Meet Seattle Wedding DJ Alan Chitlik

About Flexile Classic

I’ve been passionate about music my whole life. Always “THAT GUY” – making mix tapes, going to concerts and spending my spare time (and money) collecting music.

So years ago, when my friend Annie’s wedding DJ cancelled three days before her wedding (!), she asked if I could take that musical knowledge and rescue her. I gulped a bit (well, really gulped a lot), but immediately agreed. The night turned out great. The music played. People danced. And a new era of my life began.

I began to DJ many of my friends’ weddings. It was the most rewarding thing I’d ever done. I loved it so much that I left my corporate job in 2004. Ever since, DJing has been my profession and my passion.

Alan’s Story

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. I covered everything from murder trials to county fairs to billion-dollar financial transactions. The common thread in EVERY story, though, was that I listened intently so I could accurately report what people said. That skills still helps me today. I ask a lot of questions and actively listen to fully understand what you from you event.
Later, I spent a decade in the corporate world at the “Redmond Software Giant.” I ran all sorts of large events, including one with then-CEO Steve Ballmer as the featured speaker. I flew across the country doing software demos in front of passionate groups of users, which helped me hone my speaking skills.
I live in the Green Lake area of Seattle with my incredible wife Sarah and our 17-year-old twins, Jake and Lauren (collectively referred to as “The Tornados.”) So, both personally and professionally, I most certainly rock the minivan.

My Story on the “Get to Know Your Wedding Pro” Podcast

Sixteen Things to Know About Alan (The Good Stuff)

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If you have read or skimmed this far on the “About Alan” page, I know you’re ready for the obligatory list of interesting/quirky things that make me unique. 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 you go:

  • With enough gum, I can blow a bubble the size of my head. WITH ANOTHER BUBBLE IN IT(!)
  • I’m told my parents chose the spelling “Alan” instead of “Allan” or “Allen” so that in case I wasn’t too bright, it would be the easiest for me to spell.
  • My favorite holiday is the first day of Daylight Savings Time, followed pretty closely by the 4th of July, Opening Day and Thanksgiving.
  • I have a HIGH tolerance for pain. That is confirmed every year when I renew my Mariner season tickets.
  • In addition to a catchy beat, I do like a dose of optimism in my singer songwriters. A few of my favorite current artists are Michael Franti, Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat and Sara Bareilles.
  • I belong to team pineapple on pizza. But I’m not going to impose that on you. I’m not some sort of monster.
  • I am inexplicably brand loyal: New Balance tennis shoes, Parker Jotter pens, Lee Jeans, Kraft Mac & Cheese.

 

More? Really? Well alrighty then.

  • I’ve taken stand-up comedy and improv classes and even earned $50 performing at the Comedy Underground in Seattle. Hence my statement to my children that my dad jokes are coming from a “professional” comedian.
  • My greatest accomplishment as Atherton High School Student Council President is generally considered to be ordering stationary.
  • Almost always, the cash in my wallet is neatly organized in ascending order, all bills right side up and facing forward.
  • Survivor remains my “guilty pleasure” TV show and my family resents that I usually win our preseason prediction contest.
  • I live in Seattle. But don’t like coffee.
  • I have been the subject of a bobblehead. I have seen listings for it on Ebay for $7.99. With free shipping.
  • I’ve been to 44 states. During those travels, I have stopped at more than 100 businesses named “Al’s” or “Big Al’s.”
  • 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 love throwing a party, big or small.
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Lindsay and Evan Roe
Married at Pickering Barn in Issaquah