Sounds Elevated Story

Hi my name is Zebuel Early but everyone calls me Zeb. I love people, traveling, photography and graphic design, but I am completely obsessed with music! I have a special knack for creating an uplifting atmosphere through sound and aesthetics and I love sharing that with the people. My goal with Sounds Elevated is to provide excellence and unique experiences by being dependable, gaining the trust of each client and making every event the best it can be!

I grew up listening to classic rock, blues and soul music at my home near Memphis, TN. My first cassette tape was RUN DMC “Tougher Than Leather”. Once I got a guitar at age 18 I never put it down! I began practicing daily and got into Reggae, Jazz, World Music, Funk and R&B. After High School I moved to Colorado for college where I studied Music and Communication, started my own band, and began DJing at a local radio station in Crested Butte. I toured the country playing clubs and festivals and returned to Memphis every summer to wait tables in the Blues Clubs.

After college I headed to the west coast and continued to pursue music, touring in bands such as Mama's Cookin'Peter Joseph Burtt & The King Tide, and Afrolicious. I also started producing my own songs, DJing regularly and touring under the name ZEBUEL.

As of recent I have founded my own record label and started a weekly funk & soul remix party in San Francisco called Smoked Out Soul. We feature guest DJs and live musicians who collaborate every Thursday at Monarch SF, one of the city’s premier nightclubs.

I started Sounds Elevated in 2013 after being hired for multiple private events, having an absolute blast and receiving really positive feedback! I realized my attention to detail, integrity and combined experiences made me perfect for orchestrating amazing events. With a background in radio and event production, a college degree in Mass Media Communication and Music, plus years of experience as a touring musician and DJ,  I’m the perfect fit for those searching for a versatile, highly skilled artist who adds style and excitement to each occasion. I love connecting clients with the music they envision, curating events based on their tastes and creating unforgettable experiences. There’s nothing better than getting to know a client before hand, reading the room on the day of and designing a look and sound that fits the unique flow of each event. 

The Sounds Elevated brand is now well established and has expanded to provide lighting, photo booths and sound design for all sorts of private events, company parties, corporate functions and weddings.  The company has been hired by Nixon Inc, Google, Youtube, Spotify, Lucas Films, Museums of Sonoma County, Eastdil Secured, Wells Fargo, New Belgium Brewing, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Home Depot, Squaw Alpine Ski Resort, DeLoach Vineyards, Ski Area Management (SAM), The Ritz Carlton, Vail Resorts, First Independent Bank and more. 

Sounds Elevated really shines when doing weddings! From ceremony and cocktail to the reception and afterparty Sounds Elevated has got your back. Wether you want a Boutique DJ party with a curated theme, a live band or a DJ with horns, drums and percussion, Sounds Elevated does it all! I feel it’s so nice for a client to be able to trust us with every aspect of their big day and not have to deal with so many vendors.

There is a reason you'll find us on the preferred vendor list at The Hyatt Incline Village, Museums of Sonoma County, Evergreen Lodge Yosemite, Rush Creek Lodge Yosemite, Northstar Ski Resort and Garwoods Lake Tahoe.

We’ve been hired to enhance weddings throughout the country from Colorado to Arizona and up and down West Coast in venues such as The Generals Residence at Fort Mason SF, Thunderbird Lodge Tahoe, The Regency Ballroom, The Great American Music Hall, Triple S Ranch Calistoga, The Evergreen Lodge in Yosemite, The Mezzanine Ballroom,  Faculty Club at UC Berkeley, The Brazilian Room, Squaw Valley High Camp, The Ritz Carlton Northstar, The Hyatt Incline Village and a long list of others. 

Sounds Elevated provides every client with a full sound system, proven event oversight, and the highest level of quality and professionalism in the industry. We understand that each occasion is unique and pride ourselves on seamlessly playing the right music at the right time, mixed seamlessly and delivered with a relaxed professional style. Our goal is to deliver a service that you and your guests will remember for years to come. Wether you are in need of a DJ, live music, a photo booth, lighting or a unique combination of it all, look no further than Sounds Elevated! 


*Check out this soul mix recorded live on a sunny afternoon at Squaw Valley USA 👇

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