Ken Drew DJ Services
Frequently Asked Questions
Disc Jockey and Master of Ceremonies
Weddings, Corporate Events and Family Gatherings
Member of The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame
Call or Text 508-816-5064
Ken Drew DJ Services
Award Winning DJ
The Knot & Wedding Wire
5 Years in a row
Do you offer a written contract? Yes Ken Drew DJ Services requires a signed contract for all functions and events. It is important that any DJ provide a written contract outlining the details and terms and conditions of the function.
Will you be the DJ at our wedding or other function? Yes. DJ Ken Drew is an independent Disc Jockey Service so there is never any question as to who will be the DJ at your Wedding or other function. Often when dealing with large DJ companies or agencies the person you speak with is not the person who will be your DJ.
How many years of experience do you have? DJ Ken Drew has over thirty years experience in the Wedding and Entertainment business. DJ Ken Drew does over 25 – 30 weddings every year in addition to numerous Family Parties (birthdays, sweet sixteen’s, anniversaries, retirements, bridal and baby showers, etc) as well as corporate functions from holiday parties, team building events, picnics, grand openings and more. Probably more than 500 plus weddings alone including very formal, very casual, boats and backyards, fancy venues and lots of rental halls. (Legions, VFW’s, Knights etc)
WHEN YOU HAVE THE OPTION, ALWAYS HIRE EXPERIENCE
Do you perform for more than one event in a day? Only one function is done in a day. You get my undivided physical, mental, and emotional attention for your wedding or other function.
How would you define your "style"? Perfectionist with attention to
detail to assure every detail of your reception or other event. High energy,
dignified yet fun filled, yet never over the top. I am not the center of
attention at your wedding reception. You are. I am there to facilitate a great
time for you and your guests. I often liken myself to a Chameleon that changes
and adapts the it’s background. I am an expert in adapting to the audience I am
playing for. Your wedding reception will be perfectly planned and executed. Let
me create a happy, fun filled, memorable, elegant and stress free time for you
and your guests.
How involved can we be in selecting music for our event? You choose your own level of involvement. Some couples are extremely involved while others take the approach that is the job of the DJ to know what to play. Most are somewhere in the middle.
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested? Generally 30 songs are more than adequate for the “Must Play List” (The recommended ratio is 20 fast songs and 10 slow songs) Anything more and it becomes a “Maybe we will play” list due to time constraints. I also suggest my wedding couples submit up to 100 songs that they and there guests may enjoy on a “In The Mix” list (Again the recommended ratio is 2/3 fast songs). Selections from this list will supplement songs on the “Must Play List”. The above are in addition to the couple’s special music. And guest request as they fit in.
Can we submit a “Do Not Play” list? Yes and I honor your list. I will not play anything on the “Do Not Play” and I will not say the bride will not let me play that.
Can we provide you with our own unique or ethnic music? Yes please bring your unique music. We probably have your request in our collection, or can easily get it. But if you have unique taste, and own a one of a kind song, we are happy to play your CDs. If I do not have one of the songs pre-requested I will try to get it (and I rarely fail!) If you ask us for it, there’s a very good chance that someone else has asked for it before. If you like, you can also supply anything specific that you already own.
How do you keep your music collection up-to-date? For today’s current hits we subscribe to RPM Radio Programming & Management, Inc for all the monthly updates of Adult Contemporary, Top 40, Country, Latin, Urban/Rap, Dance Remixes, Rock/Alternative and Contemporary Christian all in “clean” radio edits.
When do we need to submit our music requests and event details? DJ Ken Drew requests that all planning forms and music requests be submitted two weeks prior to the function.
Can you provide music for the ceremony and the reception? Yes with no additional cost.
What type of music do you play during dinner? I can provide background music during cocktails and dinner. I can recommend various types of music that create a nice atmosphere during those periods such as smooth jazz, vocal standards or with my huge music selection I can customize the cocktail and dinner music to your taste.
Can you play music to entertain all our guests? I pride myself on my ability to "read an audience" and will select a mix of music that will touch upon everyone there. I have music with me for every generation. The entertainment at each wedding is different. You want music that your friends will enjoy and dance to, but you don’t want your older relatives to feel excluded. A wedding specialist like me knows how to mix the music so that everyone from your college roommate to your grandmother has a great time; all ages 8 to 80.
Do you take requests from our guests? With your ok I will entertain requests from the guests. Guest requests will be mixed in with you request were appropriate for style and tempo.
Do you act as the “emcee” and make all of the announcements? Yes I will coordinate, emcee, and program the reception. My style is low-key and professional. I make whatever announcements you wish me to make, in a clear and pleasant voice. (And I pronounce everyone’s name correctly (one of those little details the lesser DJs too often overlook.) I don’t attempt to talk with phony gusto like a TV game show host or Barnum & Bailey circus ringmaster, and You will not hear me asking if there are any party people in the house?
What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing? Generally this is not an issue at a wedding reception. Usually careful song selection will ensure dance floor success. Occasionally I may opt to use the microphone to try to “energize” your guests and motivate them to dance. I have also been known to dance with a guest to help prime the pump.
Can we visit you at a performance? It is not a good idea for any DJ to use a couple's wedding day to promote their services. I respect the privacy of my wedding couples and do not use yours or any other function as a audition for may next booking. As an aside, very little information of any value can be gained peaking through the door to see a few minutes of a 5 hour function.
Can you provide music outdoors? Yes I carry with me over 100 feet of heavy duty outdoor power cords for outdoor weddings or ceremonies. If your ceremony is at a location with no access to power (beach, park, meadow, remote gazebo etc) my portable system does and excellent job of providing ceremony music using only self contained battery power. Outdoor caveats: DJ and equipment must be protected at all times from elements such as rain, direct sunlight etc. Also if the power source is a portable generator I must be notified in advance so I can make arrangements to isolate the equipment from potential electrical spikes from the generator.
How do you address different age groups, different families, different musical tastes? How will you get them all to dance? The music played is strongly influenced by your request lists, however based on my years of experience and knowledge of music I am skilled at reading the audience and including in the mix something for everyone. Often times music for the older guests is played earlier in the evening, saving the up tempo rock and dance music for later in the evening. Ethnic music is part of the mix as directed by the wedding couple.
Do you sub-contract your work out? DJ Ken (Ken Drew – DJ Services) is an independent DJ booking only one wedding or event a day.
How many people will come with you? One I perform and do setup and breakdown by myself.
Will you work with our wedding coordinator, or other wedding vendors? Absolutely! Anything I can do to assist them will be done with the utmost cooperation and respect. By coordinating all of the events from your arrival to your honeymoon send off, I will coordinate everything I do with all of your vendors.
May we meet with you in person before we sign a contract? Although not necessary I am available to any wedding couple interested in my service. I meet with prospective couples days or evenings at a location of their choice. (I have done many successful weddings for couples who booked based on only internet or telephone contact)
Will we meet again before the wedding? I am available at all times during the planning process for Telephone, e-mail or face to face support. I also offer all my couples, if they want the opportunity of a “feel good” anytime just prior to the wedding date.
How long will you hold our date for us? If a couple is truly interested I will give the a reasonable “first refusal” on a date, however to actually reserve the date I need a signed contract and a deposit.
How much of a deposit is required to secure our date? Going with my approach of making it easy for all my wedding couples all I require for a deposit is $100.00
Once a contract is signed can we cancel? We know plans can change. The policy is, if you have to cancel, I will hold your deposit as a credit towards a future event. Under special circumstances at my discretion, a full or partial deposit will be made.
Can we use a credit card to pay for your services? Yes all major credit / debit cards as well as PayPal are accepted at the Secure Payment Gateway The balance is due in full one week prior to the event. I also offer the no cost convenience of accepting periodic payments (I call it DJ Layaway) for the couple to gradually pay down the balance. Payments can be made by check or on line at the Secure Payment Gateway.
What is included in the cost of my event? How much would you charge for overtime? My wedding package pricing is an all inclusive flat rate price. The price is for unlimited time, with no overtime charges, setup charges, and except for in rare circumstances no travel charges.
Should you tip the DJ and if so how much? That’s up to you. If you feel the DJ does a great job, you may tip the DJ. As fo amount, 5-10% of the total amount charged would be very generous
How far in advance do we need to book? Sooner is better. Most people book their DJ from 4-6 months or more in advance. However, on many occasions we book dates just a few of weeks ahead of time, and we also book over a year in advance.
What if something happens to you and you can’t make it to the wedding? I do not miss functions. I am blessed with good health and do not let minor issues slow me down or deter me. In the event of something major happening my thirty plus years in the industry have put me in contact with numerous quality DJ’s so myself or my wife would be able to assist you in finding a replacement.
May we speak to your references? Yes you may. Satisfaction surveys along with reference contact information can be found at DJ Ken Drew Services and Reviews on The Knot or Ken Drew - DJ Services Reviews & Ratings
Do you use props, play games of offer karaoke? Twentyfive years ago the DJ trade magazines said one was not a proper DJ unless they had fake instruments, hats etc. Thankfully that day has passed and the quality Wedding DJ’s can now make thing fun but classy and elegant without props and gimmicks’. A wedding reception is not the place either for games or karaoke, however if one my couples wants karaoke I do have that capability.
Does it really matter which DJ I hire? If you care about whether your reception is a success or not it matters a lot. Surveys show that after the wedding, 4 out of 5 guests report that the thing they remember most is the entertainment, and 4 out of 5 brides report that they wished they had made the entertainment a higher priority in their planning and budgeting. Anybody can call himself or herself a DJ. Only a select few have the musical know-how, the high-quality equipment, the extensive experience, and the professional attitude to do the job right. There are DJs are fine at a school dance, night club, or casual party but who are not appropriate for a wedding. There are DJs who only carry the latest hits but are easily stumped if older tunes are requested. There are other DJs who have the classics but who do not keep up with the new music. There are DJs who have cheap equipment and no backup which means inferior sound. There are DJs who wing it at your wedding and do not work with a detailed, written checklist. It is widely quoted that when asked 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.
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