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Frequently Asked Questions:

(1) Can we choose the music to be played at our event?
(2) What do you wear to an event?
(3) How do you handle requests from the audience for specific songs?
(4) Can you make announcements, or do you have a microphone set up so we can make announcements or toasts?
(5) For our wedding reception, when should we do our "first dance?"
(6) How far in advance should we book our entertainment?
(7) Can we pay you with a credit card?
(8) What makes your service worth our investment?
(9) Is setup time included in your price?
(10) Do you take breaks?
(11) Can I have a "do not play" list?
(12) What if I want a song that you don't have?
(13) How loud do you play the music?
(14) Do you carry backup equipment?
(15) Do you hang any banners or other advertisements?
(16) How interactive are DJs?
(17) Can I meet the actual DJ before booking?
(18) How far will you travel for an event?
(19) Do you offer a contract or written agreement?
(20) Is tipping/gratuity expected from the DJ?
(21) Should I feed the DJ?
(22) What is the deposit and when is the final payment due?





(1) Can we choose the music to be played at our event?

Absolutely. You'll be unbelievably amazed at how flexible we are when it comes to music selection! That's because over the past 12 years we've learned that keeping the dance floor packed is influenced by many factors, including the order and style in which the songs are played, the way songs are mixed together, and DJ interaction.............. not just which songs are played. We've had clients that have chosen every song for the entire event and others that have left the music selection completely up to us. Our recommendation is that you provide us with a list of MUST PLAY songs and a list of PLAY IF POSSIBLE songs. This will leave plenty of room for requests from your guests and DJ selections. You may also stipulate that we not take requests from your guests. But have fun and select music you want to hear and dance to. After all, it's your event.

(2) What do you wear to an event?

I always dress professionally, and in a manner consistent with the formality of the event. At a formal wedding, for example, I can wear a black tuxedo or a suit and tie. For an outdoor pool party on a hot summer afternoon, I'd probably wear khaki shorts and a cool Hawaiian-style shirt. For a rodeo, I'd probably dress up like a cowboy. For a toga party, I'll wear a white bedsheet if you wish.

(3) How do you handle requests from the audience for specific songs?

I make every effort to accomodate requests, and do so in as reasonable a manner as is possible. There may be selections you do not want to hear, and those requests will be politely declined.

(4) Can you make announcements, or do you have a microphone set up so we can make announcements or toasts?

Yes, I will have a microphone set up so that you or me, or your guests, can make announcements and/or toasts.

(5) For our wedding reception, when should we do our "first dance?"

Some people think it works best if you do your first dance immediately upon entering the reception area. It helps to signify the beginning of the reception, symbolizes your unity as a couple, and gets the guests dancing (and having fun) soon afterwards. However you can do your first dance whenever it fits in best.

(6) How far in advance should we book our entertainment?

Start your planning stage far in advance to ensure securing the bookings for all the vendors of your choice. Even if you don't have the venue yet, secure your date with MUSIC AND MICROPHONES as soon as possible.

(7) Can we pay you with a credit card?

Yes, you can. I accept and and and

(8) What makes your service worth our investment?

My care and concern for your special event is second only to your own. I am able to bring my experience from years of performances to your one special night. This means I make your vision of the perfect celebration a reality. My fresh look brings a new definition to “experienced DJ.” I've been entertaining for over 10 years; but there is nothing old about my company. I believe that being a successful disc jockey requires 100% musical expertise, 100% customer service satisfaction, and 100% professionalism. The investment you make in my service reflects the expertise and quality I bring to your special event.

(9) Is setup time included in your price?

You never have to pay for setup or takedown time. I typically arrive more than an hour prior to the scheduled start time and will be set up long before your first guest arrives. But it's on my own time! The same applies for takedown time after your event.

(10) Do you take breaks?

Except for restroom breaks, my services are truly uninterrupted and non-stop. From my scheduled start time to my scheduled end time I will never pause to take a break. Unlike live bands that need to stop and rest, I can just keep playing straight through your event!

(11) Can I have a "do not play" list?

Sometimes the do not play list is equally important or more important than the request list itself! I understand that you don't want to hear the song you and your "ex" danced to. Or maybe you've been to one too many weddings lately and are sick of the typical wedding songs. Any specific songs or general types of music you absolutely hate should go on your "do not play" list. So don't feel as though I have to play the "Chicken Dance," "Hokey Pokey" and "Macarana"...I don't! Rest assured that if a guest requests a song that is on your "do not play" list, it will not be played.

(12) What if I want a song that you don't have?

While my extensive song music library encompasses the widest variety of hits from the 1940s to today, it's likely you may have a few special requests that are not in my repertoire. In this case, I would be more than happy to play your CD. As you're making your request list, simply indicate which songs you'll be providing. You can bring your CDs to us at the start of the event and I'll promptly return them to you at the end. You MUST LABEL THE SONGS ON THE CD & MAKE SURE IT PLAYS IN A REGULAR CD PLAYER (not just in a computer's CD player). I strongly suggest that you make a copy and send it to me prior to your event.

(13) How loud do you play the music?

One of the greatest complaints of bands and DJs alike is that they play the music too loud. It doesn't have to be that way! During cocktail and dinner (if applicable), the speakers will be strategically positioned for even sound coverage throughout the banquet room at a comfortable level. When it's time to dance, the speakers can be redirected for maximum sound coverage on the dance floor and minimum sound exposure throughout the rest of the banquet room. This means that on the dance floor the music will be at a very comfortable, yet at a powerful enough level for dancing. Throughout the rest of the room the music will be less predominant and your guests will actually be able to carry on a normal conversation without screaming!

(14) Do you carry backup equipment?

Yes. Your special event could very well be one of the most memorable days of your life. So I must offer you the highest level of dependability. I keep a complement of essential backup equipment on-site at all times for all events. It's kept under the table for quick access. If a component were to fail, it could easily be switched.

(15) Do you hang any banners or other advertisements?

For weddings, absolutely not. I pride myself on being elegant. While I appreciate referral business, I feel my services speak for themselves. I will not hang any banners, logos, or signs on my equipment. Nor will I put any advertisements on the dinner tables. The extent of my "advertising" is an unobtrusive stack of business cards next to my equipment so guests can easily take a card without interrupting the DJ. For events other than weddings I sometimes use a hanging banner or table cloth banner

(16) How interactive are DJs?

A very familiar question! Often times when a prospective client is looking for the perfect DJ they search for one who fits the level of interaction they're looking for, whether it be conservative or outgoing. I actually let you decide how much interaction you would like. I can be conservative, outgoing, or anywhere in between. By default, I’m only as interactive as necessary to keep your guests having a good time on the dance floor. In any case, you'll never hear me yelling, screaming, or singing over the microphone. Even at my most outgoing level, I still remain totally professional and never steal the spotlight!

(17) Can I meet the actual DJ before booking?

This is a very understandable concern. And the answer is yes. You can work with me every step of the way, having plenty of opportunity to share with me exactly how you'd like your event to proceed. Many times, because of clients coming from out of town, the first time I meet them is at their event.

(18) How far will you travel for an event?

Very good question. The longest I have traveled to date is from Austin, Texas to New Orleans. Would love to do an event for you in Hawaii!

(19) Do you offer a contract or written agreement?

Absolutely. My contract is straightforward and written in plain English so that you can understand the terms before signing. It is signed by both parties and offers you a high level of protection and dependability. With the contract you can be assured that there will be no hidden extra charges or surprises at my event. The signed contract and deposit officially reserves me for your date and of course an executed copy will be sent to me for my records. If you have any questions or concerns about the terms, just ask!

(20) Is tipping/gratuity expected from the DJ?

By no means is a gratuity mandatory or expected. I charge a professional rate for a professional service. This means you won't see a tip jar on my table. If at the end of the night you feel that I have surpassed your expectations and you want to tip, I would accept it as the utmost compliment.

(21) Should I feed the DJ?

One of the most popular questions! The answer is that it is completely up to you. With setup and takedown time, I'll often be at an event for nearly 8 hours. I do mention access to food and beverage for me in the contract. My only request is that you let me know either way ahead of time. This way I can stop and pick something up along the way, if necessary. I suggest not including me in your headcount since usually at least one guest doesn't show. But don't worry if you're working on a tight budget.

(22) What is the deposit and when is the final payment due?

I require a minimum deposit of 50% and signed contract to reserve your date. The final payment of the remaining balance is due at the beginning of your scheduled event start time. Out-of-town events may require a 100% deposit. I will gladly accept your personal check, certified check, cashier's check, cash or money order. However settling up before the date works best since it will give you the freedom to relax and enjoy your event!

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