Frequently Asked Questions

Services and Style

How would you define your “style” or approach to providing DJ entertainment?  

My presentation is polished and understated, marked by artistic mixing and a professional “cheese-free” approach to announcements and microphone work. Many DJs think that it is their job to put on a show and be the center of attention at the reception. We believe firmly that your wedding is your show, and we have no interest in taking the spotlight from you. Your dance floor will be packed, but it will be because the DJ selected just the right songs from your request list and mixed them in just the right sequence - not because he chattered endlessly on the microphone.      


I don’t want the music at my wedding to be traditional wedding music. Can you do that?  

Of course! I’m not at all attached to tradition – we’re here to incorporate the music you request, and to mix it in a way that will create the kind of wedding you’ve envisioned. Somewhere along the line, the phrase “wedding DJ” became a bad word, synonymous with cheesiness. I couldn’t be any further from that image.    


Do you offer additional services aside from DJ services?  

While I consider it my job — and pleasure — to help my clients have top notch weddings and special events, I know I am not a “jack of all trades.” To help clients, make their event a true success, I have partnered with the area’s best to ensure everything runs smoothly. From party rentals, decor, event planners, live musicians, cake, florists, photography and more, I assure you that the services booked through CKDJ are all within my partners’ specific area of expertise, and will be delivered flawlessly.     

Music Selection & Mixing

How involved are you in helping us to plan our music?  

Just as you pay a caterer for his or her expertise in food, you are paying CKDJ for my expertise in music. I am more than willing to provide you with a multitude of suggestions based on your preferences, and am perfectly comfortable selecting most (or all) of the music if you aren’t interested in doing so. My extensive knowledge of music enables me to work with your requests and create a mood that reflects your tastes while creating a great atmosphere for all of your guests.    


How do you mix the music?  

Mixing is a pretty basic skill for a professional disc jockey, but how a DJ does it says a lot about his or her style. I mix music with the purpose of creating seamless transitions between songs and maintaining the energy and momentum on the dance floor. Mixing for me is something I do on the spot, based on the tempo and “feel” of the songs and the reaction of the crowd. I don’t treat your wedding like it’s my personal nightclub appearance, and I don’t use your wedding to test out remixes that no one recognizes. I always use the original and most popular versions of each song unless there’s a really good reason not too.

Booking & Working with CKDJ

How do I book CKDJ for my event? 

Once you’ve submitted your inquiry on the website and indicate that you’re ready to connect with us, I’ll send you a few easy questions to answer via email. These will enable us to get to know each other a bit more. I will then be more than happy to schedule an easy, convenient consultation over the telephone (or meet you in person if you prefer) to discuss your plans and answer your questions. Next step, I will email you a simple, customized agreement and invoice guaranteeing the services on your event day. You’ll have a 10-day window during which to make your decision, sign your agreement and submit payment - and of course I’m here to provide any additional information or assistance you need during that time!    


Do you offer different skill levels or “tiers” at different price points?

Absolutely not. The way I see it, we are here to provide a high standard service. We would never sell a couple a “CKDJ experiences” and then offer you less than the very best I have to offer. For this reason, I don’t offer a cheaper “B-team” or associate level packages. Offering multiple “tiers” at different prices would mean sacrificing quality for the sake of more bookings, something I’m not willing to do.  


What areas do you serve?  

Travel within a 120-mile radius (one-way) of Reno, NV is included. $1 per additional mile.    


When do you arrive to set up for an event?  

We always arrive on-site at least an hour prior to the contracted start time of the event, and earlier as necessitated by the setup requirements of the site.   

Terms & Requirements

What are the terms of payment if I book your services?  

An industry-standard, 50% nonrefundable retainer is due with your signed agreement. This retainer reserves and guarantees the services on your event day. The remaining balance is collected 60 days prior to your event. Clients who elect to take advantage of the full prepayment discount (offered to anyone signing an agreement at least three months prior to their event) would remit the full amount, less 10%, with their signed agreement.    


Why do you offer a 10% discount for paying in full with the signed contract?  

We offer this discount because it simplifies our operations (it’s less work to process one payment than two, and the time saved in not having to track and collect a balance makes the discount worth it to us) and it simplifies our clients’ budget management. It’s completely optional, and we’re happy to accept a 50% retainer with the agreement and the balance 60 days before the wedding if that’s your preference. 10% is not available to combine with any other discount or promotion.    


What payment types are accepted?  

I accept personal and business checks. Credit Cards are accepted, with a 3.5% fee. 

Most importantly......

… why should you choose CKDJ for my event?  


Simply put, I provide exceptional service and the most accommodating and attentive customer care found in this industry.