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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here are the most frequently asked questions from the hundreds of clients I have served. Feel free to jump around to find the exact answers you’re looking for or be an overachiever and read through them all!

My DJ Background

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is about how I got started in the business. I’ve been a full-time entertainer for over a decade. I started as an emcee for my college campus events, got a job at the school radio station, did two internships and built a career as an on-air radio host. As more and more people requested me to DJ their weddings, I decided to fully invest in the mobile DJ side of my business and here we are. I work year-round honing my skills as one of Idaho's top mobile DJs.

Hire an "Olympian"

Think about it though, your wedding day is like the Olympics. Athletes train without fanfare for years before the world sees them on TV. They’ve completed intense training, put in hours of focus and dedicated their lives to their sport. No one sees the many late nights and early mornings in the gym…they only see the final performance for a few minutes during the on-screen performance. 

You could hire a person with an iPhone and some off-brand speakers or you could hire someone similar to the Olympic athlete. The most important day of your life is not the time to experiment with an unproven DJ. It’s not the time for your DJ to learn how to use their gear or practice their craft. It’s showtime. The pressure is on. 

Career DJ

Being a DJ is my career path. My voice has been broadcast on the radio to tens of thousands of people across the Northwest on stations like Wild 101, Z103 and KSL. I’ve emceed and entertained hundreds of weddings, corporate events, private parties, fairs, talent shows, galas, pageants and dances successfully. I’ve spent over 10,000 hours as an emcee and event host. This is my profession and I treat my performances like my wife and kid’s lives depend on it. Because they kinda do.

Most of my business is DJ services for wedding ceremonies and receptions. I also do corporate events, private parties, country club events, school dances, awards shows, galas and community events. I also offer add-ons like dance floors, generators and LED party sticks. Ask for my digital brochure to see all the ways I can enhance your party!

I’m an open format DJ which means I play everything. If I don’t already have your songs in my library, I will buy them and have them ready for your event. I also subscribe to streaming services and can play almost any song recorded in human history.

Six months before the wedding is a good place to start. 

If you’re hoping for a Friday or Saturday in the summertime, you’ll want to plan at least a year in advance. These are the most popular Treasure Valley dates. 

If you’re scrambling to find someone last minute, please still reach out! Even if I am booked, I have built relationships with many other Boise area DJs and would be happy to refer you to another pro.

Expensive equipment does not make a great DJ, but poor equipment can absolutely wreck a pro DJs performance, not to mention your wedding day. You shouldn’t have to worry if your DJs gear will work, that’s why it’s so important to research your DJ and get a feel for their level of professionalism. 

I only use cutting-edge equipment and have spent years acquiring gear and refining my on-stage appearance. You can expect tidy cables taped to the floor or hidden completely as well as clean equipment in perfect working order. I go to great lengths to make sure my gear looks just as good as it sounds.

Absolutely! I’d love to meet you. I usually plan final consultations in person. Communicating is usually most effective in person. We can pick a public place like a coffee shop so there aren’t any distractions. We can give each other our full attention, talk through each moment of your wedding day and plan the party of a lifetime. 

(Don’t stress if we need to do a phone or zoom call. We can still get everything we need that way for your dream event).

Absolutely happy to! Please let me know in advance what you want to hear. I put in a lot of preparation before events to get to know you, your musical preferences and your guests. We can work together to come up with some great songs to get the party started. Then I will watch your guests’ reactions and add music that matches their energy and packs the dance floor.

If you give me a “Do Not Play” list and someone requests that song, I won’t play it. If someone asks for a song that fits the vibe, then I’ll throw it on. I play the songs you want while also using my professional judgment to build the type of atmosphere we have planned together.

50% Deposit, Sign Agreement

There are two total payments. All I need from you to get started is a 50% deposit. This is a non-refundable retainer fee. The retainer holds your date and is taken out of the final balance. The second and final payment is due 30 days before the event date. Once you tell me you want to book me, I’ll send an agreement to sign and an invoice with the exact payment amounts and due dates so there is no confusion. I make it as easy as possible to pay by accepting cash, check, debit, credit, Venmo, PayPal and direct bank transfers.

Less Than 30 Days Till Event?

If you'd like to book me less than 30 days from your event, the full balance will be due in order to officially book my services.

Integrity is one of my core values. When I say I will be at your wedding, I will be there. In case of an emergency, I have a backup plan to ensure you have a professional DJ even if I’m in the hospital. I’ve spent the last several years building relationships with other DJs in the Treasure Valley. If you book me, you can have confidence knowing I am accepting full responsibility for the entertainment at your event. If I’m unexpectedly on my death bed, I will still make sure you have a pro DJ to keep the party going. And then I will meet you on the dance floor in ghost form.

Of course. This is your wedding day. I want you to love every song. I do always ask for your tracks beforehand if possible though. Effective planning is key to a smooth event. I usually play music files from my hard drive for performances. This is the most secure way to ensure you have uninterrupted music at your party. Wifi signals and hot spots are not always reliable especially for Idaho’s rural, outdoor weddings. I do use streaming services as a backup though so if inspiration hits in the middle of your event, I’m happy to add it on the spot. 

You Pick Formal Dance Songs

When it comes to your ceremony aisle walk-down songs, the special dances and the main traditions, I prefer you pick the songs. I’m happy to make suggestions, but it makes for a more meaningful celebration if you and your fiance choose these ones. There are popular songs many brides use for each of these moments, but this is a great way to customize your wedding and make it more meaningful. We can work together on this if you’re drawing a blank!

Give Me 10 & I'll Handle the Rest

When it comes to prelude music, cocktail hour, dinner and open dancing all I need is 10-15 of your favorite tracks of different artists and genres and I’ll take it from there! (Feel free to send a playlist, but part of the reason you hire a pro DJ is to take away some of this responsibility and free up your time for other things). Giving me a few songs you love will help me understand your tastes and the vibe you’re going for. I’ll add more songs similar to these artists and genres all while watching your audience’s responses in order to pack the dance floor. 

Playlist Connoisseur

If you’re obsessed with music and can’t imagine letting someone else pick the songs, send me your playlist and I’ll make it happen. I prefer Spotify or Tidal, but will be happy to work with whatever app you use. (Keep in mind an average song is 3.5 minutes. That’s about 18 songs per hour. If there are a lot of songs in your playlist, I might not have time to play them all, but I’ll do my best).

I arrive at least two hours before your event starts. The idea is to greet your guests with music to set the atmosphere for the evening. Showing up early allows me extra time to be fully prepared and relaxed to help your guests enjoy the event as much as possible.

Tips are never expected, but always appreciated! I don’t include gratuity in the final contract price. Martha Stewart recommends 15-20% of the total price of entertainment. And if Martha said it, you know it's law.

That would be awesome! I usually wait until your guests have eaten, grab a plate and eat in a corner discreetly. I’ll keep the music going and no one will notice I’m gone.

If you're working with a tight deadline on wedding day, you might consider having the DJ and other key vendors eat before everyone. This will ensure they are all ready to go when it's time to jump into toasts, first dance etc.

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