Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

DJs in the entertainment industry are varied, and selecting the right one for your event is becoming an increasingly difficult task due to the selection that are available.  The first question I typically get asked by clients when I speak to them on the phone is how much do you charge?

 

Without meaning to be rude, what exactly are you asking me to quote you for? How can you tell whether what I’m able to provide is exactly what you are shopping for? Or even whether I’m available for the date you have in mind?

 

As people rarely book a DJ on a regular basis, it is important to have in mind a vision of exactly what you are looking for. To help you with this, there are a variety of videos here at Disco Magic to enable and help you to match up what you have in mind, and what you want to have for your party.

 

In order to help you the customer from making a mistake when booking a DJ, I have prepared a checklist of questions, which will enable you the client to assess whether they are suitable and appropriate for your party.

 

1 - Can we meet you to discuss our party? 

 

Yes! Not only am I happy to chat with you over the phone about the criteria of your event, I have regularly met with clients before the event to discuss the finer details and any questions they may have. This meeting also gives me an idea of the type of music you want played at your function, lighting effects you require, placement of kit, and run through any content you require as part of a speech.  As a cautionary note, you should ask yourself, is any DJ who is not willing to meet you in advance of the event going to be reliable in turning up to perform the work?

 

2 - Fees, how much are you going to charge me?

 

A wise man once told me that value is the perception that a service provided was worth the price paid if not considerably more.  What is good value? Is £50 for a DJ good value? What about £200? Is that good value for money?

 

I received the photograph below from a friend of mine who asked me whether I had any dealings with the company that provided the disco service for a local hotel here in Windsor. My response was no, but upon digging around, I found out that the hotel was paying the DJ below £350 for his services over the very busy Christmas season last year.  Take a look for yourself; was this DJ providing value for money?

 

 

 

Now, I cannot tell you whether this DJ was any good at his job or not, the guests may have had an extremely fun night. But does it look as though the DJ knew how to entertain the guests? How would you feel if the DJ was responsible for wrecking the most important day of your life? Is this the perception you have of a DJ?

 

Enough of what not to do, if you’ve had a good look around my website you will have already seen that my equipment is of a much higher quality, and that all of my lighting is state of the art.  I tailor my fees to each individual event, depending on the equipment you want, your choices of music, the hours you require me to work, and to your special requirements, which could require me to provide speeches for your event. As a guide, my services typically start from as low as £150 for a DJ only service in a fitted venue, however for my ultimate package for a full days work such as a wedding in the summer months would normally cost around £800. Unlike other low quality DJs, I am totally committed to giving you, the client the best service possible.

 

Remember, value is the perception that a service provided was worth the price paid if not considerably more.

 

3 - What type of music do you play?

 

All sorts. All genres from the 50s to the present. I am willing to take requests from you the client up to 7 days in advance of the event, and will cater for as much as I can on the night. I beat mix my music, and use a digital effects controller called the VMS4.1 in conjunction with a laptop to fully manage your evenings perfect list of music.  I can DJ at 18th and 21st birthdays, school and university proms, weddings, and hen nights… whatever your event, call me and I will cater for it!

 

4 - Do you provide a contract?

 

Yes! This will include a schedule of timings, location, costs and who the DJ on the night will be (In most cases, me). Once you have chosen me as your entertainment choice, I will generate an agreement with all the details of your function, which will then be sent to you via email or post.

 

5 - Who will turn up to DJ at my party?

 

Many DJ agencies use a network of DJs to provide entertainment for clients when they book events. This may sound impressive, but in many cases, you do not know who is going to turn up on the night. I have had scenarios in the past where such agencies have rung me up an hour before when a party is due to start, and ask me whether I would like to cover the DJ whose car has just been put in a ditch by the roadside. With me, if you book me for an event, you get me performing the work. I have never in all the years I have performed this job cancelled on a client.  I have a 100 percent track record for being smart, punctual and reliable.

 

6 - What equipment do you use?

 

 

Standard

Deluxe

The Best (Ultimate)

2x American DJ LED X Scan Scanners

2x ACME Miracled

1x Kam 140i Star cluster laser

2x FBT Promaxx 14” 900w RMS speakers

VMS 4.1

Laptop

Led Matrix Multicolor star cloth.

Haze Machine (optional)

4x American DJ LED X Scan Scanners

2x ACME Miracled

1x KamColour show 800 laser

2x FBT Promaxx 14” 900w RMS speakers

VMS 4.1

Laptop

Led Matrix Multicolor star cloth.

Haze Machine (optional)

4x American DJ LED X Scan Scanners

2x ACME Miracled

1x KamColour show 800 laser

1x Kam 140i Star cluster laser

2x Led Quadbars

 

2x FBT Promaxx 14” 900w RMS speakers

VMS 4.1

Laptop

Led Matrix Multicolor star cloth.

Haze Machine (optional)

Additional lighting effects and/or uplighters

 

7 - Do you have all the right credentials?

 

 PAT Testing
 PLI Insurance - £2M
 ProDub license

 

I hold all of the above. Certification available upon request.  Further information on the above is available on the links tab.

 

8 - Dress code?

 

Will you be suitably dressed?  Yes. For weddings I wear a smart shirt and waistcoat. I can also dress smart casual, and have attended a gig in fancy dress too!  Whatever your requirement, its catered for!

Whilst setting up and dismantling my equipment, I may wear casual clothing, but a costume change is not unreasonable for the party itself.

 

9 - When should we book you?

 

With as much notice as possible! The best DJs are rarely available at short notice, so let us know with as much time to spare as possible. 
This also gives us time to process your requests and answer any questions you may have about your event by phone or email.

 

10 - Who should we book? A band or a DJ?

 

This is a good question. If you have a particular band in mind, and they have impressed you in the past, then it’s a fairly good idea to consider them to provide the entertainment.  Bands are good crowd motivators, and get people in the mood for partying, particularly when the guests have had a few drinks. But what happens when they want to take a break? Silence.
Cost is also an issue with bands, as they require many more staff to run their show, it can quickly become an expensive consideration.

 

Here at Disco magic, we have had experience running alongside local bands, and coordinating with them to provide a seamless entertainment experience during their breaks is a part of what we do best. We are also good crowd motivators, and the party continues with relatively few guests leaving the dance floor once the main act takes a breather.  Recorded music may not sound as crisp as live music through a large PA, but the two complement each other really well. However, the quality of sound difference between the two is negligible though through our high end FBT Promaxx speaker system.

 

We can also make a few suggestions for bands if you are struggling to find anyone.

 

11 - Why should we book you over a cheap £50 DJ?

 

I am a professional DJ running a professional business with all the professional insurances and licenses that you would expect from a professional business. I also have higher costs of running said business, thus need to charge more to cover my costs.

 

That said, I have had a wealth of personal experience in this job for well over a decade, and I will not let you down. I have a comprehensive music collection that I have built down the years, and I have a real passion for entertaining others.

 

 If you want to hire a £50 DJ; that is totally up to you, you may save some money, but prepare to be let down.

 

What’s important is whether the person you hire can deliver the service you expect for your event. Does the DJ deliver value?