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 across DC, Maryland, and Virginia (The DMV) logging over 400 wedding receptions, corporate events and private parties in his career. He has also performed at fashion shows, sporting events, fundraisers and international galas. Many of his bookings are referrals from past clients or guests at an event where he performed.
His open format style is versatile, yet familiar as he is comfortable mixing Top 40/Pop, House, Electronic, Hip-Hop, R&B, Throwbacks and International music. In addition, 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 which separate his sound from other DJs. Today, he is regularly booked at DC Metro area venues, travels to perform at special events and hosts the critically acclaimed open format radio mix show, PLAY Radio. He has been distinguished as a resident DJ with several Mid-Atlantic hospitality organizations and was voted “Best Nightlife DJ” at James Madison University, his alma mater. He is the preferred DJ of choice for luxury event planners and designers in the Washington DC Metro area. He has also been recognized as a preeminent DC area DJ by DC Modern Luxury Magazine and Bethesda Magazine. Grant loves what he does and finds no greater pleasure than inspiring people with music. His passion for entertaining and dedication to his clients are the reasons why he is able to produce an unparalleled experience. The success of your event is his number one priority.
DJ ARIA is a highly sought-after, modern DJ perfect for contemporary receptions, corporate events and private parties. Contact Bialek’s Music today to check booking availability.
Our DJ was DJ Aria/Grant Kuhnsman. Seriously, hands down one of the best DJs I have ever heard. We had a really random range of music we wanted to include (think everything from 90s pop hits to classic rock and pretty hard rap). He put together an amazing set that pretty much every guest raved about and kept the party going all the way up to the end. I am not a huge dancer and was planning on spending as much time off the dance floor as I could, but I couldn’t tear myself away. – Ryan
DJ Aria (Grant Kuhnsman) was phenomenal! He was professional and responsive, listening to our cares and concerns and answering our questions with honesty during the planning process. Grant put together a playlist that appealed to a range of guests and knew exactly what to play and when. The dancing music was a great mix of classics and throwbacks, keeping the dance floor packed, and the cocktail hour and dinner music was soft and romantic, setting the mood and allowing guest to actually hear each other. His focus is not on being a flashy entertainer, but on playing great music and setting the stage. We received countless positive comments about him and cannot thank him enough! Highly recommend! – Lauren
I booked DJ Aria (Grant Kuhnsman) for the reception… BEST DJ EVERRR! Seriously. DJ Aria made our wedding the party that we wanted it to be. People are still talking about how great he was! He played everything we wanted and more. He did live mixes which was amazing and kept people on the dance floor all night. He was easy to work with and let us pick and choose music to play and to not play, and helped us organize our reception outline. I cannot say enough good things about Bialek’s music! – Kristen
Grant was simply great! I’m very particular about my music and knew a DJ would make or break our wedding! Grant was great working with my wife and I leading up to the big day on timelines and playlists. Everything was perfect and our dance floor was jammed all night! Going with Grant is your best choice! – Lucas
We worked with Bialek’s Music for hiring a DJ for our reception and musicians for our ceremony. Grant Kuhnsman (DJ ARIA) was our DJ, and was so wonderful to work with. He is super quick to respond, very organized, professional, and was really flexible with what we needed for the reception. We had a Hindu-Jewish ceremony, and Grant found an amazing way to be able to make every guest have an amazing time on the dance floor, and even re-mixed some music in real time. All of our guests were sharing continuous compliments on how great he was. – Vrunda
We hired Grant Kuhnsman (DJ Aria) through Bialek’s Music to DJ our wedding on October 6th. It was so important to us that everyone get on the dance floor and have a good time – and Grant definitely delivered. We got a TON of compliments, he was definitely the highlight of the reception. Grant listened to our song suggestions, but also intuitively knew what to play to get everyone on the dance floor (even at the end of the night when we were losing steam). He also took the time to answer all of our questions, he made sure he got everyone’s name right for the announcements, and followed the schedule perfectly. We can’t thank him enough for making our wedding reception so amazing. He is phenomenal and we would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a DJ! – Stephanie
We worked with Grant Kuhnsman (DJ ARIA) for our wedding at District Winery in June and had the best time! He did an outstanding job, made the process easy, and was very easy to get a hold of. – Alessandra
Grant, thanks so much for being our DJ! Everyone loved you and had a great time! We really appreciated you going all the way to Baltimore. Thanks again for everything! – Courtney
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! – Adisada
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. – Sonia
Grant is super accommodating and easy to work with. He did an awesome job reading the crowd and keeping the party going. Definitely recommend! – Sarah
You have the magic touch for music! It was wonderful to see everyone having such a great time on the dance floor. Your wide selection of music gave each person something to like. Thank you. – Anne
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! – Amanda
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! – Ally
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! – Janessa
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 own stuff. 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! – Kevin
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! – Jaime
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 in Spanish! 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 on for a few hours. – Alyssa
Awesome Service. 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. – Edgar