Friday, April 15, 2011

Meet Our DJs - Updated Bios

A mobile DJ entertainment company is only as good as its talent. Ambient DJs' lineup is stacked with talented and experienced entertainment professionals.   Just five years ago, Ambient DJ Service was a one man show!  As demand for its services exploded, our company's owner opted to bring on additional staff who shared his vision of musical entertainment.

Given the continued growth of the company, we always look forward to meeting our next Ambient DJ "music mixologist"!  Key attributes of past successful hires include:  a love of music, broad music knowledge, client-focused attitude, good team player, professionalism, reliability, humility, attention to detail and a strong work ethic.  Being located within 30 minutes of Princeton is a big plus.  To be considered, e-mail to the attention of Human Resources.

Gregg Hollmann 

Ambient DJs’ Founder and Owner, Gregg Hollmann, has formal musical training on several instruments, including the piano and alto saxophone. He is known for his creative mixing and chameleon-like ability to play in different musical styles. His musical knowledge allows him to excel in environments ranging from elegant wedding receptions to convivial dance parties. Gregg's specialty is weddings.   A multi-faceted performer, Gregg also mixes music videos and emcees karaoke parties.

A graduate of the College of New Jersey, he holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration and has lived and worked abroad in Japan and the Philippines. He enjoys working with clients and personalizing events to their tastes. Gregg was the subject of a feature article in the January 2011 issue of DJ Times magazine titled 'DJ Takes Stock in Niche Wedding Market.'  

Gregg resides in East Windsor, New Jersey. His hobbies include international travel, writing, bodyboarding, tennis, listening to music and recording mix CDs. A recent career highlight was meeting his idol Grandmaster Flash at the International DJ Expo in Atlantic City.

Chris Smith (aka DJ Spinz)

Chris began DJing as a sophomore in high school, and spent the next decade perfecting his craft.  Chris joined Ambient DJs in 1997 and quickly proved himself as one of the company’s best-reviewed performers across a wide variety of event types.  Chris often works at Ambient’s most demanding events, where performance and attention to detail are a must.  

Chris has an extensive music library and diligently follows trends in the music industry. He specializes in Disco, Pop, Alternative Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, Club, Electro and Top 40 hits. His portfolio of work features Sweet 16s, Corporate Functions, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Family Parties and School Dances.

Chris enjoys mixing tunes on his new MacBook Pro using Serato Scratch Live.

Greg Lambiase (aka DJ Greg Nice)

Greg Lambiase has nearly 20 years of experience in the DJ/Entertainment industry, having performed at thousands of private and corporate events.  A "DJ's DJ," Greg was born in Manhattan and developed a passion for music at an early age.

A well-rounded performer, DJ Greg Nice, has received client accolades in events ranging from Weddings, Bar/Bat mitzvahs, Sweet 16s to Kids Parties.  Greg joined the Ambient DJ team in 2010 to focus on high profile events, particularly weddings and mitzvahs.

Greg believes strongly in providing clients with the highest quality entertainment possible.  His people skills, outgoing nature, warm smile and hands-on experience cannot be duplicated!  Greg continues to elevate his craft by participating in continuing education and annual DJ conferences. 

Brian Dzbenski (aka DJ Extreme)

As a professional DJ, MC, and dance motivator for over 18 years, Brian has the knowledge and experience to make certain your affair is exactly the way you want it.  A polished and articulate Emcee with a strong stage presence, Brian is the perfect front man for important celebrations. His specialties include Weddings, Sweet 16s and Corporate Events.

In the past, Brian has worked closely with the 94.5 WPST DJs including Mozes, Chris Rollins, and Mark at Kat Man Du in Trenton.  DJ Brian is also Ambient's technological wizard, and an expert in intelligent lighting.

Mike Bacon (aka DJ Iron Mike)

Mike began DJing in 1996 while attending West Windsor-Plainsboro High School. His passion for DJing grew while spinning monthly Firehouse Teen Nights over 1997-2000. Thereafter, he spun live sets on stations such WPRB 103.3 FM and WMCC 107.7, also serving as Station Manager at WMCC 107.7.

DJ Iron Mike is a well-rounded performer with a deep passion for the music that he plays. His portfolio of past events including weddings, high school dances, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate parties, family parties and various nightclub appearances. His musical specialties are hip hop, R&B and reggae.  His deep music collection also includes liberal doses of pop, classic rock, Motown and soul.  Mike is Ambient's Sweet 16 and Teen Dance specialist, bringing a night club environment to these special celebrations. 

For those preferring an “old skool” party atmosphere, Mike is the perfect choice, performing on the legendary Technics 1200 turntables.

Larry Sargent

DJ Larry Sargent has been a DJ/Entertainer for over twenty years, That doesn't make him old - it makes him experienced!  A graduate of The Connecticut School of Broadcasting, Larry has performed at over 1,000 private events, including 500 weddings.

Larry has a great knowledge of all genres of music, and knows how to create a compelling mix that keeps people dancing. He interacts with his audience as needed and can instruct all of the traditional and modern party dances. Larry’s unmatched level of professionalism proves that he loves what he does, and it shows!

DJ Irwin Cox (aka DJ All Day)

Irwin was born and raised in New Brunswick and holds an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts (English).  From 2004-2009,  Irwin worked at Prime Time Entertainers based out of Edison, NJ, where he was one of Prime Time’s star performers.  Irwin performs under the stage name “DJ All Day”, punctuating his total dedication to the DJ craft.  With over 500 performances under his belt, Irwin’s performance specialties include Weddings, Sweet 16s, Corporate Affairs and Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.  DJ All Day’s performance skill set includes refined music mixing, video mixing, interactive emceeing and dancing.

Anthony Ferretti ( aka DJ Anthony F ) 

Anthony Ferretti is a relative newcomer to the Disc Jockey profession.  Trained by Ambient DJs’ senior staff members, Anthony has been performing for over two years.  Full of energy and charisma, DJ Anthony’s passion for the DJ craft is visible from all angles.  His specialties include Weddings, Teen Dance Parties and Family Parties.

Anthony is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University.  In the summer months, he enjoys attending the International DJ Expo held in Atlantic City, sharpening his performance skills and mingling with industry colleagues.

Jamie Herman (“The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Queen”)

Jamie Herman has been dancing, emceeing and assisting the DJ at Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16’s, Father/Daughter dances and Weddings for over 18 years.  Jamie’s career began in the early 90s with a professional dance troupe called “Party Shooz.”  Subsequently, she went on to maintaining a busy performance schedule with some of the Northeast’s top companies.  Jamie has also enjoyed success as a dance choreographer and staff trainer.

Jamie takes her roles at parties very seriously, ensuring that the event runs smoothly and that you are able to celebrate with friends/family and have a fantastic time!   

Gary Giarretta (aka DJ Gary G)

Gary began his mobile DJ career in 1995. His appreciation for music began much earlier during elementary and high school where he played the sax in various orchestral and jazz bands. Gary maintains an extensive selection of music ranging from oldies to the current hits, and welcomes requests to keep guests involved in the party. Gary's specialties include Weddings, Sweet 16s, School Dances and Corporate Affairs.  

His relaxed and responsive nature make Gary a great choice for planning and performing at your event. Gary's equipment includes EV speakers, Denon CD players, various lighting effects and a video projector/portable screen. A recent career highlight for Gary was DJing a corporate party for a pharmaceutical company in a packed ballroom at the Trump Taj Mahal - plugging into the Taj's monster sound system.

Jesse Lambros (aka DJ Stav the Greek)

Jesse has been a DJ entertainer ever since graduating from the College of New Jersey.  Now, coasting into his late 20s, Jesse is a valuable asset to the Ambient DJ team, specializing in Weddings, Teen Dance Parties and Family Parties. His equipment rig includes Pioneer CD players, Bose speakers, intelligent lighting and a portable projector and screen.  With a music library exceeding over 75,000 songs, Jesse is sure to have the right song to get your dance floor moving! 

Jesse applies himself beyond everybody's expectations, making sure that your special event is fun-filled and an everlasting memory.

Tom Costagliola (Tommydrums)

Tommydrums is a seasoned percussionist who performs with Ambients' DJs during dance sets, providing a unique party experience.

Emm Pakdee (DJ Emm Bangkok)

Based out Manhattan, Emm was born in Thailand before moving to the United States during his teenage years.  Emm built his reputation in Washington D.C. where he promoted and DJ'd a series of successful parties.  DJ Emm Bangkok currently spins at various Manhattan lounges, also performing at private parties across the New York Tri-State area. Emm owns a record music label and, interestingly, is a highly accomplished karaoke performer.

To book any one of these fine professionals, please contact us today to discuss your party and how we can make it special!   Visit us on the web at  

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