Grant Kuhnsman, who performs as DJ Aria, began creating mixtapes and curating his music collection at a young age. By
his teenage years, he was introduced to the turntable and learned how to beatmatch by ear with vinyl. These humble
beginnings expanded to include rocking house parties with whatever gear was available while in college. There he
developed his ability to read dynamic, live crowds in high energy environments and respond with musical selections that
would excite. Since then, he has sharpened his skills and proven himself as a bona fide Open Format DJ that has
performed at numerous venues and at corporate and private events across DC, Maryland, and Virginia (The DMV). His
open format style is fresh, yet familiar as he is comfortable mixing Top 40, House, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Latin music.
Moreover, as a member of the elite Club Killers Crew, International DJ Alliance, his sets include feel-good tracks,
exclusive remixes, and mash-ups produced live that separates him from other DJs.
Today, he is regularly booked at Washington DC Metro area venues and travels to perform at special events. He has
been distinguished as a resident DJ with several DC organizations and was voted “Best Nightlife DJ” at James Madison
University, his alma mater. Grant loves what he does and finds no greater pleasure than playing good music for people.
His passion for entertaining and dedication to his clients are the reasons why he is able to produce an unparalleled experience.
Grant was simply the perfect choice for us. Our wedding was a blend of three cultures, and the music for the evening
reflected that in the best way possible. We appreciated Grant’s flexibility in working with a few performers throughout
the night and making sure everything went on schedule. All our guests had a blast!! In the months and weeks leading up
to the wedding, Grant was very responsive, organized, and creative in helping us prepare the entertainment for the
evening. We wholeheartedly recommend Grant!
He did our wedding on short notice and we couldn’t be happier. Very organized, responsive, a great playlist, and
knowledgeable about so many different genres of music. He really did set the mood for our ceremony and guests. He
was also considerate of our budget. Can’t say enough nice things. I would definitely recommend him to anyone in search
of a capable and charismatic entertainer.
Grant is super accommodating and easy to work with. He did an awesome job reading the crowd and keeping the party
going. Definitely recommend!
We worked together from the beginning to determine the kind of sound and tone we wanted for our ceremony and
reception and everything was perfect! The ceremony music was beautiful and expertly timed, and they kept the dance
floor full at all times with high energy, fun music at our reception! We would highly recommend them!
This vendor went WELL above my expectations! Communication was as often as we need it to be, it was perfect! We
could not have imagined anything better than what we received. Professional, fun, and everything else! We received
many compliments on our DJ choice and questions about who it was so they could recommend. I am happy to answer
any questions anyone may have!
Music was important to us, so we booked pretty early on, like almost a year prior to our wedding. Grant met with us
immediately after contacting him to start figuring out exactly what we wanted and what our vision was. After we sat
down with him, we realized how much we liked him and decided to contract with him to do the music for our ceremony
and cocktail hour as well. Along the way, he was very professional, easy to communicate with, and was very flexible with
our needs. Grant even scheduled a walk-through at our venue to meet with the site coordinator, see what equipment
they had, and made sure that all his stuff would be compatible. We met up with Grant again a few weeks before our
wedding just to make sure everything was secure with our plan. We had a shared document that we could update with
all our “special” songs, along with must-play and do-not- play songs. We trusted him fully, so we only put a few on there
for each category and let him in fill in the rest for our big day, and we heard so many compliments on the music choice!
The dance floor was never empty the whole night, and all our guests told us how much fun they had. A few even said
they had never been tempted to go out onto the dance floor during a wedding before. If you are looking for a DJ for your
wedding or other event, get Grant now before he books up!
My Wife and I decided to have a non-traditional wedding in DC which meant we would be looking for all of our own
ceremony and reception locations as well as our own vendors for everything. After we found the perfect location for our
cocktail reception we had to find a DJ that would help ensure it was a fun party! Once we spoke with Grant we knew we
were done with our search! During the entire process leading up to our event Grant was available anytime we had
questions or wanted to meet to review the space; he even met with us by phone one evening after 9pm because we had
busy schedules. When he came to review the current DJ and space set-up he brought along a co-worker for assistance in
evaluating the space and sound. Prior to seeing the space Grant conveyed that he had all the equipment he would need
from speakers and mixers to wireless microphones and event request cards that guests could fill out. After seeing the
space it was decided that he would be able to use some equipment at our location and supplement with some of his
Prior to the event we communicated with Grant using online document to build out our music play (and DO NOT PLAY)
lists and also to finalize the day of event timeline and announcement details. This made the process really easy for both
of us because we could finish this any day or night (which as you will come to find out most of the wedding planning
happens late after work 🙂 ).
The day of our event Grant was professional and perfect for our event! Even now we continue to get comments on how
much fun our wedding and reception were and how great the DJ was. Our reception was a wonderful party for everyone
who attended and we will continue to provide Grant with referrals as we have many friends with weddings coming up. If
you need a DJ for your wedding or any event call and ask for Grant!
I cannot say enough good things about working with Grant as our DJ for our wedding!! Not only did he provide music
during our cocktail hour, dinner and reception, he also did the up lighting in our reception room. We couldn’t have been
more thrilled with how the room looked. He did a great job of setting the right moods at the right time with his music
choices. Once it was party time, he got everyone on the dance floor and the fun times didn’t stop until the end. He
played a great variety of music and made sure he played our favorites. He was also helpful in ensuring the timeline was
accurate and followed. I would highly recommend working with Grant for your wedding or any event!
Really have nothing but good things to say, good knowledge of music and different music styles and different ages, not
just the recent hits, we had songs from the 60’s to 2015, and from country music to electronic, rap and even some songs
He also served as a DJ and it was perfect, there wasn’t much that he needed to do, but he knew who had a say and was
aware of what to ask before and during the event, he met us a couple of time to see the space and make suggestions
while listening and respecting our wishes and opinions.
Finally, he was patient and professional with the usual guests who are too helpful with songs to play once the party had
been going of for a few hours.
The wife was in charge up setting up most of the wedding. I was put in charge of drinks and music. I phoned a
groomsman and asked if he knew anybody? He mentioned a resident DJ that played in clubs before. We concluded our
conversation which left me confident that he fully understood my requests. Come wedding day, Grant was extremely
professional. My friends and family alike had nothing but positive things to say about the music. So naturally I felt like a
hero that night!
Let’s not forget, last but certainly not least, the wife was pleased.