Most frequent questions and answers
Most of my frequently asked questions are answered below, if you have any further questions feel free to contact me at any time.
YES! It is extremely important to have your booking confirmed in writing. I will provide you with a written contract outlining the terms of service. I will sign the contract and send you a copy to retain for your records. It is important to have a contract to guarantee your DJ services, as it ensures clarity regarding the details of your event. I would never suggest booking any DJ service without a written contract.
Yes. I typically meet with my clients several times to discuss the planning progression of your event. Also you can text/call me at any time! (519) 502-3558
I have a fairly extensive selection of music (Over 100 000 MP3s) consisting of Club Dance, Classic Rock, Country, Oldies, Big Band, Motown, R & B, Rap, Disco, Hip-Hop Reggae, and everything in between. I have music from the 1940’s to today’s top 40, so there is something for all age groups, and walks of life. I will discuss with you in advance what types of music you want played during your event (it is also specified in the written contract) and will play only those types of music.
I dress according to the event. If it is a formal event I will typically wear a suit. For Corporate events I usually wear all black. I believe it is important for me to look professional during the event. If you prefer I wear a particular type of attire, I am happy to accommodate with advanced notice
I would try to book for your event as early as possible. Some last minute bookings may be available with as little as a few weeks’ notice. It all depends on the dates. Typically the busiest season for weddings is between June and September. Corporate events (Such as Holiday parties) are busiest just after October and go until early February.
If you are having fun and want me to play longer I would love to continue playing, providing logistics allow it. You can purchase additional time by paying overtime at the beginning of the hour. All overtime is purchased on an hourly basis, at the rate outlined in your contract. Overtime must be payed via cash or E-tranfer prior to the DJ continuing the performance.
Every event I play is unique to the client, so I try to create packages to reflect the unique needs of each function. Dj pricing varies based on a few important factors. The factors that dictate price include, but are not limited to: the date, how long you want us to perform, and the equipment that you need. Simply contact me to set up a meeting where we can discuss your needs in detail. A simple night club gig is usually around $200.00, a “simple straight forward” wedding with dinner music starts at $697.00. Complex events need to be further discussed in detail to determine a fair price.
I use the industry standard club DJ equipment, consisting of Serato DJ Pro, 2 sl-1200 Turntables, Or CDJ 800 CD players with a Rane 62 mixer. The music library is digital and we have a wide selection of the top hits. I will require a 6ft rectangular table. The set up is very clean and unobtrusive. The amount of sound and lighting needed for your event is entirely dependent on your preferences; I can provide you with pricing accordingly.
Absolutely! My 15+ years experience has taught me that keeping the dance floor packed is influenced by many factors, including the order and style in which the songs are played, the way songs are mixed together, and DJ interaction with the crowd.
The fact that contributes most importantly to the success of an event is INPUT from the client! I’ve had clients that have chosen every song for the entire event and others that have left the music selection completely up to me. You can provide me with a list of “must play” songs that can be added to the written contract. You may also stipulate that we do or do not take requests from your guests – that’s completely up to you. I will try to accommodate requests that fit into your guidelines and the time that we have to play them. Most importantly, have fun and select music you want to hear and dance to. After all, it’s your event!
100% This list can be added to the written contract. I believe that your “do not play” list is equally important as, or even more important than, the “must play” list itself! Rest assured that if a guest requests a song that is on your “do not play” list, it will not be played. However…. Please keep in mind that your taste in music will most likely differ from that of your guests. In my experience it is best to play selections from a wide variety of genres and eras. But these decisions are entirely up to you.
All prices and quotes given include set-up and tear-down; there will be no surprise charges at the end of your event! Any additional costs would be a direct result of the client requesting more time, or more equipment needed than previously agreed to.
Absolutely, provided that the requests are consistent with your plans (as discussed in our planning sessions), and are not on your “Do Not Play” list. I welcome song requests from your guests and will do my best to make sure I work in any requests they make during your event
Yes, all of the music I use has been obtained legally. I receive a large percentage of my music directly from music labels, for the purpose of promotion. I am also a member of an elite music pool, which provides me with advanced promotional music from most of the major record labels. These sources ensure I am provided with the highest quality MP3s, and the most current music on the market
I am licensed they the Connect Music Licensing board of Canada. This allows me to play music at any venue in Canada.
Direct from the CONNECT website…
“CONNECT Music Licensing administers licences in Canada for the reproduction of sound recordings, and the reproduction and broadcast of music videos on behalf of the copyright owners (usually the record companies). A licence from CONNECT Music Licensing ensures that owners receive compensation for the use of their sound recordings and/or music videos.
In Canada, our members consist of all the major record companies, many of the independent labels, as well as artists and producers. Our members own or control the vast majority of the copyright of all the sound recordings and music videos produced and/or distributed in Canada.
Any group or individual making copies of sound recordings, music videos, exhibiting or broadcasting a music video(s) will require authorization from the copyright holder, or from CONNECT Music Licensing (as their appointed agent). Without this permission, the group or individual is subject to legal prosecution for copyright infringement.
Membership in CONNECT Music Licensing ensures that rights holders receive royalties for the communication, public performance or private copying of their eligible sound recordings.”
I am insured via “DJ Policy”, a Canadian insurance company that deals specifically with DJs and their needs. I have coverage on my equipment for up to $20,000, and liability insurance for up to $2,000,000.
Simply e-mail me at email@example.com or click the button below to go to the contact page. I will respond to you within 24 hours to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your event. The purpose of the consultation will be for me to get a clear idea of what you have in mind, and for you to see that I’m the right DJ for your event!!