Do you need a mobile disc-jockey for your up and coming affair?



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Do you need a mobile disc-jockey for your up and coming affair?

I have thousands of terabytes of audio files and thousands of CDs designed for listening and dancing. Rock, dance music from the 1930's to the '00's, hip-hop, electronica, alternative, jazz, Latin, country, blues, new-age, or big band will fill any taste for the listening ear. Available for all parties, weddings, formals, film and television wrap parties, school reunions, sorority and fraternity functions, dances and banquets.
I have been a mobile DJ for over 20 years and performed hundreds of weddings, film industry parties, and corporate events. I am incorporated, carry a City of Los Angeles Business license, 2 million dollars of liability insurance and mobile audio gear insurance. I throw an amazing party by reading the crowd and choosing great music. I do not resort to playing “cheesy” games or using embarrassing forceful tactics.
I am a professional music recording engineer and I am fanatical about quality gear. I bring a backup system with me to every event at no cost to my clients. My equipment is as follows:

MOBILE DJ SYSTEM

Pioneer DJM-800 Mixing Console

Mac Powerbook Laptop with Vestax VCI-300 Controller

JBL MRX515 Speaker Systems

Denon DN-2000F Dual Compact Disc Player

American DJ Dual Compact Disc Player (Backup system included)

QSC PLX3603 800 W Power Amplifier

Hafler 800 W Power Amplifier (Backup system included)

Shure Beta 87 microphones

Sennheiser 500 series wireless Microphones

ADDITIONAL 2ND SYSTEM

This system is frequently used for wedding ceremonies

Soundcraft GigRac 1000 Mixer

Denon DN-2000F Dual Compact Disc Player

JBL 4408 Speaker system

Haffler 400 W Amplifier

Mackie 16 Channel Mixing Console

Sennheiser 500 series wireless microphones - both clip-on lavalier and handheld

Shure Beta 87’s for micing up musicians or vocalists

Audio integration with videographer from mixing console

Don’t get stuck with the high prices of agencies!

Hire a DJ who will BE your DJ! –


Damon Tedesco “The DJ for all occasions”



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


How long have you been a DJ?
It has been over 20 years. I started in High School djing parties, proms and dances, I went to Loyola Marymount University and started into djing weddings. Now I split my time djing weddings and Hollywood wrap parties for film and television shows.

Why is it so difficult to hire a DJ?
I think when you are planning a wedding or an event there are tangible items such as a cake, flowers, food, locations etc. A DJ is at times kind of a mystery – Will he play good music? Will he show up on time? Does he have a good music selection? How is his equipment? These are difficult questions to answer unless you can get recommendations from other clients.

What makes you different from other DJs?

I am not a cheezy, over the top, salesman type of guy. I think that when people go to a party they are there to hear a great selection of music and to enjoy a well-planned and executed event. I don’t do line dances, or force people to dance. I try and avoid the usual "YMCA", "Shout", "Tequila", "Chicken Dance", etc.


Are you an agency?
No. I am not an agency. People hire me because of my ability to read a crowd and play music that you don’t always hear at every wedding or party. I think that there is so much bait and switch with agencies that it makes the whole DJ industry look bad,

Do you have a video that you send out of you Djing?
Well…. No. I think that videos of DJs are so cheezy.

Any advice on hiring a DJ?
Get together with your DJ and just chat about what you are all about - your expectations and what you want from your DJ. You need to feel comfortable with whomever you hire. Speak with their recent clients or go see them on a DJ job.

Do you ever have a “meet and greet” meeting before you get hired?
All the time! People want to know that they can get along with their vendors. I think this is the best way to know if everyone meshes well with each other.

How many times do you meet up with your clients before the DJ job?
It all varies – everyone has a different comfort level. I like to meet up with brides and grooms 2-3 times before their wedding. Weddings are all about pre-production. The more I know about what kind of event my client wants the easier the job will flow. Many of my repeat clients such as holiday or birthday parties trust that I will do a great job and don’t feel the need to meet up with them at all.

Are you wedding planner?

Well, I’m more of an event coordinator. I work with the bride and groom to figure out what formalities they want and work out a timeline with them. I rely on my experience with literally hundreds of weddings to suggest the best flow for the formalities. I speak with the caterer or banquet manager before the event and give them a copy of the Wedding Program that we have worked out. I also bring copies for the photographer and videographer. Everyone needs to be on the same page so the wedding rolls along flawlessly.


Any advice to brides and grooms on their actual wedding day?
Yes, take off your watch and enjoy your day. Look around and soak it all in. Rely on your vendors to do their job well.

What kind of packages do you have?
Well I don’t really like using the word "packages". I have my hourly rate with a five hour minimum. I don’t charge for set up or break down time – just music time. The wedding system is most commonly a flat rate rental on top of my hourly.


Do you have a "day job"?
Yes I do. I am a professional music recording engineer for film and television and have worked with such composers as Danny Elfman (Spiderman), Tom Newman (American Beauty), Don Davis (The Matrix), and Randy Newman (Seabiscuit) to name a few. I have recorded and mixed music for hundreds of commercials and have had may featured on The Super Bowl over the past many years. A view into my “other life” is at www.scoringmixer.com.

Do you advertise?
I do very little advertising. I would say that 80% of my work comes from good word of mouth and referrals. Anyone can use the internet or go to an agency to hire a DJ. The problem is that many times you don’t know what type of DJ you will get until the day of the event – and then it is much too late. I receive many last minute calls from people that have gone with large companies and can not get a return phone call once they have their deposit. There is nothing scarier than not speaking to your DJ or even knowing who your DJ will be when your wedding is fast approaching.

Have you won any awards?

I have been pre-approved and accepted into “Here Comes The Guide” for Southern California. The pre-screening process is intensive and only about 10 DJs are pre approved in Southern California. I was voted “Best Wedding DJ of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012” by the Project Wedding website. I won “Best Scoring Mixer” in 2007 in The Film and Television Music Awards and have had my music mixes played on hundreds of commercials.



QUESTIONS ABOUT GEAR
What type of system do you bring to a DJ job?
It is a Vestax laptop computer system along with Dual Denon CD players, QSC power amplifiers, Sennheiser wireless microphones, and a Pioneer mixing console. I also have a backup Denon CD player, amplifier and mixing console with me on every job, I have yet to use it, but if I need any form of back up it is with me. Asthetically, it is a compact powerful system. I do not have a banner with my name on it or any other high-pressure tactic.

Are you going to change to a computer based MP3 system?
I use a combination of computer based Mac laptop system and CDs. I have all of my CDs as well as hundreds of gigabytes of music with me on my laptop system. I had all of my vinyl transfered into iTunes as well. I love being able to search my catalogue in just a few seconds. I use the new Vestax VCI-300 computer controller and NOW it finally feels like DJing from a laptop.

Do you have a Ceremony System?
Yes I do. It is a separate system from the reception system to eliminate any musical "dead air". It consists of a Soundcraft GigRac 1000 Mixer, JBL speakers, Sennheiser clip-on wireless microphones for the groom and minister, and a wireless handheld for readings, singing, and micing up instruments such as string quartets and guitars. I do not put the speakers on stands. If you shoot video or photos of a wedding you should not have speakers visible in the shot.

MOBILE DJ SYSTEM

Pioneer DJM-800 Mixing Console

Mac Powerbook Laptop with Vestax VCI-300 Controller

JBL MRX515 Speaker Systems

Denon DN-2000F Dual Compact Disc Player

American DJ Dual Compact Disc Player (Backup system included)

QSC PLX3603 800 W Power Amplifier

Hafler 800 W Power Amplifier Shure Beta 87 microphones

Sennheiser 500 series wireless Microphones




ADDITIONAL 2ND SYSTEM

(This system frequently used for wedding ceremonies)
Soundcraft GigRac 1000 Mixer

Denon DN-2000F Dual Compact Disc Player


JBL 4408 Speaker system
Mackie 16 Channel Mixing Console
Sennheiser 500 series wireless microphones

(both clip-on lavalier and handheld)


Shure Beta 87’s for micing up musicians or vocalists
Audio integration with videographer from mixing console

MOBILE DISC MUSIC HAS FURNISHED DISC-JOCKEY

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