Following are a list of questions that you should ask any prospective entertainer, and the response you would get from Music in Motion.
**How much experience will my entertainer have?
Since I play all my own shows, you are assured that you will get 20+ years experience every time you hire Music in Motion as your entertainer. Beware of the company with multiple shows that boasts 15 or 20 years of "COMPANY" experience. Their main performer/owner may actually have that much and be great, but chances are strong (especially in the small talent pool in this area) that their hired hands have far less experience. Furthermore, as the owner, I realize the importance of bending over backwards to make everything run smooth and be memorable. An employee punching a clock may not take the show as seriously or truly understand the long term repercussions of a poor or lackluster performance.
**Will YOU be my entertainer?
This is a crucial question. Yes, I, Sean Hearn will be, if you hire Music in Motion! Unlike many mobile DJ companies that have multiple "canned" shows sent out on the same night; I help plan and perform all of my own shows. Beware of the bait and switch that has you impressed with the entertainer on the phone, but leaves you unhappy with a stranger at the show. I only allow one show a night to insure that you have my full attention. Also, this way I can always start earlier or play longer if need be. With my company, you are personally speaking to and planning with the one who will entertain you - isn't this the way it should be?
How much help do you lend in planning the event?
This is one of my strong points. With all my years of experience, I have seen a great many receptions, dances, and parties. I would never push my ideas, but I definitely enjoy helping to smooth the edges. I try to make every event as special and perfect as possible and I am never more than a phone call or e-mail away should you have a question or need a suggestion. My goal is to get to know you and find exactly what your hopes are for the event.
Due to the many conversations and relationships built, instead of the standard handshake received by most hired hands, many times I will get a hug from not only the bride, but often her mother as well.
Is your company a business or just a hobby?
I have been performing for 20+ years. I have thousands of dollars invested, carry insurance, have over 2200 compact discs, and it takes a 6 X 8 enclosed trailer (packed to the walls) to carry everything from show to show. I perform an average of 52 shows a year and I proudly put my name on each and every one! It is definitely a business!
Will my DJ be knowledgeable on a wide range of music eras and age groups?
Yes, I have an excellent working knowledge of music, ranging from big band - all the way to current top 40 hits. The majority of my parties now consist of wedding receptions and corporate functions (over 50%), so I must be well versed in playing to a wide range of ages and ethnic backgrounds. Since these types of shows make up the majority of my events, I get lots of experience playing classic rock, disco, and crowd favorites like the "Cha Cha Slide." I got my start playing clubs and Greek college parties and I also curently play several school dances; so, I make it a point to maintain a music library that is always current. For these types of youthful, progressive groups; I am well versed in beat mixing and creating small remixes on the fly. Most years, I also mix in a few 40th or 50th Wedding anniversary celebrations; therefore, my knowledge of the swing and big band era is kept sharp.
Is your show a good value?
This depends on your needs. I am not the most inexpensive DJ out there, but you will get what you pay for. When you pick a professional like a doctor, dentist, or lawyer, do you shop strictly on price or do you hire the one who will do the best job? Lower dollar shows bring poor sound equipment, a limited selection of music, and most importantly, a severely limited degree of experience. With me, you don't just get a Dj who is like a juke box that plays good tunes. I help you plan and organize. I give you ideas and solutions to maximize your event. I host your event by not only leading you through the many phases, but by reading your guests and properly selecting the appropriate (FUN!) songs, and leading (by example when necessary) to get people involved!
Lastly, lets make a comparison of your entertainer to the other things you spend money on like the venue, food, drinks, invitations, decorations, outfits, flowers, candles, etc. Your entertainer is what keeps your guests there. A good entertainer is a protection on the return on your investment. For example, at a (4 hour) average reception, after the first hour or so, your food and cake are done. This makes your entertainer responsible for over 75% of the time, yet my fee isn't anywhere near 75% of your expenditures (it is probably less than 10%). If you choose an inferior show, your guests will most likely leave after the meal and the cake - and you don't want that! Furthermore, look at the overall picture - what is your primary goal - a dinner or a celebration? You should allot your money accordingly. The music and lights will make or break the night, hire the best entertainer within your budget.
Do you provide a written contract?
Yes, this way everything is ironed out beforehand and there are no surprises at the last minute. Also, after receiving the contract and booking fee; I send out a party planner. This will help you to organize what you want andhow you want it handled. The planner also insures that I know exactly what YOU want. The planner targets not only what you want, but also scheduling, some specific song requests, names I may need and things or songs that you may wish to avoid. Bothe the contract and Party Planner are key parts to your event being a success.
Do you have back-up equipment?
Yes, even professional equipment can fail. It is important to know that your entertainer is prepared for any situation…just in case. I have 2 sets of professional, powered speakers. I bring 2 computers, both of which have complete sets of music. I also bring an SKB case full of CDs to back up the computers.
Do you have professional sound and lighting equipment?
Yes, I have JBL - Powered speakers and sub woofers. As a back up, I bring both a Denon and a Numark Dual CD Player and cassette deck. I have a DBX rack mounted EQ/Enhancer and a Rane Mixer. I run all of my MP3s through a software program called DJ POWER. This is one of the newest programs on the market. My lighting is all American DJ, Martin and Chauvet. There is a major difference between home and professional equipment! Make sure your entertainer uses the best.
Will you listen to my thoughts, concerns, and input?
Absolutely! I feel like my equipment and I are tools to make your event special, memorable, and personal. I have even developed a planner that I use to gather pertinent information prior to the event. This helps you get organized and gives me a written schedule of events
which eliminates omissions and decreases complications.
What if my entertainer can't perform?
While there are no absolutes, I don't put performances in the job category of being able to simply call in sick. I have contingency plans through networking with other local DJ companies to handle problems should the need arise. This insures that you will always have a DJ for your occasion. Knock on Wood - but in 20+ years of performing, I have never let anyone down!
Will the music be played at the appropriate level?
This is a great question. Louder is NOT always better. Being a professional, I have developed the knack of reading crowds and situations. This allows me to keep the dinner music in the background where it belongs, while knowing when to pump up the crowd when the dancing is in full swing.
Will my entertainer dress appropriately?
Yes, I always discuss with the host how he or she wants me dressed. I wear anything from a tux, to a coat and tie, to a logo embroidered button down shirt with khakis. My dress depends on the situation. I have even dressed in costumes for theme parties like Halloween, sock hops, and rodeo dances. I do everything in my power to make sure your party is perfect; it is important that I look the role.
Does the set-up and/or tear-down time effect the time I have paid for?
No, the time you purchase is on-air time. If you pay for 4 hours, your clock starts when I turn my system on and stops when I play "Happy Trails."
Do you play requests?
Absolutely, this is your event! I know the "must play" songs that will work and encourage suggestions not only from you beforehand, but throughout the entire evening. I am concerned with not only what you want, but also with things you don't wish played. I bring a full library of songs that range from the Big Bands of the 40s to current releases being played on the radio today. I welcome suggestions from you and your guests.
Do you take breaks?
No! From the time I turn the key to the system and fire it up, to the time I play that last song, I will play continuously. My show is a lot like a roller coaster. It flows continuously from start to finish, but it will speed up and slow down and take many fun turns along the way.
How involved are you on the microphone?
My answer is whatever you want it to be. I don't overdo it. I will speak and announce new portions, interact (tactfully) with your guests, and attempt to keep things flowing and interject some fun, but I do not take over the spotlight! Once again, I am there to enhance your good time, not to steal the show. This is something we discuss before the event.
How far in advance should I book?
Although I have bookings that extend over a year into the future, some folks call and are lucky enough to find their date open only a few weeks prior to their show. All of my dates are on a first come, first serve basis. You are not assured a date until you have paid the booking fee and received your signed contract back with my signature and a receipt for your booking fee. A general rule of thumb is 6 months in advance and even further in advance during peak times like holiday weekends.
Will you have my favorite song?
No one will have every song, but with over 2200 CDs ranging from the 40s to fresh releases, I will have most. In the pre-event planning, I will inquire about specific songs and/or groups to assure you that I will have those. In the rare occurrence that I get stumped onsite by you or one of your guests, I always reply the same thing: "Next time you see me perform, ask again, because if it is sold on CD - I will have it next time!"
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