Service Area: Greater Bay Area, Northern California and beyond.
As a single-operator, Ron delivers a kind of boutique-level of service. He understands that his job is to gently steer the event and help shape the mood and energy of the party, keeping everything in synch with the other event professionals—all while staying true to your vision for the event. He’s also a bit of a gear-nut: he knows his stuff on a technical level and keeps his equipment up-to-date and can overcome lots of difficult logistics with his deep knowledge and skill.
Certified By The Guide Reviews(What does this mean?)
“My five-word recommendation for Ron would go something like this: detailed, professional, knowledgeable, fun, and crazy-talented. He took our vision of how the night would go and made it happen. He nailed it! He played all the songs we wanted him to play and none of the songs we didn’t. And he filled in the rest of the night with songs he knew would keep our guests having fun.”
“Ron is a genius—he figured out how to keep my 90-year-old grandfather dancing until 11 pm! He is not cheesy, he does not play the same set list for every event, he personalized everything, and you can tell he loves what he does.”
“He really took the time to get to know us as a couple and even offered great ideas about how we could make our event unique. He was more of a MC than just a DJ. We didn’t want a traditional wedding and Ron really helped us make our event different. Ron did such a great job handling all of our guests’ requests. I would book Ron again in a heartbeat.”
“He put together an amazing play list based on both of our musical tastes. I would recommend him 100 times over!”
“We had a wedding coordinator but Ron was the one that really stood out to us as a creative force in our wedding. He is a great problem solver.”
Questions and Answers
What 3 words describe your work? Easygoing, fun and friendly. Those are the three words couples use more than any others to describe their wedding celebrations.
What type of person should hire you? Someone with exceptionally high expectations for the person they trust in front of their guests with a loaded microphone and power over the playlist. My favorite clients are people who swore up and down that they did not want "some cheesy DJ" at their wedding.
What are the common misconceptions about your services? That it's about music. It's about people. The music is the easy part. Finding subtle ways to make sure every guest is relaxed, happy and completely in the moment—that's the real trick.
What drew you to this field/how did you get started? I started as a videographer and saw some perfectly good weddings fizzle even before the dance floor opened because the DJ made some simple but thoughtless mistakes early on and turned off the crowd. DJ'ing looked more fun, too.
What are some sources of inspiration or influences on your work? I admire a really good Master of Ceremonies. Guys like Mike Rowe or Tom Bergeron who have a built-in charisma and natural ability to instantly build rapport with an audience without even trying are endlessly fascinating to me.
What is the best advice you give to a couple when planning their wedding? Before you pick a theme or discuss colors or make a single decision about when and where your wedding will be, imagine everyone—parents, friends, Grandma, college buddies, weird cousins?all having a wonderful time together with you at the end of the night. Work backwards from there.
If you could have any superpower on the job, what would it be? Easy one: Mind reading. My job is to take people where they want to go. The really hard part sometimes is knowing where that is.
What are 3 words that describe your personality? Thoughtful, energetic, and flexible.
What is your favorite quote? "It is better to travel well than to arrive." —Buddha
Extracurricular activities: Bicycle touring and record collecting.
If you weren't in your current profession, what would you do instead? Ice cream man. I still get to play music, and people would chase me down the street waving money.
What's your favorite way to wind down after a hard day? Waking my wife up to share a slice of wedding cake and tell her stories of the day's events. Best date night ever.
What are some of your favorite places to eat—either everyday spots or special occasion splurges? The best late-night after-wedding dining is Taco Bravo.
What was the best compliment you ever received about your work? "Wow?we thought you were a friend of the family!" I love when that happens!
About This Company
Ron Grandia worked as multimedia producer for a number of years, creating TV commercials, internal corporate productions and the like. He’s also a lifetime music-fanatic and former college-radio DJ at San Jose State who worked his way through school DJing events, so when a long-time friend insisted Ron come out of retirement to DJ his wedding, Ron instantly rediscovered how much he loved the improvisation, creativity and energy of DJing for a room full of happy people. The rest is history.
Taking cues from his former career, Ron believes firmly that a lot of the important work he does is done during “pre-production.” By taking his time to get to know each couple well beforehand, he’s able to properly reflect their taste and sensibility and add a few unusual personal touches. For example, he’ll customize the introduction of the wedding party to include personal details of how and why they came to be in the bridal party or Ron might include a surprise recorded message from a loved who cannot attend. Whatever he does, whether it’s something funny or personally touching, it’s always appropriate and somehow just right for the moment.
As DJ and MC, he acts as a narrator in the wedding story, never upstaging the couple or their family and friends, but rather providing transitions from one phase of the party to the next giving guidance and context—and then getting out of the way of the fun. As one fellow wedding pro told us, “he’s not just another DJ playing ‘Celebration.’”
Ron Grandia Covers These Areas:Northern California
- East Bay
- Monterey and Carmel
- Napa and Sonoma Wine Country
- North Bay / Marin
- Sacramento and Central Valley
- San Francisco
- Santa Cruz
- Solano County
- South Bay / San Jose
- Tri-Valley and Livermore Wine Country
- And other areas by special arrangement.