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Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding DJs in Chicago Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Rodrigo, from Windy City Mix.
Where have you been featured?
I have been featured in a few places. One has been for the Chicago Voyager digital magazine. I’ve also been a featured speaker for the Alumni Network Alliance for aspiring students looking for opportunities after they are done with school. I was the featured DJ for Bruno Mars’ 24K Experience when he was touring Chicago. Finally, I was featured in a book which I co-authored called “The Entrepreneur Within You” Vol. 3. Talks all in detail about my story. Great read, check it out!
Windy City Mix has won the WeddingWire’s Bride’s Choice Award consecutively since 2009 up until 2018!
Why do couples love working with you?
From my experience and feedback, couples love the fact that I just don’t show up to do a job. I always under promise and over deliver. Something I learned very early in the beginning when I started my business. Couples love that I go that extra mile, whether it’s assisting guests to their seats, opening doors, fixing ties, fetching drinks and more – and were DJs! Ha! In reality, we are more than DJs. We are performers, therapists, security, onsite planners, music programmers, coordinators, MCs, electrical engineers, lighting designers and much more! This is why couples love us!
What do you love most about being a wedding DJ?
The best part for me is seeing how the music selection I decide to play along with the couples’ requests to make them smile and enjoy themselves. It’s literally the soundtrack of their wedding. I love going to a wedding every weekend and meeting new people. Best job ever! That is one of the most gratifying feelings in this business!
How did you get started?
I started when I was in 8th grade. My mother bought me a pair of Technic 1200 turntables for only $50. The best turntable on the market to this day! That year I did my 8th-grade school’s Valentine’s Dance then went on to do my cousin’s Sweet 15. Fast forward to 2009, that’s when I created my company, Windy City Mix. After that everything is history. Now I’m proud to own one of the most sought out, successful companies in Chicago!
What 3 words best describe your DJ’ing style?
3 words that would describe my mixing style would be: Versatile. I can pretty much play any type of genre from the 1920s up to Top 40 in English and Spanish. Another word would be Beat Mixer. All my music is beat matched and transitioned seamlessly. Finally, I would say the third word used to describe fine my mixing style would be Crowd Pleaser. I get my motivation from the crowd dancing which in return fuels me to play the next hot track!
What’s your setup like?
My setups vary depending on the type of package my clients want. We have basic clean, non-advertising setups which are good enough for a super successful event. We also have bigger setups that include all types of equipment such as uplighting, motion monograms, TVs and custom backdrops for a memorable, elegant wedding! I use all top notch equipment with such brands like Pioneer, QSC, Shure, and JBL which are all backed up.
What budget range do you cater to?
I cater pretty much to all types of budgets. I got small affordable packages up to high-end packages. We got something for everyone!
What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you play it?
There are so many but one that sticks out and is almost always a hit no matter what type of event is ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Journey or ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns n’ Roses. I know I cheated and gave you two but those two tracks are super high on my list of favs!
I had the time of my life! Seeing my mom smile and dance with our family and friends! The Photo Booth was also amazing with our monogram light! Thank you for everything.
-Lauren & Bryan
Windy City Mix was absolutely wonderful throughout the entire wedding planning process! Thank you for making our day absolutely perfect!
-Maggie & Matt
They were very professional and took us under their wings throughout the whole process! I swear, they should be wedding planners! Thank you for a terrific night and day we will never forget.
-Jennifer & Artemio