Common Questions to Ask Before Hiring A DJ

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1. Is this your full-time business? Are weddings your primary focus? What corporate clients have you performed for in addition to weddings?

Determine whether they are a well-rounded, successful entertainer who can bring a level of expertise and versatility to your event. "You want to ensure that your DJ isn't a one-dimensional part-timer, but a true performer whose had varied and extensive experience performing in front of different (and tough) audiences. It's fine if your prospective DJ mainly focuses on weddings—Encore performs at well over 100 per year—as long as they squeeze in some time for other types of parties as well. 

2. How do you customize the music experience for each event? Can you help with song lists and providing suggestions?

Find a DJ who will create a soundtrack for your wedding or event that is based on your style, taste, and vision for that day. "One size does not fit all—if your desire is to have a conga line at your wedding, then you will need to deliver that and anything else you want, for that matter.

A skilled DJ will gladly accept your must-play and do-not-play lists, no matter how short or long. 

"All of this can only be achieved with an entertainer who is flexible and willing to listen. It's easy to come up with lists of songs to play—determining the placement of the music (e.g. cake-cutting and bouquet toss) and how it fits into unique themes is the real challenge.

4. How do you handle song requests?

"There could be instances where the client directives are diametrically opposed to the guest requests. How a DJ strikes a balance to deliver on the couple's desires—while still satisfying the guests' requests—determines the skill and experience of the DJ.

6. What sound equipment do you utilize? Do you have back-up equipment?

DJ equipment is just as important as musical instruments. "A Digital controller allows the DJ to have hands-on control of the music and the ability to manipulate it instantly. A simple touch can change the sound, speed, and tone.

We operate our equipment without overdriving it, which is when guests start to complain about it being too loud (sometimes referred to as 'muffled' sound). When Encore performs at a wedding, you will hear every word, nice and crisp, at a moderate level; I guarantee guests will still be able to talk at their tables while others are showing off their latest moves on the dance floor.

Backup equipment is also essential: DJs should always have the equivalent of a "flat spare" on hand, whether it be a microphone, computer, mixer, etc. Don't forget to ask how soon before the reception they plan to arrive and how long it will take for them to set up.

7. Have you played at our chosen wedding venue before? If not, can you make a site visit beforehand?

The sound varies drastically depending on the room where your reception will be held. Don't underestimate the importance of a site visit: Encore recommends that brides ask prospective DJs if they can set up appointments to visit such locations. "This allows us to become acquainted with new staff members, learn their rules for vendors, and plan correctly for providing the correct equipment for acoustics and lighting design. At the same time, we offer to provide these establishments with insurance certificates and updated company information. With these steps, they know we mean business.

9. What other services do you offer (e.g. lighting, Photo Booths, HD video screens)?

Some DJ packages come with extra services such as up lighting and photo booths. "Next to lighting, photo booths are our most requested option.

10. Why should I choose you as my DJ?

As a leading professional in the industry, Encore has the experience and the knowledge to deliver an outstanding performance at every event.  Each event is different with the client who books us to the guests that attend.  Each individual has his or her own music taste and Encore pride ourselves on knowing how to mix a variety of music and making it sound good.

21 Years and counting

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I started my career as a roadie, loading, setting up and tearing down equipment for events.  I worked for a company called Muzic Fuzion right out of high school.  After a year of being a roadie, I became a DJ, mostly playing music for school dances.  I then advanced into djing wedding receptions and I knew this is what I wanted to do for life.  After working for Muzic Fuzion for 3 years and also working at Dick Clark's American Bandstand, I started my own company called Encore Entertainment.  I thought, becoming a DJ in Columbus Ohio should not be hard to do.  There were plenty of wedding venues and party houses to build a business.  I was blessed to first get in with Franklin Park Conservatory my first year.  They really pushed my business into the next level.  I was then able to buy a 2nd system hire a 2nd DJ and It just kept growing from there.  I partnered with other venues, bought more equipment and hired more DJs.  I had turned my single operation company into a multi-op company.  We specialized in wedding receptions but performed for many different events.

Photo booths came out in about 2006 and I jumped on that bandwagon as soon as possible.  I was the third company in Columbus to have a photo booth and that grew from day 1.  Photo Booths have progressed from 11 years ago and is now unbelievable what you can do with a computer, camera and software.

As I continue to grow and expand, hiccups have come along the way from bad people working for me to personal family health issues.  But God has been good and has blessed me, my business and my family.  I thank Him everyday!  I'm coming into my 18th year of being in business and I want to say thank you to all our past clients, upcoming clients, the venues and vendors we work with and of course my team of DJ's, photo booth attendants and videographers.  I look forward to the upcoming years of and I pray God blesses us all.