FAQ

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What exactly is a “Program DJ”?
    • A Program DJ works with you in advance of the event, then works in the office to assemble the tracks and order of play specifically for your event. If you have multiple events with a Program DJ, you will rarely hear the same tracks from one event to the next, and will never hear the same play order, unless you ask for it
    • As a Program DJ, I get to spend time in the room with your guests, ensuring that they are having a good time. I can make modifications to the playlist. I can also get some great casual pictures to share that always get your guests smiling.
    • At many of the events we assemble, there are multiple playlists, each prepared for the activity at the event. There are different requirements for networking periods, dinner hours, and post-dinner activities, such as dances. We put together custom playlists for each activity.
    • The same attention goes into selecting music for your wedding, party or dance. We talk with you in advance and put together the playlist designed to make your event better.
    • By way of comparison, specialist DJs, Wedding, Dance, and Club DJs, work from a core list of songs that they play at every event. They will sometimes take requests, and often have a couple of new tracks as well as self-made mixes and scratches.
  • Do you provide a written contract?
      • Yes.  And the good news is that it protects both parties. It is extremely important to have your booking confirmed in writing. I send a contract to you with all the details of your event.  I require a 50% Booking Fee with the signed copy of the contract returned to book your date. The remaining balance is due two weeks prior to the event. The Booking Fee covers costs related to preparing for event, including music and equipment acquisitions that will ensure a successful event.
  • How is my music selected? Do you take requests?
    •  Ideally, music is selected by you, your guests, and your DJ. As a versatile, professional DJ, I offer you a couple of solutions. I will listen to your suggestions, give you feedback and play from your desired song list. I also understand that you may not want certain songs or types of music played at all. We do not have music with explicit lyrics.
    • Our music list is posted for you to choose for yourself. This can be a time consuming process which may end up frustrating you. You may also have friends help you with selections from my list.
    • I have always felt that the best events are the ones which are naturally programmed with a sense of the “type” of music desired. Clients are encouraged to choose a handful of specific songs, which I will add to, and then allow other guests to make requests.
    • Feel free to rely on my experience as well.  Just as you would rely on the photographer to select the memory cards and camera to use, and the caterer to prepare and cook the food, you can rely on me to carefully select the music for any portion of your event.
  • Investment
    • In selecting an Event DJ, as in life, you get what you pay for. Good quality is rarely cheap and cheap things rarely are of good quality. In the DJ marketplace there is often a shortage of training, skills, knowledge, expertise, and professionalism. Anyone with a pulse, a laptop with some songs, and access to an amplifier and speakers can call themselves a DJ (or worse yet, a market specialist DJ). Don’t be fooled.
    • More than the price per hour, please carefully consider the important decision of who to hire as your DJ, on the overall experience they bring to you and the experience they’ll create for you, your business, your guests or your family. Your decision will predict the outcome of your event. Studies have proven that the DJ is one of the most-remembered parts of an event – for good AND bad reasons. You have one chance to get it right.
    • The right DJ will not just be someone you hire for “X” amount of hours. The right DJ will invest many more hours in the planning and preparation for your event. It isn’t uncommon for me to spend three to five hours of preparation for each hour of your event.
  • Sound Systems
    • The DJ systems I bring to your event are professional mobile audio and video equipment, designed to be rugged, compact, and dependable. My wireless microphone systems are top of the line to prevent interference and dropouts during your event.  My microphone systems are the same kind you see at major concerts and sporting events. In addition, my wireless microphone systems are already compliant with FCC (Federal Communications Commission).  Not all DJ are using compliant equipment, and may be broadcasting on wireless frequencies illegally at your event.
    • Whether your venue is large or small, it deserves to sound great.
    • Speaking programs – Where I stand out from the “wedding specialist” and “club DJs” is in my focus on ensuring that the words spoken at your event are intelligible to your guests. We manage the sound going to the speaker cabinets in ways that other DJs just don’t. Your Message – Loud & Clear
    • Background Music – Whether its a networking event, breakfast, luncheon or dinner, the background music selections, equalization and volume management are key to an exceptional experience at your event. It is far more than louder or quieter. This is what I do to make your event better than other providers can.
    • Party, Dance and Rally Music – This is music you should not only hear but really FEEL. This accomplished through sub-woofers. Sub-woofers reproduce the very low audio frequencies that go unnoticed with typical DJ speaker cabinets alone. Many DJ companies cut corners and try to create this kind of feel and energy with two small speakers. To compensate for the lack of full sound, they increase the volume and distortion. The proper use of sub-woofers as part of the music mix will enhance your experience. During the more quiet, elegant parts of your event, you have clean, pleasant, and full sound.  Yet when the party gets going, your sound will rival that in most dance clubs.
  • How many songs do you have?
    •  In over 10 years in the business, I have over 11,000 titles on hand, almost 70,000 available through our Planning Pages, and add about fifty new tracks every month. 
    • More importantly is what tracks any DJ has and what will be played for your event. On average, twenty three minute songs can be played in an hour, or about 120 songs in a four hour event that is ALL music. I painstakingly select every track played at your event. We also have collections selected for the type of event you are having. it is more important to have the right tracks than to merely have the most.
    • Also, all of my music is legally acquired. Many DJ companies, often those with multiple DJs, buy a copy of a song and then share copies. Most tracks cost a DJ just under a dollar. To build a large library has a large cost. I provide for a broad variety of clients and events, and therefore have a very large collection. I have been in business since 1999, carefully building my collection of quality music – songs that could actually be played at any of the events I work!
  • Which DJ will be at my event?
    • From the moment you decide to hire me, the service, the emails, phone calls, you receive from me will be unmatched by any multi-DJ company out there. I will be the person with whom you are sharing the details of your event.
    • This is the single-most important thing to consider when hiring a DJ for your event.  Some companies hire trainees for minimum wage to entertain at events.  When  there are 10 part-time DJs in the company, the details about your event can be missed, and your event turns into just another “gig”.
    • On occasion, otherwise reputable DJ companies will overbook and call me, frantic for help. Don’t have them do that.
  • What will you be wearing at my event?
    • You may not have even thought about what your DJ should wear.  For some reason, 90% of DJ’s think they have to wear a tuxedo.  I would say that most of my clients want to see me wearing anything but a tux.  As you do your research you will find DJ’s that only wear their company uniform.  I dress to match the style appropriate to the event.  I arrive and set-up before your event in casual clothes well before your guests arrive. When everything is working, I change into event appropriate clothes.  When your event is complete, I change back into casual clothing for removal of my equipment.  This takes extra time, but your event is absolutely worth it to me. If you have a specific desire, let me know and it will happen.
  • Do you have microphones available?
    • We utilize professional microphones including Shure, Fender and other products. We have handheld and over-the-ear style wireless microphones as well as wired microphones. From the exercise floor to the rostrum, we have you covered.
  • What is your interaction style?
    • In many cases, event planners and organizers are hiring their DJ sight unseen.  You can view a photographer’s work.  You can see and taste the cake.  Gauging a DJ’s interaction style is a little more challenging.  My interaction is based on your preference, not mine. For networking events, you hear the music and announcements, otherwise I am low key. For a rally, I can help work your crowd into a frenzy. For your fundraiser, I can work your room to maximize the giving. When we do our planning, we’ll cover your needs.  The only surprises at events are the ones we plan for. This event is not about me. It is about you, your program and how I can help you achieve your program and event goals.
  • Will you check out my event location prior to the big day?
    • Absolutely!  Becoming familiar with the site helps me do a good job, and brings you peace of mind. I have one shot to make this right. This is time well spent to help make that happen.
  • Do you attend the rehearsal or walk-through?
    • Absolutely!  The benefits are huge, including help with timing, logistics, and relieving stress for you, your friends, your family, your officiant – everyone involved in the event. We only have one shot at getting it right.  There are no redo’s.
  • How much time do you need to set-up?
    •  No event was ever ruined because the entertainment arrived early. A DJ entertainer should be ready to turn on the music thirty to sixty minutes before your event start time, before your first guest walks through the door.  
      • Ninety minutes is enough time, for a basic music & microphone event, to set-up, test, sound check the system and be ready to go with the program.
      • Two to three hours may be required for multi-speaker, multi microphone, and visual equipment set-up and testing.
      •  Most DJs arrive one hour prior to the start time you’ve given them.  My experience has taught me that one hour is just not enough time set-up and respond to anything “unexpected”.  Even venues I play at consistently can have something happen that needs to be adjusted (i.e. bad power outlet, bad video connection, change in layout of the room, questions from caterers or other staff, etc.)
  • What if your equipment fails?
    • I am an advocate for minimizing risk.  No sound system has a 100% probability of working. Every working component of my sound systems is tested before traveling to your event.I also bring a back-up system to ensure your event is successful.  This is an added cost to my company, but your event is worth it. Also, I care for my equipment so that it looks like new at your event.  You choose a venue based on how it looks.  Why not hire a DJ that takes pride in the appearance of their gear?  It makes YOUR event look better!
  • How do you setup and present your equipment?
    • One of the reasons I arrive to your event well ahead of the start time is to make sure you have the best possible sound that is heard by everyone at an appropriate volume, doesn’t get in anybody’s way, and compliments the venue with a clean, professional appearance.  All wire and cable runs are secured or marked  to prevent trips and falls. I think and re-think your setup before I go live.  I also invest a lot of extra dollars on heavy-gauge extension cords specifically for the mobile DJ industry-not the bright orange ones you see everyone else use. 
    • Many DJ companies put their speakers on their table or on the floor which may be the worst thing that could be done because it either blasts the person next to them, or can’t be heard by guests at the far end of the room.
  • How much power do you need?
    • Ideally I need at least one dedicated 15 or 20 amp circuit.  Many times I need two and sometimes even three.  I take several steps to ensure that the power at your event is adequate, managed properly, and free of noise.  Thinking about and doing these things behind the scenes can make all the difference to the enjoyment of your guests..
  • Do you travel?
    • Yes-I am available for events in Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia, and Eastern West Virginia. I will travel to “destinations”, with additional costs for the travel.  Based on my experience, commitment and passion to provide a spectacular experience, many of my clients are now looking to hire my company specifically, no matter where their event will be held.