1. "How much do you charge?"
Ninety percent of the time, this is the first question couples will ask. It's a fair question as you may think DJs are all the same. The truth is ... they're not.
Club DJs, Radio DJs, Prom DJs, Bar DJs, Amateur DJs, Professional DJs and Wedding DJs are all different. Our prices are a reflection of our talents and our training. A teenager that DJs in his bedroom isn't going to charge that much. Those of us with decades of experience and thousands of shows behind us are going to charge a bit more. Depending on a variety of variables, your wedding day will most likely cost between $900-$1500.
And it's a question that I can't really answer until I find out all the details of your wedding day. I will tell you that without doing the research I am pretty sure that I'm a median cost to other companies in the area, however offer much more than even those who charge twice as much. What you are getting for that is peace of mind. You are going to have the piece of mind that you have hired a DJ that will still be in business by the time your wedding day arrives. The peace of mind that he won't cancel on you the week of your wedding (it happens much more than you'd think!). And the piece of mind that you are going to have a wedding day that people will remember as one of the most fun times they've ever had.
Your wedding day is a celebration, a melding of friends from work and high school and college and childhood, a family reunion, and most likely the biggest social event that will ever be thrown solely in your honor.
My services compliment your wedding day and make it an even greater day for you and your guests. And my prices reflect that.
2. Do you offer a written contract?
Yes. We have an extensive contract that goes over everything in detail. The contract protects both you and DJ Prievo Entertainment.
3. Will you be the DJ at our event?
Yes. I am a single operator meaning it is just me and an occasional assistant.
4. May we meet with you in person before we sign a contract?
Absolutely! Not every client is able to do so due to locations but whenever possible, I encourage meeting in person first.
5. How long will you hold our date for us?
Once you have been given a contract, you have 10 days to sign the contract and put down a deposit to hold your date. After 10 days, if you have not returned the contract, the date is then opened back up for other potential clients.
6. Do you work exclusively for this company?
Yes I do. There are some occasions when I am asked to fill in for another DJ at another company when there is an emergency. If my calendar is clear, I will help a fellow DJ out.
7. How long have you been a DJ and how many events have you done?
I became a professional DJ in the summer of 2006 working in bars, nightclubs, and private events (including weddings) throughout Northern New York. I then began working clubs and radio in 2010 and made the full transition to a full time DJ in 2011. If you combine every single time that I have played music for people to dance to, a rough approximation would be 2000 times.
8. How many weddings do you do each year?
I perform at an average of 15 weddings per year.
9. Do you perform for more than one event in a day?
I have in the past but that is a grueling task and is not fair to either client or myself. If it is a wedding, I will not perform any event prior, however in the event that I am requested for radio, guest DJin' a public event, or a club or bar event, I may be able to perform both in one day.
10. What makes you different from your competitors?
Honestly, I do not have a very good answer for this question as I rarely get to see and hear my competitors in action because I am usually working when they are. I can say that my area of expertise has always been my overall knowledge of musical genres in that I have a knack for hearing a song and knowing which song would work well to follow it up with. I have a background radio and on-air talent, which comes in handy when working an audience and voice projection. The truth is every DJ in the area that I have met I also consider to be a friend. We are all family in that respect. So we are not so much competition as we are friends who happen to have the same occupation. I know after talking with many of these other DJ's however, many of them do not offer the extra special packages, like custom first dance songs, custom wedding party introductions, love stories, voice overs, etc. that I do, and these are what I am most proud of when I compare my company to others.
11. Have you played at our site before?
This, of course, depends on the site. If it is in the DMV area then I have most likely played there at some point.
12. I want to make sure all of the music is "clean" at my event. Is that an issue?
Not at all! All of my music are the clean, edited versions of the songs. However, just because a song has offensive words removed from the songs doesn't mean that the song's meanings don't change. I always cite "My Humps" by Black Eyed Peas. I have a clean version of the song ... but that doesn't change the song's message!
13. Do you act as the emcee and make all of the announcements?
I will make any and every announcement that you would like me to make which is usually the norm. Occasionally a client wants someone special in their lives to make an announcement and I always oblige them. I went through Randy Bartletts 1% Solution to becoming a Master of Ceremonies (MC/Emcee) and this training has seperated me from many other "Emcee/DJs" in my department as knowing what, when, and what not to say in certain situations can make or break any moment.
14. How would you define your style when making announcements?
Confident and clear. I use my regular voice and do not cheese it up with insincerity. While I can use a booming radio baritone, I think that most people can see right through it and that creates a sense of distrust between the guests and myself. My radio voice in which I use on-air during my weekly radio show, is just that of my normal voice, with projection. I am not a WWE Wrestling announcer or Drew Carey's, The Price is Right! Announcer, and I'm sure your wedding guests would appreciate it if I did not try to pretend to be one!
15. What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing?
Having done this for as long as I have, this is usually not a problem. However when it does happen, I have developed my own tricks on getting people to dance. Some are subtle while others are more to the point. I will point out that a DJ can never go wrong with a classic love song or a fun group participation dance to get people on the dance floor. Beyond that, I would much rather share my secrets with you while you are on the dance floor!
16. What if something happens to you and you cannot make it to my event?
Since 2005 it has never happened (knock on wood). I've performed sick. I've performed after deaths in the family. If it ever were to happen, Like I said above, the local DJs and I are friends and I would have someone there with all the information about your day.
17. Will we meet again before the event?
If you need to meet for whatever reason within the DMV, it can be done but usually there really isn't any need to unless you just want to see my ruggedly handsome mug just one more time before the big day. Most of the correspondence after the initial meeting is exchanged either via email or telephone, text or even Facebook if you want to friend me there!
18. Can we visit you at a performance?
The only performances you can visit me at are the occasional public performances that I do (and I always encourage potential clients to do that). I announce all public events on my DJ Prievo Facebook page as well as my website. But as most of my performances are private weddings, I respect my client's privacy and do not have potential clients visit their parties. Plus, each performance I do is designed to fit each individual clients wishes so what you hear at one party may not be exactly what you are looking for at yours and may cloud your judgment on my abilities.
19. May we speak to your references?
Please do! To protect my past client's privacy, I only provide references on request. Just contact me through the tab above and mention you'd like some references and I'll get them to you ASAP.
20. How do you keep your music collection up-to-date?
I subscribe to several different DJ Record Pools with the primary one being Promo Only. I am a weekly mixshow DJ for The Border 106.7 FM in Upstate New York which requires me to play the newest Top 40 hits on the billboard or those that are so new they haven't even made into rotation on the radio yet! I pride myself in knowing music as music isn't just a hobby, for me it's a way of life.
21. How involved can we be in selecting music for our event?
As involved as you like! This is YOUR party and you are allowed to choose up to 50 songs online as well as give me a Do Not Play list for songs you specifically do not want to hear. This is all done via my Online Event Planner. In addition, your guests are all given a password so that they can choose up to five songs a piece online as well. This usually provides me with more than I need so requests are based on danceability, popularity and your audience. For instance, I am usually going to play The Wobble or Cupid Shuffle over most Metallica songs!
22. When do we need to submit our music requests and event details?
Naturally, the sooner the better. However you have up until one day before your event to submit music requests. Wedding details are usually due two weeks before the wedding in order to draw up an agenda that fits your needs. In order to provide you with a stress-free event I do try to keep you on a weekly schedule, reminding you of what needs to be done each week leading up to your event.
23. Do you take requests from our guests?
That's up to you! The majority of parties that I do include taking requests from guests. Some clients prefer no requests from the guests and I respect their wishes.. But when guests are allowed to make requests and hear the songs they like to dance to, they become more emotionally involved with the event and walk away with fonder memories of the evening. I do not play inappropriate requests at events and have developed subtle ways to satisfy the guest without offending them.
24. Can we submit a Do Not Play list?
Definitely! But please limit it to songs that would absolutely ruin your evening. For instance, if a new husband was married before, you probably do not want to hear the song that was his first dance with his first wife! But remember, just because you hate the Electric Slide does not necessarily mean that your guests hate it too. Please have some flexibility in your Do Not Play list.
25. When do you arrive to set up for our event?
I normally arrive between 90 and 120 minutes before the start of an event.
26. What will you wear to our wedding?
Most of my weddings are performed in a tuxedo or either a suit or shirt and tie. If you are having a backyard pool party, I will most likely be wearing shorts. I try to dress either just like your guests or slightly better. I also include on the Entertainment Information Sheet, a section where you choose what you would like me to wear so there is no chance I show up in a hawaiin shirt with sandals for your black tie event!
27. What will you wear when you set up and break down your equipment?
It honestly depends on the weather and the time of year. If you are having an outdoor event in July, I will most likely arrive wearing shorts and an oversized shirt as setting up equipment in 90 degree heat can get a guy a bit sweaty. However, while some of your guests may see me like this, I will be changed into my formal wear by the time the bulk of your guests arrive.
28. How much of a deposit is required to secure our date?
Currently I only ask for $300 and a signed contract to hold your date.
29. What is included in the cost of my event?
You start by receiving several helpful forms to begin planning your event. You get all of the advice and support you need either via phone or email at any time before your event. You will receive an Online Event Planner that allows you to choose music as well as provide me with all the information I will need to make your event a success. You also get a Guest Request System that allows your guests to make requests. Before the event, I form your musical selections into playlists that will best utilize your choices for maximum enjoyment. The day of the event I arrive 90-120 minutes before your event to set up. I play for the allotted time that you have specified on your contract. I use four powerful professional DJ lights primarily to visually impact the dancing portion of your event. And it covers my tear-down time (normally 15-30 minutes). There are NO hidden fees. Whatever the contract says is your total amount of pay.
30. How much would you charge for overtime?
I have three packages which are a 4,5, and 6-hour packages. If you choose the four hour package and decide to go longer, it's $125 per half hour. Overtime is paid in cash only and is paid before the fifth hour begins. In order to avoid feeling rushed on their wedding day, many clients prefer to pay for the five or six hour package as a form of insurance.
31. What do you require from us?
At the event itself, I require a table (at least six feet in length or longer), and a table skirt that reaches the floor to hide my carrying cases and cables underneath the table. If you do not mind the unsightliness of such a mess, you can leave out the table skirt. I also ask that I am situated no more than 25 feet away from an electrical outlet. If I am going to be further than 25 feet from an outlet, I need to know this ahead of time in order to plan accordingly.
32. Do you require a meal?
Normally no. On occasion, if there is still food left after all of your guests have been served and I am starving, I may partake. I try not to eat unless it is offered to me but some of the desserts today are just too scrumptious-looking to walk away from!
33. Are you insured?
I certainly am. I carry a full liability insurance policy for up to $1,000,000.
34. Do you take any breaks?
Not at all. Unlike a band, you get nonstop entertainment from a DJ.
35. What is your policy on alcohol or smoking during the party?
I do not drink or smoke.
36. What kind of equipment do you use?
I have Mackie speakers, an Macbook Pro laptop, Serato Scratch Live DJ Hardware & Software, Pioneer Mixers & Turntables and American DJ lights.
37. Do you bring backup equipment with you to the event?
I have backup sound equipment for every party.
38. Do you have a wireless microphone?
Yes, I have a Shure wireless mic. It has a range of about 50 yards on it. I also offer in my ceremony package, a Lapel ("clip-on") Microphone made by only the #1 Lapel Wireless Microphone system in the market, Sennheiser. When it comes to pictures, you don't want a microphone and a stand in your ceremony picture, so we make the audio discreet by offering the lapel microphone which clips on to the Groom and is omni-directional and volume controlled to ensure audio pick-up from The Bride, Groom, & Officiant.
39. Do you have a light show?
I bring a 4 Light dancefloor control which is offered as a flood/PAR can system, random lighting effects, or mostly used in conjuction and control by the sound, so the lights literally move to the music.
40. Do you set up a sign or banner with your equipment?
No, I do not. If your guests like me and want to hire me, they will either ask me for a business card or ask you for my information. This is YOUR day and I am there to make you happy, not promote my business.
41. Do you belong to any professional associations or trade groups?
Not anymore. I do attend the Promo Only DJ Show each year in Atlantic City which is a collection of the best of the best wedding DJs (which ... I know ... fascinating, right?). Over the years I've learned from the best through their seminars and workshops.