What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
When you book a DJ Service, the first step is contact. We can book via email, the phone, texting, Facebook, google, Skype, in person... whatever you prefer, I'm open to it!
Email is usually the fastest, because if I am in an event, I won't be answering my phone. The email also gets forwarded to my girlfriend Brittney. She is presently the Operations Manager and she does bookings, answers questions, and handles payments.
Once we get a rough idea of what you want, we work up a quote. That quote will be valid until your event. We have a fixed rate, no hidden fees. The only exceptions to your quote changing is in the event you opt to and ceremony music service to your reception, or if you want to extend your hours on a corporate event. We book by hours on corporate/other events. Weddings are a standard, full day. We do not book two weddings in one day.
The quote will be offered and deposit must be paid to book date. Deposit is generally 50% of the required services. The other 50% is due before 30 days prior to your event via cash, check, credit, paypal; financing is also available through Paypal Credit, subject to approval.
After this is paid and the dates are worked up, we then start planning your event. We can send you selections, or you may just have you own ideas of what songs you want. Your playlists are incorporated in our receptions, however, you're not required to provide one if you want to take a hands off approach. Our library is full to the brim with the songs you may have forgot you loved.
We make our timeline of the event, the songs, and answer any other questions you have for us!
When you book audio: Contact is the first step as well, the second step is actually scheduling studio time and payment. Once you have paid and are in the studio, the process varies from each person depending on their recording needs and where they are at in their music career.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
-University of Texas Austin 2003,
The Recording Conservatory of Austin, 2011
Recording Arts Degree
The Beat Connection, DJ Services 2008 - Present
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Wedding Reception: 600-800
Ceremony in addition to reception: Reception price, plus 100
Corporate Events 200/hour
*Includes a 150 mile travel radius from the Houston / Austin city limits, additional fees may be charged if further travel is needed.
$40 per hour for tracking, mixing, mastering
$250 a day, for tracking, mixing, mastering
$700 per song (3 full days of production)
*First song recording is free, with new clients.
$2500 - 5 song EP
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I originally began working with my best friend and his mobile DJ company. As he became successful, he passed his gigs on to me to help accommodate his business. Years later, I now have my own company and hope to inspire new up and coming DJ's similarly.
What types of customers have you worked with?
200+ events as a DJ, along with multiple different recording artists.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently got the pleasure of helping a young bride plan her entire wedding, in only a month time frame. She had no idea where to start. Due to the fact I am at a lot of events, I have the advantage of a great network. We were able to get her entire wedding planned for her so that she did not have to stress about the event due to the fact she was unable to afford a coordinator. I was able to pass her along to my partner vendors, and her wedding was a success.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If you are looking for a DJ, price is not everything. You want to remember that quality comes first. While others may have lower rates, you want a DJ you know you can depend on for the best sound and that you can talk to and call up if you change your mind at any moment. I offer a personalized service, so that it's professional, yet know you are taken care of.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
They need to know the time frame. Completion of an event, or a music project relies on the final date, so we can plan for our time in between and make sure it goes off accordingly.