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Please note that, when performed properly, the duties of a DJ are both mentally and physically challenging.  Gone are the days when you could trust affiliations like the “Amer D.J. Asso,” “Ntl Asso of Mobile Entertainers” or others.  Associations like these cater to beginner to intermediate DJs only.  Regardless of whether you do business with me or not, please review this website and hire a qualified DJ by doing your research and asking all of the pertinent questions to ensure that your event is a success and your overall investment has been well-spent.  This website is designed to be the “devil’s advocate” for hiring a DJ.  Help all of the legitimate, professional DJs like myself to purge the industry of the pirates, unprofessional, part-time and otherwise unqualified DJs that plague this unregulated industry.  ••• Dennis J. Barela

 

View and print out a “DJ Questionnaire” to ask all DJs that you interview:   DJ FAQs pdf

 

What is the difference between Temecula’s Best DJ and a “Discount DJ?”
Where can I find the absolute cheapest DJ for my event?

Another DJ advertises for cheaper. How can they do that?
I found a cheaper DJ (or more expensive DJ) so why should I hireTemecula’s Best DJ?
Why aren’t you on the venue’s “preferred vendor list?”
Should I use a wedding officiant’s “discount sound system” for my ceremony?
Aren’t all DJs the same?
How is your planning documentation different from other companies?
Why am I being persuaded to hire someone else by a coordinator or event facility?
Are there any hidden charges?
What are your prices?
Who is the “actual DJ” who will perform at my event?
Do you (the DJ) have any business experience?
What is the average cost of a wedding in Temecula?
Why are there so many DJs in Temecula?
Are you (the DJ) worth the price you are asking?
How much do I stand to lose by not hiring an experienced DJ for my wedding?
In what city do you live and where is your office located? (Where will you be commuting from?)
Are you (the DJ) paying any type of compensation, referral fee or stipend for your
recommendation?

Will you (the DJ) meet me in person to plan my event?
Do you (the DJ) have backup equipment in case of equipment failure?  Is your equipment insured?
Will you (the DJ) coordinate the entire event for me (if desired)?
What do you (the DJ) do to make your services unique?
Have you (the DJ) ever had professional education in the entertainment arts or been a member or participated in any professional organizations or associations?
Do you (the DJ) have a wide base of music and entertainment experience to draw from?
Do you (the DJ) have skills to deliver announcements that are clear and direct?
Do you (the DJ) ever “over-book” your performances?
Do you (the DJ) drink alcohol at your performances?
Why don’t other DJs list their equipment on their website?
Why do other DJs say they have 1,000,000 song tracks compared to what you offer?
What is the biggest DJ complaint for 2012, 2013?
Can’t I just rent equipment and have a friend do all of this?
Is any part of your performance or music selections pre-programmed or automated?
Should I hire a DJ who uses iPods?

Additional Questions To Ask

 

Temecula’s Best DJ quote of the month: “You can put a preschool child into an F-18 but the result will always be crash and burn.  There is no substitution for knowledge, experience and training.”

 


  red_flag_tsp50Look for these DJ “red-flag” warning signs:

→ Print out this list of “warning signs” at right for your reference (click to open): ►DJ Red Flags pdf

 

 

  • DJ who does not make you feel secure (trust your instincts)
  • Person who only works as a DJ “part time”
  • DJ who advertises a low price only to try to up-sell you
  • DJ who doesn’t appear professional upon your first meeting
  • DJ from a “one-stop” wedding company
        (“One-stops” are companies that provide multiple services [i.e.: DJ, photography, video, photo booth, flowers, catering, attire, linens, coordinator, etc.].  They are influenced by the greed of an open pocketbook and are interested in the large sums of money spent for weddings.  A vendor with passion for their industry usually specializes in only one product) 
  • DJ who is required to be used per an event facility or event manager
  • A price that seems too good to be true
  • A price that is lower than the average
  • A price that is higher than the average
  • DJ who does not use a contract
  • Lack of experience as a DJ
  • DJ who automates their playlist (programs music in advance to play automatically)
  • Little-to-no experience in the music industry
  • Little business experience
  • Company that sends out DJs other than the DJ you meet with
  • DJ who lives or works outside the area where you desire service
  • DJ who is paying a percentage or fee to be referred to you
  • DJ who will not meet you in person prior to hiring them
  • DJ who wants to drink alcohol while working
  • DJ who smokes (They take many breaks)
  • No backup equipment
  • No liability insurance
  • Claiming to have 100’s of thousands of songs
  • DJ who wants a percentage of your overall event budget
  • DJ who uses a “coffin case” for their DJ mixer  year old t
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A “coffin case” is always an indication of a DJ with 30 year old equipment, technology and philosophies.

 

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What is the difference between Temecula’s Best DJ and a “discount DJ?”

 

In simple terms:

  • Experience
  • Education
  • Insurance (equipment theft, liability, full-coverage auto)
  • Redundant backup equipment (including the use of two PCs)
  • ONLY “Pro Audio” equipment and absolutely NO iPods
  • Professional and proper demeanor, etiquette and attire (…to match your event)
  • Reliability & proven business track record
  • Full and legitmate ownership of all music tracks (no pirated or file-shared music)
  • The “entertainment industry” is my full-time employment and gets my full attention and priority
  • Years of vast, all-encompassing entertainment industry experience with history, proven success and hundreds of testimonials and referrals
  • Literally thousands of successful, personally performed events (not from employees, affiliates or subcontractors)

 


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Where can I find the absolute cheapest DJ for my event?

According to a recent survey, 88% of consumers hiring a DJ based primarily upon price regret their decision.  In all honesty if you make lots of telephone calls and send out tons of emails you will eventually find cheap DJs out there.  However, there are many, many issues that are an argument for hiring the “cheapest DJ available.”  Most significantly, it only takes 1 or 2 guests leaving early (if they cannot relate to music your “bargain DJ” is playing) to turn the savings of a “bargain DJ” into a huge loss!

Most events do not ever get the chance for a “do-over.”  Once you have spent your money on all of your vendors if the DJ wasn’t a success, chances are, your event wasn’t a success and your investment was lost.  It’s the old saying, “You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression.”  Memories that should have (and could have) lasted a lifetime are lost to chance.  What “could have been” becomes “regret.”  It is literally “gambling” on the success of your event.

Please take the time to review this page (and website) to discover why doing your research and investing in a quality, experienced, seasoned DJ are of paramount importance.

It should be noted that if price is your main reason for hiring a DJ, it is probably the best if you hire your nephew to play an iPod through his personal sound system.  It is likely that you will encounter very similar skills, equipment, professionalism, etiquette and music selection.  (All the best of luck to you in these circumstances; it’s like “rolling the dice”)

If the DJ services you envision are from a DJ who performs at a used car lot, laundromat grand opening, elementary school fair, farmer’s market, child’s party, etc., by all means find a low priced DJ with my blessing.  However, if you desire a DJ who is professional, experienced, accommodating and resourceful, diverse, insured, uses professional equipment, has backup equipment, is business savvy, is prompt and courteous,  possesses a professional appearance and demeanor, will deliver a Hollywood-class event production, than you deserve to maximize the investment of your event by choosing a DJ comparable to A Perfect DJ.

 

 

 

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► Another DJ advertises for cheaper.  How can they do that?     

Simply put: ETHICS!  (or lack thereof!)

Many DJs will lure you into calling or hiring them with what seems like attractive pricing.  Beware; the pricing that they advertise is extremely limited.  (Also known as “bait-and switch” tactics) Bait_and_switch

Their advertised or “introductory” pricing usually reflects:

■ “Mid-Week” pricing (weekends are more expensive)
■ “Introductory Sound System” (small sound system that usually accommodates 50 guests or less in an enclosed environment)
■  A limited number of hours (usually only 3 or 4 hours)
■ “Off-Season” rates
■ One sound system (two are usually required for a wedding)
■ Pricing that does not include ceremony music (for weddings)
■ Pricing that does not include use of wireless microphones
■ Sub-contracted and/or sub-par DJs
■ May include very limited music selections and/or planning
■ May be subject to additional charges for travel, setup, teardown, upgraded sound systems, dance floor lighting or consultations

After you call them or hire them the price tag increases drastically.  Don’t become the industry’s next victim!

 

 

 

 

 

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► I found a cheaper DJ (or more expensive DJ) so why should I hire Temecula’s Best DJ?     

You are probably spending anywhere from $50 to $500 per guest.  This is a substantial investment.  A good DJ will keep your guests eating, drinking and dancing at your event all night long.  If a few of your guests leave early you are literally watching hundreds of you hard-earned dollars walking out the door.  Hire and qualified, professional, experienced, seasoned, reputable, insured, ethical, business savvy DJ to assure that your guests will remain all night long and (more importantly) that your guests will view your event as a success that they will talk about for many years to come. 

You will be pleasantly surprised to see that our prices are much less than companies who are paying fees to be recommended to you.  You surely don’t want the overall investment of your day to be in jeopardy because of unethical individuals who want to “skim” money from your special day by recommending unethical DJs. 

Some event facilities are also trying to “cash-in” with “all-inclusive” pricing.  The pricing may look attractive but what you are getting is vendors (ALL vendors) who cut corners, are not qualified, lack experience or are not up to par in an effort to profit the event facility, it’s manager or owner.  The one who pays the ultimate price in the end is usually the consumer because they receive less than adequate services from these vendors.

Remember that your DJ is the last thing that you should cut corners on.  You must decide:  Do you want a cheap DJ, a DJ who you hire blindly because you are told to hire them or a professional DJ who can assure you of a successful event? 

 

 

 

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Why aren’t you on the venue’s “preferred vendor list?”     

A Perfect DJ has been on almost all local major event facility locations’ “preferred vendor list” at one time or another.  It never ceases to amaze me how some clients can take the advice or recommendation of facility personnel who usually have been in their position for 6 months or less when compared to a DJ with over 30 years experience.

The truth is that there is a tremendous amount of turnover in the event planning field and this is the reason why “preferred vendor lists” change so often.  You must also take into consideration that this person may be getting a referral fee for their recommendation as well.  It’s not just the management but even the staff receive kickbacks from corrupt individuals to get the business while the paying customers take the brunt of the loss.

The bottom line: Meet with prospective DJs in person and trust your instincts with their abilities, professionalism and business savvy.  

 

 

 

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Should I use a wedding officiant’s “discount sound system” for my ceremony?  
          Click here to print this topic: Officiant Sound System

Simply: No.  With the bleak economy more and more wedding vendors are attempting to reach into the pockets of other vendors.  This is such a shame.  Many wedding officiants are attempting to become “one-stops” (vendors who offer many different services) without having the necessary knowledge or passion.  Many times officiants do this because they see the large sums of money that couples spend on weddings. 

First, when was the last time that you knew of any wedding officiant who really knew anything about sound and/or music?  The truth is that most officiants enter the industry by going online, filling out a form, sending in a few dollars to the state and “bang” they are a wedding officiant.  In time, many officiants develop an ego and start to think that they know more about sound than a DJ or a sound man.  Ludicrous!

Second, it has been my observation that almost all weddings start late.  On average, I would personally say that the majority of weddings start almost 15 minutes late (due to traffic, weather, locating bridal party, wardrobe problems, factors dealing with guests’ alcohol consumption, arrival of guests, general chaos, etc.).  (If I only had a dollar for every time there was a delay in the ceremony and the officiant says, “We have to start NOW!  I have another wedding to get to!”) 

However, most officiants must work multiple jobs to earn a living meaning that they are working 2, 3, 4 or even more jobs per day.  With having to travel across broad regions, these vendors (officiants) are rarely on time.  Setting up sound for a ceremony means assessing the facility and power sources, setup, teardown, sound checks, troubleshooting, etc.   Officiants rarely, if ever, will do these things.  Many audio professionals recognize that silence is uncomfortable.  Still, unless an officiant is willing to arrive 1½ to 2 hours in advance for parking, setup, sound checks, last minute details with the bridal party and/or venue staff and at least 45 minutes of seating music, things will quickly go awry.   Even still, it is more professional and comfortable for plenty of recessional music to be playing as well at the end of the ceremony as well.  Most officiants that I have witnessed are performing multiple weddings per day and are usually in a hurry to get to their next job.

Play it safe and hire a qualified DJ.  If you want to send your officiant running for the hills just ask him a few questions like:

  • What is your amplifier output?  At how many ohms?  What is your current ohm load?
  • What is the frequency response of your sound system?
  • What are the “crossover frequencies” of your speakers?
  • What is the frequency range of the microphones that you use?
  • What are the key frequencies of the human voice?
  • What is proximity effect?  What is proximity boost?
  • What is the “Fletcher-Munson Free Equal Loudness Contours Graph” and how does it affect the amplification of the human voice during a ceremony?
  • What is the correct way to address a mic?
  • What is a “noise floor?”  What is “headroom?”
  • What are “standing waves?” 
  • What is a “LENRD?”
  • What is a phase anomaly?
  • What frequencies contribute to listener fatigue?
  • What is a compressor?  How can you “manually compress” a signal?
  • What is the difference between “shelving equalization,” “graphic equalization” and “parametric equalization?”
  • At what frequency does music start to sound “muddy?”
  • At what frequency do you boost to increase fullness in the human voice?
  • At what frequency do you boost to increase boominess in the human voice?
  • At what frequency do you boost to increase presence in the human voice?
  • At what frequency do you boost to increase sibilance in the human voice?
  • At what frequency do you boost to increase air in the human voice?
  • In how many feet does it take for a 20Hz audio wave to fully form?
  • How do you maximize your signal?
  • Is your signal -10db or +4db?
  • What is ambient noise?
  • What is reflected signal?
  • Are your mics dynamic, condensor or ribbon?
  • Is the polar pattern of the mics that you use cardioid, half-cardioid, super-cardioid, hyper-cardioid, omni-directional or figure 8?
  • What is the difference between an “A-B” mic placement and an “X-Y” mic placement?  What are the advantages or disadvantages of these placements?
  • Are your mics high impedance or low impedance?
  • What is a vocal’s “placement” in a mix?
  • What do you do in the event of wind?
  • What are the effects of wind on audio?
  • What happens if you are directed to reposition and re-setup your sound system?
  • Who troubleshoots your system if there is feedback while you are performing your duties as an officiant?
  • What happens if someone accidentally unplugs something or changes an adjustment in the sound system while you are performing your duties as an officiant?
  • Who will adjust volume and intonation levels “on the fly” for voice and audio?
  • Who fades the music once the bridal party and/or bride reaches the alter?
  • How am I assured that someone will accurately recognize cue and fade points?
  • Who will “loop” music tracks if there are delays?
  • What do you do in the event of delays, wardrobe malfunctions or errors of the bridal party?

 

 

 

 


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► Aren’t all DJs the same?

Absolutely not!  It has been my observation that the vast majority of DJs are lazy and uneducated in both in business and in the music industry.  Most DJs will buy the very minimum of equipment to get by so that they can see the dollars coming in.  Most do not invest in backup equipment and most will purchase the smallest, lightest weight equipment available.  These DJs usually are hesitant to list their equipment upon their website and usually show up in some sort of commuter vehicle that is transporting consumer grade electronics equipment (cheap, small, lightweight and lacking in durability, performance and fidelity).   You probably know from your own music equipment that cheaper, smaller and lighter is usually NOT the best choice for music.  Most of these people work as DJs in their spare time to earn extra money an do not invest the time in planning your event to the extent that it deserves.  An easy way to identify amateurs is to ask if they need a table for their Ben Franklinequipment.  These “wanna-bees” use what equates to “toys” that need your extra support.  A true professional uses pro audio equipment that is “rack mounted” in self-contained, self-standing “road cases.”  Since a professional DJ must move and use equipment often it is best to hire a DJ who uses professional audio equipment that can withstand the punishment that transportation and constant use inflicts upon equipment.  (The last thing you need is for your DJ’s equipment to be broken or malfunctioning by the time your event is staged) 

There are distinct differences between “Wedding DJs,” “Party DJs,” and “Club DJs.”  Though a certain DJ may excel in one area, he may be totally inappropriate for the next.  In other words: If your DJ doesn’t have the proper experience, know-how to conduct business, knowledge on how to dress or act appropriately, understand the flow or etiquette of your event, etc., your day could become a disaster.

There are even some DJs who are so vain and stoop so low as to ask what your total event budget is and then “claim” that it’s customary to pay a DJ a percentage of your overall budget.  This is ludicrous!  Some may even tempt you by low prices only to later find that the price they quoted was for an “introductory sound system.”  These smaller sound systems are typically fine for very small crowds in small rooms but will not accommodate your needs if your guests number greater than 50, if your event is outdoors or if your event is held in a medium to large-sized room.  These DJs will usually try to later “up sell” you on larger and/or better sounding equipment.

Still others are paying facility managers or owners a fee to be “recommended” to you.  The consumer is the one who suffers in this scenario since you must see your event as an overall investment; if your guests leave early at do not eat, drink, dance and party all night long you have lost substantial amounts of money.  A good DJ is an essential part of the equation.  Avoid DJs that you are “required” to be used as per the event manager, event facility owner or coordinator.  These DJs are usually paying for the recommendation or the facility is making a profit as some sort of “package deal.”  These DJs are most often sub-par in in skills, experience, equipment and music selection an effort to make a profit at the consumer’s expense (literally and figuratively). 

Trust your instincts.  Meet any and all prospective DJs.  Find a professional DJ who has “immersed” himself in the music industry for the vast majority of their lifetime.  They may boast that they love their job or are passionate about music but who doesn’t like music? 

Ask Yourself:

∆  Do I want a “wacky” DJ who will try to be the center of attention or a professional emcee?
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Do I want to hire a DJ “site unseen” because I am told to hire one or do I want to personally interview DJs and decide for myself?

 Do I want to hear the speakers squeal (feedback) or do I want announcements and toasts to be heard clearly?
∆  Do I want the sound of  a loud home stereo or of that of a nightclub or concert sound system?
∆  Do I want music that all my guests will enjoy and dance to all night long or do I just want the music that the DJ wants to play?
∆  Do I want a professional or a novice DJ?  (In the way they dress, act, talk, conduct business and perform?)
∆  Do I want to take a chance at regretting saving a few dollars versus having a successful event?
∆  Do I want my wedding to be as good as my friends’ or do I want it be the one we talk about for the rest of our lives?
 

 

 

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► How is your planning documentation different from other companies?

At A Perfect DJ we leave absolutely nothing to chance.  Quite simply put:  Click on the images below to see the difference between the planning documentation used by A Perfect DJ versus the most popular and common documentation used by the majority of DJs in the industry.  Then you decide.  Who would you trust to create a flawless, well-planned, professional event?

Click to view: A perfect DJ’s wedding planning documentation: A Perfect DJ’s Wedding Planning Documentation

The most popular wedding planning documentation used in the U.S. today: The Most Popular DJ Form Used To Date

 

 

 

 
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Why am I being persuaded to hire someone else by a coordinator or event facility?

With weddings, usually the first person a bride & groom or “party planner” encounters is the “wedding coordinator” and/or the “event facility manager.”  I only wish that customers understood that these individuals know they are not going to get “repeat business” (especially for weddings).  They will try to get low-ball vendors or even recommend “house DJs” or “recommended DJs” that are either paying referral fees or who are getting paid extremely small amounts for their work (usually because they are not worth the price).  If a coordinator or manager can free-up cash to divert sales to themselves, be all means they will.  Meanwhile the bride and groom get poor DJ services.  When customers do web searches it is uncanny that I am always told that the one thing that people say NOT to “cut-corners” on is your DJ.  Still, they end up getting convinced by others to use funds elsewhere.

A good DJ’s music and performance can open up otherwise timid guests in a social situation.  Think about it: If just one or two guests leave early because they cannot relate to what the DJ is doing you are losing hundreds of dollars.  If a dozen leave you have lost thousands.  You are also losing precious memories that will never be created or recovered. 

Many times brides will splurge on their facility because it makes an impression on their guests.  They will also pay extra for a photographer because they will capture and retain memories from the night.  Yet a DJ can give a good or bad impression from the way they dress, act, speak, conduct business, interact with guests and perform.  After all, a DJ interacts with your guest more and on more levels than any of your other vendors.  A DJ also creates many of the moments that a photographer captures and is a true “coordinator” in the way they emcee and organize the activities.  Remember: with weather, traffic, guests, personality interactions, alcohol, vendors and fate you cannot be in denial and must accept the fact that things WILL go wrong.  It is the job of a good DJ (and your other major vendors) to be able to assess, negotiate and troubleshoot the problems so that they are never realized by your guests.

A good DJ can break-down guests’ inhibitions and get them to socially participate and interact in ways that a manicured lawn, fold of a napkin or flash of a camera cannot.  Many consumers think that there will be nothing tangible to take with them from the DJ.  Nonsense!  My company provides copies of “keepsake wedding CDs” that include ceremony seating music, ceremony music, introduction edits and music, activity music edits & music plus more.  My customers get to keep those memories that they helped to plan out.  And just like you can remember emotions, smells, tastes, sights and sounds from your childhood when you hear certain songs, that’s what will happen when you hear your wedding music again.  In fact, a good DJ will “instill” new memories upon all of your guests in this same way with music that will last a lifetime!

I even hear from some people that “My guests won’t need motivating” or “This is a party crowd.”  In reality, you don’t want your guests and family to act “predictably.”  You want to tear down the social and psychological barriers so that they act and interact in different and enhanced ways than what you are accustomed to and to “party like they have never partied before.”  This will truly create memories and a once-in-a-lifetime event.  After all, isn’t this why you are investing such large sums of money in your special event?

I can’t count how many times multi-million dollar event facilities and “DJ brokers” have asked me to submit a “bid” for DJ services.  Obviously, they want the lowest bidder so that their profit margin will increase.  Many DJs out there are working themselves to the bone in order to earn a living yet providing bad service to the consumer.  In this industry there are so many DJs touting that they belong to organizations like the Amer DJ Asso (for example).  (Name expressed cryptically)   It was Groucho Marx who once said, “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member!”  That says so much!  These organizations cater to beginners!  In other words, these DJs cannot get hired upon their own merits so they join these clubs to learn the business and network while the organizations profit (although many times masquerading as “non-profit” entities). 

How many people really call 1-800-Dental?  (Name expressed cryptically)  Do you want a dentist who otherwise does not have impressive skills, education and qualifications so they are forced to join an organization that is obviously getting referral fees?  And who do you think ultimately pays the price?  The consumer!  What about the Bureau for Better Businesses?  (Name expressed cryptically) ABC’s 20/20 recently did a story about them showing how they will give anyone a positive rating for a price!  (ABC managed to get a well-known, middle-east terrorist organization [Hamas] to get an “A-” rating!)

The bottom line is that it is essential that you meet in person with prospective DJs and trust your instincts!  Don’t give in to the smoke screen that many facilities a event directors may create.  Remember that there is a huge “turnover” of employment for facility managers due to the fact that in the course of their attempts to increase sales for the facilities that they work for (and in collecting kick-backs to refer vendors), they create “conflicts of interest” that ultimately result in the bride  & groom and their families and guests receiving subpar services.  This is truly a sad fact within the industry and contributes to the large turnover of wedding coordinators.

This is a re-print of a typical review from a local facility using under-handed tactics:

Brides with small budgets who dream of getting married with their friends and family in attendance, beware!  Consider my tale your warning.  I’m getting married to a man I love next year.  This means I’m researching venues for The Big Event.  We’ve done our budget and, while it’s not woefully small, it’s not nearing 6 figures either.  I called this business today [We’ll call them “VDA”] to ask about wedding packages.  I spoke to someone who was later identified as the manager (actually this person is the owner’s son).  He started off very helpful and asked me about our budget.  I told him.  He asked me about how many people we’re expecting.  I told him.

At this point, he ceased being helpful and, in my opinion, very rude [it was not enough of a profit for the facility, managers and owners] and  he told me that there’s no way we can get married with our budget, much less in Temecula.  He said there’s no way we can book a venue, pay for a ceremony and feed 200 – 250 people in addition to doing everything else we need to do with a budget of our size.  He even helpfully suggested we cut down the amount of people we invite because “that’s where your cost is.”  I locked myself in my bathroom and cried.  After I was done, I emailed their general email address and told them what our conversation was about, how I felt and how distressed I was after this conversation.   I would have been done with this establishment had it ended there.

Instead, the owner then told me that she thought the manager (she’s the one who identified him and his position) was not rude and that he was being “honest and upfront” about their pricing.  She said they pride themselves on their exceptional customer service to their brides and that she was sure he was not malicious in his comments [attempting to validate their sales tactics].  This is where we differ in our opinions.  I think it’s rude to tell your prospective clients they don’t have enough money to make their dreams a reality and imply they should look elsewhere.  I also think it’s incredibly rude for the OWNER of the establishment to think treatment of prospective clients in this manner is not only acceptable but to stand behind it.  

I also think it’s pretty craptastic to make a bride CRY because you, the owner, and your manager (son) are telling her that SHE (the bride) IS TOO POOR TO GET MARRIED!!  How is this acceptable?  And you pride yourself on your “exceptional customer service”?  Maybe this exceptional customer service is only extended to those willing to pay the large of amounts of money that they demand to actually become customers.  However, if prospective clients are treated the way I’ve been treated, then I am amazed they have any customers to give this much lauded service to.

I’m sure the brides who have gotten married here had a great experience.  I just can’t help but wonder if it’s because they had a bigger piggy bank than I did and that’s why they received this “exceptional service.”  It should go without saying that not only am I crossing this venue off my list of possibilities (and yes, there are other possibilities).  There are other venues who are willing to work with me and have never made me feel terrible but I will also never give them business of any kind.  If Yelp would let me give this place negative stars, I’d do it in a heart beat.

 

 

 

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► Are there any hidden charges?dj_graph_4

  • Do you (the DJ) charge extra for equipment such as wireless microphones, lapel microphones, additional sound systems, ceremony music, custom music editing, lighting, etc.?
  • Are there additional charges for travel (mileage), planning meetings, set-up or tear-down times?
  • Will they charge for music selections not in their current music collection?
  • Will you be charged for unexpected delays that occur at your event?

…or:  What do your fees include?  It has become a very disturbing trend for unprofessional DJ companies to use “bait-and-switch” sales tactics.  These questionable companies may lure you into signing on with their services only to find that the price that they quoted was for only 3 or 4 hours when your event requires 5 hours or more of DJ services.  At the last moment you find that you must then pay $150 or $200 for every additional hour on top of what you thought was a great price.  Oops!  Then they charge additional fees for use of microphones, performing a wedding ceremony, ceremony music, lighting, sound reinforcement, etc.  The next thing you know your are paying much more than a reputable DJ service would have charged.  If a DJ company’s rate seems “too good to be true,” get it in writing!  Ask what their fees include.  At A PERFECT DJ we will ask you many questions about the services you need and never charge you more than you were contracted for.

 

 

 

 

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What are your prices?

 

It would be great to have a flat rate that would allow me to post rates.  When a company posts pricing upon the internet, be prepared to be “up-sold” or to get locked into an agreement that will cost a great deal more down the road.  This is a “bait-and-switch” tactic that gets you to call the company but they give you an expensive sales pitch in response.

 

In reality, every event is different and requiring of different services. The day of the week, off-season bookings, performance time and extra services can cost more or less.  You can also get a deal for mid-week pricing (for example).  Weddings on a Saturdays are the highest demand day.  At A Perfect DJ we even offer coupons for “5th hour free” and “Active Military Discounts.”    Military Midweek Weddings   Unfortunately, many DJs are in the habit of using misleading tactics and try to “up-sell” their services.  It is not uncommon for many of these unscrupulous DJs to charge $1500 to $3500 and more when all is said and done. 

 

Most of the higher end DJs are only selling you an inflated ego or giving a portion as a referral fee to event facility managers.  In fact, many DJs use as little equipment, knowledge and devote as little time to your event as necessary.  Do yourself a favor and find a DJ with true passion for the industry whose equipment, knowledge and track-record reflect just that!  

 

At A Perfect DJ we pride ourselves with being upfront with pricing so that you have no surprises along the way.   In fact, A Perfect DJ usually comes in with a price quote that is below the average pricing in the United States and far less than DJs paying fees for their recommendation.  It is very important that you ask DJs what is included in their pricing or even what NOT is included in their pricing.  Don’t get fooled!  Many DJs or event facility managers will try to make a buck around every corner.  The bottom line: Get it in writing.  Protect yourself by getting a contract.  Know how many hours of service (service; not setup or teardown time) are included, if the use of wireless microphones is included, multiple sound systems (if needed), ceremony music (for wedding), intelligent dance floor lighting, etc.  Please don’t be the next statistic.  A Perfect DJ is more than happy to give you an upfront cost and you can submit a  request form at this link:  Contact Us 

 

 

 

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Who is the “actual DJ” who will perform at my event?

Many DJ companies will assign someone impressive to talk to you over the telephone and/or meet with you to get your business.  In reality, most of these companies sub-contract their DJ work out to the lowest bidding DJ so that the company can retain the difference as profit.  The problem:  You don’t know about this DJ’s experience, music selection, equipment, backup equipment, appearance, personality, emcee skills, insurance, track record or how much time they will spend to prepare for your event (many of these contractors only “DJ” part-time).  It should be mentioned again that if your decision to purchase DJ Services is based solely on price, you have the investment of your entire event to lose by not hiring a professional!  You want an experienced DJ to perform for you who will keep your guests entertained, dancing, eating and drinking at your event all night long.  This is the only way to assure that you are maximizing your overall investment in your event.
 

 

 

 

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Do you (the DJ) have any business experience?

  • How long have you been in business?
  • Is this your primary and/or only profession?

The DJ industry is like any other business: It takes intellect, motivation, knowledge, skill and character to run a successful business.  Since the market is flooded with amateur and “part-time” DJs, it is unfortunate that many lack the necessary skills to succeed in the industry.  The worst case scenario would be hiring a “bargain DJ” who you pay months in advance only to find that they have gone out of business when your special day arrives.  Aside from being a good emcee and playing good music, it is important that your DJ is professional, ethical, personable, organized, punctual, energetic, hard-working and resourceful in addition to possessing many other traits as well.  If your “bargain DJ” is not business savvy, there is a good chance that your investment in your event will suffer from the lack of professionalism.  If you are in doubt about your DJ’s abilities, DO NOT hesitate to ask about their business experience, professional background, to see their planning documentation or to view one of their files. 

 

 

 

 

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What is the average cost of a wedding in Temecula?averagetemeculaweddingwhite

Currently, the average cost of a wedding in Temecula is approximately $28,000 and that price does not include the engagement ring or the honeymoon (Temecula weddings are still about 50% of what you would pay in Napa or Sonoma counties).  Since the DJ has the ability to entertain your guests it is of paramount importance that he can keep them at your wedding eating, drinking, dancing and enjoying the facility all night long.  A good reception (or party) is only as good the happy, large, dancing crowd.  It is crucial that you do your research and hire a DJ who will help you maximize your investment in your special day. 

 

 

 

 

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Why are there so many DJs in Temecula?

There aren’t!  The sad fact is that many DJs want to come in from surrounding areas and inner cities who claim that they live in or are based in Temecula but they are not.  Sometimes it’s as easy as noticing their telephone number’s area code.  Other times you need to ask and confront them about where they are from.  Unfortunately, let the buyer beware!  They are usually not accustomed to the region or the facilities here in the area.  Many lack the professionalism, business intellect, tact, discipline and knowledge of how to conduct themselves for the event at hand.  Still others underestimate traffic and cause events to start late.  Others are just pirates who want to make a fast buck.  The bottom line is that you must do your research carefully and hire a qualified DJ who will deliver the performance that you desire and, most importantly, still be in business when the day of your event arrives. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Are you (the DJ) worth the price you are asking?

As you have probably already read on this site, the DJ business is flooded with individuals who think that they can be a “DJ.”  Experience, education, equipment, backup equipment, passion, ethics, personality, business background and insurance are all factors that you should consider.  Still, why is this guy making this amount of money for his work?  The reality is that a true “Professional DJ” invests a great deal of time in planning and resources to make sure that your day is a success. 

Beware of “part-time DJs” who make extra money by doing the same “cookie-cutter” performance that they have relied on for years without maintaining their skills, music and equipment.  If you are planning a wedding, there is a huge difference in the amount of preparation that is needed for a successful event. On the other end of the spectrum, many DJs quoting high prices are doing so to pay fee for a recommendation.  It never ceases to amaze me that brides and their families try to find the cheapest DJ they can when statistics show that entertainment is the number one thing that guests remember after a wedding.

 

 

 

 

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How much do I stand to lose by not hiring an experienced DJ for my wedding?

Think about it:  If your guests leave early because you hired a “discount DJ,” those tens of thousands of dollars were just wasted.  Currents statistics show that in the Southern California region a single guest can add $167 to $204 per person to your wedding day.  If they only stay for an hour, was that cost maximized?  No.  Keep your guests at your event all night long by doing your homework and hiring a qualified, experienced DJ.   Weddings include guests of all ages and only the best DJs know how to “read the crowd” to keep them all dancing all night long.  If Aunt Mary and Uncle Jim leave early because they cannot relate to “Gansta Rap” music (if that’s all your DJ is playing), your investment in Aunt Mary and Uncle Jim were just lost; $300 to $400 of your hard-earned money just walked out the door (So how much did you save on that “discount DJ?”).  The troubling part is that once the guests start leaving, it can be a “domino effect” and your party could end early.  The losses can be exponential.  You can literally see the look in a bride’s face (or her parents’) when the reception is falling apart before their very eyes.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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► In what city do you live and where is your office located?  (Where will you be commuting from?)

  • Are you travelling in from another area?
  • Will you take time to meet at consultation appointments if needed?
  • Are you familiar with the event facility that I am using?

Many people tell me, “I have a good friend who is a DJ from out of the area who will be performing for us.”  When I hear this it immediately brings up a red-flag.  All too often these DJs are not familiar with the event facilities, are not seasoned professionals or they under-estimate the local highway traffic.  Nothing is worse than having your DJ arrive late, unprepared or not familiar with how to successfully run the event at hand.  It is also important to note that it is becoming increasingly common for “discount DJs” from the inner-cities to commute into areas where they can make a fast buck.  These “low-quality DJs” rarely have the credentials to be true professionals.  They simply claim that they are from affluent areas to appear that they are of higher quality than they actually are.  Many times these DJs are not familiar with the event facilities or even how to carry-out successful events (not to mention their experience, skills, knowledge, music selection or quality of equipment).  They even find ways to “fool” search engine directories (like Google) into listing them as “local” DJs.  Many of these pirates use post office boxes or fake addresses.  These days you can’t can’t even trust a business card.  If all else fails, ask to see their I.D. to verify their address.

 

 

 

 

 

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► Are you (the DJ) paying any type of compensation, referral fee or stipend for your recommendation?

Unfortunately, it is a sad reality in the industry that many event managers and facility owners receive fees or “kick-backs” for referring out DJs.  This is probably the reason why there is a large amount of turn-over in employment as event facility managers.  Make sure that you find out if any compensation is being exchanged for referring or recommending any types of services.  There are many DJ services that cost 150% to 200% MORE than A Perfect DJ only because the venue or event facility will ask you to use what they claim to be “their DJ” services. 

The sad truth is that these are greedy individuals, facility managers and business owners who want a piece of what the DJ makes to refer you to the DJ.  This comes at your expense since the quality of these services are usually not up to par with legitimate, professional, ethical services.  Some venues have even tried to ban outside DJs in an effort to line their pockets all out of shear greed.  Even some websites on the internet are now extorting money from businesses by making them pay for positive reviews and will “trash” a DJ’s reputation if they do not pay.  This is all at the expense of a bride’s family, corporate party throwers and private parties (contact us and we can show you examples from ABC news, newspaper articles and internet articles).  Again, you need to confront any individual who claims that you must only use who they recommend.  You should not have to pay double the cost of any of your vendors so that these unscrupulous individuals can line their pockets.  You want to hire your major vendors based on their experience, knowledge and skills.

 

 

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► Will you (the DJ) meet me in person to plan my event?

  • Are they willing to meet at your home or event location?
  • Will they take time to meet with you on multiple occasions if needed?
  • Will they help you plan in advance so that your event is structured exactly as you want it (unique and personalized)?

Make sure that a DJ is willing to meet with you “face-to-face” so that you have the opportunity to see their appearance, personality and demeanor. If a company only allows you to hire them or sign a contract through the mail it is usually an indication that the companies are “sub-contracting” and overbooking their events.  Most importantly, make sure that the DJ that you meet with is the “actual DJ” who will perform for you.  Many large companies will send a slick salesperson to meet with you and then send out the lowest-bidding DJ to perform for you on the day of your event.

 

 

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► Do you (the DJ) have backup equipment in case of equipment failure? Is your equipment insured?

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  • What happens if you become sick or injured?
  • Do you used fully licensed and legal music tracks?
  • Are you (the DJ) insured?
  • Is your equipment insured?

Many DJs have entered into this business for a quick buck.  Sorry, buy it’s true.  Many times that “discount DJ” that you hire will have little-to-no experience, 20 year old equipment, delivered in a 30 year old car with no backup plans.  He (or she) may also have a very limited selection of music and little to no knowledge about music or how to deliver a successful performance.  They may also very well not be accustomed to the proper etiquette for your event or how the event will transpire.  Not to mention that they may not be dressed appropriately.  One other note: It is very common these days for amateur DJs to use illegal or “pirated” music tracks.  These companies are targeted by legal authorities and can (at any given time) be fined, jailed and shut down (leaving you without a DJ for your event).  Make sure that your DJ company abides by U.S. and international Copyright Laws.

Many venues require that a DJ carries liability insurance.  Make sure that your DJ is covered in the event the he or his equipment are found to be liable for damages to persons and/or property.

Yes, there are many stories out there that tell experiences with DJs who get their equipment stolen, their vehicle stolen (many times with their equipment inside) or their homes or place of business becomes a victim of theft or fire.  They then leave their customers with no DJ service or no “Plan B” to deliver services.

Many large companies will only send out their DJs with the minimum equipment needed to perform their job.  These employee or subcontracted DJs are usually hesitant to report damage or repairs needed for equipment since many times they are liable for it.  So what happens to you (the customer) if your DJ gets a sound system that needs repair, maintenance or adjustments that were not reported prior to your event?

Not only is it important to have an insured DJ (liability insurance and automobile insurance) but you need to choose a DJ whose equipment is also covered in the event of theft, damage or fire.
 

 

 

 

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Will you (the DJ) coordinate the entire event for me (if desired)?

  • Do they have a checklist to ensure that your event will run smoothly?
  • Is their paperwork and documentation organized and structured to encourage a successful, flowing event?
  • Are they willing to work with other vendors & family members and keep them informed?
  • Will they get your permission before they make changes and are they willing to NOT surprise you with impromptu activities or announcements? 

Most DJs will tell you that they will coordinate the activities at your event.  To verify if they actually do this or how it is performed ask to see their documentation and checklists to be assured that things will run smoothly and flawlessly.  If they do not have checklists and structured documentation they ARE NOT prepared to coordinate your event.  Some DJs will even claim to be “wedding coordinators.”  Although it may seem like a great way to save money, the truth is that a good DJ simply DOES NOT have the time to devote to a wedding as a coordinator.  Leave these tasks to a professional and let your DJ do their job to their fullest.  If the music selections are not planned, categorized and documented in advance they ARE NOT prepared.  A good DJ will and must also be able to “read the crowd” and adjust the music “on the fly” under stressful conditions.  Also, the last thing you need during your important day is for a stranger with a microphone to do an “impromptu comedy routine” or any activity that you knew nothing about in advance.
 

 

 

 

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What do you (the DJ) do to make your services unique?

  • Do they have creative ideas for customizing and personalizing my event?
  • Will they keep my guests attention where it belongs – on  me (and the bridal party)?
  • Will they incorporate my ideas with the personality and style that I desire?

Unfortunately, many people think that DJs are a “dime a dozen.”  However, based upon the way most disc jockeys promote themselves, perform and conduct their business, this misconception is understandable.  If you want your event to be unique and memorable then you should find a DJ who is unique and memorable as well.  Each DJ will have their our personality, skills and ideas.  In other words; take the time to find the DJ who will be the best choice for your concerns, needs and guests.

 

 

 

 

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Have you (the DJ) ever had professional education in the entertainment arts or been a member or participated in any professional organizations or associations?

  • Do they have a degree in the entertainment arts?
  • Are they currently or have they ever been affiliated with groups like the A.A.D.J.A. (All American Disc Jockey Alliance), A.D.J.A. (American Disc Jockey Association), G.M.E.A. (Global Mobile Entertainers Association), N.A.M.E. (National Association of Mobile Entertainers), etc?
  • Can they certify their membership or degree?

The Mobile Disc Jockey industry is completely unregulated and the talent required to be a Mobile Disc Jockey is currently impossible to “certify” by any organization. However, the benefit of finding a Disc Jockey who is involved in a local or national association is that they are committed to improving their overall service through the constant education that is provided by these associations.  Any Disc Jockey who is not committed to improving will eventually grow stale.  Note: Membership in any association is still no guarantee and most DJ organizations are only in business for the money.  Once again, do your research.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do you (the DJ) have a wide base of music and entertainment experience to draw from?

  • What is their background in the music and entertainment industry?
  • What are they currently doing to improve their entertainment skills?
  • Is their background limited to only “mobile disc jockey” work?

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In order to provide the best quality entertainment possible, each Disc Jockey should be actively seeking to improve and broaden their entertainment capabilities. Most Disc Jockeys aren’t fulfilling this important detail because they fall into the categories described by Questions #1 and #2, and therefore, don’t really care about improving their services. People tend to become what they are committed to becoming. The same is true for Disc Jockeys.

 

 

 

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► Do you (the DJ) have skills to deliver announcements that are clear and direct?

  • Do they have any public speaking experience outside of mobile disc jockey work?
  • Do they have any speech or vocal training?
  • Are their announcements direct and to the point?
  • Do you feel that their intellect and vocabulary are at a level to be able to relate, direct and converse with your guests?

If you’ve ever seen someone try to get a crowd’s attention without the proper vocal skills, then we need not say more. Or when they do open their mouths, they don’t know what to say. Words like “uh” and “um,” or phrases like, “you know” get used too much and eventually your guests are left asking each other, “What did he just say?”  The person you choose as your Disc Jockey will be your spokesperson and will be representing you to your guests.  Choose wisely.

 

 

 

 

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Do you (the DJ) ever “over-book” your performances?

 

Many Disc Jockey services who claim to be large nationwide companies are no more than “brokers” who will take your money and then “sub-contract” the DJ work to whomever they can find to do your event at a reduced rate. In fact,  many large DJ companies will subcontract work to the LOWEST bidder so that they can retain the difference as profit.  Would you want the lowest bidder to DJ your important event? When this happens you may not know who the DJ is that will perform at your event or their experience, equipment, affiliations, appearance, music selections, if they are insured, etc.  But even more important is that you will quite probably get a DJ who does not pre-plan with you and personalize your service to the degree that you desire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do you (the DJ) drink alcohol at your performances?

 

This question may seem a little strange but most customers are not hiring a comedian but a DJ and an emcee.  Sometimes bargain (and even some expensive) DJs think that a microphone gives them a license to say and do whatever they want to.  In fact, some DJs even take “stand-up comedian” classes to try to entertain the masses.  A DJ with a good personality and a good sense of humor is one thing but a DJ with inappropriate remarks can be downright embarrassing.  Alcohol (or other intoxicants) can make this an even more uncomfortable endeavor.  Some DJs think that since the guests are having alcohol it’s OK for them to indulge.  There is nothing further from the truth.  Hire a professional.

 

 

 

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Why don’t other DJs list their equipment on their website?

 

The unfortunate truth is that with the slow economy and the vast amounts of amateur DJ equipment on the market, non-professional and inexperienced DJs have flooded the market in recent years.  Customers on a budget have opted for the cheapest DJ that they can find.  Many DJs do not list their equipment because most often it is inferior equipment that is not “Pro Audio” quality equipment that is made to endure the rigors that mobility and repeated use can inflict.  In addition, many times they do not have backup equipment in the event of system failures further putting you and your event at risk.  Many amateur DJs also use “pirated” or otherwise illegal music tracks.  The music industry and legal authorities have been targeting these companies (and individuals) and they may be subjected to legal action leaving you without the music you are expecting for your special day.

 

 

 

 

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Why do other DJs say they have 1,000,000 song tracks compared to what you offer?

 

Once again some unethical DJs use “pirated” or illegally obtained tracks.  Think about it:  With the average cost of legitimate song downloads averaging 99¢ per track that DJ advertising a library of 1,000,000 tracks would have (roughly) had to pay $1,000,000 to obtain these songs.  Does that really seem realistic?  No.  Don’t trust your special event to a company or individual who may be shut down before your day even begins.  Aside from that, A Perfect DJ carries the most popular tracks in their “mobile music library” not “B” tracks or worse.  If something is rare and we have it we will provide it for your day, if it can be obtained legitimately we will do so.  Otherwise we will ask your assistance in locating the track.  Besides, do you want your DJ to play the number “835,236th most popular song” of all time without you specifically asking for it?  I hope not!

Help stop Copyright infringement!  Report DJs and others that use, distribute or sell illegally obtained or unlicensed music!   ©!

 

 

 

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► What is the biggest DJ complaint for 2012, 2013, 2014?

 

By far the biggest complaint about DJs recently is that consumers hire an amateur DJ (“discount DJ”) and the lazy DJ ends up putting their system on “automated play” and goes out into the crowd to get drunk, pickup on bridesmaids and act cool.  This is highly unprofessional to say the least!  I hear this complaint from both consumers and venue managers alike.  You are paying a DJ to be at his station and  to “read the crowd” and play music accordingly.  I am not afraid to list popular tracks upon my website because experience has taught me that what puts a crowd into a frenzy one night, will not necessarily work on another night.  A DJ must work each and every night to make the performances unique and to ensure success.

You don’t want to have a good event, you want to have a GREAT event!  Aside from the obvious, when dealing with 50, 100, 200 or more guests, many things can and will go wrong necessitating changes in the schedule that need immediate and constant attention.  You and your guests will not be able to make music requests or give direction if the DJ is nowhere to be found.  All of your vendors must interact with each other and this cannot be done properly unless everyone knows where the DJ is at all times.  DJ equipment can be a shock and electrocution hazard to children who do not know any better (many times attracted to all the lights, buttons and computer) and electrical dangers also exist to others who may spill drinks.  There are also dangers and hazards from unattended falling speakers, power and/or speaker cords, lighting and even hearing loss if audio problems are not corrected immediately.  Once again, do your research and hire a seasoned professional.

 

 

 

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► Can’t I just rent equipment and have a friend do all of this?

You could.  In theory.  We have the technology today to automate just about everything.  In my opinion , however, you would only have about a 5% chance of success.  Why?  With the thousands of weddings, events and productions that I have performed NONE have gone off on time.  NONE have been problem-free.  None have been without personal drama and issues.  NONE have followed any anticipated sequence or timeline.  Why risk a $30,000 party to chance?  With weather, alcohol, traffic, vendors, equipment failures, attitudes and personalities a wedding, event, concert or party is literally a definitive “Murphy’s Law.”  That is, “Whatever CAN go wrong WILL!”  A professional DJ is accustomed to dealing with all of these obstacles while still delivering a polished, professional performance and not allowing your guests to be bothered by the problems and issues taking place behind the scenes.

 

If you’re willing to take these chances you could always rent a sound system, do research on music choices and entrust a friend or relative to be alert to receive cues, make changes, troubleshoot technical and personal issues, deal with problems and chaotically interact with vendors and guests.  Even further, they must have a knowledge of the history of music to be able to creatively deliver music for all ages, moods, bride’s wishes, the erratic and ever-changing (alcohol induced) progression of the crowd, etc.  This person must also know the progression of the event at hand and be able to deliver accurate, professional, announcements and directions to maximize the time your event is limited to while at the same time not boring, confusing or rushing your guests.

 

I have had several customers in the movie, television and radio industry.  When I talk to them they understand that at a wedding, a DJ acts as an engineer, producer, gaffer, music director, road crew, “public relations” specialist, emcee and a DJ at the same time. The people of this industry know that this is an extremely difficult task and that you only have one chance to get the job right.  In addition a DJ has to also be an account representative, salesperson, accountant, etc. in order for your services to be a success.  People who use relatives or friends with rented “consumer” equipment do not know how to troubleshoot problems, deal with microphones and their inherent problems (such as feedback), don’t have backup equipment, are not insured, don’t have with them the many additional, ancillary equipment needed to adapt to unique problems, obstacles and issues, usually don’t know the progression of the events at hand, are at the mercy of  temperamental consumer-grade equipment that may fail, create delays or not be able to cross-fade music properly to ensure a seamless, successful  performance.  What’s worse, they usually end up subjecting your guests to their personal music preferences instead of playing the bride’s wishes or the music that will make your night a success by catering to what your guests want to hear.

 

“Dead air” (when the event goes awkwardly silent) can be the death of your production.  Imagine your favorite restaurant or retail store with no music.  This would never happen because these businesses know that when there is silence things become uncomfortable and people stop enjoying themselves and attempt to leave.  One other aspect deserving mention is that a friend or relative trying be a DJ with his iPod and a rented sound system will have to move the equipment from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception creating that same awkward silence during the down time.  Obviously, you don’t want this. 

 

So, yes, you can automate and save money.  But why would you take the chance?  Why would you risk your guests leaving when you know that your special day is costing about $300 per attendee?  Investing in a good DJ is like investing in yourself and in the success, time-maximization and memories that your special day deserves.

 

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► Should I hire a DJ who uses iPods?

Absolutely not!  The number one factor when it comes to DJ equipment is to hire a DJ who only uses “pro audio” equipment.  An iPod or other digital audio player is “consumer audio” and has many shortcomings and compatibility issues.

It doesn’t matter if the DJ uses these devices for the main DJing or for a ceremony.  If they say they use them, look elsewhere.

 

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► Is any part of your performance or music selections pre-programmed or automated?

If a DJ pre-programs or automates his performance you ARE NOT getting the maximum potential of your event or the best value for your dollar.  Anyone could setup an iPod or play Pandora through a PA system but that is not why you are hiring a DJ.

A DJ should have music knowledge, experience and creativity to be able to make your event MORE than it would be without the use of a DJ.  If for some reason your guests are reacting to music other that what you planned for your DJ should recognize this and react accordingly.  You may have thought that your guests were going to want to hear “Top 40” but for some reason they are dancing more to Disco and 80s music.  Even more, the older folks are joining the dance with them!  You don’t want to ruin the vibe of a positive night by thinking that just because a certain set of songs worked well last night that it means that the same formula will work every night.  To assume this is foolish.

Pandora or an iPod cannot compensate for scheduling changes, delays, traffic, alcohol or weather.  They also cannot make announcements.  I have never known them to address electrical problems or changes in scheduling either.

If you have a child or early teens party and are on a tight budget, sure, go ahead and use pre-programmed material through a rented PA and save some money   Otherwise, there is no substitute for a resourceful, educated, knowledgeable, observant, accommodating DJ.

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Additional Questions to ask:

►  Are you available for my date?
►  Do you provide a written contract?
►  How many performance hours are included?
►  Is setup/teardown and travel time included?
►  How early do you arrive to setup?
►  Do you smoke?  (A good DJ never takes a break)
►  Do you charge by the hour or do you have packages?
►  What is the charge for additional overtime?
►  Can you explain how you conduct the evening?
►  Do you act as a wedding planner?
►  What type of clothing do you wear when you perform?
►  Are “emcee” services included? (Do you make the announcements?)
►  Are you open to requests? Can we decide if requests should be honored by our guests?
►  How do we decide what types of music are or are not played?
►  How large is your music selection and how varied is it?
►  What happens if we have music selections that you do not have?
►  Is a wireless microphone for speeches and announcements provided with your services?
►  Is dance floor lighting available?
►  How long have you been in the entertainment industry?
►  How many weddings (or parties, events, etc.) have you performed at?
►  How many live performances or other kinds of professional events have you performed or participated in?
►  What type of equipment do you have?
►  Do you bring back-up equipment with you?
►  What is the TOTAL price for the package that I personally want?
►  How much is your deposit?
►  When is the balance due?
►  What types of payment do you accept?

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