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On 05, Aug 2014 | In | By Leigh

DJ Herby Loftin

Herby has taken his DJ craft to the next level by offering amazing sets of mixing and scratching “LIVE” all genres of music from 80s, 90s and current music. He’ll mix it all and make it sound SMOOV!

Born and raised in Ravenna, Herby Loftin has been active in just about everything from sports to music. After graduating from Ravenna High in 2003, he went on to play collegiate football at Thiel College. All his life he has been a leader and an over-achiever, always looking to do his best in everything!

Music has played a huge part throughout Herby’s life; he has always been a few steps ahead when it comes to music knowledge. Before he got his start as a DJ, Herby would naturally find his way to the main source of music at any event he attended and start playing music for the crowd. Growing up listening to everything from Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Prince, Madonna, Kenny Chesney and The Police to Jay-Z, Herby has a wide range of music to provide for any event.

Herby started DJing in 2007 in a nightclub in Akron, just playing songs off of a laptop…the response from the crowd was great! He soon turned this hobby into a career, DJing clubs, weddings, parties and any event that needed a DJ. He also took on the stage name of “DJ Smoov,” and after years of practice and gigs he has become one of Ohio’s most sought after DJs for all types of events. Recently, his recommendations have earned him jobs for celebrities and professional athletes and he was the featured DJ for Bruno Mars’ 24k Magic World Tour Pre-Show VIP Parties for select dates.

After interning with DJ Scott Jones, Herby decided to go full-speed ahead taking on more weddings and joining the great team of DJs here at Cleveland Music Group.

If you’re looking for that one SPECIAL TOP-NOTCH DJ to take your wedding or event to the next level with excellent planning, professionalism and excitement, look no further than Mr. Herby Loftin, aka DJ Smoov!


    DJ Smoov was the best DJ I have ever seen!! He not only played amazing music but also made the entire experience incredible! He was very flexible and accommodating with all the changes we had to make because of covid. He was so personable and was very including of my family too! We will for sure have him DJ our future events to come!!

    Ben and Anissa Stark
    Sep 25, 2020
    La Vera Party Center

    DJ Smoov was nothing short of phenomenal!!

    We hired DJ Smoov through Cleveland Music Group and he was an absolute blast!!! We met with him twice before our wedding and he was very professional, organized and catered to our every need! I had a wide variety of age groups and we got literally EVERY person on the dance floor. He played all my younger generation music as well as 70s and 80s with remixes thrown in!! All my guests were raving about him. We made our night absolutely perfect!!!!

    Maggie Kilfoyle / Zach Daley
    Jul 26, 2019
    Westin Downtown Cleveland

    Best DJ!

    DJ Smoov was just amazing!! I had heard great things about his performances and we were not disappointed. At my reception I wanted to have great food and awesome music and after speaking with our guests it sounds as though we delivered on both counts. He was very helpful with the breakdown of events, and wanted to make sure he captured our taste in music as a couple. We’re not picky and just wanted great dancing music and something for my parents and their friends to enjoy. Even though we were not able to schedule a meeting in-person before the event, he didn’t have any problems delivering great sets with Motown to kick-off the night. He was personable, easy-going, and attentive when needed, which is just want you want when you are trying to entertain a large group of people. Thanks again for everything!!

    Dae Capobianco Rodriguez
    Jul 14, 2017
    Westin Downtown Cleveland

    Best. DJ. Ever.

    We couldn’t have asked for a better DJ for our wedding. As soon as we met Herby we knew that we would vibe well with him. He got us. He knew our style right away, gave us helpful feedback on how to make things flow and work together cohesively and all around just clicked really well with us. Our music was flawless from beginning to end. Our dance floor was packed non-stop and everyone had an absolute blast. He knew how to cater to our guests’ wishes taking some requests, but he never lost the vibe that Ricky and I wanted to have for the night. We have heard nothing but positive feedback not only about the music but about any encounter that our guests had with him as well. He’s positive, energetic and just brought an all around good atmosphere to our night. We honestly couldn’t have had a more amazing experience. Our only regret is not having another big event to host so that we can do it all again.

    Rick & Heidi Malleske
    Jun 23, 2017
    Thorncreek Winery

    DJ Smoov – A Master of His Craft

    DJ Smoov was hands down one of the best additions to our wedding day! When we first set out in search for a DJ, we wanted someone who would let the music do the work – DJ Smoov delivered on that promise, and then some! He was concise on the mic and masterful on the table. We never in a million years would have expected guests of all age ranges to come up to us during our wedding and comment on how great our DJ was, but that is exactly what happened. He listened to the style of music we wanted to play, then used his expertise to set the tone for the night.

    For an unbiased perspective, our wedding videographer is from Dayton and travels all around the world doing weddings, he made a point to come up to us during the wedding and tell us how hard DJ Smoov was working up there mixing live – And how he had never seen a wedding DJ mix the way Smoov was non-stop all night long. He loved him! That’s saying something! Oh – And he made a SWEET video after the wedding and posted it on social media. Just another reason why Smoov is the best! Thanks again for everything you did to make our night amazing!

    Matthew and Ashley Razzante
    Jul 8, 2016
    Intercontinental Hotel Cleveland

    Kept people on the dance floor all night!

    From the introductions to the final song, DJ Smoov was on point! He kept the party going all night long. Great sense of what the crowd wanted and a true professional. I would tell anybody looking for a DJ, for any event, give DJ Smoov a call.

    Nick Baltas
    Nov 14, 2015
    St. Demetrios Cultural Center-Rocky River

    Family and friends can’t stop talking about the DJ!

    Herby (DJ Smoov) was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was professional, kind, and patient, and really helped us design the music for the wedding. My husband and I originally chose DJ Smoov because we like dance music (EDM), but we also needed his help with the ceremony, cocktail and dinner hours. That meant we got to enjoy a full range of genres throughout the evening: classical, soul, rock, oldies, EDM, hip-hop, top 40, and even some obscure French and Irish music we requested for our families! The DJ was one of our top priorities for the evening, and DJ Smoov was, as my dad said, “a home run.” He was spinning classics early and then threw the best dance party my family has ever seen. My sister was so sore from dancing that she couldn’t walk for 2 days…but she said it was definitely worth it!

    Moira ONeill & Michael Steiner
    Jun 13, 2015
    Glidden House, Cleveland, OH

    Danced the night away!

    Herby was a fantastic DJ. He helped orchestrate our event exactly as we had planned, and pumped up the energy of our guests. He introduced our wedding party perfectly, played songs exactly from the genres we requested, and kept the dance floor FULL all night long. Couldn’t have asked for a better DJ for our wedding. Thanks, Herby!!

    Mary and Adam Smith
    Jun 6, 2015
    The Westin Cleveland Downtown

    We asked you for a DJ that could turn our reception into the hottest nightclub in Cleveland and that is exactly what Herby Loftin (DJ Smoov) did! My wedding was the 8th one I have attended this year. None of the other 7 have had DJs with the same skill, class or presence Herby brought to our wedding. I can not tell you how pleased Kelley and I are with every aspect of Herby’s planning, conduct and performance. He truly went above and beyond our best expectations.

    CJ Kauffman & Kelley Blake
    Dec 15, 2012
    Embassy Suites Independence

    Herby was so wonderful, a lot of my out of state guests said they wished he traveled!

    Torrie Shepard
    Jun 30, 2012
    The Oaks Lakeside