Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
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Are you insured?
What is your experience?
You can say I was born into the DJ business. My parents both worked for local DJ's and at the age of five I attended my first gig. I attended mostly school dances and weddings/receptions. My father taught me the DJ and technical side of the business and my mother taught me the planning side of the business. My first job was lining up the wedding party for their grand entrance into the reception venue and my second job was as a lighting tech. During my high school years, I was a member of the theatre department and served on the technical crew. I had the opportunity to serve as stage crew head, stage manager, lighting and sound tech. Later after high school I went on to serve as the theatre technical director for West Snyder Middle School. And the rest is history...Check out my bio page for my entire story.
What type of equipment do you use?
We use professional equipment including the following brands: Bose, Pioneer, Wharfdale Pro, Peavey, Behringer, Line 6, American Audio, Furhman, Chauvet, and American DJ
What if you are sick?
As they say in show business, "the show must go on". I will ensure you still have a DJ and equipment present. I have folks contact me often because they're DJ is sick and unable to fullfil his/her contract. A huge benefit to A.W. Entertainment is we have a team of professionals and not just a "one man band". I also work very closely with Chris "DJ C" Snyder of Selinsgrove.
Do you provide on-site venue consultations?
Yes, I find it very important to meet with you before we sign the contract. I love to hear and see first hand how you envision your event to be. If we cannot meet in person for whatever reasons, I can arrange for a Facetime or Skype meeting. We can also utilize these for additional meetings while planning your event.
Do you have backup equipment when at an event?
Yes, we have backup equipment or a backup plan ready for action if necessary.
Do you prefer specific venues?
Yes, most of us in the business do have our favourite venues. I will be happy to share those with you or checkout our venue listing
How far will you travel?
In the past we have traveled to Gettysburg, Hershey, and everywhere in between. We include 60 miles round trip with all of our contracts. Exceeding the 60 mile round trip will result in a trip charge. A hotel charge could apply depending on the total distance and length of the event.
Do you have another job?
We do, like most DJ's in our area, have a full-time job however this does not prevent us from seeing that our clients receive the best DJ experience ever.
Do you have specific prices or packages?
We have basic pricing but each event is customized to meet the needs of our client. Our prices are competitive with all local DJ's .
Do you coordinate and communicate with photographers, videographers, and venue staff?
Yes, The photographers, venue staff, and caterers will receive an agenda for the event so that they do not miss a "beat". We keep in communication with the event location manager, chef, caterer or other designated person so that we are all working in unison. We make announcements with ample time to allow your photographers to be prepared so they do not miss a key moment.
Do you arrive in plenty of time to setup, test your equipment, and be ready when the first guest arrives?
Yes, we will be at your event location at least 1.5 hours before it starts. Larger events including wedding ceremonies & receptions require additional setup time. We arrange setup times with your venue management.
If we request a song on our planning sheet will it be played?
Yes, requests from my clients always come first and foremost however the exception are songs with explicit content which include songs with offensive language, racial slurs, and all others deemed offensive by the DJ and/or Owner of A.W. Entertainment. If song requests have explicit content we will do our best to find clean versions however if clean versions cannot be found we will not play these songs. Please keep in mind that there may be a wide variety of ages at your event, family members, and also the general public may be able to hear your music requests. The venue management also has to the right to screen music as well as A.W. Entertainment in order to uphold both businesses reputations. If you wish to have explicit songs played at your event, please discuss with Andre and/or your DJ prior to the event. We cannot guarantee we will have enough time to play all of the requested songs but we will do our best to do so.
Do you preview guest music requests?
Yes, all music is previewed per the clients selection preferences i.e. genre, content, and e.t.c. Also music is screened for explicit, racist, and similar content. Please see section above for additional information.
Does your equipment and setup look professional?
All our equipment will be professionally presented. That means, neat and with the cords tied/hidden, case lids tucked away and NO advertising banners or signs unless requested by the client.
I’ve been to other events where the microphones cracked and popped; do yours?
No, you will hear the announcements, not crackles and pops. Our equipment will perform properly. If for some odd reason it does not, we will immediately correct the problem. Our wireless microphone system utilizes digital signal. Electronic devices such as radios and cell phones do not interfere with it. most times However wind and line of sight barriers may pose issues. We will make every attempt to overcome these obstacles.
Will you be professionally attired?
Yes. Our question to our clients regarding attire is: what do you want us to wear? The staff and I also wear professional name tags to designate who we are. We have received many compliments from clients and venue staff about these. It makes their job easier if they know who we are when among your guests.
I was to an event where the DJ talked on his cell phone during his performance, do you carry a cell phone while DJing?
Yes, We carry a cell phones but you will see us dedicated to your event. We only take calls if it's a family emergency. The success of your event is our mission.
Do you drink alcohol while DJing?
We DO NOT consume alcohol before, during or after your event.
How often will you contact me?
I will meet with you as much as needed. Weddings & receptions may require more meetings in order to make our performance great. My goal is to make your event flawless. I am available by phone, e-mail, or Facebook anytime.
Do you practice reading the requested announcements or wedding party names before the event?
Yes, nothing bothers me more than hearing an announcement or name improperly announced.
Do you talk on the mic all night or just play the music?
I talk when necessary to keep the party going, make announcements, and e.t.c. I do not tell jokes, make obscene comments, or harass guests.
Do you encourage “group dances” i.e. chicken dance, electric slide, polkas e.t.c?
It is your event, if you request group dances we will play them