Lawrence Arevalo (DJ LA)
Lawrence aka DJ LA aka Mr. President, knows how to make wearing many titles seem effortless. As the eldest of 3 siblings and a brand new Dad, he’s naturally well suited for managing the operations within the Verducci warehouse, training new talent, performing, and drumming up plans for the company’s growth.
Our team describes him as a total ham. “Since I was a little kid, I always wanted to be the center of attention. I was constantly cracking jokes and giving impersonations.” A true master in the spotlight, Lawrence went on to pursue drama in high school, was voted class clown, and ultimately started a rap group that he carried on into college. “I performed so much in order to find my voice and not be afraid of crowds. Now it’s part of who I am.”
Lawrence is intoxicatingly positive and goofy, so when Andrew Verducci responded to his craigslist ad selling lighting in 2010, an instant friendship and flurry of ideas began and evolved into the foundation of Verducci Event Productions.
Not only is he one half of the dynamic duo that keeps the company running, Lawrence is a stellar DJ. “My level of experience makes me an all around package. You can trust that I’ll pick the right music for the crowd- even granny will be dancing!” He attributes his encyclopedic knowledge of music to the bad influence of his family. “I have a large Mexican family and a lot of cousins introduced me to music, like hip hop and rap, but the rest of my family are into classic rock or soul. I was born into the right situation to become a DJ. You best believe we have huge dance parties together.”
When Lawrence isn’t charming your guests with the perfect playlist or keeping the Verducci team organized, you can find him keeping up with his Spanish through podcasts, cooking for his lovely wife, or introducing his new baby to the sounds of Bob Marley and Jack Johnson.
See what our clients have said…
“There really are no words to convey how happy I am with Verducci Event Productions. Being an event planner I was lucky to have many vendors to choose from when it came to planning my own wedding, but there was no doubt I would hire Verducci Event Productions from the get-go. They were one of the very first vendors I booked for my wedding.
They took care of the music, timeline, emcee, photo booth, lighting and monogram on the dance floor. I didn’t worry about a thing! Even my Bridesmaids were able to relax and enjoy the party, knowing we were in great hands with Andrew and Lawrence.
Lawrence did an excellent job of keeping us on schedule, organizing the bridal party for the grand entrance and keeping the guests on the dance floor. Andrew managed the photo booth, and made an AMAZING keepsake video for us. They even shot off our confetti cannon at midnight, and caught it on video!
Being that we had a New Year’s Eve wedding, there was an extra element of the reception that was completely taken care of. Everything was perfect!! People are still raving about how great our DJ’s were!! They are professional, reliable, responsive and AMAZING to work with. Any Bride that wants to enjoy her day worry free should hire Verducci Event Productions.”
– C.Carmingnani, St. Mary’s College- Moraga, CA
“The most important thing to us for our wedding was the music and ambiance.
During our first in person meeting, Lawrence from Verducci Event Productions learned that we are quite passionate about music and he made it his mission to provide us with the perfect wedding day/night. It was just that, perfect, largely in part to what Lawrence contributed. From the up-lighting, to the dinner music, to the bridal party announcements and the dance music all night long he was exceptional and we couldn’t have been happier.
A lot of DJ’s will meet with you and tell you that they care about giving you everything you want but Lawrence took it to another level. He met with us 3 times before our wedding going over everything from the phonetic spelling of the bridal parties names to the timing of the day, reviewing our song choices and asking all the right questions.
In addition to his professionalism and infectious personality, he is a perfectionist and made sure throughout the night we were getting everything we wanted without being overbearing. I can’t thank him enough for the fun dance party he gave us and the tremendous experience we had from the initial consultations to our final dance on our wedding night.
I give Lawrence and Verducci Event Productions my highest recommendation and guarantee your experience will be as great as ours was! He’s not only our DJ now, he’s become our friend.”
– J.Matiasic Ghiglieri, Ruby Hills Golf Club- Pleasanton, CA
“We were just thrilled with your company and with Lawrence. The reviews I read on Project Wedding and Wedding Wire prior to contacting you were spot on and I am happy to add to the many praises your other clients have provided. In the planning stages, Lawrence was very nice, organized, and professional to work with. Lawrence asked the right types of questions and really made an effort to get to know me and Justin without the benefit of an in-person meeting. The packet was really helpful for us to fill out as well. Lawrence was great about reaching out to me, setting up meetings, and providing friendly reminders. He also graciously worked with my dad to ensure that my dad’s slideshow was executed perfectly and with our wedding planner. Lawrence made me feel very at ease that the event would run smoothly and it did!
The day-of execution of the DJ and AV services was just wonderful and perfect. The ceremony set-up was great. The reader’s microphone stand was well-positioned and the Judge’s lapel microphone worked great. Due to the excess snow in Tahoe, we also had to change the ceremony to a new location and Lawrence had no trouble adjusting. During the reception, I was so pleased with Lawrence’s ability to politely control the flow of events. He executed the wedding timeline with precision and ease. He also did a great job managing the guests, particularly as they became more rowdy during the evening and requested songs. I greatly appreciate Lawrence’s assistance with the slideshow, including running through it before the wedding with my dad. The slideshow was very important to both my dad and me and it was executed perfectly. I loved the music selections during dinner and during dancing. Lawrence really knew how to mix the songs and get all of our guests on the dance floor.
He even accommodated a belated request for Persian music from Justin’s family. His “last song” picks were spot-on without any guidance from us. Lawrence asked us but neither Justin nor I could think of any songs. The lighting was just beautiful and coordinated well with our decor. Lawrence did a great job with the wedding party entrances, including announcing a litany of difficult Persian names. Lawrence was an enthusiastic, classy,and talented DJ and we couldn’t be happier with his services. I cannot thank you and Lawrence enough for making our wedding day so special. I have no suggestions for improvement.”
– M.Maczek, Ritz Carlton- Truckee, CA