When you ask someone for a mobile DJ company in Coachella Valley, California DJ is usually one of the first names that will come up. Owner/DJ Michael Capitanelli, also known as Michael Cap, is one of the most seasoned and well-known mobile DJs the desert.

You could say music is in Michael’s blood. He grew up with two brothers who are musicians, a father who is a songwriter, and a sister who is a successful DJ in Los Angeles.

Michael began his professional music career at the age of 16 playing drums for local bands in the New Jersey area. He later moved to Florida where he studied business and was signed to RCA Records as the drummer for the recording group “Sawgrass”.

After graduating college with a degree in business, Michael moved to California to study music at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. In 1983, he attended the prestigious Dick Grove School of Music and studied Composing and Arranging under school founder Dick Grove. During this time, Michael worked as a professional musician for bands such as The Coasters, The Drifters, and played gigs with other local and touring acts at theme parks and on cruise ships.


In the early 90’s, Michael started to realize people were using DJs more than live musicians for their events. “Being a DJ is a lot like being a musician,” Michael reveals, “you are just playing a different instrument.” In addition, the money a DJ can make is usually more than you can make in a band, since you don’t have to split your pay with a group of four or five musicians.

Michael and his brother Ronnie knew they wanted to start a DJ company and were tossing around ideas when the name California DJ was thrown out on the table and stuck. Little did Michael know the name would be very instrumental when companies like Google came along and search engines began putting his company web site on the first page of a search due to their name. While the two brothers ran the company in the early days Michael is now the sole proprietor in the company.

In the process of operating his mobile DJ company, Michael has enjoyed meeting so many people and getting to know a large number of families who he has done weddings for and years later hearing comments like, “Hey you played at my wedding five years ago, you did a great job, thank you so much”.

When asked about what makes him different from his competitors Michael points out “I think that because of my experience as a musician, composer, producer, and the fact that I have been in music my whole life separates me from most DJs.”

Always looking for ways to expand his business, Michael has recently added a photo booth to his list of services which has become extremely popular. His plans for the future are to keep on playing music and having fun doing it. You can find California DJ online or call 760 837-9117.

Written by: Craig Michaels
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