The one thing we have discovered, people believe that all the DJ’s are the same, and the only difference in their service is in their price. This is a false belief, not all DJ’s are the same.
Dancemaster DJ's differ from the rest because of the following:
Do you require a retainer?
Yes, we ask for at least a $100.00 retainer when booking the event. This non-refundable payment ensures a DJ has been allocated for your event. The balance in full is required 2 weeks prior to the function. The balance ensures the DJ’s performance for that event. Payment can be made by cheque, cash, e-transfer or money order. We do not accept Paypal or any credit cards.
How long have you been in the business?
We have been in business since 1984.
How much experience do your DJ’s have?
The DJ’s range in age and experience levels. We have some with less than 5 years, others with less than 15, 25 & 35 years of experience. Our pricing will reflect the experience of our individuals. The higher level of experience, the higher the price. We’ve done it this way, so you know who will be your DJ before your event, rather than find out the day of that you get a teenager, but you thought you had the owner booked. In every job or career, those with more experience command higher compensation, but they also have higher expectations. This method also allows us to be flexible, when it comes to your budget. All of our individuals are solid, reliable and fun-loving. Each are dedicated to making your event memorable. It’s that good, better, best philosophy.
Do you do same-sex weddings?
Yes, we do both gay and lesbian weddings.
What do your DJ's wear?
It depends on the type of function. If it is a wedding, we come dressed dignified. For other events, it can range from casual to full costume for the theme dances. We would discuss this with you prior to the event.
Do you recommend a meeting before the event?
If circumstances allow, then YES! We actually prefer it that way! It gives our clients a sense of assurance. They know where we are. We can meet as many time as you feel it is necessary. Because Niagara is a popular spot, many of our clients are from overseas or south of the border. Meeting is sometimes not possible in these unique situations, so as an alternative, we rely on email, Skype and phone contact for these situations.
Do we get something in writing?
Most certainly you do. This is for your legal protection. If you're dealing with a company or individual that doesn't you are asking for trouble. It comes down to being their word against yours.
Can we meet the deejay?
A lot has to do with scheduling, but yes you can. You can request a certain individual from our team at the time of quoting, and that person (if available for your date) guarantees that they'll work for the success of your function.
As a multi-op company, can you provide the same attention as a single operator?
Yes we can, it's called being organized and having a system. With over 30 years of experience, we've learned to work smarter, because everyone of our clients are special to us.
Do you have back-up?
Of course. We have back-up equipment available, along with several DJ's that we can call upon, if case something bad happens.
What awards have you won?
Whenever there has been a Reader's Choice award for most preferred DJ, we've never lost.
How far in advance should we book?
We always recommend that you consider the entertainment a high priority. We're responsible to "finish off the day" and leave a lasting good memory. A lot of times, we get booked up to a year in advance. Our clients are willing to pay a little extra to ensure their peace of mind. That being said, we do recommend that you at least begin to make enquiries up to 4 - 6 months in advance.
Are you a member of the DJ Association?
Yes, we are members of the N.D.J.A. and C.P.D.J.A.
Do you accept requests?
Absolutely! With the amount of music that we carry to every function, it's actually hard to "stump" us. It's all about what you want to hear.
Do we get to choose any music?
Absolutely! When we have our meeting(s), we go over and choose the music you want played ... and ... the music you don't want played. We recommend that you come up with a list of song titles and/or artists. It gives us an idea of what you and your guests are looking for. For weddings, it's important to plan the start of the night (and any other special music) beforehand.
Some halls do not have a P.A., can we use yours?
If we are booked for the dinner as well as the rest of the evening, then yes. If we are booked strictly for the dance, then no.
What other music do you have?
We learned a long time ago that a really good company invests in three things. Good people, good equipment, and ALL types of music! We update our music library monthly with the most current charts (of all types). We add music from all over the world and our library is growing faster than any other company in the area. We currently have over 30,000 songs from 75 different nationalities ... including an extensive background and ceremonial music library. There actually isn't much that we can't handle.
What equipment do you have?
We carry professional names such as PEAVEY, American DJ, Citronic, RCL, Pioneer, Wharfedale and Hercules.
Can you provide lighting?
Depending on your requirements, ... yes we can. Much of this will depend on your venue. They may not allow several pieces based on insurance and fire safety issues. Outdoor venues sometimes also have problems with insufficient electricity. Before you spend extra, check on the venue for what is permitted..
Do your associates drink during the evening?
They are not permitted to have alcohol during the performance. They can have soft drinks and water.
Do you take breaks during the evening?
No, we work straight through.
Should we feed the deejay?
It would be advisable. The DJ can be there 7-8 hours or more without a break. Halls & caterers factor in extra food for their staff, along with photographers, their assistants and videographers, a DJ should be no different.
Can you act as an M.C. (Master of Ceremonies)?
Yes we can. All we ask is that you prepare us well for it.
Do you charge tax?
Yes, our company is busy and large enough to charge the HST.
Should we tip the deejay?
It's not necessary ... but if the deejay has done a really great job and has made your event a success, ... well, we'll let you decide.
Can we give you CDs to play?
We certainly can accept them, providing we get them in plenty of time for the event. We only accept these from the person who contacted us. We will "screen" every CD provided before playing any part of them to avoid problems and potential embarrassment.