Based in Eagle Rock, California, Dubgypsy began in 1999, and has continued forward as a prosperous company generating a clientele who settle for nothing less than the best in entertainment. Specializing in an eclectic variety of music for everyone, Dubgypsy has been a leading source for anyone looking to throw an incredible party anytime for any occasion.
We love what we do. We love music, and we love the power it carries. There is nothing more exciting than watching a dance floor filled with people. We take great pride in our work. Our goal is not only to play music. It is to ensure that every event we do is better than the one before. You will find many DJs who can bring up the energy of a party for a moment, and down the next. All of our DJs are trained to understand the psychology of what happens in a room. We observe and adapt based on the energy of each party and the individual needs of our clients.
Our hand picked team of professionals are not your typical wedding DJ’s. We speak when necessary throughout the evening, letting your guests know what’s happening as formalities occur. We do not crack jokes on the mic. We do not pull people out of their seats to do the Macarena and the YMCA and the Hokey Pokey. We are NOT those DJ’s. We are there to make your night as smooth as possible and spin an incredible set of music you have chosen with the DJ. We will match your needs and tastes to the ability and style of our DJs. We offer a professional service capable of providing any style(s) you prefer from very alternative to very top 40. We will keep perspective and perform knowing that it is YOUR day and not our show.
Dubgypsy is a company you can trust – a team of the highest quality professionals at an affordable price. We will listen and cater to your every need. We take pride in each and every job we do, and are defined by the quality and attention we bring to our work. We are willing to dedicate time and effort to your event. This commitment starts before any agreements are made, and we will be happy to meet with you to answer any questions you may have.
Who are you?
We’ve been around for just over 20 years now. We do about 150 weddings and events a year. We work primarily in the Los Angeles area, but also travel quite a bit. We cater to a clientele who expect more from a DJ than someone who’s going to play a random selection of poor music accompanied by a loud MC who likes to be the center of attention. Each wedding we do is specifically catered to the bride and groom we’re working with that given day. We allow and encourage them to work with us to create a hand picked selection of music that represents them. This dialogue in combination with a serious DJ skill set and ability to read a room is what separates us from other DJ companies, and is what has kept us working consistently for the past 2 decades.
Our basic DJ setup includes 4 hours of music as well as a 2 speaker PA system (for up to 140 guests), wireless microphone and DJ set up. Additional time for cocktail hour or ceremony as well as additional equipment for large guest counts or multiple locations can be added at an extra charge.
Let’s talk money! What’s this thing gonna cost?
Our DJ rates generally range from about $800 – $1950 for 4 hours depending on the DJ, type of event, location of event, and day of the week. Overtime past 4 hours is generally $250 per hour. Private parties run between $800 – $1500 for 4 hours. Weddings generally range from $1,350 – $1,950 for 4 hours for a Saturday night. The lower end of our rates are for our DJ’s who have a bit less experience, but are just as awesome as those of us who have been doing it for several years. Our crew who have been at it for some time end up staying pretty busy throughout the year, especially on Saturday nights. The demand is higher and so goes the price. Sunday and Friday clients typically receive a $200 – $300 discount as long as it’s not on a holiday weekend. No charge for load in / set up time. The clock starts running when the music begins.
Rates for Live Musicians are generally $400 per musician for the first hour and then $150 per additional hour. But some vary slightly. And some also offer discounts for longer lengths of time.
Lighting generally starts at around $300 for basic packages and goes up into the thousands. The sky’s the limit. It all just depends on what you’re looking to do. Feel free to give us a call and we’ll give you a general quote. If it’s a large scale lighting situation, it will require a site visit.
Why the heck are your wedding rates so much higher than other types of events? Geez…
We put a LOT more time and preparation into each and every wedding we do. It’s a lot different than showing up to a birthday party or club an hour before and doing our thing. Including all the time for meetings, music prep, timeline organization, setup, the event itself and breakdown, we spend an average of 15 hours on each wedding.
How does the whole booking process work?
You give us your date, venue and number of guests (we need all that info to get started). If we have availability, then we’ll provide you with an exact quote. If it works for you, we’ll connect you with your DJ so you can schedule an intro meeting. This meeting can be in person, over the phone or by FaceTime / Skype / Messenger. Whatever’s most convenient for you. During that meeting you’ll discuss the plan for your event, musical likes and dislikes, questions, concerns – heck, maybe even your hopes and dreams! If you like what you hear (and we find that our clients usually do), we’ll send you a contract, you’ll sign it and pay a 50% deposit. From here, you and your DJ have direct correspondence. He / she is there to answer any questions you have about your music and timeline from the day we book until the day of your wedding (…..within reason). Typically, after the first meeting, there’s not a ton of things you’ll need to discuss until you get a lot closer to your wedding date. We like to talk to you again about a week or so before the wedding when all of the details are more concrete. But, if you have questions before then, we got you!
How will the DJ get everyone up and dancing?
Some DJs use props, games, line dances and gimmicks to get people on the dance floor. We are not those DJ’s. We believe that if you give people the proper tools (the right MUSIC), they will have an amazing time on their own without being prodded by an overbearing MC who thinks he needs to be the life of the party. Our DJs are experts at reading a room and making educated decisions that will result in creating a rocking dance floor environment. Have faith. We have the skills to pay the bills!
Do you have insurance?
You betcha. We have liability coverage of $1.5 million per instance. This is what most venues require. They also often require themselves to be added as additionally insured on the certificate, which we’re happy to do.
How far in advance of the event should the DJ arrive at the event? Do you charge for set up or breakdown?
We’ll arrive 2 hours prior to any event if we’re providing a full DJ set up and sound system – especially a wedding. If there’s more than one set up (ceremony/ cocktail hour), we’ll typically arrive 3 hours early (or 3 hours prior to guest arrival – whichever comes first). It’s much better to get everything set up, sound checked and have time to grab a cup of coffee or relax a bit than to have to be sweating bullets trying to get everything done at the last second. Getting there really early also allows a little room for error in case there’s any surprises.
Can we give our DJ a specific list of songs we’d like the DJ to play?
Absolutely. Feel free to send a list of requests as a word / excel doc. Or you can send it as a Spotify playlist. Or you can simply throw it in the body of an email. We’re easy. So, whatever’s best for YOU. You can prioritize your requests in terms of “Must Play”, “Play If Possible” and “Do Not Play”. Often the “Do Not Play” list is even more important than the actual playlist itself. The list can be comprise of specific songs, genres, preferred decades, artists or any combination thereof.
Our wedding is 6 hours. Should we request 6 hours worth of music?
Oh, please don’t. We find things work a lot better if you give us just a small handful of 10 – 20 song requests. Any more than that can end up working against both of us. If the list is super extensive, we’ll be cross referencing your list as a human juke box rather than reading the dance floor. And because we do this for a living, we generally have a good sense of what’s going to work and when to play it. One of the primary reasons you’ve hired us is because we do this a lot and we’re really good at it. But ultimately, it’s up to you. This is your event. And we are there to do follow your instructions.
Do you take requests made by the guests at the event?
This is always a double edged sword. The answer is yes and no. Most of the time it’s yes. We take a couple things into consideration when someone makes a request.
1.) Does the song they’ve requested fit in line with the rest of the music YOU (our client) requested?
2.) Who is the person making the request? If it’s a parent of the bride or groom, we’re going to take that request a lot more seriously than we would if it’s drunk uncle Bob requesting “achy breaky heart”
Basically, we are acting as a representative for you. We usually spend a pretty good amount of time getting to know our clients, and what their likes and dislikes are as far as music goes. You’ve entrusted us to make these decisions. And, we do our best to make the right one every time someone makes a request.
Will you play R. Kelly at our event?
Actually NO. We believe that R. Kelly is an artist who does not step in the name of love. And while he believes he can fly, he has been having sex with minors and abusing many women since the early 90’s. We have decided to stop supporting this artist and his behavior. And as much as we love to remix to ignition, we have opted to support the #muterkelly movement. You’re welcome to put it on your request list. But it won’t get played by any of our DJs. We apologize for any inconvenience. For more information, please visit:
What if the DJ’s equipment starts smoking and falls apart during the middle of my wedding?
We use very updated gear. So, the chance of this happening is pretty slim. But we always carry back up equipment with us to every event just in case.
Will the DJ also act as the MC/Master of Ceremonies?
Yep. All of our DJs also act as MCs. We speak when necessary throughout the night – bringing attention to important events or transitions that are happening. Some couples have wedding coordinators. If that’s the case, the timeline will be created by this person. If you do not have a coordinator, we’re happy to walk thru the day of events with you, and help guide you through the itinerary. This will determine the times that the DJ will be speaking, pronunciations, and exactly what the DJ will be saying.
We’re gay. Ya’ll down with that?
We celebrate love in every shape, size and color that it comes in. We have worked lots of LGBTQ weddings, and would be honored to be part of your celebration!
We want to incorporate ethnic traditions and music. Are you down?
Absolutely! We LOVE playing music that represents you. We’ve rocked many a Hora and DJ’d hundreds of Bollywood/ Bhangra/ Desi, Persian, French, Arabic, West African, Colombian, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Korean, Puerto Rican and Cuban weddings. We have actually built quite an impressive library of music from around the globe, and love to play it. We may need your help/ guidance with some specifics. But, we welcome and embrace culture and the music that comes along with it.
What happens in case of an emergency, and my DJ gets run over by a truck or abducted by aliens?
While we know there is life on Mars, there is almost nothing that would keep us from your wedding. It would take A LOT…..literally something huge and catastrophic to keep us from being at your wedding. But if a true emergency strikes, we have a large handful of amazing DJs on staff. So, have no fear. One of our team will always step in. We got you covered.
What will our DJ wear to the wedding?
Have no fear. We have class! No blue sequin vests and tuxedos here. We’ll be dressed just like your guests, and blend in with style and grace.