Drop The Mic Entertainment
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1. Do you provide a formal contract?
Yes! Drop The Mic requires a written contract to hold any date requested. A contract lays out our obligation to you and explains what is needed for the success of your wedding or 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. Who will you be our deejay at our wedding?
It's possible I will be your deejay, 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. we like to get to know you and your needs by hearing them first hand. I still feel is absolutely important that you have a chance to talk with the deejay that you will be working with.
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 questions, 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 months or even 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) 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 2 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 set up 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.
10. How long will you hold our date for us?
Any pro deejay should also give you some time after you meet to think over your options and/or interview other vendors. Drop the Mic will never use any pressure sales tactics to “hard close” during our meetings or phone calls. At Drop The Mic we give you one week following an initial meeting.
11. 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.
12. How long have you been deejaying and how many weddings have you worked total?
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 550 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.
13. How many weddings do you work every year?
I generally do about 40-45 a year. I try not to perform more than 45 weddings, so I don't burn myself out, but I am also able to keep my skills sharp! Many of our part-time deejays do about 20-30 weddings a year. So total we come close to 90 weddings every year!
14. How many non-wedding events do you do per year?
This is a good question to ask because the amount of weddings vs non-weddings a deejay does should tell you where the deejays focus is. If you are looking for someone with a "laid back" style you may not want to pick someone who does 30 birthday parties or clubs a year. We do about 25 non-wedding events a year, so about 3 weddings for every 1 non-wedding event.
15. Do you book for multiple events in one day?
We only book one event a day for each deejay. It is difficult to see how anyone could give multiple couples equal amounts of attention before and on, their wedding day.
16. What makes you different from other deejays?
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"
17. 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!
18. Do you act as the “emcee?"
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 try to pass this responsibility off to someone else, who may not have experience in making announcements regularly. Drop the Mic does not employ those types of deejays.
19. How do you describe your “ announcing style?"
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. We define our weddings as "classy parties."
20. What do you do if no one 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 for 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 guests 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."
21. What if my deejay can’t make it to the wedding?
In five years I have never been too sick to deejay 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.
22. Should 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
23. Can we visit you at a wedding?
Unfortunately no. I feel it's unprofessional to use any wedding as a "tryout" for prospective clients. Professional wedding deejays should not feel it's ok for them to invite people to a wedding they are working. I do post plenty of pictures and videos on my youtube and facebook pages so you can get an idea of how I will perform at your wedding.
24. 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.
25. How do you keep your music collection up-to-date?
Most deejays subscribe to at least one of the major music update services in order to keep their collections up-to-date. These are the same services radio stations get their music from, so all the music is clean (radio edited) The most common are Promo Only, T Prime Cuts, RPM, and NuTraxx. I chose to use Promo Only.
26. How much input can we have in choosing music for our event?
Short answer, as much as you want. We give you a must playlist and a do not playlists HOWEVER We do not like the jukebox style, we request our couples not build the ENTIRE playlist for the whole night.
27. Does this mean you won't play some of our requests?
No. Our couples must plays are the most important songs to us. We take all of our couples requests and fit them in throughout the night, however, we do like to have some freedom to read the crowd and play the right song at the right time. A list of 200 of your most favorite songs prevents us from doing that.
28. When do we need to submit our must plays, do not plays and wedding details?
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.
29. Do you take requests from our guests?
Absolutely! We are always happy to take requests.
30. What time do you arrive at the venue?
When working with "non -professional" deejays, this can be a big sticking point. It's important to arrive early enough to be set up before the couple arrives but also before the guests arrive so the deejay isn't trying to navigate through 150 guests. Our policy is to arrive at least an hour and a half before our scheduled start time.
31. 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 look you will never see us in a flashy, suit or bejeweled vests or light up bowties.
32. What will you wear during set up or tear down?
This is something no one thinks about but it is very important. Lots of guests arrive early for the reception or stay long after, will they see the deejay looking sloppy? Professional deejays should keep a professional appearance no matter the time of day.
33. Is there a deposit is required to hold our date?
The deposit protects the vendor and the couple. It prevents vendors from canceling if they find a gig that pays better and it prevents the couple from continuing to "shop around" We require $250 deposit for any package $1000 and under to hold any date. Anything $1000 and over requires a $350 deposit.
34. What is included in the price of your wedding packages?
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.
35. How much do you charge for overtime?
$100 an hour.
36. What else do you require from us?
All deejays require different things in order to have a successful event. We require shelter for any outdoor events, electricity, and a table for our gear. Please make sure that you know exactly what your deejay needs from you and be sure to pass on those needs to your venue, photographer and/or caterer.
37. 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.
38. Do you have liability insurance?
Yes. We cover $1,00,000 in liability insurance
39. Do you take any breaks?
One of the upsides of booking a deejay opposed of a band is that a deejay does not need to take breaks, other than of using the bathroom and eating a quick meal. Otherwise, we will not take any breaks during your wedding.
40. Will you drink alcohol or take a smoke break during our wedding?
We have a strict no drinking or smoking policy while at any event.
41. 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,
42. Do you have backup equipment?
We always bring a backup laptop, speaker and controller with us to every event.
43. 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.
44. What is "dance floor lighting" vs "uplighting"?
Dance floor lighting is lasers and LED's we use when we open the dance floor to give the dance floor more energy. Each uplighting package comes with a number of LED lights that can be placed around the room to create that "wow" factor. Uplighting will change the color of the room once the house lights are turned down.
45. Do you use any signs or banners with your setup?
No, you will never see one of these at any of our weddings. I think it's just cheesy if your guests want more information, they are more than welcome to come up and chat!
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.