Frequently Asked Questions 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, World
Do you have liability insurance?
Describe your DJ style:
My style is elegant, yet relaxed. I work closely with my clients to create an atmosphere that allows the reception to take on a life of it's own in the direction desired by the bride and groom.
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
No. The only restrictions on requests are if they are on the client's"Do Not Play" list or if the bride and groom do not want requests taken.
What is your usual attire?
Tuxedo. However, I dress as dictated by the client.
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
Absolutely not! I acquire it legally myself so that I can use it for future events as well.
How many other DJs do you work with?
None. I do, however, network with other DJ's, sharing information and ideas.
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Absolutely! Meetings are encouraged. However, in the case of long-distance events where a meeting may not be possible, I consult in depth with the bride and groom via phone and email.
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
I do not specialize in any particular ethnic event, but I have performed at many.
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
This is encouraged. I even guide my clients through a list of potential songs that people tend to either love or hate to help them formulate a do-not-play list if they wish to have one.
Do you bring your own equipment?
I provide all equipment and full backup for all items on site.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
I offer a full array of computerized dance floor lighting, uplighting, personalized monogram lighting, a separate system setup for ceremonies, projection system and screen, karaoke, and wireless microphone systems.
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?
Depending on the specific setup (number of systems needed, lighting, projection, uplighting, etc) setup takes anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. I provide all my own equipment including tables if needed.
Do you have any extra space requirements?
No. Despite the incredible sound clarity (at both low and high volumes) and versatility of my equipment , it actually has a pretty small footprint!
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
I do emcee as determined by the needs & desires of the bride and groom during our planning sessions. As a general rule, I do not talk between songs unless a specific announcement is required.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
This is usually done by changing the style, genre, or speed of the music. I do not "force" guests onto the floor with obnoxious announcements or behavior.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
I only take very short restroom breaks as needed.
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
Absolutely! I time restroom breaks during non-critical moments during the event (for example- during dinner service).
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Despite NEVER missing an event in over 23 years, I network with a large number of other current and former DJ's who could fill if available. By utilizing my detailed itinerary for each event, they would be able to fill in smoothly.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
What is your overtime rate?
Same as the rate in the contract. There are no added fees for overtime- it is all at the contract rate and can be added during the event if OK with the venue. This rate is stated specifically in each contract I write.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
20% deposit (called a reservation fee) is due at time of signing. The remaining balance is due on the day of the event.
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