A: Yes we now offer equipment rental, including speakers, mixers, projectors, l.e.d. and uplighting. Please visit our services page for more information.
Q: Can you send us a demo mix or video of you performing?
A: We no longer send out demo mixes or videos. We do have a tremendous amount of music, playlists and photos on our blog if you are interested in checking it out. There is also feedback from events we’ve the past 6 years. Every event is different in terms of the crowd, music selection and type of event it is and therefore requires custom playlists which reflect the clients’ tastes. There is no way to create a demo that could cater to everyone. A demo mix doesn’t tell you anything about what a dj can do in front of 800 people.
Q: Why hire a DJ when I can use my IPOD/ have my friend dj?
A: An IPOD, pre-arranged playlist or friend with limited experience cannot cater to the idiosyncracies of a particular crowd, especially in New York City. With the access to music people have nowadays people are extremely selective about the music they would like played at their events. Everyone on the planet knows at least some of the popular dance songs, the trick is knowing not just when to play them but to be able to take crowds places beyond the standard fare.
There are a lot of considerations if you decide to bring an Ipod and rent speakers – do you have a backup system (just in case)? are you insured? Can you keep people dancing for 3 or 4 hours? Do you have an enormous selection of music to draw on (just in case)?
What an experienced dj brings to the table that an IPOD cannot is when to shift gears, when to take the music back a little and be able to keep people dancing all night. An IPOD has no way of knowing who is on the dance floor and what be-bop song should be played next. This takes years to master and the last thing one would want at their event is 300 people who stop dancing and are staring at the ipod in the corner while someone scrolls through the 500 songs trying to find something good. Often times this is the point in the night when people realize they shouldn’t have cut corners with the one thing that makes an event a true party, the dj.
Q: What sets you apart from other DJs in the area?
A: We are different from the majority of Disc Jockeys in the New York City tri-state area in that we strive to select the best music from all over the world, whether it’s merengue, salsa, jazz, reggae, R & B, pop, bachata, or anything else you can think of, we aim to select only the best specific tracks in any particular genre.
We are extremely versatile, having performed at a wide variety of events in Los Angeles and New York City, from film premieres and television wrap parties to political fundraisers, black tie affairs and weddings.
Further, we possess a high degree of professionalism in our approach to handling all aspects of a client’s event – from planning to set-up to performance to take-down – ensuring that everything will go off without a hitch. We actively listen to the music we play, so we are familiar with it, ensuring that the best song choices are made throughout the entire flow of the client’s event.
Another aspect that sets us apart is we take extreme care to make the event flow smoothly and not be “in the way” throughout the course of an event. Our number one priority is satisfying our clients by playing every type of music they want to hear, and to ensure that we are hired to please them musically by keeping people happy and dancing.
Finally, our rates are very affordable, and discounts are available for our services.
Q: What geographical areas do you serve?
A: We travel up to (roughly) 250 miles from New York City (zip code 10028). If your event is beyond this range please contact us and we can discuss options.
Q: What kind of events do you play?
A: An almost endless variety of weddings, corporate and private events. We are also artists in New York City and dj private music shows and parties.
Q: Where do you guys find all of your music?
A: We’re huge fans of KCRW and KEXP, as well as Pitchfork and the endless music blogs on the web.
Q: Are you insured?
A: Yes we have a comprehensive insurance policy. If your venue requires a copy of our policy we will be happy to provide one.
Q: What happens if a DJ becomes sick?
A: If a DJ is unable to perform at a client’s event, there will be a back-up ready. At every event we have two people present in case of any complications.
Q: What kinds of music do you play?
A: Almost any kind you can think of! Each event is different and we custom tailor playlists for each event depending on the clients wishes and the crowd.
Q: How much advance notice does a client need to book an event?
A: Normally, 6-9 months is the standard booking time frame. However, larger events and events on popular event dates may need additional notice. Often we can accommodate last minute bookings, please contact us here.
Q: Do you use records or CDs?
A: CDs. We have an extensive musical library, available on both CD and MP3. While we miss the vinyl, we no longer lug our crates of records to events.
Q: What kind of equipment do you use?
A: We only use the best sound equipment available including powered JBL and Yorkville speakers, a pro audio Denon and Tascam CD mixing system, Apple and Dell laptops.
Q: What are your rates?
Q: There are so many dj companies out there, why should I hire DJNYC?
A: Because we are a small company we are able to provide a level of service and attention unmatched in New York City. The effort and love we put into djing events is best illustrated by our feedback page. With many of the larger (and more expensive) dj companies, the djs usually are only wedding or bar/ bat mitzvah djs. One rarely if ever hears them talking about specific music and having a passion for djing. This is a definite red flag that the dj may be generic or more interested in the business element. While almost all dj companies in New York City talk about “not being cheesy”, that doesn’t really tell you much about the kind of music they are good at spinning, other than the same 300 hits every other dj plays.