NW Premier Audio

Everett, WA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

We like to get to know who it is we are providing entertainment to. This way we can direct the event in a direction that everyone will be pleased with. We provide a unique personality that fits the event. Our sound quality is top notch using equipment that leads the industry in quality and clarity.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

We like the interaction with people and providing a fun environment for those that we entertain.

Location

Everett, WA 98204

Background check

Complete

Years in business

17

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

111

Reviews

53 Reviews
  • Tom L. Aug 21, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
    I'll get straight to the point and say that I recommend NW Premier Audio as highly as is possible. James was the actual DJ at my wedding but these sentiments go out to Amber as well. Both were instrumental during the planning phase of our wedding and James worked tirelessly to make sure every moment had the right song and ambiance during the actual event. From the processional music to the perfect closing dance songs, James kept the flow of the wedding going so there never felt like a dull moment. Thank you NW Premier Audio for making our wedding a great success and cherished memory. FLAWLESS even with last minute add-ons. (Thank you for for bearing with us too)
  • Joseph T. Aug 20, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Awesome experience with Amber! Great to work with, professional and a superb DJ! Would highly recommend.
  • Kaeli C. Aug 14, 2017
    James was awesome to work with. He will do what ever it takes to make your day as special as can be! Highly recommended!
  • Lauryn K. Apr 25, 2017
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    great job
    James did a great job of keeping our wedding on track and running smoothly with his MC services, and the guests were definitely enjoying the music, there was never a time the dance floor was empty. The only thing we'd change was having the standard recessional song played when we walked down the aisle and to have our requests played more during the times people were dancing because we wanted a really specific vibe and slow dance songs
  • Tanya C. Apr 22, 2017
    Audio Equipment Rental for Events
    Verified Review Updated
    Excellent!
    Right from the start, James was responsive and easy to work with. Not only that, but he's outfitted our space with AV, and has worked well within our budget while making sure we have the highest quality equipment. He's taken the time to visit the space, and will even attend our first event to ensure everything works properly. We absolutely recommend NW Premier Audio, and look forward to continuing to work with them!
  • Verified Review Original
    Excellent!
    Right from the start, James was responsive and easy to work with. Not only that, but he's outfitted our space with AV, and has worked well within our budget while making sure we have the highest quality equipment. He's taken the time to visit the space, and will even attend our first event to ensure everything works properly. We absolutely recommend NW Premier Audio, and look forward to continuing to work with them!
  • Audra G. Jan 26, 2017
    DJ
    Verified Review Updated
    Very Unsatisfied
    He was not prepared at all. When things started going wrong, he was not a pleasant person to work with. Highly recommend investing your money in someone else.
  • Verified Review Original
    Very Unsatisfied
    He was not prepared at all. When things started going wrong, he was not a pleasant person to work with. Highly recommend investing your money in someone else.
  • Sharon W. Nov 25, 2016
    AV Equipment Rental for Events
    Verified Review
    Great choice...
    James was really easy to work with and he went the extra mile to make sure my event was a success. I really liked having him be a part of the team.
  • Ricky L. Oct 30, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Beat DJ around
    On behalf of Rogers high school, we were very satisfied with NW Premier Audio. We needed a DJ 3 days in advance because our other DJ canceled, which I'm glad they did because NW premier Audio was such a satisfying choice.
  • Samantha B. Oct 25, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Highly Recommend!
    James was awesome! Very helpful at the last minute and attentive to the feel of the room. I was impressed with his ability to play music the kids liked without throwing red flags for the staff; that isn't always easy to do!
  • Erin M. Sep 17, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Best Communication and Organization!
    James was awesome from day one! From picking your event music all the way down to just fun dance music. Everything was on point microphones for the ceremony, microphones for the toasting, he was a fantastic MC! I couldn't have asked for anything better with the organization and communication!
  • Alicia S. Sep 7, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Dancing in September
    James was a pleasure to work with! He kept the party going and I've had multiple guests compliment us on how much fun they had at our wedding. James, you're the best! Thank you for helping to make our day perfect!
  • Krista J. Aug 30, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    James was great to work with! He was on time. We had a group of 20 somethings and an older group 40-50 somethings and he managed the music to keep everyone dancing! We all had a great time!
  • Sarah V. Aug 21, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Both DJs we met were very easy to work with, very knowledgable and offered great guidance. During the actual reception, the DJ was very flexible as we needed to change the lineup of events a few times for time delays and to allow for more photos. They were very understanding and never appeared bothered. The DJ was also great with getting out on the dance floor and getting people dancing! Big Thank you!
  • Shannon R. Jul 24, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Words cannot descibe what James did for my wedding. He made my wedding a day to remember. He was very flexible with my needs prior to the wedding and last minute changes during the event. I don't know what I would have done if James wasn't there to support me throughout my special day. He made my day so much easier and relaxing. I can't thank you enough! James comes highly recommended from the bride and groom. He is one dj and master of ceramonies that shouldn't be overlooked!
  • Jessica T. Jun 14, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    James is hired to do my wedding. He's been an amazing contact, very informative and super helpful along our journey. My wedding is now 25 days away and James is still helping us wrap things up before the big day. I couldn't have done this on my own, thank you James!!!
  • Annie J. Jun 11, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    We hired NW Premier Audio just 1 week before our wedding! The DJ we had lined up had to cancel last minute. James & Amber called right away, as soon as I submitted the request and I am so glad they did! Couldn't imagine hiring anyone else! They had every song I wanted played and were incredibly detailed. They did exactly what they said they would do. Hired just one week before my wedding, they exceeded my expectations and the price was exactly what our budget was! Thank you so much Amber & James for helping make our special day that much better! Cheers! Kenny & Annie K. (Married 5-29-16)
  • Sarah L. Jun 9, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    I can honestly say that I didn't have any negative experiences with James or Amber (the dream team of DJ's). I am quite critical with where my money goes - but these two professionals are nothing shy of outstanding. There was a last minute change with one of their clients - which meant James and Amber had to swap events - but working with either one of them was always a positive and determined experience. They took time out of their busy schedules to work with me one-on-one, until everything was worked out to my heart's desire. I was not able to provide them with enough music to fill my TEN HOUR wedding, but they filled in the gaps with exactly the kind of music and games we were looking for! Amber was a fun and outgoing individual - a perfect match for our summer wedding. Thank you BOTH!
  • Valerie C. Jun 6, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    James and Amber are awesome! My husband and I dropped the ball when finding a DJ and had to book pretty last minute. They were willing to meet close to our home and discuss details. What I liked most about NW premier audio that differs from other DJ's is that they are completely honest from the beginning and very fast and efficient. We ended up paying the deposit and getting them booked! James came and did an AMAZING job. He brought everything including lights so we could continue into the night. Every song was correct and timing was perfect (even without a rehearsal.) James was willing to stay as late as we needed and never have I seen a DJ be so flexible. My husband and I were very impressed and will be recommending them to all of our family and friends who need a reliable DJ.
  • Carol J. Jun 4, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    James was very organized and professional. He put on a great show for the kids at our prom
  • Aria P. May 30, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    James was amazing. Awesome communication throughout whole process! I wasn't the most organized bride but he sent friendly reminders to keep me on top of things. Got compliments from everyone on his music and style and overall performance. If I ever need a DJ again, James is my go to!
  • Breanna B. May 7, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    He really helped us out on a very last minute request and did a great job! Would recommend.
  • Marc B. Apr 26, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
  • Jeff R. Apr 24, 2016
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Great DJ, who was professional and worked with us to get the playlist we wanted for the event. I will use him again if I have an event that needs a DJ.
  • Kimberly A. Apr 16, 2016
    Sweet 16 DJ
    Verified Review
    We had a last minute surprise birthday party for my daughter who turned 18. James kindly worked with us with a last minute hire and went plenty far through traffic but had plenty of time and was prompt to set up his impressive equipment! He let me hand pick out music to use for a sentimental slide show, and for playing games. He went the flow of our crowd and all went beautifully. I would gladly recommend him in the future to anyone else who needs a professional DJ!
  • Megan K. Feb 29, 2016
    DJ
    Verified Review
    We had a 60th birthday party for my partner last Friday and the team was terrific to work with. Amber was totally connected to my music choices, handled timing the music to my very extensive slideshow and was a pleasure to work with!
  • Kelly P. Feb 1, 2016
    Sweet 16 DJ
    Verified Review
    James did an awesome job for my daughter's sweet 16th party. He was on point and made my guests laugh. I had many people at the party ask how I found him, because he was doing a great job. My daughter's party theme was pink and purple, and James provided the pink and purple lights that made the room look beautiful. I would totally use him again. Thanks so much, James, for the awesome night.
  • Kamela T. Dec 22, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    there were only a couple of audio problems with skipping but it was fixed immediately. Jim did a great job and everyone was happy.
  • Laurel E. Dec 7, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    James was a great DJ! He was on time and was able to transition perfectly between our cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. He was easy to request songs from and helpful all night.
  • Sara L. Nov 16, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    James is an amazing DJ! Played great music, prompt & easy to reach for questions. I would really recommend him for events!
  • Haans C. Nov 4, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Everything went well, I thought that James had a vary professional approach, and would use him again in the future.
  • Sara A. Oct 27, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    James was on time, professional, and he went out of his way make sure our day went off without a hitch. He provided beautiful up lighting and energetic dance lights for our wedding and played all the songs we requested. He had a huge library of music and secured some of our obscure songs just for our event. I can't thank him enough for his services and I am very happy that we picked him to help us celebrate our day.
  • Joseph V. Oct 9, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    James, thank you so much for an incredible eve of music. You were on time and ready. Thank you very much i will be in contact with other stuff down the road, your the go to guy fo show!
  • Sara S. Oct 1, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    James with NW Premier Audio was beyond outstanding! He had our wedding set up with everything from mics for the ceremony and speeches, to lights and a fog machine for the reception. All the guests I have talked to since the wedding mentioned how awesome the DJ was. I would recommend him for every event!!
  • Alison C. Sep 29, 2015
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
    Amber and James were great! We hired them to DJ our outdoor wedding. They arrived over 2 hours early to set up and we had 3 different areas where sound was need - everything went very smoothly. Amber was great - she was very professional and friendly and we had a great time with her. Our guests had a blast! I would highly recommend using NW Premier Audio!
  • Cameon S. Sep 28, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    It was great at the wedding and he kept everyone involved. Even got all the kids involved!
  • Michelle L. Sep 28, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
  • Christy F. Sep 26, 2015
    AV Equipment Rental for Events
    Verified Review
    Very Professional! Very pleased with service. Highly reccommend NW Premier Audio.
  • Cheryl M. Sep 19, 2015
    AV Equipment Rental for Events
    Verified Review
    It was so great to be able to tell James what we wanted to accomplish and then leave it all to him. He asked all he right questions, and I didn't have to think about it again. He had the equipment, the knowledge, and the expertise. Also appreciate how easy-going he is...he helped me remain calm when I got worked up over something trivial.
  • Valorie A. Sep 1, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    Mr. Mcclane was extremely unprofessional. Mr. Mcclane provided us with a quote and verbally agreed to DJ our wedding. He posted on Thumbtack that we had hired him for DJ services. Over the course of a month we had a great deal of difficulty getting Mr. Mcclane to return our calls, emails or text messages. When he did respond we asked him to send the contract and each time he would say he would get back to us. At that point we questioned if Mr. Mcclane had a DJ business or not. How difficult is it to send a contract? If he has been in business for as long as he stated; at minimum he would have a standard language contract. After much frustration and not hearing from him we contacted a final time. It was then he said he had forgotten he had verbally agreed in May to do someone else's wedding on the same day as our wedding. If that was indeed the case Mr. Mcclane didn't bother to contact us to let us know he would no longer be available. He strung us along for a month befor he suddenly remembered??? Our thought is a better offer came in and he was waiting to see if he would be hired for that job; once he heard from the other party he made up an excuse as to why he couldn't DJ our wedding. Again, we are extremely disappointed and frustrated at the lack of honesty, integrity and professionalism Mr. Mcclane and NW Premier Audio displayed.
  • Mark E. Aug 25, 2015
    Wedding DJ
    Verified Review
  • Rachel W. Aug 20, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    James did an amazing job and made the day go smoothly. Very nice to work with.
  • Jerilyn P. Aug 19, 2015
    James and Amber were wonderful. Very knowledgeable, flexible and accommodating!
  • Tracy M. Aug 6, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    National Night Out, Neighborhood block party event with City of Kent officials as guests. The entertainment Mr. Mcclane provided was Awesome! Many of the attendees had nothing but positive things to say. We would all recommend his services, and hope to work with him again in the future. NW Premier Audio is a Great time and lots of fun!
  • Danna B. Jul 30, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    James is on time, prepared, and professional. He was the DJ and MC at our wedding last weekend. Not only did he quote us affordable, reasonable prices, he was also willing to accommodate any need we had. James is easy to communicate with, he has a positive attitude and is focused on making your event/special day all that you want it to be. He worked every song we requested into his playlist and our dance floor was full the whole night long! We had such a great time and we are so happy that we found James! We highly recommend him.
  • Laura P. Jul 21, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    From start to finish, James did an outstanding job. Exceptional communication, we knew what to expect and the delivery was spot on. The music choice was great for all ages and people made comments how good the mix was. We will definitely use him again.
  • Natasha T. Jun 1, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    James was great! We had a very last minute request, and he was very communicative and professional! He took the time to call and learn more about the group that he was going to DJ for. He was prompt in his responses and flexible with some of the hiccups that our event faced.
  • Rosalyn L. May 25, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    James was a great choice for our event. He was prompt and had amazing energy! :)
  • Rose Q. May 11, 2015
    DJ
    Verified Review
    I had a dj fall through and i needed a dj for the reception. I posted on thumbtack and then last minute on saturday i noticed he had quoted me. I called him and he was available. He charged $700 which i thought was reasonable for last minute. We handled everything over the phone and did a good job.
  • Jimmie O. May 6, 2015
    I hired James to do my wedding reception on April 16th. He did a good job and showed up on time. My wife was happy with the music. He was very informative during the planning process. Easy to get ahold of and didn't seem to mind the changes my wife made all the time. I will rehire for future events
  • Cindy M. May 1, 2015
    We hired them for a graduation party. Good selection of music for all ages, great personalities, polite and courteous. They were prompt with set up and tear down. Decently priced for our event, everyone had high praise for the entertainment. We all had a great night, thank you!!!
  • Amy Y. Apr 24, 2015
    I hired Northwest Premier Audio for my sister's wedding reception. They were great about meeting with me before the event and having music and the stage planned in advance. Setup took about a hour longer than originally planned but the three hour event was flawless. Price was on the higher end but the bride and groom were undoubtedly satisfied with Northwest Premier Audio's performance and professionalism.
  • Amber D. Apr 21, 2015
    I used James' services for a family reunion last summer. He played a wonderful mix of music that kept everyone happy. Easy to work with and accommodating for sudden changes. Will hire again for next reunion!
  • Kristina A. Apr 20, 2015
    I hired him for my sisters wedding. He was awesome!!!! A little overpriced at 7 hrs for $1500, but to have no glitches no technical difficulties and no worries it was worth every penny!!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
We do not have a complicated pricing system. We charge a flat rate and there are no hidden costs. We simply provide our standard rate for a standard service. If the customer has special needs or requests then the price may go up depending on the situation. This is all discussed in our inital meeting.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to speak with them on the phone and get a good idea of what it is they are looking for and what they expect. I then let them know what services I provide. In most cases what I provide is exactly what they are looking for. On occasion they have an off the wall request and I research it and get back to them with my findings. They then make a decision to meet with me in person and we further go over the intricate details of the event. They then secure the date with a retainer and we move forward from there and continue the planning process.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
We do a lot of research on equipment, attend conventions and tradeshows. We research what reviews are being provided with other companies and look at the good and the bad. This helps to fine tune what is trending.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I was 14 years old and I took an interest in sound and lighting at my church and school.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Wedding's, Power 93, High School dances, class reunions, fundraisers, birthday party's, City of Kent, US Navy, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Fairmont Olympic Hotel and many Others.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We were hired to do a Karaoke party with a DJ. We were about an hour into the evening when a couple came up to us and asked us to do their wedding reception. We also Did a wedding where the bride came up to me near the end of the reception and said "you really brought the party. Thank you so much." We also Did a wedding where the Bride came down to the ceremony site in a car then got out at the aisle and walked from there. It was a really great moment.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Be weary of the "buddy" you know that says he will DJ your party because he has done it before and has over a thousand songs on his ipod. Keep in mind that when speaking with the professional you are going to hire that they speak clearly and are able to answer all your questions. The satisfaction of a cheap price will not out weigh the disappointment of a poor product.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
There is a lot more to the industry than plugging in a microphone or just playing songs back to back. You have to know music and how its layed out and how to follow a beat. Planning the flow of the event and keeping the guest's entertained as not bored is huge. the floor plan also has a lot to do with how the event will go. There is so much to expound upon I dont think I have enough room.