About DJ Cory
Who is DJ Cory?
I can be described as many things. Laid back, professional and punctual, fun loving, practical and open minded are words other people would use to describe me. I grew up the middle of three and as the only son it was my job to make sure my sisters were sufficiently irritated at all times. My hometown is a small town of 2k called Winsted. Those of you country fans will be familiar with it as the home of Winstock Country Music Festival; the first year of which I saw when i was just a wee one with my dad. My love of music and my love for entertaining runs deep. I have loved singing since I was very young and picked up the bass and the guitar in my high school years. I also dabbled as an amateur DJ in my late teens.
My other hobbies include fishing and hunting, coin collecting, agate hunting, wild food foraging(oh those morels), and gardening. I own a snowmobile and half of an ATV and enjoy snowboarding. I also enjoy little bits of Texas Hold 'em, baseball, and hockey. I am a lifelong disappointed Vikings and Twins fan, as well as a Wild hockey junkie.
My background is eclectic. I attained a MN insurance license in 2004 and also completed a diploma program in 2005 at Associated Training Services (ATS), a school in Wisconsin for heavy equipment operation.
My working life started on my uncle's dairy farm when I was 12. I would stay with them for a week or two in the summer each year just to earn some money. My first payroll check came from the local supermarket when I was 14, where I was probably the worst stock/bag/carryout boy in history (sorry, Glenn).
After high school, I bounced around a few different jobs before I ended up in the heavy equipment field in late 2005. I worked as a forklift operator and an asphalt paving laborer before landing at Amcon Block and Precast in St. Cloud, MN as a rock and gravel processing operator for 8 years.
But what makes him a great DJ?
I have been entertaining people as a DJ since 2003. When I was learning how to play the bass guitar at 17, I bought an amplifier with an input to connect to a cd player or laptop. Well, being the thinker that I am, I realized that with the help of a 12 volt power inverter and the cigarette lighter in my vehicle, I had a music system I could take anywhere I went! I was soon looking for any opportunity I could to sit and play music, so people could dance and have a great time. I didn't get paid at that time but it laid the groundwork for when I would delve into the actual DJ business years later.
My first endeavor into the professional DJ industry came when I was hired to work as a set-up guy for the famed "Chopper" - whom I consider to be my biggest inspiration. I learned so much from him and his 30+ years in the DJ business. Most importantly, I learned that showing my own personality is the best way to get a crowd to show me theirs. When the DJ is having the time of his life, so will the listeners. Chopper also taught me that you never get more drunk than the people for which you are playing. Personally, I hardly drink at bar gigs and rarely at any other function, so you don't have to worry about me being the super drunk DJ who embarasses you in front of all of your guests.
I began my own career as a solo DJ in 2008. Since then I have entertained at 700+ gigs in and around St. Cloud, Duluth, Waverly, Brainerd, Rochester, Bloomington, Fergus Falls, and Sioux Falls, SD. I have been hired as a DJ for over 150 weddings. Weddings are where my DJ skills truly shine. I enjoy catering to every detail and specific request. My main goal is to ensure your entire event flows smoothly. My clients rave about my flexibility and personalized touch. To read more from my satisfied clients, click here!