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.
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 on the market and I just can't deal with how shrill they sound. My uplights are also a step up from the industry standard. If you're desperate to know more I'd be glad to send you the specs.
3- How much time do you allow for set up & clean up?
- It takes about 2 hours to set-up my DJ equipment, an additional hour for the lighting package, and between 30 minutes and 2 hours for ceremony/band sound, depending on the complexity.
- With a wedding reception I like to arrive 3-4 hours prior to the event 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. Of course if I'm also doing lighting and/or ceremony sound 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 60-90 minutes after the bride and groom drive off.
4- Do you have insurance?
I knew you were smart! That's a great question, and YES! I have a $1,000,000 liability policy.
5- Do you have back-up equipment?
Yes--to a degree.
- I always back-up your playlist to my iPad the night before the event. I have DJ software on the iPad that can be used in case my MacBook Pro goes down (which is of course highly unlikely).
- I always have a back-up soundboard, microphone, and plenty of extra cables/extension cords.
- If I'm doing ceremony sound then I will have at least two sound-systems with me. If not then I usually won't have a back-up pair of PA speakers. But my speakers are higher-quality, so if one did fail the other can pick up the slack and still sound good.