Mike Paganelli - DJ, Emcee
DJ Mike Paganelli has performed for Lady Gaga
Mike is an accomplished DJ and Emcee with over 12 years experience entertaining at hundreds of wedding receptions, dance clubs, private parties and corporate functions. His vast experience and skills as a DJ are irrefutable when considering some of the high profile clients he has performed for, including Lady Gaga, The Boston Red Sox, Deval Patrick and Natalie Portman just to name a few.
He is comfortable at any venue, be it the Harvard Club of Boston, night clubs in New York City or Faneuil Hall and even The Wang Theatre in Boston (now the Citi Performing Arts Center).
Mike is a natural with people of all ages and always plays the precise music to keep everyone on their feet. Our clients are consistently impressed with his professionalism, energy and engaging personality. Most importantly, he recognizes that each client is unique, as is every crowd. His attention to detail and broad music knowledge, along with the desire and ability to personalize each event for his clients and their crowds is what truly creates the recipe for success.
Contact us today to discuss the details of your party with Mike. You'll soon see why he is the entertainer you need to captivate your crowd.
Testimonials for Mike Paganelli
Kelly - Wedding, October 2013 (Butternut Farm, Stow MA)
"We had Mike from C-Zone as the DJ for our wedding and we could not have been happier! He worked with us to understand our musical tastes, and delivered a flawless evening. He worked with my brother, who played a song instead of giving a speech, helped one section of the evening flow into another seamlessly, and kept everyone on the dance floor! He made us the stars of the show, and I would recommend him for any event."
Marissa - Wedding, September 2013 (Friendly Crossways, Harvard MA)
"We recently used C-Zone music, with DJ Mike, upon a strong recommendation from a friend. From our first meeting I knew he was a nice and easy-going guy, but his DJ skills really blew me away. We had a pretty long reception (Mike was ready to go at 5 and we partied until 11) and I asked Mike to have fun with the music - the less cheesy and the more dance-y the better!
However, he went above and beyond - we had people dancing before dinner even started, and the floor was literally packed until the end of the night! Mike did a great job emceeing our entrance and major events, but didn't babble on during every song, which was much appreciated.
Mike also worked very hard with my parents to accommodate them singing and playing our first dance, and kept me in the loop the whole time. He played all of our must plays, was gracious to our guests, and even broke his "no announcing songs" rule to help us dedicate a song to my brother-in-law, who is special needs and loves the YMCA. I would recommend C- Zone, and Mike, to anyone looking to have a great time!"
Mackenzie - Wedding, August 2013 (Hyatt Harborside, Boston MA)
"I just had C-Zone DJ my wedding and I cannot say enough good things about them. Mike Paganelli was our DJ and we also hired a jazz trio for the ceremony through C-Zone as well. The entire process was seamless and Mike kept the floor packed all night!! I would highly recommend them for any event or wedding you have live music or DJ needs for!"
Tina & Daniel - Wedding, August 2013 (Moraine Farm, Beverly MA)
"Mike Paganelli was the DJ for our wedding, and he was absolutely phenomenal. We were huge slackers and didn't pick any of our music until the last minute, but he was incredibly patient with us, and really good about keeping us on schedule. And, despite minimal instructions from us, Mike was able to perfectly gauge the crowd and keep our dance floor packed all night. Our family and friends loved the music, and loved Mike as well (such a great personality, and easy on the eyes too!). This comment from one of our guests sums up our experience with Mike/C-Zone: "I had a great time and it seemed like everyone else did too! I've never seen a wedding dance floor fill to capacity the instant after the music starts." So, thanks Mike (and C-Zone), for making our wedding fun and memorable for everyone!"
Anonymous - Wedding, July 2013
"To say that Mike P. from C-Zone "rocked" our wedding is an understatement. From the minute that we met Mike, we were amazed by his level of professionalism, his attention to detail, and above all else, his willingness to listen to the vision that we had for our wedding day.
Let's face it, we've all been there. You go to a gorgeous wedding at a stunning venue and you watch it all fall to pieces before your eyes as the DJ starts to take over the dance floor, quickly turning a day that is supposed to be about the bride and groom to a performance that's all about the DJ himself. If this is something that you're worried about, then rest assured that C-Zone willingly guarantees that this nightmare won't take place at your wedding. (One less thing to worry about!)
It was amazing to watch Mike work his magic. Through two meetings with Mike, we felt like he truly knew us and had a thorough understanding of the type of music that we wanted to play. Of course every bride is bias towards their own wedding, but I can honestly say that Mike had the crowd on the dance floor the entire night, so much so that our videographer is making a "dance floor edit" to capture some of the energy of the night.
On the flip side, Mike recognized the importance of those oh-so-special songs like the father/daughter dance (which he willingly hunted down the perfect version of) or our entrance song, (which he perfectly edited so that the energetic part of the song timed up with our entrance) or the sentimental song that I requested he play as a tribute to a family member. Mike did it all.
You know it's a good party when your 90 year old grandmother is hitting the dance floor. Thank you, Mike! You gave us the best party of our lives!"
Kimberly - Wedding, June 2013 (Ipswich Country Club, Ipswich MA)
"We first heard DJ Mike Paganelli at a friend's wedding and we knew we wanted to hire him when we started planning our own. Mike was easy to work with and made the music one less thing to worry about. He met with us several times before the big day and was receptive to what we wanted while also making several great suggestions. Mike not only DJ'd our wedding but also set up a sound system and played music at our outdoor ceremony which went off without a hitch.
Mike kept our wedding guests on the dance floor all night. We had many guests ask us if we had handpicked all the songs because the music was so great but we only asked Mike to play few songs we wanted to hear and a few we didnÕt and let him do his thing which worked out perfectly. We have now been to three weddings where the couples have used C-Zone and DJ Mike and it's no surprise because they are all a pleasure to work with."
Chris & Laura - Wedding, September 2011 (The Pierce House, Lincoln MA)
"CZone provided DJ services for our wedding in September. Our DJ was Mike Paganelli, and he did an outstanding job. Before the wedding, he was responsive and flexible in terms of special requests for songs / emcee duties. On the day of the wedding, Mike was on-time, professional, and made sure the entire party had a great time throughout the night. We had many guests comment on what a great job he was doing keeping the dance floor full and everyone (all ages) having a great time. Mike was also very respectful of the preferences we had communicated to him before the event, and flexible in terms of requests/announcements that came up during the reception. We had a great time, and highly recommend Mike as a DJ."
Elissa & Newell - Wedding, August 2011 (Fruitlands Museum, Harvard MA)
"We had Mike Paganelli as the DJ at our wedding reception and he did a wonderful job of keeping the party going and being responsive to our (and our guests') music requests. He was able to meet with us in person once before the wedding at the reception location to go over details and then we spoke to him over the phone regarding our choices of music, etc. He was really good about following up with us via e-mail in what we needed to do to plan the music for the reception (as was C-Zone). I highly recommend him as a wedding DJ!"
Tony - Wedding, August 2011 (The Commons, Topsfield, MA)
"Mike Paganelli was an amazing dj. He was there every moment of the big day. Our wedding would not have been the same without him. We highly recommend him!!! People are still talking about our wedding and raving about our dj. Thanks Mike for such a memorable experience. Wish we could get married again!"
Jennifer & Matt - Wedding, July 2011 (Glen Magna, Danvers, MA)
"Now that our wedding and honeymoon is over and we are settling to our happy married life together, Matt and I wanted to make sure we wrote to tell you how absolutely fabulous Mike was! His personality and music style fit us perfectly! I have had so many of my guests comment on how great he was and even a few ask me for his contact information for their upcoming weddings. Thank you so much!!!"
Jay - Wedding, July 2011 (The Westin Copley, Boston MA)
"I can't say enough good things. Professional from the start (contract, planning, etc.) and Mike absolutely controlled the vibe at the wedding. He was interested throughout the process, brought the energy the night of the wedding, and you can tell he loves what he does!"
Ashley - Wedding, July 2011 (Turner Hill, Ipswich, MA)
"Mike was amazing!!! He did everything we asked, and made our wedding night such a blast! He was such a pleasure to work with =)"
Sara & Justin - Wedding, June 2011 (Misselwood, Beverly, MA)
"Michael Paganelli from C-Zone was an amazing DJ at our wedding! From the very first meeting Mike was a pleasure to work with. He did such a nice job mixing up the music so that everyone had a great time. In fact our parents said, "Wow you guys played all of our generation's music" but our friends said the same thing! Mike made the mix of music seamless; he had everyone on the dance floor all night. He was also very flexible and was willing to do anything and everything that we needed. Literally one minute before the introductions we decided to change the entrance song to the bruins theme song (our wedding was on the day of the victory parade), Mike loved the idea and was able to make the change on the spot...it was a blast! Our wedding definitely wouldn't have been as much fun without him! Thank you again Mike!"
Joyce & Andrew - Wedding, October 2010 (Warren Conference Center, Ashland, MA)
"We were extremely pleased with Mike Paganelli from C-Zone. I found him to be professional and easy going at the same time, which is exactly the kind of vibe we wanted for our wedding. We said we wanted no cheesy dances/songs/props and he delivered a fun wedding without those distractions (which I feel is a good sign of a DJ, no props to hide behind!)
Mike was always prompt with email responses, quick to accomodate us with meeting locations when we first met him and when we met the before the wedding to finalize song selections. He took detailed notes on what we wanted and as I warned him during our final meeting, I noticed each and every time he worked one of those song requests in during the wedding and appreciated it.
Some other highlights of his work at the wedding? Mike was able to insert one of my relatives that I had forgotten in the wedding party introductions, and you couldn't tell that it was literally a last minute addition. Most importantly, while Andrew and I had picked a number of favorite songs to play during dinner, we left the music choices up to him for the dancing portion of the reception, requesting music to get 20-30 somethings dancing as well as our family members in their 50's - 60's happy, and he satisfied everyone. Despite a large number of non-dancers at the wedding, he kept the dance floor packed.
I highly recommend Mike and I can't believe he was as affordable as he was - definitely worth double the price!!
I also found C-Zone to be on top of things in terms of managing my communications with Mike, and having had the opportunity to meet Greg (owner) in person, you can tell he cares about what he does and runs a wonderful business."
Ksenia & Erik - Wedding, September 2010 (Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)
"We picked Mike Paganelli from C-Zone Music as the DJ for our wedding, and we could not have been happier with the job he did! Prior to booking him, we spoke with Mike on the phone to get to know him better and to see if he would be a good fit for us. After speaking with Mike it became obvious he would be a great fit for us. A few weeks beforehand we met with him in-person to iron the details of the wedding, including the order and timing of events and the music. This was facilitated by a very detailed and helpful questionnaire about the details of our day provided to us by C-Zone. We had a number of unusual music requests and Mike was sure to accommodate all of them, even finding perfect opportunities to insert songs. He was very easy to work with and very flexible. On the day of the wedding Mike was simply great! He ran the music for our ceremony flawlessly and did a great job as the DJ for our reception. Mike's attention to details was phenomenal --- for example, he made a great effort to ensure that he could pronounce all of the names of our bridal party perfectly (which included many tricky Russian names). Our dance floor was full all night and everyone had a great time. Mike found the right songs to insert at the right time to keep the party moving. We found C-Zone to be a great company to work with. Greg and Diane oversaw the whole process and were very swift to get back to us every time we contacted them. We also found C-Zone's website to be a great resource when picking our ceremony music as it has a sampler where you can listen to many popular ceremony pieces in different arrangements. If we need music for some event in the future, we will be certain to be in-touch with C-Zone again."
James & Meghan - Wedding, August 2010 (Concord Country Club, Concord, MA)
"Mike (DJ Red) was amazing! He did a wonderful job of keeping people on the dance floor, he was willing to travel to anyplace for our meetings, and he had such an upbeat positive attitude! He completely understood the atmosphere and vibe we wanted to give off and worked with us to guide us in order to achieve it. We had an amazing wedding day!! I can't say enough good things about him!!! I would definitely recommend DJ Red and C-Zone to any bride!!!! C-Zone was so easy to work with."
Stephanie - Wedding, May 2010 (Tupper Manor, Beverly, MA)
"CZone was very professional, totally put us at ease... We had Mike Paganelli and he was a hit at the wedding. We barely gave him any guidance beyond telling him about the crowd and the genre of music... and it was excellent! He was very accomodating with meetings and even came to our house after work one time to finalize all of the details. He was exactly what we wanted and did everything great! Also, Greg and Diane were highly professional, communicative, and helpful throughout the company. Would highly recommend them!"
Hannah - Wedding, April 2010 (The Commons Topsfield, MA)
"Mike Paganelli was our DJ and he did an amazing job. He is very flexible to schedule with and even if you have a last minute request or change. My finace changed our wedding dance song the day before the wedding but Mike did a great job providing it for us. Mike also makes sure to line everyone up before they walk in and to make sure he pronounces their names right by triple checking with everyone. Mike made our wedding amazing from ages 3-93 they were all dancing all night!!!"
Lauren & Michael - Wedding, December 2009 (The EpiCenter, Boston, MA)
"Mike was great - he really set the mood for our wedding and kept a great vibe going all night. My favorite quote from the night was (from my cousin) - 'man, this guy is great, he plays every song I never knew I wanted to hear!' People definitely were raving about the music from start to finish. He's great on the front end and really puts the time in to getting it right - exactly how you envision it and definitely incorporates your ideas and sticks to your plan. I've heard of too many DJs going along and doing their own thing - playing songs from the 'do not play list' - Mike is definitely not one of them. If you aren't big music people - and don't have a 'flow' that you have worked out or even music that you definitely want played - that's fine too...Mike seems to get it and am sure would put together an amazing night of music."
Shauna & Alastair - Wedding, November 2009 (The Commons, Topsfield, MA)
"We received a very good recommendation from the venue, which is what steered us towards C-Zone Music. Mike's ability to play music that was appropriate for all guests couldn't have been better. He also played all of our pre-selected requests. Mike is a true asset to C-Zone Music. Everything was absolutely perfect & he even managed to play some obscure British music that we asked for!"
Liz Wales - Wedding, December 31, 2009 (Boston Exchange Conference Center, MA)
"We just wanted to let you know Mike was unbelievable. We could not have asked for a better experience. We could not have been happier with everything Mike did to make our New Year's wedding amazing. Thanks so much!"
Brad & Jacqueline - Wedding, September 2009 (Ipswich Country Club, MA)
"We had been hearing all the high praise of C-Zone's DJs and reading positive reviews of past customers on the message boards and internet. All of these great reviews made choosing C-Zone Music for our wedding day very easy. Their approach was very personal and they made us feel as if we were the only important customer which is very rare! Our DJ, Mike was perfect!! He made us feel very comfortable and ensured our day would be perfect! Each area of the day, everything from cake cutting to last dance was addressed with care. On our wedding day, everyone was on the dance floor and raved about the DJ!"
Lauren Mead - Wedding, August 2009 (Tupper Manor, Beverly, MA)
"We were referred to C-Zone Music through a friend and really liked Greg and our DJ Mike from the beginning. During the planning process Mike had great resources for song suggestions and really personalized our wedding to fit our needs. Everyone at our wedding commented on how great Mike was and how packed the dance floor was all night! This was an excellent experience and I would recommend C-Zone to anyone."
Mike & Stephanie - Wedding, July 2009 (Concord Country Club, MA)
" We received a prompt reply to our initial inquiry and were able to schedule an immediate interview. We found the price reasonable and service a great value. Mike, our DJ was so responsive which was nice since we were planning from a distance. We were able to work with Mike to customize our selections for our wedding and he was very helpful in the planning process. We had different age groups at our wedding and Mike was able to get and keep everyone out on the dance floor. Everything was wonderful and we felt that the services provided were a huge value for what we received. Thank you!!!"
Kelly (Tebbe) Miller - Wedding, June 2009 (The Commons, Topsfield, MA)
"Our DJ, Mike Paganelli, was extremely knowledgeable about the services he was providing. His professionalism was evident through our initial correspondence and truly shined at the event. When Mike showed up to do the job he was so well dressed, that I mistook him for a wedding guest I might not have met yet (i.e. one of my husband's college friends perhaps). Thanks for everything!"
Victoria & Christopher - Wedding, October 2008 (Tupper Manor, Beverly, MA)
"Prior to the wedding, Mike took the time to get to know us and was aware of our tight schedule. Mike was very professional and timely which was a relief after the first DJ stood us up. Mike was open to our musical suggestions, catered to our taste and had the entire crowd dancing all night. He also politely declined requests from our "do not play" list, which was really important to us. Mike facilitated the reception seamlessly, created a great flow throughout the entire night and was warm and personable."
Andrew - Wedding, September 2008 (Willowdale Estate, Topsfield, MA)
"Mike was so easy to work with and made everything simple with no hassle. Everything went smoothly and he listened to what I requested & also mixed in things that got people dancing. Everything that needed to be done, or that was requested, was taken care of perfectly by Mike!"
Dena Pappathanasi - Wedding, August 2006
"Overall, we were thrilled with Mike! He was very easy going and professional. He is a genuinely nice guy and everything went perfectly and he read the guests great! We will definitely call you for our next event."
Shannon & Brian McCarthy - Wedding, June 2006
"I liked the immediate email response and Mike’s knowledge of the business. Everything was great, very professional (not at all "cheesey")! It was a great value for our dollar and we’ll definitely recommend!"
Bowen & Charlie Martin - Wedding, June 2006
"Mike could not have been better – he was perfect and made for a very fun wedding! I couldn’t be happier and would recommend Mike to anyone! Thank you for making our reception just what we wanted!"
Noelle Nolan, The GIFT Foundation - Fundraiser, November 2006
"C-Zone answered our questions and concerns in a fast professional manner through email and telephone conversations. They incorporated our silent auction and our guest speakers flawlessly into the program. Our DJ, Mike’s ability to accommodate as many requests as possible was an extreme success. He began the evening with mellow music while the guests mingled and conversed with each other. As the event went on, Mike picked up the intensity and played high-energy music that made everyone want to get up and dance! Even knowing that C-Zone music has over 17 years of experience does not adequately define their level of creativity, professionalism and reliability with Greg’s extraordinary services, the event exceeded everyone’s expectations. The music selection accommodated all our guests. It’s always a pleasure to work with Greg and his fellow entertainers. The past four year has been a success and I cannot wait for years to come! I and everyone at the GIFT Foundation were truly pleased and highly recommend C-Zone for their proficient and personal music service to everyone!"
Melissa Parsons - Wedding, June 2006
"You contacted us quickly after our initial inquiry and customized our event as we wanted. Even though our guests had lots of requests, it didn’t interfere with the original playlists/songs. Your company was excellent and our rave reviews have been passed along to friends/family who may be looking for future event entertainment! Mike was wonderful to work with and did a great job with our wedding! We were very happy that he was willing/able to travel to Connecticut to help make our wedding a success! Thank you, Melissa"
Karen Gazarra, Event Planner at Affordable Occasions - August 2005 Wedding
"Mike was excellent yesterday, totally professional with a great personality. Everyone at the wedding commented on how great he was. The parents of the bride & groom all thanked us for selecting such as wonderful DJ. I mean, words cannot express how happy we and everyone else were yesterday. We thanked Mike personally last night before he left - as well as many of the guest thanked him too. We look forward to working with him again next month. I gave your company name out to some people that asked. Please feel free to use Affordable Occasions as a reference should you ever need one. Great service!"
Chris Morley - September 2005 Wedding
"From the initial discussion to the very end of our event, everything went better than we could possibly have hoped for with Mike's service. The event was perfectly tailored to our tastes and he respected our choices of music. The entertainment was perfect!"
Jessica Garza, Harvard Alumni Association - June 2005
"I have been more than pleased with Mike's ability to bring energy to every event, get the crowd moving and connect people through music. Mike not only takes the initiative to learn about his audience and be flexible about the needs of the event, but can also be trusted to make the right decision at a moment's notice. I am always confident in his ability to play appropriate music and adjust accordingly throughout the event. With such a large assortment of music and a knack for choosing the right songs, Mike is able to step the party up a notch and ensure that everyone has a great time"