Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I probably do more weddings than any other type of gig. They're more work than people think if you want to do the job correctly. You have to coordinate eveything with the bride and groom and work very closely with the wedding coordinator, photographers and caterers. That's why I typically charge more for a wedding than any other gig.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Do your home work. Don't base your decision solely on the d.j.s fee. Meeting with the d.j. before you make your decision is a great rule of thumb. Be sure that you feel secure and comfortable with the fact that you are choosing the right person. It's up to you to decide if the d.j. is just in it for the money or whether he/she really cares about doing the job properly.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. The main thing I would want to know is how do you know what music to play. That's a talent that comes with years of experience reading crowds and figuring out what music they would listen to if they were at home or riding in their car. My biggest secret is to play music from every era...that way, ALL of my guests are entertained whether they be grandparents, children or any age in between.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. They should know that I truly enjoy what I do and I ALWAYS want my clients to be completely happy with the job I've done for them. I'm the type of d.j. who always takes requests and feels terrible when I can't fulfill a guests request. That's why I'm constantly expanding my music library so I'm prepared when somebody hits me with an obscure song request. Of course, the sound system you use should be top notch and sound good at all volume levels.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I have over 30 years experience as a professional d.j. and have done over 200 weddings during those years. Not many d.j.s can make that claim. I also have a 25,000+ song library which spans the generations and genres. That's why SoundAround DJ Service should be your ONLY choice when it comes to entertainment.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. There's nothing quite like the adrenaline rush you get from playing music that gets people off their seats, dancing, laughing and having a good time. Just the thought of entertaining a room full of people gets my heart racing! It's a feeling that's hard to describe. I actually have to thank my parents for buying me my first tape recorder when I was 10...I guess you could call it an omen of things to come.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. The question most commonly asked is why my fee is so much lower than most other d.j.s. and my answer is that I don't think clients should have to pay an arm and a leg for quality entertainment. There are plenty of d.j.s out there who charge an exhorbitant amount of money and don't deliver the quality of entertainment I do. To me, the real pay off is having a bride come up to me after a wedding and giving me a big hug for doing a great job making her special day memorable.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. One of my favorite gigs was an Indian wedding where there were 1,300 people dancing non-stop. They supplied the music to me and, even though it was in a language I didn't understand and a genre I didn't have, I received hundreds of cudos from the family and guests at the end of the gig. It was probably the most fulfilling wedding I've ever played in my career.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I wish customers knew that being a great professional d.j. is almost a calling in life. It's something that's quite fulfilling and can be very challenging at times. I quite enjoy doing crossword puzzles...it's kind of like that...you're presented a puzzle and your mission is to figure out the puzzle. When you figure it out it's a great feeling of accomplishment.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. As I stated earlier, I got the "d.j. bug" at a young age when my parents gave me a tape recorder at the age of 10. I started doing play-by-plays of football games, recording music off of the radio and playing t.v. show theme games with my family. I guess you could say I was hooked then. After a 4 year stint in the U.S Navy, I decided to go to college and major in communications...specifically t.v. and radio production and direction. A professor of mine recommended me for a job at a local radio station and the rest is history.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I recently did a pro-bono gig for a local doctor who was celebrating his 90th birthday. I met the woman who coordinated the whole event at a Piedmont Professionals meeting and figured that, even though I didn't make any money, this man deserved an enjoyable evening with his friends and associates and thought it would be great exposure for my business. I had a very enjoyable time and made some excellent contacts in the business community.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. The main thing I do is listen to the radio a lot to keep up with the most current and popular music to add to my collection. I typically update my library a couple of times a month so I'm always assured of having the songs people are listening to today. In my opinion, the days of vinyl records are gone which is why I incorporate iPod and laptop technology into my sound system.
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. I think using computer technology has vastly improved the sound and portability of music for today's d.j.s. These days you can fit thousands of songs into a package the size of an iPod...about the size of a pack of gum! That's technology!
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. As I stated earlier, I did a birthday party for a very deserving member of local society. He had no clue as to what was being planned for him and all I had to do was play the type of music he enjoyed...mostly Big Band, Frank Sinatra, oldies and 70's disco...it was a blast! I played for 5 hours and got many positive comments from the guest of honor as well as the party guests.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. My pricing system is not complicated at all. I charge $300 for the first 4 hours for a party and $500 for the first 4 hours for a wedding because weddings are much more involved. Of course, when the holidays roll around I do charge slightly more...especially for the "prime" days around Christmas and, of course, New Year's Eve. I am also willing to negotiate with clients who may have a limited budget to work with.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Start collecting music immediately, buy the best sound system you can afford, advertise and, most of all, ENJOY WHAT YOU DO! PEOPLE NOTICE...BELIEVE ME!
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Why do some d.j.s think they can charge thousands of dollars for a gig? Don't they realize that many people are hurting financially due to the economy? That's why I've recently reduced my fees by $100 to help out as much as I can. Just keep in mind that YOU DON'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! Should you decide to hire SoundAround DJ Service, you'll be getting an experienced d.j. with a great sounding system, a huge music collection, a d.j. who LOVES WHAT HE DOES...and it won't cost you an arm and a leg! Give me a call today to check on availability.