Hawaii DJ Professor Bob, Da Spin Doctor

Kapolei, HI

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

The 10 Differences - 1. We specialize in entertainment for adult audiences. You can relax, knowing that Da Spin Doctor has earned the coveted Better Business Bureau accredited "A+" rating...the only Hawaii DJ out of 42 to have this rating. 2. We create a CUSTOM music playlist for every event, so each performance is unique to your requests and theme. 3. We have an extensive 'fun to formal' costume wardrobe which we match to the theme of your event. 4. We take requests and dedications, so we bring along our ENTIRE 30,000 tune music library to every event - NOT just the same 80 tunes you hear over and over. 5. We have several scalable State-of-the-Art pro sound, video, & lighting systems, so we can set our rates according to your specific needs. For example, dinner music for 20 guests does not require our JBL 18" subwoffers, but Disco for 400 dancers does. 6. We respect and guard your privacy. We don't publish client names on our site. What happens at your event STAYS at your event with maximum privacy and discretion. But, we have lots of published reviews and fan mail from recent clients who have given permission to share their comments and we will be happy to share them with you in person. 7. We are old enough (and fortunate) to have lived through the musical decades we specialize in, so we KNOW the music of the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's right up to today's latest hits. Our primary mission is to share this GREAT music that we grew up with, with you and your guests. We LOVE what we do. 8. Professor Bob ALWAYS does a "clean" and classy show, suitable for all ages who enjoy the best music of our times. You and your guests will never be embarrassed by our music, attire, or show. 9. YOU ( NOT the DJ ) set your desired volume of the music, and the amount of talk / personality / games / events. (That's even in our contract because it's YOUR money !) 10. NO hard sell. NO high pressure. We don't try to be all things to all people in order to sell every gig. If we don't feel that we are precisely THE perfect match for your event, or if we are already booked, we will refer you to one of our trusted colleagues.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Our service was started because at weddings and events we noticed that frequently younger Hip Hop & Rap DJs play music they like, and way too loud - which sends older guests scurrying outside or they go home early to escape the noise, concussion, and contemporary "music." Few were dancing. It seems the only ones having a good time at parties these days are the D.J. and a few soon-to-be hearing impaired teens. Hey, nothing wrong with that. That's good fun and very popular if you are a teen or a twenty-something... But...what about the REST of us? We created "Da Spin Doctor" ©® to do just the opposite - and for the rest of us who enjoy the music of our lives! DJ-ing started on the radio, and Professor Bob can take you "back to the future." We share the best music from the 1940's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, right up to today's most current hits. Da Spin Doctor plays it the way it was originally performed, and as loudly or as softly as YOU want it - before, during, and after your food & beverage service.
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Location

Kapolei, HI 96707

Years in business

24

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

9

Reviews

3 Reviews
  • Raquel L. Feb 12, 2017
    Wedding DJ
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  • Maryann B. Jul 25, 2015
    DJ
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    Dr. Bob was hired for my daughter's wedding because I understood the need for professional music management during our event. I was not only pleased but would say his planning of the mood, announcements and his obvious pleasure handling the music was outstanding, I couldn't have expected a better night! Bob has the music soft and welcoming at the beginning of the event, perfect for enjoying our meal during the buffet time and when everyone was ready to party, he played non stop music, a great selection and had every one up and enjoying. Thank you sincerely! You helped make a precious night just the best!
  • Dawn K. Jun 26, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Disappointed. I hired Professor Bob for a graduation party and was very specific that I did not want to have any "bump and grind" or dirty music. Please don't misunderstand, I am not against music with swear words although I did ask for radio edits (its more about the subject of the song) but I had lots of little kids at the party and I did not want them to hear inappropriate songs. Well, I found out after the party that a very inappropriate song was played (something about to the window and to the wall and balls) my family was looking for me to cut the song but I guess I was in the kitchen working with the caterer. Needless to say that was embarrassing! The DJ also argued with me when I asked him to cut Apple Bottom Jeans insisting it was the song my daughter requested (showing me the paper with my email of requests). I said that the song she asked for was Get Low by DJ Snake and he insisted that Apple Bottom Jeans was that song and would not cut the song. DJ made a big deal when we signed with him about the fact that only one person can be designated to say if a song was acceptable or not and could cut that song and that person was me. Well that did not work out at all- he didn't cut the song when I asked.. DJ announced some of these songs as my daughters favorites and she had not even heard of the window/wall song before that night and did not like Apple Bottom Jeans but wanted to hear DJ Snake. His set up was good and professional looking and his wife did a good job of engaging the little ones on the dance floor. If you want someone who will actually listen to you about what you want find someone else. If you are open to anything and do not care what is played then he is your guy. Dawn K.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Our unique personal qualifications: 12 years musical training and performance, 1st chair "Concert Master" Bachelor's degree in Communications Master's degree in Business Administration 7 years of professional theater experience including extensive directing, staging, stage management, sound, and lighting design in more than 2200 live theater performances 23 years of University level teaching experience in lighting, camera, audio, directing, script writing, audio visual engineering, location and studio production 43 years in professional show business including five radio stations and four TV stations A weekly S. California radio audience in excess of 250,000 listeners Over 40+ years in show business, we have NEVER missed a performance!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Professor Bob first hit the airwaves in 1968 at age 15 on a 50,000 watt FM stereo radio station back East. He has been a REAL radio DJ at six radio stations on both the East and West Coasts, was a KPRO radio DJ and Program Director for Dick Clark, and has been in professional broadcasting for 40 years. Professor Bob also has seven years of experience as a professional stage actor, musician, and also TV News Anchor. Our DJ service uses all that live audience and on-air experience - delivering personality, fun, and excitement to your event.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Professor Bob DJs for Weddings, wedding receptions, class reunions , family reunions , Bat Mitzvahs, Bar Mitzvahs, Wedding Anniversarys, Birthday partys, Military Parties, Retirement Parties, Dinners, Dances, Private Parties, Senior Citizen Events, Sock Hops, Church Events, Yakudoshi, Kanreki, Grand Openings, Holiday Parties, Baby Luaus, Picnics...just about any event!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We designed an outdoor wedding reception under a large gazebo. Part of the design was setting a date for a romantic full moon! I am certain that every guest will remember forever the couple's first dance backlight under the moonlight washing over Waikiki.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
How to hire the "Right" DJ for you... The last time we checked, there were more than 30 DJs on Oahu, charging from $200 to $4800 for a four hour event. How do you make this critical selection, and more importantly - not pick the WRONG DJ? Obviously, with this huge price range, hiring a DJ by price comparison or web sites is simply impossible and insane! It's actually quite simple. Call to find out if the DJ is available on your date. If so, agree to or ask for a meeting. At the meeting, you can evaluate the DJ - not the skills of their marketing person. Your prospective DJ should have with them a sample professional contract, their insurance certificate, fee schedule, and some marketing materials, organized neatly and professionally. But, the real agenda on your part should be a conversation to determine are they are really listening to your needs? How flexible are they? How professional are they? Were they on time? Do they strike you as mature, experienced, and reliable? How are they dressed? Can they speak clearly and be understood? Most important - do you feel their personality matches your needs and expectations? Are they 'simpatico' with you? Request a lunch, coffee, or dinner meeting. That will allow you check manners, posture, charisma, alcohol consumption, and allow enough time to chit chat to test musical knowledge. As any personnel pro will tell you - you can tell a lot about a person by the way they eat and drink. Is the DJ personable, mature, and friendly? Is the conversation forced and uncomfortable, or does it come easy between you and the DJ? Go by your gut feelings or that little voice in your head, and you will usually be right. Forget the glossy brochures, fancy web pages, slick business cards, photos, edited videos of strangers dancing around, "discounts," and lists of past 'satisfied' clients. Everybody who has been in the DJ business for more than six months has all this, and it is all too similar to be of any real help in your decision-making. None of this 'cool stuff' will guarantee a good show - only that the DJ has purchased good marketing tools. Odds are that impressive web site was designed by great web master, not the DJ (but not Da Spin Doctor. As you have probably guessed, we created our own to reflect our unique personality.) So, what does that fancy site actually tell you about the DJ as a reliable performer, a professional individual, a personality, and how well or poorly he or she will perform for YOU? At the meeting, here are a few critical things to discuss: Are you the DJ who will actually be performing at our event? Believe it or not, substitutions of someone you have never met is one of the major complaints about DJ services. This is sometimes a problem for larger DJ companies that have "multiple units." (Da Spin Doctor does not have this problem.) May we make requests? You should be able to request six to twelve songs that have special meaning for you. But if you go beyond this you will be removing the DJs ability to react minute-by-minute to the group - and that's a very bad thing. Rather than be too specific with dozens of song or artist requests, it is far wiser to request a genre' of music like disco, rock 'n roll, country & western, line dancing, etc. Have you personally ever performed in our venue? If not, then the DJ should immediately volunteer to meet with venue managers and /or event planners to measure electrical runs, room shape, configurations, lighting, layout, and a thousand other details that you should not have to worry about. If this level of care and planning is not volunteered by the DJ, or doesn't happen well in advance of your event - BIG RED flag! How much do you charge? This should be the LAST question you should ask. Why waste your time asking this question before you even know who your DJ is likely to be, or what services (like lighting, M.C. duties, etc.,) are available? Quality costs more - it always does. That's just common sense. Chevy or Cadillac? Rolex or Timex? They both do precisely the same thing, so why would anyone ever buy a Rolex? The answer is QUALITY. The most common ways to cut DJ rates is to use old, substandard, cheap, non-professional, or used equipment, or to hire inexperienced high school or college students as DJs. Some 'budget' DJs have no insurance, unreliable transportation, no backup equipment, or illegal music copies. Our LEGAL licensed music is updated every month by Prime Cuts, a professional DJ music service. Be reasonable setting your DJ budget. As with virtually anything you purchase, you will usually get what you paid for. If you are spending more on your wedding cake than you have budgeted for a Pro DJ, then you are way too low. Here is a reasonable starting point: Your DJ budget should be $1200 average for four hours of DJ & MC services and basic lighting from an experienced in-demand Pro for approximately 150 guests. Your DJ budget should be at least 10% to 15% of your total event budget. (That's less than the mandatory 18% - 20% group 'service charge' tip, so even the best DJs are a REAL bargain!)
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Quality costs more - it always does. That's just common sense. Chevy or Cadillac? Rolex or Timex? They both do precisely the same thing, so why would anyone ever buy a Rolex? The answer is QUALITY. The most common ways to cut DJ rates is to use old, substandard, cheap, non-professional, or used equipment, or to hire inexperienced high school or college students as DJs. Some 'budget' DJs have no insurance, unreliable transportation, no backup equipment, or illegal music copies. Our LEGAL licensed music is updated every month by Prime Cuts, a professional DJ music service.