We are a Chicago-based DJ company that specializes in weddings, nightlife, event consulting and promotions. Our mission is to create perfect environments for sharing lifelong memories using music, lighting and event coordination. We will do this by building and maintaining relationships with our clients, providing personalized customer service, networking and holding the highest standards of quality in music and technology.
In 2001, shortly after graduating the 8th grade, Jeff purchased a used set of Technics 1200s turntables and a mixer from his older brother’s friend. The night his brother’s friend dropped off the turntables, Jeff received his one and only lesson in mixing 2 records together. After that night, Jeff spent countless hours in his parents’ basement mixing back and forth between the few records he owned, perfecting the essential skill of beatmatching.
Charles picked up his own set of turntables in 2002. Knowing that Jeff had been spinning at local house parties, he gave him a call to get his own lessons in the art. Jeff dropped by Charles’s house, hooked up the decks and had their first session together. Little did they know it was the start of what would become their DJ business. Along with Jason and other close friends, music and DJ’ing became a central part of their friendship throughout high school releasing multiple mix CDs along the way and spending gig money on vinyl records from Another Level in Schaumburg.
Crossfade Entertainment, or X-Fade as we now call it, was officially born in 2003 when Charles, Jeff, Jason and friends realized there was a true passion behind the craft and a demand for their talent at local parties. Basement parties turned into family parties then eventually grew to community parties, holiday parties and banquet-hall cotillions.
The group separated for a short time from 2005-2010 when Jeff went downstate for college. Charles and Jason maintained gigs back in Chicago while Jeff did parties around the UIUC campus. After graduating, Jeff moved back home to rejoin the team and in 2011, they officially incorporated to become X-Fade Entertainment, Inc.
Since then, the team has been heavily involved in Chicago’s nightlife and wedding scene, honing their craft and perfecting their skills in order to be among the best in the business. The trio holds weekly DJ residencies at Estate Ultra Bar, Trophy Room and Mad River while also maintaining a schedule of 20-30 weddings per year. Other notable events include multiple Chicago New Years Eve parties at the Hard Rock Cafe and the Hard Rock Hotel, a supporting set to the Far East Movement at Chicago’s renown Sound-Bar, and Las Vegas sets at Mandalay Bay’s Eye Candy and Palazzo pool. Their consistency keeps the creativity flowing and their music libraries fresh, ensuring a great vibe at every event.
If you’re looking for professional DJs with a passion for music and detailed event coordination, you’ve come to the right place.
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