We are fun and organized, and we love our job!
What other DJ service has DJs who are all veterans and/or college grads?
A lot of our clients say “I’ve never hired a DJ before, so I don’t know what to ask!” The best advice that I can give you when hiring a DJ is to look for a professional that is trustable, easy to contact, easy to work with, and gets back to you in a timely manner. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to contact a vendor for your event and feeling like they have something better to do. We DJ full-time, every single week, and this is our career and passion, so you can always reach us by e-mail, phone, text, or Facebook. We are proud to say that we have become friends with many of our clients and regularly stay in touch with them. It is our goal to earn your friends’ and family’s business when they are looking for their DJ too. Our services are not limited to merely DJ’ing. We are able to provide photo booth services, event lighting, and custom sound solutions if you have something different and difficult. You can count on us to provide excellent planning help too. Your DJ will always contact the other vendors and important people to coordinate the details.
We are proud to say that DJ Eric X Hodgden is a member of the NC Wedding Ring!
A special thanks goes out to Joe Payne Photography for these great photos!
DJ Michael Gay has been a professional DJ for over 10 years and is incredibly personable and good to his clients. You are going to love working with Michael! He has lived in North Carolina all of his life and has family in South Carolina. Michael is a true southern gentleman. He is happily married to his gorgeous wife Dana and is a dog lover. Michael enjoys a wide variety of music and began DJ’ing in college. He has a love for Motown and Old School jams! He has DJ’ed many weddings and his clients are always completely satisfied. We usually end up getting calls from guests of his weddings requesting him for their DJ. In fact, he DJ’ed my wedding!
Jim is a true event and wedding DJ specialist and brings a really positive energy with him wherever he goes. Him and his wonderful wife and daughter live in Cary, NC. Jim grew up in a military family and spent his early years all over the United States and even the country of Turkey but eventually landed in South Carolina where he attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He and his family are Disney fanatics and they love the holidays! Jim has over 29 years of special event experience ranging from being a DJ to managing and owning high energy night clubs. He has provided countless DJ services for wedding receptions and ceremonies along with parties for corporate clients, high school proms, college parties, bar/bat mitzvahs and private parties. Jim is able to effectively communicate with audiences of all ages. He is familiar with every type of music genre and can deliver the appropriate level of entertainment throughout the evening. He’s an expert at getting the party started and keeping it going.
Nogui was born in Jamaica, Queens and raised in Miami by Colombian parents. Son of an acknowledged music professor at the Institute of Popular Culture and Dance with a masters from the Conservatory of Music in Cali, Colombia, Nogui was heavily influenced by his father and musically rich background and Miami’s dance music renaissance- Freestyle, Miami Bass, Hip-Hop and House of the early 80s. Nogui has been lighting up dance floors since the early 90s. With a keen ear for great dance music, Nogui can create an atmosphere that is sure to keep the dance floor popping throughout the night. From Al Green to Daft Punk, to Pharrell, Nogui will create a vibe that’s right for your special event. Nogui has a passion for discovering new and old artists. He is well versed in many genres and time periods from Beach Music, to Motown, 80s, 90s, 2000s, Disco, Big Band, Swing, Blues, Country, music. Nogui is also a proud father of twin boys. As a seasoned party motivator, Nogui is sure to bring a great vibe to your special day.
Nick is a fireman by day and a great DJ by night! He has three of the most wonderful young kids you’ll ever meet and is a phenomenal dad to them. Nick began his DJ career 17 years ago in the radio business. His Air Force career moved him to Louisville, Kentucky where he started his family. There he actually ran his own small DJ business for a few years. Nick topped the Louisville A-List as Best Wedding DJ for two out of his three years. Nick and his family moved to Raleigh, NC in 2014 to work full-time as a firefighter. Nick knows how to entertain and his music knowledge is really pretty amazing spanning genres and generations. He has tons of repeat clients that only want to work with him year after year!
Christian has been a DJ for close to 10 years and treats his clients as if they were family. His clients absolutely love working with him as he is easy to work with and willing to give an unbiased opinion based on what he has experienced. Christian has a great sense of every diverse crowd as he has lived in Michigan, California, Texas, Virginia, and North Carolina! Born near Quantico, VA, raised in Metro Detroit and a graduate of Eastern Michigan with a BA in Education, Christian is comfortable playing anything from Abba to Zepplin! In his spare time Christian can be found with his wife and four kids playing softball and following his beloved Michigan Wolverines (Go Blue!). When it comes to radio, Christian most used pre-sets are set to Top 40, 80’s on 8, Lithium and the Garth Brooks station. Christian is always ready to give you his absolute best!
Brian is an entrepreneur by day and owns an IT company that does some amazing stuff. He is a Durham native and lives there to this day with his wife and son. With a BS degree in Computer Science from NC A&T, you can bet that he knows his way around the amazing technology that DJs tote around these days! Brian is very easy to work with and brings so much professionalism to his events and is always as well prepared as one can be. Brian has been a DJ since he was 13 as part of a mobile Las Vegas Casino Night outfit run by his father (jury is still out if that was legal!). Over his DJ career, he has played house parties, weddings, night clubs, corporate events, music festivals and pretty much everything in between up and down the East Coast. A true music lover, Brian’s repertoire ranges from the 1950’s to today and covers all genres.
Evan was born and raised in Brooklyn NY, and is relatively new to this area, having moved to Durham with his beautiful fiancee’ in 2015. Being a father of three daughters, you can be sure he knows about weddings! Evan began DJing right before starting college at Stonybrook University. While at Stonybrook, he earned a BA in the double majors of English and Political Science, along with honing his craft as a mobile DJ, and a radio personality (at WUSB). He has over 20 years of DJ experience at every type of event, including weddings, mitzvahs, birthdays, and corporate events. The key to Evan’s success is that he caters to whatever the CLIENT wants both musically and logistically. It’s not about his ego, it’s about making the client and their guests happy. You can count on DJ Evan to keep your party rockin’!
Eric X Hodgden
Owner and Professional DJ
Eric is originally from Wisconsin but has come to really love making North Carolina home. He moved here in 1999 to join the US Army 82nd Airborne and still serves veterans organizations when he can. In 2005, Eric started attending NC State University where he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering. In the same year, he created the All Around Raleigh DJ Company with a few dollars that he saved up while in the Army. Eric absolutely loves being a DJ and providing his guests with the amazing service that they desire. He lives in Cary, NC with his awesome wife Kelly, brand new baby boy James, energetic 2 1/2 year old daughter Nora and their dogs Cash (lab rescue) and Zac (rescue mutt!). He loves every type of music and the instant memories that pop into your head when you hear a song. Eric feels so happy that he found a career where he can help people celebrate the best days of their lives and every weekend is a celebration!