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Below you will find a list of some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ). If your question is not among them, simply call us or contact us using the Contact Form. Most of the below FAQ's can actually be shown in Norh Carolina's first and only DJ/MC Interative Showroom, Raleigh. Feel The Sound with Music In Motion Interactive Showrom.
We are planning a wedding and need a music selection that appeals to people of all ages. Can you do that?
No problem. You have no idea how many songs there are that grandchildren and grandparents both know. We play thousands of them each year in our playlists. Take advantage of our free no obligation consultation demonstration in Raleigh's first ever and only Interactive Showroom to listen and dance to as many music slections you want.
What kinds of events do you do?
Our Team of professional mobile Disc Jockey's can do all kinds of parties and it is our job to get people to dance and keep them dancing until the very end. Since we love all kinds of music, we can provide music for any kind of event. one of many of our specialty is music from aorund the world (International music).
What kind of equipment do you provide? Do we have to provide anything else?
We provide custom professional grade equipment that can be seen in our Interactive Showroom, 2 CD players, one computer, one microphone plus a hand held wireless mic, JBL/EV speakers with QSC amplifiers and back up equipment guaranteed. This list of equipment is all in our "DJ Packages" that is titled DJ Team - Prices - gallery tab http://www.feelthesoundwithmusicinmotion.com/dj-team-prices-gallery/photo-gallery/ on the top. If you have any special requests, you can provide them or you can add additional equipment/lights when you schedule your Interactive Showroom appointment.
Below are the top 40 most important questions to ask any professional disc jockey you are considering for your wedding, and will help you accurately gauge the professionalism, reliability, and honesty of any professional event/wedding Disc Jockey you are considering. Again, we strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment in Raleigh's first ever and only Interactive DJ/MC Showroom for an in-depth demonstration to finding, interviewing, and reserving an honest entertainment company. keep in mind too the more senior, the more educated, and the more experienced, the better. These list of questions will certainly help you once you reach the DJ interview process, but doing some research before-hand will help you determine whether certain wedding DJs are even worth interviewing. Good luck in your search and please know that should you choose another DJ competitor please do not hesitate to call us for any questions, support, and/or advice anytime.
1. Do you offer a written contract?
All of the wedding disc jockeys you interview may not have the same standards of professionalism. A written, legal contract is one of the first indicators of whether a DJ is professional and reliable. Furthermore, a contract establishes the DJ’s obligation to the client and outlines what is required for the DJ’s success, by outlining his setup requirements, package, and other factors related to his/her performance. For this reason, a written contract is absolutely essential and any DJ not using a written contract should not, in our opinion, be considered for any event/wedding. F.Y.I. Get A Copy.
2. Will you be the DJ at our wedding?
Often, the person you speak with on the phone or behind a desk at your initial consultation is not the person who will be your DJ at your event or on your wedding day. This is a very common practice among large agencies. It is absolutely paramount that you have an opportunity to interview, in person, the specific DJ that you will be working with and determine whether you feel comfortable with them. This one reason of many why our entertainment company created North Carolina's first and only DJ/MC Interactive Showroom, it's our branding. When you schedule your visit at Raleigh's Interactive Showroom not only will you have the opportuntiy to meet and greet the DJ/MC who will be entertaining at your event/wedding but a sample. A live demonstrtaion off the professional digital sound system that will be at your event/wedding. Providing you his/her DJ Talent, mixing some tunes you would like played, getting on the mic providing you his/her MC Skills, showing other products such as DRY ICE "dancing on a cloud for your First Dance, http://www.feelthesoundwithmusicinmotion.com/dry-ice-dancing-on-a-cloud and other services such as Snap Shot Photo Booth. Call today, theres no obligation.
3. May we meet with you in person before we sign a contract?
Many wedding DJs attempt to conduct their interviews over the telephone and through email instead of meeting face-to-face with prospective clients. In our experience, it sets your event up for failure. There are two reasons a disc jockey would do this – either they don’t feel you are worth their time, or they have something to hide. Some disc jockeys are very different in person than on the telephone as well as what is presented on their website, and you should insist on meeting in face-to-face so you can judge for yourself whether they are a good match for you and for your event. Your "gut" feeling is very important in selecting the right disc jockey, and it's practically impossible to make this evaluation unless you are together in person. Which is the main reason we have created our Interactive Showroom, it's not only our company "branding" but for the reasons in this question.
4. How long will you hold our date for us?
When you contact a professional disc jockey company, they should be willing to hold your date for you for a reasonable amount of time in order to give you a chance to meet with them. They should also give you ample time after your meeting to make a decision and give you time to interview other DJs. Some DJs will use pressure sales tactics to “hard close” you at your meeting, offering a special sale that ends that day, or claiming that another couple is meeting with them for the same date – attempting to pressure you to make a decision on the spot. Any DJ that uses these types of tactics is unprofessional and is most likely doing so in order to keep you from meeting other DJs (whom they think you’ll like more than you like them). Not the case when you visit our no obligation DJ/MC Interactive Showroom because we offer a free, consultation, demonstration, and you will leave with a lot of helpful information. One week is a reasonable amount of time to expect your date to be held following an initial meeting. Here at Feel The Sound with Music In Motion, we give two weeks. Besides you are not going to know what a great value you are getting with our entertainment company unless you do
5. Do you work exclusively for this company?
Most large agencies use independent DJ subcontractors to perform their events. Often, these DJs work for several other agencies and also accept bookings directly. A disc jockey, or the agency through whom he is booked, should be able to explain the DJ’s obligation to that agency and what will happen if he leaves that agency. Often, there is nothing more than a verbal confirmation between the independent DJ and the agency for each booking -- a frequent cause of problems. If you choose a DJ who subcontracts for several agencies and books his own events, you need to be clear on what will happen if he is accidentally double-booked for your wedding date, or what would happen to your event if you contract the DJ through an agency and he decides to skip out on your event to book something else for a higher price. We here at Feel The Sound with Music In Motion created our Interactive Showroom for just this reason alone - To Meet Your DJ who is available to perform your event and is part of our team of professional Disc Jockeys and no one elses.
6. How long have you been a DJ and how many weddings have you done?
A wedding is such an important occasion, and you don't want your DJ's first wedding to be your own. The number of years someone has been a DJ will give you some indication of their experience level, but some younger DJs only perform for a few events (and fewer weddings) each year. A DJ with half as many years in the industry may have many times as many weddings under his belt, so you should also ask how many weddings the DJ has done. All our DJ's here at Feel The Sound with Music In Motion have at least 5 to 20 years experience as a true professional DJ/MC entertainer. Also should the DJ appear to be younger looking be sure to ask if the DJ has any formal training, either from a DJ company or a DJ school.
7. How many weddings do you do each year?
Just like any other profession, performing for weddings requires one’s skills to be in top form. If a DJ performs for only a few weddings per year, they may not be “at the top of their game” by the time your wedding date arrives. Asking how many weddings they do per year will give you an indication of their level of commitment to your type of event. Although like with question no. 6 just because one of our DJ's here at Feel The Sound with Music In Motion possess 5 years experience verses another one of our DJ's with 10+ years experience, doesn't make him or her a better DJ over the other for your wedding, which is why you should take advantage to meet with your DJ who is available to perform for your wedding in Raleigh's first ever and only DJ/MC Interactive Showroom for a no obligation consultation demonstration of his/her DJ talent, MC skills, as well as to discuss our many other products such as DRY ICE "dancing on a cloud" for your First Dance and services such as Snap Shot Photo Booth.
8. How many other types of events do you do per year?
Different DJs focus on different types of events – some consider themselves a “jack of all trades” and claim expertise in all types of events, and others are specialists. The ratio between the number of weddings a DJ performs for and the amount of other, non-wedding events they do will tell you where their focus lies. If you are looking for a “low-key” wedding DJ and someone you meet with does mostly school dances or Bar Mitzvahs, they may not be very focused on the type of sophisticated presentation you want for your wedding. Our company Disc Jockey's get together on a monthly basis (pizza night), sit at a round table, to discuss all the events we have done over the past month, (weddings, Quinceaneras, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, etc.) and this to help better ourselves with our performance level no matter what type of event.
9. Do you perform for more than one event in a day?
Some DJs will do as many events as they possibly can, and often try to pack their weekends with all types of DJ work. If a disc jockey has already done an all nighter club event before your wedding, they will likely be physically exhausted by the latter half of your wedding, which is exactly when they need to be the most alert and active. This is most common at large agencies, where “weekend warriors” may perform at four to six events over a three-day period. It is hard to believe that any DJ could give that many couples an adequate amount of attention leading up to, and on, their wedding day. Our Disc Jockey's here at Feel The Sound with Music In Motion are dedicated to your wedding and only your wedding the night before and the day of, guaranteed.
10. What makes you different from your competitors?
Any professional wedding disc jockey will take pride in their work, and be able to answer this question honestly and communicate the things that make their services unique. Some DJs, however, will take this opportunity to “bash” their competition and say negative things about specific DJs or agencies. We consider this type of behavior unprofessional (in fact, doing this is strictly forbidden for members of the American Disc Jockey Association), and is a poor reflection on them. In fact, you may want to reconsider hiring any DJ that they say negative things – DJs that engage in this type of thing will often target the DJs that they're afraid or afraid you’ll book them instead, and they’re probably right! Not to mention (as we mentioned so many times prior) that our Interactive Showroom certainly separates us apart from the competition, a try before you buy is what critics call our Interactive Showroom and no other entertainment company offers this type of experience.
11. Have you played at our reception site before?
Wedding experience is important, and so is familiarity with your reception site. Every site poses different challenges – different load-in and security procedures, different room sizes and configurations, different acoustics, even antiquated electrical outlets that need to be grounded manually. Hiring a DJ that is familiar with your site will give you peace of mind that you won’t have any surprises on your wedding day. Obviously, us and even the competition can’t have performed at every site in the area (since there are hundreds available in any area), but if one of our company Disc Jockey's hasn’t been to your event venue, we adequately prepare ourselves prior to your event by visiting the venue, and/or speaking with the site contact, and requesting a floor plan.
12. Do you act as the “emcee” and make all of the announcements?
Any professional wedding disc jockey should be comfortable with making announcements and serving as the emcee for the wedding, it is a standard part of the job. Some DJs, however, are not comfortable with this and prefer to pass these duties onto someone else, such as an assistant they bring along, who may not have that professional voice or the experience speaking on a microphone. During your Interactive Showroom visit not only will you have the opportunity to observe our DJ talent but also hear us live on the microphone performing our MC skills on the professional sound system that will be at your special event/wedding.
13. How would you define your "style" when making announcements?
This is an extremely important question to ask because it will tell you whether or not the DJ is the right match for your guests and the atmosphere you’re trying to create. If you are planning an elegant, understated wedding, then utilizing the services of a “party motivator” or “entertainer DJ” may not be what you are looking for. If you know your guests will need a lot of encouragement to dance, then hiring someone who flatly refuses to make announcements probably isn’t the best idea either. We here at Feel The Sound with Music In Motion consider to be a very deversified entertainment company, in other words we tell our Bride & Groom's for example; if you would like us to be laid back and conservative - "no problem" it actually makes our job easier in all honestly but if you would like us to be a party motivator "no problem"
14. What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing?
Different wedding disc jockeys handle this situation in very different ways – some opt to use the microphone to try to “energize” your guests and motivate them to dance. Others would never do something like this and prefer to use careful song selections to ensure dance floor success. Unfortunately a DJ would simply hide behind the system and hope. You need to know what the DJ would do in this situation and determine if that is the way you would like the situation handled. When you schedule your Interactive Showroom appointment we will be delighted to answer this question in person as we do not want to give out our secret remedies, think of it as the secret of our success and know we have the answer for you;-)
15. What if something happens to you and you can’t make it to the wedding?
Despite meticulous planning and preparation, accidents do happen. If the DJ is injured or otherwise unable to perform on your wedding day, what is the backup plan? Most responsible professionals have some sort of backup strategy should this situation ever arise, but others do not. Often, DJs will be members of a local DJ association, and network with other DJs who could possibly provide backup services for them in the event of an emergency. Others take this planning more seriously and reserve a specific DJ for every date, ensuring that backup is both available and prepared in case of an emergency. You need to feel comfortable that you will still have a qualified, prepared DJ on your wedding day, regardless of the circumstances, so the answer to this question is very important. Our practice here at Feel The Sound with Music In Motion has always been that every DJ has back up equipment on site at your event and that we have an emergency DJ available on the day of your event with a copy of your itinerary until 10:pm - this is not only our practice but our guarantee.
16. Will we meet again before the wedding?
Just as some deejays will prefer not to meet you when you book them, others will prefer to conduct a “final meeting” in the weeks before your wedding over the telephone instead of in person. While having a face-to-face meeting for the final meeting is arguably less important than meeting personally for an initial interview, the DJ should still be willing to meet you in person for a second time if that's what you prefer, this is not only our suggestion but we encourage you to return to our Interactive Showroom as many times as you want to plan out your event.
17. Can we visit you at a performance?
Hopefully the answer to this question is “no.” We're sure that you wouldn’t appreciate the DJ inviting prospective clients to your wedding to see him/her in action. A professional DJ should be willing to take a stand for his clients’ privacy and not offer this as a possibility. Professional wedding DJs never allow this. Also consider the fact that at an event that you attend to see the DJ, and that DJ is playing country, as well as being low key, but you don't like country, and/or you want a party motivator - consider this is what the client (Bride per say) at the event you attended to see the DJ in action wanted for her desired music (country) and a low key performance, it defeats the purpose to see your DJ live at an event. Just another reason why we created our "branding" to offer you Raleigh's first ever and only Interactive DJ/MC Showroom for an in-depth demonstration to finding, interviewing, and reserving an honest entertainment company - your DJ.
18. May we speak to your references?
Speaking to a wedding DJ’s former clients is a great way to get a feel for what it is like to work with them, and any DJ should be ready and willing to allow you to speak with their references. He should also be willing to contact several of these references in advance of providing you with their information, so that they have his/her permission and so you feel comfortable calling them.
19. How do you keep your music collection up-to-date?
The majority of professional DJs subscribe to at least one of the major music update services in order to keep their collections up-to-date. These services provide the DJ with new, radio edited music, often before it is even playing on the radio. Ask the DJ if they subscribe to any of these. The most common are Promo Only, TM Century Prime Cuts, RPM Top Hits Monthly, and ERG NuTraxx. Besides these licensed record pools Feel The Sound with Music In Motion also works of a computer program called Virtual DJ. We use both compact Discs and lap top.
20. How involved can we be in selecting music for our event?
This is an important question to ask, because some DJs prefer to control the majority of the playlist and supplement their choices with a small handful of your specific requests. Other disc jockeys prefer to let the client choose the majority of the music, and then use their expertise to make it all work. The DJ should be accommodating of your music tastes, and you should feel comfortable with the DJ's approach and the amount of involvement you'll be able to have in choosing the music. It's your wedding not ours and you have complete control with selecting your music from when the first guest arrive (cocktail hour/Dinner hour) to your last dance and everything inbetween (specialty dances/reception dance music).
21. When do we need to submit our music requests and event details?
Most professional DJs will give you a printed song list and DJ planning worksheet with which to communicate the details of your event; others will give you access to an online planning system that will guide you throughout the entire process. You should be given ample time to make decisions regarding your music choices and event timeline, but the DJ should also require this information far enough in advance (30 days prior to your event) so that he can adequately prepare for your event. A DJ who doesn’t ask for your requests at least a couple of weeks before your wedding may not be able to fulfill them. In addition, the DJ should be willing to accommodate any later changes or additions whenever possible, rather than locking you into a first dance song that you later regret or refusing to alter the order of your toasts.
22. Do you take requests from our guests?
Most DJs are happy to do so, but you should also feel reasonably assured that any request they chose to play would not be something you didn’t like.
23. Can we submit a “Do Not Play” list?
Any professional DJ should be willing to honor your requests, including your request for certain songs and genres to not be used. Submitting a “Do Not Play” list will give a DJ a clear idea of your limits and your expectations for their song selection at your wedding. Not only do you have complete control in choosing all your music - a do not play list is section is in Feel The Sound with Music In Motion DJ Wedding Planner provided during your Interactive Showroom visit.
24. When do you arrive to set up for our wedding?
When dealing with sub-standard DJs, there are often issues with them being punctual and set up well in advance of your guests’ arrival. Professional DJs will always arrive at least a full hour before their scheduled start time in order to have adequate time to set up and get organized before the wedding. Feel The Sound with Music In Motion's policy is to arrive at least an hour and a half (90minutes) before our scheduled start time, this is noted and guaranteed in your agreement. On average our DJ's arrive two hours prior to any event.
25. What will you wear to our wedding?
Most wedding DJs own, and are comfortable wearing, a tuxedo when they perform. If the groom will not be wearing a tuxedo, then it is inappropriate for the DJ to wear a tuxedo. You should also ask what type of tuxedo the DJ wears. Brands are unimportant (most tuxes look practically identical), but ask about the style of vest, cummerbund, and neckwear. Some DJs prefer a classic, understated look and others wear flashy, shimmering or patterned vests and matching bowties. It is important that the DJ’s “look” meets your expectations. Just another reason why we created the Interactive Showroom, we can actually show you our TUX attire during your visit.
26. What will you wear when you set up and break down your equipment?
This is something that is often overlooked, but can make a big difference. If your guests arrive early for the reception or stay afterward, will they see the DJ in a sweaty undershirt and gym shorts? Our company professional disc jockeys maintain acceptable appearance standards regardless of the situation, including setting up and breaking down their equipment.
27. How much of a deposit is required to secure our date?
Almost every DJ will require some sort of deposit or retainer in order to secure your date. This is for their protection and yours. The industry standard for deposits is 50%. Some DJs require far less, but this is not always a good idea. If the contract language doesn’t stipulate a specific guarantee of services and clearly outline a refund policy, beware. We here at Feel The Sound with Music In Motion are the only entertainment company that offers a 90 day (prior to your event) refund. Because we are that confident you will be 100% fully satisfied with our services.
28. What is included in the cost of my event?
DJs use vastly different systems when pricing their services. Most DJs price their services a la carte, charging an hourly rate and adding charges for any additional equipment needed. Others choose to use a flat-rate pricing system and make their packages all-inclusive. You need to be clear about what a DJ is offering for the price they’ve quoted you, so you can compare their package to those of the other DJs you are interviewing. We here at Feel The Sound with Music In Motion clearly spell it out for you in detail in black and white - our packages are as easy as ABC. We demonstrate each or our DJ packages in our Interactive Showroom so you can not only see and hear what you will have at your event but you can actually choose which sound system you want right down to the dance lighting.
29. How much would you charge for overtime?
Hopefully your DJ will do such a wonderful job at your wedding that you’d like to keep dancing! Be sure that the DJ’s contract outlines a specific rate for additional time at the end of the night, whether it is a set price or a pro-rated amount based on the original price. Our overtime rate is $125.00 per hour on the day of event and clearly noted on the agreement.
30. What do you require from us?
Every DJ will require a few things that you’ll need to provide them in order to be successful. The most common are adequate shelter, electricity, and a table for their equipment. Make sure that you understand exactly what the DJ needs from you so you can communicate those needs to your reception site and caterer.
31. Do you require a meal?
Some DJs require that they receive a meal at the wedding, and some even demand that they be fed the same food as your guests. Others do not require a meal at all, or simply accept one if you happen to offer. Again, be sure you know what the DJ’s requirements are so you can plan accordingly.
32. Are you insured?
It is absolutely essential that any DJ you consider carries a full liability insurance policy. They are fairly inexpensive (less than $250 per year in some cases), so being uninsured is inexcusable. Some reception sites have even taken the step of requiring all vendors working at their facility to provide proof of insurance before the wedding. Liability insurance protects you and the reception site in the unlikely event that your DJ injures one of your guests or burns your reception site to the ground.
33. Do you take any breaks?
One of the major advantages to using a DJ instead of a band is that a DJ does not need to take breaks, outside of using the restroom and possibly eating a meal quickly in another room (if this is what your site contact or caterer requires). In any case, the DJ should assure you that there will be no break in the music at any point during the reception.
34. What is your policy on alcohol or smoking during the wedding?
A professional DJ will never consume alcohol or take cigarette breaks during your wedding. If you interview a DJ and he tells you he needs a few drinks to “loosen up” while working, you should probably look for a DJ with higher standards of professionalism.
35. What kind of equipment do you use?
Any DJ you consider should be proud of his sound system, and should be using professional-grade equipment. Most DJs understand that you are very unlikely to have a working knowledge of professional DJ equipment, but he should be able to describe his sound system to you. You should not hear very many “home audio” brands in what he describes – the top brands for DJ equipment are Pioneer, Denon, PCDJ, Traktor, Serato, Electro-Voice (EV), JBL, Bose, Mackie, RANE, QSC, and Shure.
36. Do you bring backup equipment with you to the wedding?
Even the very best and most well-maintained equipment will malfunction at some point. Your DJ needs to be prepared in case this happens at your wedding. The only way you will not suffer a setback on your special day is if the DJ brings a full second sound system with them to each and every wedding. Having backup equipment in a warehouse 50 miles from your reception site won’t do much good if there is no music at your wedding for an hour.
37. Do you have a wireless microphone?
Every professional wedding DJ should offer a wireless microphone to be used for your guests’ toasts, blessing, and any other speeches that need to be made. The industry standard for wireless microphones is Shure, and most professional DJs use Shure wireless technology.
38. Do you have a “light show”?
Some DJs also offer “party lights,” either as part of their package or as an additional service they can provide. You should find out whether the DJ plans on setting up lights for the dance floor, and whether this matches your preferences. Also, if you do desire a light show, you may want to ask how this will affect the aesthetics of your reception (in other words, how bulky/cumbersome the setup is) and the quality of your photographs or video. In our experience, most weddings do not need (and practically none of our clients even ask for) a light show.
39. Do you set up a sign or banner with your equipment?
Shameless self-promotion sometimes rears its ugly head at wedding receptions in the form of a sign or banner advertising the DJ’s company name and contact information. These items inevitably find their way into your wedding pictures and video, and ruin what is an otherwise commercial-free event. This practice is repulsive and completely unprofessional, and we believe that any DJ that does this should never be hired for a wedding.
40. Do you belong to any professional associations or trade groups?
If a DJ is serious about his craft and interested in becoming a better performer, they will often join a local DJ association or trade group. These are opportunities for DJs to interact with one another, share ideas, and network with other DJs who might be able to help them should they ever have an emergency. While membership in one of these organizations is not a guarantee of that DJ’s talent level, it does at least show a willingness to grow and improve and become a better DJ.
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