F.A.Q’s

 
Q: How long have you been a Professional DJ and how many weddings have you done?
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After attending F.A.M.E. Academy of Mobile Entertainment back in 1999 learning wedding protocol, emcee skills and overall music knowledge.
I started provided wedding and event entertainment full time performing both duties as Master of Ceremonies and DJ services for between 25-30 weddings per year.
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Q: What makes your services different from your competitors?
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Working directly with my clients and enaged couples to provide the ultimate wedding or event that is as unique as they are is key and most important. Any DJ can push play and promise that everyone will have a great time, but what makes my services different is the planning. Not only are you able to plan everything from your cocktail and dinner music to your last dance, your guests will be able to make music requests in guest music request area located in the Client area of our website. This makes understanding what music to play at your wedding reception or event that both you and your guests will like very easy. Beyond the music, there is my ability to create your vision and bring it to life. I work close with your photographer, videographer and banquet manager to create a smooth flow of events which allows you to have peace of mind knowing everything will be handled professionally.
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Q: Do you book more than one event in a day?
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Only a few times a year am I asked to provide services for early morning events, but I never take on more than one event unless I have plenty of help to set up, time to travel and be properly prepared for each event.
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Q: How Much Do You Charge?
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Price is an important question and there are some things to consider. The experience level of the DJ and or Master of Ceremonies and the services provided – ie: Hours needed, second sound system and music for ceremony, uplighting, monogram lighting, photo montage, or even Karaoke in some cases. And the planning prior to the actual event, phone conferences, emails and face-to-face meetings to go over speciifc details of your event as well as onsite planning and coordination with your other vendors. 
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Q: How much do you charge to book our event?
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We charge a between a $100.00 - $200.00 deposit to secure your event date depending on the event package selected.
This deposit is applied to the final event total with the balance being due prior to commencement on your actual event date.
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Q: How much would you charge for overtime?
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Over time is charged at ONLY $50.00 per additional 1/2 hour...Before adding time to the end of your event be sure to check with the venue as they may have a charge for overtime or may not permit it at all.
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Q: What do you require from us?
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Indoor Setups
In most cases for indoor events I only require a minimum area of 10′ wide by 6′ deep and if possible a small area on either side of your dancefloor or room for speaker placement.  As for power we require a minimum of 2 independant 15-20 amp circuits, check with the venue for availability.
Outdoor Setups
For outdoor setups we do require full shelter in the form of a tent with at least 3 sides to protect equipment against most weather conditions including rain and direct sunlight.  Our setup area and electrical requirements are the same as for our indoor setup.
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Q: Do you provide a contract or event agreement?
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Yes it is a must to offer clients a written agreement that shows what is discussed and agreed upon.  This is how you and the DJ you hire know what is expected from each other in the actual performance of the DJ services offered.
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Q: May we meet with you in person before signing the contract?
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I always provide a face-to-face meeting prior to signing the contract.  It is a great way to get to know our clients likes and dislikes so we can put togather a DJ entertainment package that is totally you. 
Sometimes this isn’t convenient for one or both parties and therefore the online tools provided by on this website make it easy for clients who have ebusy schedules or may live to far away from our office to make trip to meet convenient.  In that case I still encourage at least one face-to-face meeting to go over the event details at least 1 week prior to the actual event date.
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Q: How long will you hold my date?
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 I will hold your date for a reasonable amount of time in order to schedule a meeting or to give you a chance to discuss things with another party. After you have had a chance to discuss things with any other interested parties a meeting or phone conference should be scheduled. Once this has occured and an event agreement has been provided to you I will hold your date as pending for ten (10) days before placing it back as available.
Q: Do you provide dance floor lighting?
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Indeed we do offer a dazzling dance floor light show and in most of our packages it's complimentary. 
If you choose to have dance lighting of some sort we will cover what lighting will best suit your needs.
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Q: What kind of AUDIO and PERFORMANCE equipment do you use?
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We utilize multiple brands of commercial grade sound equipment and perfomance gear from Denon, Numark, Pioneer, Yamaha, QSC, Peavy and more for Clear, Quality Sound.
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Q.  What kind of Lighting equipment do you use?
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10ft x 10ft lighting truss,  5ft x 10ft lighting stand, LSC SC-8 Lighting Control System, Elation Lighting Control Systems, Furman Merit Series Power Conditioner, Eight Chauvet 38 Slim Par LED 
(2) American DJ Mystic Effect “Sound Activated Lighting”
(2) American DJ Vertigo Sound Activated Lighting
American DJ Snap Shot II strobe light, Chauvet Color Bank 4 Sound Activated Light, American DJ Pinspot LED / Spot Light, American DJ M-600L 12" Mirror Ball
American DJ 48BLB Black Light, Chauvet Vue III 9-channel DMX-512 LED
Chauvet Vue VI 9-channel DMX-512 LED, 4) Chauvet LED SlimPAR 38 "head table uplighting"
Blizzard PUCK RGBA "uplighting"
1 - 4ft x 6ft Dragon Frontboard Lighted Facade
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Q: Do you provide wireless microphones?
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Any professional DJ in this day and age really has no excuse for not having wireless microphones available for their clients use.  In fact we employ two, one handheld and 1 the other Lavalier "LAV" microphone for use during ceremonies in order to mic the officiant so everyone can hear you make your vows.
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Q: Do you bring backup equipment?
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Yes we do bring additional backup equipment at all times. This not only includes backup audio gear and speakers but lighting and music library as well. Backup equipment is installed in performance rack at all times so incase something goes bad chances are you will not even realize it. The way it is installed I am able to flip over to a backup system wthin' seconds of a malfunction. 
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Q: What is your policy on alcohol or smoking during events?
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Drinking or taking cigeratte breaks is not permitted by any person "performing" DJ services for your event.  There is absolutely no reason why a DJ should need a drink in order to perform and they should be able to abstain from smoking for the duration of the event.
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Q: Do you take breaks?
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Although I may take a short restroom break or time to eat a meal (in another room if required by the venue), there is no break in the music.  Any time I may need to take away from my equipment is generally very short and usually no more than 5-15 minutes at most.
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Q: Are you insured?
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Yes, we do carry a liability policy in order to protect ourselfs should bodily injury or property damage occur during the
perfomance of our services. It is a priority that professional DJ services carry insurance as many banquet facilities require this coverage and will ask to be provided a certificate of liability.
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Q: Do you require a meal?
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While a meal provided by you is not a required item for us to perform, it is however very appreciated when offered.
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Q: What will your attire be at our wedding or other fine event?
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Traditionally a tuxedo is required at most weddings however if your wedding or event is more casual then I still wear a dress shirt, tie, black slacks and shoes.  For even less formal events I will wear a black company polo shirt, dress kacki’s and dress shoes.
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Q: When will you arrive to setup at our wedding or event?
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That will depend on what package and options you have elected for your event or wedding.  Typcially we arrive 2 hours prior to the expected arrival of your guests. This gives time to setup, do sound checks and prepare opening announcments for initial guest arrival.
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Q: Do you take requests from our guests?
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Yes, we can and do take requests from your guests at your event and in fact we can also setup an online request system your guests can use prior to your event to make special dedications or requests.  You can view their requests along with your own and let us know if you like or dislike andy of their selections.
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Q: When do I submit the music requests and event planner?
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I provide online planning tools for providing your music requests up to 10 days prior to your event. 
Love It – Use this to request your 20 most favorite songs that definately need to be played at some point in the event.
Like It – This list is limited to 30 songs.  It is by it’s title, just a request list, music you’d like played if possible.
Hate It or Do Not Play – This list as the title shows is a your list of music that you DO NOT want us to play.  It is limited to 20 songs as well.
Custom Plays – Sometimes certain songs are typed in wrong or misspelled while you search my online music database or are very unique and not found on my list.  For that you are able to list 20 songs by manually entering the song along with any other specific instructions, details or special dedications you may have.
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Q: How do you keep your music selection current?
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I obtain music through typical purchaseing CD’s but mainly I subscribe to several music promotion services such as Radio Programming Management, Promo Only and PrimeCuts.  These services provide radio friendly "PROFANITY FREE" music to Professioinal DJ’s only and this music comes to us at the same time it is debuted on the radio which means we get what will be the hits before they are on the charts.
I have a wide variety of the most popular music genres.
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Q: Can I speak with any of your references?
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Absolutely!  This is a great way for you to get an idea from an un-biased source how easy it is to work with us.  I would be more than happy to provide you a list of 4-5 past clients upon request.
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Q: Can we see your private performances?
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 I don’t feel it’s appropriate to invite outside guests into what may be a very personal and private event.  I’m equally sure that if it were your event that you’d appreciate your privacy just as much.
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Q: Will we meet again prior to my actual wedding or event?
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I encourage a meeting at least a week prior to your actual event to go over the specific details and answer any questions you may have.
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Q: What happens if you can’t make it to my event?
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I myself or someone will be there to perform at your wedding or event. There are situations that can occur without any way to predict.  An accident on the way to the event can happen and there is no way to plan for it. If for a reason something thats out of my control happens then appropriate action will be taken to to ensure your event will go on. We work as a team to begin with so one of our DJ professionals are always on hand to cover for an event if for some reason your selected MAIN MC/Disc Jockey was unable to make it.
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Q: What do you do to motivate a crowd that isn’t dancing?
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We start out with a Multiplication dance, then go into a line dance and or twist depending on type of event. We also explain, demonstrate and hype any activity we would like your guests to take part in. There are many different types of crowds.
The “Party” crowds are the ones that came to dance, drink and have a great time.  They are easy to get up, involved to enjoy the fun. 
There is also the Slow Dance crowd, these folks like the slow songs.  This usually happens when there are more couples than singles in the crowd.  There is also the “Social Crowd”...Many times when your guests have traveled long distance or haven’t seen friends and loved ones in a long time they just simply there to talk and toe tap if you will. Some will respond to your music selection while others may need a little encouragment over the microphone. The way to get your guests to dance is to be on the dance floor with them or to let your DJ read your crowd.
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Q: How would you define your style when making announcements?
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Style of announcements can vary from one event to another it just all depends on you want your event to be like.
If you are looking for a DJ that is enthusiastic and really enjoys getting a crowd excited about your event, then I your in the right place
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Q: Do you perform as Master of Ceremonies and make all of the announcements?
A: Yes, we will make all of the opening announcements, intoductions and handle all of the activities with an attention grabbing yet natural professional radio voice.
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Q: How many other types of events do you do per year?
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Weddings are my main source of business throughout the year, I do offer services for other types of events.  On average these make up about 10% or less of my yearly booked events.
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Q: How many weddings to your perform at per year?
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The total number of weddings vary from year to year however on average we perform at approximately 35 per year.
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Q: Do you setup advertisment with your equipment?
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No, I find self-promotion to be tasteless and tacky. I do however carry business cards should a guest ask for one.
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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2016!