DJ Van Petty

Joined MyDeejay: 2011

Birthplace/Hometown: Staunton, VA/Cumberland, VA

Current Residence: Springfield, VA

College attended: Virginia Tech

Field of Study: Communications

When I’m not deejaying weddings, I can be found: Spending time with my wife, son and daughter, studying music theory, and writing hip hop lyrics!

My other interests: Reading, cooking, skateboarding, mountain biking, beer.

Favorite music artists: Outkast, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, A Tribe Called Quest, Mozart, The Roots, Rustie, Rage Against the Machine, Stevie Wonder, Wu-Tang Clan, Lonnie Liston Smith, Flying Lotus, Herbie Hancock, Parliament, Jimi Hendrix, MAD LIB, J Dilla, Hudson Mohawke, MF DOOM.

First dance songs I’m enjoying lately: “Let’s Stay Together” (Al Green), “The Way You Look Tonight” (Frank Sinatra), “Wonderful Tonight” (Eric Clapton), “That's How Strong My Love Is" (Otis Redding).

Causes I support: Cancer awareness, AIDS awareness, Habitat for Humanity, unity!

A quote I live by: “Nothing is really over until you stop trying. Never give up!”

Best advice I ever received: “Always work hard, but strive to work smart.”

Seven words that describe me: Positive, enthusiastic, articulate, creative, energetic, determined, motivated.

Five prized possessions I couldn’t live without: My Yamaha S80 keyboard, Maschine, my Sennheiser 835 microphone, Ableton, and my Traktor S4.

Something that no one would guess by looking at me: I know how to juggle, and once played a jester at a charity event.

On being a wedding DJ: “I have loved music since I started playing piano at age five, then on to concert band at 10 and marching band percussion at 11. This turned into playing in a jazz band, then a hip hop group, and currently DJing. The culmination of these factors is a wonderful energy. Every time I DJ, it gives me the opportunity to share this positive, shining energy with people on their special day. The more I perform, the stronger this amazing feeling becomes. I look forward to continuing to build and share this energy with many happy couples and their guests for years to come.”