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Essential Sounds Entertainment

Belmar, NJ

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Essential Sounds Entertainment logo
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Essential Sounds Entertainment

Belmar, NJ

(24)

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We are a group of talented, professional NJ Wedding DJ’s, covering the New Jersey area, who strive to give you the ultimate personal, customized music planning experience you will ever have. Founded by PJ Windle, a veteran of the wedding industry with over 18 years and 1,500 events, Essential Sounds Entertainment was formed with the goal of always focusing on the details.

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C
28 October 2018

AAA++++++++++++ x INFINITYPJ and Essential Sounds Entertainment are ACES! We were first recommended to them when we posted on Facebook looking for awesome Wedding DJ’s. We hadn’t even started looking elsewhere for DJ’s yet. The first reply we got was a very encouraging recommendation for Essential Sounds. The friend who suggested them tagged PJ in the post and he immediately sent my wife and I friend requests, and we started chatting with him about the vibe we were looking to set with our wedding. He set us up with a video conference to further discuss our plans for music selection, songs that we definitely wanted to hear, and songs we did not want to hear, as well as all the fine details that go into setting the tone for a well-rounded, but fully customized party experience that would make the night fun for EVERYONE. This was a 2-on-1 video chat with PJ himself, not somebody else, and included a visual interface that allowed you to see the notes he was taking while talking to us. I mention all of this because the personal touch he puts on the entire process is priceless. He would like some of our posts, especially music related ones, and was always available to contact with any questions or ideas for your wedding. I knew if I sent PJ a message on Facebook he would respond within a couple minutes, if not immediately. By the time the wedding came around, it was like having a good friend DJ, and OFFICIATE, our wedding. The only difference is that we don’t have friends with 20+ years of experience in the industry! The day of the wedding PJ was at the Venue early with his awesome assistant, Chris. It was pretty hot for mid-September, but both of them were excited to be there, smiling and enthusiastic. They set everything up quickly for the ceremony and PJ left the controls in Chris’ hands to allow PJ to begin the ceremony as our Officiant. His custom ceremony was perfect, and he executed it flawlessly. It was well written, and not long and drawn out like some ceremonies can be. We highly recommend using PJ as your Officiant! The entire ceremony went off without a hitch and was 100% exactly what we planned with him. It went right from script to stage….phenomenal! The reception was also outstanding. Our venue was at a beautiful historical location. This comes with a lot of restrictions as to what vendors can and can’t do. PJ and Chris took everything in stride and put on a great show. The Bridal Party introductions were seamless and energy-packed. The music was perfect and included all the requests we made in the planning process, coupled with similar songs that kept the party rocking ALL NIGHT (especially the last song, which was when we got our Heavy Metal fix in and started a mosh pit on the dance floor)  The DJ booth was actually elevated from the dance floor, but no matter what if we need to find PJ he was always around. The guy doesn’t just DJ your wedding, he is the supporting role in a performance where you and your spouse are the Main Attraction.Thank you PJ, Chris, and Essential Sounds Entertainment for making our day play out perfectly. We are forever grateful to have been so fortunate to have you guys run the show, and look forward to the friendships we’ve created as well!!STOP LOOKING AT ANYTHING ELSE AND BOOK YOUR WEDDING WITH ESSENTIAL SOUNDS ENTERTAINMENT NOW!!!!!!!!! More...

K
29 August 2018

When we booked Doolan’s Shore Club as our venue, Essential Sounds is a preferred vendor and we had the opportunity to see them at Doolan’s during an open house event. PJ, the owner, is wonderful to work with. He is down-to-earth and attentive to all details. When we first sat down with PJ, he answered each and every question we had and made sure his focus was on us despite it being an open house at Doolan’s. He made sure we knew that we were the priority at the moment and he would take however long it needed to answer our questions to make sure we felt comfortable. As the big day approached, we met with PJ for our planning meeting. Music was a huge focus for us as we both love music and we love a wide variety of music. PJ asked specific questions to understand the types of music, genres and overall vibe we wanted for the day. We felt beyond comfortable with what music he had in store for us at our wedding when we left the planning meeting. Additionally, we had PJ do a slideshow for us which was amazing and something he put together quickly and with more photos than he typically uses because we had selected so many. When the reception came, PJ mixed sets that had the entire room dancing from the first song to the last song of the night. The music was perfect and captured everything we wanted. Additionally, we wanted some traditional Portuguese music to be played and he made the songs mesh well within sets that it didn’t make it feel like we had asked to play it and he just placed it anywhere during the night. PJ also had an assistant with him that night who was just as great as him. From the moment we met PJ, he was attentive to our wants, understood our vision of the day and executed it seamlessly. All of our guests commented that they loved the music. We would without a doubt recommend Essential Sounds to anyone who needs a DJ for any event! More...

M
23 July 2018

Huge thanks to PJ and Essential Sounds Entertainment for the great job they did for my daughter’s Sweet 16 party! Everything from choosing the music, to discussing the itinerary to the actual night, PJ made sure no detail was overlooked. He even took the time to talk to my daughter to answer any questions. Thank you for making her party memorable for everyone! More...

R
23 July 2018

What an incredible experience we had at our wedding on September 13, 2013. Essential Sounds were impeccable professionals who catered our every request - thank you for a excellent evening

K
23 July 2018

Essential sounds is by far the best! Awesome job at our wedding last month! I would highly recommend for any event! Thank you again for such a wonderful night!

K
23 July 2018

thank you for everything PJ .. its not hard to get our family & friends to dance & you kept them dancing all night! we had the best time!!!

E
23 July 2018

My mom had her vow renewal last night & I found this company through a friend's page! EVERYONE loved the music playing & asked me to make sure I give them the number & name of the DJs! One family member even requested I give her Anthony's information for her future parties. My family doesn't dance much but they had them on the floor & my mom NEVER dances and she was dancing until the last song. Thank you guys so much for everything & working with our busy schedules! More...

J
23 July 2018

I can't say enough about how wonderful our wedding was! We highly recommend PJ & essential sounds entertainment for hire! He was right on point with every request and everyone has raved about the music ! Thank you for adding the special touch to our wedding at Doolans! The night was amazing More...

R
23 July 2018

PJ was our DJ at our wedding this past Friday night on 5th Avenue Beach, Belmar, NJ and reception at Doolans Shore Club in Spring Lake, NJ. He made ALL the MANY miles people drove to see it well worth it!!! Essential Sounds worked VERY well with Doolans Shore Club and the combination of the two was mind blowing. We would recommend this company to anyone! Any and all requests were honored and everyone was very accommodating, PJ had a great way with the crowd and felt out what could be played when...he is truly meant for his job!! We were so lucky to have him and his team, they made our day one we will never forget, and one people will be talking about a long long time. Thank you PJ!!! We loved you guys!!!! More...

T
23 July 2018

PJ was our amazing DJ and MC for our fundraiser at 709 in Pt. Pleasant yesterday. The music was great and he was such a great help with all the little details that go into to making it a successful night. He was spot on with his timing and the event couldn't have flowed any better! We were so lucky to have him for our event! More...

M
23 July 2018

PJ and Essential Sounds Entertainment strike again! Last weekend was my third wedding with them providing music and lighting, this is including my own :) They are the best, so professional and so much fun! Never have seen wedding guests dance so much in my life. Leaving food behind to go dance! Super times and I would HIGHLY reccomend them to anybody looking for great entertainment for a wedding or other event. 5 stars! More...

S
23 July 2018

PJ and his assistant rocked our night.... Sept 6th, 2015...Literally.... My rocker friends said they LOVED our DJ and my friends who dance got to dance the night away. PJ made sure we were happy all night and presented our photobooth book (in my fave color purple of course) to us at the end of the night. The photobooth attendant was great as well. Everyone loved the size of the booth. Thanks PJ for such a great night!!!! More...

J
23 July 2018

It was a pleasure to work with PJ and his team! He always answered all questions and emails in a timely manner. He kept my wedding going all night long and always had guests dancing! I would recommend him to anyone and cant wait to have him DJ my sisters wedding next year! Thanks again PJ! More...

C
23 July 2018

I do not think 5 stars is enough... We had the best time on my daughter and son in law's wedding ❣ music selection was superb, requests totally honored , and music as diverse as our crowd, age wise,and culture wise❣kindness and professionalism the trademark ❣love love love❣the one we will always go back to and will warm heartedly recommend

J
23 July 2018

I first reached out to PJ when one of our other vendors fell through. PJ was very responsive, told me he did have avaialbility at our venue and had worked their before. Since he was also recommended through our photographer, he gave us a referral discount. PJ didn't try to upsell us on anything at all but did tell us about all of the other services that Essential Sounds offers - someone to sing, a logo on the dance floor, ceremony musicians and even a photobooth. Had we not been contracted with other vendors, I definitely would have taken him up on the other services.

PJ was not available for our wedding date, but put us in touch with Anthony. Anthony was very quick to answer any questions that we had. We met with Anthony in their offices to discuss the feel and flow of the wedding. The music was very important to my dad (as he put together his own version of a playlist) and to us as well. We wanted our guests (of all ages) to be up dancing most of the evening. Anthony made great suggestions about the flow of the event and was able to assist with setting up a small sound system for our officiant on the day of. They really went out of their way to make sure that every aspect was taken care of.

Anthony curated the perfect playlist for our wedding. It was exactly what we wanted. I would reach out to him with last minute request the week before the wedding and he was very responsive acknowledging the requests and making sure it was taken care of. Everyone said that the music and DJ were amazing. Anthony had everyone was dancing the whole night. Anthony was familiar with our venue which was a huge plus. We can not thank Anthony and Essential Sounds enough for making this a memorable night for us.
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D
23 July 2018

We attended our very good friends wedding two years ago and PJ from Essential Sounds was the Entertainment. I didn't eat my dinner all night because the music was so good all I wanted to do was dance! 1 year later my fiancé and I got engaged and he was the first person that I wanted to call to make sure we booked him for our wedding! He was very organized and made everything go so smooth it was refreshing! We had a video chat with him before our wedding and it was great! It was convenient and I felt like we still got everything finalized just as if we went to their office. PJ is one of the nicest and most kind people we have dealt with and I would recommend him to anyone! We had our wedding this past Saturday, July 16th with PJ. Unbelievable!! I don't think the dance floor was ever not packed. From the start, PJ came out to cocktail hour introduced himself and gave us the low down on how the night was going to go. What a great guy! Very organized and still fun to be around! Thank you for making our wedding memorable and for keeping everyone on their feet "literally" We can't wait to see you again at Patrick's sisters wedding in October! You're amazing! Thank you again! Sincerely, Danielle & Patrick More...

J
23 July 2018

PJ is an absolute pleasure. He is personable and took a true interest in getting to know Matt and I as a couple. He was not only our DJ, but also our officiant for the ceremony. He made our ceremony feel intimate and kept our reception lively! Thank you for making our day incredible! More...

J
23 July 2018

Pj and Scott had everyone dancing all night! Not only are they great dj's they are so easy to work with. Thanks so much !

L
26 May 2018

This business made my wedding a hit. PJ was always prompt in responding to emails and calls during the early process. Our DJ for the event was Anthony and he was high energy and listened to all of our requests. (Anthony was also very quick to respond to us when we reached out to him) People loved the music and only ever stopped dancing to eat or head to the bar. This is an amazing business that I would recommend to anybody looking for a DJ. More...

D
26 May 2017

PJ and his team were incredible at our wedding on Friday night! The lighting looked amazing, the ceremony and cocktail music were perfectly selected and timed and the dance floor was rocking all night long. We even extended our wedding for an extra hour! Thanks, PJ! More...

S
27 May 2014

We contracted Essential Sounds Entertainment as our DJ for our wedding which took place on June 1, 2013 in Massapequa, NY at the Riviera. From Day 1, PJ was nothing short of spectacular in handling a large range of requests we had as well as providing suggestions as necessary along the way. PJ was extremely professional and knows exactly how to make everyone have a great time! He covered just about all aspects of a wedding from start to finish and things that my fiance and I wouldn't have though of. They provided the mics, music for the ceremony, coordinated with our officiant and venue for the specs of the ceremony and place etc. PJ had everything set up including uplighting, and a GOBO illumination projected on the dance floor with our names and wedding date on it in such a short period of time as their was a wedding at the venue prior to ours and he only had a small window to set up. Everything ran so smoothly and seemed effortless on his part, which im sure is due in part to his vast experience in this industry. I would recommend Essential Sounds Entertainment to anyone and everyone having a party, wedding, or event as they provide not just music but a wide range of entertainment knowledge, experience and fun atmospheres for all ages. Essential Sounds has an interactive video conference tool which allowed us to coordinate with them face to face with out actually traveling to NJ. It was a great experience and allowed us to connect with them on a more personal level. It really is a great tool and I suggest anyone booking with Essential Sounds to take advantage of it. PJ provide us the utmost flexibility, with song selections etc. as we were both extremely busy up to the day of the wedding and he made last minute edits to playlists, special song requests, etc. PJ runs a this business with passion and is always looking for ways to improve upon what is already a high standard of excellence. Thanks PJ and Essential Sounds for an unforgettable day! More...

J
27 May 2013

Matt Knight, Ryan Mccrorey, and Chris Martin were fantastic at our wedding on November 24, 2012 at Doolan's Shore Club in Spring Lake Heights, NJ. They had everyone dancing from the minute my new husband and I were introduced, to the very last song of the night. They even approached us numerous times during the reception to make sure everything was to our liking, which was so nice of them. My dream wedding day just would not have been the same without the Essential Sounds team, Thank you for everything, guys! :) More...

A
27 May 2013

Essential Sounds Entertainment is a MUST! From the first time we met with PJ, the owner, we knew that we made the right choice for our wedding entertainment. He provided us with the confidence that he would make sure our wedding day was special. He went over every detail with us from the grand entrance to first dance to cake cutting so we knew that he completely understood us and our vision! He was always available to answer any questions we had along the way and even made some suggestions for things we weren't sure of (ie. should we toss the bouquet and garter or just have an annivarsary dance?) My husband and I can't even begin to tell you how many people approached us that night and soon after about how much fun they had. Our dance floor was packed all night long! It was so hard to sit down because he played hit after hit! The music was tasteful and fun for everyone - old, young and in between! We highly recommend PJ and his team at Essential Sounds Entertainment! You won't be disappointed! More...

B
27 May 2013

I was recently a Groomsman at a wedding that PJ “The DJ” Windle and Jillian Leahy (the assistant) were working. In the interest of full disclosure, I have known PJ and Jillian personally, for a few years. But this was the first time I saw them at work (literally). And boy they did not disappoint.PJ was a consummate professional from start to finish and he had the dance floor on fire all night. During the bridal party introduction he set the tone for the night with his great enthusiasm that perfectly matched the candid party entrances themselves. Throughout the night he seemed to play just the right song, at just the right time and he even got out there and showed us how to do the electric slide.PJ really brought his A-game. He entered a witty comment here and there when there was a place for it, but he let there be silence when silence was needed. The best way I can think to characterize PJ at the wedding, was that he was a perfect fit.Even at breakfast the next morning, the bride’s grandmother said (paraphrasing), “You know, usually I don’t like disc jockies, but he really did a great job last night.” It seemed like whether young or old, PJ fit the bill.He worked the wedding like the seasoned veteran that he is, and it was great to finally see him in action. Thanks for doing such a great job PJ! More...

Q&A

The secret is: Learning about the crowd, their interests, the atmosphere, the style in which the event coordinator or Bride and Groom envision the night.

Caring about the details of the party will always lead to it's eventual success.

We are as interactive as you would like us to be, without being obtrusive or demanding. We command the dance floor without making the event "about us". We strive to be educated and knowledgeable - without being "know-it-alls". We want to learn about what makes YOUR event unique.

The feeling that we get when we provide the client with exactly the sort of event they were picturing. Seeing the smiles on people's faces as they dance and realizing we are an integral part of the success of the event, because we care about each and every one we do.

A love of music, entertainment and the personal experience of planning an event. I wanted to create an environment where the client and the DJ/MC were in constant contact and the planning stage was a fun experience, not a crash course a few weeks before the event.

We are experienced, dedicated and we love what we do. We have the reviews to prove that, all over the internet... and we take great pride in the kind words that are said about us after an event. We care. We have a passion for entertainment and we want to share that passion with you and your guests!

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Services

One Host - DJ/MC will provide music and entertainment at your event.

ONE DJ/MC and ONE Technical Assistant. DJ/MC is guaranteed by name on contract. Our most popular entertainment package!

Touch Screen Photo booth with attendant. Props to go with the booth. Scrapbook Unlimited photos during event Download available for pictures after the event

Full Room dynamic wall wash lighting - interacts with the dance floor and can be customized with different colors at any time.

Static color options to wall wash the room. Full room or partial room wall wash options.

2 TVs mounted on trusses - Photo montage package included. Personally customized logo for tvs included.

PJ Windle is an ordained officiant and can create your very own love themed ceremony.

Your names, Date, illuminated in full color and in HD!

Your first dance, your entrance, your big dance set... can all be enhanced with this low lying cloud effect!