Frequently Asked Questions
What additional types of events do you service?
Weddings, Anniversaries, Baby Showers, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Birthdays, Bridal Showers, Corporate Events, Debutante Balls, Eco-Friendly/Green Weddings, Engagement Parties, Graduations, Holiday Parties, Ceremonies, Memorials, Proms, Quinceaneras, Sweet 16s, and Beach Weddings, LGBT Weddings.
How long have you been in business?
I’ve been a Professional DJ for over 11 years.
How many employees are in your company:
What music genres are in your collection?
I have all music genres in my collection and if I do not have a specific song I will get it.
Is your music legal or do you use bootleg songs?
My music comes from a service, the same one many of the radio stations use.
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
There is no limit to the amount of music requested, just as long as it all fits in the time frame of the event.
What is your usual attire?
I dress for the occasion. For weddings I am usually in a tuxedo unless asked to dress otherwise.
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
No...I will find the songs requested prior to the event. If they have a special song that is not available for download into my system, then they may certainly provide it.
How many other DJs do you work with?
I am the main DJ, but I have a partner that is available as needed.
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
My minimum time for Weddings is four hours. Other events may vary some.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Yes...I prefer meeting with clients prior to booking or prior to the event to go over any questions they may have, but it is not required.
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
No, but I have done events of Hispanic, African, and Greek cultures that were included in the music selections.
Can the client submit ado-not-play list?
Yes. It is your day and we play what you want.
Do you bring your own equipment?
Yes. I have several sounds systems and other equipment (up-lights, projectors, screens,etc.) for any event.
What (if any) special equipment, such as lighting, is offered with your service?
I offer: up-lights, slideshow with screen and projector, pipe and drape, fog machine, bubble machine, Karaoke equipment, wireless microphones, and laser lights.
How much time do you usually need to set up? Do you require that the site or client provide a table for you to set up?
I arrive to the event at least one hour prior for set-up. I prefer site provide a table but I do have one in cases where they are not available.
Do you have any extra space requirements?
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
Motivation is different depending on the audience. I watch closely to gauge the guests on the type of music that grabs their interest and verbally encourage them to dance. I am more of a moderate DJ in terms of performance style. But remember there are some crowds that do not want to dance and nothing will make them if they do not want to.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I do not require breaks of meals from the clients, but of course if I am there for duration of the event it is certainly appreciated.
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
My system would play music during any breaks that are taken.
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I have a DJ backup as well as work with other DJ companies that help each other out in those situations.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
Yes, but only if the locations and timing gives me plenty of time to give for each event.
What is your over time rate?
My over time rate is $150 an hour for Weddings.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
I only charge for travel if over 100 miles.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
Event deposits are $200 for weddings to reserve/secure my services.
Do you take requests?
This is your choice. Normally, I do take requests from your guests, unless you specify otherwise, I try not to take request from children. However, I try to ensure that requests are appropriate for the occasion and that it is something that people will dance to. Metallica Eminem and Korn usually don't get heard at too many of my receptions, unless of course you specifically ask for it.
Do you allow guest to play songs from their IPOD or
phone if you do not have the song they request?
No, if it is a song you want then please request it in advance. If everyone starts playing songs off their IPOD things can get out of hand, and I have no control over them. Also there may be explicit words that your grandmother may not want to hear.
Is it customary to tip my DJ?
This is one of those questions that you want to ask, but are afraid to. My response is, "it's up to you." A tip is something that someone gives for good service,whether it is at a restaurant, barbershop, or wedding reception. A tip should never be asked for. If you feel that good service was given then feel free to tip that person, if you don't feel that good service was given, then don't. I feel that a tip should never be expected. Those that expect a tip are in the wrong profession!
We want to show a memory video during the reception,
can you help?
Yes, I have the equipment (LCD projector, screen, and DVD player)
available to rent for the presentation. I'll also bring the necessary
cables so that the music from the presentation plays through my sound
Can you provide references?
You bet! Just ask and I’m more than happy to provide you with a list of previous clients that have offered to be a reference for a potential client. Also watch the video testimonials provided.
What if my mom wants things a little “differently” than
When I book a wedding,I book with either the Bride or the Groom.
While in most instances, it’s the parents paying for the event, I take my
directions from the Bride and Groom. This eliminates any confusion if the
situation may arise where“Aunt Mary” comes to me and says that the bride’s mom wants to do such and such. If it wasn’t something that was planned, I’ll discuss it with the Bride and Groom to get their approval. While these types of situations are rare, they can be a Bride & Groom’s (not to mention the DJ’s) worst nightmare. This is why it’s best to communicate with everyone well before the event, so there are no surprises that night. While I do my best to make sure everyone is happy and has a great time, ultimately, it’s the Bride & Groom who I’m there to help make it the night you expect.
Why should I hire a DJ when I can just use my iPod and rent
a sound system?
An experienced DJ will be able to read your crowd and react to
their musical tastes. While you may load an iPod up with a lot of songs you may like, think about your guests. The most talked about receptions are where the guests are having a fun time and the dance floor is busy. You’ve heard the term “silence is golden”, well not when it comes to DJ’ing. One of my pet peeves is to have silence between songs. You want your music to flow from song to song, not starting and stopping.
My music library spans from the1940’s through the current songs of today. Chances are I’ve got the music that will cater to most everyone on your guest list. It would take a lot of time and effort to plan out a play list for a reception. Sure it could be done, but it offers no flexibility.
Aside from the music, an iPod can’t handle all of the other particulars that take place during a reception,such as introductions, dismissing tables for the buffet line, announcing bouquet/garter toss, interacting with the crowd, etc. While it may be away to cut costs of the reception, it will have a greater impact on the quality of the night. Your guests will be talking about it for a long time, but unfortunately not in a good way.
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