General Services (Professionalism, Insurance, Pricing, Booking)
How soon before my event should I book my entertainment?
Why do prices vary so drastically between companies?
You will most likely find a large discrepancy in pricing between companies. It is important that you make sure you are comparing apples to apples. Make sure you fully understand the services included in your package. If you need more clarity, be sure to ask! We tend not to bite. Price is usually an accurate reflection of the services rendered, but you need to have a thorough understanding of what the services are in order to fluently translate the pricing. Chances are if a company is underselling their competitors, they are inexperienced, a part time company, may be uninsured, or they are not confident in the services they are about to provide. (At DJ Jolt, we fall in the middle. we undersell our competitors, but strive to maintain services of equal or greater value, guaranteed.)
On the other hand larger companies which typically have a higher rate, probably have additional expenses such as an office and staff, sales team, promotions, association fees, etc. This does not mean that their services are necessarily better than a middle of the road company, (like us!). Understand that price alone does not determine the quality of the entertainment. You should look into all aspects of a company before making your decision. Determine which characteristics are most important for your event. Often the best recommendation is a customer referral.
Its it important that my entertainment company have an insurance policy?
What should I look for when selecting my entertainment?
Entertainers, Music & Location
What is the difference between a Disc Jockey (DJ) and Master of Ceremonies (MC)?
What kinds of music are appropriate for my event, and who picks it?
What does it mean when they say my DJ can scratch or beat mix?
How do I know if my entertainer is providing professional equipment?
How should my entertainer(s) dress?
Where should the entertainers set up their equipment?
Are we responsible for providing our entertainer(s) with a meal?
Should we tip our entertainer?
Lighting Services (Differences, Quality, Necessity)
What is intelligent lighting?
Intelligent lighting is computer controlled and offers more versatility than standard systems which run the same continuous pattern. As in everything there are different levels of intelligent lighting from low output lights to complex rotating lights, even robotic lights. This technology enables the lighting designer to adjust the colors, speed, patterns and programs to complement the style of music being played. These systems offer more versatility as they do not keep repeating the same pattern as in non-intelligent lighting, which is typically turned on and off by a switch.
Why do I need a lighting package?
Lighting can be a great asset to a party as it can suggest a mood of sheer elegance to a chic club. It can also help define the dancing area. By dimming the remaining room lights you can create an atmosphere in which your guests feel more comfortable to dance. (Hint – Many guests, especially males, do not like to be seen dancing.) When selecting your options, be sure to convey the atmosphere you are looking for. An experienced company should be able to explain the differences and benefits of the different types of lighting. Keep in mind some venues have a limited power source and certain packages may exceed their capabilities. You should also consider room size, number of guests, style of engagement and the amount of heat generated.
Why does pricing vary so much for intelligent lighting?
As in many aspects of this business, the technology ranges from basic to complex. An entry level fixture may cost as little as $500 versus a high-end light which may start around $1500 and up to $5000+. In addition, some companies do not use intelligent lighting to its full potential; they’ll use the internal programs that come with the light, like the in-store-demo mode. In this case they are charging you for computer controlled lighting and they are just running preset programs similar to conventional lighting. When these lights are managed via a computer or controller and programmed by an experienced designer, they can truly complement your affair and give the operator the ability to enhance aspects of your venue, a first dance, etc. We pride ourselves on using the best and most versatile intelligent lighting systems available, and our ability to customize the programming according to your event and complement your needs is one of our hallmarks.