I am beyond elated with the job that Rod did for our St. Patrick’s Day Wedding! When we got engaged the first vendor I booked was Rod. We picked our date with his availability in mind- I knew that if he was half as good as his reputation, we needed him. Well, Rod exceeded all of my expectations and made our reception one for the books! The music he picked was thoughtful and he kept the dance floor packed all night! He took time to match the Wedding Party Fashions, he had the coolest decal on his MacBook (our hashtag and a heart stethoscope as my husband and I are both in the medical field). He had my dad record a message that played for me as our father/daughter dance started. All of these were just things he did on his own, just to make the day that much more special. Eric and I had our own monogram on the dance floor that Rod made! Everything I asked for I got- He played requests, laughed and joked with my guests and was more of an MC and Host than a DJ. He ensured the timeline was adhered to and continued to check on Eric and I throughout the night- I was never without a drink in my hand! I highly recommend Rod and his Team! Thank you so much Rod, we will be forever grateful to you for helping us celebrate!



I don’t know where to begin…..Rod has been a friend of mine since high school so naturally when I got engaged he was the one I called first!!!! From our first meeting to our last, I could see the excitement in his eyes and it just made it all the more special for me because I knew my wedding was going to be epic! 
From being at the rehearsal and talking to my grandma as if it were his own, to the day of, making sure everything went smoothly and exactly how I wanted it! His relationship with my dad, and hearing my dad rave about what an awesome guy Rod is, just made me tear up and so thankful that I was able to choose Hotbeats for my entertainment! The dance floor was never empty and the compliments on the music selections were never ending. 
Rod, from the bottom of my heart I cannot thank you enough for making our day more amazing then I could have ever imagined!!! You sir, are the real deal and I want to throw another party just so that you can DJ! (only stipulation is that Mari come too!) 
We love you and can’t wait to see you and all that 2018 brings!!!!
Danielle and Steve Petrous



I’m writing this review because I would like to share what some people in Michigan may never get to see or experience due to the popularity of this entertainment company. I was recently able to attend a corporate holiday party at the Lansing Center. The gentlemen spinning the records was TREMENDOUS! His attire was super sharp with the “rose outfit” he wore handing out roses to people and even to wife made our first impression awesome of how the night was going to be. He greeted guest individually as people arrive and I will be honest with you, there are over 2000 employees that were entering but he was so quick to say hello and move throughout the BIG room. It seemed like he loved his job. He would go up to employees of the lansing center and hug, shake hands or even joke with the staff members there my wife told me it felt like he was a “house DJ” or a regular DJ who knew everyone around. I walked up to him on stage and introduced myself and he told me is name was Rod. I just want to say Rod the music was awesome from dinner to dance you kept the room rocking! Thanks again! BOOK THIS GUY FOR YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY PARTY


DECEMBER 5, 2017

I wish I could think of way to truly express the excellence behind this business. I booked with hotbeatentertainment due to great reviews and high recommendations. I had high expectations for their work, and every expectation was met then exceeded beyond my imagination. I suppose most important for me and what really stands out was Rick was not just our DJ he became a part of our special day, making the overall experience of my wedding that much more enjoyable. Rick has a true passion for his work and while I spent a total of 3-4 days total ever talking to him I can say with 100% certainty he has a heart of gold willing to give and do anything to ensure needs are met. Every guest was blown away, he went above and beyond for my head party getting drinks and just keeping smiles on everyone’s faces. Rick helped us stay on schedule and was a personal lifeline for me to help with small details I never even thought needed addressing. Equipment was top notch, every song requested was played, up lighting was beautiful, and our custom monogram was perfect. Rick also has a wonderful singing voice and made the night even more special with some live songs playing his guitar like a professional musician. Lansing is lucky to have this business in our area and I wish them nothing but the best as there business grows. They are spectacular individuals and deserve nothing but success. Should I ever need a DJ again I know who to call hotbeatentertainment! - AUBREE FRIEL

NOVEMBER 25, 2017

I don’t even know where to start. I wish I could give a million stars, to Rick at Hotbeats. We got married last night, and he did a phenomenal job. I was getting compliments all night on how great he was. Any song that was requested was played immediately. He worked flawlessly with my photographer, venue, food caterer, and my wedding officiant. Never once, did we doubt Rick. He took the time to sit down with us, and not only get a idea of what we wanted played. But, also took the time to get to know my husband and I, as well as our three children. He even gave my 6 year old, and 4 year old a microphone so they could sing one of there favorite songs to everyone. He took the time to get to know my wedding party. And helped break the tension with my sister who was my maid of honor, she was so scared of doing her speech. But, Rick made jokes with her all night about it. He constantly checked in with both of us to make sure everything was going good, if we needed anything? Or to let us know what was next. We did a drink ticket system, so he even went up to us and asked if we wanted anything? We would hand him a drink ticket and he brought our drink out to us. I would refer him to anyone who ever needs a dj. We will be keeping him in mind for future events. He was a big part of making our day and night so special. Although, it is over now. We feel as if we not only had a amazing dj. But we gained a new friend. Thank you Rick. Keep up the hard work – Mr. & Mrs. Polhamus


To say that Hotbeats is amazing is an understatement! Rick was so great to work with in the days before & during our wedding. He was constantly checking on us to see if we needed help with anything, if there was anything he could get for us, etc. We had a last minute change we had to do at the start of the reception and this caused dinner to be delayed by about 5-10 minutes. Instead of just playing music to pass the time, Rick improvised and had my groom and I play a game. Our guests loved it, it passed the time and it was fun for us as well. Anything we needed, Rick was there to help us out. I have nothing but good things to say about Rick & the Hotbeats crew. They go above and beyond from the day you sign your contract up to the day of your event. If you are looking for a DJ that is more than just a DJ I would HIGHLY recommend you go with these guys. Words cannot do justice how Rick and his assistant made our day more than we could have ever dreamed of. I am forever grateful for Hotbeats Entertainment and cannot thank them enough! If you go with someone else, you’re simply crazy! - ASHLEY MARIE PENNINGTON

NOVEMBER 6, 2017

Hands down the best DJ! Our wedding was the best day of lives and Rod was a huge part in that. From the moment we walked in, he was there to greet us. Throughout the night he made sure we had everything that we needed. The dance floor was packed from the first song to the very last. Our day wouldn’t have been the same without him. Highly recommend for any special occasion. - JESSICA JUTILA


If you haven’t been to an event with Hotbeats Entertainment, you are missing out! I have been to a lot of dances and weddings in the past, and Hotbeats is hands down the best!! I have heard of his talent through friends, and I am so happy I was able to experience it firsthand for my sisters wedding! Rod makes everyone feel welcome to go bust a move on the dance floor! He kept the party flowing all night long… when the reception was over and the waitstaff was closing down the ballroom, there was still a huge group of people wanting to stay and dance the night away! Amazingly epic! - ASHLEY MALLOY


Last night at my sister’s wedding, Rod Carpenter blew the entertainment out of the water! He gave an amazing performance that was professional and fun. He made sure everyone was having a blast dancing to their favorite songs while keeping the energy at an all time high. I don’t think I ever left the dance floor! Amazing job Rod! Thank you for making the day so special for my sister and new brother in law. #happilyeverhauter



A 5 star rating doesn’t even do him justice. I can’t even put into words how professional, excited and passionate Rod is. He puts his all into his job and it truly shows. I will forever recommend him to everyone that I know! We are all so thankful that he was the DJ for my sisters wedding. Without him the day wouldn’t have been the same. ALLISON MALLOY


Having Rod as our DJ was a wonderful experience. This was our second time having him at one of our daughters weddings and he was exceptional! Kind spirited and loves to have fun!



Rod was absolutely AWESOME! He was so easy to work with, played all requests, and kept guests on the dance floor all night! I received much positive feedback about Rod, he goes above and beyond! THIS IS YOUR DJ! - MARISSA WEBER

DECEMBER 24, 2017

Hotbeats Entertainment (Rod) has been our dj/emcee of choice for our last 5 annual corporate events. From start to finish, Rod goes above and beyond to make sure you (the client) are well taken care of and are beyond satisfied. His quick and reliable communication, enthusiasm for customizing your experience, and passion for making people happy, are just some of the reasons why he and his company are a class act. Rod has become a special part our TechSmith Corporation family and we value all that he and his team have to offer. We have truly looked forward to having him back every year. JILL RINCKEY


My husband and I had been to a wedding a couple of years ago where Rod was the DJ and we knew then we had to have him at our wedding!!! At that time we weren’t even engaged yet!! He was just as amazing at or wedding as we had remembered! I told him about my love for NSYNC and Justin Timberlake and he put together a pretty sweet mix for my bridal party to walk out to! He also let me and my bridesmaids steal the mic and serenade our guests which is always fun! Our wedding was almost 3 months ago (I know, I’m the worst at writing timely reviews) and he still remembered my love for JT and messaged me today about his new album! I will recommend anyone that needs a DJ to hire HOT BEATS!!! - ANN RICHARD SZOST


Chana and I couldn’t have asked for a better DJ in Rod. From our first meeting with him at Panera we knew he was our guy. Rod is a genuine, good man in addition to be being damn good at his craft. His fun, outgoing and personable attitude was appreciated by everyone in attendance. I picked out what I thought were a few pretty obscure songs but Rod had absolutely no problem getting everything together and creating a great playlist that is exactly what we wanted. His attention to detail and patience in helping us with the pacing and timing of the processional music, especially Chana’s song, was very much appreciated. On a side note, Rod also happened to take a few really nice pictures throughout the night that we’re going to hang on to. Book this man if you can! - JASON BROWNING

NOVEMBER 17, 2017

I cannot thank HotBeats and Rick Hernandez enough for making our big day absolutely perfect! After being in Las Vegas during one of the worst massacres in world history, coming home to a new grandson and working a full time job – Rick went out of his way to make sure every little detail was taken care of! I promise you no other business will put as much time and heart into making your big day one everyone is going to remember! Rick was so fun and always made sure the wedding party had a drink in their hand. Not to mention, his talent when it comes to singing and playing the guitar is amazing as well. HotBeats Entertainment will not disappoint! Book them now – you won’t regret it!! KAYLEE MARIE BRANTLEY

NOVEMBER 5, 2017

What can I say about Hotbeats… Rod was amazing to work with! As a wedding vendor it is hard to find djs that actually work with you and Rod is the man!! Classy, professional, down to earth, and knows his job! It was amazing to work with him and I hope to see more of Hotbeats in the future!! - DONNA CAMPBELL

OCTOBER 31, 2017

On Oct. 14, 2017 (I am a little late with the review) Rick was our DJ for our wedding & he was by far the best DJ that I have ever experienced. I truly believe the day was absolutely perfect because of Rick. During rehearsal the day before, our pastor was not able to attend so Rick was there to rehearse for us! The day of the wedding it was pouring rain the whole day and Rick made sure that everyone stayed dry even if it cost him to become soaking wet. During our reception, the venue blew a fuse and while the venue was trying to get the breakers back up and running, you would have never known that the music was off because instantly Rick brought out his guitar and began to sing. You never failed to make sure the wedding party ALWAYS had a drink. You even went above & beyond to get a plate for my grandma. That means A LOT!! The guests were so happy with hotbeats entertainment that I had 2 couples ask me who he was & that they want to check them out for their upcoming wedding next year!! Rick, hotbeats, I want to thank you for everything you do for your customers, you go above and beyond to make a perfect day even more perfect. - COLLEEN WITHROW

OCTOBER 27, 2017

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