Services & Style
What types of events are your specialty?
All performers available through MyDeejay are true wedding specialists, experienced with all types of wedding celebrations and protocols. Weddings are our passion as a company and make up over 90% of the business booked through MyDeejay. The only other types of events we do are high-end corporate events, which typically require a similar professional approach and excellent attention to detail, and upscale private parties. MyDeejay does not book children’s parties, bars, nightclubs, or school events.
How would you define your “style” or approach to providing DJ entertainment?
Our performers’ presentation is polished and understated, marked by creative seamless mixing and a professional “cheese-free” approach to announcements and microphone work. Many DJs think that it is their job to put on a show and be the center of attention at every event. We believe firmly that your guests are not attending your event simply to see us DJ, and we have no interest in turning your event into a circus. Your dance floor will be packed, but it will be because the DJ selected the perfect songs and mixed them perfectly in just the right sequence – not because they chattered endlessly on the microphone or embarrassingly wrestled your guests onto the dancefloor.
How do you mix the music?
Mixing is a pretty basic skill for a professional disc jockey, but how a DJ does it says a lot about his or her style. Our DJs mix music for the purpose of creating high-quality seamless transitions between songs and maintaining the energy and momentum on the dance floor. Mixing for us is something we do on the spot, based on the tempo and “feel” of the songs and the reaction of the crowd.
We don’t treat your wedding like it’s our personal nightclub appearance, and we don’t use your wedding to test out remixes that no one recognizes. Our DJs always use the original and most popular versions of each song unless there’s a really good reason not to. We also don’t use any cheesy, pre-fabricated “DJ mixes” with corny sound effects and we don’t treat every transition between songs as an opportunity to show off our ability to scratch. Instead, our DJs focus on making the perfect transition between each song, and building sets that maximize the amount of dancing and fun at your event!
Do you use “old school” vinyl turntables to DJ events?
Definitely not! Although most of our DJs own a classic vinyl turntable setup at home, we rarely (practically never) use turntables at an event – all of our performers use digital turntables or midi controllers when they’re on the road. Some local DJs highlight their use of vinyl because of the way it looks, but we strongly feel that the risk of using vinyl at events (especially weddings) is far too high for something that’s purely cosmetic. Vinyl turntables have one massive disadvantage that digital turntables and controllers do not have – vinyl records can skip.
Our DJs always strive for a packed dancefloor and an amazing dance party, which increases the chance that your guests will bump into our DJ table while dancing (it happens a LOT). If we were using vinyl, this could cause the needle to skip – and your party would come to a screeching halt. This risk is not mitigated by using timecode vinyl records connected to a computer, that can actually make it even worse depending on the software. Rather than have to worry about whether your party is “getting too crazy” and someone might bump into our table or constantly telling your guests to back away, our DJs all use digital turntables or midi controllers. This gives them all of the capabilities of vinyl (scratching, jogging, tempo control) without any of the risk of a record skipping or a needle breaking in the middle of your party.
Do you use party props?
No. Our performers do not dress in any type of costume or distribute silly props to the crowd. We also don’t harass your guests into joining us on the dance floor, nor do we teach them how to line dance. If you are seeking a performer to motivate your guests in this way, you would probably be happier with another deejay company!
Do you offer additional services, such as lighting and photobooths?
Our business model has always centered on the service we know best: fantastic DJ entertainment. We don’t provide lighting in-house – we strongly feel that quality lighting is a complex specialty service that should be provided by a lighting design professional.
However, we are pleased to be able to offer our clients massively discounted pricing for uplighting and photo booths through our exclusive partnerships with several local lighting and photo booth companies. These trusted partners have worked alongside our company for years, and have agreed to provide MyDeejay customers with top-quality service for a fraction of the cost because of the volume of business we do together. For more information about these services, see our Lighting and Photobooth pages.
I don’t want the music at my wedding to be traditional wedding music. Can you do that?
Of course! We’re not at all attached to tradition – we’re here to incorporate the music you request, and to mix it in a way that will create the kind of wedding you’ve envisioned. Somewhere along the line, the phrase “wedding DJ” became a bad word, synonymous with cheesiness. We couldn’t be any further from that image.
How involved are you in helping us to plan our music?
Just as you pay a caterer for their expertise in food, you are paying MyDeejay in large part for our expertise in music. We are more than willing to provide you with a multitude of suggestions based on your preferences, and we’re perfectly comfortable selecting most (or all) of the music if you aren’t interested in doing so. Our extensive knowledge of music enables us to work with your requests and create a mood that reflects your tastes while creating a great atmosphere for all of your guests. In addition, we specialize in addressing music “challenges,” whether combining multicultural musical styles or adapting unique or eclectic music tastes to the formality of a wedding. Both your DJ and our management team are always available to answer questions or assist you in choosing the songs that will reflect your vision of your special day.
How involved can we be in selecting music for our event?
We encourage you to be as involved as you would like to be! Most of our clients place great value on music and probably have very distinct ideas about what they want to hear. If you would like to select every song, we are happy to accommodate you. The majority of our couples, however, prefer to discuss with their DJ, in depth, their preferences and at least a few specific requests. We pride ourselves on listening to our clients and respecting their input and wishes, while providing additional suggestions and guidance when appropriate. Rest assured, you will never hear songs you have asked not to be played, or genres you’ve told us you don’t like.
What kinds of music are included in your collection?
MyDeejay owns an enormous library of music in all formats, including international music. We update our collection constantly, ensuring that we are able to provide the songs that our clients and their guests are currently enjoying. Furthermore, we work closely with our clients in selecting the music for their event, and will gladly acquire any commercially available song that we don’t already own, at no additional cost. Because of this, we can virtually guarantee that we will be able to accommodate any request.
Booking & Working With MyDeejay
How will I know who my DJ will be, and how do I book that DJ for my event?
Once you’ve submitted the contact form on our website, we’ll send you a few easy questions to answer via email. Your answers will enable us to match you with an available DJ who will be a great fit for you in terms of music, personality and any other preferences you may have. We’ll match you with the perfect DJ from our team, and our office will email you an online contract for you to review and put a 10-day courtesy hold on the DJ’s calendar to give you time to schedule your initial DJ meeting.
Your DJ will get in touch with you directly to schedule a no-obligation initial consultation via Skype, FaceTime, or phone to discuss your plans and answer any questions you might have. Once you’ve met the DJ and decide to book them, simply sign the online contract and pay a 50% non-refundable reservation fee via our online payment form. You’ll get a signed copy of your contract and a receipt for your payment immediately, and you’ll be all set!
Do you offer different skill levels or “tiers” of DJs?
Absolutely not – any DJ we’re willing to have on our roster will deliver the “MyDeejay Experience” or else we wouldn’t have them on our team. We do not offer the services of lower-quality DJs or inexperienced performers under any circumstances. We want to match you with the DJ on our team who best fits the specific needs of your wedding, and you’ll receive the same high-quality experience no matter which of our DJs you work with.
Are any of your DJs fluent in other languages?
One of our DJs (Jon) is fluent in Korean. While none of our other DJs are fluent in another language, our DJs are very experienced with the wedding traditions and music of many other cultures including South Asian, Middle Eastern, East Asian, African, Greek and more.
Terms & Requirements
How much do you charge?
We create a custom quote for each wedding, and we’ll send you a complete and accurate price quote in our first email to you based on availability and the date, time, and location of your wedding. In keeping with our company’s core values, we will always give you our best price when we send you a quote, you don’t even need to ask! We have no interested in over-charging or up-selling our customers – your experience working with MyDeejay will always be simple, straightforward, and hassle-free.
What is included in the price for my event?
Our standard package for weddings includes 4-6 hours of performance time (additional time is available at a prorated hourly cost), setup time, breakdown time, and ALL equipment, including additional sound systems and wireless microphones for weddings with up to 300 guests. For weddings over 300 guests, a custom quote is necessary to ensure your event’s equipment and staffing needs are met. Our flat-rate pricing is refreshingly easy to understand — there are no hidden charges, and all fees are clearly stated in your agreement with our company.
Do you offer any discounts?
If we are currently running any promotions or specials, we will include them in our price quote when you check our availability for your date. We’ll always give you our best price without you even needing to ask!
What areas do you serve?
Our standard rates include a travel radius of 90 miles (one-way) from our corporate office in Ellicott City, MD. This means we cover most areas of Northern Virginia, Washington, DC, Central Maryland, Frederick, Baltimore, and parts of Maryland’s Eastern Shore with no additional travel fee. Our DJs are available for events beyond our standard service area for an additional fee depending on distance.
What are the terms of payment if I book your services?
An industry-standard, 50% nonrefundable reservation fee is due with your signed agreement. We happily provide you with a courtesy hold on the DJ’s calendar for 10 days after being matched with a DJ in order to give you time to meet with the DJ and make a decision. The remaining balance for your wedding is due 30 days prior to your event. All payments are made via credit card on our secure online payment page.
What do you require from my event site?
We require at least one 6-foot banquet table, with linens, and adequate power (120-volt, 15-amp circuit on a grounded outlet) within 35 feet of where the DJ will be set up. If your event will occur in multiple spaces (such as a wedding ceremony in another area) then your DJ will need another table and access to electricity in those areas as well. Talk to your DJ about any additional areas that need sound coverage and they can advise you on exactly what they need to make it happen.
Are you insured?
MyDeejay carries a full liability insurance policy for each performer with a coverage value of $2,000,000. We are happy to provide you or your venue with a copy of our insurance policy upon request.
How do you dress for an event?
Our performers’ typical “uniform” is a professional, dark business suit with tie and appropriate accessories – we want to blend seamlessly into the background of any dance floor photos. If a tuxedo or other attire is required for your wedding, you may need to pay for a rental – we’re happy to wear whatever is appropriate for your event!
When do you arrive to set up for an event?
Our performers always arrive on-site at least an hour and a half prior to the contracted start time of the event, and earlier as necessitated by the setup requirements of your event.
What kind of equipment do you use?
Our performers use the highest quality professional-grade equipment available: Native Instruments TRAKTOR PRO or RANE Serato computerized DJ systems, Pioneer and RANE mixers and controllers, Electro-Voice, QSC, or Bose speakers and EV, Sennheiser, or Shure microphones. Wireless microphones are always provided, and wireless speakers (while not ideal in most settings) are available if necessitated by the venue.
How are emergencies handled?
We’re proud to offer the most rock-solid emergency backup plan in the nation. Each of our DJs takes the responsibility of performing for weddings extremely seriously, and is both contractually and ethically obligated to do everything possible to avoid emergencies. However, to ensure your event’s complete success, every weekend we reserve one of our DJs to be the “Emergency DJ” on call. That DJ is prepared with appropriate attire, equipment, and the music and paperwork for every wedding on our schedule. In addition, each of our DJs brings a full set of backup equipment to every event in case of equipment issues. We believe our system is the most comprehensive emergency backup plan in the entire country — a worthwhile investment in our clients’ peace of mind.
Will you bring an assistant?
Short answer? For weddings, rarely. Unless you’re planning a highly interactive, “New York style” wedding and want a separate emcee/party motivator to dance with your guests (something we don’t offer, though we can refer you to other companies who do), deejaying a wedding for less than 300 guests is a one-person job. DJs who always bring an assistant or roadie do so because they don’t want to carry their equipment, or they want someone to fetch them drinks, or they want to break down and load out faster at the end of the night – we don’t believe that’s something you need to pay for. The only reason we may send an additional person to your event is if we have a new DJ coming through our apprenticeship program and they are “shadowing” your DJ as part of their training. If this is the case, your DJ will let you know beforehand – you don’t have to feed them or do anything different, they are simply there to watch and learn.
MyDeejay’s Reputation, Referrals & Reasons to Hire
Do you have reviews or references?
We have both! We currently have well over 800 reviews on WeddingWire and more than 1,000 total 5-star reviews online. If you prefer to speak with some of our former clients personally, your DJ will (upon request) gladly provide you with references who are more than happy to discuss the quality of his performance and customer service. You will not be asked to “cold call” people to check our references; we will be sure to let them know to expect your call. We want you to feel completely comfortable in researching our services.
Can we visit you at a performance?
Out of respect for the privacy of others on their special day, MyDeejay does not permit prospective clients to “drop in” on a wedding. However, our references, online reviews, and the information we provide you in our initial meeting will speak volumes of our experience, style and professionalism.
How do you maintain your great reputation while continuing to grow your company?
Simple: we are a values-based company and operate using a very standardized set of protocols, from communication to wedding preparation. Every one of our DJs knows our core values, our philosophy and the type of client experience upon which our reputation has been built. Because we’ve placed such an emphasis on carefully recruiting new DJs and ensuring that each of them “lives our brand,” so to speak, we’ve been able to grow without sacrificing any of the quality for which we’re known. The diversity of our reviews and references (reflecting the work of every DJ on our team) is a testament to our company’s consistency.
Most importantly… why should I choose MyDeejay for my event?
Simply put, we provide exceptional entertainment and the most accommodating and attentive customer care found in this industry. For more information about what makes MyDeejay unique, please read the About Us page.
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