Company Name: DJ Ryan Griz Entertainment
Name: Ryan Gruwell
How long have you been in business? 12 Years
How did you start your business? Ryan’s professional career began right out of college. After finishing up at Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) in 2004, he accepted a full-time position at MBC Grand Broadcasting. Little did he know, he would spend over a decade there gaining experience in music programming, commercial production, sports broadcasting and as an on-air talent. It was also during this time that Ryan discovered another passion of his – entrepreneurship. And in May of 2005, DJ Ryan Griz Entertainment was born.
Ryan’s business began to see steady growth as the years went on. Operations went from a one-man show to a full team of professionals. Soon a photo booth was added to the mix and in more recent years professional lighting & design. Fast forward to now and DJ Ryan Griz Entertainment is no longer a” side business.” It has become all we do!
Ryan has personally performed at over 600 weddings and events over the years. Due to the level of demand, rates are subject to be higher if you’re looking to book Ryan personally for your event. Otherwise our other DJ’s do a fantastic job (see below). Please e-mail or call us for more details.
What do you love about weddings? I am beyond humbled to be able to do something I love for many reasons. But for now, I’ll just name 2.
What is the most rewarding part of your job? Happy Clients. It’s what makes it all worth it! There is nothing more rewarding than when a couple approaches us at the end of the night with praise.
What is the most challenging part of your job? I would say the most challenging part is the fact that my schedule is basically the complete opposite of everyone else’s. I’m more freed up during the week but of course busy on the weekends working events. I’ve been doing this for so long though and it’s something I’ve just become used to.
What do you want brides/grooms to know about you /your company? I take the approach (and lead my staff in this direction too) that a bride and groom’s wedding day is all about them. It has nothing to do with us. Once everything is centered on that, the rest falls into place.
What are some tips that you have for a newly engaged bride? Food for thought when comparing other DJ’s, you may need to ask some of these questions:
With over 11 years of experience in running my own DJ company I have performed at over 500 weddings. My experience has helped tremendously in my abilities to read dance floors/crowds in understanding what they will enjoy the most. Plus with 15 years of radio experience, I have gained a great knowledge of music. Not just in knowing the titles and artists but also the tempo and texture of the songs. I programmed an A/C station for several years in which we played a mixture of 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s and today. When programming this station, I was continually adjusting the library giving each song a ranking for its tempo, mood, texture, etc. Without going into too much detail this is one of the many ways a station is programmed to help with its flow in gaining the most listener-ship. I have been able to transfer this experience to DJ’ing weddings and parties in creating playlists and understanding how important transitions/flows are from one song to the next.
Finally I have gained a great deal of experience with audio equipment over the years. I have taken courses, gone to seminars and have even gained experience in how to accompany live musicians.
A DJ plays such a big part of someone’s wedding! He/she can really make or break the night. It’s funny how many fellow vendors/clients I have spoken to who have mentioned that the DJ is one of the most important vendors you can book. I have also spoken to several clients who were so glad they budgeted a little more money for a medium-higher priced DJ over someone on the lower end. Just because it is such an intregral part in ensuring that the night runs smoothly and that everyone has a great time!
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