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January 2017 Update on Mike's DJ Service
Now a part-time DJ after 35 years being a professional full-time Mobile DJ. Still a great DJ, upper middle-aged, still owns his professional DJ equipment, music collection stays up-to-date. But no longer has back-up DJs nor DJ Liability insurance.
I am getting out of the wedding DJ business, will rarely DJ a wedding in the future. I was a top Professional Wedding DJ in Southeast Michigan for 30 of my 35 years being a full-time Mobile DJ.
I'm getting away from the intense responsibilities of being one of the top Wedding DJs. It's not just playing music, there is so much more involved, especially the extra I did. I've done it for 30 years, time to pass the wedding torch to other DJs, let them work their butts off.
Your Name... Madman Mike?
Q Do you offer karaoke?
Q I have never booked a DJ before. I'm not sure what to do or ask. Can you help me?
Q phone number?
Number isn't elsewhere on my site because years ago most calls were endless solicitations and internet surfing crank calls. They kept filling up message recording time, people couldn't leave importatnt messages.
Q Do you have DJ Liability Insurance?
Q Can you name banquet centers halls you worked in as a DJ?
Q Can I watch you work as a DJ at a wedding, party or other event?
Q Why can't I watch you work at a private event?
Note: many DJ services DO invite
Q Why should I hire you?
Q If another DJ service charges more, are they better than you?
Q Why can't I just automatically book you through an online system?
Q Social Media... Are You On Any?
questions/answers are at bottom of this page. scroll down or click here
Q Do you DJ at School Dances and Proms?
Q How about a demo video, DVD or CD? Can I get one from you?
Q What type of promotional material do you have?
Q Do you have promotional material you could mail or fax to me?
Q Do you accept personal checks?
Q Why no
Q Why do you charge a Flat Rate?
For a mobile DJ, a 4 hour job is at least a 10+ hours job.
To avoid overlapping bookings or being double-booked, and allowing for last-minute potential scheduled time changes, I book only one job per day, regardless of time involved.
For every event, I get paid for my day being exclusive to you and not being available to anyone else. What if your scheduled times should change? I can arrive earlier or stay later or do both, no extra charge.
Consider that even a small amount of time would tie me up for an entire day. Due to the time needed after any event to tear-down DJ equipment & reload van then drive to another place then unload van and set-up again, it is extremely rare there is enough time to guarantee being on time to DJ another event or work more DJ hours.
The BIG bonus of a Flat Rate – you never have to guess the final cost of your DJ. No Hidden Costs, No Extra Charges, just One Total Price. no unfortunate surprises.
People aren't aware that being your DJ and doing it right actually requires a lot more time than what is called
Time to load DJ equipment into a van, drive to an event, unload and set-up, be completely ready including doing a sound check BEFORE
And... did you know that some venues require entertainment to add at least another hour of time to be completely set-up one hour before your event starts or YOU pay an extra fee?
Then you need to take into account
Then add the time and cost of a dependable assistant/roadie. Keep in mind that my equipment is not just a laptop and two small speakers. I use a Full Commercial DJ System and have additional back-up equipment with me at your event.
And... for professionals like myself, time to do 'paperwork' and post-event time. Now add the time and cost of buying music, buying and maintaining professional DJ equipment, owning and maintaining a vehicle capable of transporting commercial DJ equipment, cost of DJ Liability insurance, etc., all of which goes into my flat rate.
Yes, all of the above adds up to a lot of time and cost. And you are worth it!
Q How come you don't charge more?
Q When DJ'ing, do you use a Laptop, SmartPhone, Tablet, or Turntables?
Q Do you still use CDs?
I've been in the Mobile DJ Business over 30 years, starting out in the vinyl and cassette era. That's before CDs, the internet, and MP3s existed. Being a professional, my music and equipment stay up-to-date throughout all these and future changes.
Q Can we meet in person when just considering booking you?
Q Do we have to meet in person for me to book you?
Q Can we meet in person to go over final details for our event?
Q If I hire you, will you really play what I want even if my guests might not like it?
Q If I leave the choice of music up to you, can you satisfy my guests?
Q I want someone to just play music – no talk. Will you do this?
Q If I want to bring some of my own CDs for you to play, will you play them?
Q How much music can I choose and pick out?
Q Many DJs won't allow us large song lists. Why do you?
Sometimes people who are paying for the DJ will request music that is non-danceable or a mood killer which then reflects negatively on the DJ. Some DJs use each event as a public audition for future work and prefer to always look good in hopes of getting more jobs. These DJs are trying to impress your guests and potential future customers. I want you to be impressed.
Q Have you ever worked as a DJ with bands?
Q Are you on the radio? Have you ever been a Radio DJ?
Q How do you accept payments?
Q What if I'm not satisfied with your DJ service?
Q Where Are You Located?
Q Why so much information about other entertainers? Why not just plug yourself?
Turns out that my own website is incredibly helpful in doing that. Since I'm well-known in Michigan, freely sharing my huge list of resources to help anybody in need of – or looking for – local entertainment is something I take immense pride in doing.
Q Hey Mike, do you enjoy what you do?
Frequently Asked Questions about this website ...
Q Can I use my BACK button anywhere/anytime on your website?
Q How do I tell you a link on your site redirects to wrong website?
Q How do I tell you a link goes to a website that no longer exists?
Send info in an e-mail. use → Report a Bad Link – tell me me which page, which link, what is wrong. I will fix it or remove it.
Q Can I add my link to your site?
Most links to other websites open in new windows. Therefore, some pop-up blockers need to be set to "allow" for madmanmike.com. No need for concern. On my website, there are no advertising pop-ups/unders and you will never "get stuck" on my site.
Q I clicked on a link but nothing happened. What's wrong?
Home page bounces between PR3 and PR4, depending on each new Google algorithm. Many inside pages such as Michigan Bands Musicians, Michigan DJs, Music Events, Recording Studios, other DJs links page, DJ Resources, etc., generally bounce between PR2 and PR3.
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