About Us

 

Music Makes The Difference is a boutique agency based in Los Angeles providing quality music for a variety of events, businesses, and projects. Whether you’re hosting a stellar party, having the wedding of your dreams, or producing an eye-opening film…we enhance all of it with the right, hand-selected music.

What sets us apart is a keen understanding of the important role music plays in our lives, as well as our extensive collection of music from around the world. From classics to cutting-edge, from Latin America to Europe to Africa and back home, covering all fly points in between…good music is good music. We find the right songs for the right moments to create an emotional connection with the audience. When you strike the right emotional chord, it creates a lasting memory.

Several stylish – and sometimes exuberant – weddings we’ve done have been featured in high-profile wedding blogs such as 100 Layer Cake, Style Me Pretty and on WeddingWire.com.

We provide full DJ services and audio equipment for live events, custom music programming and retail playlists for businesses, as well as music supervision and licensing for film, TV, advertisements, promotional videos and other projects. For bookings or inquiries, email us here or ben(at)musicmakesthedifference.com.

Click over to our Events page to see where we’re spreading the musical love.

On the Music Supervision side of things, here are some of the brands we’ve worked with:

 

 

DJ El Dopa & Aloe Blacc performing together in LA, 2006

 

DJ El Dopa opening for Fitz & The Tantrums & Belle Brigade in 2010

 

Music Makes The Difference is founded by music industry veteran Ben Klinger, and backed by a global team of talented artists. Here’s a little background on Ben.

Ben, also known by his DJ moniker El Dopa, is committed to the belief that quality music can make anything better…and quality music comes from all corners of the world. DJing since 1997, Ben’s knowledge and breadth of musical selections are rivaled by few, and his ability to mix and weave them together to take the audience on a unique journey is rivaled by none. With a degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Ethnomusicology from UC Irvine, Ben’s approach to music supervision and DJing goes beyond the music to the people. His keen understanding of people and the role music plays in our lives gives him a huge advantage in using music to deliver an unforgettable experience.

URB Magazine, 2004


Radio, clubs & bars, restaurants, hotels, marketing & advertising agencies, weddings, retail stores, and art openings are some of the places where Ben has worked his musical magic, from his native Southern California to Miami, New York, Montréal, San Francisco, Austin, Houston, Hawaii, and even overseas in London, Costa Rica and Brazil. 2011 saw El Dopa open up for high profile acts such as Fitz & The Tantrums and platinum recording artist Kate Nash (UK), and in 2012 Ben embarked on a DJ tour of Brazil, playing 4 events in 3 cities. He’s also produced, managed, & licensed music projects on a national scale for brands such as Lexus, Casio, and Scion, for whom he helped direct the musical focus of the brand’s marketing strategy during the brand launch and for the following 5 years. The success of the groundbreaking campaign is now a subject of discussion in marketing courses, and countless brands have since followed suit.

In 2009, Ben completed the course Music Supervision For Film & TV at UCLA Extension.

 

THE STORY OF…

“EL DOPA”

1997 was drawing to a close. I was a sophomore at UC Irvine and was about to start my own radio show on KUCI 88.9 fm. My first official stint as a DJ. I’d call the show Extreme Possibilities, but what would I call myself? I needed a DJ name. Something told me this was a very important decision although I had no specific plans for becoming a DJ, I just knew I loved music. The name couldn’t be just anything that sounded cool. But it did have to sound cool, too. I dwelled on it for several days, as did my buddies of course. “How about DJ Klinger-The-Zinger-Bringer?” Hmmm…

So the TV was on, and playing was the movie Awakenings, with Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams. It’s based on a true story, and Williams plays Dr. Oliver Sacks, who is trying to treat DeNiro and several other patients suffering from a strange and rare neurological disorder that leaves them in a catatonic state. They have very limited awareness, and cannot move. The only time they can move on their own is by a reflexive reaction.

Dr. Sacks experimented with a drug known as L-dopa, which derived from the neurochemical dopamine. When released by our brains, in short, dopamine makes us feel good. After several attempts with different doses, L-dopa was finally able to “wake up” DeNiro’s character, his mind and body, and he was able to experience the world for the first time in 25 years, captivated by all its beauty. In fact, music helped tremendously with “awakening” these patients to get up, walk, and even dance, whereas before, they were lifeless shells of themselves.

So I put my own spin on the spelling, and voila! DJ El Dopa was born.