FAQ

A.  I will play whatever type of music you and your guests want.  My music library is very broad.  It is our primary goal to keep your guests happy and dancing.  My music includes Dance, Top 40, Pop, Hiphop, R&B, Rock, Alternative, Swing, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, Disco, Funk, Reggae, Classical, Blues, Easy Listening,Soft Rock, Irish Folk, and others… If you think we do not have a song, tell me what it is and we will get it.  I do not charge extra to acquire special music (within reason, if I need to acquire more than 25 songs or so, there may be additional fees…  although this rarely happens as my music library is very broad.)

Q.  Can I provide a list of music for the DJ?

A.  Absolutely.  I encourage you to provide me with a list of tracks that are important to you.  Additionally,I am open to suggestions for music to be played.  (I prefer not to be given a list longer than 15 songs or so, as these lists can start to make things very restrictive and time is limited, but you are in complete control so I will absolutely work with any list provided.)

 

Q.  What will you wear to my event?

A.  For most events we wear a black collar shirt. If your event is more or less formal or casual, we will come dressed appropriately. 

Q.  How far will you travel?  Do you charge extra for travel?

A.  I do not charge for travel expenses within our normal travel zone which is based in Cape Town and the Northern Suburbs, and extends: Southern Suburbs, Noordhoek, Malmesbury, Melkbos, Table View, Blaauberg, Helderberg, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Wellington, Darling, False Bay,  Fishhoek, and Summerset West.  Travel outside of this area may incur a small fee.

 

Q.  How much time do you need to set up?

A.  This depends on the magnitude of what we are setting up, but we usually need to be about 2-3 hours early in order to set up and sound check.  If we bring lighting or do ceremony sound, we may need to be at least 4 hours early to set up.  We do not charge extra for setup time, it is built in to your quote.  PLEASE, verify that your venue has NOT booked another event prior to your event and the required setup time is available.  We can sometimes set up in less time (as short as 1 hour), but only with a very limited system without lighting…  and we prefer to have more time in case an issue arises.  We pride ourselves on being early and prepared.  

 

Q.  How much space does the DJ require?

A.  If we provide a full lighting truss, the DJ requires a minimum 10 foot x 8 foot setup area.  If space is limited, we can downsize, but lights or sound amplification equipment may need to be reduced.

 

Q.  Do you take requests?

A. I  will certainly take requests unless you specifically wish that I do not.  I always try to stick to the theme however. I will not play a heavy metal song in the middle of your wedding reception just because your Cousin Eddie requested it.  I will not play any music with explicit lyrics unless you specifically want that.  I have most “radio edits” of all the current popular songs, so yes, I can play that 50 Cent song and still keep it clean! (Usually… sometimes even the “clean” versions are not appropriate for a wedding or a children’s event.)

 

Q.  Do you use professional equipment?

A.  All of our equipment is new, maintained, and of professional quality.  The equipment we use is of higher quality than most mobile DJ’s use.  We want to have the best possible sound and the most reliable equipment.  Our equipment is cased and protected.  Proel, American Audio, Chauvet and Carol are all brands that we use.  Beware of names  such as Peavey, Behringer, Pyle Pro, Harbinger, Gemini, Nady, and Wharfedale as they are extremely poor quality and are the staples of the “cheap” DJ.  Also beware of DJ’s who use only their iPod’s, pirated music, or who do not have back-up equipment. 

 

Q.  Do you provide a written contract?

A.  Absolutely.  My contract protects you as well as Evergreen Music.  With this contract in hand you can sleep at night knowing that you have booked the area’s best DJ for your event.  You can now stop worrying about the entertainment and focus on the food, drink, flowers, photos, etc…  Good Luck with all your planning.  Your hard work will be rewarded with a wonderful and unforgettable evening.  Beware of DJ’s who will not provide a written contract.  If a DJ does not offer to provide you with a contract, how do you even know if he will show up at all?

 

Q.  Why are DJ’s so expensive? 

A.  There is a lot of time and effort that goes in to planning and executing a wedding.  You may think that we are only working for 6 or 8 hours, but in reality a typical wedding consumes at least 20 to 30 hours of time for the DJ.  (Most times we will have two people present.)  I spend much time planning, meeting, programming, coordinating, preparing, setting up, taking down, etc. 

In addition to our time, you are “renting” a professional sound and lighting system worth over R50,000, and getting someone experienced enough to operate it and set it all up!  (Yes, each of those 1000 watt speakers and subwoofers costs over R10,000!).  You are also getting access to my music libraray which is over 30,000 tracks and has cost me a considerable amount of time and money to build.  

Most importantly, you are getting someone with the experience to provide a flow to your event… to make sure everything happens as it should…  the DJ is at the center of a succesful event.   Statistics show that Mobile Djs carry 75 to 80% of the responsibilities at the average wedding reception. Many couples attribute 80 to 90% of the success of their reception to their DJ. Yet only 5% (or less) of the total budget is spent on entertainment in many cases.

On the other hand, most couples spare no expense on the food, making it the largest expense in the budget. Studies show that many will spend more on a vegetable platter than they are willing to spend on a professional mobile DJ. Ironically, most of the vegetable platter gets thrown out.

  • 75% of all brides say they would have spent more time choosing their reception entertainment.
  • Almost 100% say they would have spent more of their budget on the entertainment.
  • During wedding planning, Brides say their highest priority is their attire, followed by the reception site and caterer – reception entertainment is among the least of their priorities.
  • Within one week after their reception, 78% of Brides say they would have made the entertainment their highest priority!
  • When asked 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
  • 65% of all couples that chose a band to entertain at their wedding, said, if they had it to do over again, they would have chosen an entertaining DJ.

*These statistics were published in Bride & Groom Magazine in 2003.

No price (high, low or average) is a good price if you don’t get the quality entertainment and service you need. With this in mind, think about what percent of your event’s budget should be devoted to hiring professional entertainment that will guarantee the success of your event.

I strive to provide affordable and competitive pricing for each event.  I do not charge extra money simply because “this is a wedding and we can”…  I price our services for what they are worth.  Our reputation is important to me, and I will always put my best foot forward by providing the highest quality of sound and lighting that I possibly can.

 

Q.  Do you require a deposit?

A.  Yes, in order to hold your date we require a minimum 20% or R1000 deposit  (whichever is larger).

 

Q.  Why do I even need a DJ, why can’t I just use my iPod?

A.  As is often the case in society, some things or ideas become trendy with little thought to practical implementation. A few years ago, it was the idea of a “sponsored wedding” that somehow everyone would want to donate their services to you in the hopes of getting business from others. Sounds like a good idea, but never really took off because all the vendors realised that a sponsored wedding only generated more requests for sponsored weddings, not more business for them. So people that overspent on some items counting on the reception being paid for by others soon were in trouble as their budget was gone and they were still missing major parts of their event program..

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