistake. He was hard to get a hold of and when I finally got a hold of him he rambled & made no sense! I feel like he may have something going on with him. He is scattered, and quick to say oh ya ya but next time I get a hold of him he had no recollection of what I had asked for. He never got me into their online planning system until 2 days before our wedding and it wouldn't even work for us. 5 days before our wedding he wanted to discuss our cocktail music. I carefully outlined exactly what I wanted. Exactly!! The era, genre & a handful of band names. He wanted ME to collect all the music, burn it to a cd & give it to him to play. Isn't that what I'm paying for him to do?!?
So we had him for our ceremony... His sound system was horrible!! It crackled and sounded horrible!! I was so upset!! Then he took his sweet time setting up for the cocktail hour. Had I known he didn't have the equipment to handle both & that the transition wouldn't be seamless I wouldn't have let him do it.
At the reception he he started out playing all the stuff I asked him to stay away from!! And I had a short list of must plays & they never got played!!
Worst dj ever! Did I mention he played air guitar? Barf.
I'll never refer him to anyone!!!
We heard so many great things about Brian Cummings at catalyst! Then when we met him, I felt he was just a lil off, my Read more...
We heard so many great things about Brian Cummings at catalyst! Then when we met him, I felt he was just a lil off, my fiancé said he seemed ok so I just shook it off. Since our budget for music was limited I booked Brian. It ended up being a huge mistake. He was hard to get a hold of and when I finally got a hold of him he rambled & made no sense! I feel like he may have something going on with him. He is scattered, and quick to say oh ya ya but next time I get a hold of him he had no recollection of what I had asked for. He never got me into their online planning system until 2 days before our wedding and it wouldn't even work for us. 5 days before our wedding he wanted to discuss our cocktail music. I carefully outlined exactly what I wanted. Exactly!! The era, genre & a handful of band names. He wanted ME to collect all the music, burn it to a cd & give it to him to play. Isn't that what I'm paying for him to do?!?
So we had him for our ceremony... His sound system was horrible!! It crackled and sounded horrible!! I was so upset!! Then he took his sweet time setting up for the cocktail hour. Had I known he didn't have the equipment to handle both & that the transition wouldn't be seamless I wouldn't have let him do it.
At the reception he he started out playing all the stuff I asked him to stay away from!! And I had a short list of must plays & they never got played!!
Worst dj ever! Did I mention he played air guitar? Barf.
I'll never refer him to anyone!!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Kristen
Wedding:
7/5/2013
5.0/5.0
It was greatest night of our lives, thanks to Ryan. If you are going to book with Catalyst, make sure you request Ryan as your DJ. He is so flexible and just knows how to make a dance floor packed. He played all the songs we requested and he also played music that he knew everyone would enjoy. Ryan made an amazing impression on us before the wedding, working with us from start to finish. He's an awesome MC as well.
It was greatest night of our lives, thanks to Ryan. If you are going to book with Catalyst, make sure you request Ryan as Read more...
It was greatest night of our lives, thanks to Ryan. If you are going to book with Catalyst, make sure you request Ryan as your DJ. He is so flexible and just knows how to make a dance floor packed. He played all the songs we requested and he also played music that he knew everyone would enjoy. Ryan made an amazing impression on us before the wedding, working with us from start to finish. He's an awesome MC as well. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Cynderbelle29
Wedding:
10/17/2009
3.6/5.0
My dj was a very nice guy, however he did not play all the songs that were listed on my "must play" list, which were only 5 songs. Also his selections of songs were only ok, he was a little stuck in the 90's. They were very reasonably priced. If I had to do over again I would still book them, but I would have made a longer "must play" list, with songs I wanted, and had him stick to that.
My dj was a very nice guy, however he did not play all the songs that were listed on my "must play" list, which were only Read more...
My dj was a very nice guy, however he did not play all the songs that were listed on my "must play" list, which were only 5 songs. Also his selections of songs were only ok, he was a little stuck in the 90's. They were very reasonably priced. If I had to do over again I would still book them, but I would have made a longer "must play" list, with songs I wanted, and had him stick to that. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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alucho00
Wedding:
9/27/2009
1.1/5.0
We had Brian as our D.J. the owner of Catalyst. We were referred to them by some friends, but unfortunately they were the biggest and only let down of the day. We had given him a list of "must plays", but he didn't play most of them and did not follow our instructions for the dinner/cocktail hour. Our first dance was another big letdown. We had to continually call him to talk about our song and editing it. He was always too busy to talk to us and didn't do anything to the song. About 10 minutes before our first dance, he came to the head table and said "I'll just talk over the song, does that work?", well with only 10 mins until our dance, we really didn't have a choice. If we had known he wasn't going to edit the song, we would have chosen another.

He also did not get some of our requested songs for some reason and asked us to bring our own CDs, so he could copy them before the reception. We brought the CDs because these songs were important, but he didn't show up to the reception site until maybe 15mins before the reception was to start. Our reception immediately followed our ceremony and when we were in the receiving line, I was informed the DJ has not arrived yet. He played maybe 2 songs consecutively from our CDs and that was it. My Family was very disappointed.

I've heard good things about the other DJs in their business, but from what I have seen from the owner, I would not recommend them to anyone.
We had Brian as our D.J. the owner of Catalyst. We were referred to them by some friends, but unfortunately they were the Read more...
We had Brian as our D.J. the owner of Catalyst. We were referred to them by some friends, but unfortunately they were the biggest and only let down of the day. We had given him a list of "must plays", but he didn't play most of them and did not follow our instructions for the dinner/cocktail hour. Our first dance was another big letdown. We had to continually call him to talk about our song and editing it. He was always too busy to talk to us and didn't do anything to the song. About 10 minutes before our first dance, he came to the head table and said "I'll just talk over the song, does that work?", well with only 10 mins until our dance, we really didn't have a choice. If we had known he wasn't going to edit the song, we would have chosen another.

He also did not get some of our requested songs for some reason and asked us to bring our own CDs, so he could copy them before the reception. We brought the CDs because these songs were important, but he didn't show up to the reception site until maybe 15mins before the reception was to start. Our reception immediately followed our ceremony and when we were in the receiving line, I was informed the DJ has not arrived yet. He played maybe 2 songs consecutively from our CDs and that was it. My Family was very disappointed.

I've heard good things about the other DJs in their business, but from what I have seen from the owner, I would not recommend them to anyone. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Amy & Roy
Wedding:
11/28/2008
3.3/5.0
Well-- I truthfully didn't like our DJ that much as far as Mic Presence... it was the owner of the company... Brian. Maybe other dj's in the company are a little better Mic wise...?
They do have a website that you can post songs you want played as you think of them-- which was cool, and the dance floor was packed-- but I think that's because we have some fun friends/family too :) The bridal party announcement was boring-- so was the bride & grooms. He didn't give Roy & I enough time to sit down before he started having the toasts made & lastly, he said the name of 'our songs' before they were played--- kinda tacky. Also, he walked out on the dance floor to ask the groom a question during the mother/son dance.. didn't like that much either! But, again this was all stage/mic presence predominately. He was fairly priced and did send song suggestion cd's -- about 15 of them... which was pretty cool...
Well-- I truthfully didn't like our DJ that much as far as Mic Presence... it was the owner of the company... Brian. Maybe Read more...
Well-- I truthfully didn't like our DJ that much as far as Mic Presence... it was the owner of the company... Brian. Maybe other dj's in the company are a little better Mic wise...?
They do have a website that you can post songs you want played as you think of them-- which was cool, and the dance floor was packed-- but I think that's because we have some fun friends/family too :) The bridal party announcement was boring-- so was the bride & grooms. He didn't give Roy & I enough time to sit down before he started having the toasts made & lastly, he said the name of 'our songs' before they were played--- kinda tacky. Also, he walked out on the dance floor to ask the groom a question during the mother/son dance.. didn't like that much either! But, again this was all stage/mic presence predominately. He was fairly priced and did send song suggestion cd's -- about 15 of them... which was pretty cool... Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/4/2008
3.9/5.0
Great music - floor was packed all night!
Great music - floor was packed all night!
Great music - floor was packed all night! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Jason
Wedding:
4/26/2008
5.0/5.0
Brian was amazing! Highly recommended. He really made our night. Everyone kept asking us for his info so they can hire him. He is a must have!
Brian was amazing! Highly recommended. He really made our night. Everyone kept asking us for his info so they can hire Read more...
Brian was amazing! Highly recommended. He really made our night. Everyone kept asking us for his info so they can hire him. He is a must have! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Kristen
Wedding:
10/6/2007
5.0/5.0
We had seen Catalyst Productions at one other wedding and they were amazing. When I called to book I was a little worried because Brian (the owner) wasn't able to do our wedding because he was already booked but when we met with Ryan he was amazing!! The night of the wedding he was awesome! He played everything at the right time and he played all the songs that were on our must play and it was amazing! I danced every single song until midnight, I seriously enver left the dance floor! He made our reception the one everyone is still talking about.
We had seen Catalyst Productions at one other wedding and they were amazing. When I called to book I was a little worried Read more...
We had seen Catalyst Productions at one other wedding and they were amazing. When I called to book I was a little worried because Brian (the owner) wasn't able to do our wedding because he was already booked but when we met with Ryan he was amazing!! The night of the wedding he was awesome! He played everything at the right time and he played all the songs that were on our must play and it was amazing! I danced every single song until midnight, I seriously enver left the dance floor! He made our reception the one everyone is still talking about. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Kris
Wedding:
9/29/2007
4.8/5.0
Ryan is the best DJ! He is personable, laid back and fun. He listens to you...which is most important. He also is great at reading the crowd. We had Karaokee for our reception and he found the perfect balance to keep it fun yet keep people on the dance floor. The crowd was shouting Encore when he was done...and you know what he had a song saved...just perfect! Request Ryan is great.
Ryan is the best DJ! He is personable, laid back and fun. He listens to you...which is most important. He also is great at Read more...
Ryan is the best DJ! He is personable, laid back and fun. He listens to you...which is most important. He also is great at reading the crowd. We had Karaokee for our reception and he found the perfect balance to keep it fun yet keep people on the dance floor. The crowd was shouting Encore when he was done...and you know what he had a song saved...just perfect! Request Ryan is great. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Jacqualine
Wedding:
6/2/2007
5.0/5.0
Great DJ! Had an awesome time on the dance floor, thank to him!
Great DJ! Had an awesome time on the dance floor, thank to him!
Great DJ! Had an awesome time on the dance floor, thank to him! Read less
Services Used: DJ
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