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Let Top Notch Entertainment and DJ Services Make Your Next Event a Hit

By Marina I. Jokic

Top Notch Entertainment and DJ Services offers a range of entertainment options in addition to its musical expertise such as games and trivia, vocal and stage effects, karaoke and 'marryoke', contests, customized photo slideshows and videos, photo booth props, souvenirs and prizes and a variety of activities to keep guests thoroughly entertained. Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, Top Notch travels across the state for small and big gigs.

For over ten years, Top Notch Entertainment has been throwing private parties for a variety of customers, including celebrities, professional athletes, and financial executives. Owner and manager Joseph Wells knows the entire state and his company's demographic closely, and has been putting together entertainment events for hundreds of different clients running the gamut of genres and styles. From large weddings and dance parties to birthdays and school dances, Top Notch's experience is vast.

The secret to creating a customized experience is not only in possessing expertise and knowledge of music, but also paying attention to the unique needs of a customer. In order to make a party memorable, Wells points out, you have to flex your creative muscle. "There are plenty of DJ companies that can stand behind a table and spin music; we separate ourselves from them by offering an array of fun services alongside our DJ talents such as games and trivia, vocal and stage effects, karaoke and 'marryoke', contests, customized and personalized photo slideshows and videos, photo booth props, souvenirs and prizes and a variety of activities to keep guests entertained," he says. Top Notch gets a lot of requests for their 'marryoke' service, capturing wedding guests on film singing a song that is "mimed" against a stylized backdrop.

In addition to Top Notch's veteran status covering over a decade of experience, they strive to provide a level of creative entertainment alongside their DJ services which they say has been unmatched in the Raleigh area. Wells, having spent most of his life immersed in entertainment, from theater and chorus to working at record labels and with touring bands--knew from the start that he wanted Top Notch to offer a "performance" style level of service rather than just DJ-ing.

"I would like to think Top Notch DJ's are performers first, and DJ's second," he emphasizes. It is not uncommon to see Wells on top of speakers as he leads a crowd in a particularly rousing dance number. Additionally, we are very versatile to a number of styles and events. "Having the knowledge and background of not only serving as a mobile DJ, but also a club DJ in downtown Raleigh has allowed Top Notch to understand a wide selection of music with knowledge in nearly every genre," Wells says.

According to Wells, the three-part secret to ensuring an event is skillfully DJ-ed is: experience, planning, and personality. It is also important for customers to understand the differences between wedding DJ's and Karaoke DJ's or even Club DJ's. In a wedding context for example, the collection of songs is not pre-composed like you may find at a club. A wedding DJ has to keep to a strict schedule while juggling a myriad of responsibilities, trying to keep all the guests happy while being personable and an excellent communicator. "After many weddings under your belt, juggling the flow of a reception alongside your expected DJ duties becomes second nature," Wells remarks.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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