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DJ and Emceeing

Having a professional DJ can make or break your big event! Choose wisely and see why we have been doing this for nearly 10 years and still going strong.

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    1. What music genres are in your collection?
    2. Can I see the DJ perform at another event so I can get a feel for their style?
    3. Do you have liability insurance?
    4. Describe your DJ style:
    5. Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
    6. What is your usual attire?
    7. If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
    8. What is the minimum amount of time Hesson Entertainment will DJ for?
    9. May the client meet with Hesson Entertainment before booking?
    10. Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
    11. Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
    12. Do you bring your own equipment?
    13. What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
    14. How much time do you usually need to set up?
    15. Do you require that the site or client provide a table for you to set up on?
    16. Do you have any extra space requirements?
    17. Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
    18. Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
    19. How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
    20. What is your policy on taking breaks?
    21. If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
    22. What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
    23. What is your overtime rate?
    24. Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
    25. What is the required deposit to secure your services?

    What music genres are in your collection?

    • 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Classic Rock, Country, Dance, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop, Motown, Oldies, Pop, R&B, Rock
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    Can I see the DJ perform at another event so I can get a feel for their style?

    • This has got to be the question we see the most. Unfortunately we don't let prospective clients come to our events for a couple of reasons:
      #1 We respect our client's privacy.
      #2 It's important that all of our attention is focused on the event we are doing.
      #3 It's very unprofessional for us to use someone elses event as a sales pitch.
      #4 It's not your event, every event (Especially Weddings) are different and it doesn't reflect what you would expect for your event.
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    Do you have liability insurance?

    • Yes, We have a 2 million Dollar Liability insurance policy. We can provide your venue with an official certificate of insurance.
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    Describe your DJ style:

    • We adapt to you and your guests to make sure everyone has a good time. We don't necessarily play what we want to hear, we get feedback from your guests by taking requests and knowing what is and isn't appropriate to play at your Wedding. There certainly isn't a "One size fits all" approach to DJ'ing a Wedding.

      Our approach is: Weddings especially are unique, We always look for your input because it's YOUR event and if you want specific music we will discuss it in advance to make sure you are happy with the style and approach we use.
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    Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?

    • The short answer is NO... BUT there IS a limit to the number of songs that can be played at the event! Make sure you prioritize your requests by submitting a "Must Play" and "Play if possible" list of requests with our online music request form.
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    What is your usual attire?

    • Tux or sleek Suite with Jacket and Tie UNLESS otherwise requested by the client
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    If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?

    • In this digital age we can get most any song out there. If the song is very unusual to us (For example) Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Latin, Russian, Hebrew etc... we may need a little help in those area. We can discuss this in more detail in person or over the phone.
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    What is the minimum amount of time Hesson Entertainment will DJ for?

    • Our minimum contract time for an event includes up to 4 hours of DJ performance.
      The time doesn't include other parts of the event which we may not be hired (For example) Ceremony, Cocktail Hr. If you would like us to provide DJ and sound for the Ceremony or Cocktail hour additional charges may apply.
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    May the client meet with Hesson Entertainment before booking?

    • Yes, We love to meet with you and get the vision of your dream wedding. We understand that this isn't always such an easy thing to do over the phone. You will have the opportunity to meet with your Event Director to make certain everything is perfect!
      Usually we have two meetings, the first meeting will be BEFORE you book us so we can go over the planning tools and also have a brainstorming session about what you want for your wedding. The second meeting about 2 weeks prior to the event is when we will go over every little detail to make certain everything is perfect. You will have your DJ's information too so you can communicate directly amongst yourselves.
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    Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?

    • The Baltimore Washington region has the greatest amount of cultural diversity than anywhere else in the World. This is why we have such tremendous experience in the background of different ethnicities. Perhaps We can discuss this in more detail and give you the opportunity to see if we are a good fit for your event.
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    Can the client submit a do-not-play list?

    • Absolutely, this is your event and we don't want to offend anyone. Please let us know any styles or specific songs you don't want us to play.
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    Do you bring your own equipment?

    • We always use our own equipment, it's all owned by "Hesson Entertainment" NOT the "DJ" so there's consistency from one event to another. We only use very high quality equipment and are very focused on the sound quality.
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    What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?

    • We have dance lights which looks great and are included in most of our packages. We also offer decorative uplighting which have an incredibly good impact for a very modest price when compared to other lighting companies.
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    How much time do you usually need to set up?

    • We like to arrive 2 to 3 hours before the first guest. It takes approximately 45 minutes to setup a basic system including load in.
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    Do you require that the venue or client provide a table for you to set up on?

    • Yes, but if the venue doesn't have a table we can bring one if we know in advance.
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    Do you have any extra space requirements?

    • We have been in pretty tight areas, we can work under most conditions provided by the venue. If possible please have a minimum area available for the DJ and all of his equipment measuring: 7 feet by 10 feet
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    Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?

    • We don't promote ourselves at your event, (No Banners) we are there for you and your event only. We may have a card on hand if someone asks.
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    Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?

    • We train our DJ's to be professional when using the microphone, we feel that too much talking can interfere with the flow of the reception. The guests are there for the Wedding, not to listen to a DJ tell jokes all night. Bottom line is... We know when to talk and we know not to talk too much.
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    How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?

    • Every wedding is unique and there is no "One" answer to this question.

      First we make sure that everyone is having a good time and think carefully about what to play next. One thing I often see with rookie DJ's is that they may overlook the true reason the dance floor has been vacated. After playing 30 straight minutes of high energy music the guests may tend to get tired. Reading a crowd is one of the most important jobs a DJ has, it's important to know when to play a slow song. That is the number one reason I can think of when the dance floor starts to get empty.

      NOTE: Just because people aren't dancing doesn't mean they aren't having a good time. Weddings are a time where families and friends who don't see one another too often actually get a chance to catch up on good times. The most important thing is to make certain that noise levels are kept reasonable and don't make it an unpleasurable experience for your guests.
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    What is your policy on taking breaks?

    • We don't take breaks, we stay near the DJ booth at all times.
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    If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?

    • We respectfully ask that you provide the DJ with a vendor meal. The DJ may eat at the same time as your guests by the DJ booth or at a nearby location where the he or she can monitor the level of the background music.
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    What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?

    • We are prepared!

      Hesson Entertainment ALWAYS has a qualified DJ on hand, we have a rotating schedule with our DJ's from one week to the next where they take turns being an "Assistant" at another event. This makes it possible for the other DJ to step in and take over in the unlikely event that a problem occurs.
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    What is your overtime rate?

    • $90.00 per hour starting after the contracted end time
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    Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?

    • We cover a radius of 50 miles each way which covers most of the Washington Baltimore region. If it is greater than 50 miles from Zip Code 20715 there will be a $50.00 travel fee which is necessary to cover the added expense of fuel.
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    What is the required deposit to secure your services?

    • 50% deposit is required lock in your date.
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