Spotlight Blog: GenerationNOW Entertainment

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Business Name:  GenerationNOW Entertainment

Contact:  Tim Miller - V.P. of Marketing & Events



Phone:  612-730-2418

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Tell us about your business:

GenerationNOW Entertainment is comprised of Elite level Musicians and DJ's for all occasions.  We have 12 of the most talented, experienced and versatile turntable DJ's in the Twin Cities. Not to mention an accomplished musician on our team, Ryan Kulka, who is versed in singing, playing guitar and piano.  The versatility of our events stem from weddings, nightclubs, school dances, corporate galas, arenas and festivals.  Our goal is as straight forward as it gets:  To give our event attendees an entertainment experience that will be talked about for the rest of their lives.

What makes you different?:

Unlike most DJ companies we don't train in someone looking to become a DJ.  You must have a minimum of five years experience to even be considered a part of the GenNOW family.  We host auditions every year that includes interviews and live performances.  We want the best talent (personality and skill set) to perform for our clients.  Having the skills of a turntable DJ allow guests to experience what it's like to have one continuous mix of music throughout the event.  This will create a vibe that is consistent and in turn pack dance floors.  Another area that sets us apart is the ability for potential clients to see us LIVE in action at a particular venue.  Whether it's a nightclub (currently we perform at the Pourhouse, Tangiers, Seven, Poor Richards and Dream Ultra Lounge) to Target Center for a Timberwolves game we are accessible all over the Twin Cities.  There is no better way to make a decision on a DJ or a company than to see them firsthand performing their craft.  Lastly, once you book our services you are able to meet and communicate with your DJ from day one. Many other DJ companies don't allow access to their DJ's until a few weeks before the wedding (or they charge to do so).  We want our clients to start a relationship and create that camaraderie with their DJ right away. 

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Can you tell us about your packages and price point?:

 We have 3 packages we offer our clients.  The "Original", The "Thriller" and the "MindBlower".  All of the packages are unique in their own sense.  We also customize packages to fit the clients needs as well and suggest the packages that work best in certain venues.  Pricing starts at $1,800 for a 6 hour wedding package. Always ask to see if we are offering any specials or discounts.

What is one of your favorite memories from a wedding?:

This was submitted by our Elite wedding specialist, Ryan Kulka:
"I had such a great time working with a recent couple.  I really got to know them in the planning process, so much so that a few weeks before their wedding they actually asked me to play live guitar and sing at their grooms dinner on the night prior to their big day.  Their wedding night went very smoothly from start to finish and the dance was one of the best I have seen at any wedding high energy, singing along, great requests....I really felt like I was a part of the group, and I believe the feeling was mutual.  After the event, the bride and groom personally invited me to their "afterglow" event that they were hosting for their VIP guests.  I love creating great relationships with my couples as it makes for a better, more fun event experience for everyone involved."   

Anything else Simply Elegant readers should know about you?:

The DJ orchestrates the reception and that's why we put so much emphasis on the person behind the music/mic. Our team of Elite DJ's consist of the following:

- Nicholas Dircz (DJ Mad Mardigan) - Owner/Operator of GenerationNOW and the Official DJ of the MN Timberwolves & Lynx. Has opened for Iggy Azalea, Aloe Blacc, Dave Chappelle and Vanilla Ice to name a few.

- Ryan Kulka (DJ Velvet) - Wedding Specialist with over 320 weddings under his belt (30 yrs old) and an American Idol Finalist during season 10 

- Dustin Meyer (DJ Dudley D) - Tour & Studio DJ for Prince. If he is good enough for Prince he is good enough for GenNOW :)

- Ben Quam (The Quammunist) - Twin Cities Legendary Emcee who is also a resident DJ at the Pourhouse.

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Thank you Tim and Team GenNOW for being featured today! When we see your name on the vendor list we KNOW it’s going to be an AWESOME party for our Simply Elegant Brides! The energy and joy that you bring with you is unstoppable- and literally, we mean the night doesn’t stop! We love you guys and can’t wait for a HUGE 2015 together!

-XOXO The Simply Elegant Girls

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