EVENT PRODUCER, HOST, DRUMMER, AUDIO TECH and DJ SINCE 2005.
If you asked Chicago native Brent Rolland what his passion is, he’d say: Unity. He loves seeing people coming together, rejoicing, laughing, dancing, in a positive space—and being a part of the action. That’s why Brent chose to be with Fig.
Brent graduated as valedictorian of the International Academy of Design and Technology with a BFA in Multimedia Production and Design in 2005. Since that year, Brent has grown as an artist with Fig: He is an excellent DJ, a highly-skilled audio tech, a powerful and rhythmic drummer/percussionist, and a lively, wonderful host. Clients have called him the "perfect combination of fun and professional” and is well-known and in-demand in the event industry.
Although he is up on the latest pop and top 40 hits, Brent specializes in jazz, Motown, R&B, soul, funk, Latin jazz/bossa nova, deep house, electro-swing, '80s pop/New Wave, electronic, world, and Japanese and Korean pop/rock. Brent believes that listening to his clients, feeling the energy of the crowd and room, and responding to the energy with appropriate music are important in making each party unique and memorable.
When he is not out and about in the world, Brent is a drummer/percussionist for various genres and groups, including Fig's own DJ/drummer combination. He has also been a game show aficionado since birth, and designs, hosts and produces game shows for fandom and corporate conventions locally and nationwide.
Brent is dedicated to ensuring your event is a success from initial contact right down to the last song of your event. With over a decade of hosting and providing the soundtrack for weddings, parties, and special events throughout Chicagoland and nationwide, Brent is always looking forward to the next celebration.
"Working with Fig Media was a wonderful experience from start to finish. Brent was responsive, professional and helpful while coordinating the details; our DJ, Alvin, was great onsite! Thank you for helping to make our event a success!" – Stephanie L., Sidley Austin LLP (2017)
"Brent was amazing throughout the experience. He came over a week before the party to plan both his set-up as well as discuss our preferred music. He came early the night of the party to make sure everything would be great. The music was awesome during dinner and literally every guest ended up dancing. The guest feedback was off the charts and some even asked for his card that night!" – David and Carrie Heller (2016)
"Brent was amazing yet again! We have worked with Fig and Brent for many years for our office holiday party and they never disappoint. Brent is always very professional, on time and prepared. One challenge this year was that our party was on 2 floors and Brent was only able to view the upper level. Nevertheless, he still was able to keep the party going on both floors and get people dancing. Thanks for another great party!" – Becca G., Trading Technologies (2016)
"I think this might be my fifth year using Brent from Fig Media for our DJ at our yearly firm holiday party! Brent is simply the best. From my crazy timeline and speeches (which he nails every time) to the fun music he plays, I can only say - please don't take my date next year!!!! He is so thoughtful and carefully sees everything through to make our party the best it can possibly be!!! Cheers to Brent!" – Leslie C., Compass Lexecon (2016)
"Brent really went above and beyond to make everything perfect. Even with technical difficulties (on our end) the event went extremely well and I sincerely appreciate all of the help!!" – Rosey R., Northside Media
"Brent was a delight to work with. He met with us at our home to get a better feel for the event. We discussed our vision for the evening and he executed it perfectly. It was a Cinderella Ball for our disabled daughter's 30th birthday. And it could not have been better. Brent found the perfect introduction for my daughter to enter the ballroom on the arm of her boyfriend and then played the Cinderella song for their first dance. Then he Emceed the rest of the evening perfectly with a combination of timing the dance music between courses, reminding guests about the photo booth and then a music combination of oldies, more modern music, jazz classics, etc. that had everyone up and out of their seats until the very end. What I had thought would be a typical party of ours where our guests (who ranged from 13 to 75) are ready to go home by 9:30 or 10, became an evening where no one wanted to leave. I can't say enough about the feeling that Brent helped create. It was a wonderful event that Brent was a major part of. I would highly recommend him for any event."
– Linda H.
"Our DJ Brent was wonderful. So nice, friendly, and helpful. He even indulged my requests for a couple overplayed songs that I knew our guests would want to hear. All of our guests raved about the "vibe' of the night and how it felt "cool, not like a normal fundraiser." I think Fig Media really helped make this happen and I plan on booking them again for our event next year."
– Stephenie L., LIFT Chicago
"Brent was an excellent DJ. We had a group of 140 guests that night from Canada and they all loved the music and the ambiance. Brent was really nice to work with before, during and after the event, very flexible and helpful with us! I would definitely use him for future events!! Thank you very much!"
– Maider I., Global Management Services, Inc.
"THANK YOU Brent for giving me such GREAT sound, and making me sound my best!"
– Sheri Winkelmann as Marilyn Monroe, www.happybdaymrpresident.com
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