Party Like It's 2022

Remember packed dance floors,
late-night sing-alongs...handshakes and hugs?!

We’ve temporarily changed the way we celebrate weddings.
Let’s face it...2020 sucked.

But if you’re planning a celebration in 2022 or beyond, we know you’re ready to party like yesteryear but with some new twists and trends for when we get back to the ‘good ol’ days.’

We are known for our bundled package offerings - DJ, Video, and Photography.

You can bundle and mix and match services that fit your budget.

Dealing with one contract for multiple services is super convenient and easy.

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A silver lining of 2020? We’ve added livestream services so you can expand your guestlist to friends and family who cannot attend your wedding.

During the pandemic, we successfully rebooked and rescheduled 2020 weddings all while staying open and operational with a dedicated full-time staff.

We’re excited for the future and hope you’ll consider us for your special day.

Are you ready to party like it's 2022...or even 2023?!

Contact us with your wedding date and more details to receive a quote!

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@hurricaneproductions reaches over 10k Instagram Followers

This map shows the reach of Hurricane's Instagram followers.
This map shows the reach of Hurricane's Instagram followers.

Follow Hurricane Productions on Instagram

Hurricane Productions is visual. And despite its strong presence on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, Instagram is where Hurricane Productions really found its niche.

With over 10,000 followers and counting all over the world, Hurricane Productions is a major player on a platform that boasts over 100 million active users.

"For me, exploring Instagram has confirmed something I always thought to be true about human nature,” said Hurricane co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Strato Doumanis. “We are visual beings and hold visuals in higher regard than any other form of media or communication."

A recent study released by Simply Measured showed that 54-percent of top brands use Instagram with 41% of those brands posting at least one photo per week to their feeds.

Hurricane doesn’t just post photos for selfish promotion. The company encourages recruitment and collaboration with other creative people.

"Exposing the right visuals to the right people has created more connections for us as a company than any other social media platform," said Doumanis.

Hurricane's Instagram following is larger than most newspapers and media outlets around the country. It even surpasses name brands like Pepsi Max and Jaguar.

Hurricane monetizes its Instagram following via its "Hurricane Pulse" concept.

Available in the corporate and private event market, Pulse capitalizes on using unique hashtags to stream photos live to video boards/screens as well as print photos as favors.

In short, its an edgy and modern approach to a traditional photo booth.

To follow Hurricane on Instagram, visit Instagram.com/HurricaneProductions

Hurricane Productions offers financing for clients

Clients want convenience. But they also want security, reliability and flexibility.

That's why Hurricane Productions recently partnered with the popular 'Bill Me Later' service through PayPal.

'Bill Me Later' offers clients flexible financing options for all Hurricane Productions' services.

"This makes creating a special event easier for our clients," said Hurricane co-founder and CEO Vincent Velasquez. "Since day one I've told every client that we want to work with them, no matter their budget. This is another step in offering more services to a broader audience of people."

'Bill Me Later' offers up to six months of financing with no interest or additional cost for qualified applicants.

Hurricane offers all clients the ability to plan their event online and also pay online. Plus, the company accepts all major credit and debit cards.

"People like to feel secure when it comes to important purchases," Velasquez said. "We find more and more that clients shy away from cash or personal checks as a payment method."

For more information, visit HurricaneProductions.com

About Bill Me Later:
Bill Me Later is a PayPal service that lets you buy now and pay later. Think of it as a secure, instant, and reusable credit line without the plastic. Bill Me Later is available as a payment option at thousands of online stores and once added to your PayPal account, it can be used almost everywhere PayPal is accepted.
Bill Me Later is subject to credit approval and offered by WebBank, Salt Lake City, Utah.

About Hurricane Productions:
Hurricane Productions is an integrated media organization and a recognized leader in social media. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content to live and online audiences. DJ entertainment, multimedia and web solutions are Hurricane’s principal creative content and production activities. The company is headquartered in Red Bank, NJ.

Three Reasons why using "Super Sweet 16" in marketing is stupid

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We offer arguably one of the most premier Sweet 16 experiences in the Northeast. And not once have we used the phrase “Super Sweet 16” in our marketing campaigns.

Our page rank on Google is one of the best for content related to Sweet 16s and again...never used the phrase.

We’re not saying we’re better than you. Maybe a little more creative.

But please, we beg you, stop using 'Super' because its 2013 and you’re simply making this industry look bad. (Also see: outdated, cheesy, corny)

Here are three reasons why your ad campaign for a 'Super Sweet 16' is just plain stupid:

3. When’s the last time you heard a 16-year old use the word ‘Super’?

Aside from the Super Bowl, the word isn’t cool. Better yet, it’s not relevant. So stop.

2. Setting yourself up for a failed sale

How many times do you hear a client say, “I’m interested in a Sweet 16 for my daughter but I’m not looking to have one of those ‘Super Sweet 16s.’

Maybe you don’t want to admit this. But sit down and take a deep breath - the majority of your clientele is middle class.

Just because you include uplighting or TV screens in your entertainment packages doesn’t justify calling it a ‘Super’ Sweet 16.

But don't worry, you can still offer your 'premium services.' No reason to call it Super.

The definition of a ‘Super Sweet 16,’ as presented by MTV includes beyond extravagent decor (your uplighting doesn’t qualify), celebrity appearances/performances (such as Chris Brown and Sean Kingston) and surprises like a luxury sports car waiting at valet.

That brings us to our next point...

1. MTV owns the trademark and created the phrase

It’s one thing to promote pop culture in your product or tie it into what you do. It’s another thing to completely rip off a brand name created by a media conglomerate. (By the way, the show premiered EIGHT years ago).

Talk about lazy, uncreative and flat out boring.

Now...go ahead...wipe your brow and start thinking.

Hurricane Productions seeks female host for short video series

Hurricane Productions is seeking a fun, outgoing female host for an upcoming short-video series.

Episodic series will consist of up to three video shorts for distribution on Hurricane's social networks and partner sites.

Ideal candidate is between the ages of 21-28 years old. Experience is preferred but not required.

Please send resume, reel or video example (if applicable) and headshot to Julia@HurricaneProductions.com.

About Hurricane Productions:

Hurricane Productions is an integrated media organization and a recognized leader in social media. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content to live and online audiences. DJ entertainment, multimedia and web solutions are Hurricane’s principal creative content and production activities. The company is headquartered in Red Bank, NJ.

For more information please visit the website or call 888.393.7066.

 

Terrace on the Park in Queens, NY hosts Sweet 16 during snowstorm

Terrace on the Park in Queens, NY is a historical landmark honoring the 1964 New York World's Fair. It now is a beautiful banquet hall and catering venue for Weddings, Sweet 16s and Quinceañeras. With great - and reliable - entertainment from Hurricane Productions, all events are successful at Terrace on the Park.

Raven's Winter Wonderland Sweet 16  was very much wintery. The day of her Sweet 16 happened to fall on the day of the largest snowstorm of the season.

Despite road conditions and warnings from the press to stay off the road, Hurricane Productions ventured from the Jersey Shore up to Queens hours before the event. Hurricane kept the promise they made with Raven and her family - as long as the party was still on, they would be there. Time management and detailed planning got Hurricane Productions to the venue on time to throw a flawless event.

Hurricane not only provided entertainment for Raven's Sweet 16 but also a "Name in Lights" gobo, uplighting, screens with custom animations, photography and videography.

Raven's "Name in Lights" and custom animation were inspired by the Winter Wonderland theme while blue uplighting around the ballroom created a wintery atmosphere.

Hurricane's professional photographer and videographer captured the important moments of the evening with their high-definition equipment.

Hurricane Productions' punctuality and dependability make them New Jersey's - and New York's - most reliable DJ entertainment company.

If you are interested in Hurricane Productions to host your Sweet 16 or other event, please visit the website or call 888.393.7066.

Quinceanera by Hurricane Productions: DJ Entertainment, Lighting, and Design

A Quinceañera is a celebration of a girl’s transition into womanhood on her fifteenth birthday. Family and friends come together to honor the traditional mass and party with food, dancing, and special ceremonies. Quinceañera by Hurricane Productions embraces the Quinceañera culture and delivers a flawless Quinceañera event.

Traditional Quinceañera ceremonies include a waltz, changing of the shoes, passing the doll and a father/daughter dance. Each ceremony represents the  transition into womanhood in a different way and involve the most important people of the Quinceañera girl's life - her family and closest friends.

Quinceañera by Hurricane Productions honors these traditions with a keen attention to detail. Hurricane's bilingual emcees guide family and friends through presentations. When it comes to music, the DJs know how to mix salsa, merengue, bachata and reggaeton with club and top 40 hits.

Lighting is an important feature to any event, and Hurricane's lightshow and uplighting options create an elegant atmosphere. Spotlighting focuses attention during each Quinceañera ceremony while uplighting gives the ballroom a touch of color.

Hurricane offers professional photographers and videographers to capture every special moment. Using professional, high definition equipment, Hurricane photographers take formal portrait photos and candid event photos.

If you are interested in Hurricane Productions for your Quinceañera, visit the website or call 888.393.7066.

Costa del Sol in Union, NJ features custom "Name in Lights"

 

Costa del Sol in Union, NJ is the perfect venue for Quinceanera and Sweet 16 celebrations. The ballroom of windows creates a festive atmosphere for any event. Hurricane Productions, an entertainment company based out of Red Bank, NJ, flawlessly guides guests through Sweet 16 and Quinceanera ceremonies, making every event at Costa del Sol memorable.

Stephanie's family chose Costa del Sol because of the beautiful decor and attentive staff. Her Quinceanera inspired Sweet 16 incorporated many ceremonies, both Spanish and American, that required direction and a keen attention to detail. Thus, Hurricane Productions was the best entertainment choice for them. Hurricane's online planning syste

m and face-to-face consultations ensured all details were addressed.

Hurricane Productions provided entertainment for the event, mixing salsa, merengue, bachata and Portuguese music. Screens, animations and a custom designed "Name in Lights" gobo were featured at the Sweet 16 as well.

The "Name in Lights" shown on a wall in the ballroom , adding an element of personalization. Stephanie's casino themed Sweet 16 influenced the design of her custom gobo. Hurricane's graphic designer created the gobo design from scratch using Stephanie's preferences as guidance. All Hurricane gobos are unique and designed in-house.

If you are interested in Hurricane Productions for entertainment for your Sweet 16 or Quinceanera, visit the website or call 888.393.7066.

Hurricane Productions is hiring sales, entertainers and creative talent

Hurricane Productions is currently seeking sales associates, dancers, DJs and emcees, photographers, videographers and other creative talents to join its team.

All talents must have their own, reliable transportation.

Below is a brief description of each position. To apply, please send a headshot (a nice Facebook photo will do) and resume to recruitment@hurricaneproductions.com. Please remember to put what position you're applying for in the subject field.

Sales Associate:
Associates will foster and maintain relationships with venues and business around the tri-state. This is a commission-based position with incentives and stipends for travel and supplies.

Party Motivators/Dancers: 
Want to be the life of the party? Come be a dancer for Hurricane Productions. Hurricane takes only the best, most energetic and talented dancers in the industry. If you love to meet new people and explore new opportunities, Hurricane is the place for you.

DJs and Emcees:
Hurricane is always on the lookout for talent. Whether you're new to the scene or are looking for a fresh start with a growing company, Hurricane wants to hear from you.

Emcees are the focal point at Hurricane events.  If you're an eloquent speakers with stage presence, this is the right fit for you. Aside from entertaining guests, Emcees coordinate with the venue and guide the event through the evening's activities.

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned DJ, Hurricane wants DJs that are versatile, have an extensive knowledge of music and can read any crowd. Hurricane only chooses DJs that can mix live. Serato DJ software is preferred.

Photographers, Videographers and Editors:
Check out Hurricane's Videography pages and Photography page for examples of our work. All of Hurricane's photo and video work is produced in-house with exclusive talent.

Hurricane is seeking photographers and videographers who own DSLR-quality cameras to shoot at private events and expand their portfolios.

Also, Hurricane is seeking any editors that are familiar with the Adobe Creative Suite and/or Apple products like Final Cut Pro and Motion.

Web-Designers, Social Media Ambassadors and Graphic Designers:
If you're reading this blog post, check out Hurricane's full website by visiting HurricaneProductions.com.

Also check out Hurricane's social media presence on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and more.

All of the web design, marketing strategies, graphic design, etc are created in-house. Hurricane does not subcontract any of its creative work so therefore it's looking for more designers to pitch in with their own style and idea.

Hurricane requires its designers to be familiar with the Adobe Creative Suite.

About Hurricane Productions:

Hurricane Productions is an integrated media organization and a recognized leader in social media. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content to live and online audiences. DJ entertainment, multimedia and web solutions are Hurricane's principal creative content and production activities. The company is headquartered in Red Bank, NJ.

Knob Hill Golf Club in Manalapan, NJ Sweet 16 showcases custom graphic designs

Nothing is better than choosing a beautiful venue to host your event. Knob Hill Golf Club in Manalapan, New Jersey  is just that, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking a picturesque golf course. Paired with great entertainment from Hurricane Productions, any Wedding or Sweet 16 is a flawless event.

Brittany and her family just wanted to have a good time at Brittany's Sweet 16. They chose Knob Hill as their venue and turned to Hurricane Productions to guarantee and upbeat and fun atmosphere. With guests ranging from teenagers to parents, Hurricane catered to all musical tastes. Spanish music, classic rock and top 40 all made it onto the playlist that evening.

Hurricane Productions not only provided entertainment for the evening but also lighting design, screens with custom animations, "name in lights," and photography.

Brittany's peacock theme transpired throughout the ballroom with blue and green uplighting and peacock custom animations. Animations were created in house by Hurricane's own graphic designer. Brittany's graphic, like all graphics created at Hurricane, was designed specifically to her taste.

The peacock animations played on the screens throughout the night, splitting time with family-friendly music videos that played during dance sets.

Brittany's "name in lights" shone on a large, open wall to personalize her event. Fonts for her "name in lights" mimicked those of her custom animation.

Hurricane photographers captured all important moments from the evening, from Brittany's entrance to each and every candle.

If you are interested in Hurricane Productions entertaining your event, please visit our website or give us a call - 888.393.7066.

Top 25 Live Events of 2012

As another year closes out, 2012 will be remembered at Hurricane Productions for consistency in brand recognition and event production.

In its first year multi-opting select dates on the calendar, Hurricane delivered an full spectrum of entertainment and media products unparalleled to many in its class.

Hurricane relaunched a new website, entertained some visually stunning events and renewed its commitment to building a media portfolio outside of live events.

The creation of 'Hurricane Pulse' bolstered the company's social media presence and reputation amongst industry leaders. Hurricane also developed more photographers and videographers in its visual division. Hurricane Studios will debut in 2013 an entity separate from the entertainment of the company, focusing solely on photo and video production.

Here's a look at our top 25 live events from 2012:

25. Brianna's Sweet 16

When: October 13, 2012
Where: Macaluso's in Hawthorne, NJ

The Story:
Brianna and her family grew up with New York City roots so Brianna envisioned a Sweet 16 themed around the Big Apple.

From a custom animation which featured Brianna's portraits throughout an animated scene of Times Square to a 'Name in Lights' gobo that reflected the skyline of the city, Brianna communicated her wants and Hurricane brought the NYC vibe to her event.

Brianna and her friends also snapped Instagram photos on their phones throughout the night which streamed right to the four video screens provided by Hurricane Productions.

Talent on this event featured emcee Benny K, Robert Padovano and DJ Strato Doumanis.

Links:
Brianna's Sweet 16 Photo Album
#brianna16 on Instagram via Hurricane Pulse

24. Deborah and Robert's Wedding

When: June 23, 2012
Where: The Bernard's Inn - Bernardsville, NJ

The Story:

Watch this video. If someone told you this was a second wedding, would you believe them?

Maybe some couples who embark on a second marriage would shy away from a younger entertainment company. But not Deborah and Bobby. This couple met with Vincent and Strato numerous times and sensed the duo's maturity and in-depth understanding of their music preferences.

The Bernard's Inn played host to this wedding which featured uplighting and dancing throughout the night.

23. Katherine's Sweet 16

When: February 18, 2012
Where: The Heldrich Hotel - New Brunswick NJ

The Story:
Katherine grew up with Hurricane Productions. The company entertained a number of events while she attended elementary and middle school. Her family even hired Hurricane for Katherine's 13th birthday party.

So when it came time for Katherine's Sweet 16, there was no question about her choice of entertainment.

There was just one problem...A wedding event already contracted Vincent and Strato for their services. But with the guidance of a strong support staff, Emcee Benny K, Robert Padovano, and DJ Andrew Schittone headlined this event and provided Katherine with a true Hurricane experience.

Links:
Katherine's Sweet 16 Photo Album

22. Paul's Graduation

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When: June 9, 2012
Where: TPC Jasna Polana - Princeton, NJ

The Story:
Seriously...this is a high school graduation.

From full lighting decor to a nightlife-inspired production, Paul invited all of his graduating class and their friends from town to celebrate this milestone together.

Nearly 200 guests danced from sunset until midnight in a setting that more closely resembled a nightclub than a country club.

Links:
Paul's Graduation Photo Album

21. Demitria's Sweet 16

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When: December 8, 2012
Where: Razberry's - Frenchtown, NJ

The Story:
Many Sweet 16 girls born in winter months want a 'Winter Wonderland' themed event. But not as many can execute it like Demitria and her family.

Hurricane Productions provided a custom 'Name in Lights' gobo and signature animations which feature snowflakes handpicked by Demitria.

The event featured emcee Robert Padovano and DJ Strato Doumanis.

Links:
Demitria's Sweet 16 Photo Album

20. Danielle and Robert's Wedding

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When: September 7, 2012
Where: Branches - Long Branch, NJ

The Story:
Danielle and Robert met Vincent and Hurricane Productions after Danielle's younger sister celebrated her Sweet 16 with the company in 2009.

Members of the Bernacchi family stayed connected with Vincent via Facebook through the years.

The relationship that this couple built with the company is second to none. Between visiting the office, following posts on Facebook and exchanging emails and texts, Hurricane delivered a fun-filled wedding celebration for a cool couple.

Links:
Danielle and Robert's Photo Album
#danielleandrob on Instagram via Hurricane Pulse

19. Justine's Debut Celebration

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When: July 29, 2012
Where: Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club - Farmingdale, NJ

The Story:
While a Bat Mitzvah, Quinceanera or Sweet 16 is more familiar to American families, a Debut Celebration is a traditional Filipino coming-of-age celebration for young women.

A 'Debut' takes place at or around the 18th birthday.

Justine's event features a traditional waltz, rose ceremony, candle ceremony and toasts delivered by key members of her intermediate and extended family.

Links:
Justine's Debut Celebration Photo Album
#justine18 on Instagram via Hurricane Pulse

18. DJ Times' DJ Expo 2012 - Hurricane delivers seminar on video production

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When: August 13-16, 2012
Where: Trump Taj Mahal - Atlantic City, NJ

The Story:
For the second straight year, Hurricane Productions' owners Strato Doumanis and Vincent Velasquez delivered a seminar to the DJ and Entertainment Industry at the annual DJ Times DJ Expo.

This year's seminar titled 'Know Your Video,' honed in on the 101s of video editing, production and the mediums people are using to distribute content.

Hurricane's seminar is one of the most attended of a week that consists of education and networking.

Vincent also competed in the 'DJ of the Year' competition.

Links:
Hurricane delivers 'Know Your Video' Seminar - Photo Album

17. Julya's Sweet 16

When: September 1, 2012
Where: The Rosewood - Edison, NJ

The Story:
Julya’s Sweet 16 featured all the traditional elements of what would typically be celebrated at a Quinceanera – waltz, changing of the shoes, tiara presentation and more.

From formal introductions to traditional dances, Spanish music and more, the Hurricane Productions staff is able to adapt to any setting and entertain all guests.

Emcee Benny K, Robert Padovano and DJ Andrew Schittone entertained this event.

Links:
Julya's Sweet 16 Photo Album

16. Rutgers Senior Formal 2012

When: May 10, 2012
Where: Livingston Hall - Rutgers University

The Story:
What's cool about this event is that from start to finish, it takes about 16 hours to produce.

Setup in Livingston Hall commences around 10am and Hurricane's production staff works straight through until the start of the event at 9pm to create a nightlife, club-inspired atmosphere for graduating seniors.

Then it's non-stop entertainment for four hours with a cocktail-style celebration.

This is one of their last events together as a senior class before graduation so RU always makes it a night to remember.

Links:
Rutgers Univerisity Class of 2012 Gala Photo Album

15. Jamie's Sweet 16

When: October 27, 2012
Where: Gran Centurions - Clark, NJ

The Story:
Jamie's Sweet 16 featured the full spectrum of event services from Hurricane Productions - Entertainment, Event Design, Photography and Videography.

Hosted at The Gran Centurions in Clark, NJ, this highlight video captures a nightlife style atmosphere created by great music and interactive entertainment.

DJ Strato Doumanis, Emcee Benny K and Robert Padovano headlined this event.

Links:
Jamie's Sweet 16 Photo Album
#jamie16 on Instagram via Hurricane Pulse

14. Derby Days 2012

When: November 10, 2012
Where: College Avenue Gymnasium - Rutgers University

The Story:
Hurricane Productions provides music, production and visual support for this annual philanthropic event hosted at Rutgers University.

This year's edition of Sigma Chi Derby Days raised $138,000 for the Children's Miracle Network and six other philanthropic organizations.

Hurricane's involvement with the event dates back to 2006. Over that span, the organizations involved with the event have eclipsed over $300,000 in monies raised and donated.

Links:
Brotherhood Auction Highlight Video
Derby Days' Photo Album

13. Petrides School Senior Prom

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When: June 7, 2012
Where: Hilton Garden Inn - Staten Island, NY

The Story:
Proms are a unique event. Students change and mature at a rapid pace from a year-to-year basis.

Trends are different, styles are different, and the music is different as well.

But each year, Hurricane Productions continues to adapt and make each prom a little different to suit each outgoing senior class.

From lighting design to music selection, the nightclub atmosphere that Hurricane Productions creates gives the guests a product that is more mature and sophisticated than a Sweet 16 but not quite a wedding.

Links:
Petrides School Senior Prom Photo Album

12. Ani's Sweet 16

When: June 15, 2012
Where: Manasquan River Golf Club - Manasquan, NJ

The Story:
Ani knew she wanted an exclusive, VIP experience for all of her friends.

Ani asked Hurricane to be a part of her night because she wanted a nightlife-inspired atmosphere. Hurricane Productions provided full ballroom uplighting, a 'Name in Lights' gobo, party motivators and photography.

Despite it being a summer event, Ani wanted to surprise her guests with Hurricane’s snow special effect.

Links:
Ani's Sweet 16 Photo Album

11. Lauren's Sweet 16

When: January 28, 2012
Where: Sterling Gardens - Matawan, NJ

The Story:
Hosted by Hurricane Productions and Sterling Gardens, Lauren’s Sweet 16 featured all the entertainment elements that make a complete event – a fun and loving family, club-inspired music, and interactive entertainment.

Lauren’s family opted for a full-service experience from Hurricane. Although they initially just considered Hurricane a ‘DJ company,’ Lauren and her family quickly realized that they could find a professional photography and videography service from the company as well.

Hurricane guided Lauren through all of her special events, provided event animations, visual displays and more.

Links:
Lauren's Sweet 16 Photo Album

10. Gena and Steve's Wedding

When: October 14, 2012
Where: Waterside Restaurant and Catering - North Bergen, NJ

The Story:
Gena and Steve captured the most beautiful day of the season as they celebrated their wedding amongst a diverse group of family and friends.

With music that ranged from oldies to top 40, Gena requested a set of traditional Arabic music. Both sides of the family danced and celebrated with each other while overlooking the New York City skyline.

Hurricane Productions provided entertainment for both the cocktail hour and reception, lighting and video enhancements for the event. Hurricane created custom graphics for the screens inside of the banquet facility and also streamed real-time photos for all guests to view.

Aside from entertainment, Gena and Steve also chose a visuals package from Hurricane. The company provided a professional photography and videography team for the event.

Links:

9. Isabella's Sweet 16

When: January 13, 2012
Where: The Grand Marquis - Old Bridge, NJ

The Story:
‘Winter in Moscow’ – a unique, beautiful theme that fit the guest of honor to a tee.

Isabella is a trained ballerina who spent a summer practicing her craft in Russia.

This represents a classic Sweet 16 – one with emphasis on family, ceremonies and presentation.

But that’s not all. We made it snow in the ballroom with the help of our snow special effect enhancement.

Links:
Isabella's Sweet 16 Photo Album

8. Rebecca and Joe's Wedding

When: July 14, 2012
Where: TPC Jasna Polana - Princeton, NJ

The Story:
This couple made sure they genuinely enjoyed each other throughout the evening.

Of course a breathtaking venue for lighting like the TPC Jasna Polana helps with creating an elegant atmosphere. But when it came to planning this wedding – at least musically – this is a couple who did it as a team.

Rebecca and Joe used all of Hurricane Productions’ tools - including online access its entire music library - to direct their wedding experience.

Links:
Rebecca and Joe's Wedding Photo Album

7. Dana and Adam's Wedding

When: February 18, 2012
Where: The One and Only Westmount Country Club - Woodland Park, NJ

The Story:
Adam and Dana celebrated a winter wedding in the elegant setting of the ‘One and Only’ Westmount Country Club in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. With vibrant reds and room decor, this wedding stands out because of the couples meticulous attention to every detail.

Accompanied by unparalleled entertainment, lighting visuals and custom design work, Adam and Dana enjoyed their dance floor throughout their entire wedding (especially Dana).

Believe it or not, some couples get caught up in the ceremonies and saying ‘hello’ to every guest. But not these two. Adam and Dana were adamant about making the dance floor the focal point of their celebration.

Links:
Adam and Dana's Wedding Photo Album

6. Jennifer and Bill's Wedding

When: July 14, 2012
Where: St. Clement's Castle - Portland, CT

The Story:
Jennifer and William met while working together on the Board of Directors for Rutgers Dance Marathon.

The couple chose a unique setting in Connecticut for their wedding celebration.

Vincent and the Hurricane team met with Jen and Bill four times to plan all of their musical details. Jen knew exactly what she wanted from the onset of planning and pitched in ideas for all aspects of her lighting design and custom graphic proofs.

But more impressive is that neither the couple nor Hurricane blinked at the prospect of entertaining a large wedding nearly four hours from the company’s homebase. With a keen attention to detail, the couple celebrated a flawless wedding.

Links:
Jennifer and William's Wedding Photo Album

5. Dance Marathon 2012

When: March 31-April 1, 2012
Where: College Avenue Gymnasium - Rutgers University

The Story:
It's a special experience to work with students who are unselfishly working towards the common goal of helping others.

Rutgers University Dance Marathon is the largest student-run philanthropic event in New Jersey. And the 32-hour non-stop event raises money and awareness for the Embrace Kids Foundation located in New Brunswick, NJ.

Hurricane Productions (in its fifth year of involvement with the Marathon) provides professional support for social media, entertainment, visuals and more.

The most impressive undertaking by Hurricane is the recap video. It was produced in real-time, during the Marathon and shown to all dancers, volunteers, families and more right before the Board of Directors revealed the total monies raised to all.

The company also produces the event's signature line dance music track and video.

And this year Hurricane introduced a live integration of Twitter and other social media to a 50-ft interactive screen in the gymnasium.

Links:
Dance Marathon's Club DM Photo Album

4. Brianna's Sweet 16

When: August 17, 2012
Where: The Addison Park - Aberdeen, NJ

The Story:
Hurricane debuted 'Hurricane Pulse' at Brianna's Sweet 16 at Addison Park.

Brianna and her guests took over a hundred photos using her unique hashtag #briannasweet16.

The venue and the lighting made those amateur photos look great, too.

Hurricane Productions provided entertainment, screens with signature animations, 'Name in Lights' gobo, photography, videography and full ballroom uplighting.

The pink uplighting for Brianna’s Sweet 16 accented the entire ballroom to add elegance with a touch of nightclub to her event.

Links:
Brianna's Sweet 16 Photo Album
#briannasweet16 on Instagram via Hurricane Pulse

3. Selena's Quinceanera

When: May 26, 2012
Where: The Palace at Somerset Park - Somerset, NJ

The Story:
Fireworks, interactive entertainment and custom signature enhancements helped Selena celebrate her Quinceanera at the Palace at Somerset Park with unforgettable elegance. All spectrums of music including salsa, meregenue, bachata, and top 40 kept the dance floor invigorated throughout the evening.

Hurricane Productions provided videography, photography, DJ entertainment, montage services, uplighting, design enhancements and more. Selena and her family received photographs in high-resolution and video in DVD format just a few weeks following the event.

Emcee Vincent Velasquez, Guido Santiago and DJ Andrew Schittone entertained this event.

Links:
Selena's Quinceanera Photo Album

2. Elizabeth and Brian's Wedding

When: June 2, 2012
Where: Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University - Union, NJ

The Story:
The day before an outdoor wedding celebration is stressful. Especially if it rains.

But following a day of showers, the sun held up the weekend after Memorial Day for Brian and Elizabeth.

The couple celebrated a tented wedding on a summer day in New Jersey – devoid of humidity or a cloud in the sky. Guests congregated in the garden for the wedding ceremony, enjoyed cocktail hour during dusk and danced together into moonlight.

The weather coincided with Brian and Liz’s music selection – a perfect mix of oldies, Spanish music, and top 40 to keep all ages socializing and dancing together throughout the evening.

Emcee Vincent Velasquez and DJ Andrew Schittone headlined this wedding celebration.

Links:
Elizabeth and Brian's Wedding Photo Album

1. Hurricane Pulse - Instagram incorporated in live events

The Story:
Ok, so it's not a live event. But our No. 1 spot belongs to the biggest 'Event Innovation' we added to our live event portfolio in 2012.

Hurricane Pulse is interactivity, redefined.

You're are already sharing pics with friends on Instagram, connecting on Twitter … and needless to say, everyone is on Facebook.

Now just think about how cool all of this can be at your special event.

Whether it’s a Wedding, Sweet 16 or Corporate event, Hurricane Pulse allows you to connect with all of your guests using these three social media platforms.

Here’s how it works:

Instagram photos and Tweets are fed directly to our high-definition screens using an event-specific hashtag. Your guests don’t need anything but the apps installed on their phones
(Yes, it’s that simple).

That’s not all. Hurricane prints your photos straight from Instagram at Kiosks around your private event space.

Forget a photobooth, this is way cooler.

Wait, we’re seriously not done.

Alongside this user-interactive experience, Hurricane’s professional photographers snap pics all night and then posting them just hours after your event right on Facebook.

Pulse is just one of the many features and services Hurricane Productions offers Weddings, Sweet 16s and corporate events.

Links:
HurricanePulse.com

Macaluso's hosts New York City themed event

Macaluso’s in Hawthorne, NJ is a gorgeous venue to hold any type of event - sweet 16, wedding, charity and corporate. Large spacious ballrooms with marble dance floors can accommodate any number of guests for a memorable event. Add a professional and cheerful staff ensure that guests are comfortable and that your event is on time and running smoothly and Macaluso’s is the perfect venue for any occasion.

Macaluso’s did not hesitate to host Brianna’s New York City themed Sweet 16. Brianna and her family came in with an exact idea for what they wanted Brianna’s event to look like. Macaluso’s, along with Hurricane Productions, brought that idea to life.

Hurricane Productions is an entertainment and innovations company based out of Red Bank, NJ. Along with entertainment Hurricane provided uplighting, custom animations for screens, “Name in Lights,” and an Instagram feature, Hurricane Pulse, for Brianna’s Sweet 16.

Family and friends entered a ballroom with Brianna’s “Name in Lights,” designed in house at Hurricane, shining on the wall. Her name was complemented by a New York City skyline gobo on the opposite wall.

Hurricane Pulse gave guests another way to interact at the party. Brianna’s personalized hashtag, #brianna16, allowed guests’ photos to be streamed directly to the screens and printed automatically at stations around the room.

All was tied together with dark hues of purple full-ballroom uplighting, fully transforming Brianna’s event into a New York City Sweet 16.

Interested in Hurricane Productions for your upcoming event? Visit us online or give us a call at 888.393.7066.

 

Woodlake Country Club caters to Nigerian family for daughter's Sweet 16

Every family is different, and Tobi's is no exception. That is why choosing Woodlake Country Club for her Sweet 16 was an easy choice.

Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood Township, NJ is the perfect venue for any Sweet 16. The staff is welcoming to families of all backgrounds and knows exactly what to do for all types of cultural ceremonies. Match that with a beautiful ballroom that overlooks a picturesque golf course and you have a wonderful choice for your special event.

Lively does not begin to describe Tobi's family. The energetic, tight-knit family was ready to celebrate at her Sweet 16. Entertained by Hurricane Productions, Tobi's family danced the night away.

Hurricane Productions is a DJ Entertainment and Event Innovation company out of Red Bank, NJ. Hurricane is known for their incredible attention to detail and making sure that every event they host is better than their client expected.

Hurricane Productions provided DJ entertainment, uplighting, custom "name in lights" gobo and a photo/video montage presentation for Tobi at Woodlake Country Club in Lakewood, NJ.

Tobi's mother was elated with the Hurricane Productions performance for her daughter's Sweet 16. "Keep up the excellent work that you are known for," she said. "The sky is the limit!" She is not the only supporter of Hurricane Productions. Previous clients always recommend the company and some have used them for multiple events as their family DJ Entertainment company.

Tobi and her parents wanted family videos shown at her Sweet 16, so Hurricane Productions did a VHS to DVD conversion and edited the media for them. Photos were scanned and combined with the video to create a montage just for Tobi.

Interested in Hurricane Productions? Visit us at hurricaneproductions.com or call at 888.393.7066.

Hurricane Productions inks professional photographer/videographer Kara Battistoni to produce exclusive content

With an eye for photography, Kara Battistoni searched the room, spotted a DJ and decided that would be her best bet.

But she wasn't taking pictures at the time. In fact, she was giving a presentation and needed an extension cord.

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"She asked for a cord and we had a quick conversation about photography," Hurricane Productions co-owner and resident DJ Strato Doumanis said about their meeting at a Rutgers University entrepreneurial conference in 2010. "And in passing she handed me her business card and told me to reach out if I ever needed photos."

That interaction led to a year of freelance work for Battistoni with the Red Bank-based entertainment company in 2011.

Battistoni, 25, of Providence, RI recently joined Hurricane Innovation and Productions' staff as its exclusive photographer and videographer.

Battistoni will document each Hurricane Productions event and help the company expand it's 'Innovation' brand.

"This is a commitment that we've been waiting to make with the right person," Hurricane Productions co-owner Vincent Anthony Velasquez said. "Kara understands the value of our visual product and this will not only expand that, but this will change the way our clients and our competitors view our business model."

Hurricane's investment into visuals should come as no surprise. The company started posting original event content on Facebook in 2007. Four years later, the addition of Battistoni helps Hurricane focus on giving each client a more complete, full-service experience.

As for Battistoni, Rutgers recruited her as a collegiate swimmer out of high school.

She initially tried business school but soon realized that she gravitated to art classes in the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

She started snapping photographs on both a medium format Mamimya and Canon35mm film camera before transitioning to DSLR cameras.

While at Mason Gross she met professional filmmaker Alrick Brown.

Brown's piece, Kinyarwanda, won the 'Audience Award' at Sundance in 2011. Battistoni worked on the project and credits Brown for getting her involved in film.

Aside from event photography and video at Hurricane Innovation and Productions, her portfolio includes promotional photos, headshots and videos for local musicians.

A fresh start for Robert Padovano lands him at Hurricane Productions

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A fresh start isn't just about moving to a new location, searching for job or even starting a diet.

A fresh start is about redefining character and applying it to daily life.

Robert Padovano, 18, of Marlboro, NJ joins the Hurricane Productions entertainment team as a fresh face in 2012.

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But his decision to join the company comes from his desire to grow and learn new aspects of media and entertainment.

"I want to explore my talents," Padovano said. "I realize that this business is not just about DJing and parties. There is so much more out there."

Robert started his career in mobile entertainment at 13-years-old when his parents purchased a DJ unit for him.

Robert's previous experience in the business will help him entertain events in Hurricane's Sweet 16 division.

"Rob is a strong player coming to an already strong team," Hurricane Productions co-owner Vincent Anthony Velasquez said. "I think he will get a chance to be himself here and explore many creative options."

Prospective clients will get a chance to meet Robert through many mediums.

He will be featured on Hurricane Productions' Facebook page and he'll be a regular in company video promotions and other projects.

"Everyone should expect a lot out of me," he said. "This is what I love - all the people you meet and all the connections you make is what this experience is going to be all about."

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Merri-Makers at Neshanic Valley Golf Club provides hospitable environment for entertainment companies

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Wedding celebrations are all about feeling good and letting loose. But in order to create that feel, it takes more than just music.

Merri-Makers General Manager Danielle Gomez and her staff at Neshanic Valley Gold Club are not only customer service oriented, but are focused on accommodating all vendors. The way a staff and a catering facility treats its vendors (and vice versa) translates beyond handshakes and 'thank yous.'

That atmosphere creates a fun and laid back environment. Consequently, the couple celebrating their special day feels those vibes throughout their event.

Danielle understands this philosophy and therefore, events are Neshanic Valley are second to none.

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As for the venue itself, Neshanic Valley Golf Club provides a unique and creative setting for a wedding celebration. If a venue overlooking Somerset County isn't picturesque enough, the banquet room itself allows for any creative entertainment company to come in and have some fun. With a high ceiling over the dance floor and beautiful windows surround the room, the possibilities are endless.

At the particular wedding pictured in this post, the bride wanted the uplighting design to match her bridesmaids' dresses. But she also did not want to overwhelm the room with purple. So therefore, Hurricane Productions designed purple lightscaping on just the area surrounding the dance floor.

This created a nightclub-style atmosphere surrounding the dance floor but allowed guests to visit the bar and eat dinner without being saturated in purple uplighting.

Beyond uplighting design, Hurricane Productions provided video screens and custom graphics for the bride and groom. As you can see in the photos, the screens displayed custom graphic work designed exclusively at Hurricane Productions.

Almost lost in all of this is the fact that Hurricane Productions delivered a seamless performance for the bride and groom at Neshanic Valley Golf Club. From introductions to spotlight dances and even a surprise singing performance to 'Unforgettable,' by the bride - Hurricane executed a perfect wedding celebration.

Guests danced the entire night with music by Hurricane Productions' lead DJ Strato Doumanis while host Vincent Velasquez guided the celebration from start to finish.

If you want to learn more about Hurricane Productions, you can connect with the company on Facebook at facebook.com/hurricanesocial.

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Go beyond the preferred vendors list on the Cornucopia Cruise Line

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Hurricane Productions transformed the Cornucopia Cruise Line in Perth Amboy and Hoboken to a nightclub destination for Sweet 16s in NJ.

Club-style lighting, custom graphics, 'Name in Lights,' and other distinct entertainment features brought the NJ-based cruise line to life with a dinner cruise around NJ and NY harbors.

Aside from incredible food and service, the Cornucopia provided a unique setting for a Sweet 16s.

But you need to go beyond the Cornucopia's 'preferred vendor list' to find a DJ entertainment company like Hurricane Productions.

Hurricane does not mass produce its product. Instead, the company specializes in customizing Sweet 16s and Weddings for its clients.

Some clientele associate cruise lines in NJ with cheesy entertainment and the 'Chicken Dance.' Hurricane Productions offers young professionals with entertainment experience to help create an environment based on your musical preference.

Working on a cruise ship provides challenges for a mobile DJ company - especially one with a reputation for high-end productions like Hurricane Productions.

From loading equipment on a the dock, to adjusting its setup to a cruise-style format, Hurricane Productions has experience with building its setup and entertainment in variety of NJ venues.

And for those parents out there that are worried about power or electrical issues on a boat - Hurricane Productions provided a lighting technician to operate its club-style atmosphere throughout the evening.

You can keep current with all Hurricane Productions events on a daily basis at facebook.com/hurricanesocial

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Sterling Gardens Sweet 16

Event Innovation at Hurricane Productions  gives clients a different perspective on DJ entertainment.

Clients won't find Hurricane Productions on the  Sterling Gardens 'preferred vendors' list. But that doesn't mean clients don't have a choice when it comes to DJ entertainment.

Hurricane Productions hosts many events at Sterling Gardens throughout the year. From weddings to Sweet 16s, Sterling Gardens provides Hurricane Productions a unique space to create an unparalleled entertainment experience for its clients.

The above 'point of view' video shows a Sweet 16 at Sterling Gardens that put new twists on the traditional Sweet 16 in terms of music and design.

Hurricane Productions provided uplighting, music videos, its trademark 'Name in Lights' graphic and LED dance stages at the event. Hurricane also provided video and photography services and created a custom photo montage for the family.

Hurricane provides entertainment that includes an emcee, DJ, dancers and a lighting technician. All the lighting is specifically designed for each individual event. None of Hurricane's lightscaping is ever duplicated for another client.

The plasma screens are also an important part to customizing your event. You can pick from a customized set of graphics created for your event. Each graphic is designed 'in-house' for use exclusively at your event.

Photo montages are also another entertainment option that adds value to an event.

Jessica and Nicolle's Sweet 16 are the most recent examples of events hosted by Hurricane Productions at Sterling Gardens.

Jessica's Sweet 16 photo album
Nicolle's Sweet 16

You can view all recent events from Hurricane Productions on its Facebook page located at facebook.com/hurricanesocial

Park Avenue Bistro hosts Sweet 16 with Hurricane Productions

Park Avenue Bistro in Freehold, NJ hosted Justina's Sweet 16. With the help of Hurricane Productions, the venue created a memorable evening for Justina and her family.

The benefits of booking your event with Park Avenue Bistro is that the venue already installed intelligent lighting, uplighting, and high-definition LCD screens for use with your DJ company.

The difference between using Hurricane Productions or other DJ entertainment at the Park Avenue Bistro is that Hurricane includes custom name graphics for the screens and also adds an electrician-certified lighting technician to each event. These personalized touches add 'next-level' professionalism to any Hurricane Productions event.

Hurricane's creative professionals design a signature graphic for each event. The company's lighting technicians control the lighting in the entire room. They can set the uplighting to specific colors and control the intelligent lighting to spotlight special dances and create a club-like atmosphere on the dance floor.

Although the Park Avenue Bistro offers a 'house' DJ company to its potential clients, you always have a choice when it comes to DJ entertainment. Hurricane Productions offers a high energy product with exclusive features.

Hurricane's philosophy is to book just one event per evening - shifting the company's complete attention to your event on that given date.

Check Hurricane Productions' Facebook for recent photos and videos. You can now check Hurricane's availability and receive a free price quote via Facebook. Just click the 'Availability' tab on facebook.com/hurricanesocial

Hurricane Productions is 'Event Innovation.' Learn more about Hurricane Productions at facebook.com/hurricanesocial and HurricaneProductions.com

Book review: 'Running Your Multi-Op' by Michael Walter

Open any American history book and before you get to the chapter about the American Revolution, you'll be introduced to a pamphlet entitled 'Common Sense,' written by Thomas Paine.

Although Mike Walter of Elite Entertainment would blush at his book, 'Running Your Multi-Op,' being compared to a literary work that helped shape the core values leading up to the American Revolution, his book evokes the same type of education for the DJ industry through scenario-driven theories and value-based life lessons.

Now before the comparison gets too far out of hand (DJs, don't go to war over this book), as you read you'll find yourself creating a mental checklist of your own DJ experiences.

Also, if you're not a note-taker or highlighter, I suggest you change your ways for this book. Walter doesn't lose you with anecdotes, he teaches you with them. But you need to make sure you note those sections for future quick reference.

'Running Your Multi-Op,' isn't meant to to jog your imagination or paint creative scenes in your head. Walter makes you feel like he's having a conversation with you about your specific DJ company. It may initially seem designed to be a self-help book but it's not. And that's a good thing.

Walter writes like he speaks. He admits that he writes in a matter-of-fact style. You'll quickly catch on but don't expect his words to always be pleasant. There will be parts of the book that evoke those DJ memories that haunt you or he'll make you second-guess the way you've structured your company.

It's refreshing that he addresses his ego a number of times. Walter is a successful business owner and concedes that he enjoys the attention he gets from hearing his voice on a microphone in front of large groups of people. This isn't a turn-off. In fact, it helps the reader continue to turn the pages.

He is self-aware about the way the industry perceives him but also how his staff does/will perceive him. This separation of self creates a sense of authority in his words.

If you've had lunch with Walter or listened to him speak at previous DJ Expos around the country, you're already familiar with some of his stories. He visits his Music Mixer training philosophies, introduces you to Phil - a former groom turned Elite emcee, and also educates you about what he calls his atypical beginnings in the DJ industry via Star DJs and his partnership turned purchase of Elite Entertainment.

If you're a Millenial (read the book for his definition) you will have a constant tug-of-war with some of Walter's theories about your work ethic or how you tackle the 'real world' on a daily basis.

It stings at times but he offers advantages and disadvantages of the Millenial generation and even admits to some of the pitfalls of his own generation.

Before you jump to conclusions about another elder hating on the younger generation, Walter makes it clear that Millenials need him and he needs Millenials. Common sense, remember?

The book is broken up into three different sections - 'Finding Talent,' 'Cloning Yourself,' and 'Running Your Multi-Op."

I suggest you don't read this book is one seating. I tried it and failed.

At less than 150 pages I'd generally categorize it as a quick read, but it's not. You need to digest each section. Don't move on until you're ready because you can quickly become overwhelmed by your own ideas and miss out on Walter's points of emphasis.

The only knock on the book is that I couldn't read it on my iPad. But for those of you who prefer to listen to Walter than to read him, you can download his book on tape and listen to it in the car or on a morning run.
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This is a must-read from a must-meet person in the DJ industry. If you haven't purchased the book already, it would benefit you to do so before you watch and listen to Walter deliver his 'Running Your Multi-Op' seminar at this year's DJ Times DJ Expo next month in Atlantic City, NJ.

After reading (or listening) to the book, whether you're a single-op, multi-op, or a DJ by trade, you'll be inspired to change your bad habits and maybe even start your own personal or professional DJ revolution.

You can learn more about the book and purchase it online at www.MikeWalterTraining.com or www.TrainingYourNextGreatDJ.com

About the book reviewer:
Vincent Anthony Velasquez is the co-owner of Hurricane Productions DJ Entertainment. He is also a reporter for the Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ. Velasquez covers sports with a focus in Rutgers football, high school sports and minor league baseball. He also shoots and edits video for the Ledger's NJ.com website.

DJ Times article deems Hurricane Productions 'New Media Gurus'

DJ Times - the leading industry publication in DJ entertainment - recently profiled Hurricane Productions in the April edition of its monthly magazine.

The article tells the story about an upstart Hurricane Productions and how the company used the internet and social media to propel itself within the industry and within its market in just a few short years.

The article also launches awareness about Hurricane Productions' social media seminar at the International DJ Expo in Atlantic City this summer.

Click here to view the full article

"We've been at the forefront of internet marketing and are excited to share some of our successes with our peers," said Hurricane co-owner Vincent Velasquez. "There is no better way to solidify yourself as the authority in what you do then to actually put it on display and hopefully teach people some new things."

Hurricane Productions will also compete in this year's 'DJ of the Year' competition hosted by Michael Walter from Elite Entertainment.

The company, owned by Velasquez and Strato Doumanis, will also launch a new website to coincide with the seminar and 'DJ of the Year' competition.

The site will be content driven with influences from Hurricane Productions social media pages such as facebook.com/hurricanesocial

Hurricane Productions prides itself on original content. The company produces all of its content - pictures, videos and web. This gives Hurricane a wealth of multimedia to choose from when developing the new site.

"The goal of the new site will be to set the standard of what a content-driven site should look and feel like," said Doumanis. "We want our clients to easily navigate from our social media pages to our website and we want it all to feel like one."

You can view DJ Times as a digital entity online at DJTimes.com, download its smart phone app or subscribe to the publication.

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