Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Weddings, school dances, corporate events and mitzvahs. We also take on smaller events as wells such as birthday parties and other events.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. We've recently had the pleasure to work with Nike during the 2012 Summer Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, OR, have done school dances for North Douglas High School, Cal Young Middle School and Monroe Middle School within the last month and have also provided entertainment for over 25 weddings in the summer of 2013 alone! I guess that's more than three events :-)
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Look for someone who not only provides quality service but also someone who you would like to invite as a guest to your wedding. If you find a vendor who you normally wouldn't invite or click with then stay away from that person.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. If I were a customer then I would wish I knew how important entertainment is at an event. Although with wedding budgets the least amount reserved is for entertainment (on average), that small amount spent is actually the one thing that is remembered most by guests.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. How much experience your professional has doing your type of event, references, what your professional does to prepare for your event and pricing. While price should not be the first deciding factor, it is important to have a budget set and if needed be willing to adjust the budget slightly if it will in turn provide a better event for you.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. I highly suggest that buyers think over if entertainment will be an important aspect at their event. If you will be having special events that require announcements, direction and the ability to control your event to keep everything flowing smoothly while your guests enjoy themselves and have fun then a professional disc jockey/entertainer is needed. However if you're only having an open house with no special events, no need for announcements or dancing isn't a priority then you may not need a professional DJ and can just rent a sound system with background music.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Being a DJ is who I am and unlike other DJ's out there I also have music education through college so I can have a deeper level of understanding how music works and moves people. Music truly is a universal language and I love being able to communicate through it.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love doing weddings, getting to know the bride, groom and their families and then being part of their special once in a lifetime day.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Most common question is am I willing to travel, and the answer is yes! That's another part of running my DJ business that I love, being able to see every part of Oregon and the Northwest.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. Favorite story - there are way too many to pick from! Mainly remembering weddings and the impact I had that day on creating a fun and positive celebration.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. There is a lot of behind the scenes work and expenses that customers don't see, from maintaining equipment to keeping everything clean, staying current in music, digging into genres of music that at times are not as familiar to a DJ as other genres and regular vehicle maintenance that occurs more often than the average driver does. Also running as a legitimate business we're insured and are licensed to do business in the state of Oregon.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Having a music background I realized one day that I have all this equipment from playing with bands, that eventually led to doing a company picnic for my first call center job and after that it's something I have always pursued and loved doing.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. The last wedding I did went great! There wasn't one time when the dance floor wasn't packed - yes there was a bit of drinking involved but everyone had a great time and the bride and groom thoroughly enjoyed themselves :-)
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I regularly attend conferences and expos whenever I have the chance to and watch other DJ's daily online via YouTube, blogs and other sources. I always practice daily whether it's mixing techniques or improving my piano or saxophone chops.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. Three letters - LED! LED lighting has definitely been the biggest thing as now DJ's have an option to have a huge light show without the worry of tripping any breakers, plus LED is green technology so we're helping our planet at the same time!
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. I recently did an outside wedding past Elkton at a campground. Ceremony and Reception were in two separate locations and I provided a sound system for each location. A lot of Iron & Wine music for the ceremony which created a nice, calming atmosphere for the reception. During the ceremony you knew just by looking at their eyes that the bride and groom truly loved each other.
At the reception there was dinner music, followed by toasts, cake and then their first dance was performed by two guitar players/vocalists who I did sound for. After that there was the Father/Daughter dance, Mother/Son dance and then a dance for the whole Wedding Party, after which it was open dancing for the rest of the night. During dancing there was also a projector setup showing movies silently in the background for kids - Finding Nemo and the three Ice Age movies.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Pricing varies depending on the type of event, date and package that best suits your needs. We have options ranging from $350-$1300 per event so it just depends on what works best with your budget!
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Only work in this profession if you truly love what you are doing. People can and will tell if it's for the wrong reasons (money, fame, etc.). As with everyone who has started out, start small but dream big. Help others, learn from others and in turn when you look out for other people then others will look after you.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. Our greatest strength is most likely being prompt with our customers, however that could also be considered a weakness as I try my best not to be a workaholic :-)
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. As of now I'm keeping in touch with current wedding trends outside of our industry, so not just entertainment trends but also themes, colors, how couples are using flowers and personalizing their weddings. Knowing current trends enables us to give ideas to our customers for their wedding and providing options that they may not have thought of before. I'm also taking on the task of cataloging our 30,000+ music library into key signatures so that along with beat matching and other DJ mixing techniques I can also do harmonic mixing more easily at events.
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A. Do clients need to provide every song they want played?
We encourage each and every one of our clients to be involved with the planning process when it comes to your music entertainment. While we don't need to know every song you would like played we do encourage you to brainstorm ideas for songs that you truly love and that reflect you as an individual or as a couple. Our clients are required to select their special event music such as first dances, walking down the aisle for a wedding, court dance when we do proms, but when it comes to dinner, cocktail music or dancing we'll incorporate your suggestions with our experience to create a musical program that caters to you and your guests that is unique to your event.
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A. Our event is in multiple locations, do you provide additional sound systems and if so is there an extra charge?
We understand that with events such as weddings you may want to have your ceremony outside and your reception inside. With this in mind we provide an additional sound system in each one of our packages at no extra cost, this way you won't have to worry about being tied to one location as is the case with other DJ companies. In addition we also provide backup equipment so that if there are any technical problems we can solve it within a matter of seconds so that your music or microphone audio doesn't skip a beat.