Maui Wedding DJ and MC - Next Level Entertainment

Maui Wedding DJ Entertainment Services



Next Level Entertainment is a wedding DJ & Entertainment company born and raised in Maui, Hawaii.


We are world class DJs, Emcees, & Lighting FX professionals who know this island inside and out. We’ve spent the last twenty years doing our favorite thing: making friends with awesome couples while finding unconventional and wild ways to celebrate their love on the most important day of their lives.


Meaningful, not-a-dry-eye in the room moments don’t just happen, they’re created.

Same with nights filled with laugh-until-we can’t breathe, or dance-until-our-legs-fall-off moments. Great weddings always have a great emcee at the helm sensing the crowd, bringing it down to jerk heartstrings for that father-daughter dance, and finding just the right transition back into full swing party mode.


Our passion is bringing unconventional ideas and interactive experiences that carry guests on a journey through your love story.


We’re experts at creating some of the most personalized and legendary weddings the industry has to offer. We want your mom crying in happiness, your dad dancing on a table, and all of your aunties telling everyone it was the best night of their lives.


Let’s create a legendary experience.

A Few of Our Accolades:

Over 100+ 5-Star Reviews
WeddingWire and The Knot
Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Awards
2011 – 2017
Member of the Maui Wedding Association
Member, Hawaii Wedding Professionals
Certified “Making it Grand Workshop” Expert
By Peter Merry, Workshop
Wedding Elite Magazine Award
2013 – 2015
“Master of Ceremonies”
Bronze and Silver Level
Certified in Marbecca Method
“Love Story” Bronze Level
Certified in Marbecca Method
Certified Professional Process Expert Workshop
By Peter Merry, Workshop
Winner of Las Vegas DJ Show
“Spinmasters Competition” 2014 –  2015
Best Club DJ (Runner Up)
Maui Time Weekly 2017
Best Radio DJ
Maui Time Weekly 2012
Certified Entertainment Experience Expert
By Bill Herman, Workshop
Da Jam 98.3 FM Hitmixer (Maui)
Power 104.3 FM Hitmixer (Honolulu)

Meet Joe Cortez, Founder, Next Level Entertainment

I’m Joe, Founder Next Level Entertainment. I’ve been lucky enough to have spent the last twenty-years doing what I love best: DJing at popular nightclubs and making friends with couples while creating their unforgettable wedding experiences.

I married my high school sweetheart (since freshman year!) and know that wedding day moments go by quickly, but last a lifetime. Some of my favorite parts of the job are with clients sharing their stories, maximizing laughter, pulling heart strings, and helping folks move hamstrings on the dance floor.

For those of you who want a professional bio with all the trimmings, here you go:

Joe Cortez is the owner and founder of Next Level Entertainment, eight-time award winner of Wedding Wire’s Couple’s Choice for top DJ Service, and in the top 5% of all wedding professionals. He’s partnered with Maui’s top wedding venues, including Olowalu Plantation House, Kamehameha Ballroom and Grand Waliea Resort, leaving him the knowledgeable guide to the ins-and-outs of some of Hawaii’s most popular wedding venues. Joe’s commitment to excellence in his craft has earned him Master of Ceremonies at both Bronze and Silver level, as well as two-time winner of the Las Vegas Spinmaster competition. His passion for club-style entertainment, fused with his love for creating deeply personalized receptions results in a wedding experience beyond your wildest expectations.

Jason Salmo (Jay J)

Jason Salmo (Jay J)

Performer / Event Emcee

Jason R. Salmo, Performer/Event Emcee and the voice of Next Level Entertainment was born and raised on the island of Maui. His journey started in May of 2000 when he answered a post in a chat room regarding a radio broadcasting internship while living on Oahu for college. A field that he’s always dreamed of getting into while in high school listening to various radio stations from around the state of Hawaii and being inspired by these radio personalities. After graduating college he flew back home to Maui and took the opportunity to intern at KPMW WiLD 105.5.

He would intern at KPMW WiLD 105.5 for 6 months and then eventually put on a weeknight show and weekend overnights. It was in January 2001 where Jason was promoted to the afternoon drive as one half of The Funky Filipinos. He’s been the afternoon voice of KPMW WiLD 105.5 for 12 years until leaving the station in 2013.

While in radio Jason became the voice of various live mix shows for the station and music director. His skills have been recognized in the Maui Time Weekly Best of 2012 winning the award of Best Radio DJ. Jason also hosted radio station events and events put on by other promotion companies. If it was a movie premiere, private party, or a night club event Jason was there to lend his voice to keep things exciting.

Jason always has the desire to master his craft. He has been professionally trained by some of the best in the industry, and is always looking for ways to elevate his game. Jason believes that you should never stop learning, especially if it’s something that you love to do.

One thing that makes Jason a unique emcee is his ability to adapt to any event that he’s hosting. From weddings to graduation parties, Jason can host it all and is ready for more. He can make you feel part of the event as opposed to just being a spectator.

Jason’s approach to private event hosting is personal, professional, and fun loving. His execution is above and beyond which makes him an asset to any event. Passion and love keeps him in high demand and the top of his profession.

Alex Ragonton (DJ LX)

Alex Ragonton (DJ LX)

Event DJ Specialist / Technician

Originally from the small island of Moloka’i in Hawaii, Alex Ragonton “DJ LX” began perfecting his craft almost twenty years ago. He has worked professionally as a radio Mix Show DJ, a Hit Mixer for Maui’s #1 Hit station, and as one of Power 104.3’s All Star Power Mixers. He has also worked as an open-format Club DJ at some of the biggest nightclubs all over Hawaii.

DJ LX also had the privilege and honor to open up for some big name acts; which includes Sean Kingston, Dem Franchize Boyz, Savage, Travis Porter, DJ Skribble and recently Diplo. When he’s not rocking weddings, corporate and private events, you can catch him at various popular local bars and clubs all over Maui doing what he loves… DJing.

DJ LX cultivates a vibe at his shows and pushes the energy of the dance floor throughout the night. His unique style and creative drive is apparent in his live DJ sets, showcasing his talent as a live remix artist and consistently keeping the crowds coming back for more.

Glenn Cabrera (DJ Iggz)

Glenn Cabrera (DJ Iggz)

DJ / Technician

Bio coming soon….

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