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  Freddy Centeno  

Freddy brings a unique blend of passion and expertise to the world of DJing. With his roots in collegiate soccer and a heart that beats for the Lakers, Freddy knows how to blend rhythms and beats as effortlessly as he once maneuvered on the soccer field. Off-stage, you'll find him relaxing with a cup of tea, enjoying classics like 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' or diving into the latest hit shows and movies. Freddy isn't just a DJ; he's the life of the party, seamlessly connecting his diverse interests to create unforgettable events that pulse with energy and charm.

  Get To Know Freddy  

   DJ, Event Host  

Hometown: Woodburn, Oregon

High School: Woodburn High School

College: George Fox University

Home Away From Home: Huntington Park - Los Angeles, CA (or any soccer field)

Top Travel Destination: Murcia, Spain

...What Music Would You Bring? Dance, Disco, Hip Hop + Daft Punk

Top Live Music Experience: Snoh Aalegra & RiNi

Go-To Karaoke: Let Me Love You - Mario

DJs I Love: Kygo + Calvin Harris + Tiesto

Interesting Fact: Made eye contact with Lionel Messi

Most Likely Found: At a soccer field

2 Truth's & A Lie: 1) I've paid $2k for soccer tickets 2) Was on a flight with Lil Pump once 3) I love coffee  

Cats or dogs? Dogs!

Favorite Job (besides DJing obvi): Coaching soccer

Favorite Quote: "Everything negative -- pressure, challenges -- is all an opportunity for me to rise." - Kobe Bryant 

Drink of Choice: Yerba Mate

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  Freddy's Bio  

A dynamic force in the event scene, Freddy has woven his Salvadorian-Guatemalan heritage and Oregon upbringing into a rich tapestry of musical expertise. Influenced by the rhythms of his father's oldies, pop rock, and Latin pop, and the energy of church music, he developed a deep-seated love for diverse genres. From R&B and Hip Hop to soul, neo-soul, and 90's R&B, his taste is as eclectic as his background. He's equally at home with Spanish rock, bachata, reggaeton, and electronic beats.

Freddy's approach to DJing is fueled by a killer attitude - confident, positive, and enthusiastic. He prides himself on understanding each audience's unique style, ensuring every event is tailored to their preferences while adding his distinctive flair. His attention to detail and commitment to excellence stem from his early days as a footballer, traveling for national tournaments and playing college ball. These experiences, coupled with his passion for marketing, have shaped his professional ethos.

Beyond the turntables, Freddy is a fervent Laker and Messi fan, embodying the 'mamba mentality' in his career and life. His love for blue, every fruit imaginable, staying fit, and recent exploration into painting showcases his multifaceted personality. His journey into DJing, sparked by a childhood fascination with DJ Hero, has transformed into a career where he thrives on the energy of a live crowd and the creative challenge of bringing joy through music.

As a key member of the Higher Ground Entertainment team, Freddy is not just a DJ; he's a storyteller, an energy creator, and a dedicated artist committed to elevating every event he graces

Based in Portland but available for events worldwide, Freddy and the team at Higher Ground Entertainment are thrilled to call the Pacific Northwest their new home.

  What They're  
  Saying About Higher Ground  

"AMAZING!! Ben and his team are the absolute best!! The music, the energy, the dancers -- what a party!!"

Sehra S.

"10 out of 10! Best DJ experience ever. Mason helped us celebrate our wedding two weeks ago and we are all still talking about the dance party! Mason was professional, fun, and entertaining. HGE had sleek equipment that blended with the aesthetic and kept our space lively and fun. I also cannot stress how easy the process was to work with Ben and Mason-- they were prompt, creative, and engaging. Thank you so much!"

Annie D.

"Higher Ground Entertainment was a HUGE hit at our wedding! Not only was Ben Gershen attentive to all details and requests, he was incredibly professional during our entire music planning process, as well as throughout the evening day-of. The Higher Ground Team dresses impeccably, and displays confidence when MC'ing the event. There was never a doubt that this team would not be on top of the timeline, or forget to announce an important moment throughout the reception. They are quick to set-up and tear down, and showed genuine interest in keeping the party alive! We truly enjoyed having them, and would recommend their services to any one getting married or having a celebration!"

Adrienne S.

"TWO WORDS: HIRE NOW!!! Seriously, smash the contact button and start planning the dance floor of your dreams with Ben."

Heather L.

"I also cannot stress how easy the process was to work with Ben and Mason-- they were prompt, creative, and engaging."

Ben

"A great DJ/MC was at the top of our wedding list because we knew we wanted our dance floor to be a highlight and believe that the MC/DJ can really drive the vibe of the wedding. Ben was an absolute pleasure to work with every step of the way, and made sure he curated an atmosphere to our liking. We had many many resounding comments it was the best music of any wedding our guests had been to and many reports of sore legs from dancing. Thank you Ben!"

Carly B.

"Higher Ground Entertainment is the pinnacle of modern entertainment with their planning app, dope AF DJs (hi Ben!), and sleek set ups. When Ben hit the light check before our dance floor opened, my jaw dropped."

Heather L.

"TWO WORDS: HIRE NOW!!! Seriously, smash the contact button and start planning the dance floor of your dreams with Ben. There were only a couple things about my wedding that I had very specific requirements for 🤣 and my DJ and dance floor was one of them! I needed our music and dance floor to be LIT AF and Ben killed it from the very beginning to end - from the start of planning until our very last song of the night. Higher Ground Entertainment is the pinnacle of modern entertainment with their planning app, dope af DJs (hi Ben!), and sleek set ups. When Ben hit the light check before our dance floor opened, my jaw dropped. Their equipment is clean, modern, and beautiful - exactly what you want for your upscale event. Ben’s attention to detail with what we wanted for our music and vibe was unmatched. I could go on and on, but do yourself a favor and hire them. Your squad will thank you later! Thank you so much Ben! - Love, Sean & Heather"

Heather L.

"Higher Ground had sleek equipment that blended with the aesthetic and kept our space lively and fun."

Annie D.

"Ben and Mason are absolutely the Dream Team!! They made my dreams for my daughter's bat mitzvah celebration come true!! Beyond their professionalism, obvious expertise with their craft and kindness throughout the planning process, they played the best music, listened to the host (me) and the guest of honor (my 13 year old) to make sure they fulfilled our wishes for the entire event. They know how to get feet on the dance floor, kids playing games, and to read the room to maximize the fun!! Book them now! You will NOT regret."

Rachel P.

"Their equipment is clean, modern, and beautiful - exactly what you want for your upscale event."

Sean L.

"We could not have been happier with Higher Ground Entertainment. Both Ben and Mason were fantastic to work with and helped make our wedding day a magical experience. They went above and beyond and were professional yet personable from the initial consult all the way through to leading the cupid shuffle. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND them."

Phill M.

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