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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do you charge?

This seems to be the first question clients ask, so we’ll address it first.  The price of services is, of course, dependent on many factors, for example, date of services, location, etc.  Once we have discussed your needs with you, we will be able to quote an exact price. To get a general idea for budgeting, I can tell you that a basic 4 hour dance with dinner music on a Saturday is $750.  When choosing a DJ or company, keep this in mind… The entertainment will be the most important factor in the success of your event.  Price should not be the only consideration when hiring a DJ.  We are a professional entertainment service and we pride ourselves on our high standards.  Because of this, we don’t cut corners.  We are proud to offer a great value for the services we provide and assure our clients of satisfaction with every aspect of our performance.

Why are some DJs so expensive?

It comes down to exclusivity and what the market will bear. There are only 52 weekends a year. A DJ can only do one gig at a time. If there are several clients wanting the same DJ on the same date, he can charge more than others.

Often times their prices are also influenced by their experience as well as their level of service.  Do they act as an event coordinator saving you hundreds of dollars since you will not have a need to hire one yourself?

On the other hand, if your date is on an "off night" or unpopular time, you may be able to negotiate a better deal. And if your event is coming up very shortly and the DJ has an opening, he may be willing to substantially discount his normal fees. 

Aren't DJs all the same?

There are Club DJs, Radio DJs and Mobile DJs, each specializing in their chosen field. Many Mobile DJs can't beat mix while many Club DJs would be lost trying to coordinate and announce formalities at a wedding. Some DJs are quite experienced, others are just starting out. Generally, it takes about 2 years of training for a DJ to become competent enough to handle every possible occasion. For your event you may not want to risk having someone who's still on the learning curve.

Even among Mobile DJs there are specific categories. Some Disc Jockeys are "Hip Hop", others concentrate on Karaoke. Some do corporate events and others primarily do kids parties. Obviously you wouldn't want a DJ for your wedding who's training and experience is mostly limited to Bar Mitzvahs. 

It's good to have experience in all DJ disciplines, types of events and styles of music. A DJ who can coordinate and work with staff and other event pros, expertly pick and mix songs and has a good personality has the versatility for any event. 

Are large entertainment companies a good resource to find a DJ?

They can be but you do not always have the opportunity to personally meet DJ candidates at a large DJ "farm" or third party Entertainment Broker.  Usually you do not speak directly to your DJ at one of these companies. Your information or question is transfered via a third party and can be distorted, miscommunicated or lost.

I saw a really low price for a DJ, should I hire them?

It depends on what they supply and what your needs are. If you are having a backyard party that doesn't necessitate coordination, announcements or even a personality, you may be fine. Keep in mind that low budget DJs are less likely to use top quality equipment, have adequate back up equipment, training and experience, reliable transportation or liability insurance. This puts the ultimate success of your party at risk.

Someone I know is a DJ, I might use them.

It's true there are lots of DJs around, everybody seems to know one. Since there is no official, universally accepted Disc Jockey certification, anybody can buy some sound equipment and proclaim that they too are a DJ.

It's kind of like buying a sports car and claiming you are now a race car driver. You still need good training, experience, a reliable track record and a good reputation. I've heard too many horror stories about "DJs" who either didn't show up, were late, sent a replacement, dressed badly, hit on guests, played the wrong music or otherwise didn't act professionally.

How long have you been in business and what type of experience do you have?

Night Moves DJ Service has been providing top quality DJ entertainment in the Fargo-Moorhead area since 1994!  We are experienced in every type of event, with over 90% of our business being wedding receptions.  Almost all of our business comes to us through referrals.  Clients who have been pleased with our services recommend us to their friends and they pass us on to their friends, etc.  It is the best type of advertising there is!..And, it can’t be purchased, it must be earned!

Do you provide a written contract?

Absolutely.  We know that contracts are a must so that both you and we are entirely clear as to what is being agreed to.  The contract will contain such things as event date, start time, end time, any extra services requested, compensation, etc.  There will be no surprises the day of your event.

Will you just provide music for my reception, or will you also MC and coordinate it?

There is so much more to a wedding reception than just playing music!  We will be actively involved with all aspects of the reception from before the time the first guests arrive until the event concludes.  All of the formalities will be done in a timely manner and we work with the facility as well as other professionals to make sure everything is done in a coordinated effort.  We realize that flexibility is important to your reception and we will respond decisively to your direction.  Should the unexpected arise, rest assured that we will handle every situation expeditiously and professionally.

What kind of music do you play?

What type of music do you want to hear?  What do your guests want to hear, what songs best represent your personality?  We carefully go over your tastes of music at our consultations.  On the day of your wedding, you’ll discover a wide variety of selections that you want to hear, after all it is your wedding day.  Our library spans all types of music from the 30’s to present day.  In addition to our resources we will do everything possible to acquire your special requests that are provided to us at least two weeks prior to your event.  You may, of course, provide any favorites you wish in CD format.

Can I request a certain type of music not be played?

Absolutely, it is your party and we will abide by your wishes.  It's completely understandable if you have specific songs you just do not like. But to exclude an entire category of music may be shortsighted. For instance, I've had some clients tell me they don't want any Rap. That would then exclude much of the hottest current dance music. Music your guests may really want.

The power of music is that it's an inclusive thing that brings people together. Being open to any musical possibility the situation may call for frees up your DJ to be creative and let your party flow naturally. You may not like a certain type of music but you may want to consider allowing it (assuming it's non-offensive) if that's what makes your guests happy. By the same token, plenty of attention should also be given to the music you do really like.

What type of equipment do you use?

We are equipped with the best state-of-the-art professional equipment.  Our system is self-contained, non-obtrusive and neat.  Our system is equipped with two wireless microphones, a headset for the DJ and a handheld for you and your guests to use for meal blessings, toasts, or any other purpose you may need.  We guarantee a top-quality musical experience and a pleasing appearance.

What about the volume of your equipment?

Volume levels vary greatly for various functions and parts of your event.  If the guests are mingling, the volume will not hamper their conversations.  If we’re trying to pack the dance floor, we will adjust the volume accordingly.  We will, of course, always be responsive to the direction of the host.

Why do you recommend a live audition?

Would you buy a car without first test driving it?  Sound quality is important. As is the look of the sound system, the lighting and the personality of your DJ. The best way to evaluate this is by a personal consultation.

Once you know the true value of what we offer, you can make a fair comparison of us to any other DJ. Or simply reserve your date with us and enjoy the peace of mind of knowing exactly what to expect. 

Do you do special things to make my event fun?

Some DJs resort to corny games, or wacky costumes during their "performance". It may seem fun at the moment but is likely that you and your guests will look back on these gimmicks as embarrassing.

The best way to get people involved and create positive memories is simply to play great music! A dynamic music mix that includes variety, requests, old favorites and hot new songs is key. A good DJ will monitor his dance floor constantly and respond accordingly. Your guests will enjoy themselves more without "forced spontaneity".

The right music and lighting can make your party look and sound like no other.

How will the DJ interact with my guests?

Night moves puts the focus where it belongs, on the guests of honor and their family and friends.  We make the proper announcements and play the right music at the right time to get people up and dancing.  We know that your event will be remembered by your guests for many years to come as an awesome experience.

What if people don't dance?

This is extremely rare. Keep in mind that, as the hosts or guest of honor, your guests will often take their cue from you. If you are on the dance floor they are more likely to be as well.

There are some events where promoting dancing is more difficult than others. For example, events that are early in the day, outdoor, sunlit, do not serve liquor and have less than 40 people attending can be a challenge. But I've had even those parties often turn into great parties.

It sometimes takes a while for the dancing to get going. A good DJ will not panic. He will just keep on playing a great mix, as if his dance floor is already packed. If people aren't dancing, it just means they are not yet ready. Usually, even the most hesitant partygoers eventually come around. 

How long does it take to set up and when will you show up for my event?

We will be ready!  We know that ample time must be allowed for set-up, sound checks and proper coordination with the facility, caterers, etc.  We always arrive in plenty of time to do so….usually about two hours before your event begins.  Weddings generally take about 45 minutes to set up, depending on any additions you may have chosen.  We are always ready to go no less than 30 minutes before your event start time. 

How will the DJ dress?

Jeff will be properly attired in a tuxedo for formal events such as weddings, unless you request otherwise.  For all other events we will dress appropriately.  After discussing your needs, we will know what the mood of your event is and will make sure our attire is in line with your wishes.

Do you take breaks?

We have no need for breaks.  Our service is uninterrupted.  To shut down your entertainment for a break would disrupt the atmosphere we have worked so hard to create.  We handle all of our needs during your event invisibly.

Is a “tip” expected?

There is no expectation of a gratuity. If, on the other hand, you feel that we have gone beyond the call of duty, any expression of your gratitude is always appreciated.