Kim Alexander – Owner/DJ
For what it’s worth, I’ve been a DJ my entire career. I started off in radio, where I worked at Penn’s WXPN, among others. I started “No Macarena” at the height of the line dance craze and have been in the wedding business ever since. I love what I do. I get to DJ and make people happy on one of the biggest days of their life. I’m also a singer, performing in a Jazz Trio and an acoustic Roots/Americana band. I enjoy biking the Schuylkill River Trail, trolling BuzzFeed for dinner ideas and crafting the perfect cocktail. This year, I became a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Voting Committee.
Josh has been with ”No Macarena” almost from the start, and just logged his 17th year. By day, he’s the owner/manager of Y-Not Radio, where he does everything from DJ-ing on air, to music programming, producing, promotions, web design and staff management. He’s interviewed tons of bands including Foo Fighters, Garbage and Oasis, but his favorite part of the job is turning listeners on to new artists. He’s also a gifted pottery artist, and “dad” to a couple of very entitled cats, Hugo and Starla.
Darrel has not only been a DJ for over two decades but also a musician and recording engineer, who’s worked with Paul Oakenfold, Josh Wink, and others. His experience doesn’t end with his musical resume, he is an accomplished IT professional at Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine. When Darrel’s not busy with his day job or DJ-ing he can be found tending to his fish tanks and making terrariums.
Jonas has over ten years of wedding, party and club DJ-ing under his belt. Like the rest of us, he’s a Music Junkie… since graduating from Temple University in 2004 he’s played as a drummer with numerous area bands, including Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Hezekiah Jones, and The Teeth. He loves to travel and has been fortunate to see most of North America and Europe as a touring musician. In additional to his “No Macarena” gigs, he hosts a monthly dance party at The Barbary and is a professional sound engineer. Aside from music, Jonas is passionate about the city of Philadelphia and its history, a quality he shares with others in his role as a professional tour guide.
Rod joins No Macarena after 6 years of DJ-ing in New York and his native Haiti. His multi-cultural background includes stints spinning Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Soca, EDM, Dubstep, Hip-Hop, Reggae, R&B plus standards like Motown, Funk, and Classic Rock. By day, he’s pursuing a Masters Degree in Supply Chain Management. During off hours, you’ll find him on the field playing soccer, football or basketball, or in the kitchen whipping up his specialty, Lobster Mac & Cheese. I hear it’s as good as Stephen Starr’s.
Em joins “No Macarena” as a lifelong lover of music. After getting her start playing mixtapes on a boombox during elementary school recess, she became a radio DJ in college. Currently, Em hosts a weekly radio show on KPISS-FM along with private events and clubs. Em has participated in the music and arts industry as a performing and recording multi-instrumentalist, venue management, as a talent buyer and as a violin teacher. She’s been an instrumentalist at weddings on both violin and drums! When not honing her creative side, she enjoys cooking and being in nature.
Born and raised in West Chester, Christian is Philly all the way. He’s been DJ-ing weddings, parties and bars for 15 years and once played for a room full of Flyers. Growing up, his influences included ‘60s Soul, ‘70s Progressive Rock, ‘80s Electro/Hardcore and ‘90s Hip Hop & R&B. Christian spends his work week teaching 3rd grade, and his weekends playing soccer and teaching his one year old- son “Name that Tune” (you gotta start them young). Movies are also a passion, and he loves a good trivia night. Christian has many Quizzo wins under his belt.
Mike has been a music connoisseur his entire life and is best known as the drummer for the internationally touring band Lotus. He started in the wedding business in the early ‘90s as a member of the band Island Magic and was bitten by the DJ bug shortly after. Clearly he’s destined to entertain; as a child, he appeared as an extra in the Tom Hank’s movie “Big” and has traveled to, or performed in, over 30 countries. Whether headlining Red Rocks with his band or DJ-ing a wedding, Mike is a perfectionist whose greatest thrill is seeing people celebrate life while dancing non-stop.
Dave has been with “No Macarena” for so long we’ve lost count. Quite honestly, everybody loves him. It’s his combination of professionalism and easy-going charm. “Piece of cake”, he says. And it always is. He’s an athlete who’s run 29 full marathons, including the recent NYC Marathon with his sister and 72 year- old father. He’s also a traveler who’s seen the Dave Matthews Band as far away as Amsterdam. By day, he teaches HS History in the Philly School District and was a recipient of the 2018 Lindback Award, given to the top teachers in the city.
A world traveler, audio engineer and human and Swiss-army-knife of a DJ, Chris comes to us from the Washington DC area. With years of wedding and nightclub experience, Chris can mix ANYTHING. (Note: Chris gave us a list of genres/areas of expertise but it’s a very long list and we know your time is valuable. Trust us. He knows what he’s doing.) Chris also brings an audio engineer’s understanding of acoustics and sound systems.
Kate hails from Australia with parallel musical paths as a Jazz singer, saxophone player and DJ. Among other adventures, she once toured Japan with the band Incognito. In Melbourne, she lead an Acid Jazz Funk band and upon arrival in the States, added DJ-ing to her resume. After all, she was already steeped in the art of mixing! Couples love her demeanor, enthusiasm and impeccable taste. We love her unique combination of musician and dance sensibility.