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The DJ Guy

Howell , MI

LOCATION

Howell, MI US 48843 (map)

PHONE

517-404-0418

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ABOUT US

Multi-award winning and insured DJ, photo booth and up lighting services, covering all of lower Michigan since 2000. Nearly 100,000 songs in our library and access to over 26 million... Read more
Multi-award winning and insured DJ, photo booth and up lighting services, covering all of lower Michigan since 2000. Nearly 100,000 songs in our library and access to over 26 million songs upon request. Additional services offered include: up lighting, ceremony sound, slide shows and monogram projection. We make the day all about YOU! We strive to exceed our customers expectations and needs. Our clients agree! Just take a look at our Feedback / References page! We provide the absolute best service at a great price. Check out our current specials: LINK

There are plenty of amateurs that are willing to offer "great deals" but you get what you pay for. When you hire The DJ Guy, you get over 14 years of experience, NOT some 16 year old kid who bought a DJ Hero kit at Walmart last week, downloaded a couple hundred songs illegally and thinks he's a professional.

Modern Bride had a poll back in 2009 and asked wedding guests what they remember at a wedding. The number one thing people remember at a wedding is the entertainment! Second thing they remember is the wedding dress! Third, the food/venue, and fourth is the flowers and decor.

Many couples will have money “leftover” or too small of a budget for the wedding entertainment. In fact, most couples budget about $500 for a DJ! This is NOT enough money for a professional and reputable DJ! If entertainment is the number one thing that is remembered at your wedding, set aside anywhere from $800 to $2500 for your DJ/entertainment services.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:
http://www.examiner.com/article/what-will-my-guests-remember-at-my-wedding

I promise that you'll NEVER say that if you hire The DJ Guy! 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, Gospel, 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:
Very easy going. We do things at your pace. We never forget who the stars of the show are.
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
No, but with nearly 100,000 songs, it's rare that we don't have the song you're looking for.
What is your usual attire?
Weddings: Tux/suit Other events: Business Casual
If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
Only if its something obscure such as a song written or performed by a relative or family friend.
 
 Clients also get access to our online database so they can preview and pick songs from our catalog well in advance.
How many other DJs do you work with?
I have one additional DJ that works for me. I book myself first. If I am not available, my clients are made aware of that immediately.
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
2 hours, but the cost may be considered high as the setup and tear down remain the same no matter what amount of time is involved.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Of course! Its the best way to find out who you're hiring! I usually suggest a local coffee house.
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
Absolutely! Mexican, Spanish, Armenian, Polish, Indian, French, Venezuelan, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Italian are just a few of the ethnic weddings we've done in the past.
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
Yes, all my clients are given access to my entire music catalog to pick and choose songs they can add to various lists, one of which is a "do not play" list.
Do you bring your own equipment?
Yes, as well as backup equipment. The DJ Guy prides itself in having a very neat and professional looking setup that is compact, powerful and attractive.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
All packages include dance floor lighting. Additional services (extras) include: Up lighting, ceremony sound, slide show and monogram projection.
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?
Most events can be setup in as little as 30 minutes. We always arrive at least one hour prior to start time.
Do you have any extra space requirements?
Not really, an area about 10' x 4' is enough. If you have questions about DJ location, please contact me and I will be happy to suggest the best floor plan to achieve great sound without offending guests' ears.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
NEVER at a wedding, that's just tacky. I do set a small business card tray on my table.
Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
Yes, we do emcee unless we are asked otherwise. Some minimal announcements, but only as needed or requested.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
I have several methods that will get the party going and I've never had a problem with that.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
We don't really take breaks, but if the event is more than 4 hours, we request a warm meal be provided or we can leave to get something while everyone is eating. In the 13 years that I have been doing this, we have never been asked this. It's very common for the photographer, videographer and DJ to be seated together at the wedding at a "vendors table."
Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
Yes, client's choice (dinner time)
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I don't miss events unless I'm dead. Seriously. I take my business VERY seriously and have NEVER missed an event even through some very difficult situations (example: my father had brain surgery a few hours before a wedding once and I didn't miss the wedding). In the event something should happen to me, I have emergency agreements with other DJ companies, which gives me 12 available DJs to cover an event.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
Only if the events are spaced apart and do not overlap. For instance a school event in the morning and a birthday at night.
What is your overtime rate?
$50/hr.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Outside of Livingston County, $50 (as long as its within our service area) Details are on our website.
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
$100 and a signed contract ($200 with photo booth addition).

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Laure
Wedding:
10/4/2013
5.0/5.0
The Dj guy was awesome! He did a great job at our wedding. We couldn't have been happier with his services!
Services Used: DJ
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Private User
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
We were very impressed with The DJ Guy at our wedding. The night flowed perfectly, and Ed really helped keep the events moving at a pace we were comfortable with. We also had a photo booth through The DJ Guy - called Eco Booth - that our guests really enjoyed. I would highly recommend Ed for his professionalism and value!
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Kris
Wedding:
5/28/2010
5.0/5.0
Ed was great to work with, he kept Tim's and my wedding dancing all night! He showed up on time, was extremely professional, and guest after the party were telling us that we had an excellent DJ. Thank you so much, Ed kept the energy of the party going all night!
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Mary
Wedding:
12/19/2009
5.0/5.0
It was a pleasure to have Ed working for us. He dressed well and presented himself as a true professional. He was very down to earth and didn't act arrogant like we've seen at some of our friend's weddings.

The slideshow he put together with the pictures we gave him was perfect! He even added a nice message at the end.

My husband Dan and I were amazed at how he kept most of our guests dancing well beyond the set end time for the night. We asked him if we could extend our contract an extra hour and he did. He even went a few minutes over that extra hour as an encore was requested by our guests!

I would highly recommend The DJ Guy (Ed) to anyone in the Brighton area. His prices are incredible and the service is far better than others we've seen.
Services Used: DJ
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amysue71
Wedding:
10/10/2009
1.8/5.0
Al was very professional in our initial meeting and on the phone during the few follow up calls that were needed. He indicated up front that although his brother is his partner, and even though someone else was thinking about booking him that night, that we paid first and that he personally would be doing our wedding. I confirmed this with him when I signed the contract and followed up with an email. It was important to me to book with someone I had actually met. So you can imagine my surprise when Al was not the person that showed up to DJ our wedding. His brother showed up. I was led to beleive all along the way that Al was going to be our DJ. Al had many opportunities to correct this. His brother was not apprised of our song list. The second song of the night was one that was on the "do not play" list. He did not really have a good grasp of our style or songs we liked. I was also told that it would be 'no problem at all' to extend the DJ for an hour or two at the end of the night. When 10:30 arrived and our initial time block was up, I approached the DJ to extend the wedding and he told me that was not possible, and that he 'had another gig' at 11:30. I find that very hard to beleive. I was also told by friends after the wedding that the DJ spent a lot of time standing around the appetizer table getting his share of the appetizers. This DJ required all payment up front in advance of the wedding. Very disappointing wedding entertainment.
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The DJ Guy responded with the following comments:

There is no one named "Al" that works for this company. If a person can't remember who they met and spoke with, what else do you suppose is incorrect? The bride was told that there may be a chance that another DJ would be booked due to a prior booking and was never told otherwise. The couple was also made aware that being an outdoor wedding at their home, that they would need to provide adequate power. During the very first song the power went out and the DJ was left without power for 10-15 minutes while they went to get an additional cord ran from their garage. This can easily start things off badly. The DJ was simply concerned about getting the music going again as quickly as possible. People are looking at him as if this is HIS fault, when it's obviously NOT. It's very easy to accidentally play a track (One that was on a do not play list) that is requested at 99% off all weddings after dealing with other major issues. I don't know whether this was played or not, there were only 3 songs on the do not play list, one of which was Billy Idol - Mony Mony (I'm guessing this was the track). The DJ DID have a copy of the songs they requested and crossed them out when played. At any point during the reception, they could have made additional

This wedding was priced very low because of the location. Ceremony equipment was provided at no cost ($100 savings). The wedding took place on a VERY cold day in October and my DJ told me that everyone had left the tent an HOUR before the contract ended. As far as food goes, ALL clients are told in advance that if food is not provided, the DJ will put on a mix and leave for a dinner break. We sometimes put in up to 10 hours between setup and teardown. Michigan law states rules about breaks and time to eat. While we don't always take breaks we do need to eat so that we don't pass out, we aren't

The bride never bothered to call or email me about any of this and had she done so in a reasonable time, I may have offered a partial refund. At the very least, I could have gotten a better understanding of the situation than what was posted here.

You can't please everyone all the time, and no matter what, whether it's a photographer, DJ or wedding planner... we all get bridezillas from time to time.
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Abby
Wedding:
9/20/2008
4.8/5.0
Ed the DJ Guy was great! He did a fantastic job of playing a variety of music so that guests of all ages could enjoy the party, at the end of the night there were still a ton of people on the dance floor. The only drawback was that he mispronounced my father's first name (it's Spanish). His price is very reasonable, and I would highly recommend him!
Services Used: DJ
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princessmeg2786
Wedding:
7/26/2008
5.0/5.0
Ed from the DJ Guy did such a great job at our wedding! He played music for our ceremony, followed by 5 hours of music at our reception. He was extremely professional, upbeat, and polished. He did a great job responding to the crowd's taste in music while being sure to include my (the bride's!) requests. For the quality of service provided, he was very affordable. Highly recommended.
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