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Frequently Asked Questions


Here are the answers to some of the questions I am most frequently asked... 



What sort of music do you play?

I'm happy playing a wide variety of music, and it's important for me to get an idea of what you like. Please discuss music choices with me before booking if you have any particular preferences.


What do I / my venue need to know about you?

I bring all my own equipment, plus spares of all critical equipment in case of emergency - all I need at the venue is power. Alternatively, I'm happy to use any suitable equipment installed in your chosen venue. The venue will usually want to know that I have full public liability insurance and all my equipment has regular electrical safety (PAT) tests; you can find my certificates here. I have also had an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check - more recently called a DBS check. 


How far in advance should we contact you?

I would recommend getting in touch as early as you can, as I'm booked up well in advance of many dates. There's a lot of celebrating to catch up on after the last few years, so there is currently a high demand for the required services - not just the DJ, but the room at the venue, the caterers, and so on.  


Can we see you working before we book you?

Much of my work is for private functions such as weddings and birthday parties, and for obvious reasons I can't invite you along to these. But I do play in public venues occasionally; to find out when my next publicly-accessible gig is, please contact me.


Will you work alongside other entertainment / suppliers?

Definitely - and if you'd like to hire a band, ceremonial musicians, a magician, a dance floor, a photo booth (etc) and need a recommendation, please let me know what you're looking for; I'll almost certainly be able to suggest somebody.


How do we book you?

Firstly I need to check my diary and make sure I'm available for you, answer any questions you may have and give you a price. You can contact me any way you like for me to do that. After that, I'll always ask you to send me an email or other message to confirm your booking, and I'll reply to confirm the date is in my diary. This minimises the possibility of any misunderstandings, but if something needs to change unexpectedly, I will do my best to help. I'll stay in touch regularly from that point until your occasion, but you can contact me at any time.


How long do you need to set up / take down your equipment?

I usually need 60-75 minutes to load everything in and get set up, and about 40 minutes to pack up and get out - but this can vary depending on the distance between the car parking and the function room. Please let me know in advance if timings are important and we can work out how best to do things.


Our chosen venue has a sound limiter...

Some venues have a sound limiter fitted which cuts off the stage electrical supply if the maximum volume permitted by the venue's entertainment licence is exceeded. Many entertainers refuse to work in venues with these devices, as they can be unpredictable and can damage equipment. They're no problem to me, but please ensure that you're happy with the volume restriction at the venue before booking me, as this is completely out of my control.


How and when do we pay you?

I ask that the full balance is paid in cash or by bank transfer at any point on the night or beforehand that suits you, but before I begin. The main reason for this is that I prefer not to have to disturb customers at the end of an occasion, when they may still be talking to their guests. If you wish to make alternative arrangements, this must be discussed and agreed between us at the time of booking. 


Can you stay later if we're having fun?

Please feel free to ask me! I am definitely not a "clock-watcher" who starts to pack up immediately a set time is reached. However, please bear in mind that it is usually the management at the venue who decide what time the music has to stop, and they are usually strict, as they may have licence conditions and/or need to get their staff home on time. Because of this, I usually announce "the last song" a few minutes early, so that I have the time to play "one more song" before the end, and keep everybody happy!


Do I need a DJ at all?!

As most people own a device that can find and download virtually any piece of music ever recorded, it's perhaps only natural that people sometimes wonder whether or not to book a DJ, suggesting that they could set up a playlist on Spotify or Apple Music to play their chosen tracks instead.


Perhaps it'll surprise you if I tell you that in certain situations, I think this is worth considering - if you have a band playing for the majority of the evening, for example, or if you really only want background music throughout a more laid-back occasion. But there are a few things you need to think about.


Firstly, you'll need something to plug your device into. Your venue may have a suitable sound system, or a band may let you plug background music into theirs, although some may charge extra to do this. You can hire audio and/or lighting equipment, of course, but in many cases, this will cost as much as hiring a mobile DJ, who will provide all their own equipment and do all the work for you. A DJ will also act as your master of ceremonies, which makes the occasion flow more smoothly. And finally, however well you know your family and friends, the five hours of music that you might choose in advance for your playlist won't follow the progress of the evening as actively as a DJ should be. They should be considering the direction of their playlist constantly, based on requests and on their audience's reactions.


A DJ should add the value of their fee to your occasion. If you're not sure that they will, then you might be considering the wrong one!



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