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DJs in South Lake Tahoe, CA,
(530) 577-3414
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    Allison

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  • My husband and I were so happy with hiring Lake DJ for our wedding. Derek is absolutely amazing and isn't just a great DJ! Right after the ceremony he came over to us, congratulated us and asked if he could grab us a drink from the bar, which was much appreciated. He was an excellent MC and made sure we stayed on track with the night's timeline. His music selection was perfect the whole night and he kept people dancing. We also added the photo booth to our package which was a great decision. They had tons of props and at the end of the night we were handed a thumb drive and a photo album with all the pictures and some very cute touches by his wife with stickers and sayings. We also got 2 CDs with the songs from the ceremony, our first dance and some others key songs from the night! Derek was so easy to work with and hiring him was one of the best choices we made. You will not regret having Lake DJ at your wedding!

    Danielle

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  • Derek should be your choice for DJ at your wedding. His professionalism and level of service were so far beyond what we had hoped that it blew us away. We had been having a horrible time with our other vendors, and were at the point of just eloping if anything else went wrong prior to meeting with the DJ. Communication was effortless, and felt so from the very first meeting, where our half hour discussion extended to two hours before anyone realized it. At the wedding, he played all our varied songs in a flowing manner, worked in requests from our wedding guests, kept the party on schedule to hit all our activities, and even helped the bride sneak in a bagpiper to surprise the groom! All the guests loved him, and have discussed using him for their future weddings. Derek was really able to keep the focus on the wedding couple, without leaving anyone out of the party. At the end, we were given a mix of all the songs played at the ceremony and reception in order, for us to enjoy a... Read more

    Wendy

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  • Derek Tarpey of Lake DJ served as MC and DJ at our daughter’s recent wedding at the West Shore Cafe & Inn. Derek was amazing!!! Our wedding planner was thrilled to hear he was doing the sound system for the ceremony and reception, telling us “he’s the best.” Every positive thing other reviewers have commented on was true for us, too. His demeanor was casually elegant and dynamic, never corny or overwhelming. He ran the entire reception with confidence and sensitivity to the energy of our guests. The music he chose reflected our daughter and son-in-law’s expressed preferences, and he magically paced the evening so that the dance floor was filled from start to finish! Most of all, his solicitous care for the comfort and joy of the bride and groom was truly a blessing. We are beyond grateful to Derek and his assistant for making the wedding a wonderful experience for all!

    Julie

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  • Derek was seriously the best! He was really fun to work with! He basically took care of running the entire wedding, which was very relaxing for us! He was very flexible and was happy to make any changes as the night went on. He kept the party going when necessary but didn't talk too much. He really made the night special for us and even gave us CDs of our wedding songs at the end of the night. I highly recommend Derek to anyone looking for a DJ for their wedding because he is a great master of ceremony and DJ!

    User4407140

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  • The BEST! He pretty much ran our entire wedding since our coordinator was seriously lacking. He didn't care about last minute changes and was always very responsive and helpful. He and his wife were so nice, fun and made the wedding amazing! He even asked me if it was OK to play certain artists I originally said no to but people kept requesting before playing them! He didn't talk too much but just enough to keep the flow of the wedding going. He books up crazy fast so contact him ASAP!

    Stephanie

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  • Derek was the 1st vendor we met (so easy to meet up w/him btw). It was a destination wedding for us. We found him on Yelp-5 stars. We were blown away!! His accent is awesome for MC-ing, he's super friendly, affordable, & has many years of experience in Tahoe (very familiar w/ venues & vendors)! He preemptively answered all our Qs. He had song lists & genre selections & said he could get any song/we could send him any song. We trusted him so much after our 20ish min first meeting we asked for suggestions on other vendors.. He told us our photographers - Matt & Tara Theilen (AMAZING). The two of them were our favorite vendors of our wedding! He was very responsive via email, offered ideas for transitions/timeline/suggested good points to have our photographers shoot photos. He offered advice on things i.e type of dance floor we should get, if/how we should let guests request songs (we did it on our RSVPs - everyone's happy, it's just one song, and we can screen them for ones we didn't li... Read more

    Jackie

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  • We had no fewer than 50 people come up to us during and after our wedding and tell us that our DJ and photobooth were the best that they had ever seen at a wedding. Derek and Vicki from Lake DJ provided both of those services for our wedding. Every single part of the interaction with Derek leading up to our wedding day was wonderful and he never made me feel stupid or ridiculous for asking millions of questions along the way. When I asked him if he had a pin light that we could rent for our wedding cake, he said he did but we couldn't rent it - he would just throw it in as part of his services - and on the day of our wedding the pin light was there and beautifully set yp to illuminate our cake. Derek's equipment is stellar, the emulator is awesome, and his mc'ing skills are off the charts. He kept our dance floor completely packed all night and he kept the evening flowing flawlessly. We even had time to eat at our own wedding because of Derek's ability to time everything perfectly! Vi... Read more

    User3614721

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  • Derek was simply amazing. We actually never met before the wedding, but every vendor I spoke to in Lake Tahoe said that Derek was the best in town. I can say without a doubt that they were all right! I reserved Derek's services and made requests via email as we were coming from out of town. We had a custom cut song for our first dance and some fairly obscure song requests for both the ceremony and reception. Everything went perfectly. Derek also handled a few "surprises" planned by our friends and manage to rework the schedule to accommodate sunset pictures and cake cutting without any disruption to the flow of the wedding. We also reserved the photobooth service with the DJ services. This was an amazing addition. We ended up with a scrapbook full of notes and silly pictures of our friends instead of a traditional guest book. With just a rough timeline and a rather unusual list of song requests, he made the whole ceremony and reception run smoothly. He really was a wedding coordinator/... Read more

    Michelle

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  • Derek was a pleasure to work with. He is fun and very responsive to all of your needs. He coordinates with all of the vendors to ensure that everything runs smoothly and keeps the music going all night long! I would recommend him and his wife ANYTIME!

    Joseph

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  • We had the pleasure of working with Derek and his wife for our wedding, and we are exceptionally happy with our choice to go with them. We met Derek at a bridal show and were immediately impressed by his personality, technology, and willingness to run the show during our wedding. As anybody who has put on a wedding would know, stress levels are high and any timing issues can be disastrous. Luckily for us Derek communicated with our photographers, caterers, etc to ensure that the night ran smoothly and that any delay was unnoticeable by our guests. As a DJ, Derek did an awesome job picking music for the entire night off of just a few songs that we gave him for reference. We also had a friend sing our first dance and Derek helped find the karaoke version of the song and provided the microphone for him to sing, which went above and beyond what i had expected. My wife and I enthusiastically recommend Derek for any event and will look forward to contacting him again in the future if we... Read more

    Adam

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  • It rained on our wedding day and, good luck or not, it could've been a major pain. Not with Derek, who didn't waste a second bringing our planned outdoor ceremony indoors and assuring us everything would be perfect (we weren't stressed at all). He worked seamlessly with our venue (Heavenly Lakeview Lodge), was in constant contact with us weeks before the wedding, and was a great master of ceremonies, interpreting our hastily-written schedule perfectly. He played the style of music we love without us providing an exhaustive song list and kept everyone dancing into the night. I can't recommend him enough.

    User3005384

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  • OH MY GOODNESS IS DEREK AMAZING OR WHAT!!!!!!! He was by far the best DJ we have ever dreamed about. He was more than a DJ when my Coordinator was gone for the evening he jumped right in and was on his job and always asking me how i was doing and if i needed anything he made sure he gave me enough time before my first dance, father daughter dance, bouquet toss & cake cutting. My entire family could not stop raving about how awesome Derek was if you are in between a few DJ DEREK is the one to pick without a doubt you wont be disappointed!

    User3936541

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  • He was the best part of our wedding. Made everyone at home and did such a great job. He was more of an MC than just a DJ. However, when we wanted random songs if he didn't have them he would buy them right then on iTunes. I can't recommend this service enough.

    Brianne

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  • Derek is incredible! Such a professional, easy-going Master of Ceremonies (his accent was a lovely touch!), and life-of the party DJ. I could not be happier with our choice to use Derek for our wedding and he truly made it a memorable event. He was willing to come meet with us prior to the wedding to help ease-our minds and was willing to edit down songs for us for ceremony music. He was great at sensing the vibe of the crowd and playing appropriate music to match the energy. Our wedding turned into a massive dance party (which is exactly what we wanted) and I greatly attribute it to Derek.

    Ryan

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  • Derek with Lake DJ is an outstanding DJ for any event you can imagine. He was incredible with our whole wedding party and really took charge of the day and kept everything on time and on track. He played incredible music, mixed perfectly and the dancefloor was packed all night. If you're getting married anywhere in Tahoe, hire him, you'll be glad you did!

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