We would like to shine our
spotlight on a Lead DJ of ours. Meet Derek!
“The success lies within
the person, not the job” is a quote that encapsulates Derek as a person and a
DJ. Derek started DJing at 16. One year later, he DJ’d his first wedding.
The quote he lives by is represented so well by this occurrence. Whether
it was his first wedding at 16 or one of the many weddings, events and
parties he has DJ'd since, he looks at it as a chance to succeed.
Derek bought into a company
while living in Michigan. His life and desire for warm weather brought him to
Charlotte. His dedication was so strong that he drove back and forth to DJ jobs
that had been booked prior to his move. After moving to the area, Derek
met Vinny Esposito and Joe Verde at a 5K event. He introduced himself and soon became
part of the Split Second family. Derek loved the fact that Split Second had
such a large staff. He says, “With a large staff, you’re exposed to more ideas
and different styles.” He likes that the company has the security
blanket to be versatile and match the DJs to the right clients and vice versa.
Being from Michigan,
Derek did not know what beach music was. Moving to Charlotte proved to be
enlightening. Living in a melting pot area such as Charlotte is very much like what
one might experience while DJing. Derek reminisces on all of the different
types of people he has been able to meet, cultures he has been able to learn,
and unique weddings... read more »
We would like to shine a spotlight on one of our
Dennis is no stranger to the DJ world. Originally
from New Jersey, he started in the business 15 years ago. He was always
known as “the guy who handled the music”. He began working at a DJ company, but
quickly realized he could not be a part of the company due to the lack of
professionalism. After catching the company lying to customers, he
decided to start his own company. Dennis and his family moved to Charlotte
searching for better weather and a more laid back life style. He used his
background in sales and marketing to promote his DJ company. He quickly noticed
he was continuously trying to undercut a company called Split Second Sound to
be competitive. At this point, he had linked up with Steve Bradle, who
eventually became a part of our staff as well.
Dennis recalls the weekend the Cowboys and Panthers
played each other in the Playoffs 7 years ago, he met Vinny. Steve and Dennis
decided to check out a local Bridal Show. They met Vinny, and you could say
“The rest is history.” Dennis set up a few times to meet with Vinny, and their
visions aligned. Dennis not only wanted to jump on board as a DJ, but he
eventually bought into the company.
Dennis has been fortunate enough to have two
careers. He DJs for his love of the atmosphere. We asked him to give us an
example, and he described DJing at the City Club. He said, “You are surrounded
by the city lights, a positive atmosphere and... read more »