About Us

Vinyl Countdown is a professional DJ service that delivers personalized event soundtracks. From weddings that require DJ and Master of Ceremony services to background music for corporate events or anywhere in between, we’ll develop a customized solution to make your events a huge success.

DJ Rew

Rew is a turntablist and DJ with over 20 years of club and party rocking experience. He has performed at a vast array of venues from the State Theatre here in Maine to the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas. He has shared the stage with many heroes of the DJ world including Grand Master Flash, Q-Bert, A-Trak, The X-Men, House Shoes, DJ Craze and many others. He specializes in blending and scratching all genres of music for any occasion and works tirelessly with venues/clients to shape the day/evening/night to fit whatever mood the client/club has requested.

James Read

James is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Vinyl Countdown. He lives in Cape Porpoise and co-owns Benchmark Multimedia, a video production and strategic marketing company. Originally from England, James moved to Maine in 1997. James is an avid vinyl record collector and aspiring DJ.

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The DJ may not be top of your planning list, but choosing the right DJ is crucial. The art of the DJ is reading the crowd, setting the mood and playing the right music at the right time. Good DJs do this instinctively.

DJ Rew has the experience, the skills and the musical catalog to:

  • Mix songs professionally on turntables, not arrive with a laptop and a pre-programmed playlist.

  • Understand that particular moments require a specific ambience.

  • Understand that dance floor fillers are very different to the music that will enhance and encourage lively cocktail hour conversation.

  • Be versatile and bridge a wide range of ages and musical tastes to get everyone on the dance floor and keep them there.

  • Make the party happen so that your event is one that nobody forgets, for the right reasons.

  • Most importantly, the best DJs know exactly when to switch gears and can do it seamlessly.

As Open-Format DJs we can perform a set based on any musical genre of your choosing or blend multiple genres and eras to keep everyone dancing.

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The right music can turn a good party into one of those great nights where everyone is having so much fun they don’t want the night to end. At Vinyl Countdown we will work with you to fully understand your expectations and learn about your vision for the event, so that we can tailor the atmosphere to your specific needs.

To ensure that the music tells your unique story we will incorporate:

  • An in-depth understanding of your musical taste.

  • Your no play list.

  • Your must play list.

  • How you want to handle requests.

  • Your event schedule needs – cocktail hour/dinner/dance party etc.

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Personality and professionalism matter just as much as the music. You want a DJ who will work with you, for you and honestly cares about your day. We are dedicated to giving you and your guests an amazing time, one that you will always remember.

 At Vinyl Countdown we will:

  • Help you plan so that no important details are overlooked such as - songs for specific moments, who is giving speeches and the timings of MC announcements.

  • Be comfortable on the microphone when needed, but let the music do the talking and not make ourselves the focal point.

  • Dress well and appropriately to match the “look” of your event.

  • Ensure the DJ area is clean, clutter free and looks good in photos.

  • Have a back-up plan in place in case of unforeseen events and inform you of it in advance, so that you have peace of mind.

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Having the right equipment, set up in the best location, to create the optimal audio atmosphere for every aspect of your event is critical. We will work closely with your venue and/or event planner to ensure that there will be no surprises on the day.

Our commitment to delivering your perfect party soundtrack means that we will:

  • Scout the location beforehand to ensure everything from access to adequate power sources to understanding the acoustics of the space(s) is taken care of.

  • Coordinate directly with the venue contact or your event planner as needed.

  • Provide quality equipment.

  • Arrive in plenty of time to set up, test all equipment and troubleshoot any technical issues that may arise.

  • Bring standby equipment.

  • Ensure every detail is discussed and confirmed.