FAQ - SOUND ADVICE
from Da Spin Doctor!
Q: There seem to be a lot of DJ booking services on the Internet. What is the best way to book a DJ?
A: These booking services are very handy, and as you can see, Da Spin Doctor ®© is listed at the top of most of them. However, nothing is free. Virtually all of these on-line services charge either the DJ or the customer a fee, which is often passed along. Some services delay contact information, do not supply phone numbers, or demand that you fill out extensive and sometimes invasive forms. The fastest, most secure, least expensive, and best way to book a DJ is to call us directly (808-271-4493.)
Q: Is "Da Spin Doctor" really a "unique" DJ service?
A: Oh, yes. Professor Bob first hit the airwaves in 1968 at age 15 on a 50,000 watt FM stereo radio station back East. He has been a REAL radio DJ at six radio stations on both the East and West Coasts, was a KPRO radio DJ and Program Director for Dick Clark, and has been in professional broadcasting for 40 years. Professor Bob also has seven years of experience as a professional stage actor, musician, and also TV News Anchor. Our DJ service uses all that live audience and on-air experience - delivering personality, fun, and excitement to your event.
Q: How long has your DJ been living in Hawaii?
A: Since 1983. So, Professor Bob knows local as well as national music, and the Oahu audience.
Q: Who will I get as a DJ?
A: Prof. Bob and perhaps an assistant. No one else. No poorly trained high school students or starving college students. We don't sub-contract or try to stick you with substitute DJs at the last minute. So, book early!
(Yes, that's our assistant, Mrs. Prof. Bob)
Q: Do you do weddings?
A: Yes! Wedding receptions are, by far, the most popular events for DJs. As you have probably figured out by now, our service is unique. If what we do is appropriate for the bride, groom and wedding guests, you will have a "blast" that you will never forget!
Q: Do you do theme parties?
A: Absolutely! LOVE 'EM! And we have DJ costumes for all themes! Or, how about a "mixed plate" of each of your favorites in one party? We can custom design music, DJ costumes, contests, and DJ show around your favorite themes!
And lots more...
Wedding Anniversaries, Military Parties, Retirement Parties, Family & Class Reunions, Dinners, Dances, Senior Citizen Centers, Sock Hops, Church Events, Yakudoshi Parties (M-25,42,61 F-19,33,37), Kanreki Parties, Baby Luaus, Picnics, Resorts,Anniversaries, Awards Nights, Alumnae Parties, Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties, Banquets, Adult Birthday Parties, Celebrations, Christmas Parties, Clubs, Community Events, Conventions, Corporate Functions, Country Clubs, Dinner Dances, Festivals, Fund Raisers, Grand Openings, Halloween Parties, Hotels, Private Parties, LGBT Parties, Restaurants, Showers, Tournaments - well, you get the idea.
Q: How long have you been in business?
A: Our media production business, "Pacific Multi*Media" was licensed in Hawai'i in 1987, but "Da Spin Doctor" was "spun up" and registered in January, 2009. We saw a unique need in Hawai'i, and are filling it.
Q: Are you insured?
A: Yes. DJ Insurance is a requirement for all military bases and many other venues. We are insured by Farmer's, via National Alliance of Special Event Planners, Inc.
Q: Your rates seem very reasonable...even a bit low. How come?
A: Yes, even though we have had 40 years of DJ, stage, & MC experience. Do an Internet search "Hawaii DJ fees" and you'll discover average rates of around $1,200.00+. So, how you do it at these prices? Human bodies absorb an amazing amount of sound. So, our basic prices are based on your number of guests. Smaller crowds require smaller (and less expensive) sound equipment. Why pay for more than you need? Most of our fees are "ala carte" so you won't have to pay a penny more than what you need or want. Why should you have to pay for lights (usually included in DJ "packages") if your event is in the daytime?
PLEASE BE CAREFUL! Some DJs use substandard, out-dated, or cheap equipment to cut costs! Always ask about the sound system - you get what you pay for!
Q: We can't decide if we should hire a live band or a DJ. Help?
A: We encourage everyone we meet to support live music in Hawai'i, and do so ourselves. Without musicians we would have nothing to listen to. But, it's a tough decision depending on the nature of your event. Live bands usually specialize in a particular type or style of music; rock, country, reggae, Jawaiian, pop, Latin, Salsa, jazz, blues, Hawaiian, big band, etc. However, if you want a much wider variety of music than one live band can possibly play, well...that's the main reason DJs are so popular. Here is what TV's "My Fair Wedding" Super Star Wedding Planner David Tutera recommends.
"Often, brides ask if they should have a band or a DJ. I always say that DJs are an excellent choice because, for one thing, they are much less expensive than live entertainment. Their playlist can be customized, and a well-chosen, sophisticated DJ may be perfect for your wedding. Meet DJs to gauge their personality and style. Discuss your needs and wishes for your wedding, including the DJ’s wardrobe... Discuss various styles of music—a variety should be played throughout the night to keep guests entertained. During meetings with your DJ, develop your song playlist and be clear about what you like and dislike. Make sure your DJ will take your song requests." http://www.bridalguide.com/planning/david-tuteras-weddings/wedding-reception-music
Q: One of our guests has an iPod and is willing to play music for free. Why should we hire you?
A: We will be happy to rent to you our superior sound system and a microphone to use with your own iPod (see our "fees" page.) But, we recommend you read the following:
I have an iPod too, and listen to it all the time. But, I would never think of mis-using it to professionally entertain a group of guests. Modern sound systems, speakers, mixers, and high power amplifiers are a marvel of sophisticated electronics and engineering. Trying to interface a tiny personal listening device designed to work for one person with earpods to a high powered, complex unfamiliar rented sound system is an "iffy" proposition. And, if you damage or blow up someone else's rented system, you'll be receiving a hefty repair bill.
Something else to consider - Is your guest DJ willing to miss all the fun of the event while trying to play DJ with no training and perhaps little talent for knowing what music is best for any given moment? It's best to hire a professional, if only so that all of your guests, relatives, and friends can have a good time, too. Ever seen wedding photos taken by someone's cousin, rather than by a professional photographer? I can cook, and wash dishes, but for a really special evening with special food that I don't know how to cook, I go to a restaurant and leave it all to the pros. As always, you get what you pay for! You only get ONE chance to 'get it right' at most events.
Q: What is your mobile set-up like?
A: It's all about the music. Our digital music library has in excess of 30,000 tunes. We have all new, state-of-the-art digital audio and digital lighting systems worth in excess of $34,000, including three backup systems. If you are into tech stuff, this should ring your bells - We use Bose Professional, JBL, JBL 18" subs, Electro-Voice, Shure, and Behringer audio, with American DJ & Chauvet LED DMX lighting.© Our professional systems can easily handle audiences from 12 to 1,200 people. Always ask about the sound system - you get what you pay for!
Q: I am in charge of an event, but don't know where to start. How do I begin?
A: Start with a reasonable, realistic budget based on the number of folks attending. One of the sites on which we are listed has a very good budgeting calculator, which you can customize for Hawai'i events:
One of your first concerns should be the date and reservation of the venue, restaurant, or room, and probably the menu, also. These will be the highest cost items. If you would like suggestions on where to have your event, we will be happy to email recommendations. (No, we don't take kick-backs! We simply like to recommend trusted, reliable, affordable venues that treat our local Oahu customers fairly and professionally.)
Q: What will it cost to book you?
A: That depends on whatYOU want and need. One size does NOT fit all! Click here. No surprises. No hidden fees. Lighting, fog machines, and other goodies are available and we will give a firm quote on any extras. It's best to telephone 808-271-4493 for fastest service.
Q: What do we get for our hard-earned money?
A: As much or as little as you like. Some folks want only music with no talk. Others want more of an M.C. type fun show with games, talk, contests, etc. We price our M.C. service low so that most folks can afford it, simply because it is so much fun and we don't won't anyone to miss out! At the minimum, you get a professional, powerful sound system for the exclusive use of the DJ, the music, and the DJ to operate it all who also selects the music. If you select the "no talk" option we will not be including our microphone systems.
Q: Why don't you include lighting in your pricing?
A: Lighting adds to event costs. Lighting requires much more setup and breakdown time. We keep our DJ prices low by offering lighting as an option.
There are several things to consider if you are thinking about dance floor or special lighting -
- Does your event venue have enough available space and electricity to handle professional lighting AND a high powered sound system?
- Will your venue allow additional lighting and / or fog machines? (Not all do.) Fog and haze machines can set off certain types of smoke alarms. Fog machines use pharmaceutical grade propylene glycol, triethylene glycol and distilled water. Haze machines are mineral oil or water based, produce a thin mist rather than a cloud, but are much more expensive.
- Will you also be renting a fog machine from us? Light is invisible until it reflects or refracts off some object. DJs get around this by using fog or haze machines to get the best lighting effects.
- Can the venue be completely dimmed dark? If not, the special lighting may be washed out. This is of particular concern if your event is a daytime luncheon, an outside event, or any place that can't be properly darkened.
- There are some health concerns. Flashing lights can trigger epilepsy seizures, and fog machines can cause respiratory problems for asthmatics and others, so while these conditions are rare, you will have to make sure these are not issues for all of your guests.
Having said that, can you imagine going to a rock concert or club NOT having exciting lighting and special effects?
Da Spin Doctor has the absolute coolest lighting available from American DJ© and Chauvet©. We use the very latest, brand new LED and Tri-LED special effects lighting to bring you state-of-the-art excitement.
We also offer a hard-to-find full height podium which can be converted to table top lectern use with it's own sound system.
If you want to add a follow spot, lighting, and/or fog machines to your event, please telephone us for recommendations, additional charges, and how to best meet your unique desires.
We like to custom design our programs and music playlists for each client. The best way to do that, and check us out is face-to-face.
So, schedule a NO COST NO OBLIGATION
FREE House call 'consultation'
with Da Spin Doctor !
More questions? Call us at
808 271 4493
We DJ and MC for Wedding DJ, wedding reception DJ, class reunion DJ, family reunion DJ, Bat Mitzvah DJ, Bar Mitzvah DJ, Wedding Anniversary DJ, Birthday party DJ, Military Party DJ, Retirement Party DJ, Dinner DJ, Dance DJ, Party DJ, Senior Citizen DJ, Sock Hop DJ, Church Event DJ, Yakudoshi DJ, Kanreki DJ, Baby Luau DJ, Picnic DJ - well, you get the idea.