FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why should I hire a DJ instead of a band?
Is set-up time included in your price?
Do you take breaks?
Do you take requests?
Can we choose the music to be played at our event or wedding?
Can we have a “Do Not Play” list?
What types of music do you have?
Do you have professional equipment?
Do you have back-up equipment?
Do you offer the option of a wireless microphone for a speeches or toasts?
Do you offer a written contract?
Is there a deposit to reserve the date of my event and when is the final payment due?
What is your cancellation policy?
Why should I hire a DJ through you versus booking one through an large entertainment agency?
What backup resources do you have if the dj suddenly becomes ill and cannot perform at our event?
Can we see you perform at an upcoming event or wedding?
Do you offer lighting and special effects?
What attire will you wear at my event or wedding?
What are your requirements that I need to inform my wedding or event coordinator prior to my wedding?
Do you hang banners or signs telling everyone who you are?
Is tipping expected?
Should we feed the DJ?
How early should I book you?
Is overtime available?
What are your rates & will you match a price quote of a competitor?

Why should I hire a DJ instead of a band?

A professional DJ carries thousands of songs of many different genres from party classics to brand new Top 40 hits. Bands play the songs of their choice and regardless of how good a band is, they do not sound like the original artists.  The advantage of having a DJ is you have more flexibility with the playlist and bands will take two, 15-20 minute breaks for 4 hours of contracted service. A DJ plays virtually non-stop from start to finish. As far as pricing goes, you can hire a professional DJ for $5,000-$7,000 less than the price of a band for a wedding, for example. (Back to Top)

Is set-up time included in your price?

Yes. We typically arrive one to two hours prior to your scheduled start time and perform a soundcheck. (Back to Top)

Do you take breaks?>

No. Our services are non-stop from your contracted start time until the conclusion of your event. (Back to Top)

Do you take requests?

Yes. We not only play them, we encourage them. We will play requests as long as they can be implemented into the proper flow of music and the request is appropriate for your event. We are not going to play Metallica during dinner just because it was requested. If given a suitable request, we will make every effort to play it. (Back to Top)

an we choose the music to be played at our event or wedding?

Yes. We suggest you provide us with a request list of 10 “must play” songs and 10-15 “play if possible” songs. This will leave plenty of room for requests and DJ selections. Our djs can read the crowd and know what songs work and won’t work by evaluating crowd response and the age demographic of your guests. It’s not in your best interest to select every song. (Back to Top)

Can we have a “Do Not Play” list?

Yes. We highly recommend you create a Do Not Play list. Be careful of absolute generalizations, especially when it comes to music. It’s completely understandable if you have specific songs you just do not want played at your event. But to exclude an entire category of music may be shortsighted. For example, I’ve had some clients tell me they don’t want any Rap. That would then exclude Usher, Will Smith, Nelly and much of the hottest current dance music. Music their guests may really want to hear and will dance to at the drop of a hat. The power of music is that it’s an inclusive thing that brings people together. Being open to the musical possibility a situation may call for frees up your DJ to be creative and let your party flow naturally. You may not like a certain type of music but many of your guests might, so I would suggest strongly that you consider allowing it (assuming it’s non-offensive) if that’s what makes your guests happy. I have clients that have very diverse tastes and they don’t really care for a lot of the dance music today, mostly, because of the profanity, so don’t be afraid to tell your DJ that you want radio edited or clean versions of music played. (Back to Top)

What types of music do you have?

We carry thousands of songs of various genres such as Top 40, Oldies, Motown, Easy Listening, Disco, Country, Classic Rock, Modern Rock, 80′s Rock, Hip Hop, 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, 90′s, R & B, etc. We obtain new music regularly through a professional media service that is exclusive to radio stations and DJs. (Back to Top)

Do you have professional equipment?

Yes. Our sound system is highly maintained, well-organized and consists of all top-of-the-line digital audio products from the most trusted names in DJ business. All audio components are rack-mounted in compact road cases and can accommodate most any venue, small or large. (Back to Top)

Do you have back-up equipment?

Yes. Our primary sound system is tested regularly and highly maintained to insure optimum performance. We have certain redundancies built into our systems in the unlikely event of a breakdown. We’ve never had to cancel an event due to a system problem. We upgrade our systems every couple of years. (Back to Top)

Do you offer the option of a wireless microphone for a speeches or toasts?

Yes. We offer the option of wireless microphones plus we have wired microphones with every system. Aside from the traditional best man or maid/matron of honor toast, we will not hand a microphone to a guest who suddenly decides to take it upon themselves to make an impromptu speech. All toasts and speeches must be approved by you prior to your reception because overzealous, intoxicated guests will ramble, use profanity and make off-color remarks and it’s embarrassing for everyone. (Back to Top)

Do you offer a written contract?

Yes. Our contract is straight-forward so you can easily understand the terms. Your signed contract and deposit officially reserves your date. A binding contract not only protects you, but it offers you peace of mind that you have hired a professional. We have booked last minute events and weddings from hysterical clients whose DJ either disappeared off the face of the earth or booked another job. In every instance, they didn’t have a written contract with their DJ. Do not hire any vendor who does not offer a written contract. (Back to Top)

Is there a deposit to reserve the date of my event and when is the final payment due?

We require a non-refundable deposit and signed contract returned within 10 days to reserve your requested date. The remaining balance is due fourteen (14) days before your wedding date. There is a $50 fee for checks returned for insufficient funds for any reason. Note : I do not accept credit cards. The amount of the deposit is going to be dependent on price of the event. (Back to Top)

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellation for any reason forfeits the deposit, no exceptions.
Cancellation within 30 days of date requires 50% of the balance.
Cancellation within 10 days of date requires full payment of the balance.
Cancellation due to inclement weather must be received no later than 12pm the day before your event date. Your payment (non-transferable) may be applied to a future event booking within one year of your original contracted date. (Back to Top)

Why should I hire a DJ through you versus booking one through an large entertainment agency?

When booking through a large agency you don’t always have the luxury of personally meeting the DJ candidates. You may see a few minutes of video but it is difficult to measure the DJ’s temperament, personality, spontaneity and ability to communicate based on that. Usually you do not speak directly to your DJ at one of these companies. Your information or question is transferred via a third-party and can be distorted, miscommunicated or lost. This is why a personal interview of your DJ entertainment is so crucial. (Back to Top)

What backup resources do you have if the dj suddenly becomes ill and cannot perform at our event?

In the unlikely event of an illness, physical injury or personal emergency, we have DJ associates that would be able to cover the booking. We have not missed a function, ever. (Back to Top)

Can we see you perform at an upcoming event or wedding?

If we are performing at a public event you are more than welcome to come out and visit us. We do not invite prospective clients to private events or weddings we are performing at. Out of respect for all clients to keep their event or wedding private. With weddings these are formal events and very close attention is paid to the guest list and we are sure you would not want uninvited guests at your wedding. It’s unprofessional to conduct prospective business on someone else’s watch. We do not conduct any prospective business aside from a simple exchange of a business card. (Back to Top)

Do you offer lighting and special effects?

Yes. We offer several lighting packages of which are customized to the needs of your particular event. (Back to Top)

What attire will you wear at my event or wedding?

Our djs will wear event appropriate attire. Make sure that you inform your dj what the dress code will be for the event. Casual, business casual, or formal. Even for more casual events we require our djs to maintain a professional look. (Back to Top)

What are your requirements that I need to inform my wedding or event coordinator prior to my wedding?

We require a location near the dance floor and within 25 feet of grounded 120 volt, 20 amp power source in good working order. Depending on the particular dj package, more electricity may be required. We also require a minimum of 8′ of clearance to properly mount the speaker system. Please discuss where the DJ will be located with your coordinator. Some venues will place the DJ at the far end of the room away from everyone to save table space. It’s very important that we are located near the dance floor. (Back to Top)

Do you hang banners or signs telling everyone who you are?

Absolutely not. We do not display or promote the business name with any signs, banners or any promotional materials aside from a unobtrusive stack of business cards. We let my style and performance do the advertising for us. If someone is interested in our services after observing our performance, they don’t need a sales pitch, they need a business card. (Back to Top)

Is tipping expected?

By no means is gratuity expected. If you feel one of our djs have surpassed your expectations and want to offer gratuity, our dj would accept it as the utmost compliment. (Back to Top)

Should we feed the DJ?

Providing a meals is completely up to you. If you choose to provide meals, our dj would greatly appreciate it, but you are not obligated. (Back to Top)

How early should I book you?

You should be prepared to sign a contract as soon as you have booked your reception venue. Friday and Saturday availability during the summer and fall months can book one or two years in advance. However, if you are planning on short notice, it’s still worth your while inquiring for availability. (Back to Top)

Is overtime available?

After the contracted time has expired, overtime is available (with consent of reception venue). Your overtime rate is listed in the price clause of your contract. Overtime is available in 30 minute increments and must be requested one hour prior to the conclusion of your event. (Back to Top)

What are your rates & will you match a price quote of a competitor?

Our prices are based on the custom package we design for you. With that being said it is very important that you place ability and professionalism over pricing. Hiring a DJ by price alone is the worst method of comparison. It’s too risky. I’ve heard the stories about budget DJs not showing up, showing up late, DJs who use poor quality sound systems or DJs who botch weddings because of lack of experience and ability. Hire your DJ by style and ability first, then consider pricing. When all is said and done, no one remembers the dresses, flowers, appetizers or what kind of chicken they had for dinner, but everyone remembers a bad DJ.

We do not post prices online as every wedding is different. Please contact us for a price quote. There’s a misconception that a DJ shows up, plays a few hours of music and goes home. We wish it were that easy, but it’s much more work than it seems. For a wedding we will make phone calls to your wedding coordinator, follow-up emails and phone calls regarding introductions and music, creating a timeline for your reception and searching for and purchasing your requested music. This work is all prior to your wedding, prior to the actual performance. In addition to preparation and performance, there are many expenses that are not directly associated with your wedding that we need to account for. System maintenance and upgrades, auto and liability insurance, gas, website domain and hosting fees, cellular and business phone bills, Internet broadband service, office supplies, postage, advertising, monthly subscriptions, etc. The cost of doing business as a reputable DJ company is always overlooked when people are price shopping.

We recognize the importance of this day and we take every event or wedding very seriously. This business isn’t a hobby to us unlike the hacks with beat-up systems who dabble on the weekends with little to no wedding experience. Our service (sales, administration, event preparation and performance) and experience, overall ability and easygoing personality is why we are an excellent choice for djs. (Back to Top)

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