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About Ice Cold Entertainment/Surround Sound Entertainment

hired 12 times on Thumbtack

We are a high-energy entertainment company, providing DJs, emcees, dancers, bands, photographers, and novelty acts for nearly 20 years! We have entertained at thousands of weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, birthdays, anniversaries, communions, graduations, sweet sixteens, proms, corporate events, and every imaginable social function.

We supply nothing but state-of-the-art equipment, along with experienced, yet youthful and dynamic performers at a competitive price. We provide sound systems for crowds up to 1,000 guests, nightclub quality lighting effects (including intelligent lighting, lasers, fog, bubbles, etc.), video screens, up lighting, semi-professional photography, on sight photo booths, karaoke, party favors, and music that will satisfy the musical tastes of all ages! (More than 100,000 legal songs are in our data base, ranging from big band era through the most recent releases and all points in between.)

We are a member of the National Association of Mobile Entertainers and are fully insured. Check out our Facebook page for photos and fun stuff (Ice Cold Entertainment, Linden, NJ)!

We have recently merged with another top company in Northern NJ to provide even more top quality event entertainment! Check out our expansive websites. Surround Sound Entertainment (for weddings, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, corp events, etc.) and Awesome Club Prom (for proms, sweet 16's, la quinceaneras, etc.)


Linden, NJ 07036

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  • 4/5 stars Event DJ Verified Review

    Chris and his team did a great job. My only statement would be that he didn't play enough of our "must play " list. But overall he had the party going and everyone enjoyed themselves

    DJ C. from Ice Cold Entertainment/Surround Sound Entertainment replied to this review on August 20, 2015:

    I sincerely thank TJ for his great review. He & his crowd were awesome party people! As for the "must play" list, we ALWAYS play all of our customer's "must play" songs. In this case many of those requests were not songs that were good wedding dance songs so we played many of them during the downtimes of the events. (We had discussed this in detail prior to the event date.) There was an outdoor deck associated with this event where people went to smoke and enjoy the spectacular view. Some of these songs were probably not heard since the bride and groom spent a bit of their time mingling with their guests outside and away from the music being played in the indoor area. Please know that we take EXTREME pride in adhering to our customer's requests.

  • 4/5 stars Event DJ Verified Review

    We recently used DJ Chris and Ice Cold Entertainment for our wedding. Everything went great and the photographer that he used as part of our wedding package did a great job. He helped us with selecting our music for all part of the reception.

  • 5/5 stars Event DJ Verified Review

    DJ Chris and his spin man were absolutely incredible! They had the kids up and dancing, playing games, engaged in every way! The music selection was great - the lighting was the perfect enhancement to a hockey themed Bar Mitzvah. Chris walked me through all the steps - knew what I needed to deal with and made this process so easy for me!!! Thank you for making my son's day so very special and one he'll never forget!!

  • 5/5 stars Event DJ Verified Review

    He ran a great party. He kept the kids happy and occupied the entire time. He was enthusiastic and cared about pleasing us.

    DJ C. from Ice Cold Entertainment/Surround Sound Entertainment replied to this review on August 19, 2015:

    Thank you so much Jill. Your group was an absolute pleasure to work with!

  • 5/5 stars Event DJ Verified Review

    Great Job, would hire him again, did everything he said. Good package deals.

  • 5/5 stars Event DJ Verified Review

    The music and lighting was great. We had people on the dance floor all night . I even had to tell my guests that the party was over and that I never had to do befour . I would use them again !

  • 5/5 stars Event DJ Verified Review

    Working with DJ Chris was a blast! We had a very unique playlist and he was able to accommodate us easily. We received numerous compliments from our guests on how great the dj was. He was the life of the party! Affordable and professional!

    DJ C. from Ice Cold Entertainment/Surround Sound Entertainment replied to this review on August 19, 2015:

    Matt was definitely one of the coolest grooms I've ever worked with. Great crowd & a lovely bride! Thank you so much!

  • 5/5 stars Event DJ Verified Review

    Chris was very diligent and spent time visiting the reception hall weeks before the Bat Mitzvah to ensure the sound system would work well with his systems. He also came very early to the reception to set up and get everything working. The kids liked his sense of humor and they really liked the way he enhanced and added interesting twists to all the games to keep things exciting and different.

  • 5/5 stars Event DJ Verified Review

    We hired DJ Chris about 8 weeks before our wedding after the DJ we initially hired bailed on us. Chris made us feel very comfortable and confident that we could count on him to show up on our wedding day. The day of he was awesome, he made sure to take care of all our requests, do play and do not play list, and kept everyone on the dance floor. I don't think the dance floor was ever empty. We had a great party and I would recommend anyone to hire Ice Cold Entertainment. Thanks DJ Chris!!!

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Ice Cold Entertainment has done literally thousands of jobs over nearly 20 years. We do virtually every type of party and we do it to perfection! We have entertainers that are the perfect choice for your affair whether its a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, sweet 16/la quinceanera, anniversary, birthday party, prom/project graduation, corporate event/fund raiser, etc.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. 2 highly successful weddings and a huge production sweet 16 at: The Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange, NJ - The Hilton, Short Hills, NJ - The Crystal Plaza, Livingston, NJ

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Ask questions. i.e. What experience does the entertainer have? Are they insured? (Do you REALLY want to be sued if something happens at your event as a result of the DJ's actions and they aren't insured?) Are they affiliated with reputable companies and/or organizations? Do they have professional equipment as well as equally professional back up equipment? Do they have reliable, well maintained transportation? (You don't want your DJ breaking down en route to your affair because he's driving his '95 hatchback with 400K miles on it!) Also give some detailed information about your event. (This will help give an accurate quote.) Above all else, be realistic with your budget. A true professional is not going to provide quality entertainment at any affair for what amounts to minimum wage. Do you really want to trust the success of a "once in a lifetime affair" to an amateur with substandard equipment? (Many of these bargain basement DJ's use equipment which in NOT built for the rigors of transporting. How would you like to have your DJ's system break down 5 minutes into your event without any back up systems? What does that mean? It means your party is over!) What if your DJ does not even show up? Don't think it can happen? I've heard it happen MANY times! For your own sake people, spend the extra money and ensure the success of your affair! Above all else POST YOUR budget on this site! When we professionals bid on these events it costs us money. I do NOT bid on events that do not post a budget.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Many people think that the DJ business is made up of people in formal wear who show up and play music for 4-5 hours and nothing else. This is a fallacy. The true professional entertainer probably spends 10 or more hours in addition to the event between initial meetings with the customer, gathering of information, proposing ideas, preparing music and paperwork, preparing the necessary equipment, travel, assembling the appropriate staff, load in/out, set up/break down, and any number of other things that go into providing the best entertainment experience. The true professional is going to own a minimum of $50,000 in professional equipment, legally obtained music, and dependable transportation. Considering costs such as insurance, equipment/vehicle maintenance, music subscriptions, paying for websites, office expenses, clothing, and any number of misc. items necessary to properly run a legitimate business, a professional entertainment company may have $25,000 or more in annual expenses. That company is NOT going to offer event services for less than $500 at a MINIMUM. If you see anyone offering ANY kind of service below that price range I would be VERY careful before you hire a substandard company just to save a few dollars. Afterall, the ultimate success (or lack thereof) is going to depend on your entertainment. Do you really want to risk ruining a "once in a lifetime" event by hiring a bargain basement entertainer? I'm often asked by customers what is the difference between the pro and the kid down the block who will DJ their party for $300 or less? Afterall, they only need the DJ to play music for 4-5 hours and nothing else that is fancy. Well would that customer be happy if the DJ doesn't show up? You'd be surprised how often that happens. How about if he shows up and his substandard equipment malfunctions and he doesn't have a backup? Your party is over. What if he is dressed inappropriately, or gets drunk and uses foul language, or plays music with vulgar lyrics, or doesn't even have the music that the customer requested, etc.? Don't kid yourself if you think this won't happen to you! All of this happens with frightening frequency. More and more banquet halls are also requiring DJ companies to carry liability insurance. How likely is it that the "kid down the street" is going to have business insurance? BTW - Banquet halls LOVE DJ companies that don't have insurance since they will just require that you pay extra for it or your DJ won't be allowed in the doors. (Many times at the cost of several hundred dollars for your event.) Even if your facility does not require insurance, remember that YOU are the de-facto employer of the DJ during your event. If the sub-standard, uninsured DJ's speaker falls on one of your guest's head during your event, then you can be sued! I liken entertainment service to food. An exquisite filet mignon is going to cost more than the dollar menu at McDonalds. Do want a "Big Mac" DJ or a "Filet Mignon" DJ? It always shocks me to see how so many people have no problem spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on items such as: flowers, invitations, table settings, and other items that are certainly a nice touch to an event but really aren't anywhere near as essential to the success of an event as the entertainment. If your DJ is awful or doesn't even show up do you think that people will be talking about how great the event was because of how beautiful the flowers were? Of course not. If people don't have a good time, dance, etc. the event is going to be a major disappointment. And yet so many people are willing to spend more on their floral arrangements than on their entertainment!

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. I would advise that buyers have a well thought out budget for their entertainment and that they POST that budget. As I have said before I am networked in with a dozen or more of the area's top entertainment companies and NONE of them supply a DJ entertainment package for less than $500. (And that is for a small event with a basic system.) So if your budget is less than that you really should either reconsider your budget or realize that the only "DJ" that you are going to get in that price range is someone in the amateur ranks. This means an individual with little experience, less than professional equipment which is much more likely to break down, little (if any) back up equipment, music with explicit lyrics, and no insurance which can put you in a bad situation. Please folks, do yourselves a favor and hire a professional.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. We do a HUGE amount of planning with our customers. We go over every aspect of your event in the planning stages so there are NO surprises and NO mistakes. We also put together a back up system for every portion of your event. (I.e. backup laptops, speakers, amplifiers, mixers, microphones, along with a CD AND ipod backup for all of the customer's requests!)

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I get paid to go to a party every week! :o)

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. The most common question is "How much do you charge for a party?" My answer is "I'd need to know a little more about the customer's needs to appropriately answer that question!" A 4 hour event where I'm providing ONLY music and nothing else for a small crowd is going to cost a LOT less than a 7 hour, upscale event for a crowd of 500+ guests complete with a $10K sound system, a $25K lighting and visual system, photobooth(s), photography, dancers, and an elaborate party favor package! The facility where the event will be held will also affect price. An event held at a local hall with easy access will require less staff and incur less expenses than an event held in mid-town Manhattan.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. I wish people knew exactly how much work and expenses go into doing this job properly and professionally. There are so many amateurs in this business who have done a lot of damage to the quality and overall reputation of my profession over the past few years.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I have performed in various bands from the time that I was in my mid-teens to present. I sing lead vocals so I was always comfortable being in front of a crowd with a microphone in hand hence the transition to the DJ business was very natural for me.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. We are a member of both the National Association of Mobile Entertainers and the NJ DJ Association and attend meetings regularly where we exchange ideas and experiences as well as stay current on the latest cutting edge equipment and music. I also run several blogs and facebook "members only" pages where the same as above takes place. I regularly attend at least 2 DJ conventions per year as well to keep current.

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