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F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)/F.Y.I. (For Your Information)

(The following pertains to DJ Spinelli & Assoc., entertainment, function halls/venues, equipment, music and DJs in general.)

  • Q: How long has "djspinelli.com" existed?
    A: Since 1997. Public record of our domain name can found here: www.networksolutions.com/whois. We should also mention that because of how long we've been online, our page rank is very high (making our site more visible during web searches).

  • Q: What does "DJ Spinelli & Assoc." mean exactly?
    A: DJ Steve Spinelli is the founder of this service, hence "DJ Spinelli". We're made up of a large network of DJs which we refer to as our "associates", hence "Assoc.". (We always use "Assoc." when referring to our business name/logo, regardless if it's on paper or digital media.)

  • Q: Should I hire a DJ or use an mp3 player for my event?
    A: Given the nature of the event and if the music/entertainment is not critical (or if you simply cannot afford it), use an mp3 player. Keep in mind though, that most people (that aren't DJs) don't have a sound system to hook up to and that renting a decent one can be expensive, so it may be in your best interest to hire a DJ.

  • Q: Do you offer a contract/agreement form if I decide to hire you?
    A: Yes. For you, it guarantees the DJ will come to your event on the date, time and place (along with any terms and conditions) specified. For us, that the event will take place on the date, time and place (along with any terms and conditions) specified. This agreement between us also shows the total amount of the event as well as the deposit and the balance due.

  • Q: Will you sign a waiver from the function hall?
    A: No. We will not be responsible or liable for anything a function hall has put on paper for us to sign. Some of these "terms and conditions" we've seen include: "The DJ/Entertainer will not entice people to dance on the tables". To clarify, we would never entice anyone to do this (for obvious reasons). We have no control of what your quests are capable of (especially when alcohol is involved). If they get up on a table and start dancing, we're not responsible for that and we sure don't want to be liable for it either. "The DJ/Entertainer will not have people wave their linens in the air". The same applies to this as well. "The DJ/Entertainer will not have the music too loud". We always make sure the volume is at a reasonable level. If, for example, a hotel with rooms above (or nearby) with guests are of concern, then the venue should either sound proof the walls/ceilings or reconsider allowing events to take place there. Any reputable function hall that has events on a consistent basis would never be concerned with the volume (of music).

    We completely understand we're in "their house" and that certain rules apply - and we respect that. However, we're there for one reason: YOU. You're paying us, not them. The only exception to this rule is if the function hall referred us to you (at which point we'd gladly accommodate any of their demands).

  • Q: What happens if something comes up for the date I booked with you and have to change it to another date?
    A: We'll gladly make arrangements for another date (depending on the availability of our DJs).

  • Q: If I decide to cancel with you, what would happen with my deposit?
    A: The deposit is non-refundable. If you use our services at a later date though, we would apply the deposit towards it.

  • Q: Would I be able to meet the DJ in person before the event?
    A: Yes.

  • Q: How far in advance do people usually book a wedding?
    A: Typically, around 6 to 8 months. Some will book a year to two years in advance, while others will within a few months to sometimes a few weeks (if someone is being deployed, for example).

  • Q: What if I booked a DJ from somewhere else and they back out on me at the last minute?
    A: Don't fret! We've got you covered. Simply call us and you'll be back on track before you know it.

  • Q: Besides Disc Jockeys, what other services do you offer?
    A: We offer: lights, uplighting (up lights), photographers, videographers, caterers, projectors/screens, casino events, photo booths and much more. We suggest you go through us for everything you need for your event (eliminating the use of several different vendors).

  • Q: Do you have references?
    A: Yes.

  • Q: How early do you show up before an event?
    A: Generally, about an hour and a half. Certain events might require us to show up earlier though (to set up projectors/screens, uplights or other misc. items).

  • Q: Do you come alone or bring someone with you?
    A: This depends entirely on how entailed the overall event will be, e.g., type of event, street access, accessibility into/out of the building, equipment being used, number of uplights and/or set up of a projector/screen. An assistant (or two) would be used for larger events. As for standard events, only the DJ would be present (especially if they're familiar with the venue).

  • Q: If we wish, may we visit you at one of your events?
    A: Yes, but only if it's a place where the public is free to roam about (such as a hotel or outside). If it's solely a function hall, we wouldn't want the people that hired us to feel intruded upon during their event.

  • Q: As far as the music coming through your sound system is concerned, are you using vinyl, CDs or a laptop?
    A: These days, it's all digital music via a laptop/MIDI controller (along with an external hard drive). A second laptop (and an extra external hard drive) are brought along as backup. Occasionally (at themed events), we'll use turntables/vinyl upon request.

  • Q: If I want a special or obscure song during my event and you don't have it, would you be able to download it?
    A: There's a good possibly of it. The great thing about this day and age is we have the capability of getting online at most places (either through a wireless network or tethering through our cell phone - as long as there's coverage in the area). Once we're online however, there's no guarantee of getting the song seeing it's a "hard to get" or obscure song (this happens quite often with certain ethnic music). To avoid this uncertainty, we suggest you tell us any specific songs you want before your event takes place.

  • Q: What happens if the DJ is sick or can't make it to the event?
    A: Unless it's something that prevents the DJ from walking or talking, this won't happen. If it did, there would be another DJ to perform at the event - even at short notice.

  • Q: May I choose the music I want as well as the music I don't want?
    A: Yes. If you need us to, we'll help you with any suggestions concerning the music at your event.

  • Q: Do you require anything where you'll be setting up?
    A: A table close by to an electrical outlet will suffice. Most reputable function halls that have events on a consistent basis will supply a table (usually covered with a skirt and/or table cloth/linen). If this isn't the case, please let us know ahead of time and we'll bring a table.

    If you're renting a hall such as the Knights of Columbus or VFW, they usually supply a table for the DJ, but not the cover. If you (or a friend/family member) are setting up all the decorations/table covers earlier in the day, we kindly ask that you cover the DJ table for us to match the rest of the decor.

    If it's an outside event, we require some time of overhead protection (in case of bad weather/extreme sunlight).

  • Q: Do you eat at the events you perform at?
    A: While not necessary, we always appreciate the offer of food at any event (especially if it's a long day and/or night).

  • Q: What are the prices for your services?
    A: As you can imagine, every event is different. Simply call us and tell us the date of your wedding or party/function/event, where it is (City/Town, State) and how many hours it is. We will gladly quote you a price based on this information.

    If you decide you need us to stay an extra half hour/full hour, an additional charge for that time would apply. The charge for this time would depend on the overall price of your wedding or party/function/event. Lighting, additional equipment, props and other requested items are extra as well.

    There are no hidden charges. The price we quote you is the price we will honor. Availability depends on how many of our Disc Jockeys/Associates are available for that date.

  • Q: What form of payment do you accept?
    A: Personal/company/bank check, money order, credit card (PayPal) or cash.

  • Q: Do you accept tips?
    A: If you feel the DJ has exceeded your expectations and want to do so, tipping would naturally be appreciated, but not necessary.

  • Q: Is it OK to write something nice online about the DJ seeing everyone had such a great time?
    A: Although it's nice to see great reviews about our DJs at DJ Spinelli & Assoc., we don't pride ourselves nor do we rely on them. Reviews can be made up by anyone, e.g., friends, family members, co-workers, people representing the DJ service and even the DJ him/herself.

    It's been noticed many times over the years on certain websites that reviews from supposedly "different brides" all looked familiar (certain words used in context, capitalization/non-capitalization of certain words, incorrect grammar/punctuation, etc.). As mentioned, anyone can easily create an account on a popular website/forum pretending to be a bride, then post something positive about themselves (or negative about a competitor). We believe reviews are not a true representation of the DJ (or DJ service). Here at DJ Spinelli & Assoc., almost 70% of our events are from referrals... and that's what we pride ourselves and rely on.
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