Some things you might be wondering...
...or if you weren't wondering, these should ease your mind anyway.
1- What style of music do you play?
Generally whatever music you'd like me to play! I've got a wide variety of music in my repertoire. I'm not going to pretend to know everything about every genre and sub-genre of music out there, but would be delighted to work with you ahead of time to make sure I've got the perfect playlist for your event. I'm almost always able to download new music on-the-fly. The only thing I won't do is play explicit content, even if requested. (Generally I will play 'radio-friendly' music.)
2- Do you have professional equipment?
Absolutely! This is one of my distinctives--I was a sound guy before I was a DJ, which means I just can't stand sub-par sound equipment. Many DJ's use the cheapest speakers, soundboards, and microphones on the market and I just can't deal with how shrill they sound, assuming it works at all.
3- How much time do you allow for set up & clean up?
- It takes about 1 hour to set-up my DJ equipment, and between 30-60 additional minutes for ceremony sound, depending on the complexity.
- With a wedding reception I like to arrive at minimum 2 hours prior to the cocktail hour start time. This way I'm not rushed and it leaves me time to address any technical issues, quadruple-check all of the details, and be of service to other folks who are putting their last-minute touches on the decorations, etc., and not be out of breath when I announce the entrance of the bridal party. If I am also doing either ceremony sound and/or live music then I will arrive even earlier to ensure everything is set-up in plenty of time.
- As far as packing up goes I can usually have my wheels rolling 60 minutes after the bride and groom drive off.
4- Are you licensed and insured?
I knew you were smart! That's a great question, and YES! I would be happy to show proof of insurance and business license to anyone who asks.
5- Do you have back-up equipment?
Yes and no. I do not have double of everything needed to execute my services in quite the same way that no baker bakes two wedding cakes "just in case." However I do always have at least one back-up-plan, if not 2 or three. For instance, I always have the music on my iPad in case my MacBook Pro fails, and I always have at least one back-up speaker, and a wired microphone available in case of wireless malfunction. If this is a concern of yours I would be happy to come up with a plan that would satisfy you. None of my previous 150+ events have suffered from catastrophic equipment failure.