We take a modern and sophisticated approach to entertainment. With two decades of experience and thousands of weddings under our belt, we’ve seen it all. During the planning phase, we’re part DJ and part consultant for our couples. From advising on a smooth flow of speeches and other transitions, to putting together your customized music portal, to our final check-in meeting. When the big day comes, you can just have fun, we’ve got it all under control.

lucky for us, it’s our job.

We’re Serious
About Parties

DJ/MC, lighting, photo booth, video, and more. The choices for customizing your event are endless. We’ll work with you one-on-one to help plan and execute your event to be the best it can be.

wedding planning
made easy

We continually invest in top of the line equipment so you know you’re getting the best possible experience. We will ensure microphones are loud and clear, speakers are top-notch, lighting is dynamic and song transitions are flawless.

High quality

After 20+ years serving Milwaukee events, our awards shelf is overflowing. We value that reputation and ensure our staff is highly trained and every event we service lives up to the Sound By Design standard.

experienced & 
Award winning

We take a modern and sophisticated approach to entertainment. No gimmicks or cheesy games. On top of that, we’re personable and work seamlessly with the other on-site staff and vendors. Overall, we throw big parties! 

Fun but

The sound by design experience means

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Sound By Design began in 1996 as a humble DJ business by Founder, Paul Hackbarth. Over 24 years, Paul, along with family, friends, and dedicated employees grew the company to be a leading entertainment company in Milwaukee offering DJ, lighting, photo booth, and videography services. Over two decades, Paul continued to expand his business to include three wedding venues and five Camp Bar locations. In 2012, the umbrella company, Hackbarth Hospitality Group was created. 

Paul’s brother-in-law, Torie Gamez, has worked alongside Paul since 2001 when they attended high school together. Torie worked his way up from DJ to Director of Operations in 2012. His passion and vision have helped propel Sound By Design to where it is today. As of 2021, Torie has become the owner of Sound By Design and Films By Design. In addition, Torie’s wife, Tiara Gamez, is the owner of Events to a T (a wedding planning company) which provides even more seamless service options for their clients. The companies, Sound By Design, Films By Design, and Events to a T all fall under the newly formed parent company Events By Design. 

Sound By Design and all their sub-brands continue to have a strong partnership with Hackbarth Hospitality, serving as the in-house entertainment service for their wedding venues and Camp Bar locations. Torie and Tiara are honored to represent and continue expanding Sound By Design’s legacy as event industry leaders in Milwaukee. 

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