Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime event that should be the perfect experience you’ve always imagined it to be. We take our involvement in creating your vision very seriously and promise you’ll get the flawless performance your big day deserves. Weddings are like snowflakes, each one is unique and special so our packages are always customized to fit your needs specifically.
- You want total peace of mind and have confidence that a professional is in control of creating a flawless wedding.
- You want to check DJ/Sound/Lighting off your list and feel good about it.
- You want your guests to say “that was the most amazing party ever!”
- You want a soundtrack that reflects your style, taste & personality
- We create the spontaneous moments that define the success or failure of your event or party.
- We create the memories that live forever in your guest’s mind, in photos and video.
- We help manage the timeline and insure a smooth, organic & natural flow to the party.
You even get your own personal client website!
Here, you’ll be able to create your music request list and add information that we’ll use to make sure your wedding day is personalized and special.
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The first, and most important element, is getting to know you both – and we love meeting our couples in person!
VENUE WALKTHROUGH AND SITE SURVEY
It’s important to see your vision of the layout. A venue walkthrough allows us to notate important areas for the day-of and advise on key setup elements.
We’ve had the privilege of working at some of the best venues in Los Angeles. Click Here to see a full list along with some tips on venue selection.
MUSIC AND PLAYLIST CUSTOMIZATION
This is where the fun takes off! It’s time to reminisce on some of your favorite jams, classic oldies, or sure-tunes to get the non-dancers on the dance floor!
UNLIMITED EMAIL AND PHONE SUPPORT
This should go without saying. BUT, we want you to know that we are here for you whenever you may need it.
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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
The best time is as soon as you have booked your venue.
Some clients even book us BEFORE a venue if music is their #1 priority, but to give an accurate quote on pricing we need to know your venue layout and how much gear is required. That being said, booking a DJ/MC is similar to booking a photographer or venue. The amazing ones are often in high demand and booked a year or more in advance. We find that many of the popular wedding venues in Los Angeles are booked up to 2 years in advance.
TIP: If you fall in love with a venue or vendor but, they are already booked, consider moving your wedding to a Friday or Sunday.
Absolutely. This is an important day with no do-overs, and you have every right to make sure you feel 100% comfortable with the individual creating all the energy and excitement at your event. It’s essential to get a feel for the DJ/MC’s personality and determine whether they will compliment your style and relate well to you and your guests. Sometimes we will do an initial intake interview to assess your needs to match you with the DJ that best fits your style. Then you’ll still be able to have a meeting in person with the DJ/MC.
This is one of the more common complaints about the DJ industry today. The person you meet turns out NOT to be the person that actually performs at your event. We do not believe in “bait & switch” tactics, and so the person you meet will be your actual DJ/MC. NOTE: The owner often prefers to do an initial discovery call with each client and then make recommendations on the best fit for the DJ/MC. At which point, a meeting & interview will be scheduled.
Yes, if we aren’t already familiar with your venue, we insist on a visit to make sure we understand the acoustics of the space, layout, and loading path for setup.
However, Hey Mister DJ has played all over the greater Los Angeles area, and we are proudly featured on the preferred vendor list for many event spaces. Since we’ve done thousands of weddings & corporate events in Los Angeles, Orange County, Anaheim, Santa Barbara, Pacific Palisade, Palos Verdes, Malibu, Calabasas, Santa Monica & Hollywood, it’s likely that we are already familiar with your venue!
Our DJs typically arrive 2-3 hours before guest arrival and will be fully sound checked with music on at least 30 minutes before the first guest arrives.
Familiarity with your venue will help us to know exactly how much time is needed based on the layout and level of production we need to provide. That being said, Hey Mister DJ believes that “early is on time” and want to avoid creating anxiety for the client, planner, or venue. To that end, we are always early.
NOTE: Setup time will be longer if we are also providing lighting, photobooth and multiple sound systems. If your venue has a restriction (time limit) for setup or strike, we’ll need to add extra labor to ensure we are done on time and help you avoid any venue fees.
We strongly recommend investing in a professional coordinator for your wedding or event. No client has ever said hiring a planner wasn’t money well spent.
If you choose to have your wedding or event without a planner, it becomes 100% more critical that you have a VERY experienced DJ/MC, as they will end up absorbing most of those duties. So, it will be crucial for you to thoroughly screen your potential DJ/MC to assess their skill level with timeline execution. Find out their style and philosophy on how they work a room, if they are proactive and comfortable getting out from behind the DJ booth to handle things, or reactive and usually just wait to be told what to do. All our DJ/MCs are assertive and team players so happy to help when needed, but it’s no substitute for having a professional and experienced planner handle your timeline and logistics.
No, your DJ/MC will be well rested and is 100% focused on your wedding day.
During busy season, we do often work multiple events in a weekend, but this is quite common in the event industry.
This fluctuates, but on average we do about 350 weddings/events per year.
We NEVER take on more clients than we can handle, and always dedicate as much one-on-one time as you need to feel comfortable and confident you are in great hands.
Believe it or not, we have heard stories of less than professional DJs showing up to play a wedding with several friends in tow. While it is standard for the DJ to have an assistant to help with gear, anything beyond that is excessive. If your event scale is very small, the DJ can often setup and run everything solo, but if your venue has multiple locations or we are adding lighting and additional speakers then an assistant can be necessary to ensure timely setup and smooth performance. You also don’t want your DJ/MC so tired from hours of strenuous setup that they are lacking energy during the performance.
NOTE: If you are seeking a high level of engagement at your event, then we will recommend a 2-person team. (DJ & MC Combo)
This is always open for discussion if you have a specific theme or color scheme.
But our standard attire is all black (slacks, dress shirt, jacket, or dress) attire. Keep in mind we may be in different clothes during the setup phase and then change into professional attire before guest arrival.
Hiring a DJ/MC and production is a business transaction and should be handled as such. Contracts insure professionalism and security for all parties involved. Upon hiring, we will provide you with your own client site that includes a digital contract, deposit instructions and a questionnaire so we may get to know you better prior to the event. We are happy to send you a draft of our contract so you can review the terms prior to booking
Hey Mister DJ has full liability insurance policy for each performer with a coverage value of $2,000,000. We are happy to provide you or your venue with a copy of our insurance policy upon request.
An industry-standard, 50% nonrefundable retainer is due with your signed agreement within 7 days of your initial consultation with your DJ. This retainer reserves and guarantees the services of that specific DJ on your wedding day, and includes his unlimited accessibility to you in providing music planning assistance. The balance is collected 15-30 days prior to your event. Hey Mister DJ accepts personal and business checks, certified checks, Visa, MasterCard and Venmo.
It’s customary to provide a gratuity to your DJ if you feel they did an amazing job but it’s never expected or demanded. It’s a nice way of letting them know you appreciate their talent and a job well done. Typically, 15-20% is appropriate.
Out of respect for the privacy of others on their special day, Hey Mister DJ does not permit prospective clients to “drop-in” on a wedding or event. I’m sure you wouldn’t be happy with having a non-guest show up at your wedding either. However, our references, online reviews, and the information we provide you in our initial meeting will speak volumes of our experience, style, and professionalism. Part of our client onboarding process is to have a series of meetings and allow you to interview your potential DJ, so you make sure you’ve found the perfect fit.
First, let us say that you are not just purchasing a service, you are investing in the success of your day.
We are exceptionally good at our job and have a proven track record with thousands of happy clients.
With over 500 five-star reviews online and winner of “Best Wedding DJ in Los Angeles,” we are confident our pricing reflects the level of talent and passion we will bring to your event.
We are impeccable with our timing, room awareness, and energy level we create and manage throughout the night.
You want to guarantee that your guests leave saying “that was the most amazing wedding I’ve ever been to!
A wedding or special event is a one-time situation with no do-over.
After the wedding/event you and your guests leave with 2 things:
Photos and memories that you’ll be talking about for a long time after the last song has played.
All our DJs/MCs are life-long professionals with thousands of hours of experience reading a crowd and making split second decisions that impact the event in the most positive manner possible.
You’ll want to invest in us because we are experts with a genuine passion for our craft, and you want the best possible experience for your guests.
Hey Mister DJ is based in Los Angeles and serves the following areas:
Downtown, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Malibu, Calabasas, Pacific Palisades, Palos Verdes, Hollywood, Ventura, Orange County, Anaheim, Santa Barbara etc. We are also available for destination weddings and will travel outside our service area, but additional rates will apply.
Hey Mister DJ has a ridiculously large library of music ranging just about every possible genre. We have done many multi-cultural events and can work with all different ethnic musical styles, but if it’s not our strongest area, we will tell you and ask you to help provide that portion of the playlist.
We pride ourselves on being able to curate any type of vibe for almost any type of event. We update our collection constantly to be sure we are on the cutting edge of music while being able to take the crowd back in time when appropriate. The owner/founder has spent a lifetime collecting music and finding ways to stand out from the crowd. We happiest when our clients call us weeks later telling us their guests still can’t stop talking about how awesome and perfect the playlist was!
You can have as much input and give as much direction as you like!
We always encourage clients to be as involved in the playlist creation as they feel comfortable with. We typically ask clients for a list of their favorite songs, bands, and genres, and for a list of “must plays” and “do not plays.” Using our instincts and room awareness, we base the evening’s music selection around your tastes, requests from the guests, and largely based on how the crowd is responding in real time. Helping you pick specific songs for various traditions is included in your package. Don’t worry! We take your music request list seriously and will always respect the boundaries you set for the DJ.
FYI- We can play about 60-80 songs in a 4-hour reception.
(Depending on how fast we mix but averaging about 3 minutes per song)
So usually, we recommend you select about 10-15 favorite songs/artists for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.
Yes, provide that the requests are within the parameter of the format we’ve created for the night. We feel it’s nice to let guests feel like they are party of the party and have some input but won’t let a drunk guest hijack the music format.
Regardless of how much pre-planning is done with music, our DJs will always respond to your guest request in a courteous manner and accommodate them whenever possible unless otherwise instructed by you.
Yes, in fact you are our ideal client.
We can play pretty much any music style, but not necessarily attached to tradition or stuffy, overplayed songs that guests hear at every wedding.
We are here to deliver the perfect playlist that compliments your taste and hopefully throw in a few unexpected tracks (based on your playlist) that will leave you feeling amazed.
This means mixing each song (club style) so the transitions are smooth and seamless, which maintains a better flow and energy level. Beatmatching takes years of practice, and if a DJ is unable then their set often feels choppy and disjointed, or there may be “dead air” between songs. Most of our DJs mix but we have a couple DJs who actually don’t need to mix much because their room awareness and music programming is so on point. Ultimately, it’s a combination of impeccable room awareness, music programming, and mixing that allows us to maintain the room’s energy and momentum on the dance floor.
This is something most people don’t think to ask but is very important.
Many DJs mix way too fast and lose the crowds attention or don’t allow enough time for people to sing along and enjoy the song while others (who don’t mix) play every song from start to finish even if the song isn’t working and end up losing the dance floor and energy in the room. Our DJs are always reading the crowd to make sure the song still engages them but ready to mix out the moment the song begins to lose steam. (The sweet spot is between 2-3 minutes per song)
We are happy to make announcements at the wedding/event. Our style is to make the announcements as we have agreed upon beforehand, in a friendly, professional manner, and get on the mic only when needed. There are no surprises, and clients never feel an egocentric DJ is hijacking the event. We do not get on the microphone to plug our website etc.
The day is about you and your guests, having a good time, and celebrating a happy event. Our job is to facilitate a smooth reception and rock a successful party, not draw unnecessary attention to ourselves.
However, some clients desire a higher level interaction so make sure your DJ is also an experience MC, as there is a significant difference between a DJ that can MC, and having a professional Master of Ceremonies.
Depending on the event and needs of your guests, you should be sure that the DJ is comfortable hosting the event, helping to direct your guests as needed, and entertaining on the microphone. This is why we always work with you to understand your style, personality, and make sure it’s reflected accurately in our performance.
Confident, professional, and accessible, but never cheesy.
It’s important to have an MC that is able to command a crowd’s attention, provide direction, and create additional room energy. However, we believe music is the focal point so we have great discipline when speaking and keep extra chatter (no silly jokes) to a minimum.
A DJ will only appear and sound as good as his equipment!
Old, worn, and outdated gear will not only be an eyesore at upscale events, but also dramatically reduce the sound quality, and run a higher risk of failure as well.
We have a large variety of gear but here are some of our trusted brands:
Speakers: QSC K series, EV Evolve, JBL EON & PRX
Mixers: Pioneer, Rane & Mackie
Microphones: Shure, Sennheiser & Audio TechnicaL
We customize every package to fit our client’s needs, but the basic DJ package includes 2 speakers, DJ controller/mixer, wireless microphone and setup/teardown. Our commitment to you is to make sure you have everything you need for your event and not sell you anything you don’t.
We also offer full Audiovisual & lighting production options to make your room shine and ensure your video/photos look amazing!
We require at least one 6-foot banquet table, with linens, and adequate power (120-volt, 15-amp circuit on a grounded outlet) within 35 feet of where the DJ or production will be located.
Integrity and doing business ethically is very important to us.
We take great pride in offering certainty to our clients and our reputation as one of the best & most reliable DJ companies in Los Angeles. We realize selecting your DJ/MC is a very personal decision, and this is not a job like most in which sick days are acceptable. We make every reasonable effort to avoid a cancelation from happening. Still, if there was a severe emergency in which the DJ could not attend, we would first notify you immediately and then provide you with suitable replacement options for a DJ/MC of equal or greater talent.
Ensuring that the DJ is using top-grade professional equipment will reduce the chances of any problems, but unforeseen circumstances with technology can and do occur, so it’s important to make sure you are covered with a contingency plan.
We always bring an extra speaker, microphone, laptop or Ipod and plenty of extra cables to every event. We also set up and sound check at least 1 full hour prior to guest arrival to insure everything is working flawlessly. We also have network of resources to call in case of extreme emergency and would cover the cost of any last minute replacement gear.