How long have your DJs been DJing?
All of the DJs who work for Johnson Entertainment Company have a minimum of 5 years professional DJing experience, with most of our DJs having 10 or more years of professional DJing experience.
What type of equipment do you use?
We only use top of the line professional DJ equipment.
Do you have any backup plans if something goes wrong or happens to the DJ?
always retain one DJ per weekend in each location as a backup in the event of an emergency.
Will the DJ play requests?
Our DJs do take requests and may play some of them. Our DJs “filter” requests, meaning they will not play a song that you specifically asked the DJ not to play or music from a genre you asked the DJ not to play. If someone makes a request that fits in well with what the DJ is playing at the time and with the music the client wants, then the DJ may play the request.
Can we request songs for the DJ to play?
You are able to pick which songs you definitely want to hear, and ones you do not want to hear, for your event. We have an online planning system which has in part, our music planner where you can make your song lists.
Can we bring our own music for the DJ to play?
Sure, but we would like to get the music file(s) in advance of the event. If doing this please consider the audience attending your event.
What are your payment terms?
The deposit is required at the time of booking and the remaining balance is due two weeks prior to the event date. Payments can be made through our online planning system using a debit or credit card or PayPal account.
Do I tip the DJ?
We do not include gratuity in the final contract price. 10 – 20% is generally recommended if your DJ did a great job, but it is entirely up to you.
Will the DJ play overtime if needed?
Yes, DJs are able to play past the contracted time only if they do not have a later event booked that evening or night (which is extremely rare). Each DJ is equipped with a card “swiper” to accept payment for overtime. Overtime rates vary by city, but your DJ will discuss overtime rates with you prior to your event.
When should we book a DJ?
A good time frame is at least six months before the event. However, we have DJs available for last minute events as well
Should we feed the DJ?
This is not required in our contract and is completely up to you. Typically, the catering director or event coordinator will set aside a meal or boxed dinner for the DJ if requested by the client.
What services do you offer?
We offer DJ services for weddings (ceremony and reception) and events in addition to lighting (Uplighting & Dance Floor Lighting). We also have PhotoBooths available through our partner companies.
How many songs should I request?
You can select all of the songs you would like to hear, and ones you do not want to hear, during your event through our online planning system. Your login information for that system is included in the email with you contract. Some clients will give their DJ 50+ songs, some maybe 10, so it is up to you. We would like for you to at least give your DJ 10-15 songs of different genres and artists you would like to hear, as well as songs/artists you don’t, so your DJ has an idea of what music you’d like for the different parts of the event. We will play any kind of music you would like and will not play anything that is on your Do Not Play list. During your initial consultation, your DJ will ask about your music preferences.
Do you have samples of your DJs’ work?
We have a company Mixcloud page where some of our DJs post original mixes. We do not post any of our wedding or event mixes as each event we do is unique to that client.
Tips for Hiring a DJ
You should expect a response to a phone call or email within 24 hours. The only exception may be on weekends when most DJs are at events. You should also have a direct line of communication with your DJ, i.e. their phone number, email, etc.
Your DJ should tailor the music for your event to your tastes. Your DJ should also have the musical knowledge, song selection, and willingness to play any genre of music you want for your event.
Your DJ should be able to provide pictures of their setup and equipment if asked. The booking and payment processes and terms should be clearly stated and explained up front.
Your DJ should be polite and courteous to you, your guests and other vendors. They should also be able to work seamlessly with with all other vendors, i.e. planner, caterers, photography, etc. Your DJ should be professionally dressed and dressed appropriately for the event. The equipment area should be clean and well-maintained. Your DJ should arrive early enough to have all equipment set up outside the presence of guests.
Your DJ should be flexible in scheduling meetings and phone calls. Your DJ should also be adaptable to changes, even last-minute changes, in the timeline, schedule, etc.
"The wedding would not have been the party that we wanted without DJ Daniel! Daniel made sure to keep the energy going as we moved the party to different rooms throughout the night. He also was great at reading the room and knew what songs to play for our group. I can't wait to have another event to have DJ Daniel at! WE LOVE HIM!!!"
Amanda & Patrick
"DJ DANNY J is one of the best event DJ's I have seen (and trust me I am picky). Not only did he pump the crowd, but he played a GREAT mix of music (hip hop, rap, rock, old school, pop). He was everything you wanted in a DJ and he brought a photo BOOTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"He pumped up the crowd for our entrance and kept the party going all night! Highly recommended and extremely professional the entire time. Even our venue (Oceano Half Moon Bay) recommended him to be on their preferred vendors list after seeing what he did for our wedding!"
"DJ Andrew with Johnson Entertainment is an awesome MC and DJ. He is highly professional, efficient and a crowd pleaser! Johnson ET offers many services that can benefit anyone planning an event! Highly recommended!!"
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