Party Machine Entertainment
Scott is the ultimate professional DJ, our reception went off without a hitch because of his flexibility and keen sense of observation. If you’re looking for a veteran DJ Scott is your man! He provided excellent mood lighting and was able to feel the crowd and play the right songs at the right time, plus he takes requests pulled from his giant library of music.
Many thanks and we will never forget the best night of our lives….as of now. ;)
My entire family joins me in complimenting you for the very professional, festive, and truly fun job you did at my daughter Eden's wedding. This was all the more impressive, considering that you "jumped in" at the last moment to save the party when someone else abandoned her. Our guests complimented us on your performance, and upon how you succeeded in getting even shy folk out there dancing and having fun celebrating the wedding. Your lighting, sound, and choice of music (in collaboration with the Bride and Groom's wishes) were spot on wonderful. Dawn and I join Eden and Greg is complimenting you on a superb job as DJ and Master of Ceremonies.
Excellent choice! We loved Party Machine!
The party machine provided amazing entertainment for our wedding last May! Scott Shirley spent so much time getting to know my husband and I, he truly knew our personalitys. He was able to come up with great ideas that kept our guests on there toes with excitement and great entertainment. It is almost 8 months later and I am still getting complements on how fun and unique our wedding was! I could not have asked for a better DJ! Scott Shirley has the ability to make anyone have fun and fill the dance floor! I recommend using the party machine for any occasion!
I can't say enough wonderful things about Party Machine! I didn't have to think about a thing during the reception! They gave us a heads up on every event for the ceremony (first dance, cake cutting, etc) and let us decide if we were ready or needed more time. The music was fantastic! They read the room perfectly! Scott, our DJ, was professional and fun at the same time. I have been to two other events with Party Machine and was equally impressed! Scott customized each wedding to the couple and each event to the host! Pick Party Machine!
DJ Scott Shirley did an excellent job at our wedding reception. He is truly a party-master! He made everyone feel comfortable and involved in the celebration. Numerous guests told us that he was the best DJ that they ever had seen. We had a guest generated song list but he did add in some of his own songs. He knew exactly which songs to play and at what time to keep the party going strong.
We also used him for our event lighting. He did LED up-lighting around the perimeter of the room that transformed an already beautiful room into a gorgeous room that had a “lets party” feel. He also did pattern washing on the dance floor and projected a monogram up on a stone wall in the center of the room. The room was absolutely breath-taking!
Scott has years of experience and it shows. People are still talking about how much fun they had at our reception!
Scott did and exceptional job DJ'ing our reception. We would definitely use his services again and recommend adding additional items to your package (uplighting, ceiling accents, etc.) We had a blast and the dance floor was packed. Just watched our video and couldn't stop laughing at the dancing - we could not have done it without his services. Thanks again.
Scott is extremely professional and knowledgeable about how to make your wedding reception a success! He met with me on 3 occasions to help tailor an itinerary, music selection, and lighting. Of all the details to worry about on my wedding day, I did NOT have to spend any thought on the DJ! Scott took care of everything! From sound during the ceremony, introduction of the bridal party, toasts, and dancing, Scott handled everything flawlessly. He had the dance floor packed all night, which was quite a challenge since half of the guests were American and the other half from South America! My husband and I had an amazing time! I would recommend Scott to anyone wanting a beautiful evening with absolutely no surprises!
Scott was a real professional. Being hired only a few weeks before the wedding, he stayed on top of things. He waited for us to make the final decisions, and still got what was needed done without a sweat.
When we were in dire need of some music for the ceremony, he didn't hesitate to take on the additional responsibility and had both places looking and sounding spectacular. You couldn't tell he was hired a few weeks before.
At the reception, his crew was marvelous. They were on top of things there. Constantly following up with us to see if everything was ok and if there was anything we needed.
Two weeks later, we still have people asking about the DJ. Also, we still have people talking about how beautiful the ceremony looked and sounded. Everyone's favorite part was the variety of music played during the reception. The mix of upbeat country music for our entrance to the Disney music during dinner to the salsa, hip hop, county and many more eclectic selection of music during the dance. Everyones surprise was the customized gobo lighting that had our personalized design that was taken straight off of our invites. This surprise was a great way to tie everything together.
His recommendations of videographer and photographer were great, as well. Neither the photographer or videographer had worked with each other before, but due to their professionalism it worked out great. Another proof that Scott only works with professionals, making the evening a night to remember without the mishaps.
Overall, I would and have strongly recommended his services to all our friends and family. If you want to have a great night, with NO stress, then hire The Party Machine and his crew.
Scott and his assistant Kyle did a wonderful job! The music was great for our guests, setting, and the mood of our wedding. The uplighting and GOBO projection were beautiful and classy and we got many compliments on the entertainment at the wedding. I'd recommend the Party Machine to others (and already have!).
Scott was the perfect combination of M.C., Dj and Event decorator! By his touch the room was transformed into first a chapel and then into a rockin-Carribean celebration! Intelligent design and alert responsiveness to the needs of the group combined to make our wedding and reception everything we could have hoped for! I recommend this talented man very highly!
To say that Scott Shirley was a good DJ would be an understatement! Scott served as DJ, Master of Ceremonies, and reception coordinator. His experience sold us and we couldn't have been more pleased with his services. Our guests are still talking about what a great reception we had. Scott covered every detail, respected our wishes, came up with unique ideas which personalized our reception, and looked good to boot! We're looking for excuses to have another big party just so we can hire him again!
We had a very non-traditional reception after a destination wedding that Scott DJ'd for us at a friend's home on Lake Worth. We did nothing normal, and it really was just music playing as we all mingled and visited. The music was great and we didn't even provide a list of songs. Scott provided several extras that helped make this party great like a fabulous slideshow of the wedding and all of the lighting for the trees. Towards the end of the evening we had a lot more requests (we love our Randy Rogers and REK) and he stayed a lot later than originally intended. We had many of our friends say that this was the best reception they had ever been to!
I won a free DJ package with Party Machine Entertainment at the Bass Hall bridal show in July 2008. Scott was very easy to get in contact with and asked all kinds of questions about the unique qualities of our relationship, the theme and style of our wedding, and what kind of music we were looking for. The best thing about my meeting with Scott prior to the wedding was the NO CHEESE sign in his office! It made me feel like I had a vendor that understood my aversion to cheesy typical movie weddings.
During the event, Scott was there when I needed him and not there when I didn't. The music selection was exactly what I hoped for and the introductions for our wedding party were perfect! People were talking about them for weeks after the wedding.
We also rented a projector and screen to run a slideshow on during the reception and the equipment was set up and ready to go when we needed it. Overall, Scott was very professional and his experience in the business was very apparent.
We have used Scott Shirley for our Daughters Graduation Party and most recently our Daughters Wedding. A GREAT TIME had by all. The dance floor was always full and the music was GREAT!!!
Thanks to Scott for making this evening memorable for everyone.
You will be hearing from me again.
Scott was great! The sound at the reception was well distributed and he kept our friends and family dancing throughout the night. We were very pleased with him and the night as a whole. We would definitely recommend that you meet with Scott so he can share with you what he has to offer. Technically, Scott appeared to be the most proficient DJ we met with and the day of the wedding he delivered as promised.....no surprises or mishaps. He had a ton of ideas to offer and was willing to customize the reception to our expectations and not his own - unlike some of the other DJs we met with.
Scott emceed the introduction of our families and our grand entrance to our wedding reception in May. Right as the reception started, it began raining, then pouring (an understatement) so people were hurriedly moved from the rooftop terrace of the Reata into the dome. Scott helped to get everyone laughing and comfortable as the weather got more and more intense.
Our guests had a wonderful time - even though many got wet. It was certainly a day to remember and Scott helped to make it special.
I really loved the idea he brought to the table to reception fun. My guest really enjoyed the interaction. also I like that there was a video included. He would coem to the bride, groom or mother of bride to ask how the scheduling of events was and to make sure everything was running smoothly. He really cared about making my wedding night go just right
Overall, everything turned out wonderfully.
Scott was wonderful! He provided a great deal of help with the reception planning and timeline for events. Everyone said they had a great time and all of the guests were dancing until the party was over. You have to take the time to meet with him for all of the planning but it is well worth the commitment, he is a professional and does the job of a pro! We bought the DJ/Videographer package and are very glad we did, Keith did and excellent job with the video, it is hands down the best wedding video I have ever seen. We are very pleased with the services we recieved from both Scott & Keith!
Scott was a great addition to our wedding! He was able to meet with my fiance and my family when we were able to come in town from College Station. He met with us to make the timeline, song list, bridal party/family intros, a special video speech, and made a fabulous custom song for our father-daughter dance.
I was looking for two things in a DJ. Someone that would keep the party going and keep all the stress off of my husband and I as far as what was to happen next during the reception. He exceeded our expectations of making all of that happen! We had an amazing, worry free day and had a great party thanks to the Party Machine.
Everyone had a blast at our wedding, and we were so thankful for such a great DJ =) He definitely made it fun and memorable! Scott was also extremely professional and made sure we got what WE wanted, not what was "traditional" or what he had done before.
Scott was very flexible meeting with me and my family. Becase we were planning a wedding in Fort Worth and living in College Station, it was difficult to find time to meet, but every time I needed to meet with him, Scott was very willing to open his home to us as a meeting space.
Scott was incredibly proffessional in his dress and demeanor. Plus, he's just an exceptionally nice guy! I felt like he was always willing to work with our ideas as well as share some of his own from past experience.
The only miscommunication we seemed to have was the presentation of the Wedding Party at the beginning of the reception. During the wedding party introductions, we wanted each wedding party member to be introduced as their music played (rather than introduced and then the music played). It made the introductions at the ceremony drag on and it was a bit awkward for the wedding party. Also, I found myself going up to the DJ booth to tell Scott that I wanted to start the next thing. In retrospect, I think I might have gone with a wedding planner to take care of all of that for me. (But then that goes for many of the wedding details...I saw the value of a wedding planner after the fact.)
Scott included almost all the music that Jordan and I requested, while throwing in a few all-time classics, a few cheesy (Brick House, but my guests really got down to it) and a few that I wouldn't have chosen that wound up being my favorite part (That's What Friends Are For: When this song came on, all of my girlfriends and I, plus my girl cousins, aunts, and mom ended up in a cirlcle with our arms around eachother swaying and singing! I thought, man, this song is so silly...and yet I looked around that circle and saw the most important women in my life all gathered together. It was truly special. I bet I teared up in that circle just as much as I teared up during the ceremony! So, thanks for such a special moment, Scott!)
Many of my guests said that it was the most fun wedding they had ever been to! I know that much of that had to do with the music selections and timing of each song. All and all, I'd say Scott did a great job. Plus, one of my guests has a wedding coming up in October and I heard her dad booked him on the spot!
Scott was great...very friendly. Sometimes he can be a little hard to get ahold of.
We have used Scott Shirley at the Party Machine for five weddings and a retirement party. Scott keeps the party moving and the guests dancing, playing music that the audience wants to hear and will dance to. He is interactive with the guests and I highly recommend his services.
What a great time! Scott and the Party Machine provided sound for my outdoor ceremony, including a microphone for the singer, and music for the reception afterward. The special touches, extra effort and humor really helped to make it a wonderful and memorable evening, for everyone in attendance, young and old alike!
Scott has provided DJ services for several family events over the years and he has always been the best. He provided the music for my inlaws 50th wedding annivarsary and my wife's 50th birthday party. He recently provided the music for my nephews wedding on August 23, 2008 in Dallas and again was superb. This was one of the most elaborate and impressive weddings I have ever attended and Scott fit the bill. I would recommend Scott's DJ services without hesitation.
If you want to "get the party started" hire Party Machine Entertainment, they will be sure to keep the party moving for as long as your feet can stand to dance.
We love to work wiith Party Machine Entertainment. Always great comments about the entertainment from the quests. For all at us here at City Kitchen, they are an easy go to as all our clients love them !
DJ and Master of Ceremonies Scott Shirley has an extensive and impressive client list with over 1,800 events. Scott becomes creatively involved in your planning to ensure that your guests are engaged as active participants in your celebration, not just passive spectators. A Party Machine wedding is an entertainment experience!
Imagine guests seeing your ceremony highlights on the Big Screen the minute they arrive at your reception, and all your memorable moments as well. Tell your Love Story with a custom studio-produced movie, and share your toast with guests in faraway countries, with our Party Live! Multimedia package. Perform a custom choreographed dance routine for your spotlight dances, or special entertaiment for a beloved family member. If you can dream it, the Party Machine can make it happen.
We provide sound reinforcement, DJ and MC services, lighting and effects, and full video production and presentation services. Prices vary according to date, size of venue and number of guests, special programming needs, and your selection of services that you want. The latest cutting-edge lighting and effects technology adds a "wow factor" for an event your guests will always remember.
The Party Machine is the first choice of entertainment professionals for their own special events. Photographers call us for their own weddings. Hotel and club banquet managers call Scott for the most important celebrations in their lives - doesn’t your wedding deserve the very best?
For those once-in-a-lifetime events, count on The Party Machine - THE PARTY PROFESSIONALS!
These are the most common questions, call 817-294-9539 if you have others.
SHORT ON TIME? The short answers are in boldface italics for your convenience.
Do you take requests?
Of course! That is half the fun of having a good DJ! However, we will limit requests to what is appropriate for the event, and the customer’s guidelines as discussed in our pre-event planning meeting. And we will not play any songs that are on your Do Not Play list (see "Music" page.) When you book The Party Machine for your event, you can access our new Guest Requests page online.
Who will be the DJ for my event?
Party Machine owner Scott Shirley only contracts events where he will personally perform. You will not be surprised with a substitute, nor will Scott use your event to train a new DJ. Your event deserves the attention of an experienced professional, and Scott will always provide it...in person.
Do you specialize in a specific genre of music?
We specialize in Music for Life’s Celebrations, which involves mixed audiences, and as such, play a broad variety of styles. Weddings and banquets always have guests of varied ages, backgrounds, and musical tastes. Parties for mixed age crowds require a blend of popular music that includes current hits plus older classics of rock, country, disco, and R & B songs mixed in with some standards and crowd-pleasers. No two events are alike, nor should they be. Music programming is customized to every event.
It’s all about the music!
We carry a diverse music selection that includes Current Hits, Rock and Roll, Top 40 hits of the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and "00s," Motown, Soul, Gospel, R & B, Disco, Rap, Crunk, Hip-Hop, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Acid Rock, Movie Themes, Anthems, Ballads, Classic Rock, Southern Rock, New Wave, Old Wave, Old Skool, your old School Fight Songs, Your Hit Parade, Punk, Funk, Progressive, Alternative, Blues, Jazz, Pop, Bop, BeBop, Shag, Swing, Big Band, Techno, Trance, Acid, House, Synth, Reggae, Ska, Skiffle, Retro, Contemporary Christian, Classical, Broadway, Beach, Baroque, Circus, Fusion, Latin, Salsa, Shag, Tejano, Italian, Peruvian, Albanian, and Pirate. Really. Did we leave anything out? We will get it for you!
Our only limit is your imagination and the duration of your party.
We can provide special music programming for all types of theme parties, limited only by your imagination. We have performed Disco Parties, Swing Dance Parties, Hawaiian Luaus, International Talk Like a Pirate Day, 50s sock hops, Irish singalongs for St Patrick’s Day, 60s theme parties, country hoedowns, parrothead pool parties, Dive-In Movies, Hip-Hop parties, and all manner of costume parties. How about a Star Wars themed wedding?
Can you do Karaoke?
YES, and like everything we do, we do it right. Party Machine karaoke systems allow us to change a song’s key to match the singer’s voice. Multiple wireless microphones operate on clear noise-free UHF frequencies. Our LCD video monitor on a custom wheeled pedestal allows convenient placement for your sing-along enjoyment. We can even project song lyrics onto our Big Screen systems.
What is your standard attire?
A tuxedo for formal events, suits for less formal parties, and casual wear, costumes, or beach attire as the dress code for the occasion dictates.
Can I provide my own music?
Of course, on CD or MP3, an iPod or a flash drive. Just be sure your name is on it so we can return it to you. We will need to pre-screen your selections before playing them, and will NOT play songs with lyrics that are obscene, racist, or otherwise offensive. Chances are we already have your songs in our database, unless it is a recording of the old garage band you played for in High School. We may even have that.
How far will you travel to do a party?
We have many customers who would not consider having an event without Party Machine entertainment, no matter where it is. Scott has played to happy crowds in five states and two foreign countries. Please call us first if you are planning a destination wedding or a party that involves travel. We will quote a travel rate based on distance and lodging requirements.
Can I afford your services? What are your rates?
You can get a quote for your event by calling 817-294-9539.
We need to know: date, time, place, event type, number of guests, and special requirements.
Rates vary with the date, the event type, audio-visual requirements, and special programming needs.
Obviously New Year’s Eve, popular wedding dates, and Saturdays in December will cost more. Other variables that affect pricing include secondary systems for the ceremony, number of satellite speakers, lighting and effects, interactive video services, studio production services, special staging, set-up and A-V requirements, large venue sound reinforcement systems, self-contained outdoor systems, multiple-room audio, special power requirements, accessibility (is there an elevator?) etc.
We do not charge by the hour. We will consult with you, present our recommendations for your audio/visual and program requirements, and quote an all-inclusive price for your event. Don’t be surprised if we cost more than other quotes. There is a valid reason why The Party Machine costs more than the "low bidder."
So why do some other DJs advertise hourly rates, and market their service on low price? Because they are amateurs and lack experience. To perform a truly professional job of your entertainment requires far more preparation and behind-the-scenes work than simply showing up to spin discs for a few hours. Talented professionals charge more, and are worth more, because we do our homework.
No experienced professional DJ lists hourly rates, nor markets based on low price. If you are looking for the cheapest music, hire an amateur hobby DJ who needs to gain experience. Or just connect your iPod to some speakers (CLICK HERE to see an iPod wedding). You may get by for a middle-school dance. Just don’t expect the level of performance, MC talent, audio quality, or professionalism you get from a career professional. And, never hire a hobby DJ for the most important celebrations of your life! Your special memories deserve better than average, and require more than "just a DJ" to do the job well.
There is a tremendous difference between professionals and amateurs: The Party Machine Difference!
Please call Scott at 817-294-9539 for a quote before deciding you can’t afford Party Machine quality - you may be pleasantly surprised.
The Party Machine costs more than average entertainers, and the reason is obvious to anyone who has attended a Party Machine event. In fact, it becomes obvious with the first telephone call. Like many other things in life, you get what you pay for. However, choosing the lowest bidder to entertain at your wedding, reunion, or bar mitzvah is a lot like choosing your tax accountant based on low price. If he doesn’t do a good job, the results could be disastrous. Nothing ruins a wedding faster than a bad cheesy DJ.
The Party Machine specializes in the important celebrations in your life. These are the Kodak moments, the special times when memories are made, and you don’t get a "do-over." Whether it’s your wedding or your silver anniversary, your graduation or your 20-year reunion, your birthday or your retirement party, these are special times, the times when you hire a professional photographer to capture the memory for you.
Make sure you hire a professional DJ entertainer as well!
At these special life celebrations, it is the entertainment that will "make it or break it."
Weddings are a special unique event and require a custom rate quote. Wedding rates include special music programming, pre-event planning meetings with the Bride and Groom, coordination with other wedding vendors, Master of Ceremonies services, use of wireless microphones for toasts and announcements, and managing the timeline for the event. We can also quote indoor/outdoor systems, lighting, and interactive multi-media and video services. If you are choosing your DJ solely on low price, there are many young and hungry newcomers cutting their teeth in this business, and you should probably contact one of them, although this often has disastrous results. We offer a higher level of quality, experience, and professionalism for the Bride and Groom who desire a trouble-free wedding with no worries, and who won’t risk their wedding on the lowest bidder.
Amazingly, people routinely spend $3,600 for a wedding cake, $1,200 for an ice sculpture, and $5,000 for a vegetable platter. That is fine, because those items are worth the price. A $5,000 food display created by one of the many talented chefs in Dallas-Fort Worth is a work of art and a thing of beauty. So is the performance of a talented and experienced Master of Ceremonies and DJ. But many people still shop for the lowest bidder for entertainment, and they always regret their mistake. Post-event surveys consistently show that if they could get a "do-over," the majority of brides would have devoted more of their total budget to better entertainment.
After the event, the guests will forget about the cake and the ice sculpture, but they always talk about the entertainment. For "better or worse," it is the entertainment that the guests remember.
Every bride I have met begins our meeting the same way: with a DJ horror story. She attended a wedding with a bad cheesy DJ, who didn’t know what to play or what to say, who played the Macarena and the Chicken Dance seven times, talked too much, drank too much or made inappropriate comments, dressed wrong for the occasion, and who sounded like Charlie Brown’s incomprehensible mother over the microphone (you know, "Bwah, bwah, bwah bwah-bwah!"), and who made terrible musical choices, sometimes even playing offensive songs with racist or obscene lyrics.
That was the lowest bidder. The customers got what they paid for, and it ruined their wedding.
Sadly, we have all seen this. These bargain-basement DJ wanna-bes are giving our industry a bad name, the same way that high-pressure salesmen, dishonest auto mechanics, ambulance-chasing lawyers, accountants who "cook the books," and malpracticing doctors damage the reputation of their respected professions.
But at the higher end of the price range, there exists an exceptional group of talented career professionals, dedicated to providing outstanding customer service and improving their professional DJ skills. Professional DJs and MCs are active in professional organizations, read trade journals, attend workshops, conventions and seminars, and network to constantly improve the quality and value of their service. They maintain high standards of integrity and personal responsibility and are active in the community. By supporting and patronizing career professional DJs of the American Disc Jockey Association, you are helping to "raise the bar" for the industry standard, and improve the performance quality and customer service available to all.
A Party Machine Wedding is not expensive - it’s priceless!
Class Reunions are another unique event requiring a custom rate quote. The Party Machine will provide special music programming from your school days! We will also assist with your program, mix and edit your slideshows and videos, MC and make announcements, and videotape the entire event. You can also use our wireless microphones, spotlights, and interactive big-screen video for presentations. Rate varies accordingly.
Please call Scott at 817-294-9539 for a quote before deciding you can’t afford Party Machine quality - you may be pleasantly surprised.
So how much should I budget for a talented DJ and Emcee for my wedding?
That’s your choice, of course. Martha Stewart recommends 10% of your total wedding budget.
Source: Modern Bride
It seems that 5% is not enough.
Bear in mind that DJ and MC service is not a generic product! There is a broad range of talent and ability in the marketplace, and no barriers to entry. Anyone who can print business cards can claim to be a DJ.
If you search for a DJ on Google, you see many price-based advertisements. Some are newcomers, some are "list-sellers," and many are just dishonest bait-and-switch advertising. Any DJ that will play a prime wedding date for under $1,200 is not one of the area’s top professionals, and should be avoided for any "Kodak Moment" celebrations, like weddings, anniversaries, and reunions. If they will work cheap, that means they earn their living doing something else, and really don’t have the time (or work ethic) to dedicate to making your event their top priority. Many DJs at lower price points can do an adequate job for a school dance, but don’t have the necessary skill set or experience required to play for a mixed-age group with diverse musical taste.
Higher-paid DJ/MCs entertain for their primary income, and live and die by referrals. You expect better service when you pay a little more, and you deserve it. A career professional will work harder to give you your money’s worth, and ensure that you will be so pleased with their service that you will refer others.
The top Professional DJ Entertainers in the Dallas - Fort Worth area charge from $1,500 to $2,500 for prime dates, with top talent, large systems, lighting, and multi-media commanding more for popular wedding dates. There are several good and talented professional entertainers in the Dallas - Fort Worth area in this price range, and we stay booked up. They can be identified by their years of experience, references, and professional affiliations. When you speak to a professional on the phone, you will know immediately.
If these rates seem high to you, think about what your guests will remember most. The "Fun Factor" at your wedding is controlled by the entertainment. It is the entertainment that will make or break your event.
If you budget more for vegetable platters than for your entertainment, it could be a mistake.
Do you use a written contract?
Yes, a signed contract and deposit of 50% are required to hold a date. Of course, any changes may be made after your date is "locked in," and will be done with a contract rider. All Party Machine contracts include the option of additional time at a pre-determined rate.
Do you accept Credit and Debit Cards?
Yes, we accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. We also accept PayPal online.
Of course, we are happy to accept your personal or business check.
Do you use professional sound equipment?
Absolutely, and only the very best available. We use amplifiers from QSC and Crown. Speakers are the latest from JBL for mains and subwoofers, and featuring Phonic powered speakers for our UHF wireless remotes. Our systems feature digital signal processing that eliminates noise and feedback. We use only Apple computers in our digital systems, with redundant backup. Microphones from Shure, MiPro and Countryman for crystal-clear sound and reliability. But a Party Machine sound system is more than just an impressive state-of-the-art equipment list.
Other DJs are frequently guests at Party Machine events, and they always have the same comment: "Wow, you have my dream DJ system!" They often ask, "How did you get such great sound, in this room with horrible acoustics?" And of course, "How long have you been doing this?"
Party Machine systems travel in custom road cases, so they always arrive in working condition, even after a long trip and getting bounced up a flight of stairs. Even the wires get special attention: balanced outputs are utilized, and shielded cables to prevent picking up stray radio signals or cellphones. Spares for everything, and power conditioners and surge suppressors prevent unwanted noises and pops. Ground Fault Interrupters (GFI) for safety in outdoor, poolside or waterfront setups. Sound Pressure Level (Decibel) Meters are used to set safe and enjoyable operating volume, and systems are equalized using a Real Time Analyzer. Party Machine technology can make a room with harsh acoustics sound great, and provide clean, crisp sound at comfortable listening levels, so your guests can talk without being overpowered by overly-loud music.
We have our own materials handling equipment, dollies, ramps, pads and straps for safe transport of our equipment. This means your event will not be delayed because your DJ had to wait for a dolly at the loading dock. The manager of one popular banquet hall said she knew we were professionals, just because we didn’t bother her to ask if we could borrow a dolly! Party Machine systems always arrive looking clean and new.
Do you do lighting and special effects?
YES, The Party Machine has consistently been on the cutting edge of the latest lighting technology. Our latest systems include LED color-change lights to set the mood for your banquet room, intelligent lighting, and lasers, all sound-synchronized and computer-controlled. We even have wireless lighting control. Of course, we also have more traditional effects, such as a mirror ball for a Disco theme party, or bubble machines and confetti launchers. We can provide custom gobo fixtures that will project your name or company logo, on fixtures that can move, spin, or change colors. If you can dream up a visual effect, we can do it for you! Call me for ideas, there are many creative things lighting can do to make your event special and memorable for your guests.
Do you need to see the banquet facility? Can you meet us there to look at the room?
Of course, but chances are good that we are already well acquainted with your banquet room. What is more important is that we meet with you, so that we can discuss your event and get to know your plans, preferences, musical tastes and event agenda. It is important to see the venue whenever planning large systems, multiple-room or indoor/outdoor events, or when lighting, special effects, or video are to be used.
What are your qualifications to be a DJ and MC?
DJ Scott Shirley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, University of Texas at Arlington. 30 years of continuous operation in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. DJ instructor and author.
15 Nightclubs, over 1,600 private parties, weddings and events. See Experience below.
Have you been professionally trained or certified?
Radio and TV production and DJ courses in college, as well as courses in public speaking. By the time classes for Mobile DJs came into existence, I was teaching them. I have taught many DJs, and have written numerous articles on being a Mobile DJ. The Party Machine has belonged to numerous Record Pools, clubs, and DJ Associations that have come and gone. We have been members of the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington Chambers of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau. We are currently active in the DFW Chapter of the American DJ Association. We belong to Crossmix, the fellowship of Christian DJs. We participate in several online DJ forums, including DJ Gold and Free DJ America. We keep up with all the latest music and entertainment trends through several magazines and music subscription services. A Professional DJ’s training continues throughout a long career!
What is your experience? How many events have you done?
Scott Shirley has worked as a DJ at 15 clubs and well over 1,600 private events since 1976, and has trained dozens of party DJs. The Party Machine has an impressive list of customers, (see Customers list) and has been the market leader in Dallas-Fort Worth with many firsts in the mobile entertainment industry. We have performed on boat docks, balconies, barns, and basements, lobbies, lodges, luaus and living rooms, penthouses, picnics, proms, pools, and patios, trucks and tree-houses, drive-in theaters, jet hangars, train stations, symphony halls, and 40 stories above downtown.
The Party Machine has filled arenas at both the Dallas and Fort Worth Convention Centers with massive multi-speaker sound systems for conventions and festivals. We have also provided music for many fund-raisers and Dance Marathons, including 15 events lasting 30 hours for the American Cancer Society.
Party Machine entertainment packages have been auctioned as fund-raisers for schools, charities, churches, sports clubs, Olympic athletes, and KERA-13 Public Television.
We have performed at High School Proms, and later at the Class Reunion, for the same High School class.
We have many repeat customers, several for whom we have done weddings for every son and daughter in the family. We have done 40th and 50th birthday celebrations for the same customer. We have many customer families, for whom we have done a wedding, a parent’s birthday, a reunion, and a grandparent’s Golden Anniversary. We have done one class’s 5, 10, 20, and 30 year Class Reunion. We have even played music and recorded for a funeral. We have done a wedding in a swimming pool. Not poolside, but actually IN the water!
My experience includes many unique and unusual events. I have played parties at which I rode an elephant and flew in a tactical fighter plane, and have worked with many entertainment and sports celebrities and business and political leaders. I even got the Speaker of the House of Representatives to dance wearing a hula skirt.
Perhaps our best recommendation comes from the growing number of repeat customers, who call the Party Machine to check our booking availability, before selecting a date for their event.
Our wealth of experience is unmatched in the industry!
Will you also serve as Master of Ceremonies (MC)?
Of course! Party Machine DJs will make announcements at your wedding reception, introduce your wedding party and special guests, and manage the event timeline according to your wishes. We often MC for reunions, awards banquets, and company parties, and can assist with announcements, door prizes, arranging group photos, games, skits, or contests.
Are you insured?
The Party Machine carries liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 aggregate. Our policy covers bodily injury, personal injury, property damage, auto, fire, medical, host liquor liability, and products liability within limits defined by the policy. A Certificate of Insurance will be provided upon request. If your venue requires an Additional Named Insured Certificate, we can provide this to them as well.
Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are available for all chemical products used in effects (fog, haze, bubble, cannons, pyrotechnics, and snow).
How much set-up time do you require?
We allow at least an hour, and prefer 2 to 3 hours for larger events. Our record set-up time (small sound-only setup) is 3 minutes, 26 seconds, captured on camera! More time is allowed for large sound systems, lighting, and special events as required. Requests for an unusually early set-up may result in additional fees.
Do you have back-up equipment in case of a breakdown or failure?
Yes, and our duplicate hardware - and duplicate music - travels to every event. Although our equipment is rigorously maintained and frequently updated, machines can break. Because we have spare components pre-wired and ready for quick substitution, your guests would never notice an amplifier change. Similarly, all systems have three to five music sources connected and redundant cabling, so that failure of any single component will not affect your event. Music is backed-up to multiple devices.
Party Machine backup gear is not second rate entry-level equipment, either, but is quality high-end pro audio electronic components that many new DJs aspire to have in their primary system.
The Party Machine also has contingency plans for backup transportation and staffing.
In 30 years of flat tires, transmission failures, and traffic jams, we have never started a party late. In rare cases of equipment malfunction, our backup systems have never let a party be delayed. Because the next event puts this perfect record at risk, we leave nothing to chance. That’s the Party Machine Difference.
How is the Party Machine different from other disc jockey companies?
THE PARTY MACHINE DIFFERENCE!
We are better. We have more experience. We get the details right!
It’s really very simple. 31 years of positive experience pays big dividends in quality and professionalism.
We start with great quality sound, and take it to the next level.
(no, we don’t mean "crank the volume up to 11!")
Plenty of DJs have speakers or amplifiers that are just as good as Party Machine equipment. But we go the extra mile for superior sound quality and performance reliability. Harsh room acoustics are improved using a Real Time Analyzer for equalization. Digital Signal Processing equipment eliminates feedback, hissing noise (called sibilance in the audio biz), radio interference, subsonic rumble, and even microphone handling noise. Power conditioning ensures clean sound without 60-cycle hum. Even the shielded audio cables that connect Party Machine components are of the highest quality, and Party Machine gear travels in custom road cases and is transported with handling equipment made to our own specifications. Safe listening volume is set using a Sound Pressure Level meter. Party Machine systems offer Better sound, and better reliability!
The Party Machine can handle the Big Events.
We have the equipment, expertise and experience for big-venue sound! We have provided Party Machine audio systems for arenas, convention centers, trade shows, car shows, and large fund-raising events. Our exclusive Wireless Powered Speakers have expanded our sound reinforcement capability, and allows for impressive indoor/outdoor sound systems. A banquet for 1,200 of your closest friends is not a problem!
We do our homework before your event.
We care about the details and are committed to doing whatever it takes to make your event a success. We are on-time, well-equipped, well-dressed and well-prepared. We "out-prepare" other entertainment companies. We have the best experience, and our customers prove it - just ask them. When party time comes, we make sure everything goes smoothly, according to your wishes and plans, your event is trouble-free, you have no worries, and everyone has a great time!
Expanded video and multi-media capability!
The Party Machine can turn your Reunion, Fund-Raiser or Awards Banquet into an energy-filled multi-media extravaganza! In addition to Image Magnification, PowerPoint slideshows, and video projection, Party Machine video professionals can provide a live multi-camera show, and project party guests onto the Big Screen for dancing party pics and video. Your party guests will love seeing themselves on the Big Screen! Wedding guests can see the ceremony onscreen the minute they arrive at the reception. A Bar Mitzvah can turn into an exciting American Idol episode, or your school’s Alma Mater can be read karaoke-style at your Class Reunion.
We specialize in the most important events in your life!
Milestone Birthdays and Anniversaries, Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and Reunions are our strength.
We understand the importance of the milestone events in your life, so we take the time, trouble and expense to get it right the first time, and do it your way! We treat every booking as an important event in your life.
No Wedding Crashers Guarantee.
The Party Machine is different with our No Wedding Crashers policy. We do not allow prospective customers to attend wedding receptions to "check out" the DJ. This way we guarantee that there won’t be wedding crashers at your wedding, checking out your DJ. This allows your Party Machine DJ to fully concentrate on your event, without the distraction of salesman duty. Our outstanding references and face-to-face meetings will make you confident that the Party Machine is your best entertainment choice.
Limited Booking for Weddings
The Party Machine is different because of limited booking. Scott Shirley only does 25 to 30 weddings each year in order to be able to dedicate the time to make each one special, memorable, and unique. This guarantees that you will have the same DJ you chose, not some rookie substitute. We will never double-book your date!
Your Music Choices!
For weddings and reunions, we will review in person the most popular choices for your special music, plus you can select your music through our online lists. Our Party Machine music archives include resources from PhonoLog, Music Master, Billboard and other sources, all of which will be at your disposal for musical research.
Do you require a deposit? What is your cancellation policy?
The Party Machine requires a 50% deposit and contract signature to reserve a date. Balance is due at set-up prior to the event. Deposit is refundable until 90 days from event. Cancellations made after 90 days prior to the event are not refundable, but may be applied to a future booking. This is because we have turned away customers for that date, and it is too late to re-book.
Can you work outdoors?
Of course, we do it all the time! Weddings, pool parties, company picnics, churches, ranches, country clubs and yacht clubs have us working outdoors all the time. We even have remote outdoor systems with silent, non-polluting inverter power, for lakeside, park, ranch, and backwoods events. We can set up a DJ tent for outdoor events. In case of inclement weather, our modular sound systems can be re-located indoors quickly, and we have procedures in place for contingencies.
These are the answers to the most common questions we receive. Please call us at
817-294-9539 if you have any additional questions.
Every Party Machine bride will receive a FREE copy of Peter Merry's exceptional book, "The Best Wedding Reception - Ever!" This is the first wedding book about the entertainment aspect of your reception, and how to make it FUN and memorable for all your guests, which is what The Party Machine is all about! Call for an appointment NOW at 817-294-9539. Popular dates book early.