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Desert House Productions

Phoenix , AZ
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Phoenix, AZ US (map)

PHONE

602-790-2241

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ABOUT US

Desert House Production’s sound-spinning duo is one of Arizona’s most sought after DJ teams. Known for mixing a variety of upscale beats and sounds, the pair comes armed with an arsenal... Read more
Desert House Production’s sound-spinning duo is one of Arizona’s most sought after DJ teams. Known for mixing a variety of upscale beats and sounds, the pair comes armed with an arsenal of modern musical styles and an artistic lighting display. Harnessing the power of music, Desert House injects an energetic and modern twist to your venue or event. 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
Describe your DJ style:
Desert House Productions began as the culmination of talents of husband-and-wife team Dave & Drea Strickler in 2002. Dave (DJ & drummer) and Drea (DJ & classically trained pianist/composer) initially combined their skills to provide performances for house parties, weddings, and other select events. Realizing that their unique pairing & musical sensibilities allowed them to offer a service unlike any other, they soon formed Desert House Productions and began their foray into the larger entertainment services market.
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
no
What is your usual attire?
Sophisticated style.
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
No
How many other DJs do you work with?
Two
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
Two Hours
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Of Course
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
Many
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
Of Course
Do you bring your own equipment?
Yes
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
Top-of-the-Line DJ Gear, Instruments, Sound-Systems & Intelligent Lighting Packages
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?
Two Hours
Do you have any extra space requirements?
No
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
No
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
We make announcement where they are needed to direct the flow of the event. Our announcements are minimal.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
Specializing in many diverse events we are adapt at reading a crowd's energy. We NEVER play games or horrible cliche' music to get people moving!
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We don't takes breaks and yes do require the client to provide us with a hot meal
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
Yes
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
We always have a qualified Desert House Productions DJ
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
We never book more than one wedding per DJ per day.
What is your overtime rate?
$300 an hour
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Yes, we do charge for travel expenses if the event is outside of the Phoenix area. We charge based upon how far the event is and also require Lodging.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
50%

REVIEWS

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Lauren
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Dave and Drea are by far the best DJ's in all of Arizona!!! I've worked with them for over 3 years and consistently referred clients that were looking for something different than the cheesy DJ playing newlywed games. They were always on time, professional, and kept the crowd on the dance floor the entire night. As soon as we started planning the wedding, they were on my vendor list.

They assisted with both our ceremony and reception music--all of which was fantastic! Dave even found an instrumental version of the song I dreamed of our bridal party walking down the aisle to after I spent hours of searching. When it came time for the reception they kept the schedule running on time and the dance floor packed the entire night. We had to have additional transportation arranged for because nobody took the early busses home! The night turned out exactly how I imagined it would and they were a HUGE part of that!!

I tell all my clients there are a few things that are truly worth spending money on and a DJ is definitely one of them. They make or break the party and Desert House truly makes your party!
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Emily
Wedding:
5/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Drea, our DJ from Desert House Productions, was AMAZING! Our friends and family are still talking about how great the music was, and how fun our reception was, thanks to Drea! She didn't play any "typical" or "cliche" wedding songs, and she also never just played track after track- she mixes songs and styles that you would never expect would flow together... She's extremely friendly, respects your music style and song choices, and communicates very well. I'd recommend Drea to everyone looking for a reception that guests will talk about for years to follow your big day!
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ashley
Wedding:
5/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Absolutely awesome DJs!! From the planning process till the end of our reception I have nothing but good things to say! David really knows what he's doing and knows how to put on a good show! I sent him a Spotify list with the types of songs we like and a list of do not play songs and he did not disappoint! We had tons of our guests say how good they were and comment on how they've never seen a wedding where pretty much every guest danced the entire night. If you're looking for an amazing DJ who knows how to entertain, you've found them here.
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Salisha
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
When we got married having a fun non-traditional party was SO important to us - no bouquet toss, no garter toss, nothing corny - just dancing!! We hired Desert House Productions and never looked back. Drea and Dave Strickler were amazing with the contract and communication while Anthony killed it as our wedding DJ. Anthony listened to all our requests and built a great play list that kept the party going. My husband's only compliant was he got the edited version of 2 Chainz but I'm pretty sure Anthony just wanted to be appropriate for the grandmas ;). We could not be happier with their services. I would recommend Desert House Productions to everyone!
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Whitney
Wedding:
3/15/2014
5.0/5.0
As the groom, my "to-do" list was rather short. Number 1 - don't be late to the wedding. Number 2 - pick a badass DJ. Well I only accomplished one of those, and it definitely was NOT the first one. Drea was the perfect DJ for our wedding and I would pick her again 10 times out of 10. She is a true professional and a master of her craft. She set the mood throughout the entire reception with an amazing mix of modern and traditional tunes and seamless transitions.

Admittedly, I am rather particular about my music, and I was adamant that our wedding music library expand beyond the Cupid Shuffle and Sweet Caroline (even though I do love Neil Diamond). While interviewing DJ's, it was apparent to me that many of them oversold themselves as being an excellent emcee and did not really concentrate on the music, or did not appear to be up to date on some of the more current music. Drea, on the other hand, presented herself as the entire package: a confident emcee with a fresh sound that every generation could enjoy. I am very happy that she could contribute in such an amazing way to our special day. Thanks, Drea!
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Kelsey
Wedding:
2/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Dave and Drea were amazing in creating a perfect atmosphere for our wedding. From helping us pick out the key songs to making the night run smoothly, they were priceless! We didn't have to worry about anything during the reception, they kept things running smoothly and knew when it would be best to do the next thing on the timeline. They were also helpful in recommending vendors they have worked with which made the wedding planning that much easier. Out of all of the vendors from our wedding, professional DJ's were definitely at the top of our list and Desert House Productions should be number one on your list.
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Taryn
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
These two amazing people made me the happiest bride you could imagine! They gave me the most perfect wedding gift by "sealing the envelope" with their amazing talent. Drea and Dave will assure that any event you hold has the best DJing you can imagine! I highly recommend them. They are very organized and so extremely good at what they do. They made my day go smoothly from the time I walked down the aisle to the last dance. Thank you so much both of you for an unforgettable night! xoxo
Love, Mrs. Whalin!
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Lindsay
Wedding:
12/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Drea worked with my husband and I to fully customize our wedding playlist, and it was amazing. Best party ever. She really listened to what we wanted and we all had a blast.
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Karen
Wedding:
11/23/2013
5.0/5.0
The best DJs you will ever have at an event. Their professionalism is outstanding as is their team collaboration on music, not to mention how GREAT their equipment is! WE LOVE THEM!
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Jennifer
Wedding:
11/23/2013
5.0/5.0
I have absolutely nothing but praise for Desert House Productions and Anthony Hart, who was the DJ at our wedding.

Anthony is very personable and laid-back but still professional. He did everything we asked for to the letter; no details were overlooked. My husband and I are musicians, so the music at the reception was very important to us. Anthony was able to take our ideas and run with them; he provided the perfect sophisticated vibe for dinner and then created an awesome dance party. He is a wonderful DJ who understands music and knows how to execute whatever vibe you are going for. If you are looking for a typical wedding DJ that is big on cheesy group dances and games, do not hire DHP--it would not be worth their time or your money. But if you love music and appreciate music played by a real DJ, not just someone hitting play on a playlist, then DHP is for you.
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Logan
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
These guys are the best in the business. And I don't just mean in the Phoenix area! From the music selection to the lighting, they did everything perfectly and were so professional from beginning to end. I could not imagine having anyone else for our wedding reception.
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Danielle
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Drea was the absolute best DJ!! We are so lucky we found her!! She not only did business over the phone but wanted to meet in person when we first found her. She seemed like such a nice person i knew from the start we wanted to book her! She was very professional and easy to get in contact fast. Which was important to me. We wanted a variety of music and a huge dance party! Which was exaclty what we got!! During the wedding so many people came up to me telling me she was the best DJ they have seen. I got so many compliments on how fun our party was! And it was all because of her!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We have so many great things to say about the two of them! Such a pleasure to work with and so friendly. Great people! The music was awesome and they are a major reason why everyone had such a great time. They also played at my friend's wedding last year and did a great job also. We HIGHLY recommend them!

ernest and meghan
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Desert House was amazing! They did a great job getting to know us personally, and that really helped with their music selection to make the night much more special. I would recommend them to anyone.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We, like most couples, were on a limited budget and wanted to make sure that we had a wonderful wedding with great memories. We decided to focus the wedding on the DJ and it was the best decision we could have made. You certainly get what you pay for! Everyone at the wedding (including our 88 year old grandma) was on the dance floor all night long.

The ceiling lights are so amazing! Definitely worth adding on ALL the lighting. It felt like a Las Vegas DJ party in our sleepy east valley suburb. Drea is really chic and totally the best. I had heard a song on the radio and couldn't figure out the artist or song title. I sang her a few bars, she found it, and had everyone dancing to it! She knows her stuff!

Also we were able to skip the day-of-wedding planner as Drea does a great timeline for the event as part of her services.

We can't thank Desert House enough
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Wendy
Wedding:
10/18/2013
5.0/5.0
I was referred to Desert House by a wedding planner friend of mine and there is a reason for their stellar reviews. I was lucky to work with Drea and she was fantastic. We met and talked about all kinds of different music genres and she put together a really fun play list. I probably should have mingled more during the reception but I couldn't stay off the dance floor! She was also very flexible and occommodating after my first venue closed their doors and I had to come up with a plan B. Pick Desert House.....you won't be disappointed!!!
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Drea did an outstanding job for ceremony and reception. All of our guests had a great time and kept on dancing.
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Nicole
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
We truly could not have made a better decision than going with Desert House Productions. We struggled with the common question of band vs. DJ, but after meeting Drea and listening to her samples, we knew that she was the right fit. Our reception was amazing and it was Drea that made the party. She was wonderful to work with and we knew we could trust her to play the best songs and keep people out on the dance floor. She DJ'd the dinner, which had a more elegant feel - outdoors, bistro lighting, under the stars - and nailed the music with a beautiful mix of old and new; and she DJ'd the reception, which had a lounge, dance party feel to it...hardly anyone left the floor all night. I would highly recommend Desert House Productions. They are unique, creative and exceptionally talented. Thank you, Drea!
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Mike
Wedding:
4/19/2013
5.0/5.0
There are not enough stars to truly reflect the quality, style, organization, and execution of Desert House Productions (DHP) as a wedding DJ. If you want to have a wedding with GUSTO; one that people will be talking about for years to come, hire DHP. In case you don't know or realize, the music execution is one of the top 3 most important components of any party or wedding. You can spend less on food, flowers, and decorations, and you must, if that means you can hire DHP. This is what guests will remember. If you are considering a band, a dj, or any set of musicians, I encourage you to consider DHP as an all in one option. DHP flawlessly covered the pre-ceremony, the cocktail hour, and the full reception. The most valuable takeaways for everyone to know:

1) Don't kill yourself picking every song you want to hear. They are music connoisseurs. This means you can share 10-20 songs that you like, of any variety, and they will prepare the playlist for you. Literally, we put all of our trust into them and sent only ~5 must-plays, with 15 songs we "loved", and the rest was up to them. Perfect execution.
2) They are DJs, meaning they mix/remix songs. The music never stops, and the dance floor was never without 10 ppl on it. How many weddings have you been to where the floor was always active?
3) Professional Lighting System. They bring their own lights that are synced with the music.
4) A 2nd Wedding Planner. Incredible sense of scheduling throughout the night and kept the entire event on track.
5) Creative. They are true artists with real talent. This is an important attribute to have at such a big event.
6) Flexible. Last minute, our wedding party planned this elaborate skit with music to go with it. DHP helped the planning and pulled this off as if it was planned for weeks.
7) Professional and friendly. DHP offers you whatever it is you like, with suggestions to consider, but ultimately doing exactly what you ask and executing.
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Mike
Wedding:
4/19/2013
5.0/5.0
There are not enough stars to truly reflect the quality, style, organization, and execution of Desert House Productions (DHP) as a wedding DJ. If you want to have a wedding with GUSTO; one that people will be talking about for years to come, hire DHP. In case you don't know or realize, the music execution is one of the top 3 most important components of any party or wedding. You can spend less on food, flowers, and decorations, and you must, if that means you can hire DHP. This is what guests will remember. If you are considering a band, a dj, or any set of musicians, I encourage you to consider DHP as an all in one option. DHP flawlessly covered the pre-ceremony, the cocktail hour, and the full reception. The most valuable takeaways for everyone to know:

1) Don't kill yourself picking every song you want to hear. They are music connoisseurs. This means you can share 10-20 songs that you like, of any variety, and they will prepare the playlist for you. Literally, we put all of our trust into them and sent only ~5 must-plays, with 15 songs we "loved", and the rest was up to them. Perfect execution.
2) They are DJs, meaning they mix/remix songs. The music never stops, and the dance floor was never without 10 ppl on it. How many weddings have you been to where the floor was always active?
3) Professional Lighting System. They bring their own lights that are synced with the music.
4) A 2nd Wedding Planner. Incredible sense of scheduling throughout the night and kept the entire event on track.
5) Creative. They are true artists with real talent. This is an important attribute to have at such a big event.
6) Flexible. Last minute, our wedding party planned this elaborate skit with music to go with it. DHP helped the planning and pulled this off as if it was planned for weeks.
7) Professional and friendly. DHP offers you whatever it is you like, with suggestions to consider, but ultimately doing exactly what you ask and executing.
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Nophoto-130
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Drea and Dave were awesome to work with. Drea did a great job of the wedding transitioning everyone and getting everyone to dance. I am so glad we went with them. Drea loves her job and you can tell. All of our vendors raved about her so I was just dying to meet her and I am so glad I did!
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Paige
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I just got married in April in Scottsdale and we found DHP through our wedding planner who had worked with them for several different events. THEY ARE AMAZING!!!! You MUST hire them immediately!

Dave was our DJ for the wedding and was absolutely fantastic to work with throughout the process. During the planning process, I was in Ohio, my husband was in South Carolina and we were planning the wedding in Arizona. So, needless to say, coordinating with vendors was a feat. For any bride who is looking for one less thing to stress about before the wedding, she should work with these guys because they make the whole process seamless and enjoyable. Dave was awesome in setting up group skype sessions so we could all chat together about what we envisioned for our wedding. We were really into live music for our cocktail hour, so Dave also hired an incredible acoustic guitarist to cover that time.

We never needed to give him an exact play list or "DO NOT PLAY" list...we literally just described what our dream wedding sounded like and he NAILED it. Our dance floor was literally packed from the minute the cake was cut to when we got kicked out of the venue. If I have any other events coming up in the future, I will not hesitate for a moment in hiring DHP for the night.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Can't say enough about Desert House Productions. Drea knocked it out of the park. Couldn't be happier.

I haven't been to a club as exciting as my own wedding reception was.
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Allison
Wedding:
3/17/2013
5.0/5.0
My wedding planner Christy Kelman recommended Drea from desert house production to me, and I can't tell you how happy I was with her! She was awesome!! I really never gave her a list of songs I wanted her to play. Many things I didn't. After walking around and saying hi to everyone, I don't think I got off the dance floor once (not even to eat). I had so much fun at my reception, and I attribute most of that to Dr. Drea.
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Erin
Wedding:
3/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Dave MADE my wedding night. What excellent music, perfect service, he provided exactly what we wanted for music and lighting. Many guests told me they hadn't danced that much at a wedding ever. Dave truly listened to what my husband and I wanted from our reception and provided exactly that. Perfection. I would recommend DHP to anyone.
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Elijah & Whitney
Wedding:
2/22/2013
5.0/5.0
The absolute best DJ's in the AZ Wedding Industry! My wife and I just had our first anniversary and were reflecting on some of the highlights from our wedding and these guys were definitely one of them!

I'm a musician and am extremely picking on song selection, originality, sound quality, an MC who doesn't feel that being "cheesy" is the only way to do a wedding, I could go on... But Desert House delivered on all this and more!

When we met with Dave, he gave us space to be as picky as we wanted, and gave us awesome suggestions to fill our night with a great music and ambiance. From our first conversation to the last, DHP was more than accommodating and made us feel like we were in great hands. They even went the extra mile to compile the song set for the whole night when a family member asked for some of the music played during our cocktail hour!

A++++, David and Drea, and the whole Desert House Crew helped to make our night an absolute party in the most classy way! Thanks so much for an absolutely amazing wedding! I completely recommend this quality company to everyone!

- Elijah & Whit
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J
Wedding:
2/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Initially there were some communication issues which can be credited to technological difficulties. Once I was able to make contact with DHP (they were part of our wedding package), the magic started to happen. Dave was apologetic about the communication snafus, and Drea worked with us on making the night what we wanted. Our DJ, Anthony, was so laid back and such a pleasure to work with. We had some oddball requests, and both he and his assistant rolled with them and accommodated us (and our open-bar guests...).

Overall, DHP deserves the positive reputation they have established!
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Tarah B
Wedding:
12/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Being the Bride isn't just getting to wear the pretty dress and getting the fancy hair and make-up done... there is A LOT of work that goes into making the wedding happen. Thankfully, we had the sense to hire Desert House Productions for our wedding. Dave and Drea were just what we needed. They know exactly how to to work with your vendors, your venue, even the occasional crazy family member to make sure the night goes off without a hitch. Their organizational skills are to be commended. Their professionalism even more so. Comments made to us during and after our wedding included "I can't believe you had four generations all on the dance floor at the same time!" and, "I've never seen more men than women dancing, ever!" The fact that my husband and I come from different ethnic backgrounds made me a little nervous when it came to the dancing, but DHP blew them all away. To see my 80 year old Tia and my 70 year old father in law grooving to the music with the rest of us crazy kids was a beautiful site. They truly know how to throw a party.
Even better, we got their full room lighting package that really turned up the night to an 11. Not only was the music right on point, the lighting, the mood, the feel, EVERYTHING, I feel we owe to DHP. We can't thank or recommend them enough!
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Stephanie
Wedding:
12/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Such a great DJ! You cannot go wrong if you have Drea for your wedding!
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Courtney
Wedding:
11/17/2012
5.0/5.0
We hired Drea after hearing her DJ a friends wedding last year. Hire her!! You won't be disappointed. She learns what you like and don't like, responds to emails quickly. We got a lot of compliments on our music. I would hire her for another event!
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Cathy
Wedding:
11/17/2012
5.0/5.0
I chose Desert House through my venue, Inspirador, and am so thankful I did! I was able to meet with Drea and Anthony and go through everything I had questions about, and it was easy to communicate with them via email and phone. Anthony was the dj who came on my wedding day and made everything so seamless and absolutely perfect. We have so many friends who love to dance and have a good time (and can do it for hours) and Anthony really stepped up to the task! I'm still getting comments now about how great the music was and what a great party it turned out to be. Thank you so much to the Desert House team!
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Amy
Wedding:
11/16/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I worked with Drea from Desert House and we were so lucky to have her as our DJ on our wedding day. She put an amazing playlist together for our cocktail hour and her song choices during our reception were perfect! We had a great time dancing the night away and she kept the reception going with the music. Our reception flowed smoothly and never seemed to drag on or become dull. She kept all our guests on the dance floor! We also used her for lighting elements that made our reception really pop! Without the lighting our reception would not have been the same. Thank you for all of your hard work we would recommend Desert House to anyone!
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Kacy
Wedding:
11/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Drea is the BEST DJ ever!!!! She knows how to read the crowd, which is a rare find! Drea takes requests seriously, including no cliche wedding music!!!! Our wedding was the best night of our lives and we owe so much of that to Desert House. I danced the whole night. My groom danced the whole night (which is no easy feat). My father-in-law danced with every lady in the room, and my Stepson brought the house down with his fabulous rendition of Gangnam Style...Drea made all of the aforementioned events possible. I can't wait for my 40th birthday so Drea can host my next dance party! We are so glad we went with Desert House, and highly recommend them to anyone hosting a wedding or event!
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Kripa
Wedding:
11/4/2012
5.0/5.0
The dancing never stopped, and it was because of Dave from Desert House.

The aunties and uncles enjoyed the Bollywood remixes, and our friends loved the pop/hip hop reimaginings that kept us dancing until the venue literally turned the lights off on us. Our friends and family have raved about how good the music was, which is the real test of quality.

We (the bride and groom) wanted a wedding DJ who focused on the crowd and was versatile, and honestly we wanted a DJ who did not feel constrained to play stale wedding mainstays such as the Macarena or the Chicken Dance. Desert House had seamless transitions between a huge variety of songs, all of which had slight remixes to be more danceable.

Dave met with us a few times to get to know our music tastes and walk through the order of events, and each meeting was very professional, pleasant, and to-the-point. The music was clearly responsive to our preferences, with songs ranging from MoTown remixes to 90s hits to contemporary hip hop to Bollywood classics, with subtle transitions between songs that worked really well.

Desert House was also incredibly professional and independent with settings up and breaking down the audio equipment – we've been at weddings where the DJ needs different plugs or has lots of questions the day of the wedding, but Dave was totally prepared and was ready to go early and was clearly enjoying his craft the whole night.

We 100% recommend Desert House because of their professionalism, their attention to detail, and their familiarity with diverse musical genres – but, honestly, the main reason we recommend them is because the music was awesome and successfully kept people dancing all the way until the end of the night.
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Amanda
Wedding:
11/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Drea did the ceremony music and reception for our wedding and was absolutely fabulous! My husband and I talked over all the specifics with her beforehand, many of them prompted by her on things we didn't even think of. We identified certain specific songs we knew we wanted played and ones to avoid. We also talked over with her bands/artists that we liked as well as genres of music and she used that info to build the rest of the music for the night around. We knew we were in good hands with her.

On the night of our wedding the dance floor was packed the entire time and everyone had a blast. Many guest commented on how awesome she was. We even had one guest try to book her for his upcoming wedding right there on the spot. He was really disappointed to find out that she was booked.

Drea made key announcements and helped keep the evening organized but, like a true DJ, she did her real communication with her music. There was no cheesy banter, silly games, verbal exhortations to the crowd, or begging people to come dance. We might need to host another event just to have an excuse to work with her again.

As my husband and I like to tell people, "She isn't a wedding DJ. She's a DJ who happens to also do weddings."

Book her if you can, her schedule fills up fast!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Drea and her team are so awesome to work with! She made sure that our Wedding Ceremony and Reception music was exactly what we wanted. I love that she really knows her music and is a true DJ that will make any party a dance party. She had us and our guests dancing until midnight! They are very professional and we would highly recommend Desert House Productions!
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Joe
Wedding:
10/5/2012
5.0/5.0
DHP did an absolutely amazing job at our wedding. We couldn't have asked for a better night. Dave was extremely professional and played just about everything we requested. People are still telling us what a great time they had, and how good the music was throughout the night. Dave, thank you again so much for a night we'll never forget.
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Selina
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Dave is the best! I was receiving compliments all night about how incredible the music was. Everyone wanted to dance and sometimes at weddings that is not always the case. DHP is extremely professional and fun, they are an incredible vendor to work with. If you want an awesome DJ who will really understand you and your fiances' taste in music and create an incredible night then these are the people. I highly recommend them! Dave and Drea are awesome!!!
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CherylCool
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
We went with Desert House Productions because my husband insisted if we were going to pay for music we would get a professional musician instead of someone who just didn't have "the skills to pay the bills" (his words). Anthony/DJ Hartbreaks was glad to meet with us to make sure he would fit with our themes and the type of music we liked, which I liked as we had very specific instructions as to what we wanted.

He was very involved in all the entertainment whether it was talking to people and getting them excited for what was coming next or knowing just when it was time to slow things down. I was very happy, and my husband probably spent more time talking to the DJ than he did some of his family. We joked with Anthony about doing our tenth wedding anniversary, but we won't (necessarily) hold him to that. : )
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Kelly
Wedding:
7/7/2012
5.0/5.0
This is the first vendor we booked and you should too; with confidence. DHP is in a league of their own. They are professional DJs that do elite events and clearly have a comprehensive knowledge of all music genres (they read your ipod to make a custom play list). If you are looking for hip sophistication and your music tastes extend beyond the handful of overplayed wedding classics, you can count on DHP to blend the music you listen to with favorites that get everyone on the dance floor. Drea was our DJ and she assembled a team of very talented musicians including a classical guitarist for the ceremony (he transcribed a difficult piano piece for guitar), a trumpet player improvising during cocktail hour over a lounge playlist, and even brought in a surprise vocalist for some key songs during the ceremony. If your goal is to get everyone in the wedding on the dance floor and keep there all night, then you want to book DHP.
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Tara
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Our wedding reception was incredible all because of our DJ! Dave was a great guy to work with, had all of the best songs, and wasn't one of those cheesy DJ's you typically see these days. :) He was very professional and passionate about his work. I didn't have time to give them a "must-play" list, so I wasn't sure what type of songs would be played and how it would turn out, but Dave played ALL the best songs. Nearly all of our guests from 6 years old to 60 were up on the floor dancing. Nobody wanted the night to end, we couldn't believe it!! Thank you SO much Dave!
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3feet9
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Absolutely fantastic!!
My wife and I had the wedding of our dreams and Drea (from Desert House Productions) played a huge role in making the night an unforgettable blast. From the early stages of planning to the headache-less execution of the event, Drea made sure to understand our needs, our taste in music, helped consulting on the event set up and was a pleasure to communicate with prior, during and after the event.
I very much recommend this high quality address for your event, regardless which occasion you are up for!
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Katie
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Desert House Productions did an amazing job!! Drea couldn't have been better - she was professional, responsive, fun, and worth every penny! She perfectly created the musical feel we were going for, and I felt like she immediately understood what we wanted for our special day. The lights she provided were awesome and gave the entire room a different look and feel. So many of our guests complimented the music and lights. She worked with us as we made changes up until the last minute, as well! I would highly, highly recommend DHP : )
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Megan9410
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
This is not just a DJ. They transformed the room with their lighting and really kept the party going. From the first meeting, I knew Drea was going to do an amazing job. I described how I wanted the night to be and she exceeded my expectations. When you see pictures, it does not describe what she does to make the music part of the decor. She controls the lighting to keep the energy up and knows how to keep people on the dance floor. My guests loved the music during the cocktail hour as she started the night was a jazzy feel. I cannot describe what a great job Drea did to help make sure the event was a fun night for all ages.
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Kelly
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
Drea was the DJ for our wedding and she did an excellent job! All of the music transitioned seamlessly, and she did a great job of reading the crowd to determine which songs would be best to keep everyone out on the dance floor. During the planning process they made sure to meet with us to get must play songs and develop a timeline for the wedding day. They kept our reception moving according to plan, and it was the most fun and lively part of our day. Several guests commented on the music selection and how much fun they had...Drea was a HUGE part of that! We would highly recommend Desert House Productions for your special day...you won't be disappointed!!!
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Jenna
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
When we began the process of looking for a DJ for our wedding, we searched through page after page of "wedding DJ's" and they all seemed the same to us. All very generic and not much evidence of what they could bring to the table. We wanted the music at our reception to reflect what our friends and us would want to dance to, but that our older guests wouldn't be scared off by either. We thought we were going to have to settle for one of the "generic" DJ's until we stumbled across Desert House Productions. DHP had great reviews, an informative website, and most importantly video of some of their parties. Finally we found what we were looking for!

We mostly worked with Dave, he was extremely professional from the first phone call to the last song. We met with him live and felt great about booking him the next day. They had plenty of options to tailor the music for our wedding from start to finish, we ended up using him to book a live guitarist for our ceremony and cocktail hour, and then had Dave DJ our reception. He made the whole process extremely easy on us.

We had a great final meeting with him a couple weeks before our wedding day to give him some ideas about what we wanted played at the wedding. He made this extremely easy on us too, we basically just gave him some suggestions and felt comfortable enough with his skills to let him do his thing from there. What a great decision that was! I'm pretty sure every single guest commented on how good the music was and it was surely reflected by the turnout on the dance floor. There was not a single second when the dance floor was not completely packed with people having the time of their lives. Parents, aunts and uncles were breaking it down next to the the 20-somethings.

Dave was also an excellent MC and was very organized in that respect, he helped talk us through the flow of events and made several suggestions from his experience that turned out to be great ideas.

I can't say enough good things about DHP, we had the best day of our lives and they were a huge part of it!
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emmie
Wedding:
5/4/2012
5.0/5.0
There is no competition-they are the absolute best DJs ever. My wedding was perfect! They are the coolest, nicest, most talented couple as well :) I had been to about 100 weddings before my own wedding and nothing compares to them! Save yourself some time and book right away! Let's just put it this way: we planned our wedding date around their availability-they are that good.
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Rhiannon
Wedding:
4/21/2012
5.0/5.0
I will say that I felt that everything about my wedding was just perfect. I loved how everything turned out, and my husband and I could not have been more pleased. One of the things we received the most compliments on was our DJ - and I KNEW when I found Desert House Productions, they would be perfect for us.

Music is definitely an important part of our lives, and we really wanted a DJ that was going to be a reflection of our tastes. DHP is exactly that - not your typical "wedding" DJ - Drea was absolutely amazing - creating the music and atmosphere we were looking for, and none of those cheezy wedding-announcer announcements. DHP is incredibly professional and totally swanky, and some serious, for real DJs, lol! AND the lighting they created was absolutely amazing - we definitely got compliments for that. I would highly recommend going for their lightbars that flooded the walls with custom colors, and the remote control that synced the lights to the music. The atmosphere the lights and music created together was truly impressive and just gave the whole reception a seamless, cohesive look. Seriously people - budget for the lights!

I'll tell you - you can find DJs that are less then DHP - but they won't give you the amazing, customized, CLASSY service that DHP can give you. They are the perfect, "IT" DJs that you have to have to HAVE for your wedding. Do it, work them into your budget, they are beyond worth it!!!
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Gnny86
Wedding:
4/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Words cant describe how awesome it was meeting with Drea before the wedding, she had so much confidence that our wedding was going to have unique tracks nobody had heard before and songs played that would get the party started! I knew from then on we were going to be taken care of! Dave and Drea are so talented, from beginning to end they played amazing music!! 5 out of 5!! I would highly recommend Desert House Productions!!
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Nicki
Wedding:
3/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Drea was amazing. Her ability to read the crowd and keep them dancing is not something that they teach in DJ school. She has an ear for music and she has so much talent.

I could listen to her spin music ALL DAY LONG!!

I promise you if you want a fun wedding, with your crowd dancing, and enjoying themselves booking Dr. Drea and her talented crew is the way to go. She show's up on time, ahead of schedule ready to put mic's on everyone and make your ceremony loud for all to hear, then heads out to the reception to set the tone for the most amazing night of your life. She is a definite winner in the DJ category!!
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Marielk
Wedding:
3/3/2012
5.0/5.0
We hired Drea for our reception and couldn't have been more pleased! She was amazing! She kept the party going all night! So much so that most people could barely peel themselves from the dance floor! Drea does a great job of getting a feel for what kind of music you like and using her creativity to bring your party to life! Totally professional yet super friendly and easy to work with! She's amazing!!
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Eric
Wedding:
1/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Drea is awesome! You can't go wrong having her DJ your wedding. She played such a wide range of music that kept young and old on the dance floor. She was great with a lot of prep work... finding out what type of style we wanted at our wedding, helping to pick out some of the big songs and just getting to know us as a couple. I honestly cannot say enough good things!!
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gpvgerry
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
I can tell you with absolute certainty that your quest to hire a DJ or band should end here. Dave and Drea Strickler, the owners, are the 2 absolute most capable people you could ever hope to have the opportunity to hire for your wedding. Dave is an accomplished DJ and Drea doubles as a DJ while rocking a classically trained piano background. They bring with them an amazing team of incredible live musicians, an incredibly cool lighting display, and lightning quick reflexes that allow them to seemingly be everywhere, making everything flow smoothly through the entire day and night. Nothing about them is cliched or gimmicky- hiring them guarantees your wedding is unique and one people never forget.
We had a phenomenal time at our wedding and people have commented non stop how fantastic the music was and what a good time they had. The price we paid was nowhere near enough for the value we received from them. We honestly were lucky to have had them at our wedding. We love them and cannot say enough good things!
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StephnBritt
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
For our wedding, we allowed the venue to select the music providers for the reception as we figured, wedding music is wedding music. Don't get me wrong, I have been proven otherwise in the past, but we trusted the coordinators at the venue to know who would be best for us, and they absolutely did!

We were originally paired with a different DJ and about 4 months before our wedding, we received notification that DHP would be taking over as our wedding soundtrack musicians. Drea wasted no time in contacting us to get a feel for what style of music really represents us.

We immediately had your typical wedding songs and dances off the table and ended up sending Drea about 10 songs, per her request, to give her an idea of what we like. We also shared radio stations and muscial genres and decades as suggestions as well. Just when you think you couldn't have been more vague and Drea couldn't possibly nail down your preferences so that everyone would say "Oh my God, I HAVE to dance to this!" - she did!!! Every single song she played brought excitement and people to the floor. I personally thought, "HOW did she know I love this song? I didn't send this one to her?!?!"

She 100% stayed true to our "No way can you play this artist" policy, politely letting our guests know that it was our decision and that we had specifically denied that artist to be played.

At no point in time did we feel rushed and Drea was awesome at letting us know what was coming up as far as our timeline and schedule while still letting us get there at an enjoyable pace. The last thing you want at your wedding is to feel ushered from one thing to the next and Drea was amazing at keeping us "in the know" and ready to keep the party in full swing!

In summary, if you want an amazing musical backdrop for your event, hire DHP. If you want to chance the success of your music, don't, because Drea will NOT let you down!
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Jen
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for a reliable, professional, and non-traditional DJ, Desert House is the way to go! Dave was the DJ for our wedding and he was very attentive, outgoing, and creative. He met with my husband and I several times to plan for the big day. He was very flexible and listened to our suggestions/requests. We did much research for wedding DJs and there wasn’t anyone that compared to his talent, equipment, and modern style. Dave had a great rapport with our wedding venue which made the planning run even smoother. I would highly recommend Desert House Productions to anyone as their wedding vendor!
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MikeReinert
Wedding:
2/26/2011
5.0/5.0
The BEST DJ duo you could think of using. Dave & Drea DJ'd our friends wedding and together they were awesome. Drea was booked at another wedding the same day as ours so Dave DJ'd for us. Both are extremely talented, and make the event extremely personal and memorable.

The day will forever be remembered as a great party!
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kareinert
Wedding:
2/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Dave was amazing! Such a fun dance party! The music and lights really made our reception special. Thank you so much!
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Elicia
Wedding:
10/29/2010
5.0/5.0
Desert House made our wedding a party. They were fantastic. They listened to what we wanted, and went above and beyond. They set up things that they were not responsible for, and made our reception into the best party our friends have ever been to. They were amazing. We will definitely keep them in mind for our next party.
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kat
Wedding:
10/23/2010
5.0/5.0
Dave and Drea were great to work with for my wedding. I initially had planned on using an iPod and creating all my own playlists for the wedding, but as the event got bigger, I found that this might not be the best option. As a bit of a music snob, it was very important to me to find a DJ that was familiar with my specific taste in music and would know how to bring in the songs that I wanted and mix them in with some party favorites. Dave and Drea created a great celebratory mood with the music we chose and our guests had a wonderful time - thanks guys!
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Ursula
Wedding:
10/16/2010
5.0/5.0
We hired Desert House Productions for our wedding last October. They DJ'd the reception and we couldn't have been happier! We met with them to let them know our music preferences and get song suggestions. Dave and Drea were filled with great ideas and helped us steer our music selections and our reception timeline. Needless to say, we had the most amazing reception ever. Many of guests commented that it was the funnest reception that they had ever been at. We had to close down the dance floor at 1am because we were tired!! Hire Desert House for your party or wedding reception. They are exceptionally talented, professional, and fair-pricing. You will not be disappointed. We will definitely use them again in the future for parties!! :)
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nmcritz
Wedding:
7/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Desert House Productions was wonderful and we couldn't have asked for a better DJ! They are wonderful, friendly, flexible & really intuitive!! We loved them!!!!! I would reccomend them to everyone and will totally use them again for another function!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My husband and I live in Los Angeles and we hired Desert House Productions (DHP) to DJ our wedding in Santa Monica, CA. Now I know we live in musical mecca, but having been to a DHP wedding previously, I knew that the DJs here would not even remotely compare to DHP. DHP knows how to throw a dance party! Everyone who attended our wedding was dancing, seriously. Everyone who attended still comments about how much fun they had at our wedding. Their professionalism and world class service cannot be touched. They took the time to make prior to the wedding to make sure that they played music that fit us and our day. And, most importantly, they do not play your usual lame-ass wedding songs (i.e. Electric Slide) Thank gawd! If you seriously want to have an amazing wedding reception, you must hire DHP. No one else compares to them. No one.
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Jackie
Wedding:
6/19/2010
5.0/5.0
I work in the wedding industry and have seen MANY DJ's do weddings, sadly, there are so many "cheesy" DJ's out there... beware! This is why I knew I definitely wanted Dave and Drea with Desert House Productions to DJ my wedding.

Dave and Drea did the music for my ceremony, cocktail hour and reception and they did an awesome job! Drea played piano for my ceremony and they both DJ'd the cocktail hour and reception. Their choice of music was perfect and everyone danced until the very last song! The pictures my photographer took of the loaded dance floor with hands in the air speak volumes for their DJ'ing capabilities.

They were easy and fun to work with and had good recommendations. I would recommend them to anyone who wants their wedding to be FUN!

THANKS DAVE AND DREA!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Loved loved loved our DJ! Great music, totally what we wanted. Can't say enough! No cheesy games, just good music and a nice relaxed vibe. Perfect.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Dave was great to work with! He played everything we asked him and totally got the mood we were going for. The day of he was on top of everything and made the whole day run smoothly. We couldn't have been happier with our decision to hire him.
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lisabram
Wedding:
3/6/2010
5.0/5.0
Desert House was amazing! They were exactly what we were looking for! We wanted DJs that didn't talk over everything and played great non-traditional wedding music. We definitely didn't want the standard tie & cummerbund DJ playing the Macarena and encouraging the senior citizens to do the sprinkler. They both made sure that the crowd was up and dancing and followed our timeline perfectly! I would definitely recommend them to anyone!
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C
Wedding:
2/21/2010
5.0/5.0
Choosing Desert House Productions to provide DJ services for our wedding was the right choice.
Dave and Drea were easy to work with through out the entire process. They provided their expertise and experience to plan and deliver a great event. The execution was perfect and Drea kept our wedding reception moving and the dance floor full. We recommend and will use Desert House Productions in the future.
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amyandjj
Wedding:
12/28/2008
5.0/5.0
This review is long overdue, as my wedding was December 2008. However, I wanted to say that choosing Dave and Drea for our wedding was one of the best decisions we made! We are a younger couple and were finding that most of the other DJs we spoke with were really out of touch or just plain tacky or annoying. When we met with Dave and discussed our musical taste, he had not only heard of everyone we liked, but already had their music on hand. From indie to downtempo to classic rock, he had it covered! Our wedding was absolutely perfect with the help of Dave and Drea...we felt that they so took the time to take an interest in and get to know our musical taste that during times I started to get worried that we didn't get specific enough (such as during the ceremony) they chose the perfect songs that we wouldn't have thought of ourselves but we loved them, and they blended perfectly with the rest of our chosen songs.
They were professional and classy, yet not stuffy. They provided all the equipment needed (including lights during the reception) and it was all very high quality. Everyone of all ages raved about the music, and everyone was constantly dancing. They even took the time to help us plan a timeline of the entire wedding a few weeks beforehand to make it flow consistently, and they obviously know what they are doing because the day went without a hitch!
My husband and I highly, highly recommend Desert House productions.
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Adam
Wedding:
6/7/2014
4.9/5.0
We leveraged Anthony from Desert House Productions for our wedding last weekend in Sedona, AZ. From the beginning of the process, Anthony and Drea were extremely easy to work with and first tried to understand what type of audience we had and the vibe we were going for at the wedding. We walked Anthony through what we were looking for and left it in his hands to deliver on the wedding day - and the results were phenomenal.
We had multiple attendees walk up to us during the reception proclaiming that "this was the best DJ they've ever heard at a wedding."
Anthony was a true professional and even kept the party going an additional hour on the fly.
We can't thank him enough and HIGHLY recommend him for anyone evaluating DJs.
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Krima
Wedding:
5/24/2014
4.9/5.0
Antony was great to work with and was great at the wedding.
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Pam
Wedding:
12/21/2013
4.9/5.0
Desert House Productions is great!!! They really know how to read a crowd and responded quickly when my wedding guest decided to get the party started during the salad course! There wasn't an inch of space on the dance floor to be had. I have attended many events where Desert House Productions were the DJs and they are always terrific. I recommend them to everyone.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Dave from Desert House Productions was our DJ for our wedding at Inspirador. He was amazing and so fun to work with. Music was important to me, but I was pretty hands-off in the music selection. We told Dave our goal was to have everyone (all ages) on the dance floor all night. He responded with an amazing playlist that was a great variety of genres, slow dancing, pop, etc. and really scheduled the evening perfectly. He was so professional and awesome to work with.
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TheRealMrsAlba
Wedding:
2/11/2011
4.9/5.0
This couple is very easy going, very willing to make your day special in whatever way you want. Very easy to communicate with and for myself, they completely matched with the type of music that I enjoy so they brought a great vibe to the whole reception. I would absolutely recommend them to everyone. Though they are not the cheapest around, it is well worth the investment as they set the whole mood for the evening.
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suburbanhayes
Wedding:
10/4/2008
4.9/5.0
Dave and his team were super easy to work with and very responsive to our last minute planning. Most of the wedding party spent most of the evening on the dance floor - a tribute to the DJ. So many of our guests commented on how much fun the wedding was and the great selection of music. We completely agree and would hire Dave again.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
Drea is amazing. Listens to the couples needs. The lighting looked great at the wedding.
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Lindsay
Wedding:
9/29/2012
4.8/5.0
I'm finally starting to be able to type again (oh so tired!!) but wanted to write you to thank you for being the most amazing DJ ever. You truly made our wedding perfect. I knew you were going to be badass, but seriously you went beyond my expectations. Some how you were able to take all of our wants and rolled it into a perfect set list. I was so impressed with everything you played and did. It couldn't have been more spot on and perfect (you got Rancid in there AND ended the night with the most perfect Jets to Brazil song ever, it will always stick in my mind.) I am blown away by you and your company Dave, and our guest were floored by you. I mean, you got my parents dancing to Micky Avalon and Notorious BIG!

You made my wedding perfection. I can't thank you enough.
So much love,
Lindsay + Craig
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smduke
Wedding:
1/16/2010
4.8/5.0
Drea and Dave were a lot of fun! Highly recommend for wedding reception.
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Ashley
Wedding:
6/9/2012
3.4/5.0
We were extremely interested in DHP because of the raving reviews and what we had personally seen on You Tube. In addition, we went to watch our DJ, Anthony, at a local club and all sounded great except that it was our bad for not going to a wedding or another type of venue where we could actually hear him MC. Please don't get me wrong, Anthony was extremely kind, professional and flexible; however, the one disappointment we have from our very special and near perfect day, was the MC portion. For starters, we could not even hear the music or our names being announced from outside the ballroom. Again, maybe this was our bad as DHP only has two speakers; they were positioned in the back of the ballroom by the head table/dance floor and the ballroom was more than 5,000 sq ft. Also, some of the songs we selected to for our bridal party, including the bride/groom, to enter to had a very long prelude; we thought he would have skipped over that and gone straight to the chorus but he didn't. Maybe that was our bad for not being more specific. Same thing happened with father/daughter dance and mother/son dance. In addition, I thought that someone, primarily the DJ was responsible for keeping us on our timeline and being proactive or at least checking with us to announce cutting of the cake and bouquet toss etc. but I was the one who kept having to remind him of these things. Our timeline was so messed up from what I had provided that our videographer had to leave and we did not even catch many special moments on video, very disappointing. In addition, he was so quiet that none of our guests even knew it was time for us to cut the cake or toss the bouquet. Looking back on this, it truly makes me sad as not one single person witnessed us cutting our cake. I think it takes a special type of person to MC an event and they need to possess a certain stage presence. Please do your research and actually go to listen to your DJ MC a wedding not at a club or a corporate event. Also, make sure to research the type of equipment needed to satisfy your venue size.
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