The DJ's Formerly Known as Roots and Groove are now Lovesick, Inc.
Adam was the best DJ we could have asked for. For our wedding my husband and I were not looking for the traditional wedding music service. We wanted someone who understood all genres of music. Adam had us research and think about the music we liked. He then sat down with us for an hour or so and went through so many different songs to see how we felt. At the wedding he is extremely sensitive to the crowd. He would change music depending if people were on the floor or not. He takes his art very personally and it shows in his work. At the end of the night everyone was telling us how wonderful our DJ was. They felt that all the music they like was played and no one felt pressured on the dance floor. We could not be happier with Adam.
Adam is the best! Guests asked if we made a giant playlist for him because his musical selection was EXACTLY what we like to listen to. Adam spent over an hour with us just getting to know us and our taste in music. He is like a human pandora, figuring out our likes and dislikes like that. He made us feel confident during the reception that we would never have to ask him to play something specific, we just waited for it and sure enough he put it in on his own. There was NO ONE sitting down, everyone was dancing all night!
Adam was the absolute best. Erin and I are big music fans, and Adam was the perfect choice to accomidate our needs. He was extremely accomidating, making time to meet with us at least 6 times leading up to the wedding where we talked about our likes and dislikes, played us samples, and helped seamlessly integrate our punk rock style with some amazing dance mixes that kept the party going all night. Adam DJ'd the ceremony (processional, recession, etc), and gave us plenty of totally unique choices for ceremony music (that on several occassions freinds told us they were gong to steal for their weddings). He did a great job announcing everyone, and once it was time to dance Adam got everyone out of their chairs with great dance, hip hop and punk mixes. The music was awesome, and kept everyone moving all night because he played great songs, not because he had to MC and steal the show. If your looking for a DJ to keep you wedding moving because the music is rocking, not because he spends the night trying to talk everyone out of their seats, Roots and Grooves is the DJ to choose. I would recomend Roots and Grooves to anyone!
We were referred to Roots & Groove by our photographer. We were looking for a DJ who was inventive, creative and just played great music that kept our guests dancing all night long. Adam really worked with us to understand the type of music we like, whether it was music for dinner or dancing. He was able to get a great understanding of the music through a couple conversations, and produced a wide variety of music that we were looking for at our wedding. He created a vibe that met our vision. He is extremely professional and listened to what we wanted... it was evident in the music he played throughout the night.
Besides the fact that Adam and his assistant Mandy really played great music and had the entire place dancing the whole night, Adam is one of the nicest, most relaxed people to deal with... He put us at ease with his laid back personality and confidence. We were totally impressed with his understanding and ability to capture the atmosphere we were looking for at the reception.
We would absolutely recommend him to anyone who is looking to keep their guests out of their seats and on the dance floor.
Adam, AKA DJ Prof, is incredible! He took the time to really understand the music tastes of both of us. As a result, I spent most of the night excited about each song and busting a move on the dance floor. All of our wedding guests were up dancing the entire night! Adam took extra time to scope out our venue space beforehand to make sure that he brought the right equipment to make the sound quality perfect. This is not your average DJ! He set the tone of the evening for the perfect downtown, swanky vibe we wanted!
After an exhaustive search for a totally unique, non-wedding “wedding DJ” for our December 30, 2011 celebration, we stumbled across Roots & Groove via a Real Weddings feature in The Knot: Philadelphia. The bride and groom interviewed for the article had a great vibey reception with a gypsy jazz theme and we instantly latched onto the specific vision and the way the DJs apparently played a range of awesome tunes from vintage to contemporary. We, too, had a very specific vision for our day organized around an Art Deco theme. We knew we wanted a ceremony playlist that would be old-timey and classy, as well as a 1930’s cocktail hour and a diverse but soulful reception that would keep guests on their feet. A lot of other DJs we queried just didn’t “get” the 1930s thing or worse – didn’t know what Art Deco meant! Then I emailed Adam Levy, AKA “DJ Prof.” An instant (platonic) love affair was born.
We agreed to meet the next week in Adam’s basement studio in his then Chestnut Hill home. His partner, John, joined to spin some grooves while Adam took copious notes based on our reactions. In short, our screening was really them interviewing us for nearly two hours, sparing no biographical detail. It really was unlike any other vendor meeting out there. They talked to us about our musical tastes and backgrounds, what we absolutely needed and absolutely did not want. Adam and John make a great team and manage that blend of professionalism, personality, and warmth perfectly. That night, we went home and booked them for our date immediately without a second thought.
Over the course of the next nine months, Adam corresponded with us regularly about song ideas and gamely read through our neurotic and extensive Google Doc with “must plays,” “would like played,” and all of our dedications to friends and family without missing a beat. He’s a true guru and an artist so you’re not just getting a DJ with Roots & groove: you’re getting a creative and dynamic force of nature. Adam made custom mixes, loaded a zillion carts of music for our exceptionally long reception, and even made a truly epic father/daughter dance mashup that brought the house down. (This is all in his “spare time” mind you. They are also club DJs and play showcases in the Philly area so definitely go check them out.)
Adam and I had at least two very long phone conversations in the final few months of planning, going over every last detail of the wedding day timeline and making sure the songs fit the vibe we were going for with our ceremony. Here’s a nice fact: though the Bride and Groom are Adam’s chief concern on the happiness scale, he is also an incredible diplomat. He needs to add “parental envoy” to his resume because he diffused a few rather tense situations and his suggestions offered a great compromise so that everyone ended up happy with the result. Adam has opinions and when you ask him, he’ll give them. We highly suggest asking at least a couple times. You won’t be sorry.
Getting down to the wire, we even had a final in-person consult in their new studio space in East Falls. That last meeting ran about 2.5 hours. They are dead serious about making your wedding a memorable and unique event so don’t expect it to be a “hands-off” experience…because if that’s what you want, then you should be hiring some Average Joe wedding DJ since it would be a total waste of their talent. ;-) Collaboration is the hallmark of working with Roots & Groove in order to craft that super-awesome one-of-a-kind wedding celebration that will leave all of your guests breathless from exhaustion after dancing up a storm for five hours. Do yourself a favor and book them. They were the highlight of our wedding reception and we cannot recommend them highly enough.
The Awesome DJ Adam-
Thanks so much for everything. We can't tell you how many compliments we received on the music selection. The music at dinner was so good that we made a mental note to ask you who some of the artists were. Then, during the dancing portion of the evening, you played something for everyone (e.g., we don't think Leaya's parents have EVER danced to anything except for that night) and you made sure the dance floor was never empty. Finally, you killed it with the last set of songs.
Simply put: the night was perfect and we couldn't have done it without your help. Thank you so much.
Leaya & Chris
Adam and John at Roots and Groove were amazing! From the very beginning of the process through the end of the wedding they were helpful, responsive, calming, and fun. They met with us in their studio as many times as we wanted. We listened to music together and talked a lot about what we liked so that they could get a good sense of who we are and what we were in to. They had great suggestions, and helped me develop a schedule for the elements of the wedding. Their MC'ing of the event was commanding without being overbearing or annoying, and the music! Oh, the music! We could not have been happier with the music. Every song they played we loved, even if it wasn't a song that we had heard before. It wasn't just us who were thrilled with the music either, our friends and family danced like crazy, and also complimented the DJ's. The dance floor was full all night, and John and Adam really seem to excel at playing the right music at the right time to set the mood and draw people out. I am just so happy with our choice of Roots and Groove for our wedding, and recommend them whole heartedly! I just cannot sing their praises enough.
Adam + John, where do I begin? Finding Roots + Groove was the best thing that could have happened to us when planning our wedding since my husband and I are music-heads at two opposite ends of the spectrum...I love old school R&B, dance music and hip hop, while my husband is into punk indie alternative rock and the Dropkick Murphys. How could a DJ or band pull this one off for both of us? Well, anything is possible if you go to Adam + John. They spent almost 3 hours with us in their studio at our first meeting and we have never had so much fun rocking out to our favorite music, including some songs we had never even heard before. They wanted to know what we grew up listening to, what our parents listen to, the vibe we wanted our guests to feel at the wedding, EVERYTHING. They took note and got to know us so quickly and luckily, still have love for me even after the million phone calls and emails between us while compiling my neverending list of songs for the wedding. At the end of the day, all we wanted was for Adam + John to do their thing, which is always amazing. Our list simply helped them get to know us even better and the MUST PLAY Michael Jackson was never an issue and always respected - ha! They are one of a kind and know music better than anyone. Our wedding was completely "us" (a difficult feat) and our family and friends are still raving about the music and how it made the entire night for them one of the best...and we couldn't agree more. Not to mention, three friends of ours booked R + G for their weddings after hearing me brag about them and they couldn't be happier! We also loved getting to attend weddings as guests, dance all night and see Adam and John more often!
Absolutely awesome. We had so many compliments on the DJ, despite everything else going wrong, we had great music. They played a great mix between songs I had asked for, and other music they thought I would like. The dance floor was wonderfully busy all night. I had a great time. They were very attentive during the wedding to make sure everything was going well, and met with us twice before hand to get all our details and music tastes. And, after we had to make alot of weather changes at the last minute, they were ready to accommodate us for whatever we needed.
Roots and Groove did one absolutely fantastic job DJing our wedding! They paid such attention to our love for music and helped us create the perfect playlist for both dinner and dancing. Everyone was up dancing, and we had the most fun we've ever had at a wedding. So happy it happened to be ours! Our favorite part? There was never a lull between songs! Never a chance for guests to stop dancing and find a distraction to get off the dance floor. The party was all about dancing, being together and celebrating our love. That's exactly what Adam and John gave us and we couldn't be more grateful.
We really appreciated the way John & Adam worked with us to pick out the music and personalize the whole experience. We had a lot of fun just talking music with them, and learning about some great stuff we didn’t even know existed.
As far as the “big day” went, the activity on the dance floor— and the range of ages represented there— really spoke for itself. Only one of the old fogies complained about the volume of the music— and, let’s face it, it wouldn’t have been a party if he hadn’t!
Not only was the music fantastic, but we also really appreciated how they rolled with everything (including young children experiencing meltdowns) and helped us through the moments when we weren’t really sure what we were supposed to do. We would heartily recommend them to anyone seeking DJs for a wedding— or any other type of event, for that matter.
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These guys were perfect. We were worried about having a DJ that would play the same cheesy wedding standards and put an impersonal mark on our day and even considered making a list to avoid the kind of reception we were afraid of, but as soon as we talked with Adam we knew we could hand our night over to him and it would be fantastic. And it was. These guys love music. They aren't just people with sound equipment trying to make a buck on weddings. They are professional when it comes to responsiveness and the event and artists when it comes to designing the evening in line with your tastes. Adam spoke with us many times to get a feel for our what we like, then met with us to show us some music that was good for mood or dancing and all of it was spot on to what we had in mind. He uses mixing to engage a broad age group and get everyone dancing (the floor was always crowded) and the combination of his skill and the quality of his equipment meant there was atmosphere and great sound but it was never too loud or distracting off the dance floor. He spent the afternoon with us at our venue to go over exactly how we wanted the event to progress, reminded us of things to consider we wouldn't have otherwise thought of and left us feeling we would have no worries once the party started. If you want a non YMCA reception, book them now and know that at least one thing will go off without a hitch and exceed expectations.
I have been referring Adam to my couples for years to rave reviews. Roots & Groove is a fresh alternative to traditional (read 'dated') DJ services. They are fun, hip and professional!
As a wedding photographer I have been able to work alongside many DJ's. Most were fine.....nothing to get excited about. A few were awful, playing lousy tunes with no real flow throughout the night. Ever see a prop comic? I've done a few weddings where the DJ thinks he's one....or maybe a magician. A DJ does not need a trunk full of toys, boas, inflatable guitars, and silly hats. But I've seen it. A DJ should be able to feel the crowd and adapt. Not every wedding crowd likes the same music. I hate when DJ's just play what they think is hot. READ THE CROWD!!
Adam & John are 2 of the smoothest guys you will ever meet. These guys could DJ the royal wedding and then turn around and do a house party. They adapt. And whatever they play gets the crowd dancing until they pass out. No one will want leave the dance floor. Not even your 80 year old grandma.
Go with Roots & Groove. By far the best DJ's I have ever had the privilege to work alongside and the only DJ's I endorse.
I love working with Roots and Groove, not only because they're local to us, but because they're one of the best! We see too many weddings where the DJ simply uses a laptop and presses play. R&G use turn tables and really mix songs, and read the crowd. They also have a WIDE array of music so if you're looking to stray from typical wedding music or top 40, they're the pros to hire. Very professional, but also very fun to work with.
Our personalized service approach to music planning provides insight about your wedding's unique musical identity. This allows us to create a customized mix of music that truly represents you and your guests. We are capable of providing sound and entertainment services from ceremony to reception and beyond, whether at a scenic estate or stylish downtown venue.
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