FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
// OFFBEAT ENTERTAINMENT
You say that you perform at clubs and festivals, does that mean that you’ll be playing more of a 'club' set? Can we see a playlist before we book you to make sure we'll enjoy it?
Rest easy, they'll be no ego DJing at your wedding. My absolute priority is to make sure that every last person at your reception has fun dancing to the songs they know and love. However I won't be handing out any playlists in advance. I spend a lot of time curating varied and original set lists for my clients and besides I really won't know exactly which tunes I would be playing on the night anyway. A lot of what goes into my sets will be heard at lots of other weddings (it's the nature of the wedding game), but a lot of it you won't, and certainly not the way I'll mix it. I use a lot of mash-ups, bootlegs (unofficial remixes often made by myself or friends) and edits to create something that is unique to your party.
Of course, should you be looking for an underground set, then I've got you covered with house, hip-hop, garage or drum and bass (amongst a dozen others) in a way very few other wedding DJs can provide. (Shout out to the jungle massive.)
How would you describe your style on the decks?
In a few of words? Energetic, focused, busy. I get through an enormous amount of music in my sets, all tightly mixed whilst playing to the crowd at all times, with lots of imaginative switch ups coming out of leftfield, giving your guests that "OMG I LOVE THIS SONG!" feeling that will keep your party going all the way to the last tune. A lot of my reviews use the word passionate about me and for good reason. I love what I do and it shows.
Nothing is worse than seeing a wedding party slowly dying and the DJ is sat in the corner with their head buried in a laptop playing tunes that' seemed to work last time', waiting to finish so they can pack up and go home. I am the exact opposite.
Can we give you a setlist of all our favourite songs that we want you to play?
Everyone has favourite tunes that they know will get them and their friends on the dance floor guaranteed, and believe me, I want to know about them. However I'm really only after about 10-15 tunes maximum. If you give me a spreadsheet or spotify list of 200 songs that you think will make the ultimate dance party then I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed. If you hire me then you'll need to have faith that I will do a better job of picking the tunes on the night than you will from your living room three months in advance.
I'm great at what I do. Let me do me and you guys concentrate on busting out your best moves on the dance floor.
What will you be wearing?
I'll be dressed to blend in with your guests, so you can expect me to look sharp and like I belong at your wedding.
Will you be: dashing out for a cigarette every 10 minutes, putting on a mix and disappearing, singing over the top of the music, making awkward jokes on the microphone, turning up with friends or getting drunk?
Definitely not. DJing requires my absolute full concentration and I make sure that it is you and the music that takes centre stage and that the night is memorable for all the right reasons. My reputation as one of the leading mobile DJs in the southwest means everything to me and I am proud to provide my clients with a totally professional service that goes above and beyond what you’re expecting.
How long do you play for? Is there an extra cost if we want music with our meal or want you to stay on later than midnight?
When you make an enquiry I'll quote two separate prices; one for an evening set (arrival after 5pm) and another for the full day (highly recommended), including music wherever it's needed such as the ceremony, a champagne and canapé reception, instrumental background music with the wedding breakfast, a warm-up set after dessert, and of course the evening set. This will eliminate the need for things like asking a friend to hit play as you walk down the aisle, renting a sound system for the afternoon, organising playlists or hiring other musicians for various parts of the day.
There is no extra cost for any unplanned extra hours. I go home when the party ends, the party will not end because I'm going home.
How do you deal with requests?
Ah, requests. The double edged sword. From drunken Uncles asking to play "that song that was on Match of the Day last weekend" to the flurry of bridesmaids demanding 'Dolly Parton' as the NEXT SONG. Requests can be a blessing or a curse, so knowing how to politely manage the ones that will kill the vibe, and identifying which are insider dance floor weapons is key here. Handling requests can be one of the toughest aspects of being a DJ and experience is vital. Fortunately I have over a decade of it. You're safe.
Many of your competitors have 'Gold' and 'Silver' packages and offer extras such as photobooths and starry backdrops. How come you don't?
I have one, simple package: great sound, great lights, great DJing. There is no '2nd Tier' package because I don't believe in doing anything half measure. When booking Offbeat you can count on me bringing everything I think is necessary for a fantastic party at your chosen venue and nothing that isn't. I won't try to upsell you by not including certain things as standard, and I don't provide extras such as photobooths, LED dancefloors or starry backdrops because my focus is and always will be on what I'm great at; selecting and mixing the music that will make your guests dance until their feet hurt. (If you need a photobooth I can recommend a good friend who can provide one.)
We've hired a band and they're going to play two separate hour long sets, with a 45 minute break in the middle. They say they can either DJ or put on a playlist when they're not playing. Do you really think we need to hire a DJ as well?
Everybody loves a great band, myself included. But it's an extremely common dilemma. You need four hours of entertainment but the band is only offering two. Not only does this create a lull in the middle when everyone is fired up at a peak time, but it also typically leaves you with an hour (or more) at the end after the band has finished. Pre-arranged playlists might fill the silence, but how can you be sure that everyone will keep dancing and the party won't just fizzle out. This is exactly where an experienced DJ can not only fill the gap but pick the songs that specifically compliment the band's set. Bands tend to cover the big sing-a-long rock, pop and motown anthems, which is why I will work with them to make sure that the music I play brings a whole fresh new feel and atmosphere to proceedings, giving you the best of both worlds. And if the drummer "reckons he can DJ as well", then make sure to verify this beforehand by seeing good evidence they can. I would no more try to play the drums at their wedding than hire a drummer to DJ at mine.
Sounds epic! How does the booking process work? What are your terms?
Marvellous! You've made a solid choice. The booking process is utterly painless and easy peasy. I just a need a deposit of 50% to be paid by online transfer and the date is yours. Once that has been paid I'll let you know it's arrived safe and sound by email and provide a receipt should you need one for your insurance guys or just for your peace of mind. The deposit is non-refundable for any reason unless I should be unable to perform at your reception due to personal illness (yes, including COVID), accident or any other reason within my responsibility, (it’s never happened yet) in which case all your money shall be returned within 7 days no quibble. In such circumstances I will make every possible effort to ensure that you are not left without entertainment on the night. I'm a reasonable guy and will always try to work with you to make an unexpected change in situation work, but deposits are there to protect us both from no shows. The remaining payment is due one week before the date of your reception. The agreement set in place as stated in your confirmation of booking email is exclusively for the date and venue intitially agreed upon and any changes to either will result in an adjustment fee based on a new quote (assuming I am available for the revised date). If the covid plague lockdown hits again then all bets are off and you can either get a free rebooking for an equivalent date in the future (same season/day of week) or you can just cancel our agreement and get your deposit back. No COVID dramas here.
We can arrange further consultation closer to the time if useful, after I have received the consultation form back (either as a PDF by email or by post). To view the consultation form just click here