Hype Rhythm DJ – Welcome!

DJ Kit Ketterman and DJ Nick Ruiz at The Driskill Wedding Showcase

Welcome to the official Hype Rhythm website! DJ Nick here, just wanted to give a quick introduction to anyone stopping by. Scrolling down below you can check out my blog of the most recent events we have done. Check the 6th street tab above for our upcoming downtown DJ/Hype Rhythm Live bookings. Inquire for pricing by first checking your date on the right.
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2017 was a great year for Hype Rhythm! We did twice the number of events as the year before, Nick just DJed his 300th wedding, partnered up with newest member DJ Kit Ketterman, and had previous clients post nothing but 5 out of 5 star reviews to The Knot, Google Reviews, and Facebook! This year we received “The Best of The Knot 2018” and “Wedding Wire: 2018 Couples Choice Award” award/designation! Hype Rhythm also launched our new “Live” concept – the first Austin drummer/DJ duo. Check out all our reviews and videos on Youtube/Instagram. On to our third year as Hype Rhythm!

December 2018 Events Recap

ILEA and 4 Holiday Parties – 12/11 through 12/15

Good news! During the second week of December I did a Holiday party every single week day. Bad news, I forgot to take pictures. However I did snap this awesome floral arrangement done by Jordan Flowers for the ILEA membership drive for my DJ table . Other Holiday parties were for The Blanton Museum, Austin Board of Realtors, UT Lonestars, and UT Sweethearts.

Ro and AJ after the last song of the night

Pecan Springs Ranch – AJ and Ro’s Wedding – 12/9/18

When AJ and Ro told me that they liked all music (country, hispanic, throwbacks, current), I told them they could 100% trust me with all the music, read the crowd, and rock the wedding. These are my personal favorite weddings to DJ and its a home-run out of the park every time. With their do not playlist consisting of just the chicken dance, I went to work. Needless to say it was a perfect wedding from start to finish (with the help of In Her Shoes Coordination) and one of my favorite weddings of 2017! Also was the second wedding in a row where Mandola’s Catering was there and I have to say its some of the best catering Italian food doing it today.

San Antonio Country Club – Ethan’s Bar Mitzvah – 12/2

Take another look at that picture above. Notice the destroyed dance floor and Ethan looking like he just played a game of basketball against LeBron.  This mitzvah was one of the craziest and most fun ones I’ve ever done. When I originally met Ethan, he was listing off the artists that he wanted to hear. These artists (Post Malone, Cardi B, Lil Pump) are rappers that I would usually play only downtown on 6th, but with the parents approval, I downloaded all the clean edits and I’ll just let the video below show how it went down. Worked alongside Stevie Weissman Events for this one and she was one of the best mitzvah coordinators Ive ever worked with!

Wedding Planning Top 10 Essentials

Last year I put together a list of the Top 10 things you should know before you start planning your wedding, and to be honest, I didn’t expect it to get as many reads as it did, and I was shocked at the number of people who talked to me about it. Now with the wisdom of 2017 behind me, I decided to make a new updated version. SO without boring you anymore in this intro and going on and on (like, subscribe, follow) here it is in no particular order:

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November 2017 Events Recap

The Terrace Club Wedding – 11/12/17

!!New Announcement: Once again DJing with real vinyl!!

Decided that during the month of November I would try DJing with real vinyl during dinner once again to see how guests would respond. Long story short is that guests loved it and as a result I will now be brining back real vinyl into my gigs. It’s a great conversation starter and brings the real authentic “Austin DJ” vibes.

More importantly, and as always, The Terrace Club (Kristen, Hunter, and their staff) did an amazing job at Raquel and Tyler’s wedding. No rain was predicted for this Sunday wedding, but minutes before the ceremony a storm passed through, drenching the ceremony site. Kristen made sure every inch of the ceremony site was dry, and below you can see the beautiful bride, Raquel, waiting for the rain to pass and the ceremony to begin.

Backyard Wedding – 11/11/17

James and Courtney had an absolutely beautiful and cozy wedding at their parents house here in Austin. Favorite memory: As I was arriving to the wedding, I found the two best men rehearsing their toast/speech in secret and cracking up. So of course, this was one of the funniest best men speeches (see also: Roast) I’ve ever heard and I had to take a picture as to not forget. Glad they could bring the laughs and I brought the tunes!

Rattle Inn UT Theta Parents Weekend – 11/10/17

I was asked to fill in for DJ Kit K for the yearly UT Theta parents weekend, a late night gathering of over 400+ people. The person who put the event on, Laura, told me she didn’t expect any one to dance, but of course Hype Rhythm brings that fire in the winter. The calm scene above turned into a mosh of ladies dancing to hits from the 80’s and 90’s – much to everyone’s dismay, I could have easily done an encore for another hour had I not had another gig later that night as well downtown already. Such a blast and thankful I had the opportunity. Thanks to Kit, Laura, and Theta!

Mimosa Hall Wedding – 11/4/17

Candace and Mike saw me originally at Kim and Rob’s wedding that I did back last year and knowing how much fun they were in store for, they asked me to drive up to the DFW area to Mimosa Hall to DJ their wedding. Favorite memory: A fun alternative to not being able to use sparklers or bubbles is glow necklaces as seen above. Thanks for having me and glad we could get the party lit!

October 2017 Events Recap

Canyonwood Ridge Wedding – 10/29/17

October is always the busiest month of the year for weddings, and this year was no different! Finished out the final and 7th wedding of October with Raquel and Dan at one of my personal favorite venues in Dripping Springs, Canyonwood Ridge because of their beautiful inside ceremony space pictured above. To summarize the feels of the evening, in the words of Dan, “That dance party was all because of you, wouldn’t have happened without you”. Glad I could bring the dancing fire to a Sunday wedding!

The Allan House Wedding – 10/28/17

I will never forget this specific wedding- it was literally a life changing ceremony. When I initially met with Courtney and Matt, they explained that they were gonna officiate their own wedding (i.e. just exchange vows and rings), as they had already been legally married. I had never even heard of this before in 8 years of DJing weddings, so I was honestly a little skeptical of how it was all gonna play out because the bride and groom are usually nervous the day of, but I love untraditional stuff, so I was happy to oblige. Admittedly a strange sight, Matt walked up to the front – no officiant or wedding party in tow- and thanked the guests for coming, and then motioned to me to being playing Courtney’s processional song.

If you haven’t ever been to a wedding, the officiant usually talks about the couple’s relation, quotes some passages on love, helps the couple recite their vows to one another, helps them exchange ring vows, and then legally pronounces them newly weds. When meeting with them before beginning, they were both visibly nervous and stiff, but as soon as they started talking to each other they completely opened up. Courtney and Matt’s ceremony blew my mind because it was like them speaking from the heart to one another about their history together, why they fell in love, and are still falling in love each day with each other so much that they wanna spend the rest of their lives together. The eloquence and confidence with which both of them spoke and the way you could feel their emotions for one another.  It was such a special ceremony because of its beautiful uniqueness, just like their love – something to envy. So now, thank you to  Courtney and Matt for changing my perspective on wedding ceremonies, officiants, and love. It was an honor to be your DJ!

Agudas Achim Wedding – 10/22/17

Aliza and Jennifer put a lot a trust into me to help pull off their non-traditional, yet traditional Jewish wedding off. They were understandably nervous leading into the wedding, but it was one of those weddings where the family wants to get up and start dancing before dinner is even over. Long story short, it was one of the most fun dance segments at a wedding, even got Granpa Annon guest DJing!

Brodie Homestead Wedding – 10/21/17

Another great example of why to have a professional wedding DJ! When meeting with David and Raisha, they were open to dancing to anything and everything; However, initially their guests weren’t as obliging. Noticing a fair amount of hispanics and using my San Antonio roots, I pulled out one of the best Cumbia/Salsa/Reggaton sets I’ve ever spun and knocked it out of the park for the newly weds. Thanks for trusting in my song selections and allowing me to help make the day perfect!

Stonehouse Vineyard Wedding – 10/19/17

Thursday weddings are super rare, so I was more than happy to DJ for Jeremy and Elizabeth with their small wedding of 50 people. They didn’t expect guests to dance, but still, as a DJ the goal is to pull off the unexpected small dance party. Proud to say the unexpected dance party happened! Thanks for having me and congratulations!

TerrAdorna Wedding – 10/14/17

I was so excited to be the DJ for Albert and Jennifer! As a South Texas DJ, its awesome when you can play the all of the “super 3 wedding dance genre’s”(Classic and new wedding Hits, Country music, and Hispanic music). Favorite part of the day was the special ceremony during the actual ceremony where Albert and Jennifer poured a shot of Tequila (while I softly played Tequila by The Champs of course) as their “unity ceremony”. Definitely gonna be recommending that one in the future!

Hog Heaven Wedding – 10/7/17

Hog Heaven is actually not a public wedding venue, but rather a client of the personal trainers and newlyweds, Gina and Bane! An absolutely gorgeous skeet shooting and sport venue in Dripping Springs, its a shame it isn’t on the market for future weddings. Nonetheless, it was an amazing time and I was blown away by how everyone in attendance made me feel like I needed to go on a diet and hit the gym. Congratulations and thank you for putting your trust in Hype Rhythm.