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Backthird Entertainment

Aurora , IL
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LOCATION

67 S. Stolp Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506 US (map)

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630-264-2366

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ABOUT US

Stop freaking out.

Whoever told you wedding planning should be hard was lying. Meet your DJ now, before you book. Bring your ideas and concerns; we'll sort through them with... Read more
Stop freaking out.

Whoever told you wedding planning should be hard was lying. Meet your DJ now, before you book. Bring your ideas and concerns; we'll sort through them with you and then build a plan to match.

Your plan could include live jazz or a pop strings group. Or you can have your DJ run the whole day.

If that's not helpful, book somebody else. If it is - check a whole lot off your list.

Visit backthird.com now for a table of possible wedding approaches... or watch the 90-second video on this page to see how we make it all okay.



happy made easy

• DJ, jazz and pop strings - in whatever combination is right for your event. Your style at your budget.

• Complete solutions - music, sound, MC and event coordination for the entire wedding

• Relational service - meet your DJ before you book. Work personally with the people who will actually be at your wedding.

To view artist video, visit www.backthird.com. To set up a no-obligation meeting with the actual DJ for your event, call us at 630-264-2366. Read less
DJ , Band , Ceremony Music

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INFO FOR BAND

Are you an agency or a band?
Band
What is the size of your band?
Medium (4-6 musicians), Small (1-3 musicians)
What music genre does your band play?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Blues, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, R&B, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
What is your band's usual attire?
Dressy black suits, skirts and blouses. No corny tuxes or vests.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Visit www.backthird.com for video.
Are you willing to learn songs that you do not currently know?
Yes. Since our ensembles play ceremony, cocktail and dinner music (and our DJs handle the dance music and MC services), we're most often asked about special requests for your wedding ceremony.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
Depends on the specific situation. In general, 1-2 hours.
How much space do you usually require?
At your first meeting with us, we'll review your needs and your venue to make sure the ensemble size and combination of musicians and DJs is the right fit. If you're booking a quartet, 10' x 12' is ideal - but we can work with smaller spaces. DJs only require a 6' table. Live cocktail and dinner ensembles can usually set up on your dance floor and break down before dancing begins.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Some artists have music stands with their logos on them. We think these look classy, not promotional - and they keep guests from asking you "who are these guys?" all night. But we can swap them out for blank stands if you're not into it.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
We provide all sound equipment for reception and, if you require it, ceremony. We're not believes in the "disco ball" wedding however. Cocktail and dinner ensembles bring sound but not lighting; DJs bring a basic dance lighting setup that is optional for you. We ARE big believers in uplighting and can transform your room for not much extra.
Do you usually emcee the event, or talk between songs?
Our belief is that if the first three hours of your reception are a disorganized mess, your guests won't feel much like dancing. We MC your entire event - including grand entrances, toasts and speeches - so you won't have to sweat the schedule. Once dancing begins, however, music is non-stop and talking is kept to a minimum.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
We're believers in the idea that the right crowd + the right music = the right result. If the dance floor is slow, we'll change to a different type of music within the guidelines we've already established with you in advance. We don't believe in shouting at your guests or otherwise begging, bribing or tricking them onto the dance floor. People dance when they're relaxed and enjoying the music, not when a DJ is embarrassing them (or himself).
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you need a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Live musicians usually require two 15-minute breaks in a three-hour period. It's our preference to structure these with the natural flow of your party so guests never feel as if the party has been put on hold. DJs don't take breaks. If you book live musicians and a DJ together, the DJ will fill any musician breaks.
 
 We ask that you feed any performers who will be at your event for more than 3 hours. If this isn't practical, we ask your permission for us to eat something on the sly during the event. We will not leave your reception - and the performance may suffer if we're weak from malnutrition - so this seems a sensible alternative.
Do you play recorded music during your break?
Yes. I mean, unless someone's giving a toast or something.
If one or more of the band members is unable to attend, what is your backup plan?
We have a pool of musicians an DJs we regularly work with. In the event of an emergency, a musician of comparable talent will fill in.
What is your overtime rate?
We can work overtime, but we rarely do... Because it's always cheaper (and less stressful) to book your full event now than to try to decide in the middle of your wedding what time things should end.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
We will travel anywhere within a 50-mile radius at no extra charge. Outside of the Chicago area, travel fees may apply. Ask us when we meet with you.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
This also varies depending on the services booked. Call 630-264-2366 to set up a meeting; we'll create some options to fit your specific needs and let you know the cost and deposit for each.

INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Quintet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Drums, Flute, Guitar, Harp, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin
What is your usual attire?
Men in black suits and ties; women in black skirts or dresses.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Visit our website (www.backthird.com) to see video of pop string groups, jazz groups and classical wedding groups.
How much time do you usually need for setup?
30 minutes to an hour, depending on the needs of your wedding and location.
How much space do you usually require?
This depends on the number of musicians you use! Call 630-264-2366 to set up a meeting; we'll listen to your tastes and needs and suggest ensembles and fit your wedding.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Travel is free within the Chicago area. If your wedding is outside of Illinois or a long way from the city, travel expenses may apply. Ask when you meet with us!

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, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Describe your DJ style:
We work for clients who are looking for a blend of traditional and personal at their wedding celebrations. What's this look like? It's different every time. So our guys (and girls) don't have a schtick or a "wedding routine" - we have a customer service philosophy that centers on meeting and communicating with you early and often so we can understand how to help realize your vision.
 
 If your wedding is Star Wars, you're the Jedi knight. Your DJ is Yoda. But, you know, more eloquent.
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
How long is your wedding? A typical 6-hour reception might include time for 100 or so songs. We prefer that you identify a maximum of 5 or 10 songs that are "must plays," then put other requests on a "play if possible" list so your DJ knows how to prioritize. We also ask you about genre preferences, so if you're the kind of couple who prefers to say "we dig jazz and rock, you figure out the details" - that's great too.
What is your usual attire?
Black suits. No cheesy vests or tuxes.
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
No - we make sure that any requests made in advance are ready to go at your wedding. If we don't already have a song you want, we buy it. The only exception: if you have very specific ethnic or world music requests that may not be widely available for purchase in the United States, we'll ask you to provide us with these tracks.
How many other DJs do you work with?
You'll have a team of two DJs at your wedding - your primary DJ/MC, and an assistant DJ who can help control the music while your DJ is interacting with you and your guests.
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
You can book us for as few as 3 hours, but it's less cost-effective to do so. Most weddings are 5- or 6-hour events. We cannot provide a DJ for only "part" of your reception as this would require us to set up or tear down while your party is going on - not a recipe for success.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Yes. Your first meeting is more than a "sales meeting" - it's an initial planning meeting where you'll get a sense of what it's like to work with your DJ and put exact packages together based on what you want and need. We don't ask you to sign anything until AFTER you've done all that with your actual DJ.
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
Our DJs have experience performing Indian, Korean and Latin American and weddings, as well as weddings for mixed cultures and blended families. Actually it's our philosophy that "fusion" is something that happens at every wedding - unless your guests will all be of the same age, race, culture and gender.
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
You'll submit a "Do Not Play," a "Must Play" and a "Play if Possible" list, along with a number of other requests and guidelines for your DJ. Then you'll review his agenda with him personally to answer questions and ensure that he understands all of your needs.
Do you bring your own equipment?
DJs provide all sound equipment and basic, non-cheesy dance-floor lighting. Uplighting is also available - ask when you meet with your DJ.
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?
DJs usually arrive an hour or more in advance. A small table is preferred for setup, but your DJ will discuss these details with your catering director in advance of the wedding day so you don't need to sweat them.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
No! We'll have a few business cards available in case your guests ask for one - but we don't advertise at your wedding.
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
Our belief is that if the first three hours of your reception are a disorganized mess, your guests won't feel much like dancing. We MC the entire event - including grand entrances, toasts and speeches - so you won't have to sweat the schedule. Once dancing begins, however, music is non-stop and talking is kept to a minimum.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
We're believers in the idea that the right crowd + the right music = the right result. If the dance floor is slow, we'll change to a different type of music within the guidelines we've already established with you in advance. We don't believe in shouting at your guests or otherwise begging, bribing or tricking them onto the dance floor. People dance when they're relaxed and enjoying the music, not when a bandleader or DJ is embarrassing them (or himself).
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
DJs don't take breaks. Live musicians usually require two 15-minute breaks in a three-hour period. It's our preference to structure these with the natural flow of your party so guests never feel as if the party has been put on hold. If you book a band and DJ together, the DJ will fill band breaks, playing as much or as little as you (and your guests) like.
 
 We ask that you feed any performers who will be at your event for more than 3 hours. If this isn't practical, we ask your permission for us to eat something on the sly during the event. We will not leave your reception - and the performance may suffer if we're weak from malnutrition - so this seems a sensible alternative.
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Backthird has 7 DJs on staff, but we never book them all on the same night. We also maintain strong relationships with other professional DJs and DJ companies we trust. If your DJ is ill or has an emergency, it's our problem - not yours. We'll replace your DJ with another capable professional - and notify you asap so you're not surprised to see an unexpected face at your reception.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
Individual DJs only perform at one event per day.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Travel is free within the Chicago area. If your wedding is outside of Illinois or a long way from the city, travel expenses may apply. Ask when you meet with us!
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
This varies depending on the services booked. Call 630-264-2366 to set up a meeting; we'll create some options to fit your specific needs and let you know the cost and deposit for each.

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Anonymous
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Recently Married
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Kelvon was AMAZING!!

I must admit my husband and I were nervous to hire a DJ as the DJ is one of the MOST important selections you can make for your event, but we are SO glad that we chose to go with Back Third and Kelvon specifically!!

I was a hot mess before my wedding and Kelvon was very laid back and relaxed. He was open to suggestions and when we had none, he went out of his way and provided us links with suggestions and ideas for popular songs as well as some of his favorites in a timely manner. It took a lot of the "where do we start" stress off of the event!

His professionalism before the event, and during, were a true value. During preparations he was very easy to get a hold of whenever I had questions or concerns and directed us step by step with reception timelines, making sure to bring up common questions and details I never thought of before. He made this very nervous bride feel comfortable and confident in her choices.

When the reception came he was PERFECT! With just a few ideas of the types of music my husband and I liked, Kelvon was able to skillfully keep the night filled with fun, special moments, and had people on the dance floor all night! He really helped make our night so very very special!

Thank you so much Kelvon!!!!
Kelvon was AMAZING!!

I must admit my husband and I were nervous to hire a DJ as the DJ is one of the MOST Read more...
Kelvon was AMAZING!!

I must admit my husband and I were nervous to hire a DJ as the DJ is one of the MOST important selections you can make for your event, but we are SO glad that we chose to go with Back Third and Kelvon specifically!!

I was a hot mess before my wedding and Kelvon was very laid back and relaxed. He was open to suggestions and when we had none, he went out of his way and provided us links with suggestions and ideas for popular songs as well as some of his favorites in a timely manner. It took a lot of the "where do we start" stress off of the event!

His professionalism before the event, and during, were a true value. During preparations he was very easy to get a hold of whenever I had questions or concerns and directed us step by step with reception timelines, making sure to bring up common questions and details I never thought of before. He made this very nervous bride feel comfortable and confident in her choices.

When the reception came he was PERFECT! With just a few ideas of the types of music my husband and I liked, Kelvon was able to skillfully keep the night filled with fun, special moments, and had people on the dance floor all night! He really helped make our night so very very special!

Thank you so much Kelvon!!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had DJ Derek with Backthird for our wedding. From the first day we met Derek we knew we were making the right choice. First, Backthird makes planning incredibly easy with a website. In the personalized website, you can input your entire timeline, all the key songs, some must-haves, some don't-plays, and all the genres you do and don't like. Since we had our ceremony in the same venue as the reception, Derek was also able to do our ceremony music. This went perfectly. For the whole night, we heard all the music we wanted and nothing that we didn't want. Derek's playlist for us was spot on and the dance floor was never empty. We, and our friends and family, had a blast!
We had DJ Derek with Backthird for our wedding. From the first day we met Derek we knew we were making the right choice. Read more...
We had DJ Derek with Backthird for our wedding. From the first day we met Derek we knew we were making the right choice. First, Backthird makes planning incredibly easy with a website. In the personalized website, you can input your entire timeline, all the key songs, some must-haves, some don't-plays, and all the genres you do and don't like. Since we had our ceremony in the same venue as the reception, Derek was also able to do our ceremony music. This went perfectly. For the whole night, we heard all the music we wanted and nothing that we didn't want. Derek's playlist for us was spot on and the dance floor was never empty. We, and our friends and family, had a blast! Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
8/8/2014
5.0/5.0
DJ Derek was the best! From our first consultation meeting to the last song of our wedding day, he was professional, knowledgeable, upbeat, and fun. He took our musical tastes into consideration and crafted a unique and memorable soundtrack for dinner. And during the rest of the reception, he stayed attuned to the crowd's tastes while also staying true to our Must Play list. He was also a wonderful MC, keeping the entire event flowing smoothly and keeping us all on schedule. We could not have asked for a better DJ, and we would highly recommend Backthird Audio to anyone!
DJ Derek was the best! From our first consultation meeting to the last song of our wedding day, he was professional, Read more...
DJ Derek was the best! From our first consultation meeting to the last song of our wedding day, he was professional, knowledgeable, upbeat, and fun. He took our musical tastes into consideration and crafted a unique and memorable soundtrack for dinner. And during the rest of the reception, he stayed attuned to the crowd's tastes while also staying true to our Must Play list. He was also a wonderful MC, keeping the entire event flowing smoothly and keeping us all on schedule. We could not have asked for a better DJ, and we would highly recommend Backthird Audio to anyone! Read less
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Missi
Wedding:
6/27/2014
5.0/5.0
We originally weren't going to hire a DJ but at the last minute we decided to find someone- like three weeks before ! Benjie worked with us to get just what we envisioned. He included live music for our ceremony that was simply amazing. And then got us through dinner and our evening 'fun' by rocking it out. Thanks to Benjie and Backthird for really coming through for us!!
We originally weren't going to hire a DJ but at the last minute we decided to find someone- like three weeks before ! Read more...
We originally weren't going to hire a DJ but at the last minute we decided to find someone- like three weeks before ! Benjie worked with us to get just what we envisioned. He included live music for our ceremony that was simply amazing. And then got us through dinner and our evening 'fun' by rocking it out. Thanks to Benjie and Backthird for really coming through for us!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The DJ was so great. He did everything we asked. He made sure the music was great the entire time. People have commented on how the dance floor was never clear because the music was fantastic! Nothing went wrong. People are still asking for the DJ information! Perfection!!

Highly recommended!! 5 stars!!
The DJ was so great. He did everything we asked. He made sure the music was great the entire time. People have commented Read more...
The DJ was so great. He did everything we asked. He made sure the music was great the entire time. People have commented on how the dance floor was never clear because the music was fantastic! Nothing went wrong. People are still asking for the DJ information! Perfection!!

Highly recommended!! 5 stars!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ
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Anonymous
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string duet played at our ceremony, and the trio during cocktail hour and dinner. it was perfect
string duet played at our ceremony, and the trio during cocktail hour and dinner. it was perfect
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Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Backthird Entertainment is AMAZING!!! Do yourself a favor and just book them for your big day! Twin Strings and DJ Scott enhanced our wedding to the fullest playing our cocktail and dinner music and MC-ing the night away! We received so many compliments and we cannot thank them enough! To add to the greatness, a great uncle of the grooms had not danced to a specific song in 40 years, he made the request to Scott who was able to retrieve from his song library and play for this very special uncle who was beyond pleased with the special dance! We booked Backthird solely on their professional and ability to play modern music... we definitely got we asked for and much more! I highly recommend Twin Strings and DJ Scott for any couple looking to make their special day that much more amazing!!!
Backthird Entertainment is AMAZING!!! Do yourself a favor and just book them for your big day! Twin Strings and DJ Scott Read more...
Backthird Entertainment is AMAZING!!! Do yourself a favor and just book them for your big day! Twin Strings and DJ Scott enhanced our wedding to the fullest playing our cocktail and dinner music and MC-ing the night away! We received so many compliments and we cannot thank them enough! To add to the greatness, a great uncle of the grooms had not danced to a specific song in 40 years, he made the request to Scott who was able to retrieve from his song library and play for this very special uncle who was beyond pleased with the special dance! We booked Backthird solely on their professional and ability to play modern music... we definitely got we asked for and much more! I highly recommend Twin Strings and DJ Scott for any couple looking to make their special day that much more amazing!!! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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Tim and Katie
Wedding:
12/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Louise Kelly's trio was a great way to start the reception. The music they chose to play set the mood perfectly for the cocktail hour and dinner!

DJ Derek was everything we could have asked for in a DJ. He contacted us several times before the reception to make sure he knew what type of music we/our guests liked to listen to. He handled all changes in the timeline very well and communicated with everyone to make sure all events were known.

The music selection was great and very well catered to what our guests liked. We really wanted some ska/reggae played and he was able to put several songs in his set with no problem.

Our reception was so much fun and that was in large part due to DJ Derek and the Louise Kelly Trio. We couldn't have asked for better entertainers for the night!
Louise Kelly's trio was a great way to start the reception. The music they chose to play set the mood perfectly for the Read more...
Louise Kelly's trio was a great way to start the reception. The music they chose to play set the mood perfectly for the cocktail hour and dinner!

DJ Derek was everything we could have asked for in a DJ. He contacted us several times before the reception to make sure he knew what type of music we/our guests liked to listen to. He handled all changes in the timeline very well and communicated with everyone to make sure all events were known.

The music selection was great and very well catered to what our guests liked. We really wanted some ska/reggae played and he was able to put several songs in his set with no problem.

Our reception was so much fun and that was in large part due to DJ Derek and the Louise Kelly Trio. We couldn't have asked for better entertainers for the night! Read less
Services Used: Band, DJ
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Sarah
Wedding:
10/20/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I went to Backthird Entertainment because they offered live music and a DJ, which I thought was going to be way too expensive, but it turned out to be within our budget! Twin Strings played for our ceremony and cocktail hour and it was amazing. Everyone commented on how the live music was such a nice touch and made for a wonderful atmosphere. Louise Kelly played piano throughout dinner and even played for our formal dances. Benjie at Backthird made sure that it all worked out so that I could get everything that I wanted. And I would highly suggest having your formal dances played live! I wanted Good Riddance by Green Day for my father/daughter dance and Louise Kelly said, "No problem!" It was such a beautiful rendition. Not a dry eye in the house! We used Derek Shipman for our DJ and he was so attentive to our wants the whole night and was very flexible with us. He kept our guests on the dance floor all night! I would highly recommend Backthird Entertainment to anyone looking for live music, a DJ, or both!!
My husband and I went to Backthird Entertainment because they offered live music and a DJ, which I thought was going to be Read more...
My husband and I went to Backthird Entertainment because they offered live music and a DJ, which I thought was going to be way too expensive, but it turned out to be within our budget! Twin Strings played for our ceremony and cocktail hour and it was amazing. Everyone commented on how the live music was such a nice touch and made for a wonderful atmosphere. Louise Kelly played piano throughout dinner and even played for our formal dances. Benjie at Backthird made sure that it all worked out so that I could get everything that I wanted. And I would highly suggest having your formal dances played live! I wanted Good Riddance by Green Day for my father/daughter dance and Louise Kelly said, "No problem!" It was such a beautiful rendition. Not a dry eye in the house! We used Derek Shipman for our DJ and he was so attentive to our wants the whole night and was very flexible with us. He kept our guests on the dance floor all night! I would highly recommend Backthird Entertainment to anyone looking for live music, a DJ, or both!! Read less
Services Used: Band, Ceremony Music, DJ
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Katrina
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding reception was a blast, due in large part to the great DJ we had in Derek Shipman from Backthird. Everyone got up on the dance floor, including my nearly 90 year old grandfather. He was able to find some pretty obscure requests, and keep everyone moving and happy. I can't thank them enough & would recommend them to everyone who is having a special event & wants great music.
Our wedding reception was a blast, due in large part to the great DJ we had in Derek Shipman from Backthird. Everyone got Read more...
Our wedding reception was a blast, due in large part to the great DJ we had in Derek Shipman from Backthird. Everyone got up on the dance floor, including my nearly 90 year old grandfather. He was able to find some pretty obscure requests, and keep everyone moving and happy. I can't thank them enough & would recommend them to everyone who is having a special event & wants great music. Read less
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