Heat From the Kitchen

dj & party starter!


zak kowal


Hi, thanks for checking out my website! A little about me, I was an Athletic Director, PE Teacher and Coach at an independent school in the Bay Area. This year I've decided to be a stay at home dad with my two daughters! I'm originally from the East Coast, but have now settled in the Bay Area. I love working in the community and with kids of all ages.

I also have a passion for music; producing, performing, and DJing. I love helping people have a good time! I do weddings, school dances, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, fundraisers and parties.  Contact me via phone or email to inquire about rates, scheduling, and availability. 


ph. 510-710-4734





I'm great with kids, families, and adults, as well as the wedding crowd. I work with you to create the playlist you want to give your event the vibe and feel you are looking for. My set up is simple and I bring all my equipment with me, unless you have a specific set up you want that needs to be rented separately. 

School Dances



Bar Mitzvahs / Bat Mitzvahs




Zak was so great to work with and the kids said it was the best dance ever!
— Nick W., Middle School Teacher
Zak was great! He worked with us from day one to get the right music for cocktails, dinner and dancing. He picked a great mix, and even got my parents’ friends out there with some Jackson 5. Totally easy to work with. Highly recommend him.
— Peter A.
We hired Zak for our wedding and couldn’t have asked for a better DJ. The music was perfect for every part of the wedding and he had everyone on the dance floor. A great combination of professional and fun, which is just what you want in a DJ.
— Caroline O.
Just wow. Zak made the wedding of our dreams come true! Neither of us could believe that the dance floor was full all night and that he kept everyone happy from Gangster Rap, to line dances, to MoTown. Zak made it all happen. He had amazing organization, professionalism and obvious talent. He went beyond DJing into party planning and kept us on schedule!
— Amanda B.
Heat from the Kitchen was the DJ for a large family dance our school hosted with students from 2nd grade through high school including many parents. He did a masterful job of keeping everyone happy and entertained. I’d recommend him to any group with no hesitation.
— Jill J.


Contact me to inquire about rates and availability. 


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