About Me

 
 

I grew up in the Silicon Valley, raised by a tuba playing father and a mother who sang with Sweet Adelines. I’ve been a lover of music for as long as I can remember, and my brain is a jukebox with an endless pocket of change close at hand.

My first job was working in a record store. I thought it was amazing to be able to make money while standing around talking to people about music.

While in college, I trained as a radio DJ and hosted a weekly jazz show on KSJS.

After moving to New York City to pursue my graduate studies, I quickly landed a job as a resident DJ at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square, a job that I kept right up until the store closed a few years ago. Being able to watch people hear a great tune, then walk to the bin to buy a copy was a great thrill for me. It also allowed me access to an almost infinite library of music as well as people with incredibly diverse musical tastes. During this period of my life my music collection grew by leaps and bounds. Currently my library contains many thousands of albums, and is always growing.

I DJ’d my first wedding as a favor to my sister, for a friend of hers. I have to admit that I went in to that first event with a degree of hesitation - I’d only ever worked in environments where I could play what I wanted, when I wanted. I wasn’t entirely sure I wouldn’t mess the thing up terribly. However, much to my surprise, I really had a great time, and today weddings and parties make up the bulk of my business. I love getting to know the brides and grooms, finding out about the music they love, and crafting an evening’s worth of music that makes them thrilled and keeps the party going all night. Making people happy with music has got to be one of the best feelings I know.

 

Julie Jakolat

Music has always been a huge component of my life.