Want to learn more about an amazing local entertainment company? Read below about Greg Capozzi and his company C-Zone Entertainment! You will definitely want to find out where the “C-zone” comes from!!
COMPANY SPOTLIGHT: C-Zone is a unique boutique offering DJs, Live Jazz & Contemporary Combos, String Ensembles, Lighting and Photo Booths. Musician/DJ owned and run by Greg Capozzi, who has over 25 years as a pro in the music business. We believe it’s not our show, it’s your event. No egos, no gimmicks, no game shows. It’s all about the music and bringing people together through the art of playing the right song at the right time. We create seamless transitions on the dance floor, keeping a party atmosphere through continuity and flow. Your guests will leave sweaty with blisters on their feet!
How did you pick the name of your business? Being Italian, a lot of friends nicknamed me Calzone. I never thought it would stick but here we are 20 years later and people still call me Calzone. I used to go by DJ Capozzi when playing in the Boston clubs, but one day a friend made a joke and told me to go by DJ Calzone. Of course that was a joke, but then he said how about DJ C-Zone? So I went for it and here we are. All my friends call me Zone, Z or Calzone. I tell my couples this story sometimes and it always gets a big laugh
Tell us a little bit about your background in your career prior to starting your business. Professional musician since 1990, played in cover bands, original bands and toured the world as an original recording artist. Performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival and worked in the pit orchestra as a reed player for Carnival Cruise Lines. Decided to teach myself the craft of DJing to supplement my musical income and quickly carved a niche in Boston as the guy who plays vinyl and rips sax solos at the same time. No laptop, just a crate of records and my horn. My club residencies slowly morphed into requests for private and corporate bookings and C-Zone was incorporate on Jan 1, 2003. Since then the business has grown to have over 10 DJs, 30 jazz musicians, 175 string players, 4 photo booth attendants, some lighting technicians and a full admin staff in the office.
What do you do in your spare time to decompress? Spending time with my beautiful wife and helping with her fashion blog, doing photo shoots and traveling. Spending time with our adorable 12 year old Boston Terrier named Hudson (he’s from New York). Love to do custom wood working, DIY home renovations, we are work our fanatics and love to cook too. Not much spare time in the life of a musician/DJ/business owner, but when there is down time, we love to be outside working on projects and hanging with friends/family. /
If you had to give just one piece of advice to couples planning their wedding, what would it be? Do your research, take your time and invest in the right vendors. Do not penny pinch on critical vendors that will make or break your party. You will regret that in the long run. Find vendors who are genuinely passionate and down to earth, who seem easy to work with, knowledgeable and who take the time to educate you on what they do and what sets them apart, so you gain a deeper understanding of what you’re paying for. Weddings book far in advance so it’s a long standing partnership between the couple and their vendors. You gotta get a good vibe at the end of the day.
What is something you are most proud of in your business? Staring from absolutely nothing. It was just me and 2 colleagues — a drummer and guitarist. I maxed out my credit cards and bought a state of the art DJ sound system and pitched our service as unique being that clients can get both live music and a DJ at a very reasonable price, like a jazz trio for cocktail hour followed by DJ service for dinner & dancing. In 2003 we booked 23 events. In 2019 we booked over 400. We are not trying to be jack of all trades and master of none. We take a lot of pride in being true experts and artists. No cheese, no gimmicks, no egos, no game show hosts. We never use the mic to promote ourselves. We pour all of our energy into the quality of the performance and that does all the talking for us.