O U R E M C E E S & D J S
A Brief History of Harminy
In 1984, while a freshman at Pittsfield High School, Joe Mindlin was a music student and thought it would be fun to DJ the Music Department banquet since he loved music and playing records. After the banquet and throughout his high school years, he would continue to do parties, schlepping cassettes and LPs to numerous places throughout Berkshire County, never thinking that someday he'd be a mobile DJ for over 30 years. Over the decades, the company changed its name twice, from Digital Sound Productions in the late 80's, then to Gold Platter Productions in the 90's when Joe collaborated with Joe Scapin, a late friend and co-worker of his at WUPE Radio. In the early 2000's, Joe collaborated with another friend, Thomas Harrison, to create Harminy Entertainment. People may ask "why is the word Harminy misspelled?" Well, it's a simple answer! Tom came up with the idea of using the first 3 letters of his last name (Harrison) and the first 3 letters of Joe's last name (Mindlin) and add a Y at the end, thus became HARMINY (brilliant, eh?). Tom Harrison hung up his full-time DJing in the early 2010's due to health reasons. Larry Kratka joined Harminy in 2012 and was with the company until 2023. Looking back at where it all started, the back breaking days of schlepping heavy equipment, records, tapes and CDs....Joe still says it was all worth it because he enjoys entertaining people!
We can sum up our philosophy in really one word: professionalism. Since day one, we believe that when you are the emcee of an event or a wedding, you have to be professional in your appearance, your music and your overall performance. Some other companies hire kids off the street, students or sub-contract. We don't do that and we never will. You shouldn't have to take chances with someone inexperienced. We are two seasoned professionals who have played for big and small crowds and have seen it all over 30 plus years in business. We know that plans can change in a moments' notice and we're confident and prepared for the unexpected. That's why we'll take the time, however long is needed, to go over every detail of your event so you'll feel more at ease when the date arrives.
Joe became a mobile DJ while a freshman in high school back in 1984 and soon thereafter became an on-air personality at WTBR-FM in Pittsfield and a producer at WUPE radio in Pittsfield. During his years in radio, he was a sought after talent for commercials and live remotes due to his radio voice. When it comes to originality and entertaining guests, Joe is very outgoing and knows what it takes to make a party or wedding a total success and very entertaining for the guests or attendees too! When it comes to your wedding, Joe caters to your needs and suggests ideas he has to make your dream day perfect in every way, not omitting one single detail. He wants you to have the event catered to your needs. As of 2023, Joe has joined Sound Advice DJs in Pittsfield as a mobile DJ and entertainer alongside fellow professional DJs Bob Cooper, Dan Salzarulo and Mike Wilk.
When not DJing, Joe spends time with his dog Scout
and he is an avid mountain climber and snowshoer. He also is a professional photographer and for fun He is the co-host of a weekly radio show on WTBR-FM in Pittsfield and a contributor to an internationally broadcast radio show, "Nothing But Old 45's" hosted by friend and long-time radio personality Larry Kratka.
You can e-mail Joe directly at email@example.com