General DJ FAQs




What all does your service include?
Does the price include setup and breakdown?
How long does it take to set up and breakdown?
What do you need as far as setup goes?
Do you charge by the hour?
Can I come to a performance to see a DJ in action?
What type of events do you do?
Do you provide party favors?
How far in advance should I book my event?
How should I go about booking my event?
Do you offer a written agreement or contract?
How much is the deposit and when is final payment due?
Are your rates negotiable thtough price matching or other discounts?
How will my DJ dress for my event?
Is tipping/gratuity appropriate?
Should we provide a meal for the DJ?
Do your DJs carry backup equipment?
What type of equipment do you use?
Will you travel to other cities?
Do you take breaks?
What Happens if we(the consumer) have to cancel for any reason?
What can affect the outcome of my event?
I have a diverse group attending my event. Will the DJ accommodate a wide variety of music tastes?
Can we choose the music to be played?
Can we have a "do not play" list?
What if we want a song that you don't have?
Does the DJ take requests?
What music styles do you offer?
How loud does the DJ play the music?
Why do you require an emcee at my wedding?

Q: What all does your service include?

A: All packages include a professional sound setup and a DJ / MC (Master of Ceremonies). Other options are available as add-ons (i.e. effects light show, snow machines, karaoke, blacklights, video projector or additional equipment). And all events are fully customizable.

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Q: Does the price include setup and breakdown?

A: Absolutely! You wouldn't expect a mechanic to charge you for the use of his tools in order to fix your vehicle would you?

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Q: How long does it take to set up and breakdown?

A: Our equipment can take anywhere from 30 mins to 2 hours to set up and breakdown depending on the features you chose for your event. The DJ for your event will make sure to arive accordingly. Our equipment will be set up and checked thoughorly long before your first guest arrives. Please be sure to book any reserved areas accordingly.

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Q: What do you need as far as setup goes?

A: On an average we require a 12ft x 6ft area. A minimum of one 15-20amp electrical outlet, two are prefered if effects light show will be used. If setup is do be done any higher then ground level, we request either a ramp or elevator. A small fee may be charged for excessive work for set up such as stairs.

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Q: Do you charge by the hour?

A: Yes and no. Generaly we will provide you with an upfront flate rate for your contracted time. According to the options you choose for your event. After the contracted time, over time is charged in one hour increments of $75.00.
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Q: Can I come to a performance to see a DJ in action?

A: For obvious reasons, we do not encourage potential clients to attend private events, however from time to time we do perform at public functions you may attend. Call us to find out if we are performing at a function you may attend. Please understand not all events are equal and the format of each event is personalized to meet the client's wishes. A list of refences are avalible upon request.

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Q: What type of events do you do?

A: Pretty much any type of event you can think of. We do holliday parties, birthday parties, sweet 16's, anniversaries, mitzvahs, proms, weddings, engagement parties, divorce parties, batchelor & batchelorette parties, corporate functions, picnics, luncheons, fund raisers, carnivals, sporting events, night clubs & bars, ect.

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Q: Do you provide party favors?

A: For blacklight party packages we do include special UV reactive favors as part of the package. For other events please visit our party store for all your needs. If you are booking an event with us please place your party store order with your sound storms representitve for a 10% discount.

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Q: How far in advance should I book my event?

A: Simply put.... The sooner the better! Often popular dates can and do book as early as a year in advance. A timely decision can ensure our avalibility. Don't get discouraged, however, if you're in a bind and looking for a DJ in a hurry. It is always worth a phone call to see if your date is avalible. With our large staff we can usualy accomodate rush bookings.

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Q: How should I go about booking my event?

A: Booking your event with us is as simple as 1,2,3. First figure out what opptions you would like for your event. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding our options, we are always happy to help. Second fill out our online party info form located on our "Contact Us" page. Third we will contact you to set up an appointment to go over and sign your contract................DONE!

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Q: Do you offer a written agreement or contract?

A: Absolutely! Any company that does not should scare you. Our written agreement is straightforward and written in plain english so that you can understand the terms. It is signed by both parties and gives you a high level of protection and dependability. The deposit and signed agreement officially reserve your date. An executed copy (signed by both parties) will be left to you for confirmation. Click here to view a proof of our contract.

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Q: How much is the deposit and when is final payment due?

A: A 50% deposit along with the signed agreement are required to reserve your date. Payable by cash, check, money order, or credit/debit card. The balance can be paid on or before the date of your event in cash or money order. There will be a convience fee of $35.00 if final payment is made by check. You may pay in full at the time of contract signing if you request to do so.

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Q: Are your rates negotiable thtough price matching or other discounts?

A: We charge a reasonable rate for a professional performance. In certain instances will offer discounts to schools, churches, or non profit organizations. Throughout the year we offer many promotional discounts. Be sure to check out our home page for money saving opertunitys. In some cases discounts may be avalible for off-peak events (ie: Monday-Thursday). We take every event seriously and attend to each in a very professional manner. When you select Sound Storms Entertainment, you are hiring a professional Master of Ceremonies, Disc Jockey, and Entertainment Director, dedicated to the success of your once-in-a-lifetime memories.

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Q: How will my DJ dress for my event?

A: We will dress to your tastes. If you want a DJ in a tuxedo you got it. If you want a DJ in a bathing suit, you'll get a DJ in a bathing suit.

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Q: Is tipping/gratuity appropriate?

A: Tipping/gratuity is not mandatory. Recognizing the value and extensive effort made, many clients often tip the performer. Should you feel the service rendered as surpassed your expectations and wish to provide a bonous, it will be accepted graciously as the highest compliment from a well satisfied customer.

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Q: Should we provide a meal for the DJ?

A: This is certainly your option. For a normal 4-hour event (Including load-in and load-out time) we could be in that location up to 8 hours. Should you choose to provide a meal for the DJ, the convenience is warmly appreciated. If you plan to do this, we ask that you let your DJ know in advance so that other arrangments are not made. We suggest that you not include us in your count, as in most cases there is a guest absent or extra food prepared.

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Q: Do your DJs carry backup equipment?

A: Your special event could very well be one of the most memorable days of your life. In recognition of this fact, we use state-of-the-art equipment of the highest quality avalible. Yet understanding "Murphy's Law" essential backup equipment is always on-site to insure you enjoy a remarkable party.

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Q: What type of equipment do you use?

A: We only use professional grade, high end, and state of the art equipment. This ensures that you receive the best possible sound and lighting show avalible for your event. Equipment vendors like, American DJ, Chauvet, Seismic Audio, Cavs, Pyle Pro, MTX, QSC, and Gem Sound are utilized within the course of our events. Click here to see a list of our equipment.

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Q: Will you travel to other cities?

A: Yes. We often travel to other cities and resort locations. For distances that require greater drive time, there may be a small but resonable fee for the additional time to drive to that location. Some locations may require overnight lodging and a fee for this would be included.

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Q: Do you take breaks?

A: Our services are truly uninterupted and non-stop. From the schedualed start to end time, the music is continuous. The entire event is carefully managed per your input in our pre-party planning. This will insure a smooth flow and remove any hidden stress factor.

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Q: What Happens if we(the consumer) have to cancel for any reason?

A: Well, it depends on the situation. Typically, the initial deposit is non-refundable. The reason for this is that once you book your event, that date is blacked out which simply means the no one else can book that date. The deposit protects us from losing any revenue due to a date being blocked and not being able to re-book that date. We will gladly re-scedual your event whenever possible.

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Q: What can affect the outcome of my event?

A: Creating the right atmosphere for your event will affect the outcome and there is no greater contributing factor than entertainment. Entertainment makes up 80% of an event, and entertainment is what makes your event a blast or a bust! To ensure the success of your event make sure you book a proven performer. What is the most dangerous "four-letter" word in any party guest's vocabulary?.........."LAME"...........

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Q: I have a diverse group attending my event. Will the DJ accommodate a wide variety of music tastes?

A: We have over 14,000 songs in our music database, including oldies, jazz, disco, rap, hip-hop, country, techno, pop, rock, and more. In addition, we can read crowds and get people dancing and haveing a good time. Simply, your Sound Storms Entertainment disc jockey can accommodate any musical taste.

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Q: Can we choose the music to be played?

A: Of course! In the pre-event planning, your choices and perferred music format is most important. We plan the flow of songs to enhance the various elements of your event. Through many years of experience we have learned that keeping the atmosphere happy and the dance floor moving is influenced by many factors. This includes not only the music played, but also the order and style in which the songs are mixed together. Your preferences and selections are always given the highest priority! You may provide a list of "must play" songs and a list of "play if possible" songs. All music is carefully selected to create a smooth flow of elements building the perfect atmosphere you have planned for.

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Q:Can we have a "do not play" list?

A: Yes. This is very important to assuring your enjoyment at your party. We are careful to avoid any selections that could be considered beyond the limits of good taste. Any preferences you have will be honored.

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Q: What if we want a song that you don't have?

A: We have over 14,000 songs in our library. This encompasses the widest variety of hits from the 1930s to the present. If a selection is not in our current library, we will acquire if it is avalible. You're welcome to provide special music on CD to be played. In our planning phase, simply indicate which songs you wish to provide.

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Q: Does the DJ take requests?

A: Always. To ensure we bring the music your event requires, we will get to know you and your guest's musical tastes through questions, and music request lists. We do not however take requests for explicit songs or songs that will "clear the dance floor" unless specifically told to do so by the party's host (ie: the bride).

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Q: What music styles do you offer?

A: Our present library contains well over 14,000 songs and is continually updated. This includes the very best of dance, rock, r&b, funk, pop, hip-hop, disco, reggae, latin, alternative, country, swing, big band, oldies, and more. Your event is personalized to be the celebration of a lifetime.

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Q: How loud does the DJ play the music?

A: One of the greatest complaints about bands and DJs alike is that they play the music too loud. We belive this should never happen! We always control the volume to meet the needs of the event with the accuracy and skill of a trained engineer and musician. The speakers are positioned for proper sound coverage to allow the music to be powerful enough for dancing and yet comfortable for conversation throughout the rest of the room. Some venues or events may require additional sound reinforcement. we size the sound system to fit the occasion. Your music is presented in all the fullness and depth of a live concert. The audio quality is simply, "extraordinary".
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Q: Why do you require an emcee at my wedding?

A: When it comes to an event as important as your wedding we want to make sure that there is never a problem with the expirence. With extra activities involved in a wedding such as the garter and/or boquet toss, cake cutting, grand entrance, toasts, first dance, bride & father dance, groom & mother dance and such, that you do not have at a "regular" event. Having an emcee there helps the flow of your night go that much smoother, to make sure every memory of your spechial day is perfect.

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