Black Tie Certified DJ Staff

DJ Ben N

Born in Minnesota, Ben attended Luther College in Iowa. He has always been a natural emcee and music lover. At college Ben helped plan school events and was always in charge of the music and hosting the night. He has emceed everything from talent shows, networking events, and formal dances.

Following school, Ben worked in Washington DC for a MN politician. His favorite responsibility was leading groups of vacationing Minnesotans on guided tours of capital hill.

When not DJing, Ben works as a Youth Coordinator facilitating retreats with kids of many different ages. It is Ben’s approachable nature and emceeing experience that make him an excellent DJ.

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 Club

Having Ben Nordquist with Instant Request be our DJ was one of our best wedding planning decisions we made! Ben is the best DJ in the Twin Cities and we had the dance party of our dreams! Instant Request has an online platform where you input songs that you like. It was a really fun wedding planning activity 🙂 And it’s awesome because it helps your DJ get to know you and your music tastes. They also ask about wedding reception traditions that you do or don’t want (glass clinking, dollar dance, bouquet toss, group dances, etc.) so it’s completely tailored to your wants. We had a call with Ben two weeks before our wedding and left feeling 100% confident that he understood our vision: have an amazing dance party. (We also gave him free reign to cut even our “must play” songs if he felt like the dance was fading.) He does an amazing job transitioning songs to keep the dance going. Also, we told him that we weren’t going to kiss when people clinked glasses and were just going to ignore it. He very thoughtfully proposed that if people were really insistent on clinking, that he jump on the mic and say something like “Okay. They’ll give you this one kiss, but then, that’s it.” (That’s exactly what happened! And because he’s delightfully cheery, the message was delivered with playfulness.) In order to request a DJ (and guarantee your requested DJ), you have to do the Black Tie DJ Reservation ($200 extra). So worth it! I’m sure all of the DJs at Instant Request are awesome, but Ben Nordquist is a 20 out of 10! Thank you Ben!! – Bergit and Kyle @ Minneapolis Golf Club


Ben N. was our DJ, and he was absolutely phenomenal. Everything that could have gone wrong, just didn’t. For example, I could hear as the bridesmaids and groomsmen were walking down the aisle that the processional song we chose was too short and would end before everyone made it. But Ben just found a spot at the end of the song and looped the instrumental until the whole bridal party was done. The instrumental was beautiful and the loop was seamless. At dinner, Ben hooked up a recording of my grandfather to the speakers so everyone could hear him give a blessing all the way from California. There were so many tears in the room :). My dad commented that he loved that Ben came up to everyone giving speeches and gave them a run-down of where to stand and when to go, so the speeches went perfectly as well. Last but definitely not least, the music on the dance floor all night was AMAZING. The man really has a way with crowds, and everyone loved it. Thank you Ben and Instant Request for the best service we could have possibly imagined for our wedding!!!  – Nicole and David @ White Bear Yacht Club

I absolutely LOVED our DJ. He kept the crowd moving and also was able to cut our first dance a little short when the song went longer than expected (8 minute song) everyone was ready to sit and get dinner started 😉 He was fab!  Linnae and Jeffrey @ Bearpath Golf and Country Club

Ben was the DJ we chose for our Wedding reception. As soon as we met with him, we knew he was the perfect choice for us. Ben is very experienced and guided us through the reception speeches and dances flawlessly. He kept the guests on the dance floor which was the best part! Great music choices and wonderful personality. Very professional and we would highly recommend Ben! – Julie and Michael @ Keller Golf Course

The office staff at Instant Request were amazing. James and I planned our wedding at Mill City from NC. Everyone was very accommodating in making time to meet with us when we were in MN, answering phone calls, and responding to emails. Our DJ, Ben, was great. We had some timing issues because of rain. He not only ran around to change the sound systems around,k but was always there to ask us our thoughts on the change in schedule and what we wanted for the night. The music he played fit with our planner and taste well. He was great! The sound and lighting were prefect. We planned our wedding from out of town. Some vendors were not only hard to get a hold of, but also very difficult to plan with from NC. So, my favorite thing about Instant Request was the ease of planning. It was nice to know I could call or email to get not only a quick, but friendly response. Everyone was so wonderful to work with and it was nice to have individuals who cared about making our day as we envisioned. We were more than pleased with the service we received from Instant Request. The price for the quality of service we received was well worth it.   – Amy and James @ Mill City Museum

Ben was awesome, very energetic and personable. He definitely knew how to keep the crowd dancing and that is exactly what our family and friends like to do. It was helpful that he touched base with us multiple times throughout the day and kept everyone in the loop and on schedule. We haven’t been a part of a wedding where the DJ was so involved and helpful. It was greatly appreciated! The best part was that he kept us in mind, even until the last song. Which made the dance the best part of the reception We really appreciated that Ben called beforehand to go over our song choices and the outline of the wedding/reception with us. It made things way easier and stress free knowing we were on the same page going into the day. Since the wedding we have gotten a flood of positive comments about the wedding, especially the dance, from our guests. We have a few friends and family getting married in the near future and we know that he would be at the top of their list after the show he put on at our wedding.   Thanks Ben! – Kelly and Jesse @ Bunker Hills Golf Club