What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Absolutely. Every one of our DJs is constantly tinkering his sound and learning new techniques. We also research new technologies in lighting and sound systems, so we can provide top-notch gear and setups. Lastly, we are closely involved in the DJ community. In February, 2011, we all DJed for the DJTechTools parties in Tampa and Miami, and this involved some of the actual manufacturers of DJ equipment. It was great being able to spin and learn about new equipment at the same time!
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
DJ pricing is a bit complicated at first. This is mainly because a DJ must go to the time and expense of buying expensive gear, hauling the gear to your event's location and spending quite a bit of time and effort putting it all together (and breaking it down later). On the other hand people generally want to hire DJs by the hour. The DJ Bay has a compromise between those two goals. We price by the hour, but we do have a 3-hour minimum to ensure that it's worth the effort of hauling 250 lbs of gear! And our hourly pricing generally goes down with longer events.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We went out to Orlando to do stage lighting and sound for the May-Hem convention. May-Hem is an event centering around the appreciate of good horror films, so we had lots of people dancing and having a great time while dressed as zombies, vampires, werewolves and more. And this was in the middle of May, so it was kind of like Halloween got moved forward a few months. The DJ Bay provided lights, speakers and trussing for the event, so the live bands had something to work with on stage. We all had a great time and it was definitely among the more unusual events we've ever worked on!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Don't hire some has-been with a 70's mustache and a pile of obsolete equipment. There are a lot of so-called "DJs" out there who bring sub-standard hardware, don't even mix songs together and are just generally poor performers. And don't spend a ridiculous amount of money. Generally speaking, DJs who charge less than $300 aren't any good, and ones that charge more than $1000 (unless there is some special gear or high-level talent involved) are overpriced.