70 Reviews for JAS Productions
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We enjoyed working DJ JAS Productions! Justin made the process easy and fun. The two things every bride and groom needs when it comes to the wedding planning process. The song selections Justin had were outstanding and he kept are dance floor full the whole night. We also had him do our indoor and outdoor lighting which was prefect and tied into our theme (gold and white). I would highly recommend DJ JAS Productions for your wedding or ay big event in your life.
We live in Minnesota and had a destination wedding in Santa Barbara, CA at the Fess Parker Hotel. Being from out of state, we thought it would be hard to find a wedding coordinator and DJ. After doing some research we found Justin Stern for our DJ and Karen Dicks for our wedding coordinator from JAS Productions. I must be honest – we didn’t know how it would work with us being so far and working with people so far away. From our first skype meeting with Karen, we were blown away. We had a few other Skype/calls with other coordinators but Karen was amazing. She is very passionate about what she does and she made sure that every detail for our wedding was down to a T. We honestly knew we were going to have a wedding and that was about it for the first call…no idea where to star. We had several Skype calls and she made me feel a lot more comfortable on how the wedding day was going to be. I originally didn’t know how much goes into a wedding or what I wanted décor, etc.…she helped me narrow it down and gave me her opinion on things I was undecided about or I didn’t have experience doing. We worked on the wedding day timeline regarding when the photographer was going to be there, the hairstylist, and the order of events for that day. She made sure every detail was just what we wanted our wedding day. Justin Stern our DJ was great as well. He made sure we had the perfect songs for our ceremony and if we wanted any songs specifically to play at our reception. He also provided the up-lighting at the Fess Parker. I choose the colors I wanted and he matched them perfectly. The song choices were awesome…the dance floor was never even remotely empty and several people came up to us afterwards and told us how great of a job he did. JAS Productions was the best choice we made for our wedding!
Justin DJed our April wedding at the Four Seasons Biltmore and was an absolute rockstar. We planned our wedding from New York, and neither my husband nor I are from the Santa Barbara area, so we made all of our decisions based on online reviews and phone calls. I hope this will be helpful for any of you out there who are starting the search for a DJ. We absolutely loved working with Justin and would strongly recommend him to anyone. Here's why:
- Skill: Justin is talented and he takes his work seriously. He thinks carefully about song sequencing and bridges one song to the next so the transitions are seamless (in other words, no awkward pauses in between songs - the dancing keeps going). When it came to the speeches during the reception, he was in the background managing volume level so that the volume across our four friends and siblings was consistent. It may seem like a small thing, but it makes a difference.
- Style: Our DJ's style / personality was a criteria that was incredibly important to us. We'd been to other weddings where the DJ became the life of the party. Nothing wrong with that, but we knew that wouldn't work for us or our guests. Justin struck the right balance for us. He was upbeat, friendly, and very clear about when things were going to happen or what our guests needed to do (e.g., head into the other room for cake cutting). When it came to the dancing, he focused on playing good music and reading the crowd. No cheesiness - just great work.
- Professionalism and organization: We had a fantastic set of wedding vendors, but Justin was hands-down the most organized of all of them. He was incredibly prompt with his responses and was always several steps ahead of us when it came to planning. He was also very focused on getting things right.
Weddings are stressful to plan in general, but Justin made the whole DJ/music and uplighting portion of our planning process totally stress-free.
Justin was recommended to us by our wedding photographer, and we are so happy with the services he provided us. We got married mid November in Goleta. In the months leading up to the wedding, I was so impressed with his organization and communication. Emails, phone calls, Face Time, and his online system for choosing songs and scheduling the day made planning so easy. He is knowledgeable and experienced, and I would have been quite lost without his planning help.
On the day of, I didn’t have to worry about a thing. He arrived, and set up systems at the ceremony sight, cocktail, and dancing areas. The sound was great, the uplighting was a nice touch, and everyone commented on the great songs. People were up and dancing all night long.
Justin was so friendly and helpful throughout the night. He was also extremely flexible when some last minute changes took place. I would highly recommend Justin’s services. He really made our wedding better than we could have expected.
Justin did our DJ, audio services, and lighting services for our wedding. He was excellent to work with. He was organized before the event and during the event. He helped us plan things related to his work: our space acoustics, our wedding playlist, the timing of our entrances/exits/ceremonies, and everything else. In the months and weeks before the wedding, he helped us stay on track with asking us all of our preferences, and when we didn't know what to do, he gave us helpful suggestions. We needed some help staying on track, and he set up phone appointments to discuss things and make sure we didn't fall behind. His website is user-friendly, and it allowed us to give him our preferences effectively, because the music he played at the wedding was exactly what we wanted.
Justin successfully walked the line between being high-energy and welcoming, while not being cheesy or tacky. He was effective at bringing attention to where it needed to be to help us proceed to the next event, but he was never a distraction. We've been to some weddings where the DJs clearly enjoy speaking to everyone a little too much; Justin wasn't like that.
We thought that Justin was by far the best DJ of a wedding we've been to. We got multiple questions afterward asking us for referrals of our DJ, because he successfully got our friends (20s-30s) and our parents' friends (50s-70s) on the dance floor. He even got my grandma to dance.
The lighting that Justin provided was excellent. It was attractive and, because it was battery-powered, prevented our needing to rent a generator.
Working with JAS Production and DJ Jas was really great! I plan events for the living, so I didn't think I needed quite as much guidance as someone who doesn't plan events for a living - but thank god Jas was there to make sure we had all our planning really down to a T. He is so much more than a DJ -- he really has so much knowledge on wedding planning and helps to feel out what a couple is going for and helps curate the perfect night.
We got married at the Fess Parker and his general knowledge of the sound and lighting there was extemely helpful. We had a number of calls and walk-thrus that really helped in the planning process. The night was exactly what we had hoped for - a truly fun dance party where our guests could dance the night away! I would recommend him for any couple getting married, or if you are planning any other type of event - he's your man.
Justin was awesome to say the least! We just got married in Solvang and live out of state. We did a lot of looking around for a DJ and found Justin, and couldn't be happier that we did. He was easy to work with, would answer our emails quickly, was organized, very professional, and kept people dancing ALL night long. He came early to set up and make sure everything was good to go. The dance floor was busy from the time the dancing started all the way to the last song. I have never seen a dance floor constantly filled with people dancing at a wedding before. We would highly recommend him!
Justin DJ'ed our August wedding at Elings Park and Riviera Mansion in Santa Barbara. I couldn't recommend him more highly.
The wedding my wife and I had in mind was a logistical challenge. A ceremony on a hilltop in a park without electricity; a live musical performance by the groom and groomsmen; an unusual number of speeches during dinner per the custom of the bride's Danish family; surprise dances that required song editing on the fly, etc. It wouldn't have been possible or financially feasible without an exceptional DJ and a fair pricing scheme.
Enter Justin. At every step, Justin was the key to our wedding's success. From our first call 7 months beforehand to the final call the week of the wedding, Justin was an excellent communicator and consummate professional. He kept track of the decisions we needed to make and was always armed with thoughtful and honest ideas and feedback. During the wedding, Justin was a great emcee: classy, intelligent, and understated. Justin's superb audio equipment, including a self-powered speakers for the remote ceremony site and sleek Bose speakers that doubled as PAs for the musical performance, helped make some of our more unorthodox ideas possible. Finally, Justin's flat-rate pricing allowed us to incorporate elements that other DJs would have charged an arm and a leg for, including the outdoor ceremony and amplifying the band.
But beyond all that, the most important thing he brought to the table was DJ skills. His mixing skills are on par with those on display at top clubs and kept our dance floor full the entire night. He knew the right songs to play at the right times, whether a little Motown early in the night to get the older folks on the floor or rock songs to segue into the live performance. We had a lot of friends travel long distances to our wedding; JAS's DJ set meant we were able to provide a great party that made everyone's travels worthwhile.
Justin is the absolute best!!! He DJ'ed our wedding at the Ty Warner Sea Center back in August, and he was amazing! He listened attentively to what we we wanted and completely delivered. All of our guests kept commenting on how great he was. He really helped make our wedding an incredible event. From music selection to demeanor to just generally being fantastic, JAS Productions was the perfect choice!
Hiring Justin to DJ our outdoor wedding earlier this month was probably the best decision we made throughout the planning process. From our very first FaceTime meeting, Justin’s organizational skills, professionalism, expertise and passion for his craft were clear. He instilled a certain confidence in us and was more than willing to accommodate any and all requests. I was a pretty hands-off bride, but Justin was great about emailing and calling periodically in the months prior to the event to make sure everything from the entertainment side was in order.
On the day of our wedding, Justin exceeded our already high expectations! The ceremony sound quality was flawless, the uplighting was beautiful, and most importantly Justin had our guests on the dance floor the entire night. Aside from a handful of must-play songs, we let Justin choose the music – his selections, timing and transitions were perfect. I am still getting complements on his work from our guests. Justin was truly a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend him for any event. Thank you, Justin!
Working with JAS Productions for our wedding was the best decision I made after proposing to my wife.
Our celebration was not a typical wedding, and demanded an exceptional DJ and a company to work with in order to meet our expectations. Justin delivered beyond what we even imagined. Living far away from SoCal, we had many phone calls and hangout sessions with Justin. He was meticulous, organized and worked diligently with us leading up to the wedding day. On the day of the wedding, JAS team was the first one to arrive. For our ceremony on a windy beach, his mic-speaker system worked perfectly- the aisle song, the officiant voice, our wows were all crisp and clear. Indoors, he was on point every time for setting the mood of the reception, dinner and the dance floor with great music and beautiful uplights. Our international crowd partied on the dance floor for hours, everyone had fantastic time.
There were many little things that went wrong with the services we received from the caterer and the wedding venue. On JAS's side, everything was perfect, from the start 'til the end of the night. If everyone in wedding business were as professional as Justin, all weddings would be flawless. We highly recommend his services.
Justin was wonderful. He was the best DJ and best vendor we dealt with for our wedding. He made the wedding special, was pleasant to work with, was organized, and really on top of it all. He truly made us feel like he understood exactly what we wanted in our music choices to keep everything fun for all the guests and did an amazing job. He is very talented with uplighting and would highly recommend him for your future events. We will definitely utilize his services next time we have an event. Thanks Justin for all you do. Our wedding was a night to remember!
So, I just got married in an area just outside of Lompoc, CA, just an hour north of Santa Barbara. Because my wife and I are from Reno, we were a little nervous about our ability to book good vendors from afar. This was particularly stressful decision when deciding on a DJ, as good music is the cornerstone to setting the atmosphere you want at any wedding. That being said, I could not be happier with the service Justin (aka DJ JAS) offered us. I won't bore you with several long paragraphs of why you should go with him, but I will give you a list of things he did exceptionally well for our wedding.
-His mixing skills are the best I have heard, hands down.
-He really knows how to read a crowd to keep them dancing. Even some people that I have never known to dance did so at our wedding.
-After hearing the mixes he put together for our wedding, it is clear he keeps up to date on the latest music, even the lesser known bands.
-If you need him to be (we did), he is an excellent MC. No awkward announcements or missed cues.
-He triple checks all the music, order of events, etc. There wasn't a single event he missed, and everything was done exactly how we wanted it.
-He was able to predict where problems may occur in terms of timing of events, and as a result we were able to avoid them. This kind of expertise alone should make you hire him.
-Excellent people person. He knows how to get along with anyone (there were a few difficult personalities he had to contend with).
-He is extremely flexible, and will do just about anything humanly possible to make sure your wedding happens flawlessly.
-After thinking really hard, I cannot come up with anything he could have done better.
If you're getting married an are looking for an unparalleled DJ in the Santa Barbara area, you should definitely go with DJ JAS. You won't ever regret it.
I cannot speak highly enough about the JAS Productions team, Karen and Justin. From the moment we hired them to work on our wedding, they were an invaluable asset.
Having very little knowledge of what a Day of Coordinator was going into this, I assumed we'd hire Karen and then the next time we'd hear from her would be a day or two before the wedding. That was 100% not the case. She was available for literally any question we had and would respond almost immediately. She put together our day of timeline and worked with us on maximizing the parts that were most important to us. She worked with all of our vendors, and was right there whenever we had any confusion or hesitation no matter how large or small the issue. She made sure everyone was where they were supposed to be, when they were supposed to be. Most importantly to me, she made my wife and I feel comfortable enough on the day of that we didn't have to worry about a single thing. We were able to enjoy every moment of the wedding without stressing about missing what was next. She was a pleasure to work with and we'd highly recommend her to anyone looking to have a stress free wedding!
Justin, our awesome DJ, was really more than that. He took care of the sound during our ceremony so that even the people in the back could hear every word. He kept the energy up during cocktail hour while we slipped away to take pictures. And of course, when it was time to hit the dance floor, he kept it packed until the cars showed up hours later. The portal he uses for song selections really is a great tool, and it allowed us to send him the exact versions of the exact songs we wanted play. He never missed a beat at any point of the evening, and our guests couldn't stop raving about how much fun they had!
The best part about hiring them though, is that they work so well together. Our wedding was better than we could have imagined, and hiring these two months before the actual event was one of the best decisions we made!
Justin was amazing and managed to exceed our high expectations. Our guests have since told us that the music at our wedding was the best they have ever experienced and, of course, that is largely due to Justin. He mixed, mashed and scratched throughout the night and knew just when to change songs. The dance floor was packed the entire night. In the lead up to the wedding, Justin was very understanding of our difficult schedules and remained patient throughout the entire process. I can't wait to schedule Justin to spin at all our of parties moving forward....
DJ JAS was great - - highly professional and knowledgeable. He was very helpful in making sure the event went smoothly and that we allocated enough time and attention to planning the music and set up. We also used his uplighting, which worked perfectly at the venue, and ultimately helped us save money as we focused on good lighting and simple decorations instead of more ornate flowers. He was very responsive and I would definitely recommend him to friends!
Justin was a great DJ! I really appreciated how much time and energy he spent with us prior to our wedding to ensure he understood what we were looking for. Many of our guests commented on how great the music was at our wedding. Justin did a fantastic job!
Justin was the DJ for our wedding this past Labor Day weekend, and he did a fantastic job. He is very professional and has lots of experience DJ'ing at weddings, so he was super easy to work with. We wanted someone that would give us some guidance on how things are supposed to work and flow at a wedding, and he ended up sitting in on our meeting with the wedding coordinator, which was very helpful because he provided lots of useful tips that helped us with planning the whole wedding. He was easy to talk to and always available to discuss things both over the phone and when we met him at the venue. He was flexible with filling in the blanks when we were too overwhelmed with planning to address every little detail, but he was also very accommodating with meeting all our preferences and requests. His online website was also easy to navigate, and it really simplified choosing our music and coordination. He also did a great job with the acoustics for the ceremony, and all our guests were able to hear the Rabbi clearly at our outdoor venue. Everyone at our wedding said they had a great time, and there were a lot of people dancing. Overall, we couldn't have had a better DJ for our wedding, and he charged a fair price for his services. Thanks Justin!
Justin (DJ) was probably our most essential vendor in terms of making sure the reception was exactly what we wanted, which was a huge dance party, and he delivered in spades. Leading up to our reception Justin was thorough in communicating with us about what our preferences were for the music during the reception. He allowed us to submit countless example songs through his immensely helpful online portal. Justin provides a detailed planning sheet allowing you to customize all the music for the special moments during your reception. Justin’s skill really rests on his ability to mix music seamlessly and listen to his clients to create the experience they want. We were particularly adamant that we wanted upbeat music with minimal interruptions or directions from the DJ and Justin went above and beyond to deliver just that. We could not be happier with Justin’s services and recommend him highly for any of your Santa Barbara area parties.
Despite being hired as a “day of” coordinator, I spoke to Karen more than any of our other vendors in the months leading up to our wedding. She was organized with our vendors and helped get everyone set up on an efficient timeline for the day of. Karen accounted for details I never would have thought to plan out, which ensured that our wedding day was stress free. It was such a relief to have someone on hand on our wedding day who knew exactly what we envisioned and was on site to make sure it was executed when we couldn’t be. This included Karen taking all of our extra handcrafted décor up to our reception site and placing it in the designated areas when we couldn’t be there. Karen made sure I didn’t have to answer a single question on my wedding day and that is the greatest gift anyone can give a bride. Karen was an absolute joy to work with and we truly had the perfect wedding day because of her. Karen is the master of professionalism, efficiency, organization, and thoughtfulness in the wedding world.
My husband and I hired Justin for our intimate outdoor wedding this past July. Since the location of our reception was in close proximity to the hotel guest rooms, we had to deal with many venue rules and regulations, including strict limitations on music volume. Despite these challenges, Justin was an absolute professional from the start - and a good communicator.
Justin proactively worked with the hotel staff to make sure his set up was in compliance. In some respects, having Justin on board felt like having an additional wedding coordinator. He was that concerned about details! :-) What I appreciated most about Justin was that he never made any assumptions or guesswork about what we wanted. He asked several questions which in turn educated me about how much thought goes into being a DJ. It's no an easy job! We spent a good deal of time on the phone to ensure that the music selections, down to the second, were right on point. He let us control the playlist from start to finish.
If you want to be the key decision maker in your own wedding and you care about getting it right, Justin is your guy. I have to admit that I used to stereotype DJ's, and not in a good way. Justin exceeded our expectations.
Karen Dicks (Coordinator)
In one of California worst droughts in the history of the state the sky falls in a lightning and thunder show at the exact hour that our ceremony was to begin.
Karen was absolutely wonderful and really kept everything together when the weather didn't. We would not have made it through the day with out her help and guidance!! The only regret is we never got one photo with her!
Thank you Karen for doing THE MOST amazing job ever, both before, during and after the wedding!!! We love you and think you are just so exceptional. You made our ideas and thoughts come to fruition the day of the wedding. And we cannot thank you enough for all your time, patience, and perfect handling of the rain the day of the wedding.
We were looking for a day of coordinator but got so much more working with Karen. She is phenomenal in so many ways!
Our one and only wish for our wedding day was that our guest have a great time. We really wanted the evening to be one big party and that is what Jas Productions provided. Justin’s mix of modern and classic dance tracks kept the party on the floor. The only time people stopped was to eat and drink, Justin kept the flow going and the party moving.
Even in the rain he maintained his composure and kept the music flowing even when the rain fell. If you are looking for a party and want someone who understands music, rhythm and flow then Jas Productions is who you’re looking for.
I'm so glad I chose JAS Productions – that good feeling I had following my first conversation with Justin really did bode well for how everything flawlessly came together for my wedding ceremony and reception. From the initial planning to the event set-up to the execution of the DJ/MC'ing, Justin's professionalism stands out most. I appreciated his accessibility (at all hours) and responsiveness (to me, my day-of coordinator, and vendors) plus the constructive, candid feedback he provided about the overall flow of the music and his perspective on the need for up-lighting and the appropriateness of certain songs I wanted him to play at key moments. He really demonstrated his knowledge of a wide range of music genres and experience doing various types of weddings (including an urban crowd). My guests enjoyed his set and had a great time. Justin was flexible and prepared to honor guest song requests that weren't on my suggested playlist. He also helped me create an incredible bride and groom introduction mix that was well-received.
Justin was awesome from the get-go. He took the time to explain everything to me on our initial phone call, and throughout the process was always accessible. We had a fabulous time at our wedding at Chase Palm Park and Justin did a great job of gauging our somewhat older crowd. My husband and I both commented on how all we had to do was give Justin a nod or signal and he knew exactly what to do. AND he does lighting! I was so over trying to decide what to do for lighting and Justin came to the rescue at the last minute. I definitely recommend Justin as a DJ and for lighting!
We booked Justin as our wedding DJ and we couldn’t have been happier with him. In the months before the wedding he was communicative to any questions we had. We used his website to set up our day of timeline (which we used as a master timeline for all of the vendors). His website planning tool was really nice because it let us make changes pretty much up to the day of the wedding without us having to worry about contacting Justin and worrying that something got lost in translation.
At the wedding Justin did an excellent job. The music during dinner and cocktail hour was perfect, and when it came to dancing he did a great job at reading the crowd and playing music that got people dancing. He was also extremely flexible on our timeline by reading into what was happening and not treating times as completely set in stone. Basically he made sure everything flowed perfectly and made us feel completely unpressured. It might not seem like much but it is hard to feel totally relaxed at the wedding, yet Justin let us do just that.
The highest praise I can give Justin is that he was a complete professional at his job. We had no doubt that he would deliver excellent DJ services, and we were not disappointed. Hire Justin and rest assured you will receive excellent service.
Justin from JAS Productions is awesome, we let him choose all of the music for our wedding and it was perfect, everyone was dancing all night and there was never an empty dance floor. He also provided ceremony and cocktail hour sound which sounded great and worked with us and our guitarist who provided the ceremony music. I would recommend him for any event you are having, he is super easy to get into contact with and his flat rate makes it easy to understand what you are getting. I loved working with Justin and would work with him again if I need a dj.