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Forte Talent Inc.

Seffner , FL
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Seffner, FL 33584 US (map)

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813-657-4420

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Forte Talent Inc. is more than just a Mobile D.J. Service!

I'm your Reception Entertainment Director. Working together with your other event Professionals, I'll make sure you... Read more
Forte Talent Inc. is more than just a Mobile D.J. Service!

I'm your Reception Entertainment Director. Working together with your other event Professionals, I'll make sure you get exactly the day you envision and deserve! You only get one chance to do it right!

Owner operated, licensed, insured. National member in good standing of the American Disc Jockey Assc., Former Secretary and current Treasurer of the Tampa Bay Disc Jockey Association of Tampa Bay. Member of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce.

Howard Koutney
Owner/Operator
Forte Talent Inc.
"Entertainment is our Forte"
kash@fortetalent.com
www.fortetalent.com
(813) 657-4420 Read less
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INFO FOR DJ

What music genres are in your collection?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Big Band, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Describe your DJ style:
Mild to wild, Classy to Sassy, Laid back to highly interactive, it's up to you.
What is your usual attire?
Tux, Suit, Themed attire, it's up to you!
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
I don't require it no, if they DO have it, great! If not, I'll make every effort to get it myself at no extra charge. Very rarely, a song may be unavailable or out of print. then we can discuss options.
How many other DJs do you work with?
I am the person you get when you hire Forte Talent Inc., personalized service means PERSONAL.
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
That depends on the event and distance from my office. I'm sure you'd agree, it dosen't make sense to drive three hours for a one hour event. It can be done, however, additional charges may apply.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
I prefer to meet with the Bride AND Groom AT LEAST once during the planning stages. In fact, I'd like to say it's required. (Unless the situation makes this impossible, She's out of the Country, flying in the day before the event, etc.)
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
No, however, we can discuss the type of event you are planning and, if I am not the person for that type of event, I will make suggestions on a qualfied association member who may be better suited for you.
Do you bring your own equipment?
...And back up equipment as well!
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
Custom services are available.
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?
Usually one to two hours to set and one or two to strike. No I do not require a table.
Do you have any extra space requirements?
Not much more than any "average" dj would require.
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
I don't really do "USUALLY". It's up to you, That what personalized service is all about. If you'd like, I can act as Master of Ceremonies
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
No, you pay me to provide a service, if I'm eating, I'm not providing that service.
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
If a break is required, yes.
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
In the event of an unavoidable incident, serious traffic accident, serious illness, death, I am a member of The American Disc Jockey Assc.. Local and National chapter. A skilled and qualified D.J. will be there to stand in in for me.
What is your overtime rate?
I don't really charge "Hourly"
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Please refer to the same question above under "Ceremony Music Details"

REVIEWS

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Melissa
Wedding:
11/17/2012
5.0/5.0
HOWARD WAS AMAZING! Not only was he a phenomenal DJ that knew how to read the crowd and respond in turn, he was a great emcee, and he brought his own lighting system to spruce up our dance floor!

Howard met with us several times to ensure that he was always up-to-date on any changes going on in our wedding. He even came to the rehearsal to help coordinate and let us practice to the right music.

Before the ceremony, I relinquished all control to him (not easy for me), but he had the night run so smoothly. He kept everyone having fun on the dance floor and was very charming. He even joked around with the best man to help him relax a little before his speech.

When my father started getting too emotion/nervous during our father/daughter dance, I simply gave Howard a knowing nod and he gently faded out the music.

All of my friends and family told me that they've never had more fun at a wedding and I know it's mostly because of Howard.
HOWARD WAS AMAZING! Not only was he a phenomenal DJ that knew how to read the crowd and respond in turn, he was a great Read more...
HOWARD WAS AMAZING! Not only was he a phenomenal DJ that knew how to read the crowd and respond in turn, he was a great emcee, and he brought his own lighting system to spruce up our dance floor!

Howard met with us several times to ensure that he was always up-to-date on any changes going on in our wedding. He even came to the rehearsal to help coordinate and let us practice to the right music.

Before the ceremony, I relinquished all control to him (not easy for me), but he had the night run so smoothly. He kept everyone having fun on the dance floor and was very charming. He even joked around with the best man to help him relax a little before his speech.

When my father started getting too emotion/nervous during our father/daughter dance, I simply gave Howard a knowing nod and he gently faded out the music.

All of my friends and family told me that they've never had more fun at a wedding and I know it's mostly because of Howard. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music, DJ, Lighting & Decor
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Michelle
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
Howard was the BEST! I'm positive my wedding wouldn't have went as well as it did if it wasn't for him.

To start out, he asked us about EVERYTHING. He was nice and funny and really wanted to make sure that he did a great job. He helped with the planning in so many ways. When I was looking for ways to entertain my guests, he had tons of ideas. When I waffled on what songs to play when, he was patient and understanding. He was very flexible and always returned my emails or calls.

On the day of my wedding he was the glue that held everything together. He was the go to guy for everything that day. He was excellent at the rehearsal, the ceremony and the wedding. These are the top five reasons of why he was the best DJ EVER! (no particular order and there would be more, but I think there is a character limit!)

1.) He listened to everything we said and ensured that what we wanted happened.
2.) The guests LOVED him! All throughout the wedding we were getting complements on him. Normally, you hear about things after the fact, but this was during!
3.) He brought out appetizers to us during pictures to check the status of the grand entrance. It was so thoughtful!
4.) He worked his butt off!! It was hot and he never complained! He basically worked the entire day making sure everything was perfect. (that is why he doesn't charge by the hour!)
5.) Constant updates throughout the day. I always new what was coming next and how to prepare for it.

All in all, I would recommended him to anyone and if anyone ever needs a DJ, I will only recommend Howard!!!
Howard was the BEST! I'm positive my wedding wouldn't have went as well as it did if it wasn't for him.

To start Read more...
Howard was the BEST! I'm positive my wedding wouldn't have went as well as it did if it wasn't for him.

To start out, he asked us about EVERYTHING. He was nice and funny and really wanted to make sure that he did a great job. He helped with the planning in so many ways. When I was looking for ways to entertain my guests, he had tons of ideas. When I waffled on what songs to play when, he was patient and understanding. He was very flexible and always returned my emails or calls.

On the day of my wedding he was the glue that held everything together. He was the go to guy for everything that day. He was excellent at the rehearsal, the ceremony and the wedding. These are the top five reasons of why he was the best DJ EVER! (no particular order and there would be more, but I think there is a character limit!)

1.) He listened to everything we said and ensured that what we wanted happened.
2.) The guests LOVED him! All throughout the wedding we were getting complements on him. Normally, you hear about things after the fact, but this was during!
3.) He brought out appetizers to us during pictures to check the status of the grand entrance. It was so thoughtful!
4.) He worked his butt off!! It was hot and he never complained! He basically worked the entire day making sure everything was perfect. (that is why he doesn't charge by the hour!)
5.) Constant updates throughout the day. I always new what was coming next and how to prepare for it.

All in all, I would recommended him to anyone and if anyone ever needs a DJ, I will only recommend Howard!!! Read less
Services Used: DJ
Forte Talent Inc. responded with the following comments:

Thanks Michelle! It was my honor to make your day special. I know it may have seemed like a lot of questions at first, but now you see why I wanted to get to know you both! Any "D.J." that doesn't ask about everything, is doing you a disservice and I believe is more concerned with a check than your once in a lifetime day!!! I'm very happy that I helped make your day a special one for you and your guests!
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D
Wedding:
4/9/2010
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for unsurpassed quality, professionalism, entertainment, and reliability..then Howard is your guy!! From the minute I hired him for my wedding, until our final song was played.. Howard was perfect in every way. He showed up at rehearsals (which he was not required to).. he kept in contact with me throughout the year of planning, and he was punctual and professional before, during, and after the wedding. His DJ booth is classy and professional, not a bunch of wires running everywhere. He stayed in the background when necessary...and shined when it was his turn. He brought my guests into the experience, and everyone loved him. As a bride, you have enough things to worry about...but I never for a minute worried about the DJ. His prices are competitive, and I'd pay every penny again! Remember, you absolutely get what you pay for!! Keep in mind, a DJ can make or break your event. Howard was as good as it gets! Thanks so much Howard for a perfect day! Donna and Jason Penman, St. Petersburg, FL
If you are looking for unsurpassed quality, professionalism, entertainment, and reliability..then Howard is your guy!! Read more...
If you are looking for unsurpassed quality, professionalism, entertainment, and reliability..then Howard is your guy!! From the minute I hired him for my wedding, until our final song was played.. Howard was perfect in every way. He showed up at rehearsals (which he was not required to).. he kept in contact with me throughout the year of planning, and he was punctual and professional before, during, and after the wedding. His DJ booth is classy and professional, not a bunch of wires running everywhere. He stayed in the background when necessary...and shined when it was his turn. He brought my guests into the experience, and everyone loved him. As a bride, you have enough things to worry about...but I never for a minute worried about the DJ. His prices are competitive, and I'd pay every penny again! Remember, you absolutely get what you pay for!! Keep in mind, a DJ can make or break your event. Howard was as good as it gets! Thanks so much Howard for a perfect day! Donna and Jason Penman, St. Petersburg, FL Read less
Services Used: DJ
Forte Talent Inc. responded with the following comments:

Jayson & Donna. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your day! It was wonderful to see another couple so in love. If you hire a D.J. for your Wedding Ceremony and reception, and they are providing music and microphones for the Wedding Ceremony, I don't understand how they CAN'T show up for the Wedding rehersal. Everyone in the Wedding party needs to know your music, your timing, where you're supposed to stand, when to come down the aisle, how long it takes for the Processional etc. (nothing worse than the song ending half-way down the aisle!! lol) Perhaps it comes from my time planning Corporate event shows and acting as Technical director for large productions. You need EVERYONE on the same page. You only get one chance to do it. Let's Do it right!
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shalisha
Wedding:
12/19/2008
5.0/5.0
I cannot express how Howard and Roberta from Forte Talent saved our wedding!!! First let me start by saying how awesome our wedding was!!! We hired Forte Talent as our vendor for our Ceremony Music as well as our Reception Music. Forte Talent is the most organized, fun, professional, caring, and creative vendor!!! At our dinner rehearsal, we had a little mishap with our Reverend starting our rehearsal without us!! Yes, without the bride and groom. HOWARD TO THE RESCUE!!! LOL. The only reason...ONLY REASON... that our rehearsal and our wedding day went sooooo smooth was because of Howard and Roberta from Forte Talent. Howard had everything down to who was walking down the aisle together, the program of the ceremony, the order of events at the reception (which he helped us plan perfectly!!), who was related to who, how to pronounce everyone's names, etc. I really can't tell you how much he did for us. What is great about Forte Talent was that Howard communicated with all of our other vendors. I have found that this was key. With our permission, he contacted our other vendors so they were all in sync with each other and everyone was on the same page. He did this so that our photographer could get the best shots, the videographer could get the best footage, and so that we had no worries at all. What other vendor does that??? Howard listened to what we wanted, helped us tweak and make choices, without being pushy :) He has so much experience and it completely shows in his work. He truly enjoys what he does which makes all the difference. He is so much fun!!! He knows how to get a crowd going and to keep the flow. Literally, because of Howard and Forte Talent, the only thing that went wrong at our wedding was that we had the wrong salad dressing...lol.. What bride doesn't want that perfect of a day!! Forte Talent is the BEST DJ vendor out there hands down. When he told us our price quote for everything, we thought he was kidding. Knowing what I know now, I would have paid ten times what we paid just to have Forte Talent as our DJ Vendor. He even helped us get a Gobo Light for our dance floor since we had no idea where to find one. Thanks again for that Howard...lol. We got so many compliments about all of our vendors, but everyone could not stop talking about how awesome our DJ was. Now that I have been a bride, I can truly say that a DJ can make or break your wedding. Thank you again Forte Talent!!! Howard, you are awesome. We are blessed to have met you and your wife and to have worked with you. You and your wife are truly amazing people. Thank you again!!!!!!

Best Regards,
Jeremy and Shalisha
I cannot express how Howard and Roberta from Forte Talent saved our wedding!!! First let me start by saying how awesome Read more...
I cannot express how Howard and Roberta from Forte Talent saved our wedding!!! First let me start by saying how awesome our wedding was!!! We hired Forte Talent as our vendor for our Ceremony Music as well as our Reception Music. Forte Talent is the most organized, fun, professional, caring, and creative vendor!!! At our dinner rehearsal, we had a little mishap with our Reverend starting our rehearsal without us!! Yes, without the bride and groom. HOWARD TO THE RESCUE!!! LOL. The only reason...ONLY REASON... that our rehearsal and our wedding day went sooooo smooth was because of Howard and Roberta from Forte Talent. Howard had everything down to who was walking down the aisle together, the program of the ceremony, the order of events at the reception (which he helped us plan perfectly!!), who was related to who, how to pronounce everyone's names, etc. I really can't tell you how much he did for us. What is great about Forte Talent was that Howard communicated with all of our other vendors. I have found that this was key. With our permission, he contacted our other vendors so they were all in sync with each other and everyone was on the same page. He did this so that our photographer could get the best shots, the videographer could get the best footage, and so that we had no worries at all. What other vendor does that??? Howard listened to what we wanted, helped us tweak and make choices, without being pushy :) He has so much experience and it completely shows in his work. He truly enjoys what he does which makes all the difference. He is so much fun!!! He knows how to get a crowd going and to keep the flow. Literally, because of Howard and Forte Talent, the only thing that went wrong at our wedding was that we had the wrong salad dressing...lol.. What bride doesn't want that perfect of a day!! Forte Talent is the BEST DJ vendor out there hands down. When he told us our price quote for everything, we thought he was kidding. Knowing what I know now, I would have paid ten times what we paid just to have Forte Talent as our DJ Vendor. He even helped us get a Gobo Light for our dance floor since we had no idea where to find one. Thanks again for that Howard...lol. We got so many compliments about all of our vendors, but everyone could not stop talking about how awesome our DJ was. Now that I have been a bride, I can truly say that a DJ can make or break your wedding. Thank you again Forte Talent!!! Howard, you are awesome. We are blessed to have met you and your wife and to have worked with you. You and your wife are truly amazing people. Thank you again!!!!!!

Best Regards,
Jeremy and Shalisha Read less
Services Used: DJ
Forte Talent Inc. responded with the following comments:

Hey Ish!!! What a great time we had! Thank you so much for the great review! It was my pleasure to help you and Jeremy on your Wedding day! Working together with your other event professionals is part of what a Professional Reception Entertainment Director should do. As you know, I think of it like a Production. You and Jeremy were the "Producers" (and STARS!) , Together with your other Event Professionals, I was your "Director" working to help co-ordinate the event and help your "Cast" (all of your closest friends and Family) to enjoy what was destined from the very start, to be a huge "Hit"! Say Hi to Jeremy for me and Keep making those GREAT Stuffed shells we had at our planning meeting! (yum!)
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Colleen
Wedding:
11/22/0014
5.0/5.0
Howard from Forte Talent was hands-down the reason our wedding was a success! I used to cater weddings and I've seen firsthand how a DJ can make or break a wedding, which is why it was so important for me to find an experienced professional entertainment coordinator. Howard did not simply play music, he ran the entire wedding from start to finish. Every detail was mapped out ahead of time and he always made sure every decision was about "us." He said many times "remember, you're paying me," which shows how he strives to cater to your personal style. The last thing I wanted to do on my wedding day was keep track of a schedule. Howard seamlessly guided the party so we could relax and enjoy ourselves. 100% the best money we spent on the wedding. And ask about his rehearsal dinner services! Something totally new and different and our wedding party had so much fun!

Thanks again Forte Talent!
Howard from Forte Talent was hands-down the reason our wedding was a success! I used to cater weddings and I've seen Read more...
Howard from Forte Talent was hands-down the reason our wedding was a success! I used to cater weddings and I've seen firsthand how a DJ can make or break a wedding, which is why it was so important for me to find an experienced professional entertainment coordinator. Howard did not simply play music, he ran the entire wedding from start to finish. Every detail was mapped out ahead of time and he always made sure every decision was about "us." He said many times "remember, you're paying me," which shows how he strives to cater to your personal style. The last thing I wanted to do on my wedding day was keep track of a schedule. Howard seamlessly guided the party so we could relax and enjoy ourselves. 100% the best money we spent on the wedding. And ask about his rehearsal dinner services! Something totally new and different and our wedding party had so much fun!

Thanks again Forte Talent! Read less
Services Used: DJ, Unique Services
Forte Talent Inc. responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much Colleen! Making sure you & Alex had a perfect, fun, and RELAXING day is what I was striving for.
All the preparation that goes into making a day that special is something many people overlook when hiring their "D.J.". We are responsible for one of the most important days of your lives and the great ones know it! lol.
My saying "Remember, You're paying ME" was kind of my way of noting that I was in YOUR service. Coming to your home for meetings, wasn't something out of the ordinary in MY eyes, YOU two were my client, you were retaining my services. It's simply the way I think it should be done. Personal Service for a very personal occasion!
You were both a pleasure to work with and it was an honor to serve as your Reception Entertainment Director!
Thank you for the review!
(Say Hi to Alex for me!)

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