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FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions


We try to anticipate questions you might have about our services and provide the answers here. If you need additional information call or email us!


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I SEE THAT YOU OFFER A SINGER.  WILL THE ENTIRE NIGHT BE FILLED WITH OLDER MUSIC?
No!  It's a mistake to think that if you choose a Singer for dinner it will somehow bring the party down or your entire event will be filled with "older" music.  The Singer will sing during dinner or cocktail hour (that's usually when no one is dancing) and our DJ will have everyone up and dancing the balance of the time.  A Singer is a really nice touch and far better than a DJ throwing on piano music while your guests are eating.  Either way you go, you can rest assured that we will be playing all the best music from yesterday AND today.

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR MUSIC LIBRARY UPDATED?
We belong to a music subscription service for professional Disc Jockeys. Just like radio stations, we get all the music before it is released to the public. Top 40, Dance, House Music, Electronica, Country... We have it all!  This ensures that we have it to play for you when you want it!

HOW DO I OBTAIN PRICING INFORMATION?
As you can see from browsing our site, we offer more than most other entertainment companies.  Many factors go into determining a price for your event (location, duration, sound sytems needed).  Call us today!  After finding out exactly what you want, we will be able to give you an exact price.  If you would rather not call, we can always email you some questions.

DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS IF I BUNDLE?
Yes!  Our Photo Booth is only $595 with any Entertainment Package (regular price $895).  If you book Entertainment & Photography you save $350.  If you book Entertainment, Photography & Videography you save $600!... That's Right!

HOW COME YOU ARE NOT ON THE "RECOMMENDED VENDOR LIST" I RECEIVED FROM MY BANQUET HALL?
Let me tell you the truth about "Recommended Vendor Lists."  The Event business is a business like any other and unfortunately it sometimes comes down to the bottom line (that's money if you're keeping score at home!)...  Many vendors (whether it be an entertainment company, florist or photographer) pay the banquet sales manager or owner for the privilege of being on that list.  I've had Banquet Managers tell me that they would love to recommend us but can't because another company has already paid for the year to be recommended.  Is it fair --- No!  Especially for the client who is 'duped' into thinking companies on that list are the best of the best!  Now, this doesn't mean everyone on the list is bad.  You just have to check them out... talk with them... and make sure they will be a good fit for your event.  You don't get a second chance to do your wedding or party over again.  Read some of the letters on our "Testimonials & Review" page (right here on our website) and I think you'll get a pretty good idea of how our clients felt about their events.  Or give us a call.  We'd love to talk with you.

COULDN'T I JUST USE AN IPOD AT MY EVENT?
Sure!  It all sounds so simple doesn't it?... After all, it's ONLY music, right?!...A successful Party or Wedding doesn't happen by accident.  It takes someone who knows what they are doing to make sure things go smooth and seamless.  There are hundreds of iPod wedding and party disasters on youtube.  Why not check them out (if you have the stomach for it --- Haha!).

WHO WILL SHOW UP AT MY EVENT?
We are not a "DJ House" with a staff of full-time sales people and part-time entertainers.  We normally do one event at a time.  However, there are times when we will do 2 events.  If you choose a Singer package, I will be there at your event.  If a client wants a DJ with no live entertainment, I may be there (if I do not have an event to Sing at) or I can give you one of our experienced DJ's.  Either way, in the end, you will be happy.

HOW MANY SONGS DO YOU HAVE?
We are computer based and have over 60,000 songs.  Some companies will try to impress you with their extensive library of songs.  While variety is great, the fact is there is only room to play 50-60 songs during an event.  Having the right songs to play is a lot more important than having 150,000 songs your guests don't want to hear.  More songs do not make for a better time.  A seasoned DJ who knows the right song to play at the right time is what makes a great party.

WHAT IS THE BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR 1 AND 2 PERSON PACKAGES?
Most parties will function fine with 1 person.  Weddings on the other hand are a lot different.  There is more planning, coordinating and MC'ing to be done with a wedding.  Most weddings will benefit greatly by having 2 persons there.  When you have 1 person trying to juggle 2 or 3 jobs, it can compromise the quality of your wedding... for example, an MC can be out of the main room with the bridal party for 15 minutes getting everyone in line, checking names and pronunciations, etc... if he's out there, who will be inside playing music for your guests?... Also, while making any announcements, during introductions, for the garter, bouquet or cake cutting... instead of being visible and out in front of the DJ booth, the MC will be stuck behind the DJ booth trying to cue up the next song while speaking on the mic (like the Wizard of OZ behind the curtain!)... Here's an example:  At a recent wedding our Groom wanted to surprise his Bride with 3 special slow dances scattered throughout the night.  Before we did the second dance I wanted to make sure the Photographer and Videographer were in the room to capture it.  I searched and found them outside the room taking a break.  If the bride and groom had picked a one person package, I would not have been able to spend time away from the DJ booth and they would have no photo's or video of that memory.  You won't spend much more having 2 people there and if you are having a wedding, in the end you'll be happier with a 2 person package.  If you are not sure which way to go, give us a call and we can talk more about it.

CAN WE COME SEE YOU "LIVE"?
We do a lot of "private" events and try to respect our clients privacy.  We put a video on our site so you don't have to "crash" someone elses wedding or party.  Besides, you can see more in our 6 minute video than spending an hour at a live event.  If you came out to see us, you might come during cocktail hour, dinner or a presentation that the client may have planned. Or worse yet, you might not even be able to get in.  Either way, you would not get as full a picture as the video can provide. We put up the video to make it convenient for you to see us in action without leaving your home. Feel free to check it out.  If you want more information on our Singer, go to our "Singer Info" page.

DO WE NEED TO MEET BEFORETHE EVENT?
This is totally up to you.  Some clients want to meet...  Other clients don't feel the need to have a 'face to face' and would rather keep in touch through phone calls and emails. Either way, we will talk extensively and the result will be the same.  We will make sure that you are happy and get exactly what you want.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR "STYLE?"
We're not an "in your face" kind of company or on the mic very much.  We like to let the music do the talking.  We don't play music and hope people dance...  we play music that makes people dance!  We are well versed in all types of music from yesterday and today and know what songs to play at the right times.  If an MC is constantly talking on the microphone or standing on a chair banging pots and pans in an attempt to get people to dance, they're in the wrong business and you won't be happy with them... and we won't drag any of your guests out on the dance-floor to lead the conga line either!

WE LIKED YOUR ON-LINE DEMO VIDEO, HOWEVER, IF WE WANTED SOMETHING DIFFERENT CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE US?
Of Course!  We customize each event with the client to make sure you get exactly what you want. What you see in the video are songs and scenarios those clients picked. Your event will be customized to reflect your style and taste.

CAN YOU "HOLD" A DATE FOR ME?
I'm sorry but we cannot commit to a date if you are not willing to. When you are ready to book the date, give us a call. We have a simple one page contract that will secure your date.

HOW SOON DO YOU BOOK UP?
There is no easy answer to this question.  Some dates are booked 2 years in advance... some dates may be available next month.  The best thing to do is call or email me and I'll let you know if your date is available.

HOW DOES THE "LIVE" MUSIC WORK WITH THE DJ?
In addition to our DJ packages, we offer live entertainment.  I am our singer.  I've performed on Cruise Ships and in Atlantic City.  If you choose a Singer package I'll usually sing for dinner and/or cocktail hour (when your guests wouldn't ordinarily be dancing).  I sing "live" over high-quality backing tracks.  You'll get the full sound of a band or orchestra without paying for one!  Our Percussionist plays Congas, Bongos and Timbales and more along with the DJ during the main reception.  It enhances the music and brings rhythm and spice to the dance floor.  Your event will take on new life as DJ, MC and Percussionist interact and motivate the crowd.  Live Musicians will raise the energy level of any event and keep your guests entertained and dancing.  Live Music is like putting icing on the cake!  Cake is pretty good... icing makes it a whole lot better!  Your guests want to be "Entertained!"  And we do it better than anyone.

WHAT IF I JUST WANT A DJ?
We offer DJ/Live Music combinations but you don't have to choose that option.  If a DJ is all you are looking for ours are great... and the most experienced available!

WHAT IS YOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE?
Simple... 50% deposit is required with the contract. The balance is due in CASH the day of your event.  If you want to pay the final balance by check, we will need it 30 days before your event.

DO YOU NEED A FLOOR PLAN OF THE ROOM?
We would love to see a floor plan! I can't tell you how many times we arrived at an event to find that the banquet hall put us in the worst place imaginable!  If we find out about it after we get there, it's very difficult to get them to change things (even if they see it's a problem). Don't assume the banquet hall knows best. We've seen the best of places set up the worst of floor plans. If we know about a problem before hand we can bring it to your attention and you can correct it with the facility if you want. If the facility won't work with us to make any changes, we'll make the best of what we are given. However, we find that most places will work with us if we contact them in advance. So YES, please get us a floor plan if you can.  Most facilities have copies they can give you.

ARE YOU INSURED?
Yes we are! In a world where someone can win a lawsuit because of spilled coffee, why take a risk of not being covered if someone were to get injured at your reception?  Most banquet halls and hotels want to see what is called a "Certificate of Insurance" before they'll even let us unload your equipment.  You don't want to hire entertainment who may not even be able to perform at your venue just because they don't have the required insurance.  It's important that you find a professional company that is insured.  We will supply that certificate upon request.

SHOULD WE HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER BESIDES YOU?
That is up to you.  We have been doing this a long time and will be able to help you with most of the planning of your wedding --- and the best part is we don't charge any extra for this service!.  There are other entertainment companies that don't have the knowledge, skill or desire to help you with your wedding.  We have a 2 page wedding planner that will help with your timeline and planning.  And when we get to the venue, we will work with the Banquet Manager, Photographer, Videographer (or even your Wedding Planner) to make sure everyone is on the same page and that no one misses anything... we make all announcements and make sure everything goes smooth and seamless.  This doesn't happen by accident.  You need someone seasoned and who regularly does wedding receptions.  Give us a call and we'll get you started today!

CAN I CHOOSE ALL THE MUSIC FOR MY EVENT?
Here's the short answer:  We ask that instead of picking all the songs, we work together to come up with the best mix of music that will satisfy all your guests. We'd love to work with you to make sure your event is a huge success.  Give me a call if you want the long version. (haha)

WE SAW A COMPANY OUT THERE WITH A VERY LOW PRICE.  CAN YOU MATCH IT?
There's an old saying:  "If it looks too good to be true... it usually is."  If you are shopping entertainment by price, you'll find what we call "bottom feeders." The bottom feeder is usually only in this for some extra money. They don't re-invest in their business and equipment. They will only reinvest in their business when something quits working.  They see no reason to spend extra money to buy professional equipment and their music library remains very limited. They aren't concerned with improving their skills, attire, or in learning anything new and they see their competition as the enemy. Most of their bookings are based on their low price. They will promote that they are as good as the other companies but at a "reasonable" rate. Unfortunately, an uneducated consumer is easy prey to the bottom feeder sales pitch. It's not until the actual event that the client realizes that not only didn't they get a bargain... they over-paid!  It cost them the quality of their event!  Most of the bottom feeders do not have any repeat clients. They will underbid any price just to secure the booking. They carry no insurance and little if any backup equipment. They are set in their ways, and run their business like a sideline. The only form of advancing their business is to take on more bookings. Many times the bottom feeder will promise the client the moon to secure the gig, and then find an even cheaper DJ and subcontract the event. In most cases it will be a DJ that is a newbie or another bottom feeder. They puts their interest above the clients needs. As long as there are people looking for cheap entertainment, or are uneducated on how to wisely choose the proper entertainment, the bottom feeder will thrive.

DO YOU OFFER PHOTO BOOTHS, LIGHTING, FLAT SCREEN TV'S?
Yes we do!  We truly are your "One Stop Entertainment Shop!"  The benefit of getting all of your services from one company is that everyone has worked together before and that makes your event run smoother.  Go to our "Services" page to see all that we offer.

DO YOU HAVE A FACEBOOK OR TWITTER ACCOUNT?
We have a Facebook account. Click Here

If you have a question that is not listed here, feel free to email or call us and we'll be happy to answer it for you.


 
 
 
 
 
 

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