The Aussie DJ
Gavin is fantastic to work with. In fact, he was the only DJ that my husband and I had interviewed; after our first meeting, I went against all the advice about interviewing multiple people because we thought he was so great, came highly recommended by our wedding coordinator, and we just didn't want somebody else to scoop him up. That was a great decision!
Admittedly, my family are not huge dancers at all (especially my mother's side of the family; I've never seen most of them EVER dance). However, Gavin did a great job to pick the right tunes to encourage people to get on the dance floor and have fun. He also gave some guidance on what kind of music to use to encourage people to dance, and I cannot thank him enough for that...
Fun and fantastic DJ! Highly professional and organized - top pick!
I'm so thrilled we found Gavin to DJ our wedding reception. We were looking for a DJ to meet our needs (not a DJ who would make our wedding the MC show!) and Gavin was perfect. He is very experienced and professional and was able to anticipate the different needs on the night so that we were prepared. He accommodated all of our music requests and kept everyone on the dance floor the whole night. I would wholeheartedly recommend him!
Gavin (owner and DJ) is awesome! From the first time we met for a consultation/bid I felt totally at ease. He has been a DJ for many years, and he really knows his business inside and out. He customized a bid for us, and was helpuful during the entire planning process. His rate was really reasonable, and he was flexible with which services we needed and how much time we needed, too. He's the owner and sole employee, and he really cares about his clients so you're guranteed to get grade A service. We gave him a list of the kinds of songs we like, and also some things we didn't want played. We also gave him some MP3 files and a playlist for part of the evening, since we hade some obscure Jazz. At one point my husband called him over to say he could supplement with his own music if ours ran out, and Gavin replied that he alreayd had. The transition was so seamless that we hadn't even noticed!
Gavin kept us on schedule, and had everyone dancing. After the wedding we got a hand-written note of congratulations in the mail from him. I highly recommend hiring him, he's a true pro and a very nice guy.
We were very happy with Gavin. Many of our guests also commented on our fun dj. The newly wed game was a hit! We liked Gavin because he listened to what we wanted and he had good ideas too to make the wedding fun for everyone. We gave a few songs to play and then left it up to him to choose. We appreciated his customer orientation and the fact that he didn't try to take over the show but still kept us on track and having a great time. We definitely recommend this guy.
Gavin was highly professional and did the music for both our ceremony and reception. He was always quick to return emails and phone calls with questions we had. On the day of our wedding he helped everything flow extremely smoothly. We couldn't have done it without him! VERY highly recommended!
Gavin was awesome. He was so easy to work with and did a wonderful job at the ceremony. He was very organized and easy to contact by telephone or e-mail. He was able to handle the last minute changes the day of the wedding with professionalism and ease. The music he played was great, he adapted to the group that was on the dance floor and mc'd the event. Could not have asked for a better DJ!
His charming accent is the Creamy Frosting on an otherwise very Tasty Cake. (is that too much metaphor?) He is a great Master of Ceremonies for your reception, and keeps things moving at just the right pace for each client. Music? He's got it all. Your guests will compliment you on your choice of DJ and Music for your reception.
Gavin is outstanding and I would have him serve any of my events.
A fun DJ with lots of style and variety, they kept folks on the dancefloor and their timing was seamless!
Gavin Bruhn, the Aussie DJ, is a very entertaining guy and that’s what you want to keep your reception moving. Your friends and families will have a great time! For the ceremony, he never misses a cue and he has the right music, at the right time, just what you want. Gavin makes sure your memories of the wedding fun will last a lifetime.
If you need a DJ that will keep the party going and get the crowd interacting and having fun - Gavin, the Aussie DJ is your guy! He has the enthusiasm and energy to keep things moving as well as a large selection in music. He's very professional and has great follow up with clients. You don't need to travel to Australia to get the Aussie DJ with the great accent -- he's right here!
You will have a GREAT time with Gavin, the Aussie DJ at your wedding or event. Having an MC that can keep the party going is so critical and Gavin will do that for you. Cedar Springs Country Estate enthusiastically recommends Gavin to you.
Best DJ I have worked with as photographer. As as a DJ, I would hire The Aussie DJ for MY functions personally and professionally, even though he has that Crocodile Dundee accent :O) You know, that DOWN UNDER SOUND. Gavin, the Aussie DJ, is attentive to his cleints and creates that sense of THE client are the STARS of the show. I was amazed at the variety of music, played with class and the FUN FACTOR over the top !
This guy will rock your party. The events that we have worked together have gone off without a hitch in large part because of Gavin's instinctual ability to assess what is going on and do just the right thing in order to get the party going! We always look forward to having Gavin as the MC / DJ at a reception that we are shooting cause we know that we aren't going to have to do any 'directing' of the timing of events. The music collection and equipment he uses is top notch. The 'Aussie DJ' has never disappointed!
Maybe I'm just a sucker for an Australian accent, but Gavin is a FABULOUS DJ! Your guests will love him.
Gavin will never let you down as a DJ! He has it together, even when the elements are against him (Oakland, OR)! Give him a call if you want excellent sound and a beautiful accent!
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The Wedding Specialist
I started my DJ Career in Melbourne, Australia in 1995. I then moved to the USA in 1997 on an exchange and spent some time working as a mobile DJ at local radio station Z100. Departed the USA in 1998 to spend some time working the Bar/Club scene in Europe finally returning to Portland in 2000 to become the " AUSSIE DJ"
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Are we guaranteed a DJ on the day of our event?
A written agreement (contract) with your specific terms protects you from unscrupulous operators. How many years of experience do you have?
Experience brings knowledge of common problems and situations. Be sure your DJ has experience with your type of event. Ask for referrals. May we contact your references?
References are a major party of the entertainment business. This helps clarify the significance about the service. Do you belong to any professional associations or trade groups?
An involved business shows a willingness to learn, network, and share ideas. Belonging to a professional trade group reflects a caring attitude and respect. Will you allow requests?
This is your event and your special requests should be welcome. If a song seems inappropriate, a good DJ service will explain the reason(s) and ask, or suggest, an alternative. How early will you be there to set up?
An average of 60-90 minutes should be allowed for set up and sound check. Normally there is no additional charge for this and should be part of the entire service. How will the DJ be dressed?
Proper attire reflects a positive image to your guests. The DJ should be dressed as good or better than your guests. Are you insured?
Insurance is a part of any legitimate business. Liability and casualty policies protect yourself, your guests, and the DJ company. Do you use professional gear (equipment)?
Using professional sound and lighting equipment helps insure a reliable service and quality presentation. Will you provide an emergency back-up system at our event?
Weddings, Mitzvahs, birthdays, and special events are often a once in a lifetime opportunity. A back-up system protects your investment.
Selecting Your Music
Choosing the right music is one of the most important decisions you make in planning your event. Music sets the tone for your whole event, from the first song to the last song. While the process can seem intimidating, with a little support it can be a wonderful opportunity for self-expression.
Here are some things to think about when planning your music:
Start the selection process early. The best DJ's are booked well in advance. The busy wedding months in many metro areas are March through June and September through December. Also keep in mind that Saturday nights are more in demand than other times. Look for a DJ that can play styles to suit all your guests. Your event should reflect your tastes, but you want everyone to have a great time. Look over your guest list and think about what they might like to dance and listen to. Of course, your friends are very important, but you should consider your relatives and your parents' friends as well. Be sure to choose DJ's who can provide the variety of music you want. A great DJ will make each one of your guests feel that at some point in the evening the DJ was playing just for them. Look for DJ's who can serve as a resource about every aspect of the entertainment for your special day. Talk with the DJ about repertoire, volume levels and audience participation. Ask lots of questions and be specific about your expectations. Don't hesitate to ask for suggestions.
Your DJ should listen carefully to your ideas and concerns. It is their attention to detail that will ensure that your event will be all that you dreamed.
What to expect from a service
Chances are this is your first time hiring a Disc Jockey Service. Many people are tempted to ask (What is your price?) for their first question when interviewing a prospective disc jockey service. This is not the best way to start your interview. Price is important but not the determining factor. You want to get all of the information and the most for your money. One potential DJ may charge less because the company is less experienced or is not as well equipped to handle your function. Some DJ services charge more because their service has a great reputation and may have many bookings. They may also have an exceptional sound and light show and many years of experience. Remember the law of supply and demand. There is Shop around and look for the best over all package that fits you. We have put together this list of questions to help you interview prospective DJ services. We hope you find the professional that is right for you!
Do you use professional pro audio gear? What are some of the brand names you use?
The DJ tells you name brands that you can buy at the local electronic store (Best Buy, Circuit City etc. ) chances are they are not using pro audio gear. Home Hi-Fi gear is not made to hold up to the demands of repeat performances of professional use. Do you provide back up gear in case of an emergency?
Chances are nothing will happen at your event, but if it does, is your DJ prepared to trouble shoot the problem? Do they have back-up equipment on location to get the party back on track? (They should have extra cables, fuses, basic tools, CD player, amplifier, mixer, etc.). Ask them if their DJ service is insured?
If the service is professional and reputable, they will be insured. Most DJ services will at least have liability insurance for $1,000,000. Some will also have their equipment insured. Are we guaranteed the DJ of our choice the day of the event?
Some DJ companies have more than one DJ working for them. While the company may have been in business for years, your DJ may have been hired last week, so be sure who you are getting. Most companies have references on the specific DJ who will be assigned to your event. How many years of experience do you have?
This is a commonly asked question. The question should be how many events have you performed at? A seasoned DJ will have performed at hundreds of events. May we call three of your references?
A good DJ service keeps current references. The list that they provide for you should have at least ten or more names and not be more than six months old. This is a good indicator of the quality you can expect. If you are not comfortable with calling strangers, ask if they have any banquet halls, photographer, or video services that recommend them. Most banquet halls, photographers and videographers work with a lot of different DJ services every weekend. How will you be dressed?
Specify the type of apparel that your Disc Jockey is expected to wear for your occasion. Formal attire or coat & tie are the most popular forms of attire. If you are having a "themed" event, make sure your entertainer is informed. How early will you be Set-Up?
Most DJ services like to have the opportunity to do a sound and light check before any guests arrive. The last thing you want is a DJ hauling equipment through your receiving line and or guests. Ask if they allow requests from you and your guests?
Consider the policy of requests. The best DJs will take requests form the audience and work them into their routine. But don't expect the DJ to play every request. An excellent DJ blends requests with songs that will get your guests up and moving. What type of music is available?
Remember it is not the number of CDs, Tapes or Albums they carry but the content of the media. Ask them how many hit songs they carry and what type of music they have. Ask them how do they stay current with the new hits. A good DJ service will carry a wide variety of music and will have as many as 2000 hits or more. There are professional DJ services like Promo Only and Hot Hits that are available to professional DJs. These services provide the latest hits played on the radio stations with new additions released monthly. Remember that during the dancing segment of your reception a DJ will average 65 to 75 songs, so you should hear nothing but hits all night long. This will keep your dance floor full all night and everyone will have a great time. Do you provide a written contract?
It is extremely important to have your booking confirmed in writing . Ask for a written agreement, especially if you are paying an initial retainer. The standard initial payment for entertainment services is 50%. If you are expecting a specific entertainer, make sure you get it in writing as well.