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Music Masters Entertainment, Inc

Chicago , IL

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Rachel
Wedding:
8/16/2014
2.1/5.0
Do yourself a favor and hire any other DJ. If a friend had hired Corey and paid him a deposit, I'd encourage her to forfeit the deposit in favor of another DJ.

First, the major issues. Corey is barely responsive (I gave him 1.5 stars because he did *eventually* respond to most of my emails, though it usually took 2+ follow-up emails to get any answer out of him). He made a number of major screw-ups at my wedding: the music shut completely off during my processional, which is a huge, huge moment for any bride. The music also shut off during my first dance with my now-husband, then after some silence, it started over from the beginning.

Corey apparently ignored the very detailed planning form he asked me to fill out (and which I spent hours and hours working on). He asks for every detail of the wedding down to the exact minute it happens, and I provided that. Instead of spacing the speeches and first dances as I'd requested, he did them all together, which (at our mostly standing wedding) took attention away from these special moments and was probably boring for the guests. My coordinator and I worked hard on the timing of things and he apparently didn't give it a thought.

He also loves to play club-type music, and will ask you if he can do so at your wedding. Even if you say no, he'll do it -- that's what he did to us. I had to walk up to the DJ booth and give him the business after my wedding was bumping like an EDM festival at one point.

He also surprised me with an extra $300 charge to set up extra speakers. We'd discussed the extra speakers but he had never mentioned an extra charge. Then, three days before the wedding, he requests additional money. When I expressed surprise, he said "well then we can play a CD through the restaurant's sound system instead." Yikes!
Do yourself a favor and hire any other DJ. If a friend had hired Corey and paid him a deposit, I'd encourage her to Read more...
Do yourself a favor and hire any other DJ. If a friend had hired Corey and paid him a deposit, I'd encourage her to forfeit the deposit in favor of another DJ.

First, the major issues. Corey is barely responsive (I gave him 1.5 stars because he did *eventually* respond to most of my emails, though it usually took 2+ follow-up emails to get any answer out of him). He made a number of major screw-ups at my wedding: the music shut completely off during my processional, which is a huge, huge moment for any bride. The music also shut off during my first dance with my now-husband, then after some silence, it started over from the beginning.

Corey apparently ignored the very detailed planning form he asked me to fill out (and which I spent hours and hours working on). He asks for every detail of the wedding down to the exact minute it happens, and I provided that. Instead of spacing the speeches and first dances as I'd requested, he did them all together, which (at our mostly standing wedding) took attention away from these special moments and was probably boring for the guests. My coordinator and I worked hard on the timing of things and he apparently didn't give it a thought.

He also loves to play club-type music, and will ask you if he can do so at your wedding. Even if you say no, he'll do it -- that's what he did to us. I had to walk up to the DJ booth and give him the business after my wedding was bumping like an EDM festival at one point.

He also surprised me with an extra $300 charge to set up extra speakers. We'd discussed the extra speakers but he had never mentioned an extra charge. Then, three days before the wedding, he requests additional money. When I expressed surprise, he said "well then we can play a CD through the restaurant's sound system instead." Yikes! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
0.5/5.0
Corey and Music Masters were a nightmare at our wedding.

My stomach dropped when, 15 minutes before the ceremony, my officiant told me there was no microphone set up as there should have been. We tried reaching Corey to no avail. When we did finally reach him, he just said that he was too busy setting up at the reception and wouldn't make it to set up for the ceremony. This was after constant assurances that he would set up hours earlier that day, everything would be in its right place, run smoothly, etc. As a result, many people at our ceremony did not hear the reading and other parts.

As if that wasn't enough, when we got to the reception and were ready to open the doors, we wanted to start the music so that it was playing while guests came in for cocktails. We looked around and Corey was nowhere to be found. Instead, our photographer fiddled with the laptop that was there and started to play country music, which was not at all in line with what we had planned.

The disorganization and screw-ups continued throughout the entire night. The lights were the wrong color. A number of our guests constantly asked the DJ to turn the volume down so they could speak or hear each other. At one point the bartenders were even passing out earplugs because the DJ was just not responsive. Even the banquet staff came up to us to tell us the DJ was not approachable and was very rude to them when they tried to communicate anything to him.

It was a regrettable experience working with this vendor. To top it off, when we followed up after the wedding to talk about what had happened, Corey sent emails in ALL CAPS saying that he couldn't handle all these details that we were throwing his way and that he has so many events he couldn't keep track of all these requests, etc. As if it was our fault. And let me tell you, our requests were pretty basic.

Unprofessional, disorganized, and outright rude. I wouldn't trust these guys with my important day.
Corey and Music Masters were a nightmare at our wedding.

My stomach dropped when, 15 minutes before the Read more...
Corey and Music Masters were a nightmare at our wedding.

My stomach dropped when, 15 minutes before the ceremony, my officiant told me there was no microphone set up as there should have been. We tried reaching Corey to no avail. When we did finally reach him, he just said that he was too busy setting up at the reception and wouldn't make it to set up for the ceremony. This was after constant assurances that he would set up hours earlier that day, everything would be in its right place, run smoothly, etc. As a result, many people at our ceremony did not hear the reading and other parts.

As if that wasn't enough, when we got to the reception and were ready to open the doors, we wanted to start the music so that it was playing while guests came in for cocktails. We looked around and Corey was nowhere to be found. Instead, our photographer fiddled with the laptop that was there and started to play country music, which was not at all in line with what we had planned.

The disorganization and screw-ups continued throughout the entire night. The lights were the wrong color. A number of our guests constantly asked the DJ to turn the volume down so they could speak or hear each other. At one point the bartenders were even passing out earplugs because the DJ was just not responsive. Even the banquet staff came up to us to tell us the DJ was not approachable and was very rude to them when they tried to communicate anything to him.

It was a regrettable experience working with this vendor. To top it off, when we followed up after the wedding to talk about what had happened, Corey sent emails in ALL CAPS saying that he couldn't handle all these details that we were throwing his way and that he has so many events he couldn't keep track of all these requests, etc. As if it was our fault. And let me tell you, our requests were pretty basic.

Unprofessional, disorganized, and outright rude. I wouldn't trust these guys with my important day. Read less
Services Used: DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Kelsey
Wedding:
4/20/2013
4.2/5.0
Music Masters Entertainment (aka Corey Sanford) was first rate to work with. We hired him to DJ during the cocktail hour of our wedding as well as the after party. He went the extra mile making sure that everything looked super cool while he was spinning. He was also comfortable working with us to make sure he was playing the music that would get the audience dancing. And HUGE props to him for staying after hours and continuing to spin beats. He could have easily said my shift is over but he was willing to work the extra hours.

He also has the ability and desire to play all genres depending on the environment. I interviewed A LOT of DJs and found Cory the most professional and experienced. A DJ can make or break a party and Cory certainly enhanced it.

I would definitely recommend him for a wide range of parties including weddings.
Music Masters Entertainment (aka Corey Sanford) was first rate to work with. We hired him to DJ during the cocktail hour Read more...
Music Masters Entertainment (aka Corey Sanford) was first rate to work with. We hired him to DJ during the cocktail hour of our wedding as well as the after party. He went the extra mile making sure that everything looked super cool while he was spinning. He was also comfortable working with us to make sure he was playing the music that would get the audience dancing. And HUGE props to him for staying after hours and continuing to spin beats. He could have easily said my shift is over but he was willing to work the extra hours.

He also has the ability and desire to play all genres depending on the environment. I interviewed A LOT of DJs and found Cory the most professional and experienced. A DJ can make or break a party and Cory certainly enhanced it.

I would definitely recommend him for a wide range of parties including weddings. Read less
Services Used: DJ
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Emily
Wedding:
10/6/2012
4.8/5.0
Corey and Music Masters Entertainment provided both the cocktail hour musicians (a trio) and the DJ services at my wedding in October. Everyone was fabulous! Professional, took my requests into account, said everyone's name correctly (no small feat with a bridal party of 16), and kept people on the dance floor for the entire night. One of the best compliments i can give a DJ is that he is unobtrusive--he didn't talk too much or too little, he just did his job and did it perfectly. I couldn't have asked for a better DJ on our special day--he made it that much more amazing, and I definitely recommend him to any other bride!
Corey and Music Masters Entertainment provided both the cocktail hour musicians (a trio) and the DJ services at my wedding Read more...
Corey and Music Masters Entertainment provided both the cocktail hour musicians (a trio) and the DJ services at my wedding in October. Everyone was fabulous! Professional, took my requests into account, said everyone's name correctly (no small feat with a bridal party of 16), and kept people on the dance floor for the entire night. One of the best compliments i can give a DJ is that he is unobtrusive--he didn't talk too much or too little, he just did his job and did it perfectly. I couldn't have asked for a better DJ on our special day--he made it that much more amazing, and I definitely recommend him to any other bride! Read less
Services Used: Band, DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We were completely satisfied with the whole process and had more people on the dance floor than any wedding I've ever been to. You can't go wrong by working with Corey.
We were completely satisfied with the whole process and had more people on the dance floor than any wedding I've ever been Read more...
We were completely satisfied with the whole process and had more people on the dance floor than any wedding I've ever been to. You can't go wrong by working with Corey. Read less
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Brian
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
So here you are, reading reviews on DJ's because you are trying to lock down on arguably the most important part of your wedding reception?! Don't stress, I was in your same situation a year ago when planning ours in June 2012. We talked to several of the larger DJ outfits (Cage & Aquarium, DJ Chicago, Toast & Jam, etc.) and while they may have more reviews and several DJ's, I can almost guarantee none of them would have been able to provide the personal attention and professional delivery that Corey was able to. Not to mention he can just really rock it out!!

From our first introductory meeting with Corey until the last song was played, he was on-time, overly prepared, professional, friendly, and most importantly passionate about music. We originally thought we would need to script most of the songs that would be played during our reception in order to avoid some of the typical annoying wedding music, but after speaking with Corey and hearing some of his ideas we let go and Corey absolutely killed it! The dance floor was always full and our guests really had a great time.

Additionally, in case you didn't already realize it, the DJ is absolutely the glue that holds your reception together. Cocktail hour, dinner, introductions, cake cutting, first dances, bouquet and garter toss, everything is controlled by the DJ! Corey spoke loud and clear and kept all the guests informed without distracting from the center of attention, which was us :) He remained flexible to our needs and checked in periodically to make sure we were happy and this is something we really appreciated. He even arrived on-site extremely early (several hours!) to be sure everything was in working order.

Lastly, Corey gave us a great price compared to the larger outfits...we didn't get a bunch of strict hour requirements and the feeling of being nickel and dimed. We truly felt like Corey was a diamond in rough among Chicago's DJ options and couldn't be more excited to have had him preside over our wedding reception. We highly recommend Corey!!!
So here you are, reading reviews on DJ's because you are trying to lock down on arguably the most important part of your Read more...
So here you are, reading reviews on DJ's because you are trying to lock down on arguably the most important part of your wedding reception?! Don't stress, I was in your same situation a year ago when planning ours in June 2012. We talked to several of the larger DJ outfits (Cage & Aquarium, DJ Chicago, Toast & Jam, etc.) and while they may have more reviews and several DJ's, I can almost guarantee none of them would have been able to provide the personal attention and professional delivery that Corey was able to. Not to mention he can just really rock it out!!

From our first introductory meeting with Corey until the last song was played, he was on-time, overly prepared, professional, friendly, and most importantly passionate about music. We originally thought we would need to script most of the songs that would be played during our reception in order to avoid some of the typical annoying wedding music, but after speaking with Corey and hearing some of his ideas we let go and Corey absolutely killed it! The dance floor was always full and our guests really had a great time.

Additionally, in case you didn't already realize it, the DJ is absolutely the glue that holds your reception together. Cocktail hour, dinner, introductions, cake cutting, first dances, bouquet and garter toss, everything is controlled by the DJ! Corey spoke loud and clear and kept all the guests informed without distracting from the center of attention, which was us :) He remained flexible to our needs and checked in periodically to make sure we were happy and this is something we really appreciated. He even arrived on-site extremely early (several hours!) to be sure everything was in working order.

Lastly, Corey gave us a great price compared to the larger outfits...we didn't get a bunch of strict hour requirements and the feeling of being nickel and dimed. We truly felt like Corey was a diamond in rough among Chicago's DJ options and couldn't be more excited to have had him preside over our wedding reception. We highly recommend Corey!!! Read less
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dawn
Wedding:
4/1/2012
5.0/5.0
I was searching for photographers for my wedding on the web when I came across this company. Corey's secratary called me and set up a meeting with Corey the next day. He came all the way out to the far south suburbs of Chicago to meet me. Right after that I knew he would do what he needed to work with me. After meeting him and seeing their work, I was sold and one year later,Baltazar showed up at my wedding and was excellent. Everyone at the wedding talked about how wonderful he was and I would have to say I agreed. He was on time and worked well with everyone at the party. I would recommend this company to everyone I know and use them again when I have a big party in the future. Thanks guys!!!!
I was searching for photographers for my wedding on the web when I came across this company. Corey's secratary called me Read more...
I was searching for photographers for my wedding on the web when I came across this company. Corey's secratary called me and set up a meeting with Corey the next day. He came all the way out to the far south suburbs of Chicago to meet me. Right after that I knew he would do what he needed to work with me. After meeting him and seeing their work, I was sold and one year later,Baltazar showed up at my wedding and was excellent. Everyone at the wedding talked about how wonderful he was and I would have to say I agreed. He was on time and worked well with everyone at the party. I would recommend this company to everyone I know and use them again when I have a big party in the future. Thanks guys!!!! Read less
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melany1013
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Corey was the best DJ - I was hesitant because he had a negative review and I didn't know anyone else who had used his DJ services... he was super open and flexible to meet with us, always responsive and set up an opportunity for us to see him DJ (at a social event) before making our choice.

The day of the wedding - he not only acted as a great DJ but he helped coordinate the entire evening! He was running around dimming lights, grabbing the caterer, gathering family members when needed, etc. I'd highly recommend Corey... he obviously has a lot of experience in DJing and i didn't have to worry about a single thing! He also announced the entrance of the wedding party and pronounced everyone's name right... he called me the week before to double check all of them, my playlist, do not play list, etc etc. He also did the ceremony music for us... it was perfect!

The music was great... he is super accommodating to your taste. Everyone was dancing all night and made comments about how they loved our DJ. Thanks Corey!
Corey was the best DJ - I was hesitant because he had a negative review and I didn't know anyone else who had used his DJ Read more...
Corey was the best DJ - I was hesitant because he had a negative review and I didn't know anyone else who had used his DJ services... he was super open and flexible to meet with us, always responsive and set up an opportunity for us to see him DJ (at a social event) before making our choice.

The day of the wedding - he not only acted as a great DJ but he helped coordinate the entire evening! He was running around dimming lights, grabbing the caterer, gathering family members when needed, etc. I'd highly recommend Corey... he obviously has a lot of experience in DJing and i didn't have to worry about a single thing! He also announced the entrance of the wedding party and pronounced everyone's name right... he called me the week before to double check all of them, my playlist, do not play list, etc etc. He also did the ceremony music for us... it was perfect!

The music was great... he is super accommodating to your taste. Everyone was dancing all night and made comments about how they loved our DJ. Thanks Corey! Read less
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Ellen
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Corey was amazing! He had people dancing from the get-go and there was always someone on the floor throughout the reception. While we chose most of the song list, Corey ensured that a good blend of genres were played. He was also very willing to play special requests and accomodate for whatever we needed. Overall, he very easy and enjoyable to work with.
Corey was amazing! He had people dancing from the get-go and there was always someone on the floor throughout the Read more...
Corey was amazing! He had people dancing from the get-go and there was always someone on the floor throughout the reception. While we chose most of the song list, Corey ensured that a good blend of genres were played. He was also very willing to play special requests and accomodate for whatever we needed. Overall, he very easy and enjoyable to work with. Read less
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Very happy mom
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Thanks, Cory, for the wonderful job you did at our daughter's wedding. The dance floor was full the entire evening!!! Everything we asked for, we got and more. We appreciated your hard work and concern that everthing went as planned. We highly recommend your services to all!!!
Thanks, Cory, for the wonderful job you did at our daughter's wedding. The dance floor was full the entire evening!!! Read more...
Thanks, Cory, for the wonderful job you did at our daughter's wedding. The dance floor was full the entire evening!!! Everything we asked for, we got and more. We appreciated your hard work and concern that everthing went as planned. We highly recommend your services to all!!! Read less
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