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General Questions

We’ve been around for just over 20 years now. We do about 150 events a year. We work primarily in the Los Angeles area. But we also travel quite a bit (and love it!). We cater to a clientele who expect more from their entertainment than someone who’s going to play a random selection of poor music accompanied by a loud MC who loves to be the center of attention. Each event we do is specifically catered to the client 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 skill set and ability to read a room is what separates us from other entertainment companies, is what has kept us working consistently for the past 2 decades.

DJ
Our basic DJ setup typically includes 4 hours of music as well as a 2 speaker PA system (for up to 140 guests), wireless microphone and complete DJ set up. Additional time for cocktail hour or ceremony as well as additional equipment for large guest counts, large areas and/ or multiple locations can be added at an extra charge.

Live Music
At a base level, our live musicians provide themselves and their instruments. Strings playing for a ceremony or cocktail hour typically don’t require any amplification at all. But generally, most supply a PA system. Solo musicians (guitarists, harpists etc…) providing background music will usually just bring a speaker or two. While a full 10 piece reception band will often have at least 2 mains speakers along with 2 subwoofers as well as a few on-stage monitors and a sound tech. So equipment-wise, it varies quite a bit. Live musicians are booked by the hour.
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, coordination, the event itself and breakdown, we spend an average of 15 hours on each wedding. It also takes a very specific skillset to run a wedding. And those who know how to do it correctly and rock your party at the same time are a particularly unique type of Jedi who get paid accordingly.
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 a quote / proposal. 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 / Zoom etc… 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 review it, 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 event (…..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 event date.

In the interim, we have a planning form that will help guide you through the process. We like to talk to you again about a week or so before the event once all of the details are more concrete. But, if you have questions before then, we got you! Your final balance payment will be due 5 days before your event. We’ll contact you with a reminder about a week before that.
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
Yes yes and yes! We celebrate love in every shape, size and color that it comes in. We have worked hundreds of LGBTQ weddings and events, and would be honored to be part of your celebration!
Absolutely! We LOVE playing music that represents you and your family. 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 or current hits. But, we welcome and embrace culture and the music that comes along with it.

DJ Info

Some DJs use props, games 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!
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 2 1/2 – 3 hours early (or 3 hours prior to guest arrival – whichever comes first). We believe it’s better to get everything set up, sound checked and have time to grab a cup of coffee or relax a bit then 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 any unforeseen circumstances or surprises.
Absolutely. We have a form that we can provide where you can make requests. You are also free to send a list of requests as a word / excel doc / Spotify playlist. Or you can simply throw it in the body of an email. We’re easy. So, whatever’s best for YOU is great for us. 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 comprised of specific songs, genres, preferred decades, artists or any combination thereof.
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. It’s important to remember that 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 follow your instructions. But just keep in mind that we can do our job a lot better without our hands tied behind our backs.
This is always a double edged sword. The answer is yes and no. 90% of the time it’s yes. And it’s likely a great choice that we were going to play anyway. We do 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 a couple getting married, we’re going to take that request a lot more seriously than we would if it’s drunk uncle Bob ordering us to play “achy breaky heart” and “the chicken dance”.

Basically, we are acting as your representative. 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.
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.
Yep. All of our DJs also act as MCs (if and when you want us to). We speak when necessary throughout the night – bringing attention to important events or transitions that are happening. Often our clients have an event coordinator / planner. We work with them as well as your other vendors throughout the night, consistently touching base and communicating so that everyone is on the same page. If you do not have a coordinator, we’re happy to walk thru the day of events with you ahead of time, and help guide you through the schedule of events. This will determine the times that the DJ will be speaking and exactly what the DJ will be saying. We also go over pronunciations (Muy Importante!). And if you don’t want the DJ to speak at all, just let us know. We’re happy to keep our mouths shut.
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.
We’ll be dressed just like your guests, and blend in with style and grace. Typically, we go with all black upscale attire. But if it’s something more casual, we will still look professional and dress accordingly. If you have any specific requests, we may be able to accommodate (within reason). But have no fear. We have class! No blue sequin vests and tuxedos here.