Preliminary   Questions

  • Who will be my DJ?
    • By choosing Celebration Entertainment, you get me, Zek the DJ, not an employee or someone I’ve sub-contracted. My name and business is on the line, so I can't afford poor performances since many of my clients are through referrals. If I am booked, I’d be happy to refer other DJs that are in my DJ association that I feel confident will serve you well.
  • Can you MC our event?
    • Of course. I’m very comfortable on the microphone, with both a classy and fun MC style
  • Can you help run our event?
    • Definitely. This is one of the services that I offer (if you like) that really helps me stand out from other DJs, and I will direct your event at no additional charge. The night should be a celebration for you and your guests, so you can let me make sure the evening is flowing as you have planned. If you would like, I’ll even act as host on your behalf, welcoming your guests and making sure they are comfortable as they settle in.
  • Do you Provide Party Props?   
    • Not unless you ask me to. Although I may use a couple subtle props myself to accent particular moments during certain events, most trinket type props have a tendency of turning a classy event towards tackiness.
  • Do you provide anything other than DJs?
    • Click on the karaoke, projectors and more tab above to look into the many faceted world of Celebration Entertainment
  • Can you provide references?
    • Weather you want to talk to a former bride, event/wedding planner, other wedding vendors, or whomever, I’d be happy to give you some phone numbers. First take a look at the testimonial page from the tab above and let me know whom you’d like to talk to. If I haven’t already asked them if I can give out their number, I’ll do that first. Once they OK it, I’ll be happy to give you their number.
  • How many hours is your standard booking?
    • All standard DJ packages is for up to 4 hours
  • If I need you for less than 4 hours, can I get a discount?
    • No. More than half of my “day of the event” is travel time, travel cost, set up and break down time, and show preparation the week before. One less hour of actual show time is really inconsequential.
  • I’ve decided I want you as my DJ, what do I do now?
    • Start the process by using the “check availability” box, and follow the process from there
  • If you are unavailable for my date, can you refer me to another qualified DJ?
    • Definitely.  As a founding member of The Tennessee Mobile DJ Natwork (TMDJN), I’m proud to be a part of a great network of Middle Tennessee DJs. Through this, there are several skilled DJs that I have come to know that have earned my trust and respect, and I am comfortable recommending. Let me know what kind of event you are planning, and I’ll give you a couple numbers of DJs that will be great for your party.
  • Do you provide a light show? How much more does it cost?
    • Not only do I provide one of the best mobile DJ light shows available, but I don’t charge a dime more to do it. Why? I have found that a great light show really helps set the different moods that we’ll be going for through out the evening. I use soft lighting for the dinner and slow dance times, and fun moving and grooving lights (with microphone built into the lights themselves to move to the beat) for the more upbeat dance times. I’ll even have a bubble machine available that I’ll use if the conditions are available (many venues will not allow bubbles, and outside, the wind usually makes the bubbles impossible to direct).
       

                           Booking/Contract Questions

  • How far in advance should I/can I book our date?
    • My recommendation is that you decide who you want to be your vendors (DJ, caterer, etc.) as soon as possible. Like many “in demand” event vendors, it’s not uncommon for people to book me a year in advance.
  • Can you hold a date for me?
    • Sure, as long as I can hold your money too :). Actually, until I receive your signed contract and the $100 deposit, I have to keep the date open.
  • Can I meet with the DJ that will be doing my event?
    • As the only DJ at Celebration Entertainment, I would love to meet you face to face. And the good news is every time you call and every time you have a meeting, you get me. For weddings I’ll meet and I’ll walk you through my wedding reception planner booklet. For any other party, I can also meet to talk through your plans for your event. This allows me to build a relationship and make sure you and I are on the same page when your event comes to fruition. I’ll spend as much time talking on the phone with you, responding to emails, and I’ll even meet with you a second time if you would like.
  • How far can you travel?
    • As far as you want me to. Additional travel charges will apply (see FAQ “Do you have travel and gas charges? for details)
  • Are you insured?
    • Yes. I have a million dollar (per incident) liability insurance policy. More and more banquet facilities are requiring liability insurance to perform. This also gives you the added security that you are hiring a professional company that has the forethought to be prepared.
  • Do you provide a written contract?
    • Yes, this is a legally binding document that will insure that I will be the entertainment on the date you have I booked for, and that you will pay the contracted amount
  • When is my contract due back?
    • Your contract, along with the $100 deposit is what reserves your date.
  • Do you require a down payment?
    • Yes, $100.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    • The deposit is non refundable, and less than 2 months before your date, 50% of the total amount due is forfeited
     

                       Payment/Financial Questions

  •  What forms of payment do you accept?
    • Cash, money orders, checks (as long as it’s at least 2 weeks before the contracted date), and of course credit and debit cards. Like every other business that accepts credit cards, the credit card company charges me a percentage of what you pay me, so if it doesn’t matter to you, I prefer the former options
  • Can I pay online?
    • Of course. Once you have set up your account online, there will be opportunity to pay through that account
  • Do you have travel and gas charges?
    • Travel time and gas charges are free for the first 40 miles to your event and 50 cents per mile after that. Events in excess of 250 miles will require accommodations be made for an overnight stay in a local hotel/motel for The DJ to be provided by the client.
  • When is the balance due?
    • If you are paying cash, the day of the event is fine. Any other form of payment, I ask that you pay 2 weeks prior. My experience that payment the night of the event sometimes can be hassle. You have a party to enjoy, and I have a party to DJ/MC/Direct/Host. Because of these dynamics, I suggest I take care of it prior to the event.
  • How much do you charge for overtime?
    • I charge $90 per hour after the first 4 hours. Though I prefer to know prior to the event, you can extend the party that night. This can be booked in ½ hour blocks, and if you decide the night of the event, it must be paid in cash before the overtime starts. Keep in mind the time limitations of the venue (e.g. when they will lock the doors) since it does take me 1 ½ hours to break down
  • Am I expected to tip the DJ?
    • While it is common to tip in the entertainment industry, it is by no means mandatory. If you believe that I preformed above and beyond your expectations, I’d be honored to accept your gratuity as a great compliment, and another way of saying “a job well done”

     

                       Music Questions

  • How extensive is your music library?
    • I put it like this - if it’s been on the radio in last 100 years, I have it.If it hasn't, I probably still have it :). If you have a song request that’s a bit out there, and by some fluke I don’t already have it (and yes, that would be a fluke..), give me at least 2 weeks notice before your party, I’ll go get it. I subscribe to a music service created for radio stations and professional DJs that keeps me so current that I already have what will make it on the radio next month - in every style. Because I run a computer based DJ company, I’m able to bring every song I own, and more importantly, able to access any song with a couple clicks on my computer keyboard.
  • What format is your music in, and what do you use to play it?
    • I'll bring 2 computers.(and have them both running all night), each running a professional DJ software. One computer runs PC DJ and the other runs Swift Elite 4 (Tricerasoft). I rip the music I buy at a very low compression rate (320kbs) for a better quality sound.
  • What audio interface do you use?
    • I use external soundcards  (read better quality) extending from my computers
  • Can I choose the music to be played at our event?
    • Of course you can! I’ll give you the opportunity to choose specific songs, styles, and even a “don’t play list”. We’ll talk about the type of event you’re planning, I'll pull the songs you’ve requested into a folder in my DJ software, offer suggestions on what music usually works at your type of party, and we'll come up with a play list together. I’m also experienced and skilled at “reading” your guests and paying attention to what styles of music gets them dancing, and then tweaking the playlist as the night unfolds.
  • Will you take breaks?
    • No. Unlike bands and some other entertainers, when you book I for 4 hours (or longer), that’s how much music you’ll hear. The music never stops.
  • I am going to have a wide range of ages and musical tastes at our event. How will you get them all to dance?
    • I can rotate various genres and decades of music throughout the evening, giving your guests a large buffet of musical styles to dance to. I’ll pay attention to what seems to work the best and play a bit more of the music that brings the most amount of people to the dance floor, all while keeping the variety and upbeat/slow dance styles rotating. This is where a great DJ earns his keep, and one of the many reasons why I get the referrals I do.
  • Do you suggest I have music playing during the dinner or cocktail hour?
    • Yes. The whole evening rests on the first impressions. If the initial atmosphere is set from the time your first guests arrives, it will make the dancing portion of your event go that much more smoothly
  • Can guests make requests?
    • If it’s OK with you, then it’s OK with me. I always bring every song I own, and since it is one of the most extensive music libraries in Tennessee, it’s rare that I won’t have what is requested. More importantly, I’ll weigh the request with the guidelines you and I have set up, and I’m also experienced enough to know when that requests may or may not be a great song for where this specify  party is heading
  • What if I want a song played that you probably don’t have?
    • First of all, as the owner of one of the most extensive music libraries in Middle Tennessee, I may just have it. If by a rare quirk I don’t, let me know at least 2 weeks before hand and if is commercially available, I’ll buy it. On a side note, except for slow dances, I’ve found that many people won’t dance to a song they don’t know, no matter how "dancable" it is

 

      Venue/ Day of the Event Questions

  • Do I have to pay for travel time, set up time and tear down time?
    • No. Although these together take longer than the actual show time for me, the clock starts only when the music starts (usually when the first guests arrives), and ends when the music ends. Extended travel time charges do apply (see “Do you have travel charges” under Payment Questions).
  • Am I expected to feed the DJ?
    • Although it’s common place to feed the entertainment at events, that it is completely up to you. My policy is that if I’m not offered by my client (you) or the caterer, I’ll won’t eat your food, and I’ll bring a sack lunch to eat instead. Since I’m usually at the venue for 8 hours (with many hours of moving heavy equipment), I will need a bite sometime during the day. Either way, I’ll eat inconspicuously behind my equipment at my DJ table.
  • What will the DJ wear?
    • Whatever the event, I will always be dressed appropriately. From formal events to casual parties, I’ll fit right in to what you’d expect an entertainer to wear.
  • Will my DJ be drinking at my event?
    • Yes, anything with caffeine :) (I even have a “bring my own caffeine policy”). I will not drink anything alcoholic at your event (or before for that matter). Along those personal conduct lines, I also don’t smoke, and won’t hit on your guests. From the way I treat the venue staff, to the way I relate with you and your guests, to the way I act when I think no one is watching me, you will get a true professional, who will always wear a smile.
  • Will you display banners or pass out business cards at my party or reception?
    • I do not use any event as an opportunity to advertise my services. Providing you outstanding entertainment will be my focus that night, not promoting my services.  Satisfied clients and guests do a much better job of marketing my services than any gaudy banner or sign could ever do. Business cards will be available only at the DJ table for guests who request them.
  • Do you bring backup equipment?
    • Yes, though there is two ways to answer this question. My first answer is that as a company who also rents out our equipment to bands and banquet halls/venues, I have to carry top quality gear. Not only does it sound better, but the expensive gear also has less failure rate. I just cannot afford equipment failure, so what I have invested in and bring typically costs 4 times more that the average DJ (I know – I’ve been out with many a DJ). As added insurance, I do also bring backup equipment. I have 2 computers running at all times, bring 2 or 3 power amps, extra mic, line level, and speaker cables, various adapters, extra table and equipment cloths (in case of a tear), and even extra DJ clothing.
  • Can you provide music outdoors?
    • Weather you need a full sound system for a band or major event, or just an additional sound system for an outside wedding ceremony, I have it covered. I bring several hundred feet of speaker cable and power cabling so I don’t have to be too close to the main event. I do have a 10’ by 10’ awning that I bring for basic sun and rain shower functions, but we do need to discuss what heavy rain backup options you have available.
  • What do I need to have available for my DJ?
    • Guests ready to party is the only thing I need :). No really, the only thing I require is enough available power, which is 2 separate 15-20 amp breakers (not to be confused with 2 separate outlets). I’ll bring my own table, black drapery, extension chords, and everything else that you need to have a great party, including the fun, energy and class that comes with every event I’m hired for.
  • How much space do you need?
    • I’ll need about a 12 foot wide space for my table, speakers and subwoofer, and lights,  and I’ll need about 6 feet depth for my lights and space to work.
  • Where would you like to be located in the hall?
    •  It is extremely beneficial to be at the edge of the dance floor for 3 reasons: 1) the speakers are next to me, and I’d prefer the dance floor to be loudest area in the room, and not next to grandma’s table 2) the lights are near me, and I’d prefer to light up the dance floor not your twice baked potato 3) I’ll be interactive with you and your guests, and the closer I am to the dance floor, the smoother transitions become.
  • How early do you arrive and how long does it take for you to tear down?
    • Because I bring a large sound system, typically with a sub-woofer and light show (don’t worry, it looks very tasteful), I’ll need 2 hours to set up and it will take me 1 ½ hours to break down after the event is finished. This is longer than most DJs take, so please verify that this will be acceptable with the venue. Good equipment takes a while to set up. If your DJ says it takes less than an hour to set up, be wary.
  • What sound equipment do you use?
    • The best. I start by ripping very high quality MP3’s (320 kbs vs. the standard average quality 128 kbs), run the event using DJ softwaree, Dell computers (I always have 2 actually running at all times), external 24-bit/96kH D/A converters on both computers, Mackie mixers, senneheiser and A/T handheld and lavaliere wireless mics, reverb, compressors and automatic feedback eliminators on the microphones, DBX driverack, Crown and QSC amps, Horizon high quality cables, a JBL sub, JBL MRX series speakers. What does this all mean to you? Unsurpassed superior sound quality. Compare this list to any other DJ’s setup- it won’t even be close. Feel free to ask further regarding my gear – I’d love to explain how and why I’ve spent so much money on how your party will sound. I also carry a lot of backup equipment with me at all times.

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