- Do you offer a written contract?
Yes. I have a standard contract that I customize to match your event details. It’s easy to understand and very fair, but as with any contract, you should consult a lawyer before signing.
- Are you insured?
Yes, I carry a great liability policy, so you don’t need to worry about a thing. I am also extremely experienced and very careful not to create hazards. Ask me for proof of insurance, and I will be happy to send it to you. I always provide a copy to the venues when they request it, so that is one less thing you need to keep track of.
- Will I be working directly with DJ Mo for the booking and the planning?
Yes, I am a one man show, so you can be sure no communication will fall through the cracks. I make myself extremely available to my clients. I sign my emails with, “Feel free to call, text, or email me any time and for any reason,” and I mean it.
- May we meet before we sign a contract?
Absolutely. I prefer to have at least one meeting where we get to know each other and discuss the details of your event. Face-to-face is always best, but I am flexible to your needs. If you simply cannot meet because you live out of town, telephone and email are fine.
- How long will you hold our date for us?
I am always communicative and hope for the same from my clients. I understand that things happen that prevent communication, and that is absolutely fine. However, I still need to work. So, my policy is as follows:
If no one else is interested in that date, I will hold it until I hear from you.
If someone else is interested in that date and ready to book right away, I will let you know that I need a decision from you because of another interested party. If I do not hear from you within 24-48 hours, I will assume you are not able to move forward, or you have found another DJ and chosen not to communicate that with me. Then I will book with the new client.
- How long have you been a DJ, and how many events have you done?
I purchased my first set of tables 20 years ago. I have been doing various types of private events since the very early 2000s. This is now my full-time business, and I am fortunate to have a vast array of experience on my side. I honestly could not tell you how many events I have done, but it’s well into the hundreds by now.
- How many weddings do you do each year?
This varies each year, of course. However, I would say an average of anywhere from 15-20 weddings a year. I also do many other types of events throughout the year, so my experience is well-rounded. I am fortunate enough to stay busy.
- Do you perform for more than one event in a day?
No, I prefer to give all of my energy to each event. Quality over quantity is my motto. I believe this is one of the reasons that I receive a lot of word-of-mouth business. Clients can see my focus, work ethic, and integrity. To give this fully, I do not over-book myself.
- What makes you different from your competitors?
There are a lot of great DJs out there, so why pick me? I can give you three reasons why, right now.
- I am obsessed with music. Custom playlists are my specialty. I do not rely on the same old Top 40 for every event. Sure, I’ll play the favorites, but there is so much great music that can be woven in, when appropriate. My tastes range all over the map from world lounge to rock ’n roll, and everything in between.
- I will play what you want me to play, whether that means you want me to pick or you want to pick every song. This doesn’t matter to me because I just love music! Also it’s YOUR event. I want YOU to LOVE it and tell your friends.
- No other DJ will work harder to make sure it’s right the first time. It’s kind of my thing. 😉
- Do you act as the emcee and make all of the announcements?
I always emcee when requested. I am extremely comfortable on the microphone. I have an extensive background in singing, music performance, and speech. I have a nice, clear, non-cheesy sounding announcer’s voice. It’s definitely a strength of mine.
- How would you define your “style” when making announcements?
I will cater my style to your event. This is where my performance background comes in handy. I can go from ‘elegant, informative, and soothing’ to ‘get everyone rallied on the dance floor’ in a matter of a moment. Of course, it’s unlikely anyone would need such a fast change, but I’m sure you get my point. Each event calls for something different and I am adapt at determining what is appropriate and adjusting to match the mood.
- What if something happens to you and you can’t make it to DJ our event?
I have yet to miss an event in all my years of experience, but we do live in an unpredictable world. I would do everything in my power to provide you with an adequate replacement DJ. If for some strange reason that were not possible, I would, at the very least, send pre-programmed playlists to you, so you could still have the music you wanted. I would, of course, do this free of charge, and any deposit would be refunded in full. I am also happy to work with you to co-create a ‘back-up’ plan that you feel comfortable with.
- Will we meet again right before you DJ our wedding?
The level of preparation I provide does not require that we meet more than once in person, but I am always happy to. I am also happy to show up to the rehearsal and take part in the ceremony walk-through if we both feel it’s needed. However, I have a very precise schedule that has been made before this point, so it usually is not necessary. For example: I will already have listed (and triple checked) the exact order of events and the exact pieces of the songs, and this is what I follow the day of the wedding. This schedule is submitted to you in advance to allow time for any changes.
- Can we visit you at a performance?
For the privacy of my private clients, I do not invite potential new clients to show up at events I am working, unless it’s a public event. I do, however, snag enough footage here and there (with the permission of my clients) that I share on my website. This is specifically to show you examples of my work. Hopefully those, as well as the other information here on DJMo.net, is sufficient for you to make a decision. I also have Electronic Press Kits on WeddingWire and GigSalad where clients have reviewed my services. On my ‘Extras’ page, you can find links to those EPKs as well as copies of the various testimonials and reviews I have received over the last few years.
- How involved can we be in selecting music for our event?
The simple answer is…as much as you want! I have had clients hand me a complete list and say, “I’ve been planning this for years. I want exactly these songs”. I’ve also had clients say, “I really have no idea. Can you just pick for us?” I am absolutely fine with whatever you prefer. Either way, I will submit a detailed schedule to you in advance, for your approval. This gives me time to change things you may want to change before the event day. I do this so that each event is as stress-free as possible.
- When do we need to submit our music requests and event details?
This really depends on the event. The sooner the better, always! Preparation takes some time. Examples: A luncheon that has a list of 40 requests could be submitted 2 weeks before and I would have plenty of time to prepare. However, a wedding has a much more involved schedule of events, and I would need all of the information at least 30 days prior to the event. Ideally even sooner. I always want to do my best work, and that requires proper preparation. Each event is unique. Therefore, I start the planning from scratch, each time.
- Do you take requests from our guests?
Absolutely! Unless you don’t want me to.
- Can we submit a “Do Not Play” list?
Of course! I am always happy to honor your preferences.
- When do you arrive to set up?
Generally, anywhere from 45 min to 1.5 hours before the event start time. It just depends on how much gear I am setting up. I am always set up and ready to go on time…usually a little early.
- What will you wear?
I will usually show up in something comfortable that I don’t mind getting dirty. However, even this outfit is presentable. Nothing ratty, too worn, or inappropriate. This is because I need to set up all of my gear, and that is hard and often somewhat dirty work. After everything is set up, or at least after the dirty work is done, I change into whatever is appropriate for the event. Formal events call for a suit, whereas, summer pool parties are a different story. If I am in 90 degree heat, I’m going to be wearing very nice shorts and a nice short-sleeve button up.
- How much of a deposit is required to secure our date?
50% is industry standard. However, I am always happy to work with your financial needs. The deposit exists to give us both incentive to uphold our ends of the contract.
- What is included in the cost of my event?
Everything! I will give you a quote after I have important details, such as the length of the event, how much gear I will need, etc. That quote is a flat rate that will include everything from preparations to event day execution. There will never be extra hidden fees, and you will have me available to you whenever you need me. I aim to keep things very simple for you. You are paying me to do the hard work, and that’s what I will do. I am not happy if you are not happy.
- How much would you charge for overtime?
If your event is just so much fun that you don’t want it to end, that’s great! That means I’ve done my job correctly. If you wish to extend, we can do that in 30-minute increments. The rate for the extension would be based on an hourly breakdown of the entire event. For example: If an 8 hour wedding requiring the full equipment set up, emcee services, dance floor lighting, etc is $1000 plus tax, I would divide $1000 by 16 and that would be the rate for each extra half-hour. Tax would also apply to the cost of the extra services.
- What do you require from us?
I do require a few things that you’ll need to provide, in order to have a successful event. Adequate shelter for myself and my equipment, dependable electricity, and either Wifi or a decent cellular reception. Beyond that, I just need the details of your event and your requests. I have the rest covered!
- Do you require a meal?
Most of the time, if an event is catered and the DJ services are 4 hours or longer, a meal is offered to the DJ, but I do not require it. I know you paid money for that food, and I don’t want to impose. I won’t turn it down if you offer, but I am happy to bring my own meal and take a 15 minute break (while the music is on autoplay) to go somewhere out of sight and recharge in private. I just ask that I know in advance so that I can be prepared.
- Do you take any breaks?
This depends on the length of the event. Generally, I take very short restroom breaks and that is all. If the event is longer than 4 hours, I will take a short meal break of about 15 minutes. The music can be cued to autoplay for these times, so you’ll never even notice I am gone.
- What is your policy on alcohol or smoking during the wedding?
I do not smoke, so no smoke breaks are required. I also do not drink very much, and certainly not on the job. The only exception would be certain night club events where it is acceptable to have a beer or two. These are rare and usually events of my own making.
- What kind of equipment do you use?
I use a professional DJ software called Virtual DJ, a Pioneer controller, and a Mac Book Pro Laptop. I also use a wireless mic, powered speakers, and a small mixer. I have lighting trees for dance floor lighting, a DJ booth facade with color changing LEDs for a snazzy look, and speaker stand covers for a more clean effect. I also have access to all sorts of other lighting and sound equipment upon request. I do not use amplifiers, so using venue sound systems is completely safe. I have never blown a speaker before, and I don’t intend to start now.
- Do you set up a sign or banner with your equipment?
Absolutely not! Shameless self-promotion has no place at a private event. I carry business cards, if anyone asks for one. That is all.