[Brian Stevenson] We use professional PA systems. Our powered speakers are Mackie® brand with 400 watts in each cabinet. For larger halls, we add a powered sub for the bottom end. We carry backup equipment in case of a failure, and we also have an emergency DJ on call to either fill in or bring out more equipment if necessary. Our digital players and mixers are either American DJ® or Numark.
[Brian Stevenson] We primarily use a digital player designed specifically for DJs. We use a unit called a Numark D2 Director. In addition, we carry a laptop with DJ software for backup.
[Brian Stevenson] Chances are we have them and would bring them. If not, we will make every effort to get them. If they are obscure material that we do not have or cannot get, we will ask that you provide them.
[Brian Stevenson] Yes, depending on how much material you are providing. Some people have asked to provide us with the entire music list for the night. For that type of event, we can provide our Sound Operator service -- same great equipment with an MC if required and a full setup, except the music selection will be programmed by you. Requests will be taken only if you have specified that they may be.
[Brian Stevenson] Best Music has multiple DJs that work exclusively for us. All equipment and music is provided by Best Music so we can maintain a consistent quality of service. We always have an emergency on-call DJ -- usually me. I am accessible by phone whenever we have bookings. We have standard party DJs and wedding professionals.
[Brian Stevenson] Generally, when you book with Best Music Services, you start with a meeting with me. You go over what you want, and I will explain what we do. I will pass this info on to the DJ assigned. About 1 month before the booking, he will contact you to go over your songs and the timing of events. He will also make suggestions based on our experience on how best to handle certain events.
[Brian Stevenson] We play at a number of public functions. One is One Parent Families at Pickering Rec Centre on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Contact me for more info.
[Brian Stevenson] We can MC if you want us to and normally announce the special events after the dinner.
[Brian Stevenson] We use a standard wedding planner we provide to you after booking. Our DJ will go through a comprehensive interview with you prior to your event to review this planning information.
[Brian Stevenson] The DJ will arrange to meet with you at an agreed-upon Durham Region location.
[Brian Stevenson] We have more than 25 years’ experience and have done thousands of dances. I train all my people.
[Brian Stevenson] We’re a member of CODJA but not the
Chamber of Commerce. We are also members of
Certified Disc Jockeys which holds a standard for
professional DJ companies.
We are also members of Certified Disc Jockeys which holds a standard for professional DJ companies.
[Brian Stevenson] In the local area, whatever time you want us. Outside the local area, we would arrive about 45 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
[Brian Stevenson] Either a suit and tie or a jacket and tie.
[Brian Stevenson] We carry 20,000 + songs in our standard set. Note we do not carry entire albums, only hits. People only dance to music they know, so why carry music they don't know? We can accommodate any special requirement you might have. Our standard library is put together from requests we’ve received throughout our years in business. We keep our library up to date, adding some 50 songs every month.
[Brian Stevenson] Yes, our DJs carry wireless microphones, and their use is included in our rates.
[Brian Stevenson] If it is within your booked time, it is included. Otherwise, it is $60.00 per hour.
[Brian Stevenson] We have everything from up-lighting, custom Gobos, intelligent dance floor lighting, lasers, mirror ball effect, bubble machines and low-lying fog. All our lighting and effects are available as separately-priced options or included in our various packages.
[Brian Stevenson] Not in the local area.
[Brian Stevenson] Yes.
[Brian Stevenson] This is a full-time business for me. I have been doing it longer than any DJ service in the area.
[Brian Stevenson] All our music is catalogued for the DJ by artist and title. We can retrieve and get a song cued in seconds. Our digital systems are fully searchable and allow us to setup playlists for every event.
[Brian Stevenson] Deposit is $75.00 and would be returned to me with a copy of the agreement.
[Brian Stevenson] You can make payments if you like, as long as the balance is paid by the date of the booking. We have had people give us 4 or 5 post-dated cheques to cover the balance.
[Brian Stevenson] People think that because they pay
more they will get a superior service. Our sound systems
are more current and of a higher quality than most other
services, and our DJs have more experience than most.
The truth is that most DJ companies price their service
high because people are willing to pay it. Some DJ
companies setup intricate lighting systems or video
screens, this is included in their fees.
Some DJ companies setup intricate lighting systems or video screens, this is included in their fees.
[Brian Stevenson] Generally you meet your DJ about a month prior to your event. All my DJs are hired based on personality. They have to be the type of person who immediately makes people feel comfortable. They are professional and are there to do what you request of them. There will not be a personality clash. We don’t hire “egos.” If you want to speak with the DJ prior to booking, we can arrange for him to call you and discuss your concerns.
[Brian Stevenson] Best Music Services has been providing
great DJ music in the
Most people who contact us for DJ services first ask "how much?" Unfortunately, this habit is a disaster just waiting to happen. Price is absolutely no indication of how good or bad a DJ is. Quite a number of people who contact me feel that one DJ is as good as the other. This couldn't be further from the truth.
A DJ in the business for, say, 5 years can purchase the best music and lighting systems available. But if he has only been doing dances for teenagers, he has no frame of reference for playing for an older audience. Try tuning your radio to a station with music you really dislike and imagine having that as the music for your event. For some DJs, that music is all they normally play.