Derek

 
At age 16, Derek began DJing, performing at his first wedding just one year later. Performing events, dance competitions and shows, and much more eventually led Derek to owning an entertainment company of his own. This self-taught DJ just loved putting on a show to make people happy, through whatever medium necessary. He has performed for all types of events and can appeal to any type of crowd or age group. He is a highly interactive party professional who knows when to motivate the crowd and when to sit back and let the music do the work. His work ethic is second to none, paying very close attention to detail so that your special event goes perfectly. He makes it a practice to meet his clients prior to the event and to get to know them so that each wedding is personalized and mirrors the clients’ vision. Derek is originally from Michigan, making the move to North Carolina in 2007. Derek is a family man, like many of our other DJs. He married his high school sweetheart and they went on to have two children together. When he’s not working, Derek spends time coaching youth softball, baseball, and basketball. He can adapt to any situation, keeping to the goal of creating memories that will last a lifetime. Derek comes backed by great reviews and is a great choice for your Lead Entertainment Host!
 

 
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Here's Derek speaking about DJing:

 
 

Let's hear him mix some tunes:

 
 

Here's what others have said about Derek:

  • My husband and I were married in late September and Split Second Sound was our first choice from the beginning. Split Second sound was a key component to having fun and keeping the night going throughout the night. Words cannot describe the professionalism and the wonderful job Derek, our DJ did throughout the entire event. My favorite part of our event was the ceremony where I wanted to do something special for my husband and Derek was able to help with ideas that went above and beyond what I could ever hope for. I highly recommend Derek from Split Second Sound.
  • Rochelle Stewart
    Thank you again for an outstanding event. That is all the students talked about today at school. The faculty was very pleased too. We will definitely be in touch and will ask for you and Andre again. Our next dance is in early February. Thanks again!
    Rochelle Stewart
  • Lisa Taff
    I definitely will! Derek Andreas was awesome!!! We had the best time and he was amazing.
    Lisa Taff
  • Meaghan and Chris Strife
    Split Second Sound was recommended to us by a co-worker when we started looking for a DJ.  We could not have been happier with the recommendation for the company and our DJ, Derek, was absolutely fantastic!  He was very responsive and attentive. We had several calls to discuss our music choices, the vibe we wanted for the wedding and where all of the guests were coming from.  He took the time to ask for the state that everyone was coming from so he could incorporate that into the evening.  Derek was great at getting people out onto the dance floor and engaging everyone for the entire evening.  At the end of the night, he provided us with a CD of all the important and must play songs. Now, we have that CD as a beautiful memento from the day. The setup was great, the sound quality was awesome and he was there well before the ceremony to get everything setup and make sure there were no issues. We could not have been happier with our choice to use Split Second Sound and we would request Derek for any event we could possibly ever plan. We were soooooooo happy having you as our DJ.  We cannot say enough amazing things about you and we cannot wait for someone to plan an event that they need a DJ for. You'll be the first name out of my mouth!
    Meaghan and Chris Strife
  • John & Helen Hazen
    Vinny & Derek, I just want to thank you for helping to make my wedding  memorable to my guests and to John & I. I have received several emails saying Don’t stop believing" has almost become a slogan for the night… My guests loved the music and dancing. They really loved the singing and especially "Don’t Stop Believing". Thank you for the extra touches and the lighting. Some have said it was magical - All say it was wonderful"
    John & Helen Hazen
  • Kelly Kirkland
    Derek was wonderful at our recent wedding!!! Derek did both the ceremony and reception music. Split Second Sound was great and easy to deal with. Derek made the day very special for our family. The guests were talking about how awesome the music was and how easy to talk to he was. I did not worry at any point about what was coming next because I knew Derek was on top of it and prepared for whatever was going to happen. From the beginning Derek was in communication with us about how we wanted things to go. He was able to offer suggestions to make the day exactly what we wanted. He took the time to get to know us and understand what we wanted. I just can not say enough about how he took the stress away and that is priceless on your wedding day. I highly recommend Derek and Split Second Sound. We just wanted to take a minute to say how great you made our wedding!!  I heard many guests say how great you were and fun you made things and they loved the music.  You told me that it would not matter what the temperature would be that day but memories would be made and at the end of the day we would be a family.  How true that was!!! Never at any point in the day did I worry about what was going to happen next....I knew it was under control. I could not have asked for a better day....thanks for being such a big part of that.
    Kelly Kirkland
  • Jonathan Ray
    Split Second Sound is awesome! DJ Derek provided the atmosphere for one heck of a wedding!  I met with the DJ and we spoke one-on-one about the event and Derek gave several great ideas that were great successes on wedding day.  His professionalism, attention to detail,  personality and stage presence were second to none. I would highly recommend SSS and Derek as DJ of your wedding, our wedding was the event of the year according to our friends.
    Jonathan Ray
  • Jamison Turnbull
    We really enjoyed SSS!  Derek did an amazing job!     -Set up was on time. -Last minute changes were taken care of by Derek. -Derek made everyone feel comfortable as well as getting the guests energized. -The up lights were a nice touch. -Song selections and keeping the party on the dance floor was well organized. -Very attentive to our requests and others requests. -Pre-wedding planning was awesome.  Emily and I both felt Derek and SSS were the best vendor we dealt with through out our wedding planning experience!  All of other vendors did a good job, however, SSS and Derek were at the next level!   Overall experience was everything we asked for and more!
    Jamison Turnbull
  • Jessica Dietrich
    I wanted to send you a HUGE thank you for the AMAZING work Derek did at my wedding. Derek and his partner were absolutely fantastic, and made our night absolutely perfect. Everyone raved about you guys. I am so incredibly impressed with you guys and really appreciate you all and role you played in making our wedding fantastic. Thank you SO much!!!
    Jessica Dietrich
  • Tracy Pratt
    Oh My Gosh!! It was a fabulous night!! Derek and Danny were more than we even expected!! At 920 I asked Derek if it really had to end, and he said he didn't want to stop either because he was having such a good time, that proves how much he enjoys the party he provides. SSS helped make my baby girls dream reception come true! I know Derek will miss Danny as I understand he is graduating from UNCC school of engineering May 17th. Derek was easy to work with, as noted by the fact that 2 of Caitlin's brothers had not come up with the song they wanted to dance  with their sister with till the morning of the wedding. I called Derek on the way to the church to tell him their song request and he made their request happen. The entire night was full of an excellent music mix as evidenced by the overflowing dance floor at the Holiday Inn Center City roof top venue.
    Tracy Pratt
  • Morgan Kropelin
    We thoroughly enjoyed working with split second sound!! Our djs Derek and Bradley exceeded our expectations! This was our most expensive vendor besides our caterer but it was worth every penny! Derek had the house under control the entire time and he took all the worry and stress away from me!!  Couldn't have dreamed of anything better :) Thanks so much!!
    Morgan Kropelin
  • Andy Karabinos
    Derek Andreas was great! Through the whole process he was so nice and friendly and willing to make our wedding day the best it could be. He scheduled times with us to talk, got on skype to meet with us (even though he had never used skype before) and was willing to change anything that we wanted. On the day of the wedding, he got there early, dressed professionally and played some fun music for my groomsmen and I as we wait for the ceremony to start. During the reception, he did a great job of talking and getting input from all the guests, as well as playing a variety of music that we wanted. At one time during the night, the power went out Derek said that there may be a problem with the generator, but then he (and his assistant) took care of the problem themselves and kept the music going, At one point, my wife's father didn't feel comfortable because he couldn't dance to any of the music, but after asking us what kinds of music he liked (we told him Mo Town), he worked some Mo Town in there to accommodate. Split Second Sound has been wonderful all around, made this process not only painless, but enjoyable, and my wife and I will definitely be recommending you all to anyone we know who is looking for a good time :) Thanks again!
    Andy Karabinos
  • Fred & Pau
    Derek and his assistant (we believe his name is Danny, but with all the excitement of the evening we're not sure we're remembering correctly) were awesome for us. We received many compliments from our guests about Derek and his interaction with them, and also about the flow of the music and the flow of the party. He went out of his way to communicate with us leading up to the event to make sure he knew exactly what we were looking for, and then pulled it all together perfectly! Thank you all so much for helping to make our evening so special! Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}
    Fred & Pau
  • Lori and Brooks Sinclair
    Everything was great and went off without a hitch. Derek was a pleasure to work with and very professional and a great asset to your team. We knew once we met him we ad nothing to worry about with the music or entertainment. He had to make a small adjustment on the fly with the time and he did it seamlessly. We can't thank him enough for all he did and I heard great things from many of my guest about how well he mingled with everyone and how much they enjoyed him. The music was perfect and he knew when to get the crowd going and kept everything moving along right on schedule. The service was beyond great and was a wonderful experience for us. We will be glad to be a reference for you and for Derek. Thank you again for everything.
    Lori and Brooks Sinclair
  • Heidi Hill
    Everyone had a great time at our neighborhood "back to school bash!" Derek did an awesome job with the music. We discussed some ideas ahead of time for what we thought everyone would like to hear, then he read the crowd from there and kept everyone dancing the entire night!  We especially loved having two people there. It helped to have someone playing the music while the other was free to interact with the crowd, lead the dancing, hand out party goodies, and in general keep the party going. Everything was handled professionally as well. I would definitely recommend Split Second Sound, and plan to use you for future neighborhood parties.
    Heidi Hill
  • Samantha Jennings
    Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} I cannot say enough good things about Derek and Split Second Sound. He contacted me a few times before the event to get all the details in order and even how to pronounce names! I really appreciated this attention to detail. Music is important to my husband and I and we loved the variety he played. We had a variety of ages and everyone got out on the dance floor! Everyone commented that they had never been to a wedding where so many people danced and we had to force people to leave! It was truly the best night of our lives and we have to thank you for being a part of it!! I was the first of my friends to get married and I will recommend you to everyone I know without hesitation. Derek also was wonderful in that he worked well with our photographer and wedding planner which I was worried about. But everything ran smoothly and I didn't have to stress about a thing.  Thanks again for making our wedding reception one to remember! Oh and it was a great added surprise that Derek gave us a cd of some of the special songs he played, we've already listened to it a few times!
    Samantha Jennings
  • Roy Curtis
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    Roy Curtis
  • Siobhan Grant
    Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 I just wanted to share how pleased we were with our DJs Derek and Jordan M. The reception was great and everyone loved the music. We got many comments about how much fun it was to dance to such great music. The lighting Split Second Sound provided was awesome and made the ballroom look beautiful! I danced all night long and had the time of my life! We asked for many different types of music to be played and Derek was great making sure that he changed up the music. Thanks so much for making our wedding so special.
    Siobhan Grant
  • Bryan Crum
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    Bryan Crum
  • Cassie Holt
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    Cassie Holt
  • Allison Avery
    We recently used Split Second Sound for our wedding and they were phenomenal throughout the entire process. Derek was such a joy to work with and was instrumental in making our wedding a huge success. He kept everything on schedule and kept the crowd dancing the entire night! I highly recommend Split Second Sound to anyone!
    Allison Avery
  • Joanne Rychlik
    I'm more than happy to tell you that the wedding was wonderful.  All of the guests were very engaged at the reception and seemed to have had a good time.  My co workers later shared with me they had a great time and specifically mentioned they were impressed with the Derek and Danny mingling in the crowd.  Honestly, I can tell you that SSS was the only thing I was not too worried about after reading all the great references online! Derek and Danny were professional, courteous, and very accommodating to all the guests in attendance.Many thanks to you and your family for making me and my family enjoy a wonderfully happy day!
    Joanne Rychlik
  • Ashley Godfrey
    Split Second Sound did an awesome job with our wedding reception!  Derek and his assistant were wonderful! We actually had an emergency situation happen at our wedding reception, and as most people do, everyone felt the need to leave the room to see what was going on outside.  Derek was VERY proactive in getting the party pumped back up to get everyone back in the room.  He did an awesome job and before we knew it, everyone was back in the room and having a great time.  Thanks to Split Second Sound, we have an amazing reception and would give anything to re-live it!
    Ashley Godfrey
  • Wendy Hennes
    I just wanted to thank you for having Derek and his crew lead our party- they were fabulous- so many people told me how impressed they were with Derek and had not seen someone so good in a long time- the kids had a blast- my daughter said she would have to get a thesaurus to find enough words to describe how good the night was- and how great Derek was with the kids. He has great energy, enthusiasm and ideas- we really enjoyed working with him and i would be happy to write a testimonial on your website and/or be a reference for him in the future. Thanks again
    Wendy Hennes
  • Amanda Macek
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    Amanda Macek
  • Jennifer Wouters-Soiree Charlotte
    I just wanted to make sure that you knew what a fantastic job Derek did as DJ at my client’s wedding this weekend at The Atrium Uptown.  He had the entire dance floor PACKED the entire time.  People of all ages were out there dancing and the bride and groom simply had a blast!  Derek really read the crowd and knew what they wanted to hear.  He was also wonderful to work with from a planner’s perspective.  He was very responsive and simply fun to work with.  Ask him about our unique wedding party introductions and how we pulled it off seamlessly!  Thanks again for providing quality entertainment for my clients and having the best DJs around!!
  • John Dice
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    John Dice
  • Meagan Cameron
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    Meagan Cameron
  • Suzanee Iwanski
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    Suzanee Iwanski
  • Wes Hunt
    Derek & JD completely exceeded our expectations!!  He was very easy to get in touch with and always responded in a timely manner.  We had a blast at our reception.  We couldn’t have asked for anything better.  And the best part of all is that we are getting such positive feedback from our guests.  Everyone had a great time.  They knew exactly what to do and what to say to get our crowd going.  I loved seeing him and his assistant out on the dance floor with us.  It was my goal that not only would we have a great time at our reception but that the djs would have a great time too and it looked like they did in a very professional way!!  They conducted themselves very well. I would definitely recommend Split Second Sound to anyone!!  Out of all of the vendors we’ve had to work with, you guys have been the best!!  Thank you so much for making our wedding a blast and something that we will remember forever!!
    Wes Hunt
  • JoAnn C
    To sum it up, Derek, JD & Danielle were FABULOUS!!!  All my guests were quite impressed and loved the entertainment. I will DEFINITELY utilize your company in the future and I am sure my guests would do the same.
    JoAnn C
  • Steph McElveen
    You guys EXCEEDED my expectations! Derek was on top of things, especially when it came to things my other vendors forgot to do and he got right on that before I even noticed. He kept our guests entertained without pressuring them to dance and they all had a great time. I can go on but I will run out of room lol. I will definitely recommend anyone to you guys who needs a DJ for their event. I uploaded a few photos that I thought you guys might like as well. Again, thank you so much for everything you did… You definitely were worth it!"
    Steph McElveen

(Here's a bonus interview from a few years ago)