Why do I DJ events? It’s all about the people and it’s all about the music! I love to meet new people and communicate with them to make their event special and unique; and I will work with the event staff to make sure everything is taken care of for you. My easy going nature and infectious energy will keep everyone in a good mood and help make your event run seamlessly. Music has a magical way of bringing people together, and I enjoy coordinating the right songs, to make that magic come alive.
I have been studying music ever since I was little, and began my professional DJ career in 2004. Through the years I have developed a deep understanding for music, and how it makes people feel. I will always make sure that you are receiving the highest level of service.
I like the challenge of mixing different styles of music together, learning the vibe of the crowd and getting them moving. I have a passion for all styles and eras of music and I can make anything go together. I know what to play to get a party going and know how to use your song selections to add to the energy on the dance floor.
Thank you for your consideration, and I am very confident that you have chosen the right company!
What Clients Say About Rufus
Everyone was talking about the dancing the day after, they couldn't get enough of our DJs - Rufus and Greg! They were wonderful to work with leading up to the event, Rufus gave us some honest feedback on some some special dances we were planning., and because of that everything turned out better than expected. There wasn't a moment in the night where the floor was empty!
September 16, 2017
Rufus Thank you for being such an amazing DJ for our wedding! Everyone has been talking about what a fun event/reception it was! Thanks for everything!
July 15, 2017
Thank you for all you have done to make our day so special! You are so talented and warm-hearted. You made us feel at ease from our first meeting. It really shows how much you love your job. Thank you Again!
June 15, 2017
Rufus & Sounds Abound
Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day fabulous! Everyone has told us how awesome you were and we so appreciate you contributing to our perfect day!
July 1, 2017
Bridgitte said... Sounds Abound is the BEST choice you could make! They have their own website where you can customize your playlist, which is so cool! Not to mention, they are extremely professional and you can tell they have been doing this for a long time! We have received many compliments on our music since the wedding! That was our number one compliment. All thanks to our DJ, Rufus! He was extremely professional and fun at the same time. He was the perfect decision to make for our wedding day. From start to finish, our dance floor was packed. It was a giant dance party! You know your wedding is a good time when not one person is sitting down and they are all on the dance floor. We also had our name in lights on the wall and a photobooth! The photobooth was a huge hit, and the lights were so fun! I would highly recommend sounds abound!!!!
July 7, 2017
RufusThank you so much for all your hard work yesterday!! Everyone had a blast and the dance floor never stopped which is what we wanted. Everyone has told me how they loved the music. We really appreciate it.
July 21, 2017
DJ Rufus was amazing! Before the wedding, he took the time to talk with me and discuss my husband and I's music style and what we were looking for at the reception. He played every song we requested and more importantly, Rufus did an awesome job of reading the dance floor and keeping it alive! He made people feel like they were missing out if they weren't on the dance floor! I would recommend DJ Rufus to any couple looking for a talented, personable DJ who wants to have an incredibly fun reception!
July 8, 2017
Thank you, Rufus and Sounds Abound, for being exactly what we were looking for to DJ our wedding! Rufus was amazingly professional, and we truly felt like he understood our musical tastes and preferences. He checked with us throughout the evening when a request was made that he wasn't sure we would approve of, and he made sure we were okay with the timing of certain special songs. He kept the party rockin', and we had several of our guests comment how great the music was, from start to finish! The uplighting definitely helped add to our reception venue, and we appreciate the consideration taken to match our colors. Thanks again to Rufus and Sounds Abound for making our wedding such a great party!
May 28, 2017
We were lucky enough to have Rufus be the DJ and MC for our wedding and we couldn't have asked for a better fit. In the months and weeks up to the wedding, Rufus was always in touch, meeting with us both over the phone and in person and really helped us put together a stress-free program ahead of time. On the day of, he was extremely flexible and able to handle any curveballs that came his way and all our guests LOVED the musical choices. Given that the guests ranged from early 20's to late 70's in age, that's saying quite a bit! If we had to do it all over again, we would pick Sounds Abound and Rufus every time, we couldn't have been happier with our big day and how everything went. Thank you so much Rufus!
June 24, 2017
Thank You Sounds Abound!!
Everyone told us that an amazing DJ was crucial in order to have a fabulous wedding, and we couldn't agree more after seeing so many of our guests having a blast dancing all night at our wedding! Rufus did an absolutely phenomenal job as our DJ and kept the dance floor full all night! The intros were fun and exciting and even the most challenging names in our bridal party were all pronounced correctly! We had an anniversary dance and a special dance for my aunt and uncle's 20th anniversary, and all of these special requests went so smoothly thanks to Rufus!! I didn't want the night to end and neither did our guests! We received so many compliments on how much people loved the music selection and how much fun Rufus made our party!! We couldn't be happier with our choice to go with Sounds Abound! They were so organized and a pleasure to work with during wedding planning and our special day!
June 17, 2017
DJ Rufus and his team were fantastic at reading the room, keeping the party going, and accommodating special requests. All Sounds Abound staff were very helpful in the planning and easy to work with. All around great experience.
May 13, 2017
You know you were in good hands when you want to write a positive review the morning right after your wedding! Our DJ (Rufus) from Sounds Abound arrived early, completely prepared, and led us through an amazing night! He put us at ease with his friendliness and professionalism. He paced speeches appropriately, anticipated and addressed hurdles we wouldn't have thought of, served as a middle man between us and our catering service, and kept the dance floor going all night. With Rufus in charge, we were able to relax and enjoy a fantastic evening! Thank you, Rufus!
March 4, 2017
Melissa said... Sounds Abound was amazing! We could not have asked for a better company. Rufus was our D.J and he was spectacular! He was always available to answer questions and give suggestions. He contacted us the week before to make sure we had everything nailed down. We went over the music selection on the online planner (which is an awesome tool). The night of the wedding was smooth and flowed beautifully, before our introductions he even came up to us again to make sure he add all name pronunciations right! We weren't sure about music for the night, and left it up completely up the DJ. His transitions were smooth and the dance floor was packed all night! We also rented the sounds abound photobooth. They came with so many fun props, and included a flashdrive of all our guest's pictures. Sounds Abound is all about making their clients happy and they went above and behind!
January 21, 2017
We picked Rufus as our dj and could not have been happier! He helped us make sure we threw the best party that our guests are STILL talking about how much fun they had.
November 5, 2016
Rufus was our DJ for the evening of December 15, and he was fabulous. I would definitely recommend Sounds Abound, and use your services again next year for our annual holiday party. Thank you, and please let Rufus know how great he was and how much we appreciated his talents.
December 15, 2016
We had a wonderful event thanks to Rufus and Sounds Abound. The music sets the tone for an event and Rufus had a perfect variety of music playing. Everything was customized and personalized to our crowd and requests. Rufus was on time, organized, extremely personable, kind and accommodating. I would highly recommend this company for any of your events. VERY impressed all around and had a great experience.
Rodan + Fields
The DJ's and the photo booth from Sounds Abound were great! I love the fact that you can pre-select your music online to help prepare for an event. We had 2 DJ's, a photo booth and a guest book coordinator. Rufus did a great job starting from our wedding ceremony all the way ending in dancing and fun. I was glad I used the photo booth too. It was fun for the guest and us. We were able to get a lot of fun pictures and they are good quality. We also had an additional lady who helped the guest do a scrap book page for our photo album. We love our album and it is a great keepsake. I highly recommend using Sounds Abound for all their entertainment options.
November 11, 2016
My wife and I choose Rufus as our DJ. He was extremely professional and was great to work with throughout the whole process. His energy matched ours and he kept the dance floor packed the entire night. We flet that the music was a huge part of our wedding, and we are so glad we had Rufus there to take care of everything. Thank you for doing such at great job at our wedding!
September 16, 2016
I just wanted to again say thank you so much, I still can’t believe we had a dance party with this group! I’ve really never seen anything like that before and I think a lot of us needed to laugh and dance like that and I really believe it was YOU who made that happen! I can’t tell you how happy I am that we decided to go with you. I have hired several DJ’s over the last couple years and I have to say your professionalism and positive attitude is contagious and you really were above and beyond my expectations.
September 13, 2016
Rufus was spectacular at our daughter and new son-in-law's wedding. He set the tone and kept things fun. All our guest were dancing the night away! We would definitely recommend Rufus and Sounds Abound to anyone else planning a wedding.
September 10, 2016
I hired Sounds Abound for my wedding and Rufus Cathey was my DJ. He was AMAZING! He played the type of music I requested - and more - and kept the entire wedding on track. We had a smaller, intimate event yet he knew how to manage the mood. Rufus was professional and I'd highly recommend him to anyone who needs DJ services!! Thank you Rufus and Sounds Abound for making my day special!
July 12, 2016
Rufus was phenomenal for my wedding two weeks ago! He got a crowd of 250 people out on the dance floor and kept them there! He was great to work with, rapid response with email/phone, and very respectful and knowledgeable about his services/sounds abound services! Excellent to work with, so happy we had him at our wedding!!
June 18, 2016
Bat Mitzvah DJ
The kids had a blast, and it was fun for the adults too. Non-stop games and dancing. Rufus was great to work with. Very professional.
May 21, 2016
Always grateful for the reliability, performance and management of our music selection for our annual Father Daughter dance.. Rufus is terrific, we had 400 people in attendance this year!!! a great turn out !!! thank you
Sounds Abound Naperville was outstanding! Their website is very easy to use to plan the event, they called us several times to double check and clarify the schedule for the day and the music was great. For days afterwards our guests were telling us how great the DJ was and how much fun they had. Thanks to DJ Rufus and everyone at Sounds Abound!
March 26, 2016
Awesome DJ and Great Experience!
Rufus was the DJ at our wedding two weeks ago, and we couldn't be happier that we chose Sounds Abound! People were on the dance floor the whole time and had a blast, and throughout the entire process, Rufus was extremely professional while still being warm and genuine. Sounds Abound does a great job of communicating and staying in touch without being overbearing or pushy, and Rufus and his assistant were simply an awesome choice to give us a great party and a fantastic wedding celebration! We highly and unreservedly recommend Sounds Abound!
January 9, 2016
DJ Rufus was AMAZING!
The experience we had with this company was phenomenal. DJ Rufus was EXCELLENT! My husband and I loved working with him in preparing for our wedding. He made sure that every detail was covered (even things we did not realize needed to happen!) and that the music really reflected what we wanted. He is very experienced and clearly enjoys his work. The dance floor was always packed, even with a very diverse crowd! His energy and attention to detail allowed our reception to flow flawlessly. At our reception, we did not worry about a single thing! Mike and I would highly recommend Rufus to anyone who is looking for a DJ. Thank you, Rufus, for helping make our reception the best party of our lives! And many thanks to your assistant as well!
Mike & Emily
December 19, 2015
Absolutely amazing DJ service
For our wedding, we used Sounds Abound for our entertainment. We couldn't have been happier with their professionalism and their attention to detail for our special day. From the initial planning stage, Rufus and company were willing to work with us and provide anything that we requested. Our biggest requirement was to make sure that we kept the party moving and have everyone dancing throughout the night. Rufus pulled it off and kept the party going and did a great job of playing music that got everyone of all ages/backgrounds to dance! Also, we asked to have separate entrance music for our bridal party and it was amazing how they put it together. Many of our guest were very complimentary of them and complimented us on the energy level of our wedding. Thank you again Sounds Abound and we would recommend their services to anyone!
November 6, 2015
We cannot thank you enough for your amazing performance at our wedding. We keep getting compliments from people on how great the music selection was. You really helped make our day special and we appreciate it so much!
October 16, 2015
Rufus was a great DJ and really made our wedding complete. He worked with us before the reception to figure out all of the necessary details and followed through by helping us stay on track the day of. His flexibility with music selection was perfect for our event. Rufus allowed us to give him an extensive selection of particular music we wanted to hear, and he took the time to create a playlist that kept the party going all night. He also allowed us to provide a separate list of songs for our cocktail hour that set the perfect tone. The up lighting changed colors throughout the night and made the space even more beautiful and complete. We can't thank Rufus and Sounds Abound enough for their part of our perfect wedding!
August 29, 2015
Rufus- BEST DJ EVER
It was wonderful working with the Sounds Abound company. From the consultation to the website account, this was the best experience and customer service we have had with any company. We are truly happy we used Sounds Abound for our wedding. Rufus had a great presence and tremendous awareness for the energy of the party. We would recommend Rufus and Sounds Abound to all our family and friends.
Thank you so much very making our wedding the greatest night!
October 24, 2015
We had Sounds Abound provide the music for our wedding ceremony and reception in October 2015. They were great! Rufus did a wonderful job for the ceremony, everything was played at the right moment. Matt Ammons was the DJ for the reception and kept the evening on track. He knew just the right music to play to keep the guests happy. Both were incredibly professional as was all the staff that we spoke with. I would highly recommend them! We will have wonderful memories thanks to Sounds Abound!
October 9, 2015
Great to work with
We were referred to Sounds Abound by our photographer. As soon as we had our first meeting we decided we liked the way they worked with their website and personalization. We chose to not choose a Dj but we still got the DJ we met with who did an amazing job! Rufus kept the dance floor moving and played everything that we wanted. If I had to go back to do it again I would choose to work with both Sounds Abound and Rufus again!
October 10, 2015
Had awesome wedding music with Sounds Abound!
My Husband and I decided to use Sounds Abound for our wedding ceremony as well a reception. What a wonderful company! We had Rufus as our DJ. He was fantastic and was on the same level as we are with our music selection! His assistant Brandon was great too. All of our guests were dancing the night away on the dance floor! Thank you to Rufus and Sounds Abound for making our wedding so memorable!!!
September 25, 2015
Rufus was so organized and friendly, he always provided such great tips and pointers and helped both my husband and I along through the process whenever we were frazzled or indecisive.
August 8, 2015
Awesome Wedding with Sounds Abound
We had Rufus as our DJ at our wedding, and he was AMAZING. Everyone had a blast and he did a great job of capturing the audience and keeping them on the dance floor. As the bride, I didn't even want to leave the dance floor as well. After the wedding, numerous people contacted us to tell us how awesome Rufus was and how it was the best wedding they have ever been to. Also, our photo booth was a HIT and everyone enjoyed it. Chris was great as well, he was so helpful and very enjoyable to be around. I cannot tell you how grateful I am that we chose Sounds Abound, and we appreciate all they did to make our Wedding night extra special! We will definitely be referring Sounds Abound to everyone we know 🙂
July 25, 2015
Best Wedding DJ!!
We are so happy we chose Sounds Abound for our wedding! Rufus was our DJ and he was awesome! They have an online planner where you can pick all your music, and you have “Must Play”, “Like” and “Don’t Play” lists. It was a lot of fun adding songs to our lists. We had a meeting with Rufus about 2 weeks before the wedding to go over all the details, and he called us the week of the wedding to confirm the final details.
The music during the ceremony and dinner was perfect. As soon as dinner was over, people started dancing and the dance floor was going all night! Even our grandmas were out on the dance floor! Rufus did a great job mixing genres of music and there was never a lull. Several people commented during and after the reception on how great the music was. We highly recommend them if you’re looking for a DJ for your wedding- they are very organized and it’s great that you can be as involved as you want with picking out music!
Thank you to Rufus and Sounds Abound for making our wedding reception so much fun!
June 12, 2015
Caroline said... We hired Rufus as our DJ and he was absolutely amazing. He was very professional, calm, and organized. We gave him a few song suggestions but for the most part we asked him to play to the crowd. He had our wedding guests up and dancing the entire time.
April 25, 2015
We’ve used your services for many years and have always been pleased. I particularly like Rufus and am always confident things will go off smoothly when he’s in charge. He has a great energy and is great at engaging the audience. We’ll look forward to our next event with you!
February 7, 2015
Best Decision Ever
Here's a simple tip to anyone looking for a DJ for their wedding reception—go with Sounds Abound.
Rufus presided over our wedding reception on May 24, 2015, along with his assistant Casey. Before the wedding, we filled out an easy-to-use online portal to request specific songs and callouts. A couple weeks before the big day, Rufus kindly met with us to walk through the entire day. Prior to this Rufus was available via e-mail/phone for any questions we had. He was the only vendor we could contact whenever we wanted and he was happy to help. Rufus also called again before the wedding to go over everything we had filled out in the portal. We spoke on the phone for almost an hour and I could tell he wanted to make sure the night went perfectly, he is a true professional who is passionate about his work. He was sure to make sure he had pronunciations correct for all of our attendants.
We were a little worried about having a DJ for our ceremony since we had never been to a wedding with a ceremony done by a DJ. Rufus made our ceremony PERFECT!!!!! Everything flowed flawlessly.
From our reception introduction to our last dance, Rufus led the reception with unbelievable charisma and energy. The event was organized perfectly, and Rufus handled off-schedule things like surprise toasts with such grace. His song list was so on point, the dance floor was packed full of guests the entire night. Casey was super friendly and integral to the night as well, even asking us if there were any songs we'd like to hear in the last hour. Our dance floor was packed the entire night!!!
We also rented a photo booth from Sounds Abound, which was a huge hit. When we looked at the photo strips the next day, we laughed hysterically as we saw our guests look their best with gigantic hat and glasses props. The photo booth attendant was super friendly and since we were busy all night when he saw us both (my husband and I) together near the booth he made sure to call us in- SOOO glad he did that or we wouldn't have had a photobooth pic of both of us!
I give Rufus, Casey, and the rest of the staff at Sounds Abound the highest of recommendations. Their experience, professionalism, and talent made hosting a wedding reception look easy. This should be a no-brainer for couples looking for a wedding DJ. Pick Sounds Abound.... and if he is available choose Rufus!
May 24, 2015
We had a great wedding reception that was even better thanks to our DJ/MC Rufus! Our dance floor was busy all night long and he did a great job of reading the crowd and keeping everyone happy. We had a pre-event meeting with Rufus to review the sequence of introductions, toasts, and other special requests in addition to the music we loved and wanted to hear. The online planner was a big help in ensuring we got to hear (and dance to) the music we enjoyed without having to think up and make requests on the night of our reception. Our guests made lots of comments about how the dancing and our reception were the best they have attended and while we are probably biased, we have to agree! We highly recommend Rufus for anyone considering a wedding DJ/MC!
May 2, 2015
Rave reviews is what I am still and yet receiving from our wedding guests regarding our DJ, Rufus, and Sounds Abound. Even after a week, I am still getting comments about: how the music was played during dinner; the great manner in which different things were introduced...cake cutting, first dance, etc.; how accommodating Rufus was with requests....And the list goes on.
Right from the 'get-go', Sounds Abound was informative but not pushy. Communicative but not annoying. And sincerely understanding; they understood we wanted to 'check-around' to explore our options. If I would have known then, what I know now, I could have saved myself time and energy by hiring them right off the bat.
When we did go to their office, we met Rufus. You can tell he enjoys what he does. He put us at ease immediately. He was so knowledgeable...not only about doing his job but about the location and layout of our venue. If I had a question or comment to which I wanted to speak with him, he was accessible via email, text and of course by phone. The one time I didn't find him at the office, he called me back first thing the next morning. I don't know how he does it.
To wrap this up, know that I am not over-exaggerating, go with your gut and don't waste time...Simply hire them. They are GREAT!
January 24, 2015
First of all I would have to thank Rufus for all the hard work that he put into our big wedding day, leading up to and the day of. I 100% would recommend him for any one of my friends or families weddings or events. He planned with us very well leading up to the day. He had everything all ready when we arrived at the hall and everything in order. I had not one worry in the world when it came down to the music, announcing, up lighting, professionalism, entertaining, coordination with the hall, or coordination with other entertainer. By far he went above and beyond his duties that night, which made it so much easier on us as the bride and the groom to enjoy our special day. Thank you Rufus.
October 25, 2014
This place was great to work with! The services they offer and the time they give was just what I was looking for.... also their pricing was great! I was able to do DJ, uplighting and photobooth all at one place... so much easier on a bride planning! We had Rufus and he was THE BEST! He really took charge on the day of the wedding and led the night off to the right start. We loved working with him and people commented about him all night how wonderful he was!! I wish we could do the night all over again!
October 4, 2014
October 10, 2014
Rufus was AMAZING!
Sounds Abound is a GREAT company!! Our wedding day was absolutely perfect and we have Rufus to thank for the amazing job he did! Even before the wedding day, he was very responsive to suggestions we had and well organized. By the wedding day, we already felt extremely comfortable that he would do a great job. Rufus kept the dance floor going ALL night!! He even came out and helped us learn the wobble, which we will never forget!! Thank you!!!
October 17, 2014
Rufus is the MAN!!
Thanks to Rufus we had an amazing wedding! The entire time the dance floor was full from the beginning to the end. He was very good at only listening to me or my wife and not playing what my drunken friends were trying to request. Sounds Abound make it extremely easy to set up your entire wedding and customize how YOU want it. I would highly recommend Sounds Abound for anyone and you must ask for RUFUS!!
Thanks again! Curtis & Kelly Restko
September 6, 2014
We had Rufus as our DJ at our Wedding on September 13th at Venuti's in Addison. He was so polite and all around fun that our guests are still raving about what a great time they had! They were even "table-dancing" during dinner! We wouldn't have had such an amazing event if we wouldn't have gone with Sounds Abound and Rufus specifically! He really understood the vibe we and our guests had set for the night and every song just played that up more and more! Our goal was to have the dance floor packed all night long-and it was!! I could really go on and on! Needless to say-we loved working with the company as a whole and would do so again in a heartbeat!!
September 13, 2014
August 23, 2014
Rufus and Sounds Abound are AMAZING!!
Sounds Abound is the place to go if you are looking for a DJ and a great time. Our DJ was Rufus and his assistant was Casey. Through the entire planning process Rufus and Sounds Abound were so helpful. I loved having the online planning tool, it made it so much easier especially since I do not live in the area. Our wedding day was so much fun, I did not stop dancing the whole night. Rufus did such a great job of reading the crowd and knowing what would keep them dancing. When the special dance songs (cha cha slide & etc.) either Rufus or Casey was out there on the dance floor helping direct. The photo booth was a big hit and the operator Chris was super friendly and got a lot of great pictures for us. The end of our reception came too soon, but all of our guests were raving about how much fun they had and how great the music was!
I will be recommending Sounds Abound to everyone I know!!
August 16, 2014
Sounds Abound were so great to work with from beginning to end. Rufus did a great job with the ceremony music...exactly how I envisioned it and the photobooth was a HIT! Thank you so much for being a part of our special day and making it all the more sweeter!
July 24, 2014
We had the best time with sounds abound!! Rufus was a fantastic DJ. I heard multiple times from our guests that they had never been to a wedding with such good dance music. He kept it elegant where it needed to be elegant and fun where it needed to be fun. I would recommend Rufus to anyone looking for a fun and experienced wedding DJ!
August 2, 2014
We are so happy we went with sounds abound, everyone that worked there was so friendly and helpful. The online planner is a great tool to help brides/grooms in picking music for their event! We also loved that we got to pick our own MC! At first I thought 'how do you pick a MC?' but after watching the little videos that each MC has, it was fun to pick one! We picked Rufus and we couldn't have made a better choice, he was funny and really helpful and understood the style of music we wanted for our big day. I would recommend sounds abound to anyone!
May 23, 2014
LOVED having Rufus and Sounds Abound work with us! Their services are incomparable and their DJ staff is the best. Great price and they helped MAKE our night! Totally recommend them!
June 14, 2014
Fabulous, amazing time!
After a great experience at my sister's wedding (DJ'd by Jeff), we hired Rufus at Sounds Abounds to play at our wedding. Rufus was professional, easily available, and flexible with our needs. After 2 pre-wedding meetings, Rufus really came through and made our wedding a total success. We had some unique requests for cocktail hour and dinner music, and he seamlessly pulled it off. And once the dancing began, it didn't stop! He even incorporated a family member's request for a polka without throwing off the vibe of the evening (which was total dance party). Thank you Rufus and Sounds Abound for making our wedding a night to remember!
May 10, 2014
Great party, professional service, and user friendly webpage setup.
I will definitely recommend Sounds Abound and DJ Rufus for wedding receptions. So many guests remarked how they never had seen a dance floor so packed throughout a reception. We even had a flood of guests from the wedding next door come in to dance, which after consulting my bride and myself, Rufus very diplomatically made an announcement to have the interlopers return to their wedding. Rufus was friendly and helpful during the planning and reception. He kept us keep to a timeline and gave advise from his wedding experience. Again, the reception was a great party with Sounds Abound at the helm.
March 22, 2014
Our DJ Rufus, was fantastic. He came prepared and on time. He set up quickly and began to play music just as the guests were starting to arrive. Our DJ played the perfect mix of traditional and contemporary songs. He took requests. He also took great cue's from the audience and played music that they liked.
Girl Scout Troop
We booked Sounds Abound about a week before our wedding when we panicked and realized that the IPod DJ thing was completely stressing us out. We worked with Rufus. In the week that we had him, I had multiple hour long conversations with him where he ran through every detailed question that would make our wedding work. I didnt have answers to many of the questions, and asked him for help coming up with ideas. He was completely ok with this and we used his suggested songs for a number of the exits & entrances. He was also very calm and balanced when another vendor sent an email that was mildly insulting to him. He did not react at all (even though I was somewhat outraged on his behalf) but had a productive conversation with the other vendor. On the day of, everything went smoothly and he read our crowd very well. When he asked if he should play some of the Russian music I had provided, I said no, thinking that my friends and family were kinda done dancing. A little later, as the dance floor was dying down, he decided to play it anyway, and I was absolutely wrong - it brought everyone to the dance floor. Overall, the experience was outstanding esp. given the short notice and I absolutely never regretted going the route of having a full DJ experience.
September 29, 2013
We used Sounds Abound for our MC/DJ, Photo booth and Up-lighting- and they did a fantastic job with all three. The venue looked amazing with the very professional and elegant looking up-lighting. The photo booth was so much fun, and the attendant made sure everyone had a good time taking the silly photos. But the best service provided by Sounds Abound was the DJ. We chose Rufus for our MC and he was amazing. My husband and I have very different tastes in music, and had an extremely mixed crowd at the wedding. Somehow, Rufus kept the dance floor full all night, and managed to make everyone happy. Our guests mentioned that they have never seen so many people dancing and having fun at a wedding before, and we have Rufus to thank. He made sure the night went smoothly, and choreographed the whole event to perfection!
November 30, 2013
A Packed Dance Floor with Wonderful Memories
Sounds Abound always responded to questions immediately and never left me hanging. We chose the option to have an MC and assistant DJ, which I would highly recommend. Rufus was our MC. The night ran smoothly, starting with our ceremony, which Rufus followed my directions to a tee with the music. The rest of the night I didn't have to worry about the order of events, because he had everything taken care of. Rufus packed the dance floor the entire night, and as the very last song played everyone was still on the dance floor and couldn’t believe that the time had flew by so fast. After my wedding, people kept telling me they haven't danced that much in years! One friend even told me she danced so much she was sore for over a week! Another friend said it was on his list of “Top 10 Days of All Time.” Everyone had so much fun on the dance floor, aged 2 to 70!!!! I highly recommend Sounds Abound and Rufus, if you want a stress free DJ company, an eclectic mix of music and night of fun with no worries!
September 21, 2013
Rufus rocks! He kept the reception moving, kept the bride and groom on track and followed the suggested play list. I'm sure he added some of his own choices and that was great as well. Our daughter wanted to have a fun night with people on the dance floor and Rufus was a huge part in helping to make that happen. The night was the night she always imagined it to be. And much of the credit goes to Rufus for that. At the end of the evening, I was hoping for another occasion to have a dance party so we could work with Rufus again. Thank you so much, Rufus and Sounds Abound.
November 16, 2013
We had a great experience with Sounds Abound for our October wedding, with Rufus as our DJ. The dance floor was packed all night! The Sounds Abound planning tool was very helpful in thinking through the event and picking songs. We were able to plan our entire wedding with Rufus over the phone/email, which was very convenient as we live and work downtown, and had a very short engagement. He was very thorough in the planning process - we talked through every part of the day, rehearsed name pronunciation, and tracked down some obscure songs we wanted. Rufus played songs that reflected our requests and personalities, and knew how to respond to the crowd to keep the party going. He was pleasant to work with and was one of the reasons the night was so fun!
October 26, 2013
Rufus...we loved you!
Sounds Abound was the very best choice for DJ needs for our wedding. Rufus was a true gentlemen and a party starter all at the same time. He's got a great vibe for just the right music for all parts of the wedding. Slow music, the dance-able and everything in between. Thank you, Rufus for being such an important part of our wedding day.
September 27, 2013
Sounds Abound always responded to questions immediately and never left me hanging. They have a wedding planning portal that allows you to put all the details to your wedding down and request songs you want to MUST play and rate other songs you like, which gives the DJ a good idea about what kind of music you want to hear. We chose the option to have an MC and assistant DJ, which I would highly recommend. The night ran smoothly and I didn't have to worry about the order of events because they had everything taken care of. Rufus was my MC and he had everyone on the dance floor the whole night! After my wedding, people kept telling me they haven't danced that much in years! One friend even told me she danced so much she was sore for over a week! Now that made me smile because everyone was enjoying themselves on the dance floor, aged 2 to 70!!!! I highly recommend Sounds Abound and Rufus if you want an eclectic mix of music and night of fun with no worries!
September 21, 2013
We used Sounds Abound for our wedding on September 14th. I had never used a professional DJ before but we picked SA when they had an Open House this past May and we got a chance to meet/greet the different DJ's and see what they offer. We asked Rufus to be the DJ for our wedding and we couldn't have picked a better person! He was courteous, patient, fun, answered all our questions and extremely helpful when we were trying to choose music. He arrived on-time and the set-up was no problem. Rufus played all the songs we asked him to play and kept our party jumping. We especially appreciated his politeness when other guests asked to have some music played. I didn't want certain music played and when there was any question, Rufus pulled us aside to see how he should proceed. He was great! He kept our reception moving and kept the dance floor full! He seemed to sense when a song didn't work or he needed to change directions. So if you're looking for a great guy to handle your DJ at a wedding or a party, ask for Rufus! We are so glad we did!
September 14, 2013
Rufus is the best!
With all the planning that comes with a wedding, the DJ and music selection was the easiest and most fun part thanks to our selected DJ, RUFUS! He was so much fun, professional, and promptly got back to me whenever I had a question. His laid back personality and knowledge on every type of music genre was clear from the start. He came prepared and the flow of the music was flawless. He had my guests out dancing on the floor from start to finish!! I highly recommend him! Thanks Rufus 😀
September 7, 2013
Rufus was great to work with
My husband and I were very happy with Rufus as our DJ for our ceremony and our reception. He really listened to what we wanted and let the music play on its own without interrupting. He paid attention to what our wedding guests enjoyed dancing to and kept everyone dancing the entire night. We were very happy to work with Rufus and glad we chose him from the group.
August 17, 2013
I cannot say enough great things about Sounds Abound. They are accommodating, the DJs are talented, fair pricing and overall above and beyond my expectations. We were contacted by Rufus Cathey from SA who was referred to us by one of our other vendors. After our initial chat on the phone, I had a good feeling and we went to their Naperville studio where we met with Kyle (the owner’s son and also a DJ).
State of the art is a good way to describe them. They showed us their website first and where we can login to view their huge library of music and also how use the music planner. If they don’t have a song, they get it through Spotify (at no cost to you) or you can provide them with a copy. After reviewing their packages, we chose to sign on for a DJ and an MC, and got to choose Rufus for our MC. A few months later we upgraded our package to include more time and even though it was $100 per extra hour, they gave it to us for $75 per extra hour. Kyle was able redraft our contract the same day I contacted him, and we paid our balance the next day.
We met with Rufus two weeks before the wedding to finalize details. He listened to our thoughts and suggestions and offered his own as well. We kept him there past closing time and he was really nice about it.I gave him a USB drive with music for the procession, Bridal entrance, recessional and one “just in case” song on it. They were instrumental classic rock songs. Rufus called both of us a couple days before the wedding to check in with us.
Our wedding was outdoors and Rufus and his assistant set up in the ceremony area so we could have sound there but stayed off to the side so no one really noticed them. At one point, our officiant felt faint from the heat and needed to sit for a moment. Rufus didn’t miss a beat and played the “just in case” song for a few seconds while she recovered. All of the music was right on queue. Our recessional was All You Need Is Love and when those horns started as we shared our first kiss it was magical!
They moved their equipment to the reception area and played a mix of rock, blues and big-band for cocktail hour, and as per my husband’s request, Rufus played Irish Folk music and classic rock during dinner. My husband was very pleased to hear his favorite songs, and I was happy that he played several songs from my favorite band. The music during dinner was so good that guests asked us to hurry up and do the first dance so they could start dancing.
Rufus acted as MC and did the introductions of the bridal party as well as made announcements throughout the night. They took requests, too. Rufus did a great job of making sure the energy stayed where it should all night. At the end of the night (when my guests and I were pretty drunk) he played some 80s and 90s throwbacks that were a lot of fun to dance to. For the very last song, he asked what I wanted to hear and I told him anything by U2. He played The Sweetest Thing 🙂 This is a man who is damn good at his job, and a company well worth your time and money.
June 15, 2013
We had Rufus for our DJ at our wedding, and he was amazing! He helped us before the event pick out songs for the ceremony and reception, and gave us valuable input. We went with Sounds Abound because we wanted professionalism and experience and Rufus had both. The best part was how he was able to feel out the mood of the crowd on the dance floor and pick the right songs at the right moment. We were very pleased!
August 2, 2013
Our experience with Sounds Abound couldn't have been better! We were immediately impressed when we went in for our first meeting. All the staff members were friendly and helpful, and we could tell they were genuinely committed to helping us create the perfect environment for our wedding reception.
We chose a package that included a DJ and photo booth service, and they were both a hit! People all night and for weeks after the wedding were raving about how great the DJ was and how much fun the photo booth was. We received a scrapbook of all the photo booth pictures and notes from our guests, which is such a great memory to have!
Our DJ, Rufus, was so cool and really got our guests in the mood to dance and have fun! He worked with us before the wedding, answering emails and phone calls, meeting with us, to get a feel for what kind of music we like and what we wanted. We were able to submit "must play" songs, "do not play" songs, and "songs we like" so that he could create the perfect playlist for our big night. It was perfect.
We had a terrific experience with Sounds Abound and would recommend the company to any couples in the wedding planning process. You will get excellent customer service and the highest quality services for a very reasonable price.
July 6, 2013
Rufus Cathey was our DJ for our wedding reception at the Hilton in Lisle/Naperville on June 22. He was a great DJ and MC for the night --- the dance floor was packed the entire night, and people were still dancing when the lights came on. We have received so many compliments on our wedding reception and how much fun people people had dancing. The Chicago Blackhawks played Game 5 the night of our wedding, and Rufus did a great job of playing Chelsey Dagger after each goal. Whenever a group dance song came on, Rufus was out on the floor with the mic leading everyone. We would highly recommend both Rufus and the Sounds Abound services because we had a night we will never forget! (The picture is during Pour Some Sugar on Me)
June 22, 2013
Rufus was our DJ and he was awesome! Everyone danced all night ---- no one wanted to leave the dance floor. We only wish we could have had the party another hour longer! So many compliments on the music and the amazing time. We got to sit down with Rufus beforehand and go through what we wanted our reception to be like. He was an amazing MC and a good time was had by all!
June 22, 2013
Our DJ, Rufus Cathey, was excellent in every way. He had great ideas for songs and ways we could arrange the processional, and he attended to every detail we gave him. He was right in tune with our musical tastes, and he was able to fill in the gaps with quite a few songs that fit right in. Based on just a few song suggestions, he played what some guests said was the best dinner mix they’d ever heard at a wedding. He got just as involved in the festivities as we wanted him to, which meant getting right down on the floor and leading everyone in the “Cha-Cha Slide.” And when the Chicago Blackhawks won to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals that night, he announced the news and stirred the floor with an impromptu “Chelsea Dagger.” The best wedding DJ we’ve ever heard at anyone’s wedding!
June 8, 2013
Sounds Abound absolutely lives up to their amazing reputation and name! Rufus Cathey was the DJ at our wedding and he did a fabulous job!! He was incredibly easy to work with and did an amazon job getting to know both my husband and I. We walked out of our meeting with Rufus feeling totally confident and at ease. Everyone knows the importance on finding a great DJ-they can make or break the reception!! Rufus undoubtedly added greatly to our perfect day! He played a variety of music to involve all of our guests, adhered to our music wishes, and took requests from our guests! Our dance floor was packed the entire night and I received countless compliments from our guests! I would absolutely recommend Rufus to anyone in need of DJ. He is an outstanding and professional choice!!! Thank you Rufus and Sounds Abound!
June 7, 2013
We were so pleased to have had Rufus return to our annual Dads Club - Father Daughter Dance at Benet Academy this year.
No surprises, he was once again wonderful. A Father Daughter Dance at a Catholic Academy requires a good deal of care in song selection. Rufus has a deep familiarity with available music and shows respect and sensitivity to the delicate nature of choosing appropriate songs for our event. All of us have come to depend on him and are grateful for his talent and vigilance.
April 13, 2013
Rufus DJ'd our son's rock and roll fifth birthday dance party and it was amazing! He did such a wonderful job keeping the kids all engaged with music and games and everyone had a wonderful time. I highly reccomend the sounds abound experience for anyone looking to amp up their party!
March 9, 2013
You guys are awesome! You really made our wedding reception fun and entertaining. We've gotten so many compliments on the music that was played; everyone has commented on how personal Rufus was, and what awesome music he played. Improvements for the future: You guys were so great I can't really think of any improvements that need to be made. I would just encourage all your djs to be as personable as Rufus; he really made the extra effort to communicate with us and get to know us and our music taste. And he made some great suggestions based on our conversations. He was fantastic!
December 28, 2012
September 22, 2012
We were very pleased with Rufus. He did an excellent job overall & we had such a fine time. Rufus was very fun & interactive with us and our guests. He was very flexible in what we needed & worked with us. We received several compliments from our guests on how much they enjoyed the music he played & what a good job he did. Our evening was great!
July 14, 2012
Christina & Martin – October 5, 2012
“I absolutely LOVED the music and the DJs. They were great about taking requests, but also gently letting down guests who requested songs that weren’t approved. I think the thing I appreciated the most was that Rufus looked like he was having as much fun as we were. I think it really made everyone feel comfortable because he was setting a great tone on the dance floor. I really can’t say enough how great things were. The whole process from the initial meeting, to paying online, to the website, to the day off was just easy and fun. I LOVED it! I would recommend Sounds Abound to anyone and everyone! Thank you so, so, so much!!!!!”
Jen & Randy – September 28, 2012
“Rufus was absolutely AMAZING!!! We had a great connection when I sat down and talked with him and I knew he would be great and he was. He had great music section the entire night. Kept everyone on the dance floor, which was our goal. Everyone is saying this is one of the best weddings they ever went to! So Thank You Rufus for making our day so AMAZING!!!”
Cathy – Naperville Moms Network Back 2 School BBQ – September 15, 2012
“Rufus was awesome, great music selection, dancing with the kids. Sounds Abound is our DJ of choice for my practice and Naperville Moms Network!” -Dr. Cathy
Libby & Joseph – August 10, 2012
“Wonderful! I felt like I didn’t need to worry about a thing. Rufus was absolutely wonderful and kept everyone dancing all night! He was so easy to work with and seemed to know exactly what we wanted even when we didn’t! I would highly recommend Rufus and Sounds Abound in the future. It was perfect!”
Sally & Ross – July 20, 2012
“Rufus was amazing, I will be recommend him to all my friends!”
Krystal & Tony – July 14, 2012
“We were very pleased with Rufus. He did an excellent job overall & we had such a fine time. Rufus was very fun & interactive with us and our guests. He was very flexible in what we needed & worked with us. We received several compliments from our guests on how much they enjoyed the music he played & what a good job he did. Our evening was great!”
Aaron & Dana – June 22, 2012
“I wanted to thank you guys for an excellent ceremony and reception! Our DJ Rufus did an exceptional job and shares our love of music and it showed in his and our selections! We had an unforeseen circumstance that caused a delay in our ceremony but we were able to accommodate our guests by moving cocktail hour up and having music available in 2 locations at the same time. Our DJ was well prepared and equipped to handle this unexpected schedule change with no disruption to the overall ceremony and reception. Thanks so much again!!”
Cynthia & Paul – June 9, 2012
“Rufus is an excellent DJ,he is very easy to work with and he goes out of his way to make sure you are satisfied.I will recommend Rufus to all of my family and friends.He really knows music and he knows how to keep every one on the dance floor.He even leaded all of the line dances on the dance floor which I really liked. All of the office staff was always pleasant and helpful. I highly recommend Rufus,he made our wedding reception so much fun, no manner what your age is.”
Virginia – Son’s Graduation – June 8, 2012
“My son planned his graduation party very last minute!!!! so I contacted your agency on a short notice and you accommodated my needs and worked to make it happen. I was very happy with the over all experience. Thank you”
Megan & Chris – May 26, 2012
“Rufus was wonderful. He was early and so helpful with everything at our wedding. My minister had not showed up 15 minutes before the ceremony and Rufus took the initiative and called him to get his status. Having him there seriously allowed me to enjoy my wedding more.”
William R. – Benet Academy – Daddy Daughter Dance – April 14, 2012
“On behalf of the Dad’s Club of Benet Academy, Lisle Illinois I wanted to let you know how happy we were with Rufus Cathey’s DJ performance last week at our annual Father Daughter Dance. We knew we needed to make some changes to the event, wanting a more interactive, fun evening that would engage the Fathers and Daughters. When I saw the article in the Naperville Sun about Sounds Abound I thought I would take a chance, and it paid off big time!Rufus listened to our goals and made it happen… could not have been better! We got lots of compliments, and the Dad’s stayed in the room and danced! Sounds abound is lucky to have Rufus on their staff.”
Kristine & Nathan – April 7, 2012
“Rufus was great, the Sounds Abound team professional, punctual, great to work with and helped provide an overall great experience for our wedding. What I liked the best was how easy the process was. From providing songs list, to confirming names and getting people in their seats, it was a great experience. I would recommend them for any wedding.”
Paola & Dave – August 14, 2011
“I really want to say that the communication with Rufus was great. He called several days prior to introduce himself and then everyday thereafter in order to make sure everything was perfect. My husband and I did not have many musical suggestions but Rufus was able to provide numerous options to us. I would also like to say that the music he played was great. He had people from all ages to those who never danced on the floor and having an amazing time. So we wanted to Thank you for everything Sounds Abound did to make our wedding a very special day.”