Frequently Asked Questions
How much do you charge?
That depends on several factors. For example, at weddings, will you need me for just the reception, or would you like me to provide music for the ceremony as well? How far away is the venue? Is there a difficult set-up involved? (i.e. carrying equipment up steps due to no elevator available, unusually early set-up, setting up in more than one location, etc.).
Quite a bit of legwork is involved aside from the actual performing time (i.e. meeting in person, unlimited consultations by phone, searching for music, traveling to the venue before the date of the event, etc.). Throw in years of professional experience, credibility, and superior one on one service, and you realize you get a lot of value for your investment.
Don't forget the "peace of mind" you will experience, knowing that all the details will be taken care of for you.
Fees are usually based on events that last up to 4 hours. Call today so I can customize a quote for your very special event!
What type of Reservation fee do you require?
I require one third of the total fee as a retainer. This will guarantee your date. The balance is due the night of your event prior to the start. Sorry, I cannot hold a date without a retainer.
Are you insured?
Yes, I carry $2,000,000 in liability and equipment insurance. More and more venues are starting to ask for proof of insurance, so this has become a very important consideration.
Do you work alone, or do you bring a helper?
I usually work alone. Many companies will tell you that you need to have two people to be more effective. I'm here to tell you that it's not a necessity. I've been handling the duties of both Master of Ceremonies and DJ, and quite successfully, I might add.
Will you meet with us beforehand?
Absolutely! I believe face-to-face meetings are extremely important. I want you to get to know me and feel comfortable with me. Likewise, I like to truly get to "know" my clients. I will ask you several questions, and will give you straight answers (without needless hype!) to your questions. We'll go over every detail so you feel completely prepared going into your big event!
Will you play our requests?
Of course! Together you and I will create a "music game plan" for your big event! We'll go over what songs you want, what songs you don't want, and I will offer suggestions and advice as to which songs work well or not so well, and other factors to consider. I will also be more than happy to take care of requests from friends, guests and relatives.
Will you act as Master of Ceremonies?
Yes! As stated above, I will MC all major events and formalities.
What type of music do you have?
My music library runs from the Big Band Era of the 1940's, through today's biggest hits. I generally have the most popular songs of each era and genre, thus providing music for all generations to enjoy. English, Latin, Audience participation. I mix it up and keep everybody dancing.
What is your policy on purchasing new music?
I keep my music library as current as possible. I subscribe to a CD service called Promo Only. I get current Top 40, Urban and Country music every month! If a client wants a song that I do not have, I will make every effort to obtain it if I deem it to be popular enough to play it at more than one event. If it is an obvious one-time deal, or something extremely obscure that playing it in the future is highly unlikely, I will encourage you to provide a copy, and I will gladly play it for you.
Do you provide us with a written contract?
Absolutely! A written contract is protection for both of us and is simply good business sense. Be extremely wary of anyone that doesn't put everything in writing.
May I come see you perform?
If I am performing a public function, you are more than welcome to attend. Most affairs, however, are private, and therefore I cannot allow admission to uninvited guests. If I am doing your wedding or party, you'll be glad to know I am 100% focused on your affair and not trying to solicit future business from somebody "just stopping by". I will provide you with several references if you so desire.
How often do you take breaks?
I do not take breaks. The music is continuous throughout your event.
Should we provide you with a meal?
A meal is appreciated, but not required.
What time will you arrive at my event?
Generally I arrive one to one and a half hours prior to contracted starting time.
How will you be dressed?
For weddings, I will be in a suit and tie unless otherwise requested. For other parties, I dress appropriately for whatever occasion is taking place. I firmly believe in providing a good, clean and professional appearance.
What is your DJ or MC "style"?
Very professional; enthusiastic without being "over the top". I like to create a fun, comfortable and festive atmosphere for all. I speak clearly and use proper inflection. I like to get people involved, but I will not drag people out of their seats or ever purposely embarrass anybody. I can be outgoing or laid back, depending on what you want. I like an atmosphere that's fun for the entire family!