A.L. Entertainment, LLC
These guys are so amazing and fun! They made my reception a big party that everyone enjoyed! Matt is awesome and hilarious you can't go wrong with these guys! I would book them again in a heartbeat!
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Hey Alysia! Thanks for the awesome review!! Your reception was a blast, I am super glad that we were part of it! Good luck with everything and I hope to see you at another event in the future!!
My husband and I chose A.L. Entertainment based off of our friends wedding they were a part of and cost. To this day everyone keeps telling us how much fun our wedding was and a lot of it has to do with the entertainment and music played. We also had a few recommendations in terms of music selection and they were very accommodating to all our needs. Would definitely recommend!
Our DJ Matthew, was awesome! He made our reception lively and so much fun! Everything was so well organized and well planned. That day ran smoothly and I didn't have to worry about a thing (which a bride should not have to do on her wedding day). And according to our guests, they had a great time.
Matthew Kabel is absolutely fantastic!! Everything was exactly what we wanted!! He is a must-have!!
I can't say more about Matt at Al Lampkin entertainment. He exceeded my expectations every time I had any contact with him. Even though he was just the DJ, he always made me feel at ease that our entire event would go smoothly. He arrived early to set up, and didn't have a problem setting up at our Ceremony site just to play our recessional song. The ceremony was great and he kept the mood and energy up. He really knew what to play to keep my guests on the dance floor. He offered a couple really unique things that my guests had never seen and added a special touch to our wedding.
We have been working with them for many years and have seen many satisfied customers. We highly recommend.
Al Lampkin Entertainment has been providing quality bands, djs and other entertainment in the Greater Los Angeles Area since 1962. We specialize in weddings, private parties and corporate events. We have successfully djed over
The company maintains a staff of in-house djs, all trained by Al Lampkin, a member of the American Disc Jockey Awards Hall of Fame and past officer in the Professional Association of Disc Jockeys. A quality performance is guaranteed by virtue of the continuing dj training hosted by the company.
All equipment is of professional grade to insure quality sound reproduction as well the rigors of continuous play. All dj systems come equipped with a hard-wired shure microphone as well as a mobile shure wireless microphone for use during toasts, prayers or other needs.
Learn more about us at www.allampkin.com. We can't wait to hear from you. You can reach us at 818-846-4951 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Al Lampkin
Choosing a DeeJay for your function is one of the most important decisions you can make to insure the success of
the event. Everything else can be perfect, but if the Deejay isn’t good, the party will fizzle. Selecting the right
DeeJay can be confusing. There are over 15,000 DeeJays in America, all promising they'll do a great job for you.
So how do you pick the right one for you? Hopefully, this information will provide some guidance to help you
make the decision easier.
The best and easiest way to find a DeeJay you'll like is to hire one you've already seen. If you've been to a
wedding or a party where the DeeJay was great, find out who he or she was. If you didn't get their card, ask the
host or the manager of the function room where the party was held.
If you haven't seen a good DeeJay recently, ask your friends. Your friends probably have the same taste in music
as you. Maybe they've been to a function you missed. Let them know ahead of time you'll be looking, and ask
them to keep their eyes and ears open.
If the first two suggestions don't work, your job gets tougher. Many of the top DeeJay companies do not advertise
in the yellow pages since they receive almost all of their jobs from repeat business and referrals. Unless you know
about these companies, the yellow pages may be your only option. Look under Disc Jockeys, Music and
Entertainment. You may find DeeJays listed any of these categories. Circle the ads in which the DeeJay mentions
the type of party you are planning. For example, if you're planning a wedding, a DeeJay whose ad says "We
specialize in weddings" would be a good one to call. You'll probably find several DeeJays whose ads look good.
Another possible source for finding a deejay would be in the advertising section of a wedding periodical, which
typically are available at most drugs stores and grocery stores. There are usually ads for several deejays and other
How do you tell which one is best? Probably the worst way to choose a DeeJay is on price alone. Prices can
range from $100 to $3,000 for a four-hour event. That's quite a difference, and it would be very tempting to
choose the cheapest alternative. If that's all you can afford, then you have no choice. The lower priced DeeJay
may do a great job, and might be worth a shot if your party is on the informal side, but there is probably more risk.
There is a reason some DeeJays charge more money than others. They are usually worth it.
I don’t believe you can hire a professional Deejay any where in the country for less than $500. In major
metropolitan areas the minimum is probably closer to $750. There are many costs involved with running an
efficient business and the lowest priced Deejays are probably doing something else for a living and just deejaying
part time. The cost for a wedding, according to the national average, is $20,000. This is certainly not something
you can trust to a part-time DeeJay. A DeeJay will only cost about 3% or 4% of the total price of the wedding
(according to the national average) and yet they are responsible for over 80% of the activities.
As you speak with the DeeJays, pay attention to their professionalism over the phone. It tends to spill over into
their DeeJay style. The most important thing to ask about is their experience with your type of event. If you are
planning an event like a wedding, school dance, or company party, it would be normal to expect a professional
DeeJay to have performed for at least 20 of these events. A number in the hundreds is actually common for a
DeeJay who is well established.
DeeJays with less experience might also do a good job. And they'll usually cost less. If you talk to one who
sounds interesting, ask them for references. Any DeeJay can easily give you two or three names.
After you have selected a potential deejay, I recommend you arrange for a meeting at their place of business. It
will give you a chance to examine their facility and make sure the individual maintains the standards you with to
project at your wedding. You will also learn a lot as the Deejay makes suggestions for the time line and agenda
for your wedding reception. You must remember, there is no “doing over” after the reception if you had hired a
Deejay that was not to your liking. Choose your Deejay carefully.
Always ask the DeeJay about their policy on requests. The best DeeJays will take requests from the audience and
work them into their routine. However, do not expect the DeeJay to play every request. Many requests are simply
inappropriate for the mood of the event. A good DeeJay is not a jukebox, he will blend requests with songs he
feels will properly motivate the crowd. The art of DeeJaying is timing, and this takes experience. Forcing a
DeeJay to ignore his or her instincts by making them play every request will result in an "uneven" (and less fun)
party. On the other hand, the DeeJay should try to play as many of your audience's requests as possible. Try to
get a feel for their philosophy of requests as you interview them. It is also appropriate to give a DeeJay a list of
five or six songs you "must have." Just don't make that list fifteen or twenty songs long.
Many Deejays boast about the number of songs they have. While variety is great, the fact is that they will only be
able to play about 60 to 70 songs in a four hour show. Having the right 60 songs is a lot more important than
having 20,000 songs your crowd doesn't want to hear. After you tell the DeeJay what type of party you are having
and who the audience will be, ask them what type of music they'd suggest. You should feel comfortable with
most of his or her selections.
Many DeeJays also boast about having great equipment. Unless you are familiar with professional audio gear,
you probably won't know the difference between which brands are great and which are budget. However, your
DeeJay should at least have professional grade equipment. If they list brand names you are familiar with at the
local electronics retailer, that is cause for further questioning. Home stereo equipment is not designed to stand up
under 4-5 hours of high volume use. It could fail in the middle of your party! For example, typical professional
DeeJay power amplifiers usually have 200 to 400 watts per channel, where consumer amplifiers that are
considered powerful may have only 100 watts per channel.
It is also important that your Deejay have back-up equipment with them. If an amplifier does malfunction, which
is very rare with professional equipment, the party may come to a sudden stop. We recommend that all Deejays
carry back-up amplifiers and CD players. Even if all the music is on a computer, which is a recent trend, they
should have a back-up CD player as well as CDS, as computers have been know to crash and not be able to be
booted back up.
I might also mention that we have heard horror stories about deejays who have taken a deposit and not shown up.
I know that sounds hard to believe, but it has actually happened. Other deejays are hard to find prior to an event.
This is why I highly recommend checking out a potential deejay’s references. I also feel that the best deejays are
available 24/7 in case of emergency.
The perfect Deejay for you will be affordable, experienced at your type of event, and have great references. There
are probably a lot of Deejays out there who fit that description. As you search, remember that above all, you want
your event to be fun.