Even though he was raised in Buffalo, New York, DJ Chokes has always been exposed to the great music of “Motown” while growing with Hip Hop as it became mainstream on the east coast. DJ Chokes knew he wanted to DJ when he first heard his childhood friend DJay Dub and later on DJ Bionic Man at a neighborhood record store in Upstate NY. He was given his first chance opening for Internationally known DJ Noodles and at that point he became determined to become an international DJ focusing on regional genres at the same time introducing new and diverse music while producing high quality events.
A year after high school DJ Chokes moved to Detroit and began studies in communications and business while learning different DJ techniques from DJ Bionic Man, DJ Dub, DJ James O’Steen and Tyrone “The Godfather” Bradley. While attending Specs Howard’s School of Broadcast Arts, DJ Chokes had the opportunity to intern with Detroit’s Fox 2 News and WJLB FM 98. DJ Chokes is also certified in radio and video broadcasting. DJ Chokes has hosted and taught various DJ workshops that explore the history, technique and modern technology of DJing.
DJ Chokes is no stranger to DJing high profile events for companies such as Quicken Loans, Rock Connections, General Motors, Massage Green, The Home Depot, Macy’s, M.A.C Cosmetics, Ulta Beauty, Calvin Klein, Express and Puma. In addition, DJ Chokes has been awarded the honor of DJing at the Charles H. Wright Museum and African American Festival in the city of Detroit. DJ Chokes loves intimate gatherings and is highly recommended for weddings, corporate events, birthdays, cabarets, bar mitzvahs, private events, proms and other school socials. Over the last 17 years, DJ Chokes has rocked crowds at some of Michigan’s most prestige venues including The Gem Theatre, Cobo Center, Motor City Casino, Greektown Casino, The Roostertail, The Madison Rooftop, University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Detroit Music Hall, Belle Isle Casino and the Majestic Theatre, just to name a few.
Hailing from a diverse musical family, DJ Chokes’ (Todd Everett) passion for music and people would eventually transform him into one of the hottest and most sought out DJs in the country.
DJ Chokes’ unique style and unpredictability set him apart from the rest of the mainstream DJs. His charm, smile, charismatic personality amazes his audiences when he speaks on the microphone. This gives him that extra edge beyond the turntables. His musical knowledge and hard work over the past 17 years has made him one of the most known and respected DJs in the city of Detroit and internationally.
In 2016, DJ Chokes became more client focused and took one step further in building his brand by creating The Todd Everett Experience mobile DJ Services.