Kelly De La Torre (DJ Kelly Kel)
DJ Kelly Kel has been involved in music as long as he can remember. “When I was young growing up in San Jose, we’d have huge family gatherings where we’d all squeeze into my uncle’s music room and us kids would pick a percussion instrument then jam together for hours.” It wasn’t until seventh grade that he started leading the schoolyard trends by giving his friends home-cut cassette tapes. He continued as the musical leader of his social scene through high school and while attending college at UCSC bringing the freshest records to all of his friend’s parties. It’s no wonder the hottest clubs in San Francisco like 1015 Folsom and Ruby Sky open their decks for DJ Kelly Kel.
He has perfected the art of DJing to any crowd, but he’s recently entered uncharted territory in another part of his life. “When I’m not working on music, I’m playing with my beautiful one year old daughter. My family and my two small chubby dogs love spending time outdoors at parks and beaches. My background as a chemist has also helped fuel my love for cooking.” Between raising a little one, cooking lovely meals for his family (which he is amazing at btw), and turning up the party as a DJ, you might think that Kelly is some sort of super hero. His one weakness you ask? Ice cream.
At Verduccies, we think he’s a little crazy in a good way for doing all that he does with a smile and a brand new hat from his ever-expanding very serious hat collection. “My passion for life and music drive what I do, and has given me the enthusiasm to come up to San Francisco and raise a family. I make sure that energy shows in my performance.”
See what our clients have said…
“We had an awesome experience with Verducci Event Productions and DJ/MC Kelly De La Torre. Kelly helped with the planning and the online forms were great for staying organized. His MC skills kept our wedding reception rolling and the music choice was exactly my taste in music. I was worried people wouldn’t dance, but Kelly did a perfect job reading the crowd and changing songs to get people up an moving again. The dance floor was never empty and that was my one wish as the bride! I highly recommend hiring Kelly and VEP for your wedding. Worth every penny.”
– C. Rietmann- Mezzaluna Italian Restaurant- Half Moon Bay, CA
“We had DJ Kelly for our September 20 wedding. He was phenomenal! We were more than happy with his services. He was punctual, professional, and readily available to answer any questions we had regarding our wedding and ceremony. He arrived to the venue on time, was set up in multiple locations and ready to rock. He kept all our guests on the dance floor the entire evening and accommodated all our requests made beforehand and the day of with no problems. Verducci themselves puts out a handy planner packet that helps you plan all your music needs for the wedding and this tool was soooo useful as I had no idea how much music was really incorporated into a wedding! I definitely would use Kelly for any event in the future!”
– C. Ward- Brownstone Gardens- Brentwood, CA
“We could not have enough good things to say about working with Verducci, especially our DJ, Kelly De La Torre. First, the VEP event planner tool that is provided for all clients is amazing. It made everything feel so organized and easy to lay out. Such a life saver when it comes to planning out all the songs and timing of the day. (Especially if you don’t have a planner or day of coordinator) Second, Kelly was AWESOME. Our venue wasn’t the easiest to work with as we were unable to have any amplified music or sound outside. Kelly was so great and willing to do whatever it took to make the night go smoothly. We had no microphones for toasts during dinner, so he came outside to announce each toast and quieted everyone down when it was time. As if the event couldn’t get more challenging, the power went out (electrical issue). Kelly kept his cool and helped figure out how to solve the problem. We didn’t have power for 20 minutes, and as soon as he was back up and running, it was like nothing happened. He kept the party going and did an amazing job.
We got so many compliments from friends on how awesome he was. Kelly was very responsive and easy to work with in advance, too. We had first listened to his preview mix and loved the way he mixed all of the songs together. We asked to play music like that during the reception, where there wasn’t a clear start and end of a song. He made it happen for us, even though that takes more time when setting up a playlist.
Overall our event was great, and the Verducci team made it that way. We will continue to recommend them to our friends and family for years to come!”
– C. Roberson- Mountain Terrace- Woodside, CA