Owner and DJ, Devon Leatherberry

It’s kind of ironic how I got into the business.  It wasn’t something I actually thought of doing.  I’ve always played around with albums and 45’s when I was younger.  I always had a nice car stereo and a good selection of music.  At almost every party I would go to, there was always someone who would yell out, “Hey Devo, put some tunes on.”

In 1988 I was shooting pool for Kueler’s Korner when the owner, Willy Kueler asked if I’d DJ.  I thought, why not.  So I took my tape deck and my CD player with about 50 CD’s up to the bar and played what people wanted to hear.  After selling the bar right before New Year’s Eve, I was pretty much done until a friend of mine called me the following week and asked if I would be interested in DJing his Birthday party.  He told me he always had fun when I DJed at the bar.  So, in January 1989 I bought the equipment that I needed and I was in business.

In March of ‘89 I was introduced to Bob Viking at a St Patrick’s Day party at a sports club with a bar.  Bob gave me a lot of grief ’cause, here I am, DJing a St. Patty’s Day party with no Irish music.  I didn’t know what I was doing.  When I told him that this was just a hobby, he yelled at me saying that this is a business and you have to treat it like a business.  He went on by adding, if I wanted to learn, he would teach me.  Smart move on my part.  I went along with him to all of his shows not even caring how much I was getting paid.  It was free schooling.  While working the lights Bob noticed that I had a natural talent in this line of business.  Numerous times he would say, “You’re a natural at this.”

Soon afterwards I met another professional that would also play a big role in my success in this business.  I was standing in line at Good n Loud of Madison, when I heard behind me, “So you’re the famous Devo” I replied with a chuckle, “Well, I don’t know about famous.”  It was “Screamin” Scott Seiwart of Full Tilt DJ’s, the Big Dog of Madison, Wisconsin.  He was very positive, energetic and all around fun.  We hit it off perfectly and became close friends.  If I had to evaluate all my friends, I would have to say that Bob Viking and Scott Seiwart have become my best friends.  There’s nothing they wouldn’t do for me and nothing I wouldn’t do for them.

Scott had talked Bob and me into attending a DJ convention in Louisville, KY.  We had a blast.  I learned a lot of very good information that took my performance to the next level.  I’ve continued going to the conventions learning as much as I can, so I can give my customers the kind of performance they deserve.  The things that I have learned and picked up from other DJ’s at these conventions, I’ve put my own little twists on them to make them more fun and entertaining.  So much fun to where I’ve even received as much as $200 in tips from a $1300 wedding.

At first, I was very scared and nervous standing in front of a couple hundred people with a microphone in my hand.  Now, I’m at home.  There’s nothing that gives me more joy than putting a smile on people’s faces and knowing that they are having the time of their lives.  I welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.