Here you will find a list of some of the most frequently asked questions. If your question is not among them, just contact us using the Contact Form.
Q: Why should I pay for a DJ when I can use my IPOD?
A: A DJ's job is to entertain the entire party, with that being said, choosing the correct music to cover all age groups is important to the sucess of any party. A DJ will choose appropriate music, they will make sure songs are not repeated unless requested by the person in charge and will make suggestions based on the time frame you are working with. A DJ brings personality that a device cannot deliver.
Q: Does the DJ take requests?
A: Yes, the DJ will take and play as many requests as possible. We only play those requests suitable for your event at the most appropriate time. Before your event, your guests also have an opportunity to go online and make requests.
Q: Will the DJ keep the music at an appropriate level?
A: Absolutely! During the first portion of your event the music will generally be kept softer, so that your guests can talk and enjoy themselves. As the event progresses, the volume will be increased accordingly to a level that is comfortable to the crowd, but allows other guests to dance.
Q: Will the DJ be dressed accordingly at my function?
A: Yes! Prior to your event, we’ll discuss the type of attire that you feel would be most appropriate. You specify how you would prefer the DJ to be dressed, whether it would be a nice pair of jeans, khakis, suit, tuxedo, etc.
Q: Will the DJ communicate with other coordinators during my event?
A: Of course, the DJ will make prior arrangements with the photographer, videographer, Maitre’d and caterers to ensure that your event runs as smoothly as possible and no one is unaware of what is going on or when.
Q: Does the DJ take breaks?
A: No, we provide continuous music throughout the event unless instructed otherwise.
Q: Can you provide references?
A: Yes, upon request. We also have references on our website at cannonentertainment.com.
Q: What type of equipment do you use?
A: There is a difference between the audio equipment you have in your home and the equipment a professional disc-jockey uses. Professional audio equipment is built to go on the road, day in and day out. We use top of the line equipment to provide the best audible sound for you and your guests.
Our setup includes a high-power amplifier (for high quality sound, not high volume), a dual deck cd player, state of the art mixers, speakers and a microphone. When we set up our equipment, we make every effort to make it as neat as possible. We attempt to hide wires and look presentable. In addition to representing ourselves, our appearance has an impact on your guest’s perception of your affair.
Q: Are you incorporated and insured?
A: Yes. We are serious business people and have taken the time to become incorporated and insured.
Q: Can you provide a contract?
A: We cannot begin to stress enough how important it is to get your booking confirmed in writing. All terms of the agreement are stated clearly to avoid any complications. The date, times, and location all appear on the contract. If it becomes necessary to change any of this information, simply call us and we’ll help you make suitable arrangements.
Q: May I pick my own DJ?
A: Yes, as long as they’re available.
Q: How long in advance should I book a DJ for my party?
A: As soon as you book your location. Preferably six months to one year in advance. We do still book parties closer to the event date, but availability may present a problem.
Q: How much experience will my DJ have?
A: All of our DJ’s have at least 10 years of experience.
Q: Do you provide a back-up system if anything should happen to the DJ or the sound system?
A: Yes. We have stand-by entertainers and equipment in case an emergency should arise.
Q: Can I come see you perform at a job?
A: Unfortunately no. When a client books a party with us, we do not use that client to sell potential clients on our services. We believe that would be an intrusion on their special event. What you would see would not accurately portray your party anyway since we customize each event.
Q: What should I do if I have more questions or would like to send more information?
A: Feel free to call our office at any time. You may also email us or go to our website. Every concern you may have is of importance to us.
Q: When and how should I pay you?
A: We require a non-refundable deposit to lock in your date and book the event. You have until the day of your event to pay off your balance. Whatever balance remains the day of the event is due in cash or money order only. No checks will be accepted the day of the party unless you are a corporate account and have made prior arrangements to pay the balance in check. We do accept payments in check up to one week prior to your event. Make all checks payable to Cannon Entertainment. Balances are due within the first hour of the event, so that you are free to entertain your guests the remainder of the evening.
Q: When will the DJ contact me to go over the party plans?
A: The DJ who will be working at your event will contact you the week of your affair. This allows us to get the most accurate information. There are always last minute changes that have to be made. We do double check bridal party names and order at weddings one last time to prevent any mistakes.
Q: What will I have to provide for the DJ?
A: At least one sturdy table that can support 60 pounds (preferably 6' x 8') for equipment that is located in some proximity to an outlet. All halls should have tables on hand. If it is a formal event, we ask that the table be skirted and ready for the DJ prior to his/her arrival.
If the party is outdoors, we ask that you position the table in the shade or under a tent. Exposure to the sun or rain can damage our equipment.
Also, please take into consideration the length and time of your event. If your party runs over mealtimes, you may want to consider feeding the DJ or making alternate arrangements with him/her regarding food. DJ’s get hungry too.
Q: What time will the DJ arrive at my event?
A: The DJ will arrive 45 minutes to 90 minutes prior to the parties start time unless other arrangements have been made. Set up time takes between 10-20 minutes. This is ample time to allow him/her to be ready. Of course if the table and other requirements have not been set up in advance as requested, this may delay the start time.
Q: Can I give the DJ a list of my own requests?
A: Yes, or you can go online to our client area and use our request system. There you can tell us what songs you would like to hear and which ones you would not. This will give us a good idea of what types of music you like. Keep in mind though that request lists are merely suggestions and although we try to play as many songs as possible, there may not be enough time to play them all. We try to make both you and your guests happy by playing a mixture of your requests and theirs.
Q: How should I choose the music for my affair?
A: Your requests should be a mixture of danceable and background music to entertain as many of your guests as possible. Remember, there are often four generations of guests. You want to choose the songs that your guests will enjoy in addition to yourself. The idea is for everyone to have a great time.
Q: Should I tip the DJ?
A: Only if you feel it is appropriate. If you feel the DJ did a good job you may tip as much or as little as you feel he or she deserves. Gratuity is not included in our pricing.