FREQUENTLY asked Questions
Why should I choose you?
My professionalism, reliability, and technical knowledge makes the process of hiring me streamlined. I have 10+ years of experience mixing music at private events, weddings, and for brands like Red Bull, Miller-Coors, and Sony. I have a 5-star rating on every major review site. Check out my testimonials here.
What are your rates?
I offer a premium DJ service with comparable pricing. I'd advise that not all DJ services are the same. Going with the cheapest DJ can be detrimental to your event. Hiring me is well-worth the investment. Click here to contact me for your custom quote.
do you mc or speak on the microphone?
Yes and all MCing is professional, tasteful and kept to a minimum as specified by you.
are you an agency?
I book for myself. There are no "middlemen" or an entourage working with me. You know that when you book, I am the same person your planning with and DJing. I have contacts to other great DJs and vendors in New York if I am unavailable or you need another service.
How far do you travel?
I am based in Manhattan, but travel all over the world for events.
What do you wear?
I feel most comfortable in a suit, but I am open to wear what the event requires.
Will you Advertise at my event with signs or banners?
Nope. Your event is about you. I will not advertise over the microphone or with banners at your event.
What kind of events do you work for?
Being an open format DJ, I can provide music for pretty much any type of event. I've spun at all kinds of bars and clubs, weddings, and private events. Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, birthday parties, engagement parties, school dances, and more. Click here to get in touch about your event.
Do you play dirty or clean versions of songs?
I default to playing clean music. I think it is best to remain family friendly, but if you have a request that I cannot find a clean version of, I will ask.
how do you handle requests before and during my event?
There's no DJ ego from me, I take requests. Honestly, requests can sometimes be off-base, but more often than not they give me insight into how some guests feel. I will do my best to satisfy every request while maintaining the best environment. Music is mixed live, so the BPM/key/genre might fit later on or already be the next song cued up.
Before your event, I accept spreadsheets, Spotify playlists, or whatever format is convenient for you. You can be as general by listing only vibes or genres or as specific as you want. There is no limit in how many songs you can request. I pride myself on reading a crowd, but even if you have a set list, that is a creative endeavor in itself.
Can we submit a Do Not Play list?
Sometimes the best place to start is writing out your "do-not-play" list. A do not playlist can be as firm as you'd like. Generally, it's easier to know what you don't want than to get into the specifics of what you do.
Do you specialize in international or ethnic genres?
I don't claim expertise in any one international genre; I've done Jewish, Greek, Serbian, Liberian, Italian, Spanish, Irish, Persian, German and Bosnian events. I am not bilingual, but can connect you do a bilingual MC.
What kind of equipment do you use?
All is top professional-quality DJ equipment. Click here to check out my equipment page.
Do you bring lights, fog, tv monitors, etc?
My focus is the music. I bring the best sound system. If you are interested in lighting and more, check out Ultimate Sound and Lighting for rentals. They will set-up and takedown and I can help you coordinate what you're looking for.
How long will you hold my date?
After we meet, I hold dates for a week after meeting in-person or speaking by phone. There are no obligations for me or you before the contract is signed and retainer received.
When do you arrive to my event?
I like to arrive a minimum of 1 hour before your event, but I try to be there up to 3 hours before. I calculate based on the start of the event, not playtime. For example, if I am only playing music for your wedding reception, I do not show up an hour before the reception, I show up an hour before the ceremony. One of the worst things I could do is interrupt while setting up.
How do you motivate guests if no one is dancing?
This is the difference between a good DJ and a bad DJ: judgement. Music is the best motivator, but I will invite people to the dancefloor, if necessary.
What genres of music do you like?
I was raised in the 90's so I have a soft spot of golden-era hip-hop and pop music. I am an open format DJ, meaning that I listen to, play, and mix any style of music from soul to reggaeton.
are you insured?
Yes, I carry $1,000,000 liability insurance policy and will email this to your venue or planner before your event.
What is your backup plan?
I carry back-up hard drives of music and equipment so there are no hiccups day of. If I am for some extreme reason not able to perform (hospitalization, etc.), I have a network of DJs that are qualified to be a replacement.
how many events do you book per day?
The date you book is your day so you get the customized, personal service you expect.
What are first steps?
Click here to contact me with date, venue, and timeline. I respond within 24-hours, usually within an hour of receiving your email. Next steps would be to meet in person.