DJ Mike Nelson
I am a professional entertainer, master of ceremonies, event coordinator, radio host, and turntablist disc jockey from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I've been at this since 2005.
In June of 2005 just out of high school, I saw an ad in a local newspaper, there was a small mobile DJ service in Rock Rapids, IA, looking to add another DJ to their team. That's when DJ Mike Nelson was born, like a duck to water, I had found my calling. I loved to entertain people, and play music.
I remember the moment I made the decision to purchase my first set of turntables. It was December 2008, I realized that I had reached a ceiling, and if I wanted to be a better DJ, I need to make a change. I needed to do something different, something not many people were doing. It was time to elevate my skill level. So, I bought a mixer and a pair of Technics 1200 turntables and started to practice for 4-8 hours every single day. I just wanted to be better, I wanted to be different than any other DJ around me. And eventually, I was. No one else that I knew was actually mixing music or scratching. I continued to work and get better, and it started to show. People started to notice me and doors began to open, doors I didn't even know existed.
DJing has brought me around the world on the biggest cruise ships with Royal Caribbean International, including playing Atlantis 25 "The Worlds Largest Gay Cruise." I have been privileged to play some incredibly high profile events for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, 2016 PGA Tour Ryder Cup, and events for Super Bowl 52. Also, since 2013 I've had a weekly radio segment "The Monday Morning Mix" for KXRZ, Z993 Radio.
Weddings have always been my favorite, from the beginning, they're still such a passion of mine. I think it's because I know that it is unlikely that I'll have a huge impact on the masses, but what I can do is make a lasting positive memory for families on their wedding day. When you think about it, the party is what people really remember, it's not the flowers or the food, nor the decorations you spent hours making perfect. The party is what you'll remember for years. You remember sharing a dance with Grandma or Dad, or that maybe special someone. You remember laughing late at night with the friends and family you don't get to see as much anymore.