All about Seattle DJ Alan Chitlik

I’ve been super passionate about music for as long as I can remember. I was “THAT GUY” going to hundreds of concerts, making mix tapes and spending my spare time at record and CD shops.

So in 1997, when my friend Annie’s wedding DJ cancelled three days before her wedding, she turned to me and asked if I could take that musical knowledge and help her. I gulped a bit, but immediately agreed.

The night went great and was life-changing for me. Soon thereafter, I began to DJ for many of my friends’ weddings. It was just the best. I loved it so much that I left my corporate job in 2004 and being a Seattle Wedding DJ is what I’ve done professionally ever since. 

Helping people get the exact event that they want is so incredibly satisfying. Usually, it's as a Seattle wedding DJ. But often it's as a corporate events DJ. Or lending a hand to a non-profit.

It often feels to me like the rest of my life was building up to prepare me for this career.

I was a newspaper reporter in my 20s. Many of the interviewing and listening skills from that era still help me ask good questions and listen actively enough to really understand what people want from their events. Or help me extract the perfect piece of information to introduce the wedding party during the Grand Entrance. Sometimes, I’ll even interview a couple and include their own story in a first dance.

Alan with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer 2001Later, I spent a decade in the corporate world at the "Redmond Software Giant." I planned and executed numerous large events, including one with then-CEO Steve Ballmer as a speaker. I also flew across the country doing software demos in front of passionate groups of user, so that helped me hone my skills on the mic.

I live in the Green Lake area of Seattle with my incredible wife Sarah and our 10-year-old twins, Jake and Lauren (collectively referred to as “The Tornados.) And, oh yes, I most certainly do rock the minivan.

If you have read or skimmed this far on the "About Alan" page, I suspect you're looking for the obligatory list of interesting/quirky things that make me unique. Am I offbeat? Do I like sunsets? Do I like to walk on the beach? How do I evaluate the pros and cons of soft puppies?

I do not wish to disappoint, so here goes:

  • With enough gum, I can blow a bubble the size of my head. WITH ANOTHER BUBBLE IN IT(!)
  • I've been to 44 states. During those travels, I have stopped at more than 100 businesses named "Al's" or "Big Al's."
  • I've taken a stand-up comedy and improv classes and have performed at the Comedy Underground in Seattle.
  • My greatest accomplishment as high school Student Council President is generally considered to be ordering stationary.
  • We are big Mariner fans in our family - I proposed during the third-ever game at Safeco Field.
  • Finally, Survivor is my “guilty pleasure” TV show and I am convinced that Jeff Probst would be a great moderator for a presidential debate.
  • More? Really? Well ok.

  • Nowhere is my self-esteem higher than in regard to my ability to make and grill a burger. In fact, the Alburger has its own Facebook Page. Just sayin'.
  • I am still a BIG Springsteen fan after all these years and have loved being invited to photograph him with a press pass during his last six tours.
  • My favorite holiday is the first day of Daylight Savings Time, followed pretty closely by the 4th of July and Thanksgiving.
  • I love throwing a party, big or small.
  • At a rare Paramount Theatre wedding. Photo courtesy of Andy Rogers, Red Box Pictures.

     

    At the Georgetown Ballroom. Photo courtesy of Sean Hoyt, Affinity Photography.

     

     

    From the photo booth...