1. Do you offer a written contract?
All of the wedding disc jockeys you interview may not have the same standards of professionalism. Drop The Mic requires a written contract to hold any date requested. A contract establishes our obligation to you and outlines what is required for the success of your event.
2. I've found cheaper deejays, why are your prices higher?
Not all deejays you find are wedding deejays. It takes time, experience, training and a special set of skills to provide the master of ceremonies service at a wedding, organize a playlist while assessing the energy and preferences of the crowd, and – most importantly – creating a great quality of sound through top-quality equipment and calibrated speaker systems. We are not the cheapest nor are we the most expensive. I feel that my experience at beginning at WZIP and continuing through the hundreds of weddings I've done warrants a price I that is fair for both of us.
3. Will you be the deejay at our wedding?
It's possible, depending on availability I always book myself (the owner) first if I am booked we can set you up with one of our talented deejays. I like to get the know you and your needs by hearing them first hand. I still feel is absolutely important that you have an opportunity to speak with the DJ that you will be working with. You should also expect that DJ’s name is specified on your contract (which it always is) it is the only way you can be guaranteed his or her services at your wedding.
4. If you won't be our deejay who will we be dealing with
You will always deal with me, the owner, before your wedding. All your question, planning and music selections will go through me. Before your wedding, all the information will be passed to the deejay who will be at your wedding to execute your wishes..
5. Why can we not meet with our deejay before we sign the contract?
A couple of reasons. All of our employees are part-time employees with day jobs. Life happens. It's not always possible to arrange a meeting with one of our deejays. I won't ask them to take off from their day job for a meeting that may or may not book. Also, people quit. It happens, it's just a fact of life, Can you imagine picking your deejay only to have him quit 2 days before the wedding? Now you have the stress out by reliving the entire planning process.
6. Do you farm out your deejays
While it is true that we use contractors for our weddings, we don't farm out our weddings. Instead, we work with the same 3 or 4 contractors each year. If you happen to be at a few of our weddings, it is likely you will see the same DJ's. With that being said there are very very extreme circumstances (original deejays AND backup deejays are sick, fired or dead. Ok that last one was a bit extreme) where with your permission we would find a suitable replacement.
7. How much experience do your deejays have?
Great question! Every company has different training programs and although all of our contractors have at least 3 years of wedding experience I still like to put them through our training program, so they know how WE like to do things. I like to believe Drop the Mic has the most intensive training program. all deejays and deejay assistants go through 15-20 hours (2-4 weddings) of training, which includes watching and working with a more experienced deejay.
8. Ok. So when WILL we meet our deejay
After signing the contract we will do our best to set you up with your assigned deejay, all their contact information will be emailed to you after booking so you can reach out and ask any questions and setup a meeting time to discuss the details. at the very least we do recommend setting up a meeting at least a month to two weeks before your date. That way you can communicate directly with the person running your wedding.
9. May we meet with you in person before we sign a contract?
Of course! I like to meet with you for an initial consultation to get an idea of what you and your fiance are looking for from your wedding deejay. Many wedding deejays attempt to conduct their interviews over the telephone and through email instead of meeting face-to-face with prospective clients. Not us! I WANT you to see our personality in person. It's the only way to find out if we are a match for you.
5. How long will you hold our date for us?
When you contact a professional disc jockey, they should be willing to hold your date for you for a reasonable amount of time in order to give you a chance to meet with them. They should also give you ample time after your meeting to make a decision and give you time to interview other deejays. Some deejays will use pressure sales tactics to “hard close” you at your meeting, offering a special sale that ends that day, or claiming that another couple is meeting with them for the same date – attempting to pressure you to make a decision on the spot. Any DJ that uses these types of tactics is unprofessional and is most likely doing so in order to keep you from meeting other deejays (whom they know you’ll like more than you like them). At Drop The Mic we give you one week following an initial meeting.
10. Do you provide Ceremony Music?
Absolutely! We charge $150 for an additional set-up in the same location and $200 for an additional set-up elsewhere.
11. How long have you been a deejay and how many weddings have you done?
I have been a deejay since 2009. I started at WZIP in Akron, moved to DJing parties, then bars and clubs and finally moved to weddings. So far I've done over 350 weddings since starting Drop The Mic in 2013. All the deejays who work for Drop the Mic have at least 2 years of wedding experience.
12. How many weddings do you do each year?
Just like any other profession, performing for weddings requires one’s skills to be in top form. If a deejay performs for only a few weddings per year, they may not be “at the top of their game” by the time your wedding date arrives. I generally do about 40-45 a year. I try not to perform more than 45 weddings, so I don't burn myself out. Many of our part-time deejays do about 20-30 weddings a year. So total we come close to 90 weddings every year!
13. How many other types of events do you do per year?
The ratio between the number of weddings a deejay performs for and the amount of other, non-wedding events they do will tell you where their focus lies. If you are looking for a “low-key” wedding DJ and someone you meet with does mostly school dances or Bar Mitzvahs, they may not be very focused on the type of sophisticated presentation you want for your wedding. We do about 25 other events a year, so about 3 weddings for every 1 other event.
14. Do you perform for more than one event in a day?
We only book one event a day. Some deejays will do as many events as they possibly can, and often try to pack their weekends with all types of DJ work. If a disc jockey has already done an event in the afternoon before your wedding, they will likely be physically exhausted by the latter half of your wedding, which is exactly when they need to be the most alert and active. This can be most common at large agencies, where “weekend warriors” may perform at four to six events over a three-day period. It is hard to believe that any deejay could give that many couples an adequate amount of attention leading up to, and on, their wedding day.
15. What makes you different from your competitors?
Drop the Mic not a run of the mill cheesy wedding deejay. we are a young, creative, talented deejays that have been working to ensure that we have other talents besides just teaching line dances. We specialize in working with young professionals such as yourself, who don't want their wedding to be a "cookie cutter wedding" Some deejays, however, will take this opportunity to “bash” their competition and say negative things about specific deejays or agencies. We consider this type of behavior unprofessional (in fact, doing this is strictly forbidden for members of the American Disc Jockey Association), and is a poor reflection on them. In fact, you may want to consider making it a point to meet any deejay that they say something bad about – deejays that engage in this type of thing will often target the deejays they’re afraid you’ll book instead of them, and they’re probably right!
16. What type of equipment do you use?
We only use professional equipment, no home stereo system at your wedding. Shure microphones, MacBook computers, Pioneer DJ controllers, American Dj, and Chauvet lighting and Harbinger powered speaker system. Feel free to google these brands if you like!
17. Do you act as the “emcee” and make all of the announcements?
All of our deejays act as deejay and emcee for all weddings with a guest count under 250 people. Even then we still act as the emcee, it is just a lot easier to have an extra set of hands to take requests and coordinate the night with larger (over 250) weddings. Some deejays are not comfortable with this and prefer to pass these duties on to someone else, such as a site manager, who may not have a professional voice or experience speaking on a microphone. Drop the Mic does not employ those types of deejays.
18. How would you define your “style” when making announcements?
Our style is a modern non-cheesy deejay. We will never make corny jokes on the mic, our deejays don't feel compelled to talk over every song. We won't play the Chicken Dance, The Hokey Pokey or YMCA (unless requested by the bride and/or groom) We won't be bringing any inflatables or oversized glasses either. We prefer to play good music and let your guest have a good time.
19. What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing?
Generally, we have a problem with no one dancing, but I would like to take a moment to remind all the couples who don't generally dance, your guests will go wherever you are because they want to spend time with you. If you are near the dance floor they will naturally gravitate there. If you spend a lot of time by the bar, they will gravitate to the bar. A sound strategy to making sure your guest dance is spending time on the dance floor. if your guests still won't get moving, I like to "trick" guest into staying on the dance floor by playing something 90% of weddings guess love. That could be a line dance or Bruno Mars. After that, I play another popular song to keep the guest on the dance floor. Usually, once people are out there they figure "I'm already here, may as well show my moves."
20. What if something happens to you and you can’t make it to the wedding?
In four years I have never been too sick to DJ a wedding. In the rare case that I or one of my deejays cannot make it. we have backup deejays who can provide the same level of service. I also know of a network of deejays in the area who I can call on.
21. Will we meet again before the wedding?
Just as some deejays will prefer not to meet you when you book them, others will prefer to conduct a “final meeting” in the weeks before your wedding over the telephone instead of in person. It's always nice to have a sit down at some point before your wedding, especially if you have booked one of our subcontractors
22. Can we visit you at a performance?
Unfortunately no. We’re sure that you wouldn’t appreciate me inviting prospective clients to your wedding to see me in action. As a professional DJ I am willing to take a stand for you’ privacy and not offer this as a possibility. Professional wedding deejays never allow this. I do post plenty of pictures and videos on my youtube page so you can get an idea of how I will perform at your wedding.
23. Do you require a meal?
We don't require a meal, as in its not in our contract all of our deejays always eat before. That being said it's always nice to have a meal! We will eat after everyone else has had a chance to get food, but please don't feel as if you HAVE to include me in your guest count.
24. How do you keep your music collection up-to-date?
The majority of professional deejays subscribe to at least one of the major music update services in order to keep their collections up-to-date. These services provide the DJ with new, radio edited music, often before it is even playing on the radio. Ask the DJ if they subscribe to any of these. The most common are Promo Only, TM Century Prime Cuts, RPM Top Hits Monthly, and ERG NuTraxx. I chose to use Promo Only.
25. How involved can we be in selecting music for our event?
This is an important question to ask because some deejays prefer to control the majority of the playlist and supplement their choices with a small handful of your specific requests. I give you a must playlist and a do not playlist. We are not jukeboxes though, we do recommend to our couples, not the try and build the playlist for the whole night, instead, we ask that you cap your music selections at 25 songs. This is 90 minutes of music but saves room for guest requests and the deejay to read the crowd and play what works. The first 25 songs will be treated as must play (we will play them no matter what) anything after will be treated as play if possible (We will fit them in where we can while reading the crowd and taking requests from your guests0
26. When do we need to submit our music requests and event details?
Most professional deejays will give you a printed song list and planning worksheet with which to communicate the details of your event. Drop The Mic will provide planning sheet along with a must play list and do not play list online. You will be able to provide times and songs for all the special moments of your wedding! Everything is due two weeks before the date.
27. Do you take requests from our guests?
Absolutely! I am always happy to take requests.
28. Can we submit a “Do Not Play” list?
Any professional deejay should be willing to honor your requests. Submitting a “Do Not Play” list will give us a clear idea of your limits and your expectations for song selections at your wedding.
29. When do you arrive to set up for our wedding?
When dealing with sub-standard deejays, there are often issues with them being punctual and set up well in advance of your guests’ arrival. Professional deejays will always arrive at least a full hour before their scheduled start time in order to have adequate time to set up and get organized before the wedding. Our policy is to arrive at least an hour and a half before our scheduled start time.
30. What will you wear to our wedding?
All of our deejays always arrive ready to work, in a suit (unless there is a case of extreme heat or cold). we prefer a classic, understated look you will never see us in a flashy, shimmering or patterned vests and matching bowties.
31. What will you wear when you set up and break down your equipment?
This is something that is often overlooked but can make a big difference. If your guests arrive early for the reception or stay afterward, will they see the deejay in a sweaty undershirt and gym shorts? Professional disc jockeys maintain acceptable appearance standards regardless of the situation, including setting up and breaking down their equipment.
32. How much of a deposit is required to secure our date?
Almost every DJ will require some sort of deposit or retainer in order to secure your date. This is for their protection and yours. We require $250 deposit for any package $1000 and under to hold any date. Anything $1000 and over requires a $350 deposit.
33. What is included in the cost of my event?
It depends on the package. We offer uplighting packages. In our classic package, we include wireless mics, deejay/emcee service, PA system, clean music and dance floor lighting.
34. How much would you charge for overtime?
$100 an hour.
35. What do you require from us?
Every deejay will require a few things that you’ll need to provide them in order to be successful. The most common are adequate shelter, electricity, and a table for our equipment. Make sure that you understand exactly what the deejay needs from you so you can communicate those needs to your reception site and caterer.
36. How far in advance should we book you?
I suggest booking your deejay as soon as you are able. Our dates fill up about a year ahead of time.
37. Are you insured?
Yes. We cover $1,00,000 in liability insurance
38. Do you take any breaks?
One of the major advantages to using a deejay instead of a band is that a deejay does not need to take breaks, outside of using the restroom and possibly eating a meal quickly in another room (if this is what your site contact or caterer requires). Otherwise, we will not take any breaks during your wedding.
39. What is your policy on alcohol or smoking during the wedding?
We have a strict no drinking or smoking policy while at any event.
40. How much music do you have and will you have the songs for my event?
I always say, because of the internet, my selection is virtually endless. If it exists on Itunes or Amazon I can find it,
41. Do you bring backup equipment with you to the wedding?
We always bring a backup laptop, speaker and controller with us to every event.
42. What does "non-cheesy" actually mean?
The phrase "non-cheesy" means that we will never tell any corny jokes on the microphone. We don't use inflatable guitars, microphones or anything else. We don't play any of those overplayed cheesy songs like the YMCA, Chicken Dance or Macarena. We will never call out guests who are not dancing.
43. Do you have a “light show”?
We offer dance floor lasers and LED's for every event. Each uplighting package comes with a number of LED lights that can be placed around the room to create that "wow" factor.
44. Do you set up a sign or banner with your equipment?
Sometimes shameless self-promotion sometimes rears its ugly head at wedding receptions in the form of a sign or banner advertising the DJ’s company name and contact information. You will never see one of these at any of our weddings. I think it's just cheesy if your guest want to more information, they are more than welcome to come up and chat.
45. Do you belong to any professional associations or trade groups?
We are a proud member of The American DJ Association!
Ok, I'm sold how do we contact you?
Start with our contact form here to set up a consultation, to discuss your wedding further. You can also call us anytime during regular business hours 330-631-6469.
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