DJs & MCs

DJ Adrian Cavlan   ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558385444779_16526">read bio )

DJ Adrian Cavlan
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Adrian did a fantastic job of integrating the music we had selected with the vibe of the crowd! Everyone seemed to have a great time whether they were four or 74! I saw both family and friends that I have NEVER seen dance out on the dance floor!
— Heather and Tyler, 5/28/2011
 
 

Sound In Motion co-founder Adrian Cavlan has a proven track record as one of the Bay Area's premiere DJs and MCs.

  • 12-time reader's poll winner of the "Best Club DJ" awards in both Metro and Good Times magazines.

  • Music Director, producer and in-game DJ for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL.

  • Official San Jose Sharks Playoff Rally DJ with partner King Raffi

  • Music productions and remixes featured in the NFL's Super Bowl and Pro Bowl All Star Game and Major League Baseball's World Series.

  • On-stage MC at the Monterey Jazz Festival

  • Performed with Joan Jett, The Tom Tom Club, Evelyn "Champagne" King and Sinbad, among others.

  • Member of Board Of Directors for the Monterey Bay Wedding & Event Professionals.

  • Nationally-recognized lecturer on music programming and mixing, best known for teaching Harmonic Mixing in the wedding and special event DJ world.

That all said, Adrian is perhaps best known for his reputation as the DJ of choice for people who want it all: the professionalism and polish of a first-rate Master Of Ceremonies, the wide musical variety and accommodating nature of a great wedding DJ, and the honed music programming and mixing skills of an accomplished club DJ. It is indeed rare to find this combination in one DJ/MC, but with Adrian, it is yours to have and your guests will love you for it!

Adrian will bring you personalized and caring service, as well as imagination, creativity and years of experience. Your event will be in the hands of a true expert, and your day will be 100% worry-free.

Availability can be limited, so please call right away if Adrian seems like a good fit for you!

 

 
“King Raffi” Nalvarian   ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558385880984_9646">read bio )

“King Raffi” Nalvarian
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You were absolutely fabulous that evening and I know a huge contributor to making our wedding such a classy and “fun-tasktic” (as many have called it) affair! I knew I was hiring the best and I was more than pleased with your ability to mc the dinner with introductions and toasts while not being imposing or obtrusive and then of course doing what you do best, setting the tone with the perfect music and timing. All of our pictures show EVERYONE smiling and dancing - having a great time - which is no better indicator that the night was a success!
— Michelle and Dennis

DJ "King Raffi" Nalvarian entertained his first client back in 1985. Raffi is one of the premier DJ/MC’s in Northern California. With over 4000 weddings, corporate, and club dates under his musical belt - he's seen it all! Raffi has been fortunate enough to be voted “Best DJ” in Metro Newspaper’s annual reader’s poll on several occasions.

Some of his past clients include:

Former Sharks players: Jonathan Cheechoo, Scott Hannon, Owen Nolan and Mike Rathje. Ronnie Lott (SF 49ers), Magic Johnson (LA Lakers), Lucas Films, Cisco Systems, Industrial Light & Magic, American Cancer Society

Raffi has a long history in the Bay Area Nightclub scene. He was one of the first DJs in the country to revive the Disco movement in 1990 - Launching "Disco Inferno" at the The Cactus Club in San Jose. Soon after, San Francisco was on his radar - where he was the resident DJ at 1015 Folsom on Friday and Saturday nights. Other clubs include: San Jose's F/X, AJAX Lounge, Oasis, The Usual, The Agenda, and One Step Beyond in Santa Clara.

Raffi has shared the stage along The B-52's, Ohio Players, and The Tubes at the Fillmore.

A Recognizable Voice – King Raffi Started in radio at KSJS (San Jose State) then climbed the ranks of the radio world to 98.5 KOME, LIVE 105, Channel 104.9 and the afternoon drive at MIX 106.5.

Over the years he's had the pleasure to interview some of the best in entertainment:

David Bowie, The Cure, No Doubt, Erasure, Radiohead, Depeche Mode, Green Day, Matchbox 20, Nelly Furtado, Jason Mraz, Blondie, Blink 182, Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, Jewel, Dido, Five For Fighting, Sheryl Crow, Train, Richard Marx, Smashmouth, Dick Dale, Mike Ness (Social Distortion).

With Raffi you will find his deep knowledge of music, an insightful resource for planning and uptempo personality that’s contagious at events.

If you would like to discuss with Raffi the details of your event, call Sound In Motion today!

 

 
Matthew Cope  ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558385880984_11404">read bio )

Matthew Cope
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Thank you for doing such a wonderful job at our wedding. We got a lot of compliments on how great the DJ was! A DJ is such a critical part of the wedding and really sets the mood.....the one you created was perfect. I have been to weddings that would have been great, except for the DJ (this experience was completely opposite!). Once the reception started and we saw how professional and lighthearted you were we were put at ease. Thanks again for everything Matt and best wishes to you and your future family!
— Amy and Brian

Matthew Cope is a veteran entertainer who is a truly talented professional and has a deep care for the ‘art of the celebration.’ Having been a DJ since 1999, Matthew has performed at and helped produce a wide variety of events starting with college and house parties all over the Bay Area working up to large corporate events, weddings and high end celebrations.

Matthew has a true passion for music as well. Armed with an understanding that each celebration is unique in character, he uses his musical knowledge to help customize the “soundtrack” for each event.

He realizes that the music must flow seamlessly from beginning until end, making the choices for background music just as important as the dance music. “A true prefossional entertainer will know how to approach each situation and apply top-notch skills and talent with experience to produce the best outcome for his or her clients.”

Being an entertainner originated as merely a part-time DJ job for Matthew, during which time he earned his Bachelor degree in Philosophy and Communications at Sacramento State University and even began a career as a teacher, but found his true love to be helping create spectacular celebrations. As a Master of Ceremonies Matthew can command a crowd from 20 to 2000, and he is not a ‘standard’ DJ by any means. For him, “A good DJ is always in tune with the crowd and able to adapt and have fun with them!”

DJ Matthew is noted for many other things than just his MC skills and knowing his music: he has a wonderful ability to interact with all types of people, he’s calm in stressful situations, professional and he makes sure that everything happens when planned. Hiring Matthew will get you a lot more than just someone to play music.  He is a talented DJ with real skills, a professional MC and an entertainment expert to help create and coordinate your celebration or party from beginning to end – call now to set up a meeting!

 

 
Kevin O’Scanlon  ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558545600150_22088">read bio )

Kevin O’Scanlon
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You were the most Awesome DJ, I am so glad we had you! I had always envisioned my wedding being more like a party and i certainly felt that way - everyone was dancing all night long! I have never seen the dance floor that packed so consistently at a wedding and I know that was in large part thanks to you. We have been to a few other weddings after ours and no one compared to you. Many guests have also commented on your awesomeness! So thank you so much for everything - I can’t thank you enough - You rocked!
— Brie and Scott

From five-star weddings and Top-40 club nights to product release parties and professional sporting events, DJ Kevin has the experience to make any event a complete success!

With almost 20 years of DJing and event hosting experience, Kevin is a strong asset to the Sound in Motion family of DJs. At the age of 15, Kevin got his start as a Host/DJ at a popular 50's-themed diner in Santa Barbara, where he was serving up generous helpings of Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly to go with the burgers and Cokes!

Kevin started as a DJ with Sound in Motion as a part-time job while earning his degree in Theater Arts at UCSC. Since then he has climbed steadily within the company to become one of our top DJs: In 2006 he was the recipient of the Best Club DJ award in Santa Cruz, as voted by the Metro Goldies readers poll and for the past five years he has had the privilege of acting as the Official Pre-Game DJ and MC for the San Francisco 49ers, spinning at every home game and amping up the 49ers Fans!

His vast knowledge of weddings and events, as well as his familiarity with event venues throughout the Bay Area, will put your worries to rest after just a few minutes of chatting on the phone.

See for yourself - give us a call and set up a meeting!

 

 
Andrew Rivas  ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558545600150_72902">read bio )

Andrew Rivas
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Thank you for a great job MC’ing and DJ’ing our wedding. We’ve been getting so much positive feedback on the wedding and how it was the most fun that people have had in a while. Thanks for your receptiveness and willingness to play requests. Given the fact that we had 4 generations all dancing till midnight, I would consider it a success! Except for that one part where my wife thought it would be a good idea for me to rap. That never goes well! Take care and again thanks!
— Dustin and Jennifer

Andrew Rivas is a Santa Cruz native whose passion / obsession for music came at a young age. Offspring of long-time SIM DJ Jim Rivas, Andrew has been surrounded by music since birth, going to his first concert at 3 months old! Armed with knowledge of music history well beyond his years, he does an exceptional job catering musically to a wide variety of crowds.

When not wearing headphones or helping to prepare events at Sound In Motion, you can see him following his other passion: sporting a wetsuit up and down the California coast as an avid contest-level surfer!

A people’s person with a desire to please makes Andrew a hard working individual who is both easy to work with and professional in every way. Call Sound In Motion today to see if he’s a good fit for you!

 

 
Andy Acker  ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558548300913_46149">read bio )

Andy Acker
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Mike Elliott  ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558548300913_172556">read bio )

Mike Elliott
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Adam Millman  ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558548300913_181821">read bio )

Adam Millman
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Cesar Santiago  ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558548300913_191594">read bio )

Cesar Santiago
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Logan Andren  ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558548300913_201803">read bio )

Logan Andren
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Steve Wozniak  ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558548300913_212358">read bio )

Steve Wozniak
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Andy started DJing in Minneapolis in 2012 with a large, full-service wedding & event company where he quickly became one of the top-requested DJs, as well as a house sound manager/ MC for one of downtown St. Paul's premier event spaces. A Minneapolis, Minnesota native, he has also lived in Colorado, where he earned an Interdisciplinary BA in Psychology, Religious Studies, and Music. He now lives in Los Gatos while pursuing a graduate degree in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine at Five Branches University in San Jose. Andy enjoys bringing diverse perspectives and back grounds together after working in education, fitness, and alternative medicine.

As a DJ, Andy enjoys helping his clients be a great host for their guests: presenting with an approachable personality and -as an MC- helping everyone anticipate upcoming events...without stealing the thunder of the stars of the day! This takes a lot of precision, careful planning, and coordination with other vendors, caterers, and the venue's site coordinator or event planners. A musician since his mid-teens and a student of music history, Andy enjoys a large collection of diverse music and is comfortable with many genres- whether it be pop, indie, electronic, classical, or international formats.

In his spare time, you might find Andy out for a run or hike on a Santa Cruz mountain ridge-line, writing music on the guitar, playing volleyball, practicing yoga, traveling, crashing an art opening, doing something ridiculous with his nieces & nephews, or sharing new ideas to stay inspired. A core value in his life is seeking understanding & new perspectives: all the while giving what he can to bring out the best in people.

Whether it be top-notch weddings or Fortune 500 business holiday parties, professional sporting events or award winning club nights, Mike has seen and experienced it all!

Going back to the summer of 2001, Mike got his first taste of being a Master of Ceremonies and DJ when he entertained 400 guests at a Luau.

He continued his journey as a DJ when he sought out a summer job at  Sound In Motion Entertainment.

The fun of entertaining is ever present in Mike's career today.  With 15 years and over 1000 events under his belt, Mike knows that as a DJ it is not just about the music, it's about making everyone feel like they are part of the event.  One of Mike's past clients said it best:  "From the minute we met Mike, we felt we had a friend in our corner for our event".

While DJing, Mike stayed on path getting his degrees in Geology at UC Santa Cruz and Business at UC San Francisco.

You will enjoy working with Mike at your next event.  Let's connect you with him!

Dynamic. Compassionate. Engaging.

Inclusive, organized, anal-retentive, quirky, approachable, friendly, energetic. If Jim Carrey had procreated with an analogue cloning machine, Adam would be their lovechild. Made entirely of funny bones and exuding an aura of super-kind-hearted-ness, there could be no other answer as for his origins. A truly kind individual, great person, and collaborator. To live a life full of great interactions, experiences, people, and food is the center of Adam’s focus as he moves through each day, feeling good just like Nina Simone!

Adam began his music interest with the saxophone and trombone in 6th grade. Since then, he has experimented with the piano, bass guitar, and djembe. In 9th grade, he started mixing and producing music using Garageband on his parents iMac. Now he mainly beatboxes because it allows him to create and share music at any location, anytime while living a dynamic lifestyle.

His positive energy and ability to engage others has allowed him to fit right into the the SIM family.

Adam holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Francisco State University but continues to challenge himself at every turn. Whether it’s running a business, learning the latest music to mix together for his events, or figuring out how to build a tape dispenser out of an aluminum block, Adam is constantly challenging his brain to be the best person he can be!

Cesar Santiago was born and raised right here in the Bay Area and has had the honor of deejaying hundreds of weddings, corporate and private events in a career that has spanned over 20 years!

A fully bilingual Spanish speaker, Cesar appreciates the fact that there is no other place like our area and the beautiful diversity that it represents. “From all genres of Latin Music, Hip Hop and R&B to Country and Bollywood, I have had the pleasure of playing all types of music and have grown personally and professionally in ways I wouldn’t have expected. My exposure to other peoples customs, interests and likes has brought about another level of joy for me.”  

With hard work and dedication, he strives to meet the highest standards in the industry, but above all, he values the connections and friendships that he has made along his journey, truly appreciating all the clients and co-workers he has had the pleasure of crossing paths with.

“To share my love for music and deejaying - with values, integrity and commitment….thank you for allowing me to share what I LOVE to do!”

Please call us today to book Cesar for YOUR celebration!

Logan Andren has understood music's power to render emotions and revitalize memories since he was a very young boy.

His musical journey started with him taking up violin in elementary school and continued as he began to perform as a vocalist and lead character in various musicals and school productions. As he entered high school, the guitar came into his life and he enjoyed playing his favorite songs as well as learning to compose his own original music. As he continues to create and explore the world of music, Logan is currently taking music courses at Cabrillo College while also enjoying the technical aspects of mixing and multi-track recording as time permits.

Aside from his passion for music, Logan stays busy pursuing a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering with an A.A. in Communication Studies. His balance of technical and academic know-how coupled with with great communication skills and an affable nature makes for a great SIM employee who knows how to get things done, but have some fun while doing them! Please call today for more information!

For more than 20 years, Steve Wozniak has entertained at thousands of successful celebrations of all kinds, all over the US and Canada!

He began his entertainment career a musician and bandleader, but moved into the DJ world soon after.

Over the years, Steve has been honored many times in the DJ industry, winning a national mobile disc jockey competition and being one of six inaugural inductees in Mobile Beat Magazine's “DJ Dream Team”.

He has also been featured in DJ Times Magazine, won a local newspaper poll as the “Bay Area's Favorite DJ” and even received a "DJ Industry Pioneer Award" presented by the Canadian Association of Mobile Entertainers for being an early innovator in using computers to play music for events and parties.

He was the original founder and president of the Bay Area chapter of the American Disc Jockey Association and has has been published as a writer for Mobile Beat Magazine, Brides Magazine and Modern Bride.

Steve is a first-rate professional and we are proud to make him available to our clients.


Courtney Helms  ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558549378572_152719">read bio )

Courtney Helms
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A little bit about Courtney:

"My love affair with music began at a junior high dance - I was given the opportunity to DJ and the rest is history.

My philosophy is simple - play what the crowd loves and the dance floor will naturally fill.

I'm versatile – from weddings, to corporate events, to nightclub settings I have the expertise to immediately read the crowd, choose the appropriate music, and elevate the energy of the event into a festive and memorable occasion. I am ready and able to tailor your special occasion to suit your musical taste, incorporating musical genres ranging from Latin, Top 40 and R&B to Old School, Hip Hop, Classic Rock and beyond.

My clients trust I am there for them. They invest in me and I provide them with excellent service and exceptional value.

I love consulting with clients and helping them lay out their vision. I am thrilled to witness the happiness my clients experience watching their guests enjoy themselves and I have been successful in building client relationships and establishing friendships that last far beyond the event.

I work with premiere Silicon Valley companies including Apple, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Kaiser Permanente and more, but in addition to booking revenue-building events, I pay it forward through my partnerships with charitable organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, Make A Wish Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Big Brothers & Big Sisters.

If you’re looking to make your event a memorable experience that your guests will rave about for years to
come, please call us today to book Courtney for YOUR celebration!

Brian Covington  ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558549378572_163483">read bio )

Brian Covington
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Brian Covington was born on the East Coast but raised right here in California. From a young age he always had a strong passion for music: in kindergarten Brian could always be found trying to convince his piano teacher to stay late so he could continue to practice! He was raised listening to every kind of music possible and today he enjoys creating music himself.

Brian thinks of himself as a laid back person but is dedicated to getting the job done and has a keen attention to detail. He is also very outgoing and enjoys working with kids because he is still a kid at heart. Brian is very diverse as an entertainer. He can match his personality to fit the style of a romantic wedding, a company social and can bring the high energy MCing to birthday parties and school dances!

During his free time when he is not composing music he enjoys practicing the electric guitar, working on graphics and videography.

Call today to see if Brian is available for your next event!

Michelle Feng  ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558549378572_172331">read bio )

Michelle Feng
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You'll usually find her cheering along all the other guests at your event. That's because DJ Michelle has a huge capacity for emotion and connecting with people -through music and otherwise. Outgoing and warm, Michelle will bring fantastic energy as well as a great set list to your event. You can count the Southern California native to play music that's as bubbly as her personality, while stile maintaining a danceable, uplifting presence for the dancefloor. A former dancer, Michelle has rhythm and enthusiasm that she'll bring to any event she DJs. Formally trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and even traditional Chinese dance, Michelle finds passion in the universality of dance and music across all spectrums of the human race. 

DJ Michelle has always been passionate about music: growing up, she made playlists for her friends as a hobby, and was more often times than not the aux-holder at every party.

Beyond her love of music, Michelle is also in the process of getting a BA in Political Science and Sociology, and hopes to commit to living a life in the service of others. Michelle finds her purpose amongst those around her - the capacity of human emotion and intellect feeds her own ambition to strive to be better.  Deeply creative and passionate for literature and art, Michelle also can be found nose-deep in a book or nestled in her sketchbook. Above all, DJ Michelle radiates an unmistakable, irreplaceable positive spirit that she brings to everything she does.

Kenken Mai  ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558549378572_181321">read bio )

Kenken Mai
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With over 500 wedding hosting experiences, Kenken is always passionate to help you planning an ideal wedding. Kenken has special multi-language skills, with the combination of Cantonese, Mandarin and English, your family and guests can totally get involved on your big day! Your wedding day represents responsibility and trust to us , we will try our best to prepare a memorable day for you.超過500場的婚宴,10年的磨練,麥翔雄一直堅信要為每一對新人帶來讓他們最難忘的婚宴。如果新人需要一位三語主持人,麥翔雄的國粵英語言轉換,將會為你解決婚宴上不同客人的語言要求。每一對新人最重要的一天,對於主持人來說是一份責任,也是一份信任。我們將會竭盡全力,為你們的婚宴作出最誠意的準備。

Johnny Lam  ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558550114459_38432">read bio )

Johnny Lam
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A memorable wedding isn't necessarily about having the best venue or the most extravagant decorations, it's about the newlyweds being able to enjoy every moment of the wedding. Whether it is a funny love story or an emotional heartfelt journey between the couple, Johnny is dedicated to bring out the best of each moment and create an atmosphere that's unforgettable. Also as a certified officiant, Johnny specializes in hosting weddings (both ceremony and reception) that require English and Cantonese.在Johnny 的角度來看,一個難忘的婚宴並不一定要有最好的場地或最奢華的裝飾; 最重要的是,一對新人能夠享受自己婚宴上的每一分每一秒。無論新人們的愛情故事是簡單或有趣,動人或情深,作為一個專業的主持人,Johnny會盡力為新人們營造合適的氣氛,讓每一對新人留下感動而難忘的時刻。Johnny亦是一位受認證的證婚人並擅長用英語和粵語主持結婚儀式及結婚晚宴。 

Jason Kei  ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1558550114459_47720">read bio )

Jason Kei
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Riding off of his success from multiple singing competitions including Singtao and ETTV America’s acclaimed contests, Jason has pursued a singing career professionally at various live events. The opportunity struck where he was able to transition from just a live performer, to what is now 6 years and hundreds of MC, officiation, and live singing performance experiences under his belt. Fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, inquire about his Singing/Live Band/MC Hosting package!

經過各大小歌唱比賽如全美的東森新人王和中國好聲音美洲決賽, 或北加州的 i-Sing與星島樂壇新勢力的到名次與洗禮後, 正式從業和活躍於各種歌唱表演. 6年前機緣巧合下從歌唱表演擴展到主持/主婚人的職責, 到現在有幸為數百場不同大小規模的活動效力. 精通於國粵英3語, 有意者可以徵詢Jason提供的主持/歌唱表演套餐啊!

Ethan Stone  ( #block-yui_3_17_2_1_1560970635182_59167">read bio )

Ethan Stone
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DJ Ethan Stone is one of the most popular club and event DJs around with over 1,000 performances since his start in 2002!  He is known for drawing big crowds and for his ability to rock a party. Originally from Santa Cruz, CA, Ethan studied music at Princeton University. He has since toured worldwide and worked with artists including Craig Robinson, Drake, Britney Spears, Flo Rida, Robin Thicke, Jennifer Hudson, Camila and more.

From nightclubs to weddings, celebrity and corporate events, Ethan Stone is your perfect musical curator. He skillfully blends and beat matches every song. Drawing from his vast knowledge of music, he intertwines genres that span the demographics of any audience, keeping everybody on their feet and having a great time!

And as an MC, his friendly and charismatic presence on the microphone brings that extra energy needed to transform a great night into an unforgettable one.

Call now to book DJ Ethan and guarantee the success of your event!