Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Abell.
Hi Christopher, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Ever since I was a little kid, I always had a passion for music and electronics. I remember riding in my parent’s truck listening to 100.7. It’s an 80’s classic rock radio station. and 102.9 (that was a country station. I remember Artists like AC/DC, Journey, Garth Brooks, Billy Ray Cyrus. Those were some of the earliest memories of music I have. I grew up in a small town Perryville MO.
Every year in May, my home town would have a community festival called May Fest where there was a local DJ playing to all the kids on the street right next to the carnival rides and I said to myself, I want to do that!. I went home that night and broke down my parent’s dual tape deck stereo without them knowing. They were so mad, LOL. I grew up in the CD era, so I had two portable CD players and tape to Aux cord so I could play 2 CDs at once and mix music together.
Around the age of 14, this when I really started DJing and getting paid for it. I ran into someone that said he was starting up a teen night in his nightclub called Shakers and asked if I would be the DJ for it. So, I had a few dozen CDs and my homemade DJ setup, and with every paycheck I got, I would take that and buy a piece of professional gear to help build a sound system where I could do bigger shows.
I wanted to get to know the DJ business more so I reached out to the local big DJ in town at the time, I’d go to his house all the time and mess around with his turntables and shadow him at his shows in town.
So after high school, I packed up with all my DJ gear and moved to the city of St. Louis all in hopes of getting into the nightclub scene and building my mobile DJ business. One day I went up to the local car stereo shop and ran into a guy that worked the install shop. His name was Chris. He said he was managing the DJs at a new downtown nightclub called Fusion. Soon I became the resident DJ and where I really learned to mix better and perfect the art the djing.
After about eight or so years in the nightclubs, I got to a point asking myself, where will I be in the next ten years. How can I keep doing this, it’s in my blood, I just can’t give it up. I’ve been doing this since I was a little kid. That’s when I really shifted my Focus to mobile DJing and Weddings. It felt like it was the natural progression. I started doing more and more weddings and eventually, I remember thinking, every time the phone rings and have to turn away that call, they are still going to get married, they are still going to need a DJ. Why can’t I be the one to provide that DJ. In the course of a few years, it went from 1 DJ to 4 DJs to over 8+ DJs on.
I honestly love to DJ weddings, I mean there is nothing like that feeling when the couple comes into the room and everyone stands up and goes crazy. The couple hits the dance floor, and they go into their first dance and you have that moment where everyone’s attention is on them and you know that your just a small part of that day. It goes through the whole night making sure you do a great job and keep the dance floor packed. Then right before the couple leaves, they come over to you and literally give you a hug because you helped make their night, your the entertainment and what people will remember ten plus years from now.
DJing is a big part of my life but there is nothing more important than my little girl and my wife. The moment I have with my family are so important to me and the days I get a chance to go to the park, ride bikes, go to the zoo, and just spend time together are things I always cherish every day.
All the time, I run into people that I grew up with or went to high school with and ask, “Hey man, what new, What you been up to?” and I basically look at them and say, I’m still doing what I’ve always did. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There are many struggles to any business. The stress of making sure the business stays alive and the nights and weekends away from our family.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Abell DJ Company?
There’s a reason Abell DJ Company, a top DJ company in St. Louis, has received multiple awards over the many years from Wedding Wire & The Knot. How? By offering a personal approach to entertainment. For us, every event is different, and we strive to bring our creativity and talent to ensure an experience that uniquely fits your style and taste.
Our approach to events is modern and fresh, free from outdated techniques, cheesy, uncomfortable games, goofy props, and pre-determined sets and playlists. Different from the big multi-op DJ companies who focus on booking as many clients as possible and providing the “cookie-cutter” style DJ, our DJs deliver a different, more personable approach we know our clients appreciate. And after more than 15 years, we’ve stuck to our successful strategy.
If you would like to set up a time for a consultation for your special event, please contact us by clicking here or call us at 314-266-2666.
Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
NETWORK! NETWORK! NETWORK!
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