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A Paul Drake Production

Arlington Heights , IL

LOCATION

Arlington Heights, IL US 60005 (map)

PHONE

847-577-8729

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Serving Chicagoland from Arlington Heights since 1985, we are a full time Disc Jockey, Video and Photography service. You can count on us to help with details. When do you announce the... Read more
Serving Chicagoland from Arlington Heights since 1985, we are a full time Disc Jockey, Video and Photography service. You can count on us to help with details. When do you announce the bridal party, or bring in the celebrated bar mitzvah boy, what to play, when to play it. Who gives blessings at the reception, poor the wine, break the bread, cut the cake. It is all part of your event, so hire us and relax!! We would love to speak with you one the phone. 847-577-TRAX (8729) Looking to hear from you soon, Paul & Cheryl Drake Read less
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INFO FOR DJ

What music genres are in your collection?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing, World
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Describe your DJ style:
Elegant, accomodating, knowlegable, smooth.
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
No limit, but you should allow for some requests.
What is your usual attire?
Tux is standard for weddings, we are are ready for back yard to black tie.
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
No, unless it is a home recording of something unusual.
How many other DJs do you work with?
5 and one in back up.
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
1 hour.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
We suggest a meeting a week before your wedding day.
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
Spanish, Greek and many others.
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
Yes, let us know about that "I hate it song"
Do you bring your own equipment?
Yes, amps, lights, mixers, speakers, power cords, patch cords
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
Intelligent lighting, L.E.D. is the latest along with lazer.
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 on?
One hour is good for most events, yes we need a table, unless you require us to bring one and it is available.
Do you have any extra space requirements?
No.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Yes, we can leave it off if requested.
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
Your call, we can MC or remain on the quiet side.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
Changing the type and volume usually works. We watch to see who is in the room, or even ask for a request.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
It is nice to know if you are feeding us, we will know not to eat before. We usually do not take breaks.
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
That is the normal situation, we do not take breaks unless asked to sit down for dinner.
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
We have DJ's in the wings, ready if something happens.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
Usually not.
What is your overtime rate?
$ 80 / half hour unless otherwise stated.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
No charge for travel, unless out of state, tolls & parking.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
$200 to $400

REVIEWS

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Katie
Wedding:
9/8/2012
4.7/5.0
Great DJ and great personality!!! Everyone had a blast at our wedding with the awesome tunes. I highly recommend him if you want more bang for your buck!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
They did a great job with both music and videographing everything although we haven't seen our video yet but I know it'll be great. They were very easy to work with and I would definitely recommend them to anyone!
Services Used: DJ, Videography
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Lisa
Wedding:
5/25/2012
5.0/5.0
We hired DJ Paul Drake for a fundraiser event in May- To Raise Awareness of Connective Tissue Disorders/ Fundraiser for Ehlers Danlos National Foundation/ Belly Dance Show in Schaumburg. He was very easy to work with & made the event run smoothly. Very reasonably priced for his years of experience! I had no problems making contact prior to the event to discuss details. We would reccomend his DJ services & will be contacting him for our next event.
Services Used: DJ
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Linda
Wedding:
5/11/2012
5.0/5.0
We have used Paul Drake as our DJ for our bowling banquet for the past several years. Paul is awesome to work with and makes the night fun with great music. He reads the crowd well and knows just what to play at the right time. I highly recommend him. Keep up the great work Paul!!!
Services Used: DJ
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Ash
Wedding:
7/26/2008
2.6/5.0
My wife and I wrote the below 0.0 review for our wedding on 7-26-08. Recently we were contacted by Paul Drake regarding the review. We wrote it seveal days after the event, and having now been seveal months removed from it, were asked to reconsider the harshness of our comments.

Postive: This was a great value for the cost we paid. This was originally our main factor in hiring his services. We explained our detailed music requests in advance, and he assured us it would not be a problem. He was very easy going and casual to work with. He was also able to be provide us with additional video equipment on short notice. On the day of the ceremony he was prompt, and the set up was well done. He played very classy music during the outdoor ceremony, and even agreed to stay longer at the end of the night, as people were still dancing.

Negative: We had a very difficult time contacting him the weeks and days prior to the event. We e-mailed and left several messages, that were never returned. We purchased several songs we wanted played that the dj did not have, and mailed him the copies of it, all at our expense. This music was not played at all. Included in this music was a spefic version of a song our entire wedding party had learned a dance to and practiced for months. He played the wrong version of the song, which threw the entire dance off, causing us all to be out of synch. We also sent the phoenic spelling of our wedding party's names prior to the wedding, but were upset to find he was asking our party to provide this info as they were standing in the line to be introduced. We asked the dj on several occasions during the night to start certain things, such as the video montage, garter toss, etc. This may have been pickiness on our part, but it caused us great distress to conduct our own event on what was supposed to be an otherwise carefree day.
Services Used: DJ
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Julie
Wedding:
9/22/2007
3.9/5.0
DJ- Pleasant to deal with. Very friendly and fun. Didn't play a lot of the music we requested.
Videography- Neat effects. Audio was not great during ceremony part.
Photography- A lot of nice shots. Most ceremony shots are very blurry. Pleasant to deal with though.
Services Used: DJ, Photography, Videography
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Katherine
Wedding:
6/10/2006
4.4/5.0
Everything was great, the price was right, my only complaint was that they played a song on my do not play list, but at that point I didn't really mind.
Services Used: DJ
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Douglas
Wedding:
5/27/1989
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough about the services that were provided. We did not seek them out first. We went to a company called Sounds Music, who took our $100 deposit, and then cashed it and claimed they never got it. Paul Drake himself took $100 off of my DJ services for the troubles with the other company, and through in all the extra's as well. Wow! Never thought that would happen.

He paid great attention to our wants. Went out of his way to make sure that all the music was played as we asked, and when we asked. He was very entertaining and keep all the people on the dance floor.

When he introduced the wedding party, he did an very professional job.

I have been to many many weddings since 1989 and use Paul Drake and Paul Drake Products as the Gold Standard to compare other DJ's by.

None of the work I have seen by others, even come close to the professional quality done by him.

Paul and Cheryl offered to do a video job for us. We declined, not due to their quality or money, but fear from what we what seen from other videos.

We wished we had gone with the service, and when I mentioned that to them, they took our videos from friends and complied a very very professional video from the poor quality videos I gave them. The charge was extremely reasonable.

Want a great DJ, call Paul Drake
Want a great Wedding Video, call Cheryl Drake
What a couple, what a company
Services Used: DJ, Videography

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