Black Tie Certified DJ Staff

DJ Rick A

DJ Rick A

Rick is a MN native, raised by a professional dancer and a rock drummer. Music has been part of his life since day one. He started DJing with Instant Request in 1997, and continues to teach music and dance lessons, while also playing with his group “Buckets and Tap Shoes.”

Rick has become a one of the most beloved DJs on staff for his outgoing personality, and ability to connect with all ages on the dance floor.

 

 


We had numerous reservations about planning a wedding in St. Paul while living in New York. We knew there would be challenges with selecting vendors since we weren’t local, but Instant Request seemed to be a solid option when we were looking at reviews and feedback from their previous clients. Since we were planning from afar, we decided to go with the Black Tie Service with Instant Request. We were assigned DJ Rick Ausland for our wedding and after meeting and working with Rick, we don’t think a better option could have been available! Rick responded to all emails and made us feel calm in the months leading up to the wedding. We had so many other things to worry about, and he constantly reassured us that we would be in good hands. We finally had a chance to FaceTime with Rick about three weeks before the wedding, and he took his time going over the Instant Request online form with us, answered all of our questions, gave us some ideas, and really made us feel comfortable that everything was going to be perfect on the day of the wedding. And you know what? Rick was right. He had all of the song choices ready to go for our ceremony and introductions. He had a plan for what kind of music to play as the dinner eventually segued into the reception. Once the dancing did start, the dance floor was never empty! We had songs that we wanted to hear, and Rick played them all. However, he also did a great job of reading the room and playing music that got our guests out of their seats. We had a perfect wedding day, and our experience with Rick and Instant Request DJ was definitely a big part of it. If you’re planning a wedding in the Twin Cities, these guys should be your first call when you’re looking for a DJ. If you’re lucky enough to get Rick, you’re in great hands and you’re going to have a great time! – Jessika and Chad @ Intercontinental St. Paul Riverfront

I wanted to shoot you a note and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding absolutely perfect. You did an amazing job and truly went above and beyond for us on our wedding day, and we could not be happier with your work! When you brought in You and Me by Dave Matthews at the end of my toast after hearing me quote it, when you went into the anniversary dance after the somewhat awkward moment of my dad not being initially around for the Father/Daughter dance, when you kept the party going all night; every moment was flawlessly executed. I had multiple people approach me during the wedding and tell me that you were an absolute rockstar. Thank you so much for creating the best party atmosphere for the biggest night of our lives. Your professionalism, relaxed manner, and understanding of how to keep a party going are second to none. The memories that you helped created will never be forgotten!!! – Rachel and Patrick @ Columbia Golf Manor

We had DJ Rick for our wedding day. He was amazing to work with we had a phone consultation before our big day finalizing the detail of our reception. He could not have made our day more enjoyable and easy going. He followed our playlist and added some other songs that got everyone else dancing. We would highly recommend Instant Request for their events. – Ashley and Carlton @ Leopold’s Mississippi Gardens

Rick from Instant Request was the best wedding DJ I’ve ever experienced. He was professional, kind, and incredibly talented. We had so many friends asking for his name at our wedding. We received so many compliments on his talents! He made the night so special and fun for all. Definitely gave his name/info out to a few friends who are getting married 🙂 Would definitely recommend! – Cecelia and Taylor @ American Swedish Institute

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

DJ Rick was awesome! We were very happy with our selection of Instant Request! My husband and I gave DJ Rick a list of songs we would like played but then gave him the reins to mix it up and read the crowd. He did a wonderful job and kept people on the dance floor till the lights turned on!!!! – Courtney and Michael @ Minneapolis Event Center

We had DJ Rick and he literally CRUSHED IT! We went for the black tie service and got to meet with him beforehand and he is just the best. He confirmed how to pronounce everyone’s names, took notes on everything we talked about, and was just so nice. Then the day of, he was so fun! Did a lot of cool mixing, played all the best songs, our dance floor was packed the whole time! When he was packing up he even came over and enjoyed some late night snack with me, my hubby and my parents. Just the best dj ever!  –Brittany and Aaron @ Private residence

I wanted to shoot you a quick note and let you know how impressed we were by Rick at our wedding. We had very high expectations headed into our wedding. Somehow Rick surpassed those extremely lofty expectations. Rick accommodated each and every one of our unique song requests and even used his expansive skill set to tailor our first dance into a memory that will last a lifetime. The dance floor was PACKED from the moment Rick began his playlist after dinner. Several our of guests reached out after the wedding and mentioned how spectacular our DJ was. We will be recommending Rick to all of our family and friends going forward. – Christina and Alexander @ Lafayette Club

We gave our sincere thanks to Rick after our wedding on Saturday, but I wanted to let you know how thrilled Colin and I were with Rick and Instant Request at our wedding! Rick was absolutely fantastic. We might be a little biased, but Colin and I both agreed that he was the best wedding DJ we had ever seen. I can’t tell you how many guests, young and old, gave compliments, or said the Rick was “killing it”, or said it was the most fun they have ever had at a wedding. Even my step-brother, who is a radio DJ, said it was the best wedding dance floor he had ever had the pleasure of partying on 🙂 Rick was also incredibly professional and an absolute pleasure to work with! –Lauren and Colin @ Hewing Hotel

We had Rick as our Black Tie DJ through Instant Request. This man was a godsend. All of our guests continually commented on how he was one of the best DJs they had ever seen. He has a policy that “weddings should be about playing songs that invoke happy memories in the guests, like your jam from college, or that concert you went to together, not the latest and greatest hit no one has heard yet”. Even when a song flopped, he quickly moved it into the next song, pushing the party forward. Songs were blended into each other in fun combinations, and everyone had a blast. He even was great about checking in with us when we were away from the dance floor to make sure everything was perfect. He also provided the music for our ceremony, without having a rehearsal. Everything was perfect after one phone call, including adding songs to their library specifically for us. When we had a mishap during the ceremony, he saved the day by discretely raising the music and making it look intentional. I would 1000% recommend him and Instant Request for any event. – Heidi and Chris @ Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center

Our reception location (Minnesota Valley Country Club) recommended Instant Request to us for our DJ service and we are very grateful to have chosen them. We decided to get paired with a DJ based on our online profile instead of picking out a DJ and we have no regrets about that. Their online profile system is very thorough and helps paint a complete picture of what you would like on your big day. This system helped pair us with an amazing DJ, Rick. When we talked to Rick, he had many years of experience and we knew we got a great DJ and were going to have an amazing night. We wanted to keep the dance floor packed the whole night and he was able to do that. He played all the right songs to allow for the dance floor to be the place to be that night and also had the right transitions to all the important events of that night (first dances, garter/bouquet toss, dollar dance). Rick was also an amazing MC to help with the flow of speeches and cake cutting earlier in the night. I would highly recommend Instant Request to any couple looking for great DJ service for a great value. And if you want a great DJ, try to request Rick, he was the best. Thanks Instant Request and Rick.  – Colleen and Ronald @ Minnesota Valley Country Club

RICK WAS AWESOME! Seriously! He was so great! I’m so glad we paid extra to be able to request him specifically (black tie package). He checked in on us numerous times, kept the dancing going ALL night, switched things up when plans changed… and my favorite part of all is what he did with our opening song. We knew what song we wanted, Prince ‘Let’s go crazy,’ but he had a great idea about timing it out and it was perfect and set the tone for the night! So happy we chose Instant Request for our Dj. We chose Instant Request because Rick Ausland was a DJ at a friend’s wedding. Rick is the best! We were beyond thrilled with him as a DJ at our wedding. He was so much fun and the dance party lasted all night! It was my worst fear to have a wedding where no one danced, or the dance ended early. Thanks to Rick I had nothing to worry about. I think I had sore legs for days because of all the dancing! A few days ago I was chatting about the wedding with friends and one raved about the Dj. Another friend said ‘I didn’t even notice the DJ’ my friend replied, ‘That’s a sign of a good DJ.’ True! We had nothing to worry about with Rick. We enjoyed ourselves and danced for hours. Thanks again, Rick!  Yay!  – Gabrielle and Brian @ Chaska Event Center

We chose to get a Black Tie DJ and we were extremely impressed with Rick Ausland. He went above and beyond anything we could have asked for. When we had our Face-to-Face meeting we knew that we were going to be in good hands and that he was a perfect match.  We had a great time just at the meeting and talking over the styles of music we enjoyed. Turned out he enjoyed a lot of the same categories of music we did. As former pep band members music has been our whole life. Rick was great on the day of as well. He played all of our music we had planned out even things we had forgotten about. He helped our night move very smoothly. He was professional and helped us have a fun time. All of our guests said he was amazing as well. He made sure to fit in some the songs they were requesting as well and everyone love how fun and outgoing he was. I would recommend him to anyone of my friends and family who are looking for a great DJ. The music sounded great it really filled the hall out nicely. Not too loud and right on balance. I have been to many weddings and that seems to be something that a lot of the DJ services don’t take into consideration, the size and quality of the sound of the room. Sometimes it was too loud for the space or the music system was set up and it bounced off walls funny and didn’t sound good. For our wedding everything sounded amazing. The lighting was even more spectacular than I was hoping it would be. It really showed off our beautiful venue in all of its glory. The colors really fit in with our theme. I received so many compliments on how great they made everything look.The best part about Instant Request was how professional everyone was. Over all of the communications I had the top priority of everyone at Instant Request was that my day was just how I wanted it. This is an amazing quality in any service. Customer service was not just their goal it was their priority. I am truly grateful for that. I thought the pricing was a Great Value! We got way more than expected for what we paid, in service, quality, and a great product. They truly care about every aspect of their company and nothing is left to question. We looked at many companies, some may have been cheaper but nothing could compare to anything we received through Instant Request.  – Heather and Craig @ McNamara Alumni Center

A huge thank you to Rick for being an incredible DJ! We turly enjoyed the process and our dance floor was incredible the whole night thanks to his expertise. Thanks for everything! – Allison and Patrick @ Gale Mansion

Rick A was the BEST! He took all our requests and made the guests have so much fun! Our friends still talk about how he was their favorite part of our wedding reception! – Aubree and Josh @ Green Haven Banquet Center

Rick did an awesome job at our wedding and went above and beyond to make sure things went smoothly. We couldn’t have asked for a better DJ at our reception! He had our guests on the dance floor throughout the whole night and played a variety of songs that fit our older and younger crowd. We received so many compliments from our guests on him and highly recommend him to any bride/groom. Thank you Rick and Instant Request for providing us with a great time that we’ll never forget!  – Jayme and Joe @ Next Chapter Winery