Stylish and Creative, Mark "Peace" Thomas
is former President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Disc
Jockey Association, a national non-profit disc
jockey association dedicated to raising standards in the disc
jockey industry. Mark went on to serve as President
of the national ADJA in 2001/2002 and he
finished his last year in 2003 as an advisor while handling
the treasurer position.
His article "How to Choose a Disc Jockey" has appeared
in The Knot's The Wedding Pages along
with numerous wedding-related websites. Mark has also
been interviewed and quoted in national editions of Modern
Bride & The Knot's Wedding Pages on behalf
of the ADJA. He has also written numerous wedding-related
articles for WED Magazine, which was
distributed throughout Los Angeles & Orange County.
Mark is very active in educating disc jockeys on how
to improve their standards, performance techniques and professionalism.
He has written articles for the DJ industry magazine, Mobile
Beat and has been interviewed for DJ
Times Magazine. Mark teamed up with his colleague
DJ Zan to present The
Art of Interaction at the 2006 Mobile Beat DJ
Conference in Las Vegas to teach disc jockeys from around
the world how to improve their skills. They returned to Las Vegas in 2014 to present "The Art of Interaction 2.0". This time with a new follow-along dance written by Mark Peace Thomas called: Face The DJ.
If you are looking for an entertainer that can handle nearly
any type of event, whether it be a low-key, sophisticated
society event or a high-energy interactive extravaganza, look
no further. With over 20 years in the entertainment business,
"PEACE!!" has a reputation for exceeding his client's expectations.
haven't had a chance to personally thank you for a SUPERB
job that you pulled at our wedding. I can't thank you enough.
You guys really ROCK. Up to this day, we are still receiving
compliment after compliment about how different and organized
and fun our wedding was! Even my dad, who barely speaks English
compliments how good you are!!! - Venny&
Rudy, December 26, 2008.
"Hi Mark, just wanted to take the time
to say you did a fantastic job at our wedding. I had a blast
& everyone at the wedding said you ROCKED! You ran the
show & made it all happen with ease. thanks & many
blessings on your baby
boys, they are adorable. - Jamie
& Steve, September 23, 2007
"Mark you went out of your way to make
sure everything went smooth all night. The whole evening just
flowed. I can't tell you how many times we heard "this
is the best wedding we've ever been to!"! - Rico
& Marti, September 09, 2006
"Everything went very well. The guests
had a fun time. It was very entertaining event. The wedding
reception went smooth. When the reception ended, we were very
happy that we had DJ Peace! We can't imagine having anyone
else."- Darwin & Rosie Mendinueto,
May 25, 2005
" Many of our guests commented how beautiful
and funny the Love Story was. They also told us how fun, funny,
sincere and accommodating you were. You kept the party going
and knew what to do, and what to play, at exactly the right
time. We've been to weddings and other events where the DJ
couldn't "read" the crowd the way you did, and those
parties are remembered for just that reason. But not this
party, not our wedding reception."–
Darrin & Teresa Stone, January 15, 2005
loved the reception!. We even got comments from jaded wedding
attendees that we had a great dj & how fun it was. It
was very memorable for all."–
Sydney & Albert Diaz, July 03, 2004
"Your Service is your best advertisement.
Countless people at our wedding asked 'Wow, who is your dj!'
You handled a versatile crowd with surgical precision. We
could not have asked for anything more! Thanks again."–
Mike & Andja, May 31, 2003 (pictured
"Mark - now we know why you're called
Awesome Entertainment! You are great!"–
Shelly & David Geilman, February 23, 2002, Warner Center
Marriott, Westlake Village
you so much, Mark, for being a fun DJ and working with us
to make everything just perfect! We loved the "kissing
game!" Thanks for keeping a few surprises up your sleeve,
it made it even more exciting than we planned!"–
Adam & Joy, May 30, 2003
You were Great!" "All our guests said we had
the "best wedding". They all loved the music &
said our DJ was very entertaining and spontaneous. We made
the right choice of hiring you. Thank you so much!"
- Hazel & Ben Ma.Guerrero, 09/27/2003, Pacific Palms
The History of Mark Peace
Thomas / Awesome Entertainment:
Mark Thomas was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he
developed a love for music by discovering his family's various
music collections. Mark spent hours listening and learning
about music ranging from Perry Como to The Beatles. He eventually
started his own music library, which reached over one thousand
albums by his early teens.
school toga dance
Manchester, NH 1983
Mark formed Double DJ Music Service at age sixteen
with his twin brother Jon. Their first professional job
was for their Central High School "Toga Dance".
Mark attended all his classes in full toga, with a 45 vinyl
record hanging from his belt , to promote their first professional
appearance (pictured at right). The dance was such a huge
success that Double DJ was asked to handle all of the upcoming
school events. Positive word-of-mouth began to spread and
soon Double DJ was providing music for house parties, birthdays
America's Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Ship
–- Eastern Caribbean, 1988
Mark moved to Pasadena, California, in 1984 to study acting,
dance and voice at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Mark remained an avid record collector and began to get
involved in local bands as a singer and songwriter. Four
years later, Mark set sail on Holland America Cruise
Lines as Disc Jockey and cruise staff member. His responsibilities
included entertaining passengers seven nights a week in
the nightclub and hosting various events (pictured at left:
comedian Rick Starr showing his love for DJ Mark Thomas
during the "Wipe Out" drum contest aboard Holland
America's Nieuw Amsterdam).
Since 1988, Mark has also worked for Royal Cruise Lines,
Princess Cruise Lines, and Norwegian Cruise Lines
in the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii and South America. In addition,
Mark has entertained at many fine Los Angeles area establishments.
returned to dry land and landed in Studio City, California,
where he started Awesome Entertainment DJ Service
while working for Black Angus Funbars.
Years later, Mark surprised two hundred of his peers at
the 1997 American Disc Jockey Awards by shaving his
head onstage and becoming "PEACE!!"
(The disc jockey formerly known as Mark Thomas). The "peace
symbol" originally appeared in Awesome Entertainment
promotional materials to parody The Artist Formerly Known
Peace salutes Freedom Williams
after his controversial performance at the 2008
Mobile Beat Disc Jockey Conference in Las Vegas,
Nevada. Freedom is best known for his rap in the international
Gonna Make You Sweat.
Additional hits from C&C Music
took a quick photo with Dave Grohl of the
Foo Fighters before Dave & his bandmates accepted
the 2008 Grammy Award for Best
from Foo Fighters and Nirvana:
- The Pretender
- Everlong (Acoustic)
- Learn to fly
- Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
- Come As You Are (Nirvana)
Grammy winner Al Jarreau
and his son take time out for a picture with DJ PEACE,
Zan and Keith at the 49th Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast.
Al Jarreau is the only vocalist to win a Grammy
for three categories including pop, R&B and Jazz.
Audience Favorites by Al Jarreau include:
We're in This Love Together, Roof Garden, All I Am,
Everytime You Go Away & Breezin (w/George Benson),
Peace says hello to Quentin
Tarantino on the red carpet before the 2007 Grammy
Award telecast. Not only is Tarantino a groundbreaking filmmaker,
he has some of the coolest soundtracks in film!
Favorites from Tarantino films include
Battle Without Honor or Humanity, You Never
Can Tell, Jungle Boogie, Miserlou, Magic Carpet ride, Little
Green Bag, Hooked On A Feeling, Natural High, Strawberry
and DJ Peace catch
up with Grammy winner Tony Bennett at the
L.A. Convention Center.
played Tony Bennett classics:
- Just in time
- Moonglow (with KD Lang)
- I Left My Heart in San
- The Way You Look Tonight
- The Best is Yet to Come
- Rags to Riches
ManSmarts: The Music is DJ Peace debut CD of original music. Songs appropriate for weddings include:
- Always Be Mine (feat. Dana Meller) - A Reggae Love Song
- Can't Forget You (feat. Kyle Castellani) - A Pop Love Song
- Cowgirl Free (feat. Vanessa Bryan) - Independent Ladies Anthem
- Say Anything (Shy Girl) - R&B Love Song
- Ms. 24/7 (Superwoman) (feat. Paul Falcon & Mista' Youngblood) - Spanglish Dance Track