Q: What's your story?
A: I started this DJ business in 2010. Back then I went by "Spin the Black Circle Productions," as I'm a huge Pearl Jam fan. I am a teacher and I thought this would be a fun way to get through summer and earn some cash. Since, I have grown tremendously: I am now an LLC, my equipment is way better, my skills are improved, etc. I still teach and I still love to DJ. I am married (9-years) with three kids (no dog).
Q: What if something happens to you and you can’t make the wedding?
A: For the record this has never happened. In the unlikely event that it did happen, I have resources to step in.
Q: Do you have any references?
A: I have tons of references. Many are posted on my website and at Facebook (LakePlacidDJ). Also check Wedding Wire / The Knot for reviews and endorsements. I can encourage couples to talk to local planners, coordinators, and vendors. Talk to other DJ's too - they might offer something I don't.
Q: How involved can we be in selecting music for our event?
A: You can select as much or as little of the music as you want. Generally, if I get a feel for the music you like I can go from there, but I have also had couples pick every single song. I do not create a playlist before the event - I like to let the event guide itself and select music as the night progresses. I can read a crowd and people will dance!
Q: When do we need to submit our music requests and event details?
A: Ideally, it's done in the weeks leading up to the event and we will communicate in the days before to finalize plans. Music requests and even little details can be changed last minute. I am a go with the flow type and can accommodate anything!
Q: Can we submit a DO NOT PLAY list?
A: Yes, PLEASE, you should! I want to make sure I don't play music you don't want. For the record, I do not want to play the following: "Electric Slide," "Chicken Dance," or Metallica. Just does not work for a wedding....ever (even when your drunk uncle demands it)
Q: When do you arrive to set up for the wedding?
A: At least 2-hours before your first guest arrives. If you request something different, I can do that too. Sometimes I do set up the night before. I can also attend rehearsals by request for no cost.
Q: Are you insured?
A: My equipment is fully insured and can provide proof. I do not have liability insurance but the venue generally covers this. It's never been an issue.
Q: Do you offer a Written Contract?
A: I do require a written contract. The contract is flexible is only a means to hold each party to certain terms.
Q: Will you be the DJ providing services on the wedding day?
A: For day of services I will be the DJ. I am the owner and only DJ for events. This is a HUGE perk because with many other local DJ's, the person you communicate with via e-mail prior to the event likely will not be the DJ. I am the only one exchanging emails or phone calls and therefore understand your event night needs.
Q: Are we able to meet with you in person before our event?
A: YES! I would be happy to meet anytime. I love and prefer to meet with couples and/or their coordinators before the event to iron out specific details. I can also do FaceTime or Skype.
Q: How long have you been a DJ and approximately how many weddings have you done?
A: 2019 will be my ninth year as a professional DJ. While that may not seem like a lot I have averaged 20 weddings per year. I am selective about booking weddings. I am not the corny DJ type that knows the jargon - I just want to make couples happy.
Q: Do you perform for more than one event in a day?
A: No, never more than one event in a day. Again, I like to put all my attention into one event. Also, since I'm a one man show, it's hard to be in two places at once.
Q: What kind of equipment do you use?
A: My primary setup is a Bose Professional Audio System called the Bose L1 Model II with B2 Bass (Left Picture Below). With that comes a Shure wireless microphone system, both handheld and lapel. My secondary (backup) system is called a Turbosound Inspire ip2000, which is very similar to the Bose in appearance and sound quality (Middle Picture Below). For smaller ceremonies or venues I also have a Bose L1 Compact system (Right Picture Below). I use a Numark mixer from which I run off an Apple iMac and iPad. I do scratch or mix - I am not that kind of DJ. The perk of my setup is you will never see bulky speakers setup in multiple areas or be tripping over wires. I believe the setup I use looks very professional and fits perfectly with any wedding designs.
Q: What makes you different from your competitors?
A: I DJ as a hobby. I am a full-time special education teacher and I DJ for fun. This means when I book an event I devote as much time as possible to make the event as personal and awesome as I can. I won't play the typical boring songs - I will get a feel for what the couple wants and does not want and stick to that. I am also different because I am not a hog-the-microphone DJ. I limit my announcements and guest interactions and let the party guide itself. On that note, I never have a preset playlist. I am not a show up and plug in DJ - I make the event personal! Finally, I own the business and I DJ the wedding - I am the guy you communicate with start to finish.
Q: Do you act as the emcee and make all of the announcements?
A: Heck Yes! That's what you pay me for! I will make as many announcements as necessary including introductions. However, during formalities and dancing I am not a microphone hog - I let the party guide itself.
Q: Is it appropriate to tip the DJ, and if so, how much?
Totally appropriate, totally not required! If you think I have done a great job, then I welcome a tip. Most tips range from $50 – $200.
Q: What Wedding facts should I be aware of?
A: According to a Wedding Wire Newlywed Survey:
The average couple begins looking for their DJ 8 months before their wedding
Couples typically hire 13 vendors to support their day
Most couples underestimate the cost of their wedding by 40%
The average wedding costs $28,000