FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Are you LGBTQ+ friendly?
Absolutely, I've done lots of LGBTQ+ weddings so far and look forward to doing many more. Love is love and should be celebrated equally no matter which wonderful form it takes.
Do you only perform at weddings or do you do other types of private events too?
Whilst I have been specialising in wedding DJing for over a decade now I also perform regularly at corporate functions and other types of parties as well. I don't, however, do karaoke or kids discos.
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: awesome sound, awesome lights, awesome DJing. There is no '2nd Tier' package because when you book me you can count on me bringing everything you'll need for a fantastic party and nothing you don't. I won't try to upsell you by not including certain things as standard, and I don't offer 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.
You say you play at clubs and festivals, does that mean that you'll be playing more of a club or festival type set?
Rest easy, I'm not too cool to play the classics and I won't be turning your reception party into a rave (unless you want me to😉). My absolute priority is to make sure that every last person at your reception has fun dancing to the songs they know and love, therefore a lot of what goes into my sets gets played at other weddings (it's the nature of the wedding game), but a lot of it doesn't. Finding those tunes that haven't been flogged to death year after year is vital to getting a great crowd reaction. I create a lot of mash-ups and use a lot of bootlegs (unofficial remixes often made by myself or fellow DJ friends) to create something that is unique to your party, reflecting your tastes, whether that's mainstream or otherwise.
I have a consultation form that you totally should (but really don't have to) fill out in advance that covers everything I need to know to make sure you hear all the kinds of things you both like and nothing you don't. Of course, should you be looking for something a little (or a lot) less mainstream at any point in the evening, then I've got you covered with my enormous collections of house, hip-hop, garage, drum and bass and a dozen others, in a way very few other wedding DJs can provide. Shout out to my jungle massive. [Airhorn]
How would you describe your style on the decks?
In a few of words? Energetic, focused, creative, fun. I get through an enormous amount of music in my sets, all tightly mixed whilst playing to the crowd at all times, with good use of effects, interesting transitions and lots of imaginative switch ups coming out of leftfield. I make a lot of my own edits, meaning that I'll cut out the less danceable parts of a song to get a much snappier, 'to the point' set. A lot of my reviews use the word passionate about me and for good reason. I love what I do and it shows.
You know that DJ sat in the corner with their head buried in a laptop playing tunes that 'seemed to work fine last time', waiting to finish so they can pack up and go home? Well, I am the exact opposite of this.
Can we give you a setlist of all our favourite songs that we want you to play?
Everyone has favourite tunes that they know are guaranteed to get them and their friends on the dance floor, and believe me, I DEFINITELY want to know about them. However I'm really only after about 10-20 tunes maximum, the ones that mean something special to you that I might not be able to guess. If you give me a spreadsheet of 200 songs that you have decided will make 'the ultimate best dance party of all time ever ever' then I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed. Nor am I going to send you to an online database to spend hours trawling through decades of music, yaying or naying each one. I've spent years perfecting the art of choosing the right tune at the right time so you don't have to. So, 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 smartly to blend in with your guests, so you can expect me to fix up, 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 corny jokes on the microphone, turning up with friends or getting drunk?
Not a chance. My style of DJing requires total concentration and I make sure that the night is memorable for all the right reasons. My reputation as one of the leading mobile DJs in the UK 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?
My pricing structure is simple and transparent. There are two separate prices depending what you need me for. 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, background music with the wedding breakfast, a funky upbeat 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 and setting up a sound system for the afternoon and organising playlists.
There is no extra cost for any unplanned extra hours. I'll keep playing until the party is over.
How do you deal with requests?
Requests are a double edged sword. From the sozzled uncle asking if I can play "that song that was on Match of the Day last weekend" to the flurry of bridesmaids demanding "DOLLY PARTON, NEXT SONG!". Requests can be a blessing or a curse, so knowing how to politely decline 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 well over a decade of it. I got you.
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 professional dj as well?
Everybody loves a great band, myself included. But it's an extremely common dilemma. You need at least 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 end with a whimper. This is exactly where an experienced DJ will 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 says he can DJ as well, then make sure to verify this beforehand by seeing good evidence they can. I would no more hire a drummer to DJ at my wedding than I would attempt to play the drums at theirs.
Sounds epic! How does the booking process work? What are your terms?
Firstly, I highly recommend a Zoom call to get to know each other a little bit but realise that some couples prefer to correspond solely through email, and that's cool too. When you're all good and ready the booking process is easy peasy lemon squeezy. I just need a deposit 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 sending you an email confirming all the booking details including what I'm bringing with me and how long you've booked me for. This email represents a legally binding agreement that I will perform at your event in line with my terms and conditions and protects us both from late cancellations.
Terms & Conditions
- The deposit is non-refundable for any reason unless I should be unable to perform at your reception that could be reasonably deemed within my responsibility, including personal illness or accident but excluding what solicitors call 'acts of God'. In these instances all your money (deposit and/or final payment) shall be returned within 7 days, without quibble. In such circumstances I will make every single possible effort to ensure that you are not left without entertainment on the night, from finding a replacement DJ (and I know a few great ones) to setting up a sound system and lights at your venue beforehand so you can plug in your own phones/laptops/ipods to DJ with. (In fifteen years this has never come close to happening and I've never missed a booking for any reason other than COVID.)
- The agreement set in place as stated in your confirmation of booking email is exclusively for the date and venue initially 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).
- You are responsible for the behaviour of your guests and agree to replace or repair any equipment that is damaged (accidently or otherwise) or stolen by them during my time on site (again, something I'm grateful to say has never happened).
I am happy to clarify any of the above terms and answer any questions you may have regarding your specific circumstances so please don't be afraid to throw hypothetical questions at me. In the event of an unforeseen situation arising I will always look to resolve any issues as fairly as possible with the best possible outcome for all.