Travis ‘Hevrock’ Banister made the transition to DJ from MC in 2004, after recording mixtapes and performing in a live band for over a decade. His creative twist on new music mixed with the nostalgia of old classics is what makes up his signature style, and is a show in itself.
Born and raised in San Diego, Hevrock is proud to be the official DJ and music curator for The Hotel del Coronado in Coronado CA, an iconic property and a symbol of his city. Other highlights include providing the soundtrack to events for Fashion Week San Diego every year since 2013, and playing stages at San Diego Pride Fest for the last 5 years consecutively. Hevrock has appeared on Dash Radio, iHeart radio, and has shared the stage with the likes of DJ Qbert and DJ Cobra. From the rooftop of the Omnia San Diego for NBC Universal’s Comic-Con party, to a packed nightclub full of screaming party-goers, Hevrock’s style and energy are unmatched.
Avid vinyl collector, and graphic designer in his spare time, there is no shortage of creativity coming from this man. As a resident favorite at many of San Diego’s favorite bars and nightclubs, DJ Hevrock has plenty of experience playing big crowds, and is no stranger to the dancefloor. With an impeccable ear for music, and the ability to move between genres smoothly, his style of mixing old with new is what he has become known for. From his early hip hop and old school roots, to his influences in nu disco, house, and electronic genres, his sets are energetic and flowing, and always a crowd favorite. His sharp cuts and seamless blends keep parties moving and people having fun, because after all, that’s what it’s all about.
"Hevrock is hands down, our favorite for Football Sundays!!!!"
"We love, love Travis! He was a perfect fit for our event yesterday. You always send the best, most professional DJ’s and we love working with Sleeping Giant. Thank you for everything!"
"SGM Events truly went above and beyond for our wedding day. After working with Freddie to find people within our budget, we were recommended Curt Owen for acoustic guitar and DJ Hevrock. Both were absolutely phenomenal. Curt is so talented and let us pick three songs we wanted for our ceremony and learned them in a matter of days. Our guests are still gushing about great he was! DJ Hevrock is kind and professional -- and even gave my shy groom a signal so he could cut off the song as soon as he was uncomfortable dancing in front of everyone. Our older guests especially appreciated Hevrock's ability to read the room and not play the music at a volume that they couldn't have a conversation during. I would choose this team over and over again if I could. Thank you all so much for making our wedding day flow so easily."
"We hope to work with them again in the near future! Thank you so much. You have a great team!"
"Travis Hevrock was the perfect DJ for our event. Everyone loved how he didn't "overly DJ" the entire time and he played the music at just the right volume. He was a perfect MC as well and made sure that we could cut off the traditional dances as soon as we wanted to. He is so kind and knows how to help an event run smoothly. We are very thankful we got to work with him and Sleeping Giant Music."
"Travis was awesome! I definitely want to work with SGM again soon!"
"We love working with you guys! Thanks so much!"
"Travis was our DJ for our wedding and he was amazing! Not only did we love the music but our guests were even complimenting him! He was also a fun and energetic MC. Thank you!!!"
"Travis killed it. He was amazing and a perfect fit for them. They were SO happy and he kept the transition smooth and the energy high!"
"Loved Travis!! Not only did Cody and I love the music, but our guests wouldn't stop complimenting the DJ as well. His MC skills are also on point, he made it all very fun! Thank you, thank you!! You rock!"
“Travis: Dj Hevrock was AWESOME at our wedding!! He is a really nice guy who knows his stuff, is personable, hip/aware of what’s cool, and also professional, a rare and perfect combination to find! He went above and beyond with meeting us, giving very helpful suggestions, coming to the rehearsal (1hr away) at no additional charge, setting everything up and keeping our guests happy and having a blast on the dance floor! We really lucked out having him at our wedding and would absolutely recommend him!! Thanks Travis you rock!!”
“He did an amazing job and really helped make the evening flow nicely and kept everything on track.”
“Great job, very professional!!! Would use again!!!!”
“Travis was absolutely amazing!! He was very attentive to all of our requests. He provided us with a sequence of events for the DJ and all the songs we would be needing to have set playlist for. He had great suggestions for song choices and was a perfect match for our special day. Thanks so much Travis!”
“Hevrock is always a pleasure to work with. He arrived on time with everything he needed and even extended for an extra half hour at the client’s request the night of the event.”
“Hevrock – You killed it Friday night!!! I can’t thank you enough. We are getting amazing reviews from our Team Members. We are so glad to have you as part of our family at The Del!”
“Thank you for another amazing experience! The event was the hotel’s annual awards gala and we love partnering with SGM every year because we know it will always be a hit with the employees!”
“Hevrock killed it. So many compliments on the music. The dance floor was packed all night.“
“Great set by Hevrock, kept the crowd going!”
“Hevrock was awesome! Two thumbs up!! Please tell him we said thank you for everything!”
“Thank you all for your efforts! Our holiday party was a success, and all of you helped make that happen!”
“I would like to thank DJ Hevrock for doing such a phenomenal job at our holiday party this past weekend. We received nothing but great feedback from all attendees.”
“When Hevrock arrived, he had a better idea of where he should set-up, versus our original idea. I loved that he spoke up and helped us deliver an even better event than hoped for. He played great music, was super professional, and gave our employees some fun tunes to enjoy their afternoon lunch with.”
“Travis was great!! Very easy to work with – very self-sufficient and guests enjoyed him very much. Would love to work with him again.”
"Went well! Thank you!”
“Travis was amazing! I am so lucky to have gone with your company-Travis was very professional, fun, and so easy to work with. When we met with him before the wedding he made us feel very comfortable and confident about the music at our wedding. Thank you Travis for all of your hard work and for making our day so special!”
“Hevrock was our DJ for a 50th birthday party. He did a great job! Many of my guests commented how much they liked the music that he played.”
“DJ Hevrock was AMAAAAAZING! He has been a joy to work with! Thank you again for the wonderful time and please give him all of our kudos and love for us.”
“Travis delivered the exact specific type of music we wanted. Did a great job!”
“I gave you guys such a short notice and you pulled through more than I could have imagined. Travis was awesome. Even with my budget you guys really took care of us. I am so thankful that we came across your business our wedding was a hit with your music.”
“DJ Hevrock is Amazing! He is super nice and his work schedule was flexible to work with our schedule. He knows exactaly what kind of music we like and he helped us with every detail of choosing music. We had some last minute music change just a couple minutes before the event and he handled that so well! Highly recommended Sleeping Giant Music!”
“We recently used DJ Hevrock – Travis Banister for our wedding ceremony and reception at the Cuvier Club in La Jolla. Travis did an amazing job not only the day of but leading up to the event. Travis was super easy to work with and even tweaked our playlist as late as the week of the wedding. Absolutely can’t recommend this guy enough. Felt like we were close friends by the end of the event. If I am ever in need of another DJ I will be using Travis and SGM Events. I would give DJ Hevrock 6 stars if they had the option.”
“DJ Hevrock was incredible! Prior to the wedding, he worked with us to really understand what we wanted. He asked for our input and for any certain songs we wanted. He created playlists for us to listen to in order to get an idea of what he would play. His communication made us so confident! At the wedding, he played the PERFECT songs! Everyone was dancing and having a great time. He truly was AWESOME!”
“Awesome company to work with. I would definitely recommend Hevrock for any event!”
From the entire wedding planning process to day of and even after, SGM was very professional and efficient. Having a cross-country wedding, the staff were immediately available (sometimes after business hours) for any questions I had. Our artist, DJ Hevrock went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect for our special day. The talent and professionalism displayed sets the bar high. I highly recommend this company!
“SGM and DJ Hevrock were amazing to work with! The office staff was enormously helpful and DJ Hevrock really made the wedding spectacular. He completely understood the feel we wanted and tailored his play list perfectly. Every single guest had a great time dancing the night away. We highly recommend him and SGM!”
“Kids loved Hevrock!”
“Hevrock was amazing! He kept the party going and was so professional and easy to work with the whole time! I would definitely recommend him to others!!”
“Travis was so great!!! He played the best music and kept everyone on the dance floor the whole night!!!”
“You killed it on Saturday night Hevrock! The energy in the room was crazy. Thank you.”
“Hevrock was FANTASTIC!! A perfect match for us and a consummate professional. We would all like to write reviews and give him a dozen thumbs up! Thank you for your part in helping us find Hevrock. He made the evening so much more than we imagined it could be!”
“Everyone had a great time at our holiday party and you made it a great hit for us all! Everyone was really delighted with Hevrock as our DJ.”
“Everything went GREAT! Hevrock arrived early and was able to set up quickly. His song selection was exactly what we were looking for! Above all he was extremely kind and receptive. Please give him our regards. I look forward to working with you and your team more in the future.”
“Hevrock was a great DJ. His attention to detail was really great. SGM Events really provides what the client is looking for.”
“DJ Hevrock was absolutely amazing from start to finish!!! From meetings to emails, he was punctual, very responsive, and went above and beyond our expectations. He was extremely helpful when it came to choosing music and was accommodating to all of our requests and needs. He was our favorite “vendor” to work with and it was an honor to have him at our wedding. Now speaking of the wedding, he of course kicked butt DJing!! Everyone was on the dance floor all night, which is exactly what we wanted. He was so friendly, fun, and helped make it all exciting. Thank you Freddie, Kerry, and anyone else with Sleeping Giant music who assisted along the way and for all being so kind. But most of all, THANK YOU DJ HEVROCK!!!!”
“Thank you Hevrock for making our wedding everything we could have imagined. We received multiple compliments about how great you were; and how wonderful you did to keep the party going! We thank you!”
“Our DJ, Hevrock was an awesome addition to our day and helped out a lot in keeping our day upbeat. He had some great recommendations to offer for some of the songs we hadn’t thought about (recessional) and worked wonderfully with our coordinator to make sure we had great music for each part of the day. We appreciated his extra work on getting some last minute special requests from our families. Our guests were especially impressed with his beat matching skills! Highly recommend him! SGM events itself was also an easy platform to use – you can access your contract online and have a few folks to send you reminders about payment installments. We were happy with their services!”
“Hevrock is the best! He really listened to our vision and pulled through. He even worked with my husband to help him perform a special surprise song for me!”
“Thank you to all of you involved in Jeff and Alexis’s Wedding on Friday. I think Hevrock knocked it out of the park. Great job staying on track with all the delays and sudden rain we were presented with. Hope to work with you all again very soon!”
“Everything was absolutely amazing! Hevrock was awesome.”
“DJ Hevrock was absolutely amazing – he made our wedding day a smashing success! Thanks to him, our guests were partying hard on the dance floor from start to finish! We received SO many compliments about the music, and many guests said it was the most fun they had ever had at a wedding. He delivered perfection – from the transitions in the ceremony music to the song selection during dinner to his ability to read the crowd and keep people rocking out all night long. On a personal/professional level, he was also an absolute pleasure to work with. He listened to our ideas – both vague and specific – and turned them into reality. We had a feeling we would be in good hands when we first met him, and he did not disappoint. Thank you!!”
“Hevrock did an amazing job. Everyone that I talked to thought the music flowed really well from one song to another and people were dancing non stop from the time it started until we had to breakdown for clean up. Thanks for everything!”
“Everything was perfect, Hevrock did an amazing job.”
“Hevrock was amazing! Everyone loved him. Best DJ ever!”
“I appreciate Hevrock always being early, professional and bringing wonderful energy / attitude to all events.”
“DJ Hevrock was terrific. Thank you!”
“Hevrock was great. He was such a gentleman, played exactly what we discussed and didn’t skip a beat through the night. Really loved having him be a part of our wedding day!”
“The party was great. Everyone had a lot of fun…Over all the atmosphere was wonderful and I personally thought that Hevrock controlled the music perfectly.”
“What an amazing job Hevrock did for our clients! The music was perfect and was able to get a majority of the group on the dance floor!!
“DJ Hevrock did a great job. We were very happy with him. We would recommend Travis.”
“We just had DJ Hevrock aka Travis as our wedding DJ on Friday 11/11/16 and he was fantastic! One of my good friends is a DJ and I’m a fitness instructor, so we are picky about DJs and music to say the least and Travis left us both totally impressed! Beyond keeping the dance floor packed the entire reception, he picked a fantastic range of music for everyone there; he also kept the entire afternoon and evening moving smoothly from guests arrivals, the ceremony and necessary music changes for procession and recession and then through our intro, first dances, toasts, etc. My groom and I didn’t have to worry about a thing. He is also an incredibly nice guy and I loved working with him beforehand to build the playlist! I would recommend SGM and specifically DJ Hevrock for any event you’re planning!”
“DJ Hevrock was great! Everything ran smoothly and he kept everyone dancing! Very professional.”
“Working with SGM Events was one of the easiest parts of my wedding. They were quick to respond and extremely helpful. When my first choice of DJ was unavailable they made great recommendations as to other DJs that might fit my style. I am not sure I could have found a better fit for the vibe I wanted than DJ Hevrock. My wedding guests like to dance and he kept up a great playlist that resulted in no one ever leaving the dance floor. At one point a friend thought I had given the DJ one of my mix tapes because it was perfectly in tune with my style. DJ Hevrock played all of my must plays and politely turned down people trying to make requests (something I didn’t really want). He was well organized, timely, and let the wedding party be the center of attention. I enjoyed working with the entire SGM events team and really felt like they listened to what I wanted. It made for a perfect day.”
“Hevrock was amazing. At one point I thought he had actually stolen one of my high school/college mix tapes and played it. One friend refused to leave the dance floor the whole night because the music was so good. It could not have gone any better, thanks for helping make the day so special.
“Another amazing year. We thank you so much for providing a wonderful DJ Hevrock for our event.”
“DJ Hevrock was fantastic! He played everything on the playlist and kept the crowd dancing, for sure! He also followed the timeline well that our coordinator had laid out for the evening.”
“Hevrock’s performance was outstanding! His ability to problem solve and work with on-the-fly directions was incredible. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the symphony he created by blending American and Latin music that both of our cultures liked. Our guests were motivated and well-informed during the transitions. Hevrock is an awesome DJ; professional when he needed to be but always kept a chill vibe, the true essence of a real DJ. We definitely made the right choice by booking with SGM Events.”
“If you want to have an amazing party at your wedding then book DJ Hevrock. My coordinator recommended DJ Hevrock and after interviewing him and one other DJ I decided to go with DJ Hevrock and I am so glad I did. We had some particular music selections and had a particular mood in mind for each portion of the wedding and he did a wonderful job of executing our vision. When it finally came time to dance he was great at playing songs that really got people out of their seats and on to the dance floor. We had a family member play play guitar and sing during the ceremony and DJ Hevrock had all the equipment necessary for that. SGM also provided a microphone and projector/screen for our rehearsal dinner and DJ Hevrock was there to make sure it was setup correctly. DJ Hevrock was wonderful and I’m glad we selected him for our wedding.”
“DJ Hevrock was wonderful! He did a great job of incorporating our music selections into his playlists for the ceremony and reception. So many guests commented on how good he was. I would definitely recommend him!”
“Travis “DJ Hevrock” Banister lived up to his name and kept our wedding party rocking all night long! Prior to our wedding SGM was one of several vendors we had on our list for entertainment. The “other” guys told us what they offer but seldom asked what we wanted. I remember first meeting Travis at the San Diego Wedding Bazaar at the convention center. He greeted us immediately we made eye contact and was very friendly. My wife, then fiancé, was very familiar with SGM; especially a HUGE fan of DJ Fresh One. We added Travis to our contact list and about 2 months later gave him a call. After the first 5 minutes we already knew he was the one we wanted to MC/DJ our wedding. He listened to us and provided feedback on what we wanted. After meeting with other vendors, who like I mentioned didn’t listen to our needs, we were pretty disappointed with the entertainment service. Travis was different however, he seemed like a close friend and he treated us with respect and we were so happy to sign with SGM. After signing with SGM we met with Travis a few more times and he made our walk through prior to our wedding. He acknowledged and replied to EVERY email, text, and call we made (very dependable). On the wedding night he was awesome and kept the party groovin. He had no problems making audibles when we needed to and communicated well. Thank you Travis for making our special night a night we will forever remember. We highly recommend DJ Hevrock to anyone who is looking for the BEST service, music, dependability, and friendliness in the business.
Another SGM artist DJ Ramsey (SGM) was my cousin’s DJ at her wedding in May and he killed it too!
“SGM and DJ Hevrock hit it out of the park for our wedding music. SGM was very professional, responsive, and easy to work with to book DJ Hevrock and uplighting. We were able to meet with him in person before booking and made us feel very comfortable with the decision. DJ Hevrock went the extra mile to DJ our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception, never missing a beat. We asked him to stick to a specific style and end with a few family traditions, which he nailed. He understood our old-school style and vision for the music and made it happen. Highly recommend working with SGM and DJ Hevrock.”
“Many thanks, DJ Hevrock was the best! We received several compliments on the music and it was exactly what we wanted.”
“Travis killed it! Such a great night. He played exactly what we asked and stuck to our plan. We have already recommended him and SGM to our friends. Thank you for making it a very special night for us!”
“Hevrock was Fabulous! He was perfect for our party, we all loved him! If I ever entertain with a DJ I will always want Hevrock! Your company was the best and I will always recommend you! I appreciated all you updates via emails, Travis arrived on time, did everything we wanted, was so accommodating, overall we couldn’t have asked for anyone better! Thank you, thank you! Please let Travis know how much we loved him. Blessings, Dana.”
“Everything went great! Thank You.”
“Went great!! Thank you!!”
“Thank you for the prepared music list. Client was very happy that the DJ took the time to load up their requested songs. Also, thank you for the last minute schedule change.”
“Hevrock did an awesome job. :]”
“Everything went well with Hevrock. Freddie was responsive to our request and did a fine job. People seemed to be having a GREAT time.”
“From the beginning, Freddie was great to work with and with a great response time to emails and questions. Travis, our DJ, was great! Our CEO told me that he thought the DJ was excellent, played to our crowd and did a great job and said that we should remember him for next year!
“The event went great last Thursday and Hevrock was perfect.”
“I’m writing to express my sincerest gratitude for your assistance, attention to detail, passion, creativity and overall quality of killer music during Fashion Week San Diego. I’ve never seen a more dedicated and hard working team other than FWSD that regardless of job title that will pitch in and get the job done. From renting equipment to all the incredible DJ’s your team is the BEST in SD if not CA! Truly with out your support it would not be the beacon and professional industry event we all are proud to have here in our city.”
“Everything was amazing and Tori & Joe were very happy with DJ Hevrock! It was really a pleasure working with him!”
“Sleeping Giant Music hooked us up with DJ Hevrock, who was incredible at our wedding! Working with them through the whole process was easy & painless. They are so organized and willing to help with any request. Our DJ was the hit of party – everyone loved him!”
“DJ Hevrock was The Best. We couldn’t have been happier with everything he did and we were so happy that he was part of our wedding day. He was professional, friendly and just so on point! It really felt like he was just one of our friends / family. Our guests are dancers, but he kept everyone on the dance floor from the second it opened up till when we were forced to leave. Thank you so much for being more than we could have ever expected Travis!”
“Travis was awesome! Very professional and read the group perfectly.”
“Travis was fantastic! Everyone seemed to love the music, and Travis had the dance floor full. Thanks so much!”
“Loved DJ Hevrock!!! He was awesome!!!”
“The party was a lot of fun, and people danced the entire time! Travis did a great job for us! Thank you!”
“Everything went great… Travis did a great job, was positive and professional! =)”
“Hevrock was awesome!!! We seriously couldn’t have been happier. He did a great job playing all of our requests, and playing a great mix of music. I loved that he played more stuff for the older crowd at the beginning of the wedding and then brought out the jams at the end of the night. He did a great job as an MC, he was dressed nicely, and was very professional. Seriously, great job, you should give him a raise!”
“Travis, aka DJ Hevrock, did a great job. He was on time, super friendly, played the type of music we requested, and was very easy to work with. Thanks again for helping us out with the tunes!”
“Travis did a nice job. We appreciate his help and the kids loved the spinning experience. Thank you.”
“Thank you for making the wedding and reception so awesome! Travis was perfect, he surpassed our expectations for people dancing by FAR.”
“Thank you so much for making the reception and the wedding perfect! Travis, did a fantastic job. I would so highly recommend him to anyone else. Thanks!”
“DJ Hevrock was fantastic. He totally got everyone dancing, took enough requests to make everybody happy and played all the songs we asked for. He is the kind of guy you’d be happy to have at the wedding even if he wasn’t working. Personable, knowledgeable and professional, he was a great addition to the wedding!”
“Hevrock was GREAT. Thank you for supporting City of Hope.”
“Travis was fantastic. A fine collector of songs, he kept the party going all night. He masterfully read the crowd and played all the right stuff. It was nearly impossible to keep your seat. And for those Steely Dan fans, he had classic vinyl. Sweet. Excellent night.”
“Hevrock was amazing! He was so easy to work with and played great music!”
“Hevrock did a great job! It was a pleasure having him DJ at our wedding! Thank you!”
“Hevrock was great! He was given very little guidance as to music and exceeded our expectations in music selection. We’d absolutely use SGM Events and Hevrock again in the future.”