PMC Employees Off the Clock: D.J. Joey Collins

By: 
Kathy Atkins

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Systems Administrator Joey Collins gets crowds dancing to the music with his after-hours business as a D.J. with Kimper Sounds.

 

"I am a person who enjoys seeing people happy and seeing people smile," said Collins. "If I can do something to make someone happy or they tell me they were so glad I was a part of their big day, it means a lot to me."

 

Collins spends his days as a Systems Administrator in the Information Systems Department making sure that all of the hospital's servers are running properly and information is backed up and stored.

 

But in his spare time as a D.J., Collins makes sure that people are dancing and having a great time at weddings, proms and parties.

 

D.J.ing has changed a lot over the years and has become technology driven, which fits right into Collins' area of expertise.

 

"D.J.s work from MP3 players now," said Collins who also incorporates lighting technology into his performances.

 

Kimper Sounds is a partnership with Collins' father-in-law, Rick May, who was laid-off from the coal mines after many years of employment.

 

"My father-in-law and I started talking one day about how we both like music," said Collins. "I used to play music for family events and he suggested we start a business."

 

They "bit the bullet" and purchased sound and lighting equipment and started booking small events. Their clients were so pleased with their work and suggested them to friends, growing Kimper Sounds' business by word of mouth.

 

A big break came for them when they started working with Hilton Garden Inn in Pikeville doing weddings.

 

"We got in with the Hilton early on and they liked how we handled weddings," said Collins. "We were nervous about weddings at first because it is someone's big day and you don't want to mess it up.

 

The Hilton approached us to do weddings and our business started taking off from there."

 

"I have collaborated with Kimper Sounds on numerous projects and with 14 years in the business working with companies all over the region, I can honestly say they are one of the very best. They are very thorough, streamlined, organized and efficient. Not to mention they have all the tools, accessories and experience to build an amazing package for any client and any event. They are my number one recommendation," said Valerie Huffman, director of sales, Hilton Garden Inn at Pikeville.

 

Kimper Sounds can accommodate any genre of music from classical to pop or country to rock– whatever the customer wants. They have a massive library of songs but are happy to get special requests if what the customer wants is not available.

 

To motivate a crowd, Collins has a list of songs that get people up and dancing, such as the Electric Slide and the Cha-Cha.

 

"A lot of people just can't sit still during those songs," said Collins.

 

Collins likes to book parties about three weeks prior to the event, but can make accommodations if this is not possible. Kimper Sounds has three sets of equipment which enables them to work several events in one day.

 

"We have actually done three events in one night," said Collins. "Rick and I divide and conquer and take extra help with us."

 

Find more information on Kimper Sounds or to book an event, visit their Facebook page or call 606-766-1151.