Frequently Asked Questions
Q: My event is next year. Will you still be in business?
A: Absolutely! While many part-time, “weekend warrior” DJ’s come and go, we have been serving clients in Michiana continuously for over 40 years. We’ll be here on your special day…you can count on it!
Q: What kind of music will you play?
A: We cater our music selection to what you and your guests will enjoy. Requests? No problem! Our library is strong from the 1940’s through today’s pop, hip-hop and EDM. Don't get distracted by DJs claiming they have millions of songs...we all do. Remember your DJ can only play 12-18 songs an hour, so it's not about how many songs we have, it's about knowing the right songs to play at the right time.
We’ve got big band to country, Christian to classic rock, disco to soul; and we update our library weekly with new releases. We go out of our way to make sure we have the music we need to make your night magic. You are also welcome to supply your own music for any obscure or original tracks. Our music library contains only FCC-approved radio edits, so you don’t have to be concerned with explicit lyrics or inappropriate content. We will not play explicit lyrics unless you specifically instruct us to do so.
Q: What type of equipment do you use?
A: Our sound systems feature state-of-the-art digital playback designed for crystal clear sound in any environment. In the unlikely event of a failure, backup systems are ready to go so the party won’t stop. We also supply a wide array of special effects and LED intelligent club-style lighting for your individual needs, and feature wireless battery-operated uplighting. Professional gear from Crown, RCF, Electro-Voice, Pioneer, Rane, Shure, Sennheiser, and Martin are all part of our arsenal.
Q: Can you provide references and reviews?
A: Of course! We come highly recommended by the areas top venues, wedding planners, and photographers, as well as hundreds of satisfied clients. We are also members of the United States Disc Jockey Association. Be sure to check out our award-winning reviews at www.weddingwire.com/musicplacedj.
Q: What will my DJ wear?
A: We dress appropriately for the event. A full suit and tie similar to your groomsmen is our standard attire for formal weddings. You may request alternate attire for more casual receptions or black-tie events. Never settle for a DJ with a cheesy hat and shiny shirt for your wedding.
Casual school events we dress in clean jeans and collared shirt, semi-formal school events we dress in slacks and shirt and tie, Proms we dress in tuxedo or full suit depending on your package choice.
Q: My friend’s pictures were ruined by her DJ’s lasers making dots on everyone. Do your lights do that?
A: Amazingly, we hear this question frequently. Many DJ’s use cheap red/green lasers or other “bowling alley” type lighting effects that project colored dots everywhere. Pictures turn out terribly when everyone has dots all over them. We use all professional grade lighting effects that create a wash of warm color over the dance floor. We don’t use dots or lasers which can be dangerous if they hit you directly in the eye. The result of our lighting is colorful, bright photos that make your guests look great!
Q: What about signs? I’ve seen DJs who’s setup looks like a giant billboard.
A: We will never put up signage or advertising at your wedding. Besides simply looking tacky, this is your event and you’ve paid for our services, so why should all your guests have to stare at a giant ad? Our performance is our best advertising and many of our clients refer us to their friends after their events, so we don’t need to advertise who we are at your reception. Our focus is always on you, not on the next customer.
Q: What happens before my wedding day? Do you meet with us?
A: We will meet with you in person for at least two consultations before your event to get to know you and discuss your specific needs, details, requests, and ideas. Our first meeting typically takes place before you book to answer all your questions and make sure we're a great fit for each other. Your final consultation is conducted 2-3 weeks before your reception and will include your actual DJ entertainer. And of course we're always available for unlimited calls and emails throughout your planning horizon anytime you have questions or updates. Don't live nearby? No problem. We can conduct any of these meetings virtually via Skype or Facetime to facilitate your planning.
Q: Do I need to feed you at my event?
A: No, a meal is not required and is completely at your discretion.
Q: Can our guests make song requests?
A: Yes if you desire. We will filter all requests to make sure they are appropriate for your event and fit in with your vision for the reception.
Q: My venue requires my vendors to be insured. Are you?
A: Absolutely, and you should steer clear of any vendor that isn’t. We carry $2,000,000 of liability insurance and can provide our current certificate of insurance to any hall or venue that doesn’t already have it on file.
Q: Do you need Wi-Fi at the venue to download/stream music?
A: No, we don’t require any sort of internet connection. In fact, NO professional DJ should ever be downloading your special songs on-site or relying on a streaming service like YouTube or Spotify to DJ your event. That’s actually illegal. Professional DJs always own their music and maintain physical off-line music files.
Q: What are your availability, payment and cancellation terms?
A: A non-refundable retainer is required to hold your date and is due at the time you sign your entertainment agreement. Your remaining balance is then due no later than 5 days before your event. Events cancelled with less than 30 days notice are responsible for the entire balance due. Please remember that your date is NOT booked until you return a signed agreement (contract) and retainer (deposit) to us. Open dates are available to the first interested party to complete these steps, and a simple verbal conversation does NOT guarantee your booking.
Q: How soon do we need to book?
A: As soon as possible, since the most popular wedding, holiday, and prom dates can fill up more than a year in advance. We accept bookings up to 18 months before the event and on average our clients reserve their dates about 9 months out. Please get in touch as early as possible for the best availability.