How did Michael become a DJ?
What DJ equiptment do you use?
Denon DJ Players
Perviously, we exclusively used Pioneer DJ and Serato, both units and software we love. The reason why we changed to Denon is three-fold:
1) It removes the laptop (we call it laptop face where a DJ burries their face in the laptop and doesn't focus on the crowed.
2) It removes glitches from laptops like a software update that could cause problems.
3) It allows streaming of 8 million songs from Tidal with WiFi access!
Electrovoice (EV) EKX, ETX, & ELX powered speakers
We use powered speakers because if a speaker fails, your sound does not stop! We can change out the speaker (yes we have backup), and keep your event running with only a dip in sound volume and dispursement for a short period of time.
We use Soundcraft Audio pre-ams with an array of digital options like:
1) 32-Band EQ for every channel.
This means you will not have that ear peircing noise "feedback" when someone holds the mic near a speaker.
2) We can add effects to any channel like compression for vocals. This adds tightness to the sound to make it more clear. We also add a Deesser which removes that "sss" dragging sound from whispy speakers.
3) We can record ALL speaches, annoucments and audio at no charge to you!
4) We can connect your videographer or venue with specialized audio signals that are clean and free of music. This is important in the production component for videographers.
DBX Drive Rack 2 Active sound processing. This means, the system is actively tuning the speakers to your space. A ballroom, a bar, and a tent all have different acoustically properties that effect the sound like reverb, that can cause an echo or boominess of subwoofers.
We use Hosa Cables. This might sound silly, but sound is only as good as the weakest link. High end equiptment does nothing if you link it with a cheap cable.
What if something happens to you?
Yes! Users can add video from YouTube or Vimeo with ease:
Enter App Settings
Click the "Manage Questions" button
Click on the question you would like to attach a video to
When editing your answer, click on the video icon and then paste the YouTube or Vimeo video URL
That's it! A thumbnail of your video will appear in answer text box
Will you take request?
Absolutely! We love request, but they have to be handled correctly. Yes, we want request that will make you and your guest happy and dancing. Here is what we do to encourage request, yet help respect your guest request.
Specialty Songs (1st dance, ceremony, etc...)
We request about a dozen must play songs
Then we allow you to share as many "play if possible" songs a s you want.
We ask that you give us a few "do not play" songs or artist.
Can we bring our own music for you to play?
Absolutely! We can play any of your music you bring to us. We just prefer to process it. Just playing a song is fine. When we DJ, we try to analyze our music for beats-per-minute and musical key to be mixed. Your DJ needs these tracks a few days prior to your event. In an emergency, we can accept at the venue.
What are the payment terms?
To secure your date we need a non-refundable $500 payment.
What if I need to change our wedding date or cancel?
We will work with you if you have to make a change. In most cases, changing the start time will not be an issue because we do not double book the same day. When you book, you secure a date with a $500 non-refundable retainer. If we can move your date because we have the date open, we will do so at no charge to you. If we can't we will help you procure a replacement DJ at the same terms of your contract. If we cannot secure a DJ to help you and we can rebook your wedding day, we will refund the retainer as a curteousy.
Do I tip the DJ?
Tipping is not required but greatly appreciated. DJ's are not actually paid the full contract amount. Tips we recieve are generally 10-20%.
When should we book you?
Generally speaking, most clients book just over 6 months out. The closer to the wedding day you get, the more likely you'll pay full rate or more for services.
Should we feed you?
Feeding us is not required but much appreciated. We will not starve. We do pack snacks and drinks in a cooler. Please remember your DJ and assitant will often work your scheduled event plust 2-3 hours of setup and teardown, travel time and loading before and at the end of the night. In most cases, we work 10+ hours.
What other services do you offer?
We offer a variety of services that are growing rapidly:
How many songs should I request?
We like to get about 6-12 must play songs.
Do you have samples of your DJ's work?
All weddings are private events. We have to respect that privacy. From time to time we get permission to make a promotional video of our clients events. We don't do this at every event because it often can distract from our primary function of playing mixing music. Here is a link to some sample events. Please remember, we did not focus on video and photographing because it's not what we were paid to do. You can always listen to our mixes on Mix-Cloud and please follow us!
Do you have insurance?
Yes we do, we are bonded for 2 million dollars!