Frequently Asked Questions
We are often asked how to go about hiring us to provide services at a wedding or event. Here is an explanation of the process;
It's best to start with an email inquiry including the following information: date, venue address, music start and stop times, number of guests, approximate schedule of events, any other equipment related details (like music in more than one room, music outside, etc). we will respond and let you know if the dates are available and then we will talk on the phone and finally meet to discuss details.
We will hold a date for you for up to 2 weeks. To confirm a booking, we will need a signed contract and a deposit of 10%. The remaining balance is due at the end of the event. Should you choose to cancel, the 10% deposit will be forfeit.
We will send a contract. Please sign and return your contract. You may mail it to Vincent Harris 6212 9th AVE NW, Seattle, WA 98107 or fax it to (888) 675-8344 or email it to email@example.com. Check and cash are accepted, we can accept credit cards however, there is a 5% convenience fee for doing so.
Most of our clients are seeking a DJ that is different than the “cheesy” wedding DJ. We’ve gotten the reputation for being “not cheesy” because we don’t give out toys, Hawaiian leis, or spend a lot of time on the mic “hyping” the crowd. Although we’re totally comfortable making any announcements you need, we let the music do the talking in most cases. You will also notice "The Chicken Dance", "Macarena", "Hokey Pokey" and "Cha Cha Slide" are not in our repertoire. Disco Vinnie has an extensive knowledge of music and sets the mood or gets the crowd moving by playing the right songs at the right time. Disco Vinnie mixes and matches the beats as he does in a nightclub environment. Every event is unique and Disco Vinnie joins forces with you to come up with a music plan that you will love which also has the flexibility to follow the vibe of the party. Disco Vinnie has thousands of tracks to choose from and can acquire just about anything. We are happy to add music that you provide in advance as well.
Clients often create a “must play” (ie: first dance, favorites etc.), “we like”, and “do not play” lists. Many use our music lists and add their own requests to it. We review the lists up front and call with questions and recommendations. We customize music just for you! On the day of the event, Disco Vinnie pays close attention to the guests and makes sure everyone hears something they like and has a great time. Disco Vinnie does take requests but generally won't repeat a song during an event.
Our Equipment & Sound System
We prefer to use our own equipment because it is high quality, properly maintained and well known to us Sometimes, depending on the needs of the client, we bring my mixing gear only and use a venue’s sound system. If a venue has an existing DJ booth and sound system, and it is high quality, then we can use that as well as long as there is a knowledgeable venue staff person on hand to setup, monitor, and trouble-shoot their own equipment.
Do you have wireless misc? For our wedding, can you mic the officiant and both the bride and groom? Yes, we have 2 very reliable handheld wireless microphones. That being said, wireless misc are only as good as the signals they send and receive. For outdoor events, microphones will often cut in and out and generally this is totally beyond our control. It is best if the officiant can hold a handheld mic during the ceremony and also hold it while the couple says their vows (hand-held mics are more reliable than lavelier mics). If this won’t work we do have a lavlier microphone that the officiant can wear but the bride and groom will have to share a hand-held since we cannot mic them both individually (this would require them to wear a mic pack and where would the bride put it?).
Do you need to visit the venue in advance? Generally, it’s a good idea. If we have performed at the venue you have chosen then this is not usually necessary.
What is your usual attire? This is totally up to you, the client. Disco Vinnie has performed in just about every look you can imagine (and some you can’t). Just let us know well in advance what your expectations are and they will be met.
Do you provide your own assistants? Disco Vinnie generally works solo. On occasions when bringing extensive lighting or additional speakers an assistant will be provided (the quoted price will include this).
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events? We have many different styles of music in our collection and have been able to satisfy many diverse requests. Disco Vinnie does not specialize in any ethnic styles but he happy to play your specific requests as long as we have the music well in advance.
How much time do you usually need to set up? We usually take about 30min. to set up a standard sound only event, however we arrive earlier. Should you choose lighting packages or more than two speakers, it can take up to an hour.
Do you require that the site or client provide a table for you to set up on? We do ask the client to have their caterers or venue provide a 2×6 ft table for gear. We also ask for a couple of chairs to place behind the DJ table. If we need to provide tables we are happy to do so, just let us know in advance.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal? Disco Vinnie usually does not take breaks. We ask that the client provide a meal which will be consumed behind the DJ table. If a client requires the meal be eaten away from the DJ table, Disco Vinnie will play an appropriate music mix while the table/booth is vacant. Should an assistant be required for your setup, we ask that you provide a meal for the assistant as well.
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event? Disco Vinnie has never missed an event or been late for a start time. Worst case scenario, we know several highly qualified professional DJ colleagues whom we refer jobs should we not be available. Every attempt will be made to make sure your event goes as planned.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge? I am happy to travel for events. The travel fee is a combination of round trip mileage, tolls, and driving time.
The DJ booth should be located on, or as close as possible, to dance floor. It is best to have the speakers fairly close to the ends of the DJ booth to minimize cabling (it is safer and looks better). Placing speakers away from the booth is ok if cables can be run along the wall and out of high traffic areas (ie: doorways). It is smart to seat guests who have sensitive hearing farther away from where the speakers will be placed. It's rarely a good idea to seat Great Grandma or Great Grandpa next to the speakers even if they are hard of hearing... 99.9% of the time they will feel that the music is too loud and will request to be moved.
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