Classic Disc Jockeys
Carl is wonderful. We met with him leading up to the wedding and his passion for music just seeps out of his pores. You can tell how excited he is about it, and that's what we wanted. We met with other DJs and they would give us a website or spreadsheet and say "fill in which songs you want me to play." Fail. That's why we are hiring a DJ We don't want to think about that! With Carl, you tell him the types of music you like, the feeling you want (I said current hits and dancing all night), and he recreates it. We did supply a list of some must plays and do not plays and he did a great job with that. He even did an ipod playlist for us for the cocktail hour He is not one of those in your face DJs, but again, that's what we wanted. I took a little off for responsiveness because he is a busy guy and can't always get back to emails as quickly as you would expect. He kept the dance floor packed all night (which was one of my biggest worries) and everyone had a blast! I would recommend Carl to anyone.
Carl was very professional and provided outstanding service. He was extremely knowledgeable and made us feel completely comfortable throughout the entire process. Carl worked with us to find the right music for our wedding and his suggestions were right on point. He provided seamless transitions between cocktail hour, introductions, dinner and after dinner dancing. Our guests enjoyed themselves and danced the night away. I highly recommend Carl and Classic Disc Jockeys for anyone who is looking for a DJ who truly “gets it!”
Carl was great from the day we got in touch with him through the wedding and even with his follow-up. I have a very particular taste in music, so I was looking for a DJ that could both cater to my tastes, as well as to those of the entire wedding audience. Carl did a great job of combining my favorite songs with other songs that the rest of the wedding party enjoyed. You could really tell he listened to the all the songs on the (huge) list I sent him, as the flow between the songs was great and you could see his experience as a club DJ coming through in the great/seamless transitions between songs. Not only did he keep up a good mix of music, but he also kept the party going once the dancing started and did a great job of getting different generations involved with music from different decades. Carl was also very helpful in helping us select ceremony music and provided great suggestions that we loved as he really understood what our music tastes were by that time.
Carl took the time to meet with me and my partner and we spoke at length about the type of music that we wanted and the "vibe" we wanted to create at our wedding. Carl provided music as guests arrived, during the ceremony, during the cocktail hour, during dinner, and then for cake cutting and dancing into the night. So it was a huge variety of music and every song was exactly what we wanted. We had even mentioned that we don't like line dances and when a few guests requested Macarena or Electric Slide, he politely turned them down. Carl also took charge of asking guests to assemble for the ceremony, be seated for dinner, and he let folks know when we were cutting the cake and dancing our first dance together. He was there on time, he was friendly, and I would hire him again in a minute because he had the guests dancing all night.
Carl was very knowledgeable about a variety of music styles; he was also responsive and organized. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone who wants music to be an important, thoughtful part of their ceremony!
DJ Carl Jr is the best! His extensive and eclectic knowledge of music made him the perfect match for our wedding. My wife and I pride ourselves on our eccentric musical tastes, and Carl Jr was able to work with us to provide an amazing experience for our guests. I can't count the number of comments from friends and family asking where we found our DJ, and exclaiming that his was the most incredible mix of wedding music they had ever heard.
As a professional-level procrastinator, I'm writing this review almost two months after our wedding took place, and still the thing that stands out the most is how Carl Jr's performance so aptly complemented the bold statements we made in our choices of venue (Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum), colors, menu, outfits, etc. With any other DJ, our wedding night could not have been the magical night that it was. And all of this was delivered after only two conversations and a short list of our favorite artists and songs. Carl Jr navigated his way to a full understanding of what we were looking for, added an artistic touch, and more than delivered on his promise.
We had a fantastic experience working with Carl! I had searched many many sites and made many phone calls during the search for a DJ. Finally I came across Carl on this website and a few others, and also (within the same week) got a recommendation from a friend who had worked with Carl for her wedding. I felt confident that he would be the right choice.
What stood out about Carl and Classic Disc Jockey services was professionalism. Carl was easy to work with and communicate with, and his priority was clearly customizing the event to meet our wants/needs. We were looking for someone to provide our guests with a great party, but to allow the guests to create that party themselves rather than having a DJ instruct/engage them in specific games and dances (we didn't want anything cheesey). Carl kept the dance floor packed all night and everyone had a great time. We asked that he did emcee the event in terms of making announcements etc. but that there not be any crazy group dances, or games or props. He was right on point and helped keep our event flowing, on time, and lots of fun!
Carl also provided the music for our ceremony and was VERY helpful in working with us to find music that would create the atmosphere we were looking for.
The night was flawless and we are very thankful =) If you are searching for somone experienced, professional and reliable- you should definitely talk to Carl.
Carl is the best DJ we have ever worked with. He worked closely with us to get to know us, our music taste and vision of our wedding celebration. Our biggest goal was to have a lot of dancing and to integrate European and American styles for our international wedding and guests. We, along with our guests, were thrilled with the outcome! We look forward to working with Carl again in the future. He gets our highest recommendation!
Carl and Classic DJs came highly recommend by both our venue and caterer and, after our initial meeting with Carl, we totally understood why. He is extremely professional, organized, has years of experience with DJing in general (not just weddings) and truly looks to learn about the couple and the vibe they're hoping to achieve.
We got no less than 20 compliments on Carl and the atmosphere/energy he kept alive all night. He kept the dance floor packed by playing a mix of music that appealed to all ages. We had the greatest wedding thanks to him and I would recommend Carl to my nearest and dearest (already have, in fact). Thank you Carl for your professionalism and excellent...
Carl with Classic DJ's did a great job understanding the feel and vibe that we wanted at our wedding ceremony and reception. Carl had such great ideas for various music. We loved that he worked out our wedding music schedule from the very beginning to the very end!
He was very responsive and very organized! We can't wait to have another event that we can use Carl's services...
Carl is a fantastic DJ! The manager of my venue gave him such a glowing endorsement, I knew right away that I wanted to book him. Meeting him and talking about music with him just made me even more certain of my decision. Carl knows A LOT about music and loves to talk about it. My husband and I had a great time meeting with him and just shooting the breeze about music. Even as we had what felt like a casual conversation with a friend, Carl was taking extensive notes and it clearly showed on the night of our wedding. Songs or musicians that we had just mentioned in passing ended up on the playlist and everything flowed beautifully.
Carl not only handled our reception music, but he also played the music during our ceremony. It was great being able to deal with just one person for everything. He also had lots of great suggestions for fun and unique music to play while our guests were arriving. As for the reception, the dance floor was packed all night. I have never had so much fun in my life! Carl did a great job seamlessly transitioning from more family-friendly music early in the evening to party music later in the night. I was so sad when the reception was over and we had to stop dancing. So many of our guests complimented us on the music. It really was the best night. Thank you...
Classic DJ's was the first vendor who we booked for our wedding. Classic DJ's came highly recommended, and after our initial meeting with Carl we didn't feel the need to meet with anyone else. Carl is such a pleasure to work with and he certainly did not disappoint. The dance floor was packed the entire night and people are still telling us that their feet hurt from dancing at our wedding! We also wanted to incorporate some Greek songs into our reception and Carl blended them in perfectly. He is worth every penny!
We are forever grateful to the incomparable Beth Bailey for guiding us towards Carl Brashears, Jr of Classic DJs. Carl is such a music expert; it is clearly his passion, and he just has the most profound love and understanding of how to use music to create an unforgettable and lively wedding reception. He earned our eternal gratitude and respect by simply ensuring that the wedding remained 'ours', and let the music shine through instead of cheesy gimmicks and unnecessary/awkward interludes or comments to keep the energy going. He is such a class act as a professional and as a person, taking the time to get to really know us as a couple so he could best understand how to structure the playlists that we devised. In fact, we were told by a number of people (both guests and waitstaff alike) that we had some of the coolest music ever heard at a reception, and Carl clearly deserves a lot of the credit for that. My husband and I cannot begin to thank him enough for everything he did for us to make our wedding so spectacular. You cannot find a better DJ for the money; he is worth every single penny.
Carl did an exceptional job. The dance floor was packed the entire night.
Carl did a great job as our wedding dj. He met with us twice before the event to make sure he was giving us what we wanted. He was very responsive to our music demands, and on the day of the wedding was very professional and did exactly what we asked: blend in and don't say a lot! Not that he would have said something wrong, but we wanted a dj who didn't take over or run the event, just someone to make sure the tunes kept the guests happy. Great job Carl!
Hiring Carl to be your DJ will be one of the best decisions you will make for your wedding. We received so many compliments from our wedding guests about his music selections, and we were so happy with what he played at our reception. Carl is exactly what we were looking for in a DJ - classy, attentive, subtle, and laid back. If you want flashing lights and the chicken dance and music videos displayed on a screen and the DJ talking on the mic throughout your reception, Carl is NOT the guy for you; however, if you want to have a truly classy reception with great music, choose Carl. It will be the best money you will spend for your entire event.
Carl at Classic DJs was incredibly professional, caring, and personal as he catered to our music style perfecting and incorporated everything we wanted musically at our wedding. Carl is genuine and passionate about what he does.
Carl was the best! He is NOT at all like any other wedding DJ I have experienced. He is the NON-DJ!! He listened to everything we requested and spent a lot of time with us prior to our event to make sure he played the exact style that we wanted.
Our dance floor was PACKED the entire night! He knows so much about music and knows how to read a crowd! Very talented guy!
Also, we weren't sure what song we wanted him to play for our last dance. So we asked Carl to pick one he thought would fit us best as he observed our crowd throughout the night. My husband and I now consider our last dance more of "our song" than our 1st dance! He picked Sublime, "What I Got" which was PERFECT! It was one of the most memorable moments of our wedding day. Every guest was on the floor dancing and singing, as my husband and I were in the middle of the circle.
Thank you, Carl! You made our wedding PERFECT! It was the best party & day of our lives!!
Carl was awesome! He made sure that the music played was **exactly** what we wanted. I'm a little picky when it comes to music played at weddings and gave Carl a very specific DO NOT PLAY list. Carl did not play one of the songs on the do not play list and better yet, played almost every song on the list I gave him (he couldn't play all of them because we ran out of time). He put the songs together so that they flowed perfectly and everybody had a great time dancing the whole night. He did a great job coordinating the flow of events and was very professional. We were so pleased with Carl--we couldn't have asked for more!
After meeting with several DJs we finally found Carl and knew right away that he was the perfect person to DJ our party. In presenting him with the challenge of playing modern, Middle Eastern as well as Greek music at the reception, he hit a homerun. In the planning phase he was always accessible and responsive. During the reception, we appreciated that he came to us when guests requested things not linked to our play list (i.e. The Chicken Dance). Nothing was corny or overdone. Carl doesn't do DJ-factory weddings and it was obvious that lots of work went into creating the mood and music for our night. It was wonderful to have a DJ with the right mix of experience and professionalism. He kept our guests on the dance floor all night and we are ever so appreciative!
This guy is amazing. Anyone with scary visions of "the wedding singer" can be put at ease. Carl meets with you at least 3 times prior to the big day to get a feel for your style of music, location layout, etc. He'll work with any other musicians involved to make the music transitions flawless. He is timely, and will play what *you* want, not what he wants. I would highly recommend him and am so happy I did. A little more expensive than the WalMart version of DJs, but well worth the extra money.
We worked with Classic DJ's at a wedding in October of 2012. Even in the face of a very challenging reception timeline, and last minute changes, he was able to get the party started... THREE TIMES! The evening was such that the couple would want to dance for 20 minutes and then have everyone sit down for a performance. After each break in the flow of the dancing, Classic DJ's miraculously was able to revive the dancing each time. We were throughly impressed and got to benefit from it with a lot of great happy dancing photos.
Carl is a talented deejay and a wonderful person. He runs a great party and is more knowledgeable about music than anyone I know. I highly recommend him.
Carl Junior is always a pleasure to work with both at Grey Rock Masnion and off premise. He is courteous and friendly, and always professional. We are proud to recommend Classic DJs!
Carl Junior is always a pleasure to work with both at Grey Rock Masnion and off premise. He is courteous and friendly, and always professional. We are proud to recommend Classic DJs!
One of the very best DJ in this area, Carl is the ideal MC and music man!
BEST DJ EVER!!! I have known Carl Jr. personally for many years, and you will never find a greater guy!!! Plus, he's a wonderful DJ - knowledgeable about music, listens to clients, never cheesy, super cool vibe.....I could go on forever!
We love working with Carl at Classic DJ's and so do our clients. In addition, to providing professional, personalized, unobtrusive coverage for your wedding day celebration, you also have the peace of mind knowing that Carl will be at your event. And best of all, you never have to worry about anything cheesy, just great professional work.
When asked and even if were not asked, we recommend Carl at Classic DJ above everyone else. His impeccable taste and deep knowledge of all musical genres will truly enhance the joy of the occasion.
If you want your event to reflect the ultimate in class . . . book Carl. Music is Carl's forte. He has the knowledge, the experience and the personality to facilitate a your dream party. I have heard other vendors speak about Carl's attentiveness to detail, his warm and inviting personality and his extensive musical repertoire . . . and I know these things to be true first hand. Call Carl today to book your event . . . you will be so glad you did.
Carl is the original "tasteful Disc Jockey" and the only choice for people who feel they deserve the best there is to offer!
Nobody ever intentionally tries to plan an average, mediocre event! You are spending a great amount of time and money to create an incredible atmosphere that represents your personal style, one that will leave your guests talking and feeling they have attended the best event in their memory. With that goal in mind you must consider the great impact that music will have on the event.
Music has the amazing power to create an atmosphere. The choice in music can vastly differentiate an average event from an exceptional event. The styles of music, order of the songs played and at what volume they are played is crucial to the success of a phenomenal party. A DJ’s behavior also plays a major role in the final outcome of the event. A DJ can detract from the desired atmosphere with things like poorly executed announcements or excessive chatter. Most DJ’s don’t quite understand that everyone doesn’t want all of the same, arguably overplayed songs at every event. Many DJ’s don’t possess the experience or restraint to know when to play the appropriate songs and when to shut up and let the guests enjoy the party. All the money in the world can’t undo the damage that a bad DJ will do to your event.
Carl’s style has been classic, tasteful and painstakingly professional throughout his career with Classic Disc Jockeys. Early on, it was a very new approach for a disc jockey who didn’t command attention with ego-inflating antics. Lately, it has become very popular for many "bandwagon" DJ’s to try to shed their stereotypical, over the top DJ reputations and claim to provide a "classy, tasteful show". This is an attempt to appeal to a high end clientele while boosting their fees but the unfortunate reality is that little has changed with their approach except the wording in their marketing materials and their rates. Carl is well aware of the unfavorable DJ stereotype that many other DJs easily validate. He has been working, very successfully to eliminate the negative perceptions associated to the campy, typical DJ since he began playing music.
The devil is in the details! Carl’s professionalism, attention to detail and work ethic along with an unmatched knowledge of many styles of music is something that is highly uncommon in this industry. He has a relatively simple yet dynamic mission to provide superb music perfectly timed for each client at each event, without all of the fluff to which most DJ’s resort. His approach is what enables him to deliver exceptional results regularly and routinely. His expert opinion regarding trends in wedding music and servicing high end clients has been featured in articles found in Modern Bride, Baltimore Bride, Style and I Do magazines, as well as industry sites on the world wide web.
What makes him better... Classic Disc Jockeys was founded in 1983 when owner Carl Junior turned his love of music into a profession. He first began providing music for his own High School parties, dances, reunions and eventually played at weddings and corporate functions as he gained more experience. Many years and thousands of songs later he has played an incredibly versatile mix of music at weddings, corporate events, commitment celebrations, film festivals, clubs, pubs, fashion shows, schools and colleges, The Hard Rock Cafe® as well as Disney®! Carl is routinely sought out by Baltimore Socialites who are looking for that special touch to make their event buzz with the ultimate music. He has been invited to play events for celebrities Barry Levinson, Bruce Willis, Charlie Sheen, Tim Allen and a host of sports icons. He was recently considered as the house DJ for the "Ellen show" in Hollywood and has traveled to Europe several times to hone his skills while playing to patently discerning crowds. His work in the states has taken him as far north as scenic Vermont all the way down to sunny Florida to accommodate his clients with a passion for many genres of music delivered in an expert and unique format.
Clients of Classic Disc Jockeys are informed decision-makers who choose to hire the best professional in the industry who will work with them to construct a music format that reflects their own good taste. Clients realize the importance of having someone with an extensive background in all types of music creating a festive atmosphere for them without having to resort to some of the undesirable antics often associated with campy, inexperienced and low budget disc jockeys. You will notice from the web site design that Carl subscribes to the "less is more" approach when it comes to a tasteful presentation. Although Carl works with many excellent photographers regularly, you won’t see pictures of happy couples that adorn almost every other wedding web-site on his own. Showing you pictures of other people having fun at someone else’s wedding is not relevant to how Carl can help to make your event exceptional.
His demeanor and style is why Carl is the most sought after in his industry and appears prominently on the referral lists of the area’s top event professionals.
Although Carl performs personally at most events and has never missed an event in 20 years, he has two select, talented Disc Jockeys on call as his back-up, who share his concept of helping to provide a
fun but tasteful atmosphere.
Carl books around 30 events a year. His schedule is suited to serve the best interest of his clients while still allowing him to spend time with his wife Kellie, their boys Carl and Rex, as well as their three dogs Hayley, Grizz, Poppy and a formerly stray cat named Tessie Lee. Carl and his family are major advocates of animal shelter adoption. They manage a "Mutt promotion" business and love to strut their Mutts!
Please browse the web site and find out why Carl Brashears Junior and Classic Disc Jockeys is the only choice for people with discerning taste who feel they deserve the best there is to offer.
Q: How are you different from most other Disc Jockeys?
A: Most of my clients are looking for something different from the stereotypical DJ. They need something other than what they have seen and heard at other events. They want a professional who cares about formatting great music to enhance the atmosphere of an event rather than having a "dj personality" dominate it with excessive talking, clichés, overplayed songs and over the top antics. The majority of the DJs in the industry are fairly new to the business and there is a prevailing arrogance that they will give you what they think you need. I encourage my clients to provide detailed input regarding their preferences and then I use my experience to create a personalized format that guests find a refreshing changed from the run of the mill DJ routine. I’ve had over 21 years to hone my skills and routinely deliver a tasteful presence. It’s been my pleasure to play many different genres of music at weddings, parties, colleges, film festivals, corporate events, nationally known and local bars as well as one of New York’s hippest night clubs. My taste in music spans many decades and genres allowing me to entertain my passion for providing the perfect music for every one of my clients.
Q: Do you have other Disc Jockeys working for you or would you be our Disc Jockey?
Do you have backup DJs?
A: My original business plan included my finding and employing DJs that shared my idea of putting an emphasis on a tasteful presentation rather than trying to be the life of the party with an "in your face" performance style. After 2 years of interviewing and auditioning I was only able to find 2 Disc Jockeys who I felt were capable of representing my company’s fine reputation. I perform most events personally and use these DJs as my backup in the very unlikely event that I am unable to perform at an event or need replacement equipment. I have never missed an event in over 20 years and plan to continue my great streak of professional service.
Q: How much control do we have over our music format?
A: As much control as you’d like. I encourage my clients to give me as much feedback as possible regarding their music preferences prior to the event . I’ve had clients whom have given me a short list of "must plays" and relied on my expertise in building a great format around the types of music indicated on their list. I’ve also had clients who gave me multiple pages of music lists and asked that I make my format by choosing songs off the list. My goal for each of my clients is to personalize a music format that reflects their own good taste and appeals to their friends and family. A perfectly personalized music format for my clients sets their wedding reception apart from any other weddings their guests have attended. Music itself as well as how it is delivered has an awesome power to make an event exceptional. Ask my other clients how much their guests talked about how great the music was at their event. Remember, you want your guests to remember your event as being excellent, not just OK.
Q: Why are your fees well above the average for most other DJs in your area?
A: Simply stated, my fees are higher because I’m better than my competition. I have the music knowledge, experience and tasteful presentation to warrant a premium fee. As in any market where the demand is high the fee usually reflects that demand. My clients will tell you that investing in a proven professional rather than hiring a lower priced and more inexperienced DJ really contributed to the overall success of their reception. You are spending a lot of money on a relatively short window of time in your life and many of my clients are not willing to gamble on a less experienced, budget DJ ruining that experience with a weak music format or his/her distasteful behavior. Your guests may take away other details from your wedding such as the types of foods and kinds of flowers chosen, but you can be certain your guests will vividly recall whether the music was good and especially if it was bad. The music is one thing that guests will not be able to ignore if it’s presented poorly.
Q: Do you have a video or DVD of your performance "style"?
A: Although I’m sure I am featured in many wedding videos, I do not have a sample video or DVD of my work. The main reason is because each of my clients is looking for something slightly different. I tailor my preparation, music and performance "style" for each client’s specific wants and needs giving them a personalized approach to their wedding rather than my having a standardized method for all clients. Also, having each client’s wedding uniquely different keeps things interesting for me rather than playing the same songs and delivering the same presentation week after week. Most of my clients find that contacting my references and meeting with me in person gives them a good perception of my capabilities allowing them to make an informed decision.