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Julie Jakolat, DJ

Kingston , NY
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Kingston, NY 12401 US (map)

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917-692-8582

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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 do you specialize in?
Electronic, Hip Hop, International, Jazz, Oldies, Pop, R&B/Soul, Rock, Top 40
What services do you offer?
Consultation, Do-Not-Play List, Liability Insurance, MC, One Event/Day
What additional equipment do you offer?
Microphones, Sound/PA System

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My husband and I met Julie while checking out a possible venue site for our May 2016 wedding. Although we chose not to go with the venue, we loved our conversation with Julie as she completed her final set-up for an upcoming wedding on site. From that first conversation we knew Julie was enthusiastic, flexible, easy going, professional, and personable...just the type of person we were looking for in a DJ. We were not looking for any over the top lighting features, photo booths, or other craziness...just not us. Julie's set up is simple and streamlined.

As other's have said she works with you from day 1. She sent us suggestions as needed and accommodated our needs as desired. She even thought about us as she met a country singer on a plane trip!

We had so many compliments from our guests the day of and I'm sure will continue to have them in the future. Guests felt that Julie did a good job accommodating their needs and keeping the party going without being too intrusive as some seem to be! From what I've heard several guests asked for Julie's card including one of the catering staff!

Julie is SO in LOVE with her work! She spent some time dancing behind her table during the wedding. Some of the caterer's staff joined her in busting out some moves! To top it all off Julie went above and beyond and played a few extra requests after the guests had left just to please my bridesmaids who were enjoying themselves a bit too much! Julie even joined us in some moves on the dance floor at the end of the evening.

Thanks again Julie! We would hire you again in a heartbeat!!!!!

Tiffany and Matthew
My husband and I met Julie while checking out a possible venue site for our May 2016 wedding. Although we chose not to go Read more...
My husband and I met Julie while checking out a possible venue site for our May 2016 wedding. Although we chose not to go with the venue, we loved our conversation with Julie as she completed her final set-up for an upcoming wedding on site. From that first conversation we knew Julie was enthusiastic, flexible, easy going, professional, and personable...just the type of person we were looking for in a DJ. We were not looking for any over the top lighting features, photo booths, or other craziness...just not us. Julie's set up is simple and streamlined.

As other's have said she works with you from day 1. She sent us suggestions as needed and accommodated our needs as desired. She even thought about us as she met a country singer on a plane trip!

We had so many compliments from our guests the day of and I'm sure will continue to have them in the future. Guests felt that Julie did a good job accommodating their needs and keeping the party going without being too intrusive as some seem to be! From what I've heard several guests asked for Julie's card including one of the catering staff!

Julie is SO in LOVE with her work! She spent some time dancing behind her table during the wedding. Some of the caterer's staff joined her in busting out some moves! To top it all off Julie went above and beyond and played a few extra requests after the guests had left just to please my bridesmaids who were enjoying themselves a bit too much! Julie even joined us in some moves on the dance floor at the end of the evening.

Thanks again Julie! We would hire you again in a heartbeat!!!!!

Tiffany and Matthew Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
5/28/2016
5.0/5.0
When my fiancee and I were planning our wedding, the decision to look for a DJ was kind of a sore subject. We were resigned to the idea that most DJ's were cheesy and played bad overplayed music as a default and never thought we would find someone who knew what to do with our musical tastes. Out of frustration I entered "Indie Alternative Non Cheesy Hudson Valley DJ" into Google, kind of as a joke on myself, and up popped the Wedding Wire profile for A Different Spin.
At our first meeting with Julie, we spent about 3 hours just talking about music. We had obviously clicked!

Hiring Julie was probably the best wedding planning decision e made. She was amazing! So many of our guests told us how great the music was. She built the perfect playlist based on all of our conversations and emails and she did such an amazing job at working on the fly as well... Throwing in songs from the movies we used as table markers and adding in songs to get EVERYONE dancing that still didn't sound out of place with the general flow of the music.
Julie has the most encyclopedic knowledge of music and I am confident in her ability to make a unique personal playlist for any party no matter what type of music the client was in to. I seriously do not have any negative feedback to give. Julie was everything we had hoped for in a DJ and more!
When my fiancee and I were planning our wedding, the decision to look for a DJ was kind of a sore subject. We were Read more...
When my fiancee and I were planning our wedding, the decision to look for a DJ was kind of a sore subject. We were resigned to the idea that most DJ's were cheesy and played bad overplayed music as a default and never thought we would find someone who knew what to do with our musical tastes. Out of frustration I entered "Indie Alternative Non Cheesy Hudson Valley DJ" into Google, kind of as a joke on myself, and up popped the Wedding Wire profile for A Different Spin.
At our first meeting with Julie, we spent about 3 hours just talking about music. We had obviously clicked!

Hiring Julie was probably the best wedding planning decision e made. She was amazing! So many of our guests told us how great the music was. She built the perfect playlist based on all of our conversations and emails and she did such an amazing job at working on the fly as well... Throwing in songs from the movies we used as table markers and adding in songs to get EVERYONE dancing that still didn't sound out of place with the general flow of the music.
Julie has the most encyclopedic knowledge of music and I am confident in her ability to make a unique personal playlist for any party no matter what type of music the client was in to. I seriously do not have any negative feedback to give. Julie was everything we had hoped for in a DJ and more! Read less
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Alyson
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
Julie was fantastic! She is an amazing DJ who clearly loves what she does. She is energetic, fun, and flexible (we had a time crunch).

She played to the entire crowd and spent time with the guests to get a feel for the group. Everyone had a blast! All of our guests were commenting on the great music and she got everyone dancing!

Julie was really great and we would recommend her for any event!
Julie was fantastic! She is an amazing DJ who clearly loves what she does. She is energetic, fun, and flexible (we had a Read more...
Julie was fantastic! She is an amazing DJ who clearly loves what she does. She is energetic, fun, and flexible (we had a time crunch).

She played to the entire crowd and spent time with the guests to get a feel for the group. Everyone had a blast! All of our guests were commenting on the great music and she got everyone dancing!

Julie was really great and we would recommend her for any event! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We definitely picked the right DJ! Julie had less than two months to plan for our wedding as we started planning late ourselves. Despite this, people at the wedding thought that she was a friend of ours that we had known for years. She really made the wedding all about us and she took the time to get to know us and our taste in music and what we had in mind for the mood of the wedding.
She asked us for a list of do’s and dont's for the music and went from there to develop the perfect music set for the night. Communication with Julie was always fast, easy, and positive.
Julie’s equipment was perfect for two rooms (cocktail and reception). The music was at the perfect volume for a party, but not so loud as to drown out all conversations. She welcomed guests’ requests, but ran them by us before playing especially if she got the impression that the request wouldn’t go over well with us. I swear, I think she has ESP!
This woman knows her music!! Seriously! I was so impressed with the variety of genres and artists she knows. My husband and I were so nervous about picking a DJ because we thought we would never find someone who would understand what we wanted (we both despise top 40 charts). Julie was the answer!!
We loved her! Our parents loved her! Our guests loved her! Even our maitre d' and wedding coordinator thought she was great!
Without her, this would have been a very different night. I’ll never forget how awesome she was!! Thank you, Julie!!
We definitely picked the right DJ! Julie had less than two months to plan for our wedding as we started planning late Read more...
We definitely picked the right DJ! Julie had less than two months to plan for our wedding as we started planning late ourselves. Despite this, people at the wedding thought that she was a friend of ours that we had known for years. She really made the wedding all about us and she took the time to get to know us and our taste in music and what we had in mind for the mood of the wedding.
She asked us for a list of do’s and dont's for the music and went from there to develop the perfect music set for the night. Communication with Julie was always fast, easy, and positive.
Julie’s equipment was perfect for two rooms (cocktail and reception). The music was at the perfect volume for a party, but not so loud as to drown out all conversations. She welcomed guests’ requests, but ran them by us before playing especially if she got the impression that the request wouldn’t go over well with us. I swear, I think she has ESP!
This woman knows her music!! Seriously! I was so impressed with the variety of genres and artists she knows. My husband and I were so nervous about picking a DJ because we thought we would never find someone who would understand what we wanted (we both despise top 40 charts). Julie was the answer!!
We loved her! Our parents loved her! Our guests loved her! Even our maitre d' and wedding coordinator thought she was great!
Without her, this would have been a very different night. I’ll never forget how awesome she was!! Thank you, Julie!! Read less
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Jonathan
Wedding:
12/5/2015
5.0/5.0
What can I say about Julie that hasn't been said by others about Julie? As everyone else on Wedding Wire says, she's extraordinary and we've all been thrilled at how the evening turns out.

Julie has a number of qualities that sets her apart for us:

1) Her knowledge of music is bar none one of the best I've encountered... She's stumped us on many occasions, and on the few occasions where we've stumped her, she's always enthusiastically incorporated those requests and suggestions. As she was able to put a number of songs that made people lift their heads up like they heard a pleasant surprise, she even emailed us a playlist after the wedding.

2) She turned into an incredible resource on weddings in general. She has a great command of timelines and venues and you can really trust her opinions and advice on giving the best experience possible! In fact, she even helped us pick the venue! In a roundabout way but there we were.

3) Her enthusiasm and good nature is infectious. She takes the time to speak to the guests during cocktail hour to see what type of music they want to hear. To this day, we still have guests asking who the dee jay is. It frankly amazes me how she can take suggestions and bring them to her DJ set so seamlessly. Almost like a deft improv player.

4) Great sense of humor... she helped me "rickroll" the wedding. Nuff said

5) Her ability to take interview sessions with us, suggestions from the wedding party, and (most importantly) her own instincts as an artist (DJ's are definitely artists) and curate a playlist that kept people dancing more than I could have imagined. We have amazing photos of everyone getting down... especially my 4 year old nephew who kicked it to at least 2 of Julies songs. Honeslty, I could make a review purely from before and after photos of people before the music and during...

Julie Jakolat is a wonderful person to work with. Amie and I highly recommend her and agree that you'd be stupid to look further.
What can I say about Julie that hasn't been said by others about Julie? As everyone else on Wedding Wire says, she's Read more...
What can I say about Julie that hasn't been said by others about Julie? As everyone else on Wedding Wire says, she's extraordinary and we've all been thrilled at how the evening turns out.

Julie has a number of qualities that sets her apart for us:

1) Her knowledge of music is bar none one of the best I've encountered... She's stumped us on many occasions, and on the few occasions where we've stumped her, she's always enthusiastically incorporated those requests and suggestions. As she was able to put a number of songs that made people lift their heads up like they heard a pleasant surprise, she even emailed us a playlist after the wedding.

2) She turned into an incredible resource on weddings in general. She has a great command of timelines and venues and you can really trust her opinions and advice on giving the best experience possible! In fact, she even helped us pick the venue! In a roundabout way but there we were.

3) Her enthusiasm and good nature is infectious. She takes the time to speak to the guests during cocktail hour to see what type of music they want to hear. To this day, we still have guests asking who the dee jay is. It frankly amazes me how she can take suggestions and bring them to her DJ set so seamlessly. Almost like a deft improv player.

4) Great sense of humor... she helped me "rickroll" the wedding. Nuff said

5) Her ability to take interview sessions with us, suggestions from the wedding party, and (most importantly) her own instincts as an artist (DJ's are definitely artists) and curate a playlist that kept people dancing more than I could have imagined. We have amazing photos of everyone getting down... especially my 4 year old nephew who kicked it to at least 2 of Julies songs. Honeslty, I could make a review purely from before and after photos of people before the music and during...

Julie Jakolat is a wonderful person to work with. Amie and I highly recommend her and agree that you'd be stupid to look further. Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
11/8/2015
5.0/5.0
Julie was amazing. She really GOT us. Our amazing photographers, upon hearing about our day, realized Julie would be the perfect fit. And she was just that. Julie didn't miss a beat. She consulted with us for months before the wedding and had the patience and understanding to know when to encourage my quirky ideas and when to reign me in. She shared songs with us, even helping us find the perfect version of our first dance song to make it truly OURS. She made sure that the processional was dialed in for us, helping us to get the right songs at the right time, During cocktail hour, she had already made a mix of songs so that she could mingle with the crowd to take their temperature. I couldn't believe how WELL she knew us by the time the reception rolled around. There were so many moments when I would just laugh in sheer delight at the moments that she orchestrated. I am sad that it's over because it was SUCH a delight to collaborate with Julie. I can't say enough good things about her. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Julie was amazing. She really GOT us. Our amazing photographers, upon hearing about our day, realized Julie would be the Read more...
Julie was amazing. She really GOT us. Our amazing photographers, upon hearing about our day, realized Julie would be the perfect fit. And she was just that. Julie didn't miss a beat. She consulted with us for months before the wedding and had the patience and understanding to know when to encourage my quirky ideas and when to reign me in. She shared songs with us, even helping us find the perfect version of our first dance song to make it truly OURS. She made sure that the processional was dialed in for us, helping us to get the right songs at the right time, During cocktail hour, she had already made a mix of songs so that she could mingle with the crowd to take their temperature. I couldn't believe how WELL she knew us by the time the reception rolled around. There were so many moments when I would just laugh in sheer delight at the moments that she orchestrated. I am sad that it's over because it was SUCH a delight to collaborate with Julie. I can't say enough good things about her. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Read less
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Tim
Wedding:
10/31/2015
5.0/5.0
Julie is amazing. My wife and I cannot recommend her highly enough. Since our wedding, our guests--young and old--keep saying to us: "That DJ was amazing!"

Julie is extremely knowledgeable about music and how to make the party flow smoothly: how to get people dancing, how to transition to dinner, and how to get people back on the dance floor.

Julie expertly led us through the music planning process. She offered sage advice and took our direction. More than giving Julie a "Play/Do Not Play" list, we (by choice) explained our vision and depended on Julie to translate our vision into music. What we crudely sketched out, Julie painted into a masterpiece.

A few other great things:
1. Julie circulated during the cocktail hour asking our guests for requests. Guests loved this and have commented on it repeatedly. Julie edited the requests accordingly.
2. Julie was responsive to who was on the dance floor (older guests, guests in their 20s and 30s, guests under 20) and played the music they wanted to hear and dance to. And was able to bridge the gap between the ages.
3. Julie edited our ideas (which we asked her to do). She saved us from ourselves. She made us look good.
4. Julie looked excited to be at the reception, sometimes dancing behind her setup. Guests saw this and it made them more excited to be there, more willing to dance. This may seem like a small thing, but it was hugely important in creating the atmosphere.
5. We had an untraditional wedding: a costume party on Halloween. During dinner, Julie played a set of songs that corresponded to our guests' costumes (Sgt. Pepper's for the Beatles, Theme from Rocky for Rocky and Adrian, Gilligan's Island for the Gilligan's Island crew). This lead to one of my favorite parts: people spontaneously dancing to their song, and the crowd alternatively cheering them or joining in. Julie made that random, wonderful part of our wedding happen.
Julie is amazing. My wife and I cannot recommend her highly enough. Since our wedding, our guests--young and old--keep Read more...
Julie is amazing. My wife and I cannot recommend her highly enough. Since our wedding, our guests--young and old--keep saying to us: "That DJ was amazing!"

Julie is extremely knowledgeable about music and how to make the party flow smoothly: how to get people dancing, how to transition to dinner, and how to get people back on the dance floor.

Julie expertly led us through the music planning process. She offered sage advice and took our direction. More than giving Julie a "Play/Do Not Play" list, we (by choice) explained our vision and depended on Julie to translate our vision into music. What we crudely sketched out, Julie painted into a masterpiece.

A few other great things:
1. Julie circulated during the cocktail hour asking our guests for requests. Guests loved this and have commented on it repeatedly. Julie edited the requests accordingly.
2. Julie was responsive to who was on the dance floor (older guests, guests in their 20s and 30s, guests under 20) and played the music they wanted to hear and dance to. And was able to bridge the gap between the ages.
3. Julie edited our ideas (which we asked her to do). She saved us from ourselves. She made us look good.
4. Julie looked excited to be at the reception, sometimes dancing behind her setup. Guests saw this and it made them more excited to be there, more willing to dance. This may seem like a small thing, but it was hugely important in creating the atmosphere.
5. We had an untraditional wedding: a costume party on Halloween. During dinner, Julie played a set of songs that corresponded to our guests' costumes (Sgt. Pepper's for the Beatles, Theme from Rocky for Rocky and Adrian, Gilligan's Island for the Gilligan's Island crew). This lead to one of my favorite parts: people spontaneously dancing to their song, and the crowd alternatively cheering them or joining in. Julie made that random, wonderful part of our wedding happen. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My wife and I hired Julie Jakolat to DJ our wedding, and we could not possibly be happier with our decision. She is an extraordinary lady with a vast range of musical tastes and knowledge, an eager commitment to her professional responsibilities, and a fun, outsized personality more than capable of keeping the party poppin'.

And trust me, we asked a lot of her. Our wedding featured several complicated moving parts and a meticulously curated playlist, yet Julie met every demand. She was with us through each step of the process with attentive phone calls, emails and site visits, up to and including our rehearsal. Not only did Julie spin tracks for the reception, she was able to run multiple mics and cue up specially selected songs during our ceremony. She never missed a beat.

More than even that, I appreciated the cheerful and enthusiastic regard Julie exuded from Day One. Wedding vendors will give you the white-glove treatment for only so long before it becomes obvious that they're just waiting for the check to clear. Not so with Julie. Never once were we a chore or just another client; rather, she unwaveringly treated us and our wedding as special and prioritized (as a wedding should feel!).

When seeking a DJ, my wife and I knew we didn't just want some dude in a silk vest spinning "YMCA." We chose Julie because her reviews and profile indicated an exceptionally awesome person, someone uniquely engaged in what she does and with whom she works. In turn, Julie kept my wife and me feeling that we were exceptional and awesome people. We were members in high standing in the Julie Jakolat Club. It's great to have that esteem, especially in those last frantic days before you walk down the aisle.

Simply put, Julie is the bee's knees. Particularly if you're the kind of oddball who says "bee's knees" with only a dab of irony. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone in need of a fun, highly personal touch to their big day.
My wife and I hired Julie Jakolat to DJ our wedding, and we could not possibly be happier with our decision. She is an Read more...
My wife and I hired Julie Jakolat to DJ our wedding, and we could not possibly be happier with our decision. She is an extraordinary lady with a vast range of musical tastes and knowledge, an eager commitment to her professional responsibilities, and a fun, outsized personality more than capable of keeping the party poppin'.

And trust me, we asked a lot of her. Our wedding featured several complicated moving parts and a meticulously curated playlist, yet Julie met every demand. She was with us through each step of the process with attentive phone calls, emails and site visits, up to and including our rehearsal. Not only did Julie spin tracks for the reception, she was able to run multiple mics and cue up specially selected songs during our ceremony. She never missed a beat.

More than even that, I appreciated the cheerful and enthusiastic regard Julie exuded from Day One. Wedding vendors will give you the white-glove treatment for only so long before it becomes obvious that they're just waiting for the check to clear. Not so with Julie. Never once were we a chore or just another client; rather, she unwaveringly treated us and our wedding as special and prioritized (as a wedding should feel!).

When seeking a DJ, my wife and I knew we didn't just want some dude in a silk vest spinning "YMCA." We chose Julie because her reviews and profile indicated an exceptionally awesome person, someone uniquely engaged in what she does and with whom she works. In turn, Julie kept my wife and me feeling that we were exceptional and awesome people. We were members in high standing in the Julie Jakolat Club. It's great to have that esteem, especially in those last frantic days before you walk down the aisle.

Simply put, Julie is the bee's knees. Particularly if you're the kind of oddball who says "bee's knees" with only a dab of irony. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone in need of a fun, highly personal touch to their big day. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We are so glad we chose Julie to DJ our wedding! The time she took to understand our ideas and preferences was well spent and led to a reception that felt deeply personal and exciting. Our guests loved that she came around to the tables and asked for suggestions. She was so fun and friendly that many guests assumed that she was a friend of ours! She was also very quick on her feet when some details changed last minute. She was a pleasure to work with.

- Lauren & Michael
We are so glad we chose Julie to DJ our wedding! The time she took to understand our ideas and preferences was well spent Read more...
We are so glad we chose Julie to DJ our wedding! The time she took to understand our ideas and preferences was well spent and led to a reception that felt deeply personal and exciting. Our guests loved that she came around to the tables and asked for suggestions. She was so fun and friendly that many guests assumed that she was a friend of ours! She was also very quick on her feet when some details changed last minute. She was a pleasure to work with.

- Lauren & Michael Read less
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Casey
Wedding:
7/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Hire Julie!! Every interaction with her was a pleasure. She put us at ease from the very beginning. My husband is a musician and we both love to dance, so choosing the right DJ was an important part of our planning process. We spoke with 2 other DJs before our call with Julie, but she immediately put us at ease in a way the others hadn't.

We made a list of about 40-50 songs or artists we liked and Julie took it from there -- she seemed to know exactly the type of music we wanted and the vibe we were trying to create. Julie made the rounds at the cocktail hour and asked friends and family for song requests. I wasn't sure how this would pan out but the guests absolutely loved it. It made them feel like they were a special part of the reception.

We are STILL receiving compliments from friends and family about Julie -- young people, old people, our friends who never dance, our friends who always dance, EVERYONE thought she was fantastic. She's not only a great DJ, she's a lot of fun to be around and has a super positive upbeat energy--exactly the type of person you want around you on your wedding day.
Hire Julie!! Every interaction with her was a pleasure. She put us at ease from the very beginning. My husband is a Read more...
Hire Julie!! Every interaction with her was a pleasure. She put us at ease from the very beginning. My husband is a musician and we both love to dance, so choosing the right DJ was an important part of our planning process. We spoke with 2 other DJs before our call with Julie, but she immediately put us at ease in a way the others hadn't.

We made a list of about 40-50 songs or artists we liked and Julie took it from there -- she seemed to know exactly the type of music we wanted and the vibe we were trying to create. Julie made the rounds at the cocktail hour and asked friends and family for song requests. I wasn't sure how this would pan out but the guests absolutely loved it. It made them feel like they were a special part of the reception.

We are STILL receiving compliments from friends and family about Julie -- young people, old people, our friends who never dance, our friends who always dance, EVERYONE thought she was fantastic. She's not only a great DJ, she's a lot of fun to be around and has a super positive upbeat energy--exactly the type of person you want around you on your wedding day. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ

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