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12 Questions you should ask any DJ before confirming your reservation:

 

HOW MUCH OF A DEPOSIT or BOOKING FEE IS REQUIRED?

Unless specified, a minimum non-refundable booking fee of $100.00 dollars is required within 14 days of a booking to confirm the reservation.  A DJ who doesn't require a booking fee or deposit may not take your event seriously.  Should you need to reschedule I can move your booking fee with 90 days’ notice to another date provided it is available. 

DO YOU TAKE REQUESTS?

Your input and that of your guests is most certainly welcome and encouraged.  In addition to the songs and artists that you DO want played, I always ask if there is any music that you DON'T want played during your function.  While I have a music library of over 120,000 songs on my notebooks, if there does happen to be a song requested that I don’t have, no worries – with access to the cloud wherever there is a cell signal, there are very few instances where I would have to say "Sorry I don't have that song".  

WHO WILL BE MY ACTUAL DJ?

Barry Crocker Music Services is a single system operation, meaning that when you book me it's me that will be at your event.  I don't have multiple Disc Jockeys working for me, so nothng gets lost in translation or miscommunicated.  You won't have to deal with several people leading up to your event - which brings true peace of mind.

WHEN IS THE FULL PAYMENT DUE?

Anytime up to 72 hours before the function is preferred however in some cases I am fine with payment upon arrival the night of the party.  I accept Interac Email money transfer, cheque, cash or Money Order.

IS YOUR MUSIC LIBRARY CURRENT?

Every month my new music is delivered from a DJ subscription service which showcases the newest hits being sent to radio & clubs. No need to worry about any glitches, chirps or muffled vocals which can sometimes be associated with bad mp3s.  Throw in a massive music collection with broadcast quality sound  from the last 60 years including easy listening, oldies, instrumental, classic rock, 70s, 80s, 90s, hot new country, country gold, local & traditional, retro & disco and I (honestly) have a better library of music than most radio stations.  (I can say that, having worked as an on-air talent at 3 of them!)   The fact that I have an encyclopedic pop music memory doesn’t hurt either, lol. 

DO YOU HAVE BACK UP EQUIPMENT?

It would be unprofessional and irresponsible to not have back up equipment.  I have a pair of laptops, wireless microphones, redundant amplifiers,  speakers, and duplicate cables for all of my connections.  I'm such a geek that I actually could run a dance from my phone if necessary :)  About the only thing I cannot control is the availability of electricity as my UPS has approximately 10 minutes of backup power.

IS THE DJ APPROPRIATELY DRESSED?

Absolutely!  Shorts, Sneakers, T Shirts, Jeans, and Caps are strictly forbidden.  Your function is important, and I take your commitment seriously with appropriate clothing for each event.

WHAT ARE THE LOGISTICAL REQUIREMENTS?

All I need is a minimum 6 foot table and chair within 25 feet of an electrical outlet.  Ideally the system should be situated as close to the dance floor as possible, otherwise the speakers will likely be too loud for your guests sitting in between.  If the decorator or caterer doesn’t provide a table cloth I carry one with me just in case. 

ARE YOU ABLE TO CREATE A SPECIAL MASHUP?

Perhaps you want a song shortened, a verse edited out or a mash-up of several different songs - no worries, as I use Sony Sound Forge as my audio editor.  After spending years in the production studio at 3 different radio stations I know a thing or two about editing music files.  

DO YOU OFFER LIGHTING

Yes indeed, I have a selection of uplighting effects as well as LED dance floor lighting to add excitement to your function.  Unlike most other DJs around town, my lighting uses a DMX controller - meaning the I am in full control of the speed, intensity, pattern and colour of the lights during each song.  It looks so silly to have lights spinning crazy during a slow song like "Shallow".  DMX controlled lighting is the bomb!

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY EVENT?

Many dates book far in advance (especially the weekends in July, August and September) so it's best to contact me at least 9 months prior to your function.  In fact, with all of the delays associated with Covid 19 restrictions, inquiries for 2 and 3 years in advance are becoming a regular occurrence.  The sooner, the better is the general rule of thumb. 

  

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