Frequently Asked Questions

How long have you been DJ'ing?

What does DJ Specialist charge?

Will the DJ play requests?

Can we meet?

When does the DJ call me before the event?

Who will be my DJ?

Will you work with my other event professionals?

Do we feed the DJ at the event?

If I bring music can you play it?

Do we tip the DJ?

Can the DJ stay longer?

Do you have a microphone that we can use?

Do you need a table with skirt?

When should we book our DJ?

How long have you been DJ'ing?
I have been DJ'ing since 1985.  Playing for private parties since 1987.
What does DJ Specialist charge?
Due to the nature of the business, we are unable to quote a flat fee for all events, and still give you the best service, sound quality, light show or music selection for your party dollar.  There are several factors that go into the pricing of an event, please refer to our FEES page.  Be AWARE of DJ Companies that charge a FLAT fee for all shows.  They could be either just starting out, or only offer "a show in a can," or non-personalized service.

You should consider your DJ service an insurance policy that ensures that all of the other money you spend will not result in bad memories or a less than enjoyable occasion. You do get what you pay for.   Good entertainment is NOT cheap, and cheap entertainment is NOT good!!  And yet many people will pay far more for a cake, flowers, or food than they will for the most crucial ingredient at a party - the music.

Will the DJ ply my requests?
I do take requests that don't go against any of your special wishes for your event and that are appropriate for the particular event.
Can we meet?
Absolutely!  I will be glad to meet with you.  Just to allow you to meet me face to face, sign the Entertainment Agreement, and then again, just prior to your special day to finalize all of your details.
Who will be my DJ??
This is THE most common complaint about the DJ industry today. The person you meet turns out NOT to be the person that actually does your show. Often, you are not made aware of this.   If you book DJ Specialist, you get Olyn D. Taylor as your DJ/Master of Ceremonies/Coordinator/And anything else that you need to make your special day the best it can be! (Unless discussed previously and noted on Entertainment Agreement or illness)
When does the DJ call me before the event?
I will call you two weeks before of the event to arrange a mutually convenient time to go over your music, introductions as well as your order of events. If there is a change after our meeting, simply call and we can make the changes over the phone, fax or email.
Will you work with my other event professionals??
Most Definitely!  I will contact them prior to the event to introduce myself (If I don't already know them) and to offer to send them an order of events that you and I have gone over.  We do this so everyone is on the same page.
Do we feed the DJ at the event?
Generally, the DJ eats prior to the event. There are usually a few guests who can't make it providing extra food that had been paid for. If that isn't the case, you make the call.
If I bring music can you play it?
DJ Specialist will be happy to play any music you might bring. Please provide it on CD format.  If your only option is cassette tape, please make arrangements in advance.  A cassette player is available if needed although digital format is always preferred.
Do we tip the DJ?
If at the end of the night you feel your DJ has surpassed your expectations and you want to tip him, we would accept it as the utmost compliment.  
Can the DJ stay longer?
If the banquet hall is in favor of staying, DJ Specialist will be happy to continue for a fee per hour.  In most cases, DJ Specialist only books one event per day.
Do you have a microphone that we can use?
A wireless microphone will be provided for any toasts or special occasions at NO additional charge.
Do you need a table with skirt?
That is generally the banquet halls responsibility and they are usually more than willing to oblige.
When should we book our DJ?

Simply put...the sooner the better!  Some of the most popular dates can and do book as early as one year in advance.  Our suggestion is to be prepared to sign a contract as early as 8-12 months before.  Depending on availability some dates remain open until the month before.  So if you're planning an event for next month, it's worth it to check our availability.  If you're just starting your planning, try to make your final decision as soon as possible to ensure our availability.

For more information see "How To Hire A DJ"

 

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