First and foremost, we’re passionate about people and we love what we do. At Coastal DJ & Video, we are privileged to help you create the memories that will last a lifetime. Our mission is to help you have the best time with your family and friends that you could ever imagine. This is especially true when it comes to weddings – a wedding is one of the most special days of someone’s life and when planning an event of such importance, you deserve the very best.
Over 30 years ago Coastal DJ & Video’s founder, George Wainwright, discovered a genuine love of entertaining which is shared by every single member of the team on staff today. We are proud to not only play songs but work with vendors, make necessary announcements, and do everything we can to create unforgettable events all across the North Carolina coast and beyond.
There’s much more to being a successful DJ than playing cool songs. Your party also needs a professional MC that can work closely with your planner, understand your taste and create the proper environment to help your guests let loose. Connecting with the crowd is so key to making the fun feel natural, which is why we’re experts at reading a room and navigating requests while keeping to your preferences at all times. We love the art and the craft of what we do.
I started DJing part-time back in 1989 the summer after graduating High School. I began working at a local night club running lights & sound with a close friend. Later this would lead to me learning how to spin records and Emcee contests.
In the early 90’s I continued my DJ career in the coastal towns of NC studying radio through a local station. I later landed a job in a big club in Raleigh, NC where I had the opportunity to work with tons of regional cover bands and several famous National Acts such as Motley Crue, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, The Smithereens, Clarence Carter, and many more…
During the late 90’s I moved to South Carolina to pursue a career in Real Estate and selling timeshare but found myself going back to what I loved the most which were DJing. In the early 2000’s I began picking up more and more jobs in the private industry such as birthdays, school dances, corporate parties, and finally weddings. I decided to form Coastal DJ & Video in early 2007.
Today the company employs over 10 DJs that work nearly every weekend rocking parties all up and down the East Coast from The Outer Banks to Wilmington, NC.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my Mom and other family members doing fun things outside. We enjoy exploring new places and historic sites downtown. I also love creating music playlists and making mixes in my spare time.
I took a huge liking to music at a very early age. I grew up listening to disco, Motown, and 70’s classic rock from the music that my parents listened to. I got the itch to start DJing in the late ’80s from a local club DJ who was an excellent Emcee and had a very outgoing personality. I later became friends with another DJ that moved from Raleigh to the beach where he and I started working together at a local club.
I got into weddings after DJing in clubs and bars for years and having learned the music from playing in various settings which gave me the ability to play at weddings. I also learned how to speak on a microphone from the very beginning of my DJ career which allowed me to make the announcements needed at a wedding.
Most liked Genres: 70’s & 80’s Rock, 90’s Hip Hop, 2000’s Dance
Dance Floor Favorites: Michael Jackson, Usher, Montell Jordan, Earth, Wind & Fire
How I Train All DJs:
I train my DJs now under the same elements and rule as I received when I started out as a DJ. Helping each new DJ learn the gear and how to operate each piece of equipment first.
Working with each DJ to help them learn the different genres of music and what to play during each part of the event.
Showing DJs how to effectively beat mix music to make each transition of songs seamless and impactful.
Learning how to use and speak on a microphone properly.
How to interact with clients before, during, and after each event.
How to work with other vendors to ensure they love working with us and continue to refer to our company.
“George was very flexible and made our wedding reception that much more special! I would recommend Coastal DJ & Video to anyone! Thank you again!” – Anthony Bango
Adrian already had years of DJing experience before he approached us to join the Coastal family in 2011. He started spinning records back in 1992 and has since expanded his passion for music into other forms of media such as radio and television. His first love is being in front of an audience. He has a great speaking voice, outgoing personality, and knows how to engage his crowd to get everyone up and moving.
He has DJed all types of events from backyard family gatherings, to arena-sized events, and has opened for numerous national acts. His music knowledge is very diverse ranging from the ’70s & Motown to the latest in Top 40 and current dance. The best part is that he knows what music to play throughout each part of an event to maximize the energy in his crowd.
Adrian is extremely friendly and detail-oriented. When he’s DJing a wedding all his attention and focus are on the bride & groom. Making sure they are smiling and happy! He is super accommodating when it comes to customer service, so you can be sure that when he is DJing your special event things will run smoothly.
As one of the more requested DJs in the company, not only by our clients but by lots of wedding professionals in the industry that love working with him, Adrian usually books over a year in advance.
Music favorites: James Brown, Bob Marley, Bruno Mars, Pitbull, Outkast, and Taylor Swift
“Our DJ was Adrian and he did an awesome job of keeping the guests on the dance floor, played music flawlessly, was super flexible and even got on the dance floor to help lead the electric slide because we had people going in all directions!” – Tyesha
As a fan of all genres of music, I’ve always been in interested in DJing. It wasn’t until my second tour to Iraq in 2007-08 when I learned the ins and outs of DJing from a friend. I returned home and bought my first DJ controller in 2013 and practiced nightly on the basics.
I earned my first DJ residency as a College Bar DJ in Williamsburg in September 2014. I later expanded to bars in Richmond, Newport News, and Virginia Beach while DJing smaller private events. With the multiple demographics and engaging different crowds, I became well versed at reading a dancefloor being an open format DJ.
Within the next years, I taught myself new techniques and learned new formats such as karaoke, Video DJing, MCing, and Trivia Hosting.
In February 2018, I started focusing more on weddings, school events, and private parties. To this day, Matt has DJ’d everything from pool parties, school events, corporate parties, and over 40 weddings.
I absolutely love being a part of a couple’s special day and to provide the best party for their guests. I treat every wedding and event as a special occasion and go above and beyond to be professional and fun.
Music Favorites: Dance, Top 40, Hip Hop, Motown, Rock, and R&B
Originally from the Bronx New York, Joel moved to the Carolina’s to be closer to family. Since then he’s grown to love the Wilmington, NC area and is steady becoming one of the most requested DJs in the community.
For as long as Joel can remember, music has been a huge part of his life. From playing with his Father’s keyboard, to violin and cello, he’s been a musician at heart and has incorporated every aspect of what he’s learned over the years into his career as a DJ.
Joel attended East Carolina University on a double scholarship for music education and music composition. Upon graduating college, he went right into working & performing live music for weddings and private events.
Joel got his start as a DJ by accident. He helped a friend with karaoke and has since DJ’d professionally on hundreds of occasions. Joel has performed events spanning from the Carolinas to South Florida and has literally rocked thousands in almost every demographic.
Joel is super talented with all genres of music and loves people in general. Joel says, “There’s not much more that makes him happier than a job well done.
Music Favorites: Top 40, Hip-Hop, Rock, Latin, Motown & Oldies, and Beach Music.
Harrison was born and raised in High Point, NC and moved to Wilmington in 2015. He attended college in 2017, Majoring in Psychology with a focus on neuroscience and pre-med track. Harrison worked through school and after graduating in 2021 continued to work in Home-healthcare then began DJing shortly after college.
He is very comfortable with crowds as well as public speaking. He has been the lead role in multiple theater productions, was in high school chorus for multiple years, and even formed a barbershop quartet as well. Harrison found a love for DJing early, doing private events and weddings while in High School. Possessing a wide variety of skills and interests, Harrison continued to learn audio production, editing, and mixing while pursuing various career fields. He has now come full circle with Coastal DJ & Video and is ready to take his experience to the next level while helping couples have the best day of their lives. Harrison gets along well with everyone and promotes a positive environment.
Music favorites: Rock, Reggae, Dance Top 40
In My Headphones: Rebelution, Armin Van Buuren, Hawthorne Heights
Music came into Jesse’s life early as a child when he would attend concerts with his Father to see artists like Aerosmith, Seether, and Skillet. Jesse was really motivated by hard rock but his musical preference changed and he developed a love for hip hop. He got tickets to see a Professional DJ by the name of DJ-Promoted opened for him and as soon as I saw his set, Jesse quickly knew what he wanted to do.
Jesse started researching DJs and stumbled across a DJ named Grandmaster flash and the furious five and his love for hip hop grew and if it wasn’t for him hip hop wouldn’t be in existence, after seeing all of those documentaries Jesse bought his own DJ controller and started practicing. When Jesse was 18 he landed his first event which was an amazing experience. Every show and event he would do, Jesse always wanted to give everyone the best experience. This is why his love for weddings grew. Jesse loves meeting new people and enjoys helping others plan the perfect music for an unforgettable day.
Music favorites: Hip Hop, Rock, Dance, EDM
In My Headphones: Grandmaster Flash, Biz Markie, Notorious BIG
Born and raised amidst the vibrant music scene of Baltimore City, Westley Madison, professionally known as DJ West, possesses an innate passion for the harmonious artistry found within all genres of music. From his early days in marching band, jazz band, and classical orchestra, he discovered the profound connections that music weaves together, leaving an indelible mark on his soul.
Transforming his love for music into a career, DJ West embraced the art of DJing as his instrument of choice. However, it was the profound impact he had on people’s emotions and experiences that truly captivated him. With each wedding he became a part of, he realized the transformative power of music in shaping cherished memories and unforgettable moments.
Over a decade ago, DJ West embarked on his journey as a wedding DJ, a path that coincided with a significant milestone in his own life: his marriage. This synchronicity further cemented his belief in the sanctity of love and marriage, solidifying his commitment to providing couples with nothing short of the best wedding experience imaginable.
With a bachelor’s degree in sociology, DJ West’s deep understanding of human connections and his exceptional social skills form the bedrock of his approach. Beyond playing the perfect tunes, he seeks to forge genuine connections with both the wedding guests and the couple, recognizing the significance of these personal bonds.
When DJ West takes the stage, he effortlessly blends a vast array of musical genres, seamlessly transitioning from soulful melodies to infectious beats, ensuring that every moment feels tailor-made for the occasion. His meticulous attention to detail and comprehensive knowledge of music enable him to curate personalized playlists that reflect the couple’s unique journey and individual tastes.
More than just a DJ, DJ West is a master of ceremonies, guiding the wedding festivities with a captivating energy and an infectious enthusiasm. His ability to read the crowd, understand their desires, and create an atmosphere of pure joy sets him apart. From the intimate exchange of vows to the exhilarating dance floor moments, DJ West orchestrates a symphony of emotions, leaving no heart untouched.
For DJ West, the privilege of being a part of someone’s wedding day goes beyond entertainment—it is an opportunity to contribute to the foundation of a lifelong bond. With unwavering dedication, he endeavors to craft a transcendent experience that not only celebrates love but also forges everlasting memories for the couple and their cherished guests.
Prepare to embark on a musical odyssey with DJ West—where love, passion, and exceptional music converge, creating an extraordinary wedding experience that will linger in your hearts forever.
Kyle “Kes” Steele, better known by his stage name DJ Steele, is a dynamic and versatile artist hailing from Rochester, NY. Initially making his mark as a hip hop emcee and gifted lyricist, he captivated audiences across Rochester and upstate New York, showcasing his lyrical prowess in dozens of venues.
With a passion for DJing coursing through his veins, DJ Steele drew inspiration from industry icons such as DJ Premier, DJ Green Lantern, and Statik Selektah. Their influence spurred him to explore new avenues in his musical journey, transitioning from an emcee to an accomplished DJ during the challenging COVID-19 lockdown. Embracing the virtual space, he found solace in spinning tracks and bringing joy to listeners during the trying times.
As the restrictions lifted, DJ Steele’s magnetic presence behind the decks became a sought-after feature at weddings and parties. His eclectic mixes, ranging from old-school hip hop to electrifying dance anthems, never fail to ignite the dance floor and create unforgettable memories for those in attendance.
With a deep love & passion for music, a penchant for showmanship, and an ability to connect with people through his beats, DJ Steele continues to evolve as an artist, leaving an indelible mark on the music scene and the hearts of those who revel in his artistry.
In My Headphones: Jay-Z, Mac Miller, Drake, Nipsey Hussle