Black Tie Certified DJ Staff
Black Tie Certified DJs
Black Tie Certified DJ Staff
Alex Knight started DJing at the age of 13 when he got his first pair of turntables. Not long after that, he started digging through the crates at local record shops, as well as creating his own music. He has now entertained at hundreds of events, making him one of Instant Request’s most sought after Black Tie DJs.
In addition to making a name for himself in Minnesota, Alex was a resident DJ on two very popular cruise ships, having traveled to over 50 countries and counting throughout the world while at sea. He also spent a year living down under in Melbourne, spinning tunes throughout Australia.
With that being said, Alex is known for his ability to please any type of crowd with his knowledge and skills in mixing any genre of music as a DJ and confidence as an MC. He prides himself on making brides and grooms feel at ease with his professional, laid back style and dedication to making their big day memorable.
Our experience with instant request was great from start to finish. Their online booking system was simple, payments were easy to make, and the online planning system worked flawlessly. They were very accommodating even when we changed the date of our wedding. Once we were assigned a DJ, we got to have a phone call with him a few weeks ahead of time to confirm details and answer questions. Even though he was in Australia at the time, he woke up early so that we could have a phone call with him at a time that worked for us. When the wedding day came, DJ Alex was helpful, courteous, and respectful to our family, wedding party, and all guests. He helped keep us on schedule, but allowed room for flexibility when a few things took longer. He knew who to give the microphone to and when to do it. When the dancing finally started, he was an absolute hit. He knew what songs to play and when. The standard lighting setup worked great for us too. It was a great addition to the dancefloor, and was even synced to many of the songs. We've received many compliments about him in the days since our wedding. I highly recommend Instant Request and DJ Alex to any couple planning a wedding. If you aren't sold on the idea of a DJ and are thinking about doing it yourself, think again. He made our day go so much smoother, and it helped us enjoy our wedding day so much more since we didn't have to worry about little details. Thank you Instant Request and DJ Alex! - Kiley and Isaac @ Stonebrooke Golf Club
DJ Alex Knight was FANTASTIC! First of all - when he gave us the option of meeting either at a coffee shop or a brewery we knew we'd be friends. We hit it off right away, and talked through our online planner which was really nice to do leading up to the wedding day. We felt like Instant Request did a really great job of pairing us with a DJ who could read our vision, and jive to our taste, while also reading the crowd and what would help to get them out on the dance floor. We were bustin' moves all night long, and Alex was great about encouraging us to come out and join everyone after we took little breaks to refill our cocktails or visit with guests we hadn't yet had the opportunity to chat with ("could we get the bride and the groom out here for this one?!" etc.). We had a great experience, and would definitely recommend Instant Request DJ (especially DJ Alex Knight) to family, friends, and couples looking for a great reception singing and dancing with their loved ones.
- Danielle and Alex @ Lumber Exchange Event Center
We had a great experience with Instant Request at our wedding. Alex Knight was our DJ and really did an incredible job going above and beyond. Your wedding night goes so quick and Alex was so great at keeping things organized, making sure we were on time, and checking in with us throughout the evening. He really knows what he's doing, making it so easy to trust him completely :) he did a fabulous job keeping our crowd dancing and having a good time all night! Our ceremony sound and music was great as well, everything went flawlessly. We received so many compliments from our guests (of all ages!) about him and would totally recommend him over and over! Thank you again to Alex and instant request- we appreciate you!
Jordan and Jake @ Nicollet Island Pavilion
I used Instant Request at my wedding and I couldn’t have been happier! I used the black tie DJ service and picked Alex. He was a phenomenal DJ. He was able to read the crowd perfectly. The dance floor was full all night long. Alex was very professional and he helped us along the way as well. We felt very confident going in and Alex did not disappoint! I would highly recommend Alex to anyone who enjoys a good dance! - Alicia and Joshua @ Brackett's Crossing Country Club
Our DJ, Alex Knight, was INCREDIBLE! The wedding dance was very very important to my husband and I, and Alex knocked it out of the park. Our dance floor was full all night, which was exactly what I was hoping for! He was fun, down to earth, and very professional. We loved working with Instant Request in general, too - their online planning system is very thorough and made sure EVERY detail of the night, from the processional song to the last song of the night, was accounted for and planned out. We would hire them again and again. Thank you Instant Request! - Natalie and Jay @ Capitol Room
Thank you so much for coming all the way out to Hicksville to help us celebrate. We have gotten tons of compliments about you. The dance floor was hopping all night long. Too bad it was too hot to wear your flannel! Hope you enjoyed the cucumbers! I will recommend you! - Karrissa and Travis @ Watson Hunting Camp
Alex was a killer DJ and took the time to understand the type of music we wanted and event and night we were looking for. He fit what we wanted and our crowd perfectly and the dance floor was constantly packed and with our age groups he was able to get everyone having a killer night. Can't recommend Instant DJ and Alex enough.
- Brittany and Jason @ Nicollet Island Pavilion
All of our interactions with Instant Request were pleasant in planning for our wedding, and the actual reception went so well, all for a very reasonable price! The office always replied promptly to our enquiries via email, the event planner was very easy to use, the phone consultation was extremely useful and calming as we knew things were in good hands. Alex, our DJ, did a great job emceeing and accommodating every last change and request. He was a great balance of fun and professional. Definitely glad we went with them, especially for the money, and would recommend them to anyone!
- Megan and Tom @ Leopold's Mississippi Gardens
I have nothing but good things to say about Instant Request. I booked them a full year and a half prior to our date and was recommended to them by others who had received great service from Alex Knight. One of my favorite things about them is their online event planner. It allows you to make a custom playlist (which we did), choose genres of music and songs you like/dislike, and input all of the important details they will need to know. As someone who had specific plans for music, the event planner was extremely efficient and helpful and it made me feel like I was in good hands. We also got to meet with our DJ Alex before the wedding to verify all details in the planner and touch base. As for day-of, I have nothing but positive things to say. Alex helped coordinate speeches, made announcements, checked with us about things during the event, and of course played great music. He was there until the end and the dance party was fabulous! Thank you again, Instant Request and Alex! - Ashley and Stephen @ Semple Mansion
Best. DJ. EVER. Alex came in with us really only talking online a bit and having a quick 5 minute phone call (this is because I did everything through the online planner). He kept everyone on the dance floor all night long and made the night SO MUCH FUN! Both bride and grooms family were dancing together (which is EXACTLY what I wanted)! My entire family has been asking about him and what company he is from- since he was so awesome. I always give them the Instant Request information for their next get together! I truly cannot say better things! Thanks so much for showing everyone an absolutely wonderful time at our wedding! We got SO much bang for our buck! I was on a tight budget so for a while I was thinking of not having a DJ and I'm so glad that we ended up having you guys! made the night effortless for me and my husband and so much fun! We are very happy with the value
- Bria and Ryley @ Bracketts Crossing Country Club
We can not stop saying the most amazing things about Alex Knight from Instant Request DJ Entertainment. Not only was he super easy to communicate with, he did an absolute flawless job at keeping all ages of guests up and dancing until the final song. He respected the style of music we liked, played all the songs we requested that weren't even on the Instant Request list, and then he supplemented those with his own picks that were insane crowd pleasers without being cheesy. We had our ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing all in separate rooms at The Minneapolis Club, and he navigated the music around perfectly (which is not an easy thing to do). During our ceremony, he knew exactly when to start phasing in a song so there were no awkward silences, and he modified the father/daughter and mother/son songs so they weren't incredibly long. Our guests are still talking about how awesome Alex Knight was and we will continue to recommend him to everyone we know.
- Maria and Erik @ Minneapolis Club
Best Dj ever! Played great music and kept the party going all night long!
- Emma and Mark @ Gale Woods Farm
We seriously cannot thank you enough for making our wedding so special. From the first phone call we knew we were in good hands! You are amazing at your craft - people are still talking about how great the reception was! Thanks for the fire :) - Taylor and Josh @ Minneapolis Event Center
Wow - we keep hearing about how much people loved our DJ, Allie! She was terrific! I chatted with her a week before the wedding. She thoroughly went through everything for the day. I mentioned that I ideally wanted to make a playlist for the music during cocktail hour/dinner but wasn't sure if I would have time. Allie instantly volunteered to make a personalized playlist! I sent her a list of some of our favorite artists and she threw together a wonderful mix of music. Allie kept people dancing all night long. She read the crowd and mixed in our choices from the online planner. She played the oldies earlier in the evening when the older guests were up and dancing. She mixed in the newer hits slowly to transition. It was perfect! Our coordinator even said Allie went above and beyond so I am sure there are things she did we don't even know about! I would definitely recommend Instant Request - and Allie! - to any other brides/grooms! - Mary and John @ Theodore Wirth ChaletLearn more about DJ Allie P
We loved working with Instant Request and with Andrew N.! The event planner made things very streamlined and easy, and ensured that our music was exactly how we wanted. Andrew listened to our requests and was very accommodating. Multiple friends complimented our music during our wedding dance and we felt it was perfect! Thank you Instant Request! - Theresa and Eric @ International Market SquareLearn more about DJ Andrew N
I wish I could give 10/5 stars for Instant Request! I cannot say enough good things about this company and our DJ, Anthony! From the start, the ease of the planning tool that they have on the internet is wonderful! You can go on every now and then and fill in the information needed as you finalize details and they make it so user friendly and ask all the necessary thorough questions! After that was completed with met with DJ Anthony (we used the Black Tie service) and we knew right away that he just "got us" and knew what we wanted out of our DJ experience. At the reception, the music was amazing and was EXACTLY what we were looking for. He kept the dance floor full and fun all night long and we received so many compliments about how much fun our dance was. It was largely due to DJ Anthony and Instant Request. I highly recommend this company, and DJ Anthony to anyone looking for a DJ company for their wedding or events. - Emily and Cam @ Lowertown Event CenterLearn more about DJ Anthony D
I recently got married and had Ben Nordquist for my DJ. I cannot express how happy we were to have Ben as our DJ for our wedding, he not only is a talented DJ and played amazing music the entire night, but he also took on an active role and helped coordinate the ceremony and reception with our Pastor, photographer and Wedding venue coordinator, making our day run so smoothly. Ben was the DJ at my sisters wedding and this is why we requested him again for our wedding since he did an amazing job at her wedding. We will be recommending Instant Request and Ben to anyone and everyone who needs a DJ for weddings, parties etc. - Samantha and Adam @ Rush Creek Golf ClubLearn more about DJ Ben N
DJ Brandon Holland was AMAZING. He was one of the best things about our wedding!! One of the biggest priorities of both the bride and groom (we like to dance, okay?) was good music and a good DJ. And we are SO glad we chose Instant Request & Brandon. We got along really well and he made us feel super comfortable the whole day. We had several things go wrong with a few vendors and Brandon stepped in and made magic happen. As soon as Brandon checked in with me that day, he knew that things weren't happening as planned so he stepped in and basically became our wedding planner. He reassured me (the crazy bride) that everything would be taken care of and it did! He was helping set tables, suggesting photos to the photographer, helping the guests - several people came up to us to tell us they thought he was the venue manager and not the DJ! He was also SO much fun - he was dancing, laughing, interacting with all of our guests like we were all old friends and our guests LOVED it, our dance floor was absolutely full the whole night. He checked in with not only the bride but with EVERYONE the whole time to make sure everything was going well - super flexible and truly excellent customer service. We honestly can't say enough to thank him enough for helping us out and keeping us smiling and having a good time throughout the night. THANK YOU THANK YOU - Alyssa and David @ Loft at Studio J in StillwaterLearn more about DJ Brandon H
Charlie comes from a big Minnesotan family with fun personalities. Music could always be heard in his house growing up and was often the topic of debate among his siblings. After High School Charlie joined the MN National Guard and was deployed to middle east. During his service Charlie was introduced and developed a love for a variety of music genres. When he got stateside a friend introduced him to DJing and he was hooked. He has Djed over 200 weddings with Instant Request. When he is not entertaining crowds, Charlie is pursuing his English Degree, playing softball, camping, and cheering for the Vikes.
Charlie D was thee best! He was professional, fun and able to read the crowd at the drop of a hat. He was the DJ for my sister's wedding about 1.5 years ago and I knew we had to have him for ours. He was worth every single penny. Very accommodating and energetic and listened to everything we wanted. The music and dance was so important to us and we wouldn't change a thing. Thank you Charlie D and Instant Request! I would give you more stars if I could. - Marie and Stephen @ Dellwood Barn
Instant Request provided an excellent experience for our wedding. After signing up and filling out a full survey of the type of experience we were looking for we had a consultation a few weeks before the date, our DJ was very professional and knowledgeable able to help set up our ceremony and music. On the day of he was able to set up appropriately while we were determining if we would have the ceremony inside or out due to rain. The ceremony went without issue such that we could just focus on what we needed to get done. For our dance he played the crowd and kept the night going strong the entire time. When needed he would check in with us to coordinate timing of announcements, events, and songs making the night go very smoothly. We couldn't be happier and would gladly recommend Instant Request to anyone in need of a DJ. - Christy and Doug @ St. Paul College Club Learn more about DJ David J
We had Eric M (Black Tie DJ) perform the DJ of our wedding on NYE. He was excellent. He has been DJ'ing for like 10+ years, and could read the crowd very well. We requested that he play the anniversary song for all the married couples. He did. We had a Google Hangout (video chat) before our wedding and discussed overall flow and discussed our wedding playlist profile that Instant Request has you make that has EVERY DETAIL embedded into. Overall, Eric was amazing. Music makes the wedding fun. Our dance floor was packed. Eric was worth way more than the amount that instant request charges (I think we paid $1,050 for him, but his professionalism/demeanor/experience was worth $1,500). Would recommend Eric M to anyone who wants a DJ they can trust won't play a "Dance Floor Killer" song as Eric described it. Super funny guy! Thanks again Eric! - Erin and Chris @ Marriott Minneapolis Northwest Learn more about DJ Eric M
Had Jamir as my wedding DJ. He was the nicest person and full of energy. He had a huge smile on his face the entire night, was happy to accommodate any requests, ran things smoothly, and etc. It was a fun night, people said the music was great and I was overall pleased. - Tamicka and Jason @ Muse Event Center Learn more about DJ Jamir H.
I wanted to reach out to you and thank you for recommending Jimmy to be our DJ. Ross and I really cannot put into words how happy we were with Jimmy and his ability to facilitate an awesome party! We had multiple guests approach us after the wedding saying how great he was!! Choosing Instant Request as our DJ vendor was one of the best decisions we made throughout the wedding planning process! The online event planner made what can be an overwhelming and daunting task into a simple, fun and easy way to select your music and organize your dance. We were so lucky to have worked with Jimmy as our DJ for our wedding night. We knew from the moment we met him, we were in good hands. Jimmy worked with us making last minute changes all the way up to the week of our wedding and he never missed a beat. He was extremely professional and FUN to work with and also so accommodating, with our custom dinner playlist and our ethnic Greek music and dancing! It is amazing how well he was able to read the crowd and keep the party going all night long! Our guests are still talking about how great the music and dance, as well as the light show was! Thank you, Jimmy for making our reception a memorable one for us and for our guests! We truly loved working with you and Instant Request! Jimmy – thank you thank you thank you!!! You kicked serious butt at our reception! We had a couple guests get video footage of the dance and I swear there had to have been 70+ people on the dance floor all night! Everyone keeps raving about how awesome you were! We are so grateful! I would recommend you and Instant Request to any engaged couple out there! Thank you for everything! - Karen and Ross @ St. Paul Athletic Club Learn more about DJ Jimmy B
Instant Request was fantastic for both our ceremony and reception music! We had Justin Roff as our DJ, and we loved having him as part of the day. He made fantastic music choices for dancing; it was amazing how in tune with our tastes he was. He was also extremely professional and personable, and was right on target for music during the ceremony, blending the songs that we chose and making sure that everything went off at just the right time. My husband and I also had such a blast using the online event planner, going through the huge database of songs and listening to a bunch of different snippets to put together some suggested song lists and must play lists. When we spoke to Justin a couple of weeks before the wedding, we knew it was going to be great-we have very eclectic musical taste, and Justin was really excited about the mismatched variety in our planner. I spoke to many different DJ companies on my search, and went with Instant Request due to the great reviews and the exceptional value compared with others in the market. We couldn't be happier with our choice. My husband and I highly recommend Instant Request, and especially Justin Roff! - Ali and Spencer @ Creekside Farm Weddings and EventsLearn more about DJ Justin R
We had Instant Request at our wedding reception. Our DJ, Kailen N. did a great job. We used the online planner to give him a feel for what kind of music we liked. Kailen very successfully riffed off of that and read the crowd well. We had people on the dance floor all night. People left the party with big smiles and the last shuttle to the hotel from the reception was a raucous, rolling party. We got all kinds of compliments on what great party we'd thrown. Between their planning tool and Kailen's execution, all we had to do was provide some folks looking for a good time. - Jan and Charles @ Lost Spur Golf Course in Eagan Learn more about DJ Kailen N
Instant Request was so easy to work with and their planner was thorough and made the whole process easy and smooth! We upgraded to the black tie package to choose our DJ and meet with them in person prior to the wedding. We chose Michael Majerowicz and COULD NOT HAVE BEEN HAPPIER!! Mike, aka DJ Milk, completely MADE our wedding reception!! My husband said several times that hiring Mike was the best decision I made besides him, ha! I cannot recommend DJ Milk highly enough. We wanted to keep the dance floor packed all night and he DELIVERED!! There was not one down moment. He was able to read the crowd and play songs I would not have expected, but worked perfectly! He even played an encore and that may have been my favorite moment of the night! We have gotten MANY compliments on how awesome our DJ was and my husband and I could not agree more! He was the best ever and I would recommend him to anyone. - Lara and Jon @ TPC Golf Club in BlaineLearn more about DJ Michael M
I cannot say enough how amazing this group of people is to work with!! There is not one area that this company needs improvement in! I was so happy with their services from the first contact made to midnight on the evening of the wedding.... I have already recommended you to three people in the last three days... Thank you so much for everything - Kristi and Melissa @ Deer Lake Apple Orchard in Buffalo, MN Learn more about DJ Natalie J
Obi was an awesome DJ through the ceremony and dance for our wedding. He was understanding when we told him how we wanted our entrances, and when one of our couples had to switch due to a tired child, he introduced the person who we had to switch at the last moment. Obi also kept the energy high even when there the only people on the dance floor was the wedding party. He was interactive throughout the night and suggested events that we hadn't thought about. He was more than willing to play songs that were not on his list to keep the energy high and everyone dancing. We couldn't have asked for a better DJ to help us through the most important day of our lives. Much love distant cousin! - Monica and Douglas @ Cottage Winery and Vineyard Learn more about DJ Obi O
Randy G was the DJ for our wedding reception and we were very happy with his services. Randy did an excellent job of making announcements (cake cutting) on schedule and of watching for our cues to turn down the dinner music for speeches. He also pronounced everyone's names correctly for the Grand March, which made me happy (we had some tough ones). During the dance, Randy was attentive to our requests and did a great job filling in with additional music that matched our tastes. There were many children in attendance, so we requested that the kid-friendly songs (Hokey Pokey, Chicken Dance, etc) be played early in the night. Randy took care of this and the kids had a blast! We were really pleased with how the evening played out and have nothing but praise for Randy and Instant Request. - Anna and Nathan @ Minnesota Valley Country ClubLearn more about DJ Randy G
We want to thank you for the tremendous job you did at our wedding. You weren't assigned to our wedding until a few days prior which initially made us nervous, but you were so persaonable, organized and sincerely excited to celebrate our day with us which instantly calmed all of our nerves! Everything from our ceremony to the very end of our reception was beyond our expectations! Everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly and we hardly left the dance floor (which is very rare for my husband). So many guests commented on how talented you are, and my husband's uncle was even taking notes for his occasional DJ gigs! Our wedding was honestly the best party of our lives and so many memories were made on the dance floor! Honestly, we can't thank you enough and are so glad things didn't work out with the first DJ assigned to us, because we were lucky and honored to have you there! We hope you received your tip it was well deserved! - Kimberly and David @ Lowertown Event Center Learn more about DJ Rick A
Working with Instant Request was great. Although our originally assigned DJ was cancelled without notice a few weeks before our wedding, they provided us with a Black Tie level DJ named Ryan W instead. We only had a 30 minute phone consultation the Wednesday before our Saturday wedding so I was a little nervous that he would know what we were looking for. However, we were so impressed the day-of and he understood our music style and preferences even with so little time to prepare! Our first dance/father and bride/mother and groom dances were at 7:30pm and our guests stayed til midnight (and would've stayed later if they could!); he played over 4 hours of non-stop music and kept everyone dancing all night! Thanks Ryan for being so helpful, fun, and making everyone's feet sore from dancing the next day!! - Laura and Brian @ Olympic Hills Golf Club Learn more about DJ Ryan W
I would highly recommend Instant Request to any bride and groom looking for a DJ! Right off the bat, Matt was very easy to communicate with and he responded to emails quickly. My husband and I ended up choosing the Black Tie Certified option and after reading through reviews we chose Zach B as our DJ. We are very happy with that decision! Zach was full of energy and made our reception a blast. We had a list of songs he could play but we mostly gave him the reins to just read the crowd. He did a great job at that and had people out on the dance floor the entire night (myself included.) Bottom line: hire Instant Request (and Zach B) for your DJ service, you will not be disappointed! - Lindsey and Andrew @ 3 Ten Event Venue Learn more about DJ Zachary B