The Dax Entertainment story is rooted in the mesmerizing power of music, lights, and technology.
In middle school, like many 7th graders, owner Dax Talbert attended his first school dance. As the other teens danced the night away, Dax watched the DJ spin records and controlled the lights, marveling at how music could fill the crowd with joy. "I just fell in love with all of it," he says.
Dax spent the next four years saving up money to buy his first DJ sound system. He mowed lawns, raked leaves, and cleaned gutters. All that hard work paid off when he finally had enough to buy his dream equipment. Soon, Dax was hired as a DJ at Elsie Allen High School dances, where he was a student at the time. He expanded his music library by going on the hunt for music from every genre: meringue, disco, classic rock, big band, reggae, Christian. If it has a beat and rhythm, Dax has it.
After high school, Dax worked for Wine Country Radio, where he learned the ropes as a sound board operator for late night radio shows. As an intern for Santa Rosa audio supply store Sound Expressions (where Dax bought his first DJ gear), he did sound for everyone from Hall and Oates to multi-million dollar fundraisers. It was there that he learned about the importance of great lightning and video as a way to take your event to the next level.
Since launching Dax Entertainment in 2003, Dax has helped thousands of happy customers create the right vibe for their event. Whether you are looking for the latest in audio, lighting and video for a fundraiser, business conference, wedding, or school dance, Dax Entertainment can make your event shine.
"I absolutely love running a full-time entertainment business," says Dax, who now leads a team of people ready to make sure your event runs without a hitch."I'm very hands-on and I like to meet with my clients in person. I like to understand what kind of vibe or theme they want for the event. It's this personal, specialized attention that's most important to me."
For friends, coworkers and bosses the words that most often come to mind when describing Dustin Drew are hardworking, reliable, and loyal. These traits are what make him such an asset to Dax Entertainment. Dustin also has a natural knack for mechanics. When he's not working hard with us, he loves to work on his truck and his car. It's no surprise that his biggest success in life thus far was winning a recent Motocross Championship. We are incredibly lucky to have this talented young man on our team.
Dustin Engel plays a core role on our professional DJ team. As an avid fan of electronic dance music, he started experimenting with soundscapes and production while still in high school. "I started producing music during my junior year," says the Santa Rosa resident. "After seeing a few professional DJs live, and seeing how amazing of a show they were able to put on, I decided that I wanted to do it myself." Dustin's dedication to perfecting his craft makes sense when you take into account his other life successes: He's a black belt in Taekwondo and a former Eagle Scout.
A big fan of up-tempo and energetic music, Dustin wants every client to have the perfect, individualized party and event experience. His detailed mastery of Dax Entertainment’s extensive music library ensures a multitude of song choices covering every possible taste.
"I want the client to feel confident and secure when having me as the DJ," says Dustin. "When running an event, there are a lot of important things going on, so it is important to have a DJ that knows what they are doing."
You could say that Tyler Rich was born to be an MC and a dancer. At the age of two, Tyler's grandmother took him to see a performance of The Nutcracker. Tyler's eyes were glued to the stage for the entire ballet, and he returned home determined to impersonate the dancers, complete with giant leaps across the floor. "That's how I got the name Tyryshnikov after Mikhail Baryshnikov," he says. Later, for inspiration, Tyler practiced Michael Jackson's famous dance moves and watched old musicals like Singing in the Rain.
At the age of four, Tyler began acting in commercials. The acting experience led him to a small role in a Dreamworks film and another role in La Mission starring Benjamin Bratt. He's continued to study dance into young adulthood, gaining expertise in hip-hop, modern, ballroom, ballet, Bollywood and hula. He's also starred in many local Sonoma County productions at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts and other theater locales.
"I honestly feel like it was the only thing I was brought on earth to do," says Tyler. Spoken like a true performer!
Fabian Vera is most proud of two things: His kids and his long-standing career as a DJ. The father of two has been DJing for three decades, since before his kids were born. Hours and hours at the music controls have given Fabian a smooth confidence and the ability to navigate any party situation. "I don't get flustered easily," says Fabian. "Being able to think quickly, and make the best of any situation without skipping a beat, is essential. When it comes to a wedding, you only have one chance to get it right." Fabian's professionalism has left many a guest still talking about the fun they had at Dax Entertainment events weeks later.
Known for his friendly and easy manner, Fabian's DJ style can be described as open format, meaning he loves to read the crowd and get people to dance (Grandma and Grandpa included!) by playing a variety of music.
"Everyone has access to the same music via the internet," says Fabian. "What separates me is how I play songs and the timing of when the song is played. This goes back to being able to read the crowd." Rest assured, at your next event, Fabian will make sure everything runs exactly the way it should - so you can enjoy yourself and have a fantastic time (on the dance floor, of course).
Since launching Dax Entertainment in 2003, Dax has helped thousands of happy customers create the right vibe for their event.