What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We talk first on the phone to make sure of availability when needed. A day is set aside to meet with the customer to go over details of the event (About an Hour). Forms are filled out as needed (Music list and details of the party). I pick up any paper work that may not have been finished the day of first meeting. I then put together all the music that customer wants played. The day of the event I will arrive an hour before the event is to start to set up and do sound checks of the equipment. After the event, 30 minutes is needed to tear down and to clean area. NOTE: Do to the nature of some Banquet halls, they let you set up only a half hour before the reception and you have to be out of there at a certain time. This leads to shorter playing time do to setup and tear down. (Please check with place you are renting for the time of the Event)
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Birthday Event - $300.00 for up to 4 hours
Wedding Event - $350.00 - $800.00 for up to 4 hours
Holiday Event - $300.00 - $800.00 for up to 4 hours
Reunions - $300.00 for up to 4 hours
Back Yard Parties - $300.00 for up to 4 hours,
Fundraisers and Charities - $150.00 for up to 4 hours
Addition Charge is $50.00 - $150.00 for each additional hour over allotted 4 hours.
Lighting such as laser and strobes available in the mentioned prices above.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
In 1984 while serving in the US Armed Services, I bought my first DJ setup and played small parties for troops and family.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Young, Old, Christian, non Christian, Party people, Executive, Children and More.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look at how he presents him or her self. Does he or she take time to get to know you? Is he or she willing to take time to sit down with you and plan out everything with you? Is the persons appearance offensive to you? Does he or she have references or referrals? How long have they been a DJ? I have heard horror stories and witnessed first hand DJ's that played music that was inappropriate for the occasion. Christian events are by far the hardest events to DJ and you have to go through music and make sure it is non offensive.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
How much will it cost
What music do you play or do you have such music
The Date the DJ is needed and availability
Do you have (Equipment Needed for your event) Lights, mic, etc.