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.
“DJ Chokes is the absolute greatest! He has been officially named the “House DJ” for Northwestern High School! DJ Chokes is punctual and extremely professional. Dj Chokes has all upscale equipment; from up lights to a FULL LIGHT SHOW! He truly knows how to move the crowd! In all of my years as senior sponsor, I have never had every student stay until the very end!!!! Lol The students love him…….Chokes has all the jams; from radio rotation to stuff only the kids have heard of!Not only does he entertain the students, he plays music to get the teachers out of their seats as well! If you are looking for the BEST, don’t hesitate to call Chokes! You WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED…..” – Chandler Sears
DJ JAMES O’STEEN
Coming from a family of musicians, James grew a strong interest for the art of DJ’ing after hearing “The Electrifying MoJo” blend some of his favorite classic records together on Detroit radio. Only to find himself learning trade secrets from this same DJ years later on FM96 WHYT. James then took his skill set to the next level; playing in some of the cities top venues, such as The Fox Theatre, Cobo Hall and Comerica Park Tiger Club, just to name a few. James also found a major start to his professional career as a member of the United Dance Masters Association, under the leadership of Tyrone ” The Godfather” Bradley.James spent ten summers as one of FM98 WJLB’s Holiday Mixshow DJ’s and was involved in radio promotions, coats for kids, promoting new and local artist and providing DJ services to help raise funds for Cancer awareness. On top of DJ’ing, James is known around the city of Detroit as one of the top Ballroom & Hustle Dance Instructors.
His passion, professionalism and approachable demeanor has given him an edge above the rest. His ability to read a crowd and make the music resonate with his audience has made him a client favorite.
“DJ O’Steen through the Todd Everett Experience was recommended to me by a friend. I am so glad i took his advice! It was more than an experience from the beginning! Our First meeting was great! Our Second meeting to finalize everything was great and our actual wedding night was even better! It was so good that we had people from the wedding next door on our dance floor! Our musical choices were really taken into account and there wasn’t a song played that I didn’t like or didn’t know! I couldn’t be happier with our decision. The Todd Everett Experience also did our uplighting and that was wonderful as well!” – Holly Raceles