Surround Sound Entertainment

Linden, NJ

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

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!)

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

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

Location

Linden, NJ 07036

Years in business

22

Number of employees

12

Times hired on Thumbtack

13

Reviews

9 Reviews
  • TJ D. Aug 13, 2015
    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
    Replied to TJ D. - Aug 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.

  • Tabitha M. Jul 3, 2015
    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.
  • Laurie F. Jun 14, 2015
    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!!
  • TJ D. Aug 13, 2015
    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
    Replied to TJ D. - Aug 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.

  • Tabitha M. Jul 3, 2015
    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.
  • Laurie F. Jun 14, 2015
    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!!
  • Jill H. May 11, 2015
    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.
    Replied to Jill H. - Aug 19, 2015

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

  • Mary C. Mar 5, 2015
    Event DJ
    Verified Review
    Great Job, would hire him again, did everything he said. Good package deals.
  • Donna C. Oct 31, 2014
    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 !
  • Matthew F. Oct 15, 2014
    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!
    Replied to Matthew F. - Aug 19, 2015

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

  • Dan K. Sep 30, 2013
    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.
  • Megan L. Jun 25, 2013
    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!!!

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
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.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
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.
What types of customers have you worked with?
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.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
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.