Black Tie Certified DJ Staff

DJ David J

David knew that he wanted to create music for a living ever since getting dragged on stage as a young man. He only knew a few guitar chords, but at that moment music became a big part of his life. He began collecting music and soon turned towards mixing. As a DJ, David’s specialty is reading his audience and playing the best songs to bring the most life to the dance floor. Originally from Chicago, he moved to the Twin Cities to get his business degree and start his music production career. Today he produces music for multiple artists and his own band. When David isn’t DJing or working, he likes to travel and is always down for spontaneous outdoor adventures.


We used the Black Tie service, and we worked with David. We loved the online portal, and when I sat down to meet with David, we got on the same page about how everything was going to look. He was great, and it was clear that he wanted my input to make sure the evening went how we wanted it to. At the reception, he was great. Multiple people commented on what a good DJ he was and one person said “He is actually really good! Wedding DJs are never good!” I wasn’t able to be out on the dance floor as much as I would have liked, but whenever I was in there, the music was fantastic. He was a blast to work with and I highly recommend him. Instant Request also provided the sound and music for the ceremony, as well as uplighting for the reception. Everything worked fantastically, and David did a wonderful job of looping or cuing the music so it timed up well with the processional (which took longer than we thought) and the recessional. I can’t recommend Instant Request and David enough! – Sasha and Grant @ Windows on Minnesota


Thank you Instant Request for making our wedding so truly special! Our DJ (DJ David James A.K.A. DJ DJ) was so wonderful and knew just how to keep the dance floor packed! At one point we had a small mishap with the schedule and our DJ helped us buy some time by keeping the crowd at ease while our wedding party scrambled behind the scenes to help us get what we needed in place. He was so fun and helpful and if you can, we highly recommend you request DJ David! – Katy and Keegan @ Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center

We used Instant Request DJ Entertainment for our wedding in June 2019. Our DJ was David James and he was amazing. He worked with us on getting a great playlist together and met with us in person to go over the music and our timeline for various parts of our wedding. On the day of our wedding, the music was perfect. Not only did he play our list of songs, he was open to requests that made our event really fun. Everyone had a great time! Highly recommend David and Instant Request. – Alaina and Peter @ Seven Vines Vineyard

Incredible experience with Instant Request. We are so glad we went with the Black Tie DJ David James. He was unreal at reading the crowd and making sure that dance floor full the whole night. Super impressed with his ability to take requests but play the best music the whole time – we didn’t need to do one-off requests. From our initial sit-down meeting to the wedding day, David was extremely organized, professional and executed his job to the highest level on our wedding night. – Michelle and Tyler @ Edinburgh USA Golf Club

Outstanding service! DJ David James kept the dance floor busy all night! He made sure our grandmarch at the reception with our bridal party was unique and special! He was great at taking requests while also mixing it up with our custom playlist and his own music to keep the party going! Would 100% recommend him to anyone! – Becca and Cody @ Park Ballroom in New Prague

David Allison was a perfect match for us and he was so fun and professional.  We couldn’t have asked for a better DJ. Our family is still complementing the music/dance. He definitely made our night more enjoyable.  We will definitely recommend your company in the future.  – Ashley and Ted @ Redeemed Farm in Scandia, MN

We loved using Instant Request for our wedding! DJ David was phenomenal to work with; when we met with him, he immediately understood how we wanted our day to flow and the types of music various types of guests would enjoy. He even flawlessly worked with our processional music when our flower girl and ring bearer took a bit longer than expected and extended our song. We would 100% hire Instant Request again! -Rae and Shane @ Seven Vines Vineyard

Our DJ was amazing!! He did such a great job. We had several guest comment in what a wonderful job he did. Thank you so much! Our DJ was David James, and it was the best experience we could have hoped for. He was super easy to work with, extremely friendly, and kept the dance floor popping the entire night! There was not a single moment when the dance floor wasn’t full. We have had multiple guests approach us and compliment how amazing the dance was, and a big part of that is because of David. Thank you for helping make our night special!! – Hannah and Austin @ Chaska Event Center             

We had an AWESOME experience with our DJ. David was great and understood the vibe we wanted to go with from the very beginning. We left our initial meeting with him feeling very good and were even more pleased after the wedding. David was kind, funny and made sure people were on the dance floor all night. I would recommend DJ David to anyone! – Hannah and Luke @ Seven Vines Vineyard

Our DJ was amazing!! Our only request was that he get people dancing and he did just that. We had multiple groups of people dancing next to the dance floor because it was full all night long. Highly recommend this service! – Bethany and Matt @ Bearpath Golf & Country Club

We had David as our black tie DJ and he was amazing! He was so great at reading the crowd to constantly keep the mood lively and fun! One of our biggest concerns was to make sure everyone was dancing and having fun and David totally made that happen! We would recommend every future brides and grooms use Instant Request and also to ask for David – you will not regret it! – Rebekka and Shawn @ Brackett’s Crossing Country Club

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

DJ David James was AMAZING!! He was so nice and personalized our playlist to what we like, he went above and beyond all our expectations and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ! -Sydney and Ben @ Hope Glen Farm

DJ David James was awesome. He faded each song into the next for smooth transitions and read the room to change songs as needed. He was fun and easy to talk with. – Amanda and Michael @ Rush Creek Golf Club

David J. was fantastic! He listened to everything we asked for, quickly adapted to a change in our timeline, and really kept the party on the dancefloor all night just like we wanted. He was so much fun, and I felt like he had our backs the whole night! – Kristine and Jacob @ Bearpath Golf & Country Club

David was our wedding DJ and did an incredible job! He asked about our music preferences and what vibe we were going for in advance and executed perfectly. He was extremely professional, super fun, and I would recommend him and Instant Request to everyone! – Claire and Alex @ Hewing Hotel

DJ David and the Instant Request team were easy to work with and very affordable, given the outstanding dance floor we had! David was cool, with a confident, positive personality and many of my guests commented that it was the most fun they’d had dancing at a wedding with the best music (nothing lame, or old, at our request 😉 – Jenna and Kirk @ Calhoun Beach Club

It was great working with David James! He was attentive to our wishes and threw a great party with some great music! He was also very receptive to feedback. We’d recommend Instant Request!! We had a great experience with our DJ! – Kelly and Brent @ Calhoun Beach Club

We had such a positive experience with Instant Request and DJ David!! David was so buttoned up and professional, and was extremely receptive to every ask/callout that we had. The planning tool made it very easy to hold yourself accountable and be prepared for the big day as well. It helped guide you through the ceremony and reception, and helped alleviate the stress of having to think through/plan every detail on your own. We would absolutely utilize Instant Request again and again!     – Brittany and Brock @ Leopold’s Mississippi Gardens

David was awesome! He was fun to work with and chill. We felt that getting the music we wanted was super important since DJs are not cheap. So David worked with us to make sure we were getting the “rap” style music we like (like Post Malone, Lil Yachty, Chance the Rapper) and explicit versions of songs. While a lot of what we wanted played only got played the last hour, everyone was having so much fun. He was also accommodating and flexible when parents went missing during the anniversary dance or the best man disappeared for a few minutes during the dollar dance. He helped make sure everyone was on time with their speeches/toasts. We received several compliments on the music.  – Rihanna and Bryce @ St. James Hotel in Red Wing

DJ David James was phenomenal! He dealt with the craziness of nothing going according to plan but he always stayed calm and completely let us decide what we wanted to happen throughout the whole night. He played a great mix of the songs we requested and other songs to have a giant dance party with a few slow songs mixed in the middle of the dance. He also did a great job setting a nice atmosphere during the cocktail hour and dinner. HIGHLY recommend him and if we have another big party we would love to have him again! Thank you!   – Meredith and Dennis @ Lodge on the Lake

David James with Instant Request was awesome! He had the most perfect laid-back demeanor for our group. We didn’t quite know what our group would be like on the dance floor, so I was nervous NO ONE was going to dance. David did a great job reading our crowd and getting everyone on the dance floor without being over the top. We had a blast and I would totally recommend David & Instant Request to any bride/groom looking for a good time!  – Caroline and Alex @ Lumber Exchange Event Center

Working with instant DJ was wonderful! David James Allison was our DJ and let me say he was absolutely awesome! We had so many compliments on his energy and variety of music. We did a phone interview just to go over the time line which was really nice. He played everything we asked for and really knew how to make our guests have a great time! You will have the best going with instant DJ!  – Kayla and Cody @ Birch Hill Barn

DJ David James was absolutely fantastic. Everyone was out on the dance floor during our wedding. He listened to exactly what we wanted with our music and made sure everyone was having a great time. He was also a great MC and helped keep the night moving along perfectly. 10/10 would recommend.  – Caitlin and Alec @ Loews Minneapolis Hotel

Working with Instant Request was so wonderful! Matt made the initial process of booking a DJ super easy and their online profile made planning a breeze! Our DJ, David James, was outstanding! He played so many great songs, accommodated all our requests, and was able to read the room to keep the party going all night! Our dance floor was packed from start to finish and so much of that was due to David! – Samantha and Kyle @ Minneapolis Golf Club

DJ David James was absolutely awesome! He did both out ceremony and reception and was very professional, organized, and kept the crowd pumped up without being over the top. Couldn’t have askef for a better experience, highly recommend!  – Lindsey and Brennan @ Brackett’s Crossing Country Club

We chose the black tie package and we love our DJ! He kept the music going, was open to requests and also took our list of music and played everything that was a must for us. I would definitely, and have already, recommend Instant Request DJ to any future brides/grooms getting married or even if you’re looking for a DJ for an event. The speeches, prayer and instructions were all laid out for our guests and they knew what was happening the whole night! – Justine and Mike @ Best Western Premier-Nicollet Inn

I was hired to run a dance party at a wedding, with few line dancing and a partner slow dance lesson by a couple who also previously took dancing lessons for their 1st dance! Dave Allison was the DJ and we had so much fun working together! He was quick to find the music I needed, listened to how I usually run things and on a spot we created a great team! Some people even asked me if we were from the same company! All night he played the best music! Please ask for Dave Allison when considering a DJ! He was easy, fun and a delight to work with!  Iryna and Rob @ Outpost Center

Instant request was amazing to work with and made everything super easy. Also, i can’t say enough great things about DJ David James. David was by far the best part of working with Instant request and really made our wedding into the big dance party we wanted it to be. He kept the energy high and really played to the crowd. We also had some last minute changes and David was able to accommodate everything with ease. Plus he’s just a genuinely nice guy.   – Ann and Laurence @ Calhoun Beach Club

Instant Request was great! Our wedding required a sound system, DJ, and microphone for the ceremony and reception, as well as sound system accommodations for a band to play during cocktail hour. Instant Request, and our DJ David J., were helpfully flexible during the planning process and willing to work with all our requests and desires on the day of the wedding itself. The online planner was useful and David was a perfect blend of professional, kind, and unobtrusive. It’s exactly what we were looking for, and David kept the dance floor going all night!  Abigail and Dustin @ 413 on Wacouta Event Center

Thanks for your note. Instant request was more than helpful and accommodating. Your website is incredibly user-friendly. We spent a lot of time filling in all of the details and planning our custom list. The website has really thought of everything, and anything you didn’t think of could be covered in the notes section. Thank you for accommodating our “poor man’s karaoke” portion of our reception. It was a huge hit. You made it really easy for us. Another win – David Allison was incredible. He was very easy to work with over the phone and amped our new year’s wedding to the next level. It was an incredible night and he was a great fit for us. We have been to other weddings using Instant Request where we didn’t feel that the DJ’s worked for the crowd, but David really went above and beyond. He was also incredibly friendly and accommodating.  Honestly, everything about your service exceeded our expectations. We were thrilled and would gladly recommend you to others. Thanks again!  – Megan and Sam @ Minnesota Valley Country Club

David James Allison from Instant Request was outstanding! He met with us a couple weeks prior to the event to go over our preferences, must plays, and vision for our wedding. He read the crowd and kept our small little wedding dancing the entire night. We wanted a flexible timeline for the evening and he worked with us to create a organic flowing event! Instant request has a platform that makes planning the dance so easy. I would highly recommend instant request.  – Christie and Joseph @ Seven Vines Vineyard 

David, our DJ, was absolutely phenomenal. He was a very professional and organized person. His style fit perfectly with ours and I’m extremely happy with what he offered.  The music was played at just the right volume and the lights were a nice touch.  I liked that David took time to go over the entire evening with me on the phone prior to the event. Him getting a feeling for what we were expecting made us at ease. With all of the things that can stress people out during a wedding, it was nice not having to worry about the quality of performance he was going to give us.  I honestly don’t think we could’ve done without the online event planner. At first it seems like a bit much, but after you see how much it helps the DJ as well as the couple throughout the night, we would’ve been making a mistake to not take advantage of it. I would definitely recommended Instant Request to others.  – Courtney and Ben @ Minneapolis Golf Club