Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why hire a DJ instead of a band?
A DJ requires a simpler, less expensive set-up that allows you more flexibility as the host of an event. DJs can deliver witty and stylish (and even outlandish) presentations, or they can blend into the background to add a quiet air of sophistication to any environment. DJs aren't at all high maintenance and often work without taking breaks. Perhaps the best thing of all is that DJs ensure the music you love is exactly the music you'll get.
2. When should we book a DJ?
We recommend that you reserve a DJ at least six months before your event, but Active Entertainment is able to accommodate some last-minute calls, so please contact us at your earliest convenience.
3. Will the DJ play requests?
Absolutely; as long as the client says it is OK for the DJ to take requests. Active Entertainment helps its customers devise appropriate and engaging presentations. As long as requests don't interrupt the flow of that plan, a DJ is happy to honor requests from the audience.
4. Will the DJ play music a client provides?
Of course. Active Entertainment highly recommends that its clients provide our DJs with the songs they would most like to hear. That makes our job easier, and guarantees our customers' satisfaction.
5. Will the DJ work overtime?
When overtime hours are not negotiated before an event, Active Entertainment cannot guarantee that a DJ's services are available past the contracted time. However, the company strives not to book events too close to each other so that a DJ can stay late if needed. Active Entertainment charges $150 for each hour of overtime.
6. What are the terms for payment?
Active Entertainment requires a retainer fee when clients return a contract to the company. That fee varies based on the size and scope of an event and is applied toward the total bill. The balance is due a week before the event. The company accepts cash, Visa/Mastercard/Discover/AMEX or checks payable to Active Entertainment.
7. What backup plan is in place should something go wrong?
In the event that unforeseen and last-minute trouble occurs, Active Entertainment's professional relationships with an array of local DJs and equipment providers will help ensure that your event runs according to plan.
8. What music medium do you use?
For the best sound quality, Active Entertainment uses Serato Scratch Live and Serato DJ software (MP3).
9. What type of equipment do you use?
Active Entertainment uses only the best in DJ equipment and technology, including Pioneer MIDI players and mixers, Rane mixers, Technique Turntables, Shure microphones, JBL self powered speakers, Odyssey cases, Hosa cables and Apple Computers. All lighting and special effects are provided by ADJ and Chauvet.
10. What will the DJ wear?
Our DJs wear clothing that fits the theme and tone of your event and, if requested, will display their wardrobes for prior approval. Our DJs wear only suits for all corporate events and weddings.
11. How long has Active Entertainment been in business?
Owner and operator Jason Tatum has been DJing special events since 1995. He formed Active Entertainment in 2000.
12. Will the DJ we meet prior to getting married be the DJ at our wedding?
Part of a great wedding reception is the relationship between the DJ and the bride & groom. Unless there is a schedule conflict, the DJ you meet with is the DJ that will be at your event.
13. How many weddings do you DJ a year?
We provided our DJ services to 284 events in 2012.
14. What makes your DJs different than others?
All of our DJs have over 5+ years of experience. They all know the art of mixing music, beat matching and reading a crowd. Each of our DJs are personable, friendly and approachable. Their main goal is to make sure you and your guests are happy. We guarantee the DJ that you book with is the DJ that will be at your event. Active Entertainment uses only the best in DJ technology and we simply know how to rock a party!