FAQ

What music genres are in your collection?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, Acoustic, Big Band, Classic Rock, Classical, Country, Dance, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, Motown, Oldies, Orchestra, Pop, Punk Rock, R&B, Rock, Soul, Strings, Swing, World

Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

Describe your DJ style:
Customer Service Oriented. I listen to my Bride and Groom and work with their taste and style of music and compliment it with my experience. If their selection of music is not getting the results they want on the dance floor it’s my job to troubleshoot the party and fix it in the mix. My goal is to share the dance floor with everyone. Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Dad, Aunty, Uncle, Family and Friends. It’s a celebration and everyone should enjoy themselves.

What is your usual attire?
We dress for the occasion. I usually wear black pants (Never Jeans) and a nice button up dress shirt. Because Hawaii is a tropical Island over dressing or out dressing the Groom is not a wise thing. I learned from one guest mistake when he decided to out dress everyone and almost matched the grooms attire. Everyone was congratulating him. The staff at the Hotel, the vendors and some of the guest who really did not know the Groom. It was so funny. I dress well and fit the part.

If you do not have one of the songs pre-requested by the client, do you require that they provide it?
Only if it’s for a special performance and/or dance routine. If not I can buy the song and make sure it is the right version. If it’s something that is playing on radio or was playing on radio, chances are I can get it or I have it already.

How many other DJs do you work with?
I have an assistant. I do have associates who DJ for my company, but are separate entity. I have high standards and expectations for DJ’s I refer to represent Me if I am already booked and a client wants the consistent customer service and trust that I provide. I am here to help match the right DJ if I am not available for your event.

What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
I don’t know about time. I think it’s more about price? It all depends. That’s something we have to talk about. I seek to understand first, then I share my opinion when I understand my client’s needs and requirements. Communication will solve most issues and understanding my clients needs and reasons will give me a better perspective.

Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Yes. I think it’s very important to build a rapport with my clients. This will give me a better understanding about their personality and mine of course. A Bride should know if she likes the DJ’s personality and if she thinks she will be happy working with him or her.

Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
Please inquire via email at tony@thedjhawaii.com or call (808)753-7233

Do you bring your own equipment?
Yes. I work with professional grade equipment design to withstand a beating from hours and hours of fun and exciting energy built from every wedding I do.

What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
Our Lighting is to enhance the dance floor when we get the dancing started. We use the newest technology available which is LED Lighting. It adds a nice accent to the room without the flash into peoples eyes. The lighting is there for an ambient effect.

How much time do you usually need to set up? Do you require that the site or client provide a table for you to set up on?
I like to be on site at least two hours prior to the event starting. This gives everyone the peace of mind that I am setup early and ready to go anytime when called upon. I rather be stuck in a room ready, rather than in traffic on the H1 here in Hawaii. H1 is like leaving a baseball stadium after any ball game. You’re crawling out the parking lot. I respect traffic and will not test it. Leaving Early to my events is part of my commitment for every client I work with.

Do you have any extra space requirements?
A Table and Power for my setup is really all I need. If the event is out doors we can plan on how we deal with plan B.

Do you usually emcee the event or talk between songs?
I emcee most of my events, because that is what I am well known for in Hawaii. I am not over the top but I deliver a smooth, non-intrusive show and program for guest to enjoy. I don’t like to get in the way of the “Life of the Party” I encourage everyone to enjoy themselves and allow them to experience their fun with friends and family. Being in public and having fun with others in not always an easy task for some. But if I can encourage “just one person” to be themselves and don’t worry about what people think about their dancing I feel I did more than make a person dance. I feel like I built their self esteem. Everyone deserves to be confident and it starts with inner self value. At your Wedding Celebration your guest should rediscover or discover why they should LOVE. When they see The Bride and Groom they should see the true meaning of LOVE. See it and Feel it with The DJ “Tony So”

What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Negotiable

Will you arrange for recorded music to play during your breaks?
I have an assistant to cover me if I have to step out for a moment. Music will be playing as required.

What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes. I have a protocol of DJ’s that are ready to cover me if there is issues with my health or circumstances.

What is your overtime rate?
Negotiable

Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Negotiable