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Your Event, Your Way

From our detailed, easy-to-use Online Event Planner to our searchable music database to all of our additional features to choose from that don't require set packages, you can make your event as unique as you want.

Choose The Music Man DJ Service and make your wedding or special event the talk of the town. Read more here and see how we go above and beyond the ordinary D.J. service.



Make Your Event Unique & Painless

At The Music Man DJ Service, we know that you will be juggling between many vendors as your date approaches. That is why our automated system will notify you before your event if there are any important details that you forgot to fill out while providing a link to your event planner where you can update this.

On top of this, our PayPal feature allows you to book instantly once you get your quote! Check available dates and receive a quote instantly by email. Meeting requests can also be completed with the click of a button.
Finding The Right DJ

Operating since 1999, We pride ourselves in being a professional, affordable & experienced DJ Service who will keep the dance floor full while giving you a fun, stress-free experience.

We specialize in wedding receptions & ceremonies, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas & holiday parties, school formals & proms, corporate events, stags & more! You'll get more for your money with our free features along with a musical journey from a professional entertainer who knows how to read your crowd.
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      Tips On Hiring A Wedding DJ
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Tips for Hiring your DJ!        Disc Jockey rates vary based on talent, experience, emcee ability, service, coordination, equipment needed, music knowledge, mixing ability and personality.

        A full-service disc jockey company will normally invest 12 to 30 hours to your special event but it may appear that you are only paying for "4 hours". Consultations, music purchasing & editing, preparation, set-up and tear-down, education and other business related endeavours add up to the overall success of your special occasion

        Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging from $350.00 to over $5,000.00 with an average of $1,200.00 for a 4 hour booking. The best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a wedding. As a matter of fact, surveys conclude that nearly 100% of brides would have spent more money on their entertainment and made it their #1 priority in hindsight. DJ’s with rock bottom prices do so by cutting corners which show by the lack of quality and professionalism during performances. Being that the music is the number one most remembered thing about a wedding, it is worth the extra cost to make sure your DJ meets your standards. Below include a list of questions to keep in mind when interviewing a prospect DJ.
 


Things to Consider When Hiring A DJ
 

Can we visit the DJ at a performance?
Any professional DJ should respect the privacy of his clients and not have potential future clients stopping by at weddings or private parties to watch him perform. Professional DJ companies however should be more than willing to allow potential clients to watch them perform at any public events if they have any upcoming public parties.
 

Do you offer a written contract?
Every single DJ “needs” to have a contract. If a D.J. does not offer a contract, that is a huge red flag and it would be wise to avoid that DJ. Without a contract, you have no guarantee that the DJ will show up to your event even if you pay him ahead of time. It also suggests that the DJ is not organized or professional.


How long will you hold our date for us?
Our policy at The Music Man DJ Service is to hold a date from the present date until the date of the meeting only if a meeting is booked at some point in the near future. Wedding season can be very busy and to be fair to other clients who are ready to book, we serve clients as first come, first serve.


How do you keep your music collection up-to-date?

A professional DJ company should have some sort of music subscription or cd purchase plan that they belong to. Be weary of hiring DJ’s who say that they get their new music off the internet. This type of updating is illegal in Canada and these companies can be shut down by specific authorities in charge of this branch of the law. It is not worth the risk of not having a DJ on your wedding date because their company has been fined and shut down for copyright music infringement.


When do we need to submit our music requests and event details?

You should give your d.j. at least two weeks to go over any special music requests before your event. Extra details that may require special rentals or online orders should be given at least two months in advance.


Do you take requests from guests?

A DJ company should be willing to take requests from guests at the party as well as from the bride and groom in advance. At family events like weddings, the DJ should have a policy of not playing vulgar music and the DJ should have clean radio edits of any possible vulgar music that could be requested.


What is your policy on alcohol or smoking during our wedding?

Any professional mobile DJ company should make it clear that they will not be smoking or drinking while they are performing at any event. The last thing a couple would want at their wedding would be to have an intoxicated disc jockey! You may want to consider looking for a higher level of professionalism if your D.J. company doesn’t enforce this rule.


What kind of equipment do you use?
A professional DJ company should use name brand professional audio equipment. Avoid companies who run everything off of a laptop. The quality and power does not compare to professional grade amplifiers, mixers, speakers and microphones which are designed to accommodate large groups and large halls. DJ’s should have minimum speaker wattage of 300 watts per speaker for a large event.


How involved can we be in selecting music for our event?
This is a good question to ask because some DJs prefer to select most of the music while incorporating a small playlist from the client while others prefer to let the clients select the majority of the music while using their expertise to incorporate the songs together. Make sure you are comfortable with the level of involvement the DJ wishes for you to have.


Have you played at our reception site before?

It is good to know that the DJ is familiar with the location of your wedding or special event. There may be specific rules or differences in power requirements, parking reservations, challenges with where to position equipment or even loading requirements or policies that the DJ can already be familiar with.


Do you act as the emcee and make all of the announcements?
Any professional disc jockey should be more than willing to act as your Master of Ceremonies and be comfortable speaking on the microphone. They should be willing to coordinate your event timeline as well as go over any difficult name pronunciations in advance if they will be making announcements.


How would you define your "style" when making announcements?

Some Dj’s prefer to stay out of the spotlight and just focus on music while others like to be the center of attention and act as a Master of Ceremonies as well. Find out the style of your DJ and if it suits what you are looking for.


Do you bring backup equipment with you to the wedding?
Even the best disc jockey equipment can fail and it’s important to have a backup on site. Make sure that your DJ has additional equipment so there are no setbacks or surprises for your event.


Do you work exclusively for this company?

Hiring a DJ that works for multiple companies could be a red flag to avoid. Double bookings can easily occur if multiple companies book the DJ for the same day. Also, there is always the chance that a DJ leaves a certain company. Make sure you know the company’s policy in this situation. Usually there is nothing more than a verbal agreement between a DJ company and an independent DJ which is a frequent cause of problems.


How long have you been a DJ and how many weddings have you done?

Experience can make all the difference between a great night to remember and a disaster. Crowds of mixed ages can be difficult to accommodate with such different music tastes and it takes an experienced DJ to know how to handle different situations. Newer DJ’s may be cheaper but it may not be worth it to you if the DJ doesn’t have the experience to know how to keep the dance floor full. Studies show that the music is the number one thing guests will remember most about a wedding. Be sure to hire a DJ who has done at least 50 weddings. More is always preferable.


Do you have a wireless microphone?

Some halls will provide you with a corded microphone while others will not or may not have a good-quality speaker system. It is a good idea to make sure your DJ has a “high quality” wireless microphone system that you can use if the hall doesn’t provide an adequate system. Shure is one of the best brand names when it comes to wireless microphones. Brand names are much more important when it comes to microphones than any other piece of DJ equipment because you can tell the difference very much so when using them. A poor brand name wireless microphone can give static, feedback, cross-talk with other wireless devices, weak distance travel and may not be heard in a wedding hall with 200 guests whereas a good microphone will work without flaw.


Do you have a light show?

Many DJ’s provide some sort of light show option. Find out what kind of light show is included and if this suits your needs.
Regularly,  prices for light shows can range from $50 to $300 while some DJs may include a basic light show for free.


How many weddings do you do each year?

Knowing how many weddings a DJ does every year can give you an idea of their commitment to your event. A d.j. who only does a couple weddings every year may be out of practice when your wedding comes along.


How many other types of events do you do per year?

It is good to have a D.J. who is versatile and well-rounded in different types of events to ensure an even more successful night. At the same time, make sure that your d.j. is not new to your type of event you are booking him for. For example, a club DJ may be good at keeping the bridal party and your friend dancing to the hottest new music but may unintentionally exclude or embarrass your grandparents and younger guests.


Do you perform for more than one event in a day/weekend?

Find out how many events your DJ does in one day. You will want to avoid dj’s who try to cram in multiple events into one day or even weekend. This can lead to dj’s who are exhausted once they finally get to your event or dj’s who don’t really give you the focus you deserve for your wedding or special event. Punctuality can become an issue as well.


What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing?

A professional DJ is trained to know how to handle the situation of a dead dance floor. A dj is usually a skilled MC as well. Some disc jockeys prefer to energize the crowd to get them dancing while others prefer to use careful song selection. You need to know your DJ’s style and make sure that it suits what you are looking for.


What if something happens to you and you can’t make it to the wedding?

Every professional DJ should have a backup plan if something were to happen to them. Make sure they have another DJ available in case there is some sort of emergency and your DJ cannot be at your event. You need to feel comfortable that you will have a qualified DJ on the date of your wedding if an accident were to occur.


Do you belong to any professional associations or trade groups?

A professional association may not show the skill level of your dj but it does show that your disc jockey is eager to expand and continue to grow in his field of expertise. This can also mean that your dj is insured and has backup dj’s and equipment if a failure occurs.


May we meet with you in person before we sign a contract?
The answer to this question should always be yes. Avoid companies who try to get you to book without meeting. This either means that you aren’t worth their time or they have something to hide. Sometimes a DJ company can become very busy during summer months or distance can become an issue but they should at least provide you with an option for you to meet with them.


Will you be the DJ at our wedding?
Make sure that you meet or speak with the actual DJ who will be performing at your wedding beforehand. Beware of some DJ companies who fail to mention but will charge an extra $100 to $200 if you wish to actually book with the DJ that you meet with. If you do not pay they extra fee, they may send a cheaper, more inexperienced DJ to your wedding while they are performing at a higher paying event. This is a common scam with some larger DJ companies.


What will you wear to our wedding?
Make sure you know what your DJ will be wearing to your event so that he is dressed accordingly with the proper attire. You likely won’t want your dj to show up in jeans and a tee-shirt at your formal wedding. Most professional dj’s will come in a tuxedo or suit and tie. Make sure that the DJ’s style meets your expectations.


How willing is the DJ to respect your wishes?
This should give you an idea of how easy the DJ will be to work with you and accommodate your needs the way you want to customize your wedding. If the DJ seems to be skeptical or hesitant of your ideas, you should strongly consider looking elsewhere.


How promptly does the DJ return phone calls or Emails?
The speed at which a DJ replies to you may strongly indicate their commitment to your wedding and their profession. This also shows a DJ’s organizational skills as well as their punctuality.


What will you wear when you set up and take down your equipment?
Make sure you are satisfied with the DJ’s attire during setup and take down times. Some disc jockeys may switch from a suit to joggers and a tee-shirt for setup. This would not be appropriate attire for a formal wedding and wouldn’t be very professional. Make sure the DJ’s attire suits your needs during the entire wedding.


Does the DJ have a viewable music database?
A music database can put music availability into perspective for clients and also show the professionalism and dedication of a certain DJ to his customers. This also makes things much more convenient for clients regarding song selection.


What makes you different from your competitors?
Any professional wedding disc jockey service should be able to provide you with things that make their company unique and should be proud to talk about their company’s strong points. Some dj’s may take this time to bash their competition which is considered to be very unprofessional. A DJ that bashes his competition usually does this because he knows you would book with the other company before his and for good reason. Avoid DJ’s who do this.


Can we submit a “Do Not Play” list?
Make sure your DJ is willing to respect your music requests that you do not want played. Sometimes guests may request songs that you have requested not to be played. Make sure you know your DJ’s policy on this issue and that he will agree to something you are comfortable with.


What is included in the cost of my event?
Some dj’s will charge hourly while other have packages at different price ranges. You need to know what you are getting for the price of your dj so you can compare dj’s properly. If you are paying for an hourly dj but other features such as lights, fog, a wireless microphone and Master of Ceremonies Services are not included, it can quickly raise the cost for that DJ that you thought you were paying.


When do you arrive to set up for our wedding?
Setup for a wedding takes at least an hour for most dj companies. A professional company will be setup well before any guests walk through the door. Make sure you know your dj’s policy on when and how long it takes him to setup.


How much of a deposit is required to secure our date?
Any professional DJ will require some sort of deposit. This is to protect both parties signing a contract that the booking is secured and the DJ is obligated to be there. Deposits normally range from $100 to half the cost of the total payment.


How much would you charge for overtime?
In general, a dj may charge anywhere from $50 to $200 for any additional hours. It is good to know how many hours of service you are receiving so there are no surprises down the road.


What do you require from us?
Every DJ requires a few things from a banquet hall or couple in order for a successful night. Some of these things should include a power source, a table, adequate shelter, a wheeled cart for equipment transportation and any special music requests for the night. For weddings, a DJ may also require a list of the wedding party and any special formal dance song requests.


Do you require a meal?
Some dj’s request a meal while others will demand it. Make sure you know the needs of your dj so you can prepare accordingly without any surprises.


What sort of documents does the DJ use to coordinate my event?
A disc jockey company should be willing to meet with you in person to discuss all the details of your event. They should have event planners and a contract. Anything less than this can suggest that you are not hiring a professional company.


Do you take any breaks?

One benefit of hiring a disc jockey over a band is that DJ’s do not require breaks. It is rare to come across a DJ company that does take breaks during an event. Always ask questions to know what to expect ahead of time.


 

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       Serving Ontario, Canada
      DJ Rob Salvati
Contact The Music Man DJ Serivce by Phone  (519) 796-9841
Contact The Music Man DJ Serivce by Email  rob@musicmandj.ca




"Rob was willing to do what ever was asked of him... and even went the extra mile when he knew it was a theme party he dressed up to fit the theme. Thank you so much Rob, you are worth double what you charge!"
 
     - Judy Harling, Windsor Ontario


"I would like to say that the DJ service provided by Rob was OUTSTANDING!!!!!! Every one of our requests were honored. Rob travelled a very long distance for our wedding and was very pleasant and punctual.

I would rate this service an EASY 10 OUT OF 10!!!!! Thanks so very much again Rob and all the best!"

 
     - Gordon Booth, Hamilton Ontario

"Having Rob "The Music Man" as a part of our celebration made the evening even more enjoyable. Not only was Rob completely professional and extremely polite, but I knew I could trust him in doing a great job. I felt so comfortable knowing that this night was as important to him as it was to us. Your entertainment was great, your music enjoyable and your drive to want to do a good job was complete perfection! Thanks Rob for a great job and I look forward to having you as a part of another one of our celebrations."
 
     - Amber Chalut, Windsor Ontario

"Rob "The Music Man" Salvati, was the DJ at my brother's wedding this summer. He did an amazing job taking requests, and playing music for everyone's tastes.

Rob has a large variety of music to choose from, and he did very well coordinating the evening with my family. He is a reliable DJ, and I would recommend him to DJ at your next special occasion. I know who I'll be calling when I get married!"

 
     - Amy Borland, Essex Ontario



"Rob, Thank you for your patience and of course for the wonderful job you did at the wedding! All of my new sister in-laws from Australia were "blown away". Thanks again!"

 
     - Ruth Krey, Windsor Ontario


"The afternoon and dinner music was great, just what we wanted, couldn't have been better. It added to the festivities. The night music worked in great when the band wasn't playing and you had just what everyone seemed to want. Keep up the great work."

 
     - Hilda Franklin, Wheatley Ontario

"Rob, you really impressed us with your professionalism. You accommodated all of our requests and were so easy to work with. The music was fabulous and we’re still getting compliments on how much fun everyone had on the dance floor. It was packed all night! Thanks again for helping to make our night perfect. We’d recommend you to anyone looking for a great DJ! Thanks again for all your help with our wedding. We really did enjoy the reception and a large part of that was due to you keeping everyone happy and up on the dance floor. Best wishes for your continued success!"
 
     - Tracy and Mark Daignault, London Ontario

"I just wanted to thank you for the great job you did at our wedding. Everyone had a great time and loved the music. They had more fun at our wedding than at most weddings they’ve been to in a long time.

Thank-you for making our day so wonderful. We just wanted to have fun at our wedding and we did. Everyone has told us you did a great job. We’ll recommend you to anyone who asks about a DJ."

 
     - Jennifer & Shane Oltean, Leamington Ontario

"Dear Rob,
Thank you so much for keeping our party going! You are a very talented DJ and it was a great pleasure to have you at our wedding. You did such a wonderful job! All of our guests were raving about how much fun it was and what great music was played. Happy holidays!"

 
     - Laura & Steve Tultz, North York Ontario

"Hi Rob, Jason and I just wanted to thank you so much for your hard work at our reception. You were totally awesome. The music selection was great and we really enjoyed having you as a part of our wedding celebration.

Your professionalism was outstanding especially when it came to filling our MC and music requests on the fly. I will definitely recommend you to anyone who's looking for a DJ for their function. Thanks again"

 
     - Jenn and Jason Krueger, Ruthven Ontario


"Hello Rob,
Thank you very much for everything. Everyone complimented on the music and how well you did it all. Thanks again, and I will make sure to pass on the word..."

 
     - Veronika & Nic Worr, Windsor Ontario


"Hi Rob, thank you for all your hard work at our wedding. We had a great time dancing to the music. Thank you for being our MC. We were very happy with your services and would gladly recommend you to our friends.
Sincerely, Shannon Dickie."

 
     - Shannon Dickie, Amherstburg Ontario


"I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing The Music Man’s entertaining DJ service at several parties that I’ve attended. I have yet to see and hear a DJ that can get the crowd going like this man. I would wholeheartedly recommend this DJ service to anyone and EVERYONE!"

 
     - Ruby Monaco, Leamington Ontario


"Rob! You did a fantastic job! (Especially on such short notice). Everyone had a really great time. You played an awesome mix of music. Maybe we'll see you at our 50th! Thanks for the pictures. If you have anymore, we'd be glad to see them.
Thanks again"

 
     - Sandy & Marc Quenneville, Belle River Ontario