We would like to shine our spotlight on a Lead DJ of ours. Meet Derek!
"The success lies within the person, not the job" is a quote that encapsulates Derek as a person and a DJ. Derek started DJing at 16. One year later, he DJ'd his first wedding. The quote he lives by is represented so well by this occurrence. Whether it was his first wedding at 16 or one of the many weddings, events and parties he has DJ'd since, he looks at it as a chance to succeed.
Derek bought into a company while living in Michigan. His life and desire for warm weather brought him to Charlotte. His dedication was so strong that he drove back and forth to DJ jobs that had been booked prior to his move. After moving to the area, Derek met Vinny Esposito and Joe Verde at a 5K event. He introduced himself and soon became part of the Split Second family. Derek loved the fact that Split Second had such a large staff. He says, "With a large staff, you're exposed to more ideas and different styles." He likes that the company has the security blanket to be versatile and match the DJs to the right clients and vice versa.
Being from Michigan, Derek did not know what beach music was. Moving to Charlotte proved to be enlightening. Living in a melting pot area such as Charlotte is very much like what one might experience while DJing. Derek reminisces on all of the different types of people he has been able to meet, cultures he has been able to learn, and unique weddings he has been a part of. He is enthralled by the different flavors everyone brings to each unique event. Derek knows the art of DJing from being the actual DJ to working behind the scene. His love for the job keeps him going!
Derek brings a tremendous amount of energy to each event. Having lived elsewhere, being a part of a team of diverse DJs and his love for learning, Derek has a vast knowledge of music. Naturally, he is detailed so when it comes to preparing for a wedding or an event, he is able to bring his best. He makes it a practice to meet with each client. He embraces the vision they have. He is able to take their vision and help make their dream day come to fruition. He does not only take their suggestions but like to spend the meeting getting to know them and what is important to the couple.
When Derek is not DJing he is hanging with his family in Mooresville. His dedication goes beyond the DJ booth. He also enjoys coaching. He has coached high school sports since he was in his 20s. He still coaches softball, basketball and baseball. Having kids provided him with more of a reason to coach, and now he loves being involved with his children's teams.
Whether it is coaching his children, DJing a high-end wedding or a small corporate party - Derek ensures success because he brings his best, no matter the job. We are so glad Derek is a part of our SSS family!