WEDDING DJ, CEILIDH CALLER AND MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Q. You say your a wedding specialist..! What specialist training have you had?
In this day and age it is very easy for anyone to buy equipment and acquire music off the internet and call themselves a specialist. How do you recognise your DJs pedigree? Here is my history and training.
I have followed the teachings of Derek Pengelly and attended many of his all day training sessions. Derek is a wedding specialist DJ who has toured the globe gathering ideas and seeing how weddings are arranged in other parts of the world. He has written a few books on this for sale both to DJs and to couples planning a wedding.
I have bought Jim Cerone's DVD "The Perfect Host" and studied it's teachings. I attended one of his training seminars too. His teaching on being the perfect party host are second to none.
I have bought Randy Bartlett and Peter Merry's training DVDs and constantly look back at them on a regular basis. They coach you to give that little bit extra to each of my performances so that I am constantly striving to improve by services to my clients.
I have been a wedding DJ and party host trading as Quality Discos since 2006. I personally attend and entertain at between 40 and 60 weddings per year, so I have had the training, and have gained the experience, I'm in a great position to put your party ideas in to practice.
I truly believe I am the perfect person to entrust with your wedding entertainment.
Q. How long have you been a Disc Jockey?
I have been in the music industry in some form all my life. It all started in the late 70s when I got involved in my school radio. I started my first disco in 1979 but I was too young at that point to be successful. In the 90s I was part of a band playing the social clubs in Glasgow and working as a sound technician at some large venues. I started my current disco company Quality Discos in 2006 and have primarily worked as a wedding DJ ever since.
Q. Do you belong to a professional organisation or trade group?
I am a member of the Buy with confidence Scheme operated by the Trading Standards Board.
I am a member of the Federation of Small Businesses which gives small businesses legal and formal advice when needed.
I am a member of the Wedding DJ Alliance which is an elite group of wedding professionals throughout the UK who have reached a given criteria and been approved. Their website has lots of hints and tips for couples planning their day.
I am a member of the Alliance of Mobile & Party DJs. This is by far the biggest DJ organisation in the UK and boasts over 5000 members all agreeing to a single working code of professional conduct and all have Public Liability Insurance.
Q. Will you be willing to play requests and discuss music selection with us?
Every couple have the chance to have as much or as little input into the musical selection on their day. Once a client commits to a booking they are given a client login to the website. This on line wedding planner has various sections including the opportunity to supply a play-list.
On the day I always encourage and accept requests from you and your guests.
Q. Do you provide a written contract?
Yes, in fact I insist. A contract provides peace of mind and protection for all parties. My contract will show in writing what I will provide, the performance times, the total fee and any other information. As part of my ongoing improvements and to help the environment, I now send your contract electronically. Once you agree to go ahead with a booking I will send you an email with a link to your contract and you will be able to electronically sign the contract within seconds. You don't need any special equipment other than your keyboard. Once the contract is signed, you will be sent a copy straight away to your email address. However, if you prefer, I can send you a conventional paper contract.
Q. Why are your fees higher than other DJ's I've had quotes from?
Simply, I provide a premium wedding entertainment service aimed at clients who want the very best for their wedding or civil ceremony. The service and overall experience I create is far more than you would expect from a general DJ. I provide much more than just music.
Think of it like this, I am far more Rolex than Timex. I have put together wedding packages with venue up-lighting, and top of the range disco lighting, a PA system other DJs would die for, coupled with skill, and years of experience in the wedding industry. Each year I attend seminars, conferences, trade shows and meetings related to my services so that I can learn new skills and keep up to date with the wedding industry. I keep the party energetic whilst incorporating your favourite choices of music, all with a modern clean appearance and presented in a clear professional manner.
I am pleased to say many of my past clients have voted for me at this years "Vows Awards". This is like the Oscars for wedding suppliers in Scotland and I am delighted to say I have made the short list of potential winners. It will all be announced on the 24th November, but being voted one of the top 10 entertainers in Scotland is an achievement on it's own.
Choosing the right DJ for your event can be absolutely fundamental to the overall success and the conclusion to your wedding day. My fee reflects the quality, presentation, professionalism and the time involved ensuring that I make your day special, memorable and unique to you. I have always said that in life you get what you pay for. It would be an honour to be part of your day.
Q. What if something goes wrong, Do you have a backup?
I have a backup plan for all eventualities. In effect, I carry 2 of everything, 2 laptops, 2 sets of music, 2 music controllers, 2 sets of speakers and lots and lots of lighting effects. I find it hard to believe anyone else is as thorough as I am and has so much redundant equipment with them. Being a member of Wedding DJ Alliance, Alliance of Mobile & Party DJs and being in contact with a network of trusted local DJs also means I have additional support there too.
Q. Do you have a licence for your music?
This is a big topic just now. Some people think a DJ needs one, but that's not correct. The venue has to have a licence to allow music to be played within its premises though. A DJ has what is called a Pro-dub licence. This allows the DJ to copy the CDs to a computer and use electronic copies of music instead of CDs. I have a Pro-dub Licence, Reference: PD-0001568.
Q. My venue has said the DJ must have public liability insurance and PAT tested equipment. Do you have this?
Yes.. I have Public liability insurance and Product liability insurance in place. The latest certificate will be offered to your venue for inspection upon securing your booking.
All my equipment is PAT tested annually. The latest certificate will also be offered to your venue for inspection upon securing your booking.
Q. Can we meet you?
It would be my pleasure! In fact, for weddings and Civil Partnerships I prefer to meet you in person. This gives you the chance to get to know my personality and see what services I can offer, and gives you the chance to describe to me your dream day. This meeting will allow us to work together to achieve your perfect wedding reception.
Q. Can you visit us before we book?
If you live in or near the Glasgow area I would be delighted to drop by your house or your venue for an informal chat. You are also free to come to me should you wish. For those further away we can use Skype or the plain old telephone.
Q. Can we see you work before we book?
I am sorry that would not be possible. The reason for this is because I only perform at private functions, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and corporate gigs. These are not public events, and therefore it's not right or proper for me to invite potential future clients to my current clients wedding receptions. I do however have lots of very satisfied clients who have kindly sent testimonials to share with potential clients.
You can read all my testimonials HERE. TESTIMONIALS.
You can read the feedback left at the Trading Standards website. I am a member of the Buy With Confidence scheme and all my clients get a chance to give their opinions about my service. You can see their website HERE www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk
Q. How much time do you need to set-up your equipment?
Normally it will take about one hour to set up my equipment and the same to dismantle at the end of the night. Some venues have to be empty by a certain time (church halls etc.) so please make sure you book the hall for one hour past when the entertainment stops. If you need me to set up earlier in the day for a smoother transition from your wedding breakfast, this can be arranged but there may be an additional charge.