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DJ Greg Gioia

San Francisco, CA, San Francisco

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DJ Greg Gioia logo
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DJ Greg Gioia

San Francisco, CA, San Francisco

(32)

About

I'm primarily a wedding DJ. but am also available and comfortable performing as a DJ at company holiday parties, birthday parties and all manner of private and corporate events. I specialize in indie rock, new wave, classic hip hop, pop, and Motown, but have a great collection of danceable music from all genres.

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Reviews (32)

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B
31 August 2018

Clean cut, well dressed, charming-- AND he played great music. Wedding DJ SUCCESS!!

D
30 August 2018

Great wedding DJ! He played something for everyone and kept my older relatives dancing along with my friends. Everyone loved him.

J
30 August 2018

I hired Greg or several parties in Oakland, and every time he not only kept my guests happy, but he did so with very different styles of music. It was an entirely new set and performance every time. I highly recommend him! More...

R
14 June 2018

We found Greg on Yelp and because of his high reviews and an awesome playlist he created that I found on his website, I sent him a message about DJing our August '17 wedding. After emailing many DJs, we ultimately hired Greg for our wedding which was a fantastic decision! Thanks to his follow up emails (wedding planning is very painful and laborious - ughhh), we had a great conversation! He was able to work with our budget which was fantastic because actually he was my first choice due to his awesome taste in music and his prompt responses and follow up emails! He was an absolute pleasure to work with! He listened to my music choices and totally understood the vibe we were going for! As a former radio DJ and music promoter, music is really important to me! I was actually thinking of doing the entire playlist myself if needed, but we're so happy we found Greg!I absolutely loved Popscene circa 2007. I was there pretty much every week, and this style of music (dancey indie music) is still my jam. Greg knew exactly what I was talking about and said he also frequented the club during this time. Yes! No explanation needed! He just *got* it. I made a playlist for our entrance song, 1st dance, cake cutting, and some "must haves" for dinner and dancing and Greg made sure all of them were played in addition to of course lots of music that a wide array of people will enjoy! We had lots of Beatles music since my husband is from Liverpool (and we had lots of British guests in attendance); so we also had some Brit Pop and lots of fun other tunes to suit everyone's needs. You can see an awesome blogpost Greg wrote and a playlist from our wedding here: dj.greggioia.com/2017/08…When we realized our music had to end 30 minutes earlier than we scheduled Greg for and wanted to shift his schedule so he started 30 minutes earlier, he happily accommodated the last minute change. This is the type of guy Greg is. He makes things easy for you and he puts you at ease. I was a nervous wreck planning our wedding since we did it DIY, and thankfully the DJ was one of the only things I did not need to worry after we hired Greg.The only minor issue we had was that it was difficult to hear some of the announcements (however, this was more of an issue with our venue and the speaker locations than Greg, since he had to be set up inside technically, and our dinner and dance floor were outside). When Greg noticed the problem, he quickly resolved the issue. We had such a great time; Greg really is able to read the room and choose just the right music for the moment and keep everyone happy. I would highly recommend Greg! Thank you Greg! More...

J
12 December 2017

I hired Greg to DJ my birthday party, and when I had to cancel on short notice, and past the refund date, he was flexible and returned my deposit in full without hesitation. I can't vouch for his DJ'ing but I was happy with the customer service! More...

R
12 September 2017

My wife and I were absolutely thrilled with Greg's performance at our wedding reception and we received many compliments from our friends and family about the same. For 3+ hours, Greg's programming and track selection kept people of all ages on the dance floor all night long. Communication with Greg during the planning process was easy, and his responses to our inquiries were always timely and fully addressed our questions/concerns. If you're looking for a true 'open format' DJ who lives just a bit left of the dial, but can still cater to your older and younger guests alike, Greg is your guy! More...

L
10 May 2017

Greg was such a great part of our wedding! He played all the songs we wanted to hear and he also catered perfectly to the mix of people we had in attendance. We wanted someone who would keep the party going without the typical wedding MC vibe. And he did that perfectly with music alone! The sign of a great talent in the DJ world, I think. In addition to being a talented DJ, he was a pleasant and professional person to work with during the planning process. Thanks Greg! Wish we could do it all over again! More...

A
26 July 2016

Greg did a fantastic job DJing our recent wedding. We wanted a DJ who would play great music, while keeping the MC role and associated cheese to a minimum, and Greg completely understood what we were going for. He managed to work in many of our (sometimes obscure and not-so-danceable) requests smoothly into a mix that kept people dancing. He's also an extremely pleasant, easygoing guy. Highly recommended! More...

B
26 July 2016

Greg was the DJ at my wedding in Santa Cruz. I was surprised at his ability to keep the older family members sweating to the oldies, while still sneaking in some of my West Coast Hip Hop favorites. It made my special day even more special when I saw my in-laws go from dancing to Stevie Wonder to Mac Dre. It takes a special kind of talent to pull off a move like that, and Greg definitely has that talent. More...

M
11 August 2015

Greg is such a sweetheart.  So kind and not the kind of DJ that will do whatever he wants.  Greg feels out the crowd and keeps people dancing.  My now husband was very happy with Greg.  We got a lot of compliments from our guests on the music selection.  One person said they wish that every wedding had this kind of music.  He played my hip hop song to indie music and 80s.  We wanted a unique wedding and Greg made it happen. More...

J
11 August 2015

When Greg mentioned that he had just bought a couple of ye-ye records, I knew he'd be our DJ for the wedding party. He was efficient and communicative during the preparation process. He played all the right songs so that guests from 5 to 85 were showing off their dancing shoes. He responded to cues and signals that brought a sense of cohesion to the party. He even helped with our request to have a friend perform a song during dinner. Camp Hukenson was a success because of Greg's sensitivity to music and the crowd's mood.  And when he played "At Last" by Etta James for my husband and I to share the last dance of the night, I felt like the happiest girl in the world. Thank you, Greg! More...

M
2 October 2014

Greg was amazing at my wedding reception last weekend! Many of our guests made comments to me about how good of a job he was doing and how well he was dressed. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ. We are so happy we chose him! More...

A
14 February 2014

The atmosphere for the party last night was incredible. He was pulling out everything from Elvis to Link Wray, Robert Gordon and threw in some McCoys for good measure. He played a mix of fifties and sixties music that kept everyone dancing. It was mixed really well with great beat matching transitions between songs and continuous music without any pauses or annoying shout outs.    Even after his set was finished, the tunes were stuck in my head for long after and I kept dancing along with the residuals in my skull. A few other people from the event felt the same way. I wold definitely love to have DJ Greg Gioia perform at more events.  He was very professional and well dressed with a very positive attitude. More...

A
14 February 2014

I'd heard through friends that Greg was the guy to go to, and now I can be the one  recommending him to others! I recently hired Greg to curate some tastefully danceable 50's and 60's music for my Valentine's party.  Aside from having an arsenal of rare and loved tunes, he was also extremely professional and made everything easy breezy! He scoped out the area ahead of time, and got a feel for what the party was going to need, offering me a reasonable rate for my small event.. even though his forte is DJing much larger events. He was calm, cool, and well tuned to the vibe of the party. Definitely hire Greg...especially if you are trying to host a unique and memorable experience. :) More...

M
22 December 2013

I know Greg from the Raw fashion shows he a very professional and he has a great selection of music.We recently hired him for our salon event, great rates and everyone had fun. He's also an awesome bartender, if you need a DJ or bartender he's the man! More...

C
14 December 2013

Greg was the DJ at my wedding this summer, and was phenomenal and very professional. He met our every wish - great blend of music, multiple sound systems, lighting, playing obscure family requests. I highly recommend him for weddings in the Bay Area. More...

S
8 December 2013

I've known Greg since 2007 and even worked for him for awhile.  He's a great DJ and entertainer.  He'll get the party going and is always professional, a calm in the midst of the storm. He has a great selection of music and aims to please, I highly recommend him for your next event! More...

J
20 November 2013

Have you been to that wedding where the DJ insists on playing cringe-worthy, group dance songs and a part of your soul dies with each "Hey Macarena! "?Don't let that happen again!DJ Greg is as good as it gets -- professional, talented, and armed to teeth with great music. I've seen him spin at numerous parties and events around Oakland and San Francisco, and his superpower is seamlessly mixing old school favorites with new school hits. With him at the helm, you'll hear a well-rounded set of indie, 80s, Britpop, New Wave, hip hop, and much more.He knows how to get people dancing and happy; hire him for any and all of your events! More...

E
14 November 2013

I've known Greg from the RAW shows that he ran for a long time. When I needed a DJ for an event at my business I have hired Greg to do it! I didn't have to spend much time for preparations or planning - he did everything! He showed up an hour before I even expected him, setup his stuff and started rocking the place! Customers were happy, my staff was happy - I was happy!Strongly recommend. Feel free to contact me if you want more information about my experience with Greg! More...

G
13 November 2013

I had a lot of fun at my friend's wedding last weekend. I met Greg, the DJ, and was pretty shocked by the way he snuck some cool, indie music into his mix, and everyone still danced. He had them going with normal wedding stuff like Michael Jackson and Daft Punk, but I seriously never expected to hear LCD Soundsystem at a wedding, but he pulled it off. I don't think most people even knew what the song was, but the way he kind of just snuck it into the mix was impressive. Same thing later when he played Hercules and Love Affair. When I heard the song start I was like "no way are people gonna dance to this" but if anything it built the energy that much more. I came in scared I'd have to dance the Chicken Dance, but left convinced that in the hands of a good DJ, any crowd will dance to good music. More...

M
26 July 2013

Greg recently DJ'd our wedding from beginning to end and did an amazing job!  He made sure our ceremony went off without a hitch and then created the perfect mood for the different parts of the evening.  Greg kept everyone from our 7 year old nephew to our 70 year old Aunt on the dance floor.  He listened to our requests while keeping everyone happy! More...

T
19 April 2013

In this day and age, everyone is a DJ or knows one. Greg is one of the best I have ever seen mix, scratch, MC, etc. Greg truly is a professional DJ, not just a bedroom DJ. HIs knowledge of music and keen awareness of what people like spans all popular and off beat genres. I have enjoyed the musical stylings of Greg Gioia playing hip hop, rap (there is a difference), disco, pop, funk, 80s, 90s, electronica, house, big band, jazz, salsa, and so much more. Very few DJs are as versatile as Greg. If  you need a DJ, Greg is DA MAN! More...

E
17 April 2013

I was at a wedding a couple weeks ago, and Greg was the DJ. I don't know how to say it without sounding super corny, but I feel like the music brought everyone together! He didn't play the horrible group line dance, YMCA, chicken dance *gag* songs for the whole lot to get on the dance floor. It was an amazing mix of old school with new; blended beautifully to keep everyone having an amazing time! I totally recommend! More...

C
16 April 2013

Greg is an awesome DJ. He did a great job at my party...and in fact, I don't think the event would have been half as good without him. Great personality, great music choices, he really kept things fun and lively. I highly recommend him for anyone in the Bay Area! More...

K
16 April 2013

Great set at RAWards 2012! Very professional, talented, and the music choices were very appropriate for the event. Would definitely recommend as a musician myself!

D
25 August 2012

Greg did a fabulous job for a birthday-fundraiser party I threw a few years ago. He was very responsive to audience suggestions and kept the party going to the very end. A good time was had by all and we raised money for a good cause. More...

B
15 July 2012

I attended a friend's wedding in California for which Greg was the DJ at the reception. Wow! What an incredibly fun time! The wedding guests spanned the generations and he played a great of variety of music to keep everyone happy and dancing . I had the opportunity to speak with him when I asked if he would play the song "Disco 2000" by my favorite band, Pulp. He was extremely approachable, cool and very accommodating to my request (and props to him for knowing who Pulp is... I would normally expect to be met with a blank stare by a typical wedding DJ). Thanks to Greg, the reception was a lot of  fun and a wonderful send off to my friend and her husband before they embarked on their honeymoon. I would love to have Greg as a DJ at my future wedding, but alas, I live in Pennsylvania. More...

K
15 July 2012

I've seen Greg at a few bars and parties around Oakland and SF over the years, and I always know when I walk into a party and see him behind the turntables that the music is going to be fun. Even though he never seems to play the same thing twice, and one night it's punk rock and the next '80s dance hits. I always have a blast when he plays. The eclectic mix of ratatat, pulp, 90s new wave, hip hop and some dancey 80s usually keeps the party going. He is a punctual in his arrivals, flexible and accommodating addition to a party and will take requests and mix a set up for guests and for the general vibe of the majority of party goers. More...

U
14 July 2012

Greg was the DJ at my friend's wedding. I'd never really seen a DJ like him before. He didn't exactly play the usual stuff, but it still felt like a party, and everyone danced. I heard a lot of modern songs, but ones that were good to dance too, and then enough of the tried and true favorites to keep things going. It was really refreshing, and I highly recommend him. More...

K
14 July 2012

I have one of his mix CDs that friend and I have played it to death. When she had a party, we called and hired him to DJ it. Everyone danced and loved him. He showed up early, was really professional and easy to work with, and made the night a success. I gave him a list of 5 must-play songs and he worked them all into the mix. His music makes babies! More...

C
28 October 2011

I saw Greg spinning at the Fox Theater in Oakland and loved his set. The crowd was super mixed, and everyone seemed to be into different types of music, but he kept everyone happy and dancing. Most DJs seem to have their "thing" and they stick to it, but he mixed in a little bit of everything, including my requests. I especially like that he really mixes songs and beat matches them, and doesn't just run a playlist or fade from song to song like other DJs. You don't realize how important that is until you hear someone really good at it, and see how it keeps the energy going on the dance floor. More...

P
20 February 2011

I originally saw Greg DJing at the Little Cave in Los Angeles back in 2006. The man is a mixing master!  I was new to L.A . and Little Cave was a new experience for me.  He actually took requests and mixed them in and my friends and I were dancing.  Miss those days.  After Little Cave, I was pretty damn disappointed with the most of the other bars/clubs I went to since then.  The key is, he really loves music.  I have one of his mixed CDs in my car and it's most excellent.  He seemed pretty personable and well-grounded, not at all stuck up his ass.  Answered all my questions about this band and that band, just a very cool guy. More...

Q&A

Never knowing in advance what I'm going to play. While one song is playing, I'm observing the crowd and deciding what song comes next.

Well-rounded and user friendly. I've been DJ'ing a long time, and have developed a wide knowledge and appreciation for many kinds of music, but have never forgotten the importance of playing requests.

I get to be part of some of the most meaningful days in the lives of the people who hire me.

A senior at my high school offered me $50 to DJ a Halloween party. $50 was very inspirational to me at age 14.

I'm an experienced professional, and make it my goal to bring fun to your special occasion.

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