We had the good fortune of connecting with Adley Vahue and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adley, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I am a United States Air Force veteran, and while I was in the Air Force, I started doing DJ gigs as a side job. I started DJ’ing regularly in 2009 when I was stationed in Tucson, Arizona. I DJ’ed at bars, nightclubs, restaurants, etc., and also had opportunities to DJ other events like fashion shows, fundraisers, and events for a cause. Fast forward to 2018, and at that time, I was one year out from separating the military before I started graduate school at Baylor University. I talked to my wife Meagan about the prospect of starting our own wedding DJ business to help support us through my schooling and as a way to continue my love for DJ’ing. Thus, in 2018 while I was stationed in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, my wife and I broke into the wedding DJ scene and began our business doing wedding gigs on the weekends. When I separated from the military in June 2019, I moved to the Waco area shortly after but began marketing our business from Florida to start gigging right away in Texas. Within a month after arriving in Waco, Meagan and I already had several gigs lined up for the Fall wedding season. Meagan and I continue to DJ here in central Texas and serve the Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and College Station areas.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One of the things that I am most proud of is my career in the Air Force. I spent 13 years in the Air Force as a language analyst, and my job took me all over the globe, primarily to places in Southwest Asia and the Middle East. My professionalism and commitment to excellence stem from my time in the Air Force. The discipline, dedication, and determination through many of the challenges I faced while I served spill over into my professional life now, both academically and as a DJ. The Air Force way of life was not easy, especially for my family. Though, whenever I came home after being across the world for months, I could always turn to my wife for support and DJ’ing. During my time as a military service member, I learned that self-care is just as important as service to others. Now, as a full-time student and wedding DJ, I incorporate time outside of work and school to take care of myself and spend more time with my family. For me, family is the most important thing, and I want my clients and future clients to know that they are like extended family when they do business with us. And as a family, our clients can expect that we will provide the best service possible and help them create memories that will last a lifetime.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Living in Waco, we have found our go-to spots to hang out and chill. My wife Meagan and I are huge foodies, and we like to try new foods. One of the places we love to go to is a place called Barnett’s Public House. They have the largest selection of whiskey (I believe) in the state of Texas, and their food is amazing. We also enjoy perusing the many local shops that downtown Waco has to offer. There are also several museums in the area worthy of a visit, like the Dr. Pepper museum and mammoth national monument. We also like paddleboarding down the Brazos or going hiking in local Cameron Park (fun fact, it’s the second-largest municipal park in the nation, only Central Park in New York is bigger). Waco has a little bit of everything, and since we have lived here, the people have been hospitable and mostly friendly.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Much if not all my success, I attribute to my wife, Meagan. She was with me before the Air Force, while I was in the military, during my transition out of the military, and now as s full-time student. She has been an incredible wife, friend, and business partner. Her support has helped propel me personally, academically, professionally, and spiritually. She always motivates me to continually strive to be a better version of myself every day.