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Julie Jakolat, DJ

Clintondale , NY
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40 Hurds Road
Clintondale, NY 12515 US (map)

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917-692-8582

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ABOUT US

The first thing to know about "us" is that I'm a "me"; I'm not a company that assigns you a DJ the day before your event. I am your DJ. I'll be with you through the whole process, from... Read more
The first thing to know about "us" is that I'm a "me"; I'm not a company that assigns you a DJ the day before your event. I am your DJ. I'll be with you through the whole process, from the moment you first contact me through the moment your last guest leaves the party. I will take time to get to know you so that I can make your wedding your wedding: a reflection of your taste, not mine.

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What music genres are in your collection?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Rock, Soul, Swing, World
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Describe your DJ style:
I play a fun mix that I tailor to your taste. My goal is to please everyone at your party at least a little bit. It's important to me that you only hear music you like at your wedding. 
 
 I don't do quick cuts or otherwise interrupt the music, but instead prefer to play songs as they are recorded.
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
You can request more songs than I can possibly play, as long as you realize that I can't get to them all!
What is your usual attire?
I dress like I could pass as a guest.
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
I do not. I will do everything I can to secure the music you want. Only in the most extreme circumstances will I ask you to provide specific songs.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Of course!
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
I love salsa, but wouldn't say I specialize in it.
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
I am much happier when I have a Do Not Play list! Knowing what you don't like informs me as much as knowing what you do like!
Do you bring your own equipment?
Yes. I have an excellent Bose L1 system.
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?
I prefer to set up and sound check before your guests start to arrive, but it is not required. Usually the caterer provides a table, but I can bring one.
Do you have any extra space requirements?
I take up very little space, actually.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
No. I would never use your wedding to advertise!
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
I will MC as you prefer. My approach is to only announce what is necessary and otherwise stay off the mic.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
Playing different music. Also, I tend to dance while I'm working, and that often motivates people to dance.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I take no breaks whatsoever. I trained in radio, so I can do anything I need to do in the span of less than one song.
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
No need. No breaks!
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I have a group of excellent DJs that I refer out to. We back each other up.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
NEVER.
What is your overtime rate?
$150/hour
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Only if the travel is excessive.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
50% of the total

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Wedding:
9/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Julie was a HUGE part of what made our wedding a success. She met with us over Skype and in person to help craft the "feel" of our wedding, sifted patiently through our huge list of "Love to Haves" and "Nice to Haves," and even sent us a folder with dozens of versions of Hava Nagila. Julie was extremely professional and fun throughout our planning process, and working with her felt so personalized. She had a great presence at the event, and a good understanding of a DJ's role (it was really important to us not to have a cheesy, booming "DJ voice", and Julie totally understood).

The day of the wedding, Julie arrived early and met with the venue coordinator to make sure everything got set up properly. We didn't have to worry about a thing. From the first dance through the (changed at the last second) last song of the night, the dance floor was packed with our friends, family, and my husband's 95 year-old great aunt! So many of our friends have told us what a blast they had at our reception, and Julie was a big part of it. We can't recommend her enough!
Julie was a HUGE part of what made our wedding a success. She met with us over Skype and in person to help craft the Read more...
Julie was a HUGE part of what made our wedding a success. She met with us over Skype and in person to help craft the "feel" of our wedding, sifted patiently through our huge list of "Love to Haves" and "Nice to Haves," and even sent us a folder with dozens of versions of Hava Nagila. Julie was extremely professional and fun throughout our planning process, and working with her felt so personalized. She had a great presence at the event, and a good understanding of a DJ's role (it was really important to us not to have a cheesy, booming "DJ voice", and Julie totally understood).

The day of the wedding, Julie arrived early and met with the venue coordinator to make sure everything got set up properly. We didn't have to worry about a thing. From the first dance through the (changed at the last second) last song of the night, the dance floor was packed with our friends, family, and my husband's 95 year-old great aunt! So many of our friends have told us what a blast they had at our reception, and Julie was a big part of it. We can't recommend her enough! Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Julie was AMAZING. We got so many compliments from friends and family about our DJ.
She has great taste in music. When we first talked to her, we mentioned a couple bands, and she immediately starting suggesting others in the same vein. That made the process so much easier. We had a lot of vague requests like "something rolling stones, for the grooms dad" and she picked all the right songs for those.
She talks to all your guests during the cocktail hour and gets recommendations. Before she even started playing, one of my friends came up and said "I love your DJ" just based on their interaction.
But MOST IMPORTANTLY, EVERYONE WAS DANCING. Old people and young.
Also, more than one impromptu singalong with songs she played during the cocktail hour.
Thank you Julie!!! It was a really important part of the wedding to me and my husband, and you nailed it.
Julie was AMAZING. We got so many compliments from friends and family about our DJ.
She has great taste in music. When Read more...
Julie was AMAZING. We got so many compliments from friends and family about our DJ.
She has great taste in music. When we first talked to her, we mentioned a couple bands, and she immediately starting suggesting others in the same vein. That made the process so much easier. We had a lot of vague requests like "something rolling stones, for the grooms dad" and she picked all the right songs for those.
She talks to all your guests during the cocktail hour and gets recommendations. Before she even started playing, one of my friends came up and said "I love your DJ" just based on their interaction.
But MOST IMPORTANTLY, EVERYONE WAS DANCING. Old people and young.
Also, more than one impromptu singalong with songs she played during the cocktail hour.
Thank you Julie!!! It was a really important part of the wedding to me and my husband, and you nailed it. Read less
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Jason
Wedding:
8/24/2014
5.0/5.0
We are so thrilled that we went with Julie to DJ our wedding. Initially we were both against the idea of a DJ - we've both experienced some that were very 'in-your-face' during weddings. You know - sparkly vests, slicked-back hair, flashing lights. After realizing the logistical nightmare of handling our own music, we did some research and found Julie's website. After sitting with her in person, we were both confident that she was a perfect match for us. Truth be told - I think she can be a perfect match for a lot of people - she knows how to make herself fit in with exactly what you want.

Throughout the planning process Julie was prompt with responses. She edited some lyrics out of a song we wanted to use for our ceremony, and always came back with great questions to help guide us through the process. One song we wanted to play during our reception could not be found, so Julie took the time to record it off of a DVD so she could play it for us.

During the reception, we had several guests ask us if she was a friend of ours because she was having so much fun, and so many of our guests were having fun with her. She took their requests, all the while being respectful of our wishes for the day. We also wanted a friend to emcee the reception, and Julie had no problem handing over the mic and staying in the background.

We obviously highly recommend Julie for your event, we are truly happy she was with us on our big day.
We are so thrilled that we went with Julie to DJ our wedding. Initially we were both against the idea of a DJ - we've both Read more...
We are so thrilled that we went with Julie to DJ our wedding. Initially we were both against the idea of a DJ - we've both experienced some that were very 'in-your-face' during weddings. You know - sparkly vests, slicked-back hair, flashing lights. After realizing the logistical nightmare of handling our own music, we did some research and found Julie's website. After sitting with her in person, we were both confident that she was a perfect match for us. Truth be told - I think she can be a perfect match for a lot of people - she knows how to make herself fit in with exactly what you want.

Throughout the planning process Julie was prompt with responses. She edited some lyrics out of a song we wanted to use for our ceremony, and always came back with great questions to help guide us through the process. One song we wanted to play during our reception could not be found, so Julie took the time to record it off of a DVD so she could play it for us.

During the reception, we had several guests ask us if she was a friend of ours because she was having so much fun, and so many of our guests were having fun with her. She took their requests, all the while being respectful of our wishes for the day. We also wanted a friend to emcee the reception, and Julie had no problem handing over the mic and staying in the background.

We obviously highly recommend Julie for your event, we are truly happy she was with us on our big day. Read less
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Tara
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
From the moment we met Julie, there was no doubt in who we wanted to DJ our wedding.
Our guests loved the music and her enthusiasm the entire 5 hours she played music. She did a fantastic job paying music that were in line with our tastes and played every single song on our "must play" list. Our guests loved being asked for requests during the cocktail hour so they felt involved in what was played later. She even selected one song that I was so convinced my sister would have requested that I ran and got her when her "request" was played. She was flexible and easy to communicate with in planning and selecting music and clearly wanted us to enjoy our day. Afterwards, she provided us the a list of all music that was played and our cocktail hour music. Thanks Julie!
From the moment we met Julie, there was no doubt in who we wanted to DJ our wedding.
Our guests loved the music and Read more...
From the moment we met Julie, there was no doubt in who we wanted to DJ our wedding.
Our guests loved the music and her enthusiasm the entire 5 hours she played music. She did a fantastic job paying music that were in line with our tastes and played every single song on our "must play" list. Our guests loved being asked for requests during the cocktail hour so they felt involved in what was played later. She even selected one song that I was so convinced my sister would have requested that I ran and got her when her "request" was played. She was flexible and easy to communicate with in planning and selecting music and clearly wanted us to enjoy our day. Afterwards, she provided us the a list of all music that was played and our cocktail hour music. Thanks Julie! Read less
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liora
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
If we could give Julie 12 out of 5 stars, we ABSOLUTELY would (we even thought about making fake accounts to do just that! don't worry, we didn't though).

In the beginning of our planning we thought about not hiring a DJ and having an ipod playlist...but we are both SO glad we forgot that thought! Julie really goes above and beyond for her clients in making sure that not only does the event have the feel that you want it to have (even if you are not audiophiles, such as me and my fiance) and REALLY does her homework to cater to tastes, personalities.

She is attentive and thoughtful - checking in throughout the day about requests that she is unsure about, uses the microphone tastefully, and is always there when you need her. She even paid special attention to our unique venue to make sure that music would be perfectly distributed without drowning out conversations but still inviting to the dance floor! Our dance floor was rocking, conversations were flowing, and we were both SUPREMELY delighted by her amazing work. I would have 10 more parties just to have her DJ.

At the end of the night she gave us our cocktail hour on CD. We haven't stopped listening to it since!!!

seriously. stop looking for other DJs. You won't find a single one better then this lady here. Seriously.

ps: Julie, we love you. Never stop being awesome.
If we could give Julie 12 out of 5 stars, we ABSOLUTELY would (we even thought about making fake accounts to do just that! Read more...
If we could give Julie 12 out of 5 stars, we ABSOLUTELY would (we even thought about making fake accounts to do just that! don't worry, we didn't though).

In the beginning of our planning we thought about not hiring a DJ and having an ipod playlist...but we are both SO glad we forgot that thought! Julie really goes above and beyond for her clients in making sure that not only does the event have the feel that you want it to have (even if you are not audiophiles, such as me and my fiance) and REALLY does her homework to cater to tastes, personalities.

She is attentive and thoughtful - checking in throughout the day about requests that she is unsure about, uses the microphone tastefully, and is always there when you need her. She even paid special attention to our unique venue to make sure that music would be perfectly distributed without drowning out conversations but still inviting to the dance floor! Our dance floor was rocking, conversations were flowing, and we were both SUPREMELY delighted by her amazing work. I would have 10 more parties just to have her DJ.

At the end of the night she gave us our cocktail hour on CD. We haven't stopped listening to it since!!!

seriously. stop looking for other DJs. You won't find a single one better then this lady here. Seriously.

ps: Julie, we love you. Never stop being awesome. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Julie provided everything we asked for and then some. She also understood what we wanted for the mood for our wedding She was polite and helpful. Months after our wedding, we were still getting compliments about our DJ choice. She was essential for the success of our big day. We highly recommend Julie for any event.
Julie provided everything we asked for and then some. She also understood what we wanted for the mood for our wedding She Read more...
Julie provided everything we asked for and then some. She also understood what we wanted for the mood for our wedding She was polite and helpful. Months after our wedding, we were still getting compliments about our DJ choice. She was essential for the success of our big day. We highly recommend Julie for any event. Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
8/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Julie Jakolat is one incredible DJ. She was with us from start to finish, playing our preludes before the start of the ceremony all the way through til the last dance of the evening, and she didn't miss a beat (sorry, couldn't help it).

But her real work started well before the wedding day, as she spent hours upon hours with us via phone calls, in-person meetings, emails, and text messages. She really got to know us as individuals and as a couple, which was clear from the music she played on our big day. To top it all off, we love Julie! She's super smart, witty, and kind...we have no plans to let our relationship with her die just because our wedding is over.

The value Julie provides for her extremely reasonable fee is astounding. If you have any doubts about booking her, please take our word for it--you won't be disappointed. Guest after guest raved about the playlist, so get ready to have a ball :)
Julie Jakolat is one incredible DJ. She was with us from start to finish, playing our preludes before the start of the Read more...
Julie Jakolat is one incredible DJ. She was with us from start to finish, playing our preludes before the start of the ceremony all the way through til the last dance of the evening, and she didn't miss a beat (sorry, couldn't help it).

But her real work started well before the wedding day, as she spent hours upon hours with us via phone calls, in-person meetings, emails, and text messages. She really got to know us as individuals and as a couple, which was clear from the music she played on our big day. To top it all off, we love Julie! She's super smart, witty, and kind...we have no plans to let our relationship with her die just because our wedding is over.

The value Julie provides for her extremely reasonable fee is astounding. If you have any doubts about booking her, please take our word for it--you won't be disappointed. Guest after guest raved about the playlist, so get ready to have a ball :) Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Julie was such an amazing DJ, many of our guests told us she was the best wedding DJ they had ever seen and we felt thrilled to have chosen the right person for the job. She was extremely thorough leading up to the wedding, even making a site visit before we met in person. When we spoke on the phone she was very friendly and easy to talk to you and I knew we would get along well. She is not bound by genre and my husband and I were both impressed with her breadth of knowledge and music selection. When we met in person she had a genuine interest in making sure our vision for the dance floor came true. She put us at ease and we trusted her completely. Once the wedding began, she was there early, had everything set up, did a sound check, met with our officiant and knew exactly what she was doing. She brought extra extension cord to make our location work and didn't miss a beat with anything. She made announcements when needed but was never in the crowd's face. So many guests said they appreciated her asking for requests and that it was obvious how much she enjoyed her job. She was dancing behind her table and so friendly that everyone felt good approaching her. The song list she prepared was exactly what we wanted and she guided it when needed and let us choose songs we definitely wanted to hear. She accommodated so many different tastes seamlessly and we had an amazing dance floor, despite it being really warm in the barn we had our reception in.

Julie is great to work with, friendly, sincere, and genuinely cares about her clients and the job she does. We would highly recommend her to anyone who needs a DJ!
Julie was such an amazing DJ, many of our guests told us she was the best wedding DJ they had ever seen and we felt Read more...
Julie was such an amazing DJ, many of our guests told us she was the best wedding DJ they had ever seen and we felt thrilled to have chosen the right person for the job. She was extremely thorough leading up to the wedding, even making a site visit before we met in person. When we spoke on the phone she was very friendly and easy to talk to you and I knew we would get along well. She is not bound by genre and my husband and I were both impressed with her breadth of knowledge and music selection. When we met in person she had a genuine interest in making sure our vision for the dance floor came true. She put us at ease and we trusted her completely. Once the wedding began, she was there early, had everything set up, did a sound check, met with our officiant and knew exactly what she was doing. She brought extra extension cord to make our location work and didn't miss a beat with anything. She made announcements when needed but was never in the crowd's face. So many guests said they appreciated her asking for requests and that it was obvious how much she enjoyed her job. She was dancing behind her table and so friendly that everyone felt good approaching her. The song list she prepared was exactly what we wanted and she guided it when needed and let us choose songs we definitely wanted to hear. She accommodated so many different tastes seamlessly and we had an amazing dance floor, despite it being really warm in the barn we had our reception in.

Julie is great to work with, friendly, sincere, and genuinely cares about her clients and the job she does. We would highly recommend her to anyone who needs a DJ! Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I originally planned to forgo a DJ for our casual rustic wedding and just use an iPod. I can't stand the typical loud, cheesy, and obnoxious DJs I've experienced at other weddings, so we figured we could do without. As it got closer, though, we realized that having someone to manage the flow of the evening, adjust the volume, and "read" the crowd could really make or break the event and we didn't want to put that responsibility on a friend manning an iPod.

SO grateful I stumbled across Julie's website online and that she was available that weekend. From the start, Julie was the most competent vendor we worked with. She spent an hour on the phone with me talking about music tastes and how we wanted the wedding to run. I knew I had the right DJ when she sent me a file with 9 different versions of the hora (Hava Negila) to make sure she played exactly the one I wanted. On the day of, she played the perfect music at the perfect time and was careful not to play requests that she knew (or suspected) we wouldn't like. When our caterer was frustratingly slow in pouring wine before the toasts, I let Julie know and she helped get that going.

Professional, knowledgeable, personable...highly, highly recommend!
My husband and I originally planned to forgo a DJ for our casual rustic wedding and just use an iPod. I can't stand the Read more...
My husband and I originally planned to forgo a DJ for our casual rustic wedding and just use an iPod. I can't stand the typical loud, cheesy, and obnoxious DJs I've experienced at other weddings, so we figured we could do without. As it got closer, though, we realized that having someone to manage the flow of the evening, adjust the volume, and "read" the crowd could really make or break the event and we didn't want to put that responsibility on a friend manning an iPod.

SO grateful I stumbled across Julie's website online and that she was available that weekend. From the start, Julie was the most competent vendor we worked with. She spent an hour on the phone with me talking about music tastes and how we wanted the wedding to run. I knew I had the right DJ when she sent me a file with 9 different versions of the hora (Hava Negila) to make sure she played exactly the one I wanted. On the day of, she played the perfect music at the perfect time and was careful not to play requests that she knew (or suspected) we wouldn't like. When our caterer was frustratingly slow in pouring wine before the toasts, I let Julie know and she helped get that going.

Professional, knowledgeable, personable...highly, highly recommend! Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
I don't have the words to describe how much Julie added to our wedding, but I will do my best to try.

My husband and I are both musicians. At first, we were going to create our own playlist, but decided that it would be worth to money to relieve the stress of trying to read and manage the flow of the evening. I think, in hindsight, that this turned out to be the best decision of our wedding. After marrying each other, I guess.

From our first conversation with Julie, we knew that she would give us the playlist that we would create if we knew more music, had more time, and had superhuman powers when it came to reading a room. It really felt like she got inside our brains and made the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception of our dreams.

Our guests thought that she must have been a friend of ours given what a good job she did representing our musical tastes. She sought out and responded to requests from the crowd, but played everything in a masterful order. She even snuck in a few special songs which were really completely inappropriate for a wedding, but mean so much to me and my husband that she found just right moment to give us the pleasure of hearing them, though no one else realized they were listening to a song describing melancholy tenderness after a breakup. She's that good, and it brought our experience at our wedding up a million levels.

You should really hire her. You will be so thrilled you did. You should also invite all of your engaged friends, so that they can hire her, too, and you can ensure that every wedding you attend will be among the best.
I don't have the words to describe how much Julie added to our wedding, but I will do my best to try.

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I don't have the words to describe how much Julie added to our wedding, but I will do my best to try.

My husband and I are both musicians. At first, we were going to create our own playlist, but decided that it would be worth to money to relieve the stress of trying to read and manage the flow of the evening. I think, in hindsight, that this turned out to be the best decision of our wedding. After marrying each other, I guess.

From our first conversation with Julie, we knew that she would give us the playlist that we would create if we knew more music, had more time, and had superhuman powers when it came to reading a room. It really felt like she got inside our brains and made the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception of our dreams.

Our guests thought that she must have been a friend of ours given what a good job she did representing our musical tastes. She sought out and responded to requests from the crowd, but played everything in a masterful order. She even snuck in a few special songs which were really completely inappropriate for a wedding, but mean so much to me and my husband that she found just right moment to give us the pleasure of hearing them, though no one else realized they were listening to a song describing melancholy tenderness after a breakup. She's that good, and it brought our experience at our wedding up a million levels.

You should really hire her. You will be so thrilled you did. You should also invite all of your engaged friends, so that they can hire her, too, and you can ensure that every wedding you attend will be among the best. Read less
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