Today we’d like to introduce you to Richard Gintowt.
Hi Richard, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started All Ears DJ in 2008 in Kansas City. I was a music journalist at the time and I quickly realized that DJing was a lot more fun than writing about music. I was also a singer and guitarist so the transition into performing acoustic music at weddings was pretty seamless. I was DJing 50 weddings/year by year three and honestly I felt like I had discovered what I was born to do!
12 years later, I’ve deejayed 800+ weddings and expanded the business to the Bay Area (where I moved eight years ago). My wife Jalyn DeBarge jumped in the mix two years ago as our photobooth director and she also sings with me sometimes when we perform acoustic. We’ve also added videography with my Oakland homie Donovan Jugarap.
We now have a dozen DJs on staff spread across four cities (we also serve Chicago and Baltimore) and we can’t wait to hit the dance floor again after a really tough year!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Well, Covid was the big one. I’m not gonna lie it caused me a lot of stress and there were times that I wondered whether the business I had built was no longer viable. But spinning mixes at home and working on my business kept me sane. Clients were very understanding on all the cancellations and reschedules and we’re in great shape to pull through Covid and come back bigger and better.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
We’re a company by musicians for music lovers! We’re known for our deep knowledge and appreciation for music beyond what’s typically spun at weddings. We have a few DJs on staff who also sing and play guitar for ceremonies and cocktail hour so that’s something unique we can offer. Our DJs are highly skilled when it comes to mixing and beatmatching so the beat never drops and our performances are high-level.
Weddings honestly help me finance my creative hustles. I have a music project with my wife Jalyn DeBarge called Lesbian Jungle and I front an indie-pop band called Hidden Pictures. I’m proud and grateful that I can make a living doing what I love. I also love standup comedy and aim to boot up a karaoke/comedy side hustle post-Covid!
What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
Well, the music we spin will change of course. Hit songs will likely come from social media rather than traditional radio. We’ll be spinning more trap/rap that’s for sure. But the fundamental job description won’t change: spin a killer set and make people dance! One thing we know for sure is that technology will never replace a great DJ.
- $1500-2000 DJ/MC services
- $1200 photobooth
- $250-500 event lighting
- $2000-2500 videography
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: allearsdj.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/allearsdj
- Facebook: facebook.com/allearsdj
- Youtube: youtube.com/allearsdj
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/all-ears-dj-oakland-3
- SoundCloud: mixcloud.com/allearsdj