Senior DJ & Staff Manager
A fellow fraternity brother, Patrick Ryder and I met at Elon University in the Spring of 1996. DJ "Eazy Ryder" was a hot commodity on the campus dance scene. "Come On Ride It (The Train)" was his signature song in the early years, involving the most unique dance moves a music, or train, conductor has ever seen.
In all seriousness, after 20 years of knowing and working with Patrick, he's suited to make your event a success. Possessing the perfect combination of professionalism, charisma and humility that's necessary of a quality DJ, Patrick will make your event a smooth and enjoyable ride. He has some extraordinary event-planning skills also, helping plan "Rich & Bennett's" St. Patrick's Day event with more than 15,000 participants. I even trusted Patrick with DJing my own wedding! Whether it's a wedding, corporate event, downtown dance-off or house party, he'll make it a success.
And make sure to watch Patrick's bad dance moves in the Electric Run video below! It makes me smile every time!
We had an amazing experience with Carolina DJ Professionals. We enjoyed coordinating with Troy and having Patrick DJ our wedding in Emerald Isle, NC. The two were
extremely organized and planned according to what we discussed, as well as the unforeseeable events happening during the wedding.
Patrick put a great deal of thought into his work and was extremely flexible. I don't know if he simply meshed well with everyone at the wedding but he ended up staying far later than we had paid him to and I am not sure there was anyone sober enough to help him pack up.
We are incredibly impressed with Patrick, from the ceremony to the reception. If you are looking to have a beach ceremony, definitely go with the ceremony service provided by Carolina DJ professionals. Their service was definitely worth the money and investments! Put all your worries aside when you book with them!
~ Sara & Dom Fowler - Charlottesville, VA
My husband and I walked away with a new friend after working with Patrick from Carolina DJ professionals. He did such an amazing job! We could not thank him
All of my family and friends complimented him all night long and are still complimenting him!
Troy is also very wonderful to work with! He is always making sure we are taken care of!
I would recommend this company to anything who is having a wedding and wants a good party.
These people are the best and I am so glad we found them!
Thank you guys so much again!!
~ Sarah & Steven Walters - Concord, NC
We got married 10/11/14 and used Patrick Ryder with Carolina DJ Professionals and can only use one word to describe them. Amazing!!
We started our search thinking about budget first.They were one of the most cost efficient companies I found. Their professionalism and customer service was supurb. We met several times to finalize details of the wedding and they worked with my schedule. We did not use a wedding planner but I must say that Patrick pretty much handled everything a wedding planner would take care of.
He outlined our wedding and made sure our wedding stayed on track.
They even went above and beyond for us. My father and I did a choreographed dance and they cut the music for us at no cost! Other companies were charging for that! If you are looking for a wedding DJ in the Charlotte area I encourage you to use them! I couldn't have asked for a better DJ!!
Thank you Patrick and the Carolina DJ Professionals team!!!
~ Kenya & Andrew Walker - Charlotte, NC
We just wanted to send you a quick note and thank you for doing such a great job at our wedding! We received multiple compliments on how great of a job Patrick did -
several older guests said the noise level was "perfect" and they felt like they could dance too. The younger guests said it was a great music list/great mix up of songs, and our photographer said that Patrick was one of the best DJ's she has heard at a wedding. We are thrilled with how everything went.
~ Paige & Clay Westbrook - Greenville, SC
We planned our wedding out of state. As soon as we contacted them the owner, Troy, made himself available at anytime to help planning. We could also meet with our DJ/MC, Patrick (DJ Eazy Ryder), at anytime. The planning tools they gave us made organizing the day and picking our special songs so much easier. Before our day came we had each event planned out such as; when the first dance will be, when the father daughter dance would be, the toasts, etc. I didn't need a day planner because he had everything covered.
Patrick had all of our song requests too, so I was confident he would do a great job. But he did more than that. He stayed on top of requests from guests, stuck to
our guidelines, and incorporated music that had even my mom, who just recently had open heart surgery, dancing to. Patrick was in tuned to everyone and kept the party going all night. He was
absolutely amazing! We would definitely hire them again and would highly recommend them for any party or event! Patrick was an absolute rock star. He was awesome!!! I wish you all lived in Arizona, I would book you all the time. He had all the right music playing
at the right time and my 7 year old, Jariah, became his DJ assistant. She learned so much and had a blast!!
Thank you Patrick so so much!
~ Victoria & John Stinson - Phoenix, AZ
If you're looking for a DJ, look no further! Oh my days, these guys were SO good! If you look through our pictures, not only is everyone dancing, but everyone is having a good time! Carolina DJ Professionals know how to work a crowd, and literally from eight to eighty-eight were on the floor, with their dancing shoes ON. These guys really worked with our budget, and were careful and conscientious that the songs we wanted were played.
We went for a Wes-Anderson theme with folk music during dinner and fifties and mo-town for the dancing. Even when we didn't have everything organized, they did. We were planning our wedding from abroad and they were just so good at working with us across an ocean. We recommend Patrick-- he was great and my parents loved that he showed up in a suit. One of the best decisions we made for our wedding!
~ Natalie & Francis Goodison - Lancaster, SC
Out of all of our vendors, Carolina DJ Professionals was my favorite! Patrick was our actual DJ, but Troy stayed involved with us and
checked in every few weeks to make sure planning was going smoothly and if there was anything they could do for us. Troy and Patrick made us feel special and that they were excited about our big
We were married on Lake Norman and Patrick made sure sound was set up so our guests could hear the officiant among the water, wind and boating noise. The reception was fantastic! All of our guests were complimenting the play list and even asking for a cd of it! The dance floor was always full even til the end of the night!
Such a blast, Carolina DJ Professionals will always be our DJ!
~ Whitney & Jason - Denver, NC
I am so glad we booked with Carolina DJ professionals! After my first talk with Troy I was excited, after my second talk with Patrick, who would be our DJ, I was ready for the day to be here. Troy and Patrick went over the top to help us with everything we needed and were both so easy to talk to.
Patrick gave us wonderful ideas for all parts of the wedding. All of our guests were raving about how great our DJ was and how he mixed everything together so well (a little country with some new and old rap at the end of the night, with old school music in the beginning). The lighting they provided and sound for the speeches were perfect!
~ Megan & Brian Casto - Cornelius, NC
Carolina DJ Professionals was the first DJ we met with - and we just knew. We met with others, and nothing felt with way Carolina DJ Professionals made us feel. Patrick was personable, and assured us he would take good care of us and make our wedding OURS. We were also comforted by the fact that we'd get with meet with Patrick several times through the planning process. He was open to our thoughts and ideas, and made the planning so simple.
The owner, Troy, would also email and check in with us, ensuring everything was going smoothly. On our wedding day, Patrick had us all on the dance floor all night. Everybody is still talking about how much fun our wedding was and going over every song we sang and danced to. The next morning, we had a text from the owner, Troy congratulating us. The whole experience with Carolina DJ Professionals from start to finish was the BEST! They are so caring and personable, and just want your day to be perfect. Stop your DJ search here, and contact Troy! You won't regret it..
~ Nikki & Michael Bolton - Monroe, NC
Carolina DJ Professionals ROCK!! I am the mother-of-the-bride but attended the meeting with Patrick, our DJ. Patrick and Troy were professional and very assuring that they would do a great job! Well...they delivered!! I have never been to a wedding where everyone was on the dance floor together dancing, singing ALL night long. Patrick kept everything going and played all the right music to please every age group. I would use Carolina DJ Professionals again and would highly recommend them. Thank you for making my daughter and son-in-law's wedding perfect!.
~ Katherine (MoB), Nikki & Michael Bolton - Monroe, NC
Our DJ Patrick, and the owner Troy provided phenomenal service for us from start to finish! They truly made our wedding an unforgettable experience.
From our 1st consultation, to the actually wedding, they were there as technical experts and ensured that our guests would have an amazing time. They were beyond thoughtful, and due to their collaboration and their ability to understand our vision; all of our 180 guests were on the dance floor shaking their tail feathers....
"BEST NIGHT EVER!"
~ Chelsea & Kevin Trapp - Monroe, NC
I would definitely recommend using Carolina DJ Professionals for your wedding! Troy was awesome to work with during the planning
process. He emailed me consistently to check in and make sure everything was coming together.
Patrick, our DJ, was phenomenal as well. He listened to all of the suggestions my husband and I made, and he played perfect music on the day of the reception. For weeks people have been telling me how much fun they had at my wedding. We had to kick people off the dance floor. I would highly recommend Carolina DJ Professionals.
~ Marina & Joe Fulton - Southern Pines, NC
We used Carolina DJ Professionals for our wedding receiption. They were so helpful and went out of their way to make sure we received exactly what we needed and wanted. Patrick was our DJ and he did an amazing job.
We received many compliments from our friends and family also.
The company also provideds a photo booth with props that was an absolute hit.
We loved this company!
~ Amber & Mike Mueggenburg - Mooresville, NC
We used Carolina DJ Professionals for our Wedding at Dennis Vineyards and they did an excellent job. Patrick was our DJ and he played all the right music that we requested and also made our ceremony wonderful.
Patrick made us feel so comfortable with the experience and I had no doubt that we were in good hands. I would recommend Carolina DJ Professionals to anyone who wants a great DJ for their wedding.
~ Nelly & Jesse Kraut - Albemarle, NC
We hired Carolina DJ Professionals for our wedding at a summer camp just outside of Asheville, NC. Patrick was our DJ and he was the perfect fit for us and our event, helping us facilitate and adding to the reception by keeping the dance party going all night with minimal interruption. Patrick used our playlist as a guideline and kept the energy up, making sure everyone had a great time, and the dance floor was populated pretty much the whole night!
From our first conversation with Patrick on the phone, through the pre-wedding check-in, Patrick was in tune with us, and understood our desire for the party and
dancing to be the focus, not all the usual wedding trappings, so he spent the night watching the crowd and keeping the music flowing.
We really appreciate Patrick being a part of our wedding day, and helping us and our guests relax and enjoy the party!
~ Katie & Kevin Goggin - Asheville, NC
Our wedding was the most fun and perfect day ever! Patrick and Troy were fantastic to work with from day one. I couldn't have been happier with the turn out. Carolina DJ Professionals DJ'd my brothers wedding first and they were a blast. So of course my husband and I wanted them to be part of our wedding reception and memories!
~ Megan & Mike Martin -Knoxville, TN
Patrick DJ'd our wedding and he was awesome!!
Both Troy and Patrick were quick to respond if I had a question about anything and Patrick was very helpful in helping me chose music when I just couldn't decide.
The wedding day was perfect! I will definitely recommend Carolina DJ Professionals!
~ Mary & Andrew Williams - Iron Station, NC
Patrick was our DJ for my husband and I's wedding and he did a fantastic job!!! He and Troy were great to work with and they were always available for questions. We were deciding between two different DJ companies and decided on Carolina DJ Professionals. We liked the personal touch of knowing who your DJ is from day one.
Patrick did a wonderful job at our wedding and our dance floor was always full. Our guests had such a great time at our reception and we really can't thank Patrick enough for the fantastic job he did. He was one of the first vendors to show up and the last vendor to leave. Hire Carolina DJ, you won't be disappointed!
~ Katelyn & Chris Dorsey - Cleveland, NC
Troy, the company owner, was also very helpful, followed up and made sure I was continually happy with how everything was going. I would highly recommend them!
We had a great time working with Troy and Patrick! They played the songs we wanted and didn't miss a beat. We had a destination wedding, so not being from the area, it was important to have communication on point and often, which they did a great job at providing. If you want to not have to worry about your DJ messing up your first song or playing 8 terrible songs in a row, this is the company for you. They also had great equipment (speakers, microphones, lights, etc.) so everything sounded perfect outside for the ceremony and inside at the reception.
~ Amy & Travis High - Asheville, NC
Patrick was our DJ and he was absolutely amazing!! Troy the owner was just as amazing as well! I received so many messages just checking in on us to make sure our experience was everything we needed.
I would absolutely recommend using them! Also for the services they offer they were very affordable!
~ Lauren & Jesse Winecroff - Cleveland, NC
I am a wedding planner in the Charlotte area and I have worked with both Troy and Patrick multiple times. They are always on the top of my list of vendors I know and love! Not only are they incredibly talented DJ's, but they are organized, dependable and always keep the party going! I highly recommend Carolina DJ Professionals not only to brides and grooms, but to anyone looking for amazing entertainment for your wedding or event! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!
We have used Carolina DJ Professionals for several years now. They are super easy to work with. Our DJ, Patrick, is very professional. He is always early to set up and has a great attention to detail when following our schedule of events. We will continue to use their services for our corporate events in the future
~ Melissa Chaney - Killingsworth Environmental
When did you start DJing?
Messed around in High School trying to get our suburban rap career started, but Freshman Year in College, DJed at WSOE campus radio station at Elon University and Lambda Chi Parties
What is your favorite DJ memory?
Electric Run 2014 - 20,000 people on the infield of the Charlotte Motor Speedway, jumping up and down and moshing to the sounds of DJ EazyRyder Center Stage.
What is your funniest DJ memory?
My good buddy Troy "dancing" to the Backstreet Boys at his wedding!
What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you while DJing?
My Computer freezing 15 minutes before the reception. That's why we have backups! No wait. My personal DJ computer and one of the Carolina DJ Professionals company computers getting stolen out of my truck following our DJ meeting. That was terrible. Does that count?
What song best describes you as a DJ?
If you were to be a singer or in a band, you'd be….
Eminem, I'm the lead singer in D12 baby!
What's the worst hairdo you've ever had?
Oh man. Not as bad as Troy's boy band frosted tips, but I've had a few. I was rockin' the Ross Gellar & Chandler Bing look for a while. I had a military cut, that I thought was pretty bad ass. The worst had to be party up front and business in the back. Yes, in that order. It was a college roommate cutting your hair to save money kind of thing. Nice and tight in the back, and covered my face in the front, unless I was wearing a hat.
If I'm your DJ, I promise I won't…
Sing along to the song. Major party foul for a DJ.
What's the worst thing you've ever witnessed as a guest at a wedding, event or party?
I was a part of it, so technically I didn't see it, but at our buddy Jeff Dunlops' wedding, the DJ had Damien, Rich, Bubba, Bennett & me dress up as the Village People, unbeknownst to the wedding attendees, and perform an impromptu dance routine to Y.M.C.A.! It actually worked for that wedding if you can believe it.
What's your go to dance move?
What are your strongest traits as a DJ?
Feel for the crowd. I can usually get a sense of what type of a vibe people are going for and bring it!
What's your favorite sport?
"Basketball is my favorite sport. I like the way they dribble up and down the court. Just like I'm the King on the microphone. So is Dr. J and Moses Malone." - Kurtis Blow. Since I'm pretty much retired from playing basketball, I've taken up hiking. As for watching, it's NFL Football. Hands down. Here we go Steelers!
Also, I'm very involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation here in Charlotte. I've been a part of the CFF Xtreme Hike for a Cure both as a Hiker and as a volunteer. As a Hiker, I hiked 30.1 miles IN ONE DAY to help raise money for a cure for Cystic Fibrosis For the Spring Hike in April 2014, our group of 75 Hikers raised over $500,000 for a cure. I'm so fortunate to be a part of this great group of people. I've completed the Xtreme Hike twice and plan to do it again! You can usually find me training for the hike, attending or volunteering at other great CF events around town. If you are interested in donating, volunteering or hiking, please let me know and visit the link below. I'm already working towards April 2015!
Steelers! Pirates, Penguins, Penn State, and yes, the Washington Wizards. Hornets are cool and I've become a Charlotte Knights and Checkers fan too!
Everyone asks the DJ what their favorite song is…so what's yours?
50's - I've got the World on a String - Frank Sinatra
60's - All Along the Watchtower - Jimmy Hendrix
70's - Rock With You - MJ
80's - Microphone Fiend - Eric B & Rakim
90's - #41 - Dave Mathews Band
00's - Without Me - Eminem
'10's - Firework - Katy Perry
Current - Animals - Martin Garrix
Favorite activities beside DJing?
You're too old…
to attend The Worlds Largest Pub Crawl, but I do anyway
You're too young to…
wear adult diapers
My favorite part of DJing weddings is...
When the bride, groom, wedding party, friends and family are rocking out together on the dance floor!
My favorite part of DJing events & parties is...
The more relaxed feel. Events and parties are usually just fun, playing music and making sure everyone is having fun!