We have had lots of great response and compliments to our 2014 "New Rig". In fact several of our 2015 clients complimented us on how clean, polished, and professional it looks. It provides an amazing light show experience in the hands of a qualified artist.
However, we are always finding ways to improve, and maintain our leadership in providing high quality wedding entertainment. So, at the beginning of April we will be announcing our updates for 2015. The updates will apply to both our Premier and Streamlined services.
Stay tuned, as we will be announcing these changes April 2, 2015.
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I know the first thing that came to mind when you read this headline, "What are you even talking about?" Most people when shopping for a DJ service don't even know to look into what this is when shopping for a DJ, they just hit up Google for "DJ in (insert your city here)".
Here's the difference:
Multi Op. - This is a DJ service that has multiple performance systems and personnel. This is a company that handles multiple events on the same day. Here's the catch - often times these DJ services say that they are "full-time", and they are partly telling the truth. Typically only the owner, and maybe one other person, is full-time while the rest of the DJs are part-time. Chances are the owner only does the highest paid jobs while their part-time people handle the smaller, or lower-paying jobs.
Single Op. - This is a DJ service that has one operator and one setup. The vast majority of DJ services are single operator where the service is independently owned and operated. These DJ services may be part-time or full-time, but it's easier to tell because if the owner has a 9-5 job they go to during the week then they are part-time when it comes to DJing.
There's more difference to each DJ service than just the name, and here is a very basic question you can ask when you are interviewing a DJ service for your special event:
"Will the DJ who is going to be performing at my event be the person I will primarily communicate with throughout the planning process?"
By asking this question you are asking if your experience will be as seamless as possible. There is always the possibility for miscommunications to happen between human beings. However, the more human beings you put in that chain the greater the chance for miscommunication to happen.
Here is where it is a good idea to check reviews about the DJ service you're dealing with too. Even under good reviews you may read something like this, "The (owner of multi op.) was great to talk to, and the DJ they sent to do our reception did well too." Ok, that's all well & good. However, keep looking through their reviews and a lot of times you will find examples where the second half of that review is not as complimentary.
With Single Op. you get the planning and execution of your event handled by the same person.
Let's break this down into some simple Pros & Cons about both:
Multi Op. Pros:
Multi Op. Cons:
Single Op. Pros:
Single Op. Cons:
So which one is the best? Well, in a perfect world a multi op. that operates like a single op. would be the ideal. However, this kind of business model is very rare, and I'll choose not to bore you at this point as to why that is. What is more common are single op. service providers who network with each other, and there may be some multi op. providers who participate as well in this network. Some will say they are part of a national association that network DJs together such as ADJA or NAME. However, it is not necessary for a DJ company to be a part of these associations to network with other local service providers, and DJs who pay for membership in these associations aren't necessarily higher quality than DJs who don't. The best advice we can give is check reviews, and ask for referen
SoundFire DJ does network with other DJ service providers in the area, and we strive to deliver every single one of our customers an amazing experience. You will get that personal level of service from start to finish with the same person helping you through the planning process and executing that plan on your special day. Any last minute changes? We're flexible enough to work on-the-fly while sticking as close to your plan as possible. After all that's what you get when you hire an experienced & talented entertainment service like SoundFire DJ. Give us a call today, and experience the difference.
We have received many calls over the years from people who have been in a very stressful situation. It's less than 2 months before their wedding, and their DJ backed out on them.
More often than not there are two factors that contribute to this scenario: 1) There was no contract between the client and the DJ. 2) The DJ got offered better pay to go play somewhere else.
Often times these are DJs that are hobbyists, and usually people find them on Craigslist. We strongly advise anyone who reads this that if your wedding DJ currently advertises on Craigslist you should probably look elsewhere. Sometimes these wanna-be DJs get a little more clever and sign up on pay per lead websites where other professionals also post their services. They may do fine at a birthday party, or a tailgate party, but a wedding is too important. That's why you should always check their references and testimonials, and meet with them in person before buying any services.
We also find that customers get themselves into these situations trying to save a buck on their entertainment. Like the old adage says, "You get what you pay for." What's even worse for these customers is that they usually lose out on whatever money they gave these wanna-be DJs since there are no written terms to dictate refund policies. To be blunt, it sucks for the customer in two ways. On one hand now the customer has to find a DJ last minute, and on the other is the fact that their DJ budget is now inflated because that cheap DJ just ran off with their money. All of this can be avoided by hiring a professional provider in the first place.
Save some money on food and decorations (it's been proven that your guests forget these things very quickly), and put that toward your DJ and photographer. Those are two most important professionals you hire on your wedding day. Your photos you will keep forever. Your DJ will make sure people look happy and are having a good time when their picture is taken at your reception.
At SoundFire DJ we will always work on contract with you so your date is guaranteed. We don't base our service on price. We base our service on value. We offer a high level of customer service and reliability. Our integrity and dedication to our customers comes first.
Call us today to book your event, and experience the difference!
We're going to give one of our first pro tips about DJ's today. It's not only something that frustrates nearly every DJ, but it is also one of the biggest mistakes people make when picking out a DJ or any other service provider. The first question a DJ usually gets asked is, "How much do you charge?" Hiring any professional for your wedding is like doing a job interview. Think about any job interview you've been in. The money is almost always one of the very last things to come up, and for good reason too.
Here are some much better questions to ask, and further proof why price is always the last question you should ask.
1. Please tell me about you and your services?
Not all DJs are the same. Different personalities, levels of experience, background, and more is why some DJs work for some weddings & parties and others don't. You want to be able to have a good relationship with your DJ so personality is key, and you don't want to leave your important day in the hands of someone inexperienced.
2. May I see you perform at another wedding?
Here's a trick question that instantly tells you if you have an amateur or a pro. If they are willing to let you crash another person's wedding, who will they let show up to yours? If they say "Yes" to this politely decline and move on.
3. Do you like to dance?
If you have a DJ that doesn't like to dance chances are that DJ will stay in the booth all night. At the same time you hope they're not over the top too. Most wedding parties want an entertainer that is going to interact with the crowd and keep the party going. Make sure your DJ matches your style.
4. Are you insured?
A lot of wedding reception halls are starting to clamp down on DJs not being insured. This is one of those things that brides don't find out about until about a week before their wedding. Then the DJ can't play, and the bride are groom are scrambling to find someone else who is insured that is free on short notice. Icing on the cake: you're probably going to lose your deposit from the DJ too.
Lastly, use your instinct. If you have a good feeling with the DJ set up a meeting with them to sit down face to face. Chances are you'll meet at a coffee shop and get free coffee during your meeting (you will with us).
After reviewing what you talked about on the phone, then it is the best time to start talking about price for three reasons.
First, you can read the DJ a little better to make your decision. If they seem confident and well-spoken, that's a good sign. If they're nervous and fumbling their words, you may want to reconsider.
Second, if the price sounds good based on the value and talent they bring most DJs will have the ability to get your date secured on the spot.
Third, the DJ will want to book your wedding as well, and this is a good time to negotiate services. Don't expect them to throw things in for free, but they should be able to flex or tweak their packages to work with you (i.e. If the DJ includes certain lighting you don't need, can you get a discount if it isn't used?)
We hope this pro tip helps you be more successful when picking out a DJ. Our goal is that we want you to have the best wedding, and the best customer service. If you have a date coming up just send us a message to check our availability!
P.S. This is what can happen when you make selecting your DJ all about price:
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