FAQ

 

How much experience do you have?

I have personally been DJing since 1995. I've entertained well over 2500 weddings and other events during my career as a disc jockey, MC, sound expert, lighting maven and audio/video junkie! Adam's DJ Service was started in 2003. By 2007, I was able to take a leap of faith and commit to this business full-time. By the end of 2011, I decided to go solo in my operation and have no DJ employees.

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What types of events do you book?

Most of my functions are either corporate functions or weddings, as that's where my knowledge and expertise help my clients most; however, I also help with many retreats, trade shows, class reunions, private parties, birthdays, anniversaries, mitzvahs, holiday parties, fundraisers, school dances and community events. I specialize in elegant and upscale affairs held at specialized venues, hotels, convention centers, country clubs, and historic mansions. But I've also DJ'd at gun clubs, granges, private homes, barns, parking lots, senior centers and even in the back of trucks! I've played music at rodeos, on rooftops, at garlic festivals, at grand openings, Elks Club events, aboard boats, poolside, 4th of July events, New Years Eve parties, etc. Please note that I am not only a disc jockey service, I am also told I'm a pretty good MC. In addition to DJing and MCing, I can provide karaoke services, as well as general Audio Video, Projection and Lighting services.

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Can you provide References?

Yes, here are some on my references page: https://www.adamsdjservice.com/references You can also view some testimonials here: https://www.adamsdjservice.com/testimonials

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How do you determine your pricing?

In the many years I've been DJing, I've been able to create a lot of demand for myself. I'm told by many clients and other professionals in the industry that I'm the best DJ they've seen, heard or worked with. Therefore, the talent, experience, skills, expertise, cost of equipment, cost of insurance, cost of fuel, time invested into prepping for each event, the process I've put into place, etc. are all factors that determine my price. Plus, I am happy to customize packages based on your needs, so all I try to do is come up with a fair price for the solution I'm providing to you. I support my family with this business. I know what it takes to run successful events. I'm not the cheapest DJ out there, I know this. But I'm not the most expensive DJ, either - I am passionate about what I do and feel I provide good value to my clients no matter what the event is! I put in a lot of time, communication, travel, preparation and organization behind the scenes so you don't have to. And I always try to do what I can to exceed my clients' expectations.

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What areas do you cover?

I cover all of the Greater Puget Sound Area (typically from Stanwood / Arlington to Olympia, and the Kitsap Peninsula up to the Hood Canal). I also include Eastern Washington and other parts of the Pacific Northwest for no travel fees, depending on the circumstances! (I give deals to people who have weddings in Lake Chelan, Leavenworth, Wenatchee so I can visit family there! I've personally driven to Oregon and Idaho quite a few times for events and now I will be able to add California to my wedding map. Please note, there may be additional fees for driving farther from home, which might involve room nights or per diem.

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How extensive is your music library?

My MASSIVE and growing collection of music consists of songs from the 30s and 40s big band era through the current hits of today. I have access to over 100,000 titles (and counting) in my music archive and over 15,000 titles in my Classic Karaoke library! I have over 200 exclusive remixes and edits (DJ Tgro) + nearly 10,000 bootlegs, edits, mashups, remixes and dubs from DJ friends located all around North America. Please keep in mind that a lot of time and money was invested in re-purchasing or converting tapes, records and CDs into the digital format I utilize today (.mp3). Any requests not associated with my standard play list must be submitted at least one week prior to your event. That gives me enough time to research my library and make sure I have the important music for your event...owned, not streamed from the internet off of Spotify or YouTube. I can even custom edit or remix songs for you specifically. You have the option to supply music from your own collection if I can't locate specifically what you require (on CD, MP3 or iPod).

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What kind of equipment do you use?

I use nothing but the best of brands from my fingertips to your ears! I use Pioneer and Denon turntable style CD Players and media controllers (sometimes Technics turntables!), Denon Mixers, BBE Sonic Maximizers, DBX Equalizers, Compressors & Limiters, QSC & Crest Audio Amplifiers and QSC, JBL, Mackie, and M-Audio Speakers! I also use Shure wireless systems along with Shure, AKG, and Audix microphones, Mackie and Behringer line level mixers and feedback suppressors and SKB podiums and cases as well as Arriba bags for storage. And for lighting, I use Omnisistem, Chauvet, Blizzard, Martin and American DJ lights and Chauvet and Elation controllers and relays. I have an NSI stage lighting controller and dimmer pack. I use Livewire, Whirlwind, Monoprice & Monster Cable for most of my cabling. And I have backup equipment, too, as I used to have multiple sound systems for former DJ associates!

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Can you provide music in multiple locations?

Yes I can. I offer a remote set-up for ceremonies as an optional service (sometimes included with custom packages). The remote set-up consists of a completely separate full sound system. Another option is to have me provide wireless speakers placed in specific locations for sound coverage where you want it, otherwise, I can pre-record a mix for a particular segment of your event (i.e. cocktail hour or meal) if it this will take place in a different room or a separate venue from where the reception will be. Also, ask Adam about Silent Discos!

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Do you carry liability insurance?

I do carry liability insurance and theft insurance. I am one of only a few DJ companies who do carry insurance that covers these areas. If an event facility requires that I show proof, I can do so at their request (COI). I do specify in my contract a property damage clause, as well.

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Do you provide party props?

I do use party props upon requests, such as hula hoops for children at weddings or birthday parties.

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Who will be the disc jockey at my event?

I, Adam Tiegs, owner/operator am the primary DJ for Adam's DJ Service. I don't plan on hiring any DJs to work for me directly, but in the event I am booked, some clients trust me to send a personally selected subcontracted DJ to their event. Otherwise, I'm happy to refer people to DJs I know will take care of them.

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Can we meet our disc jockey in advance?

Of course. That is preferred. Typically, at least two in-person consultations with me happen prior to to the event, one is FREE and happens before booking occurs. If I am already booked on the day of your event, you can ask me for a referral, or if you trust me, I'll gladly send a subcontracted DJ of my choice. Typically, though, I meet potential clients in a neutral location (your favorite local pub, restaurant or coffee shop) or even go to their homes. All wedding packages include a final planning meeting in person with me, too, typically scheduled 2-3 weeks prior to the event. I don't limit the communication through the planning process so call or email me as often as needed. I also participate in numerous open houses & charitable events throughout the year with various venues and caterers. I invite you to follow me on Social Media to stay informed about my upcoming events.

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What is your backup policy?

In the rare event of an emergency, a qualified backup will take the place me at your event. I also have a backup plan for equipment failure. Please see my booking agreement or ask me for more details.

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How far in advance can I book Adam's DJ Service?

In most cases, clients submit their request 3-12 months in advance of their date. But I've been known to take events as early as two years ahead of schedule to as late as the date of an event! Of course I prefer as much time as possible to plan the perfect event!

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Can you hold my date for me?

Once I have received the signed agreement and the retainer has been paid, yes, your date is secure. After that, I send an official email confirmation with a copy of the signed agreement. After the initial consultation, I typically don't follow up with clients until I receive a signed contract. It is not my philosophy to have a hard sales approach...I put the ball in your court after the initial consultation.

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What are your payment & booking terms?

In order to secure my services, a minimum 50% retainer must accompany your signed contract. For installment options, your balance is due 7 days prior to the day of your event. If the same date/time period is requested by more than one client, then bookings are based on the date I receive the signed contract and payment (first come-first served). I accept checks, certified checks, money orders, or cash for payment; however, I also accept PayPal & credit cards via my secure Payments Page.

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When is my contract due back?

When you submit your retainer to me, the contract is due in order to secure your date. The sooner the better (first come, first served). Retainers are non-refundable, however, transferable in certain, unforeseeable circumstances.

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What is your overtime policy?

If you want to extend the length of your event, the overtime rate is only $100 per hour, and it must be paid prior to the start of the overtime period. Most weddings include free overtime, and some events require more (where assistants might be involved).

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