Every year brings new challenges in the music service industry but some consultation questions from potential clients and clients have remained constant during the more than 15 years we at Boogie Shoes DJ & Karaoke Services have been in business. From questions about our karaoke rentals to Vancouver DJ and karaoke setups, here are three that seem to surface every year.
Invariably someone every year wants to know if we can do a DJ or Karaoke setup early on the day of their event and then come back later to do the event. As much as I would like to say a blanket yes to that question, here are some factors that pose distinct challenges to doing an early setup.
One of the most worrisome about doing an early setup is who will monitor the safety of the equipment? Whether it is a restaurant, hotel or just about any location, venues are not in the slightest, interested in having their staff look after a music service vendor’s equipment. With thousands of dollars in equipment not being monitored, it is easy for a vendor to lose some expensive and crucial equipment to theft.
Another challenge is time. To go to a venue early, setup and then come back again is a lot of extra time spent at an event without remuneration. Often, a music service company has a number of events going the same day with different DJs and different locations. Sometimes extra DJs are needed to help setup a larger event and pulling them off the event, who has paid for their extra time and labor, is just not feasible. Add to that the cost of going to venue, parking, setting up, going somewhere or back home to kill time and then travelling back again for the event…you can see it as an added expense.
So, the short answer to a question of coming earl is “Yes it can be done but there will be an added cost to do so.”
Another question that seems to pop up at least a couple times a year concerns our karaoke rental service. Every once in awhile the question asked is “Can I pick up the rental karaoke machine a day early or can I return it a day later?” What they really are saying is can I do that and not pay extra. Well, no you can’t. Just as in a car rental, it is a daily rental fee. If taken for two nights, then a two day rental applies. Maybe I am missing something but I don’t know where I can take a rental of anything for two days and pay for one day. Here again, the answer is “Yes, you can take the rental a day earlier or return it a day later, if it is available, but extra charges will apply.
Rental services often seem to have a lot of extra service questions and delivery, and possibly setup, of the rental karaoke machines is another enquiry that seems to come up quite a bit. Delivery is not a problem but as with all extra services, there is an extra price to pay. I would assume someone is asking this because they don’t want to spend time driving in traffic to my location, picking up and putting the machine in their car, driving back and parking at their venue location, setting it up, tearing down the next day and driving back to my location to drop it off. As a DJ in Vancouver, I am always happy to do delivery for an extra hefty fee if I am going to do the additional labor. The karaoke rentals were intended to be a do it yourself, cheaper way to have a karaoke night. If you add more service the price gets driven up.
There you have it, three questions I answer in consultation of our services on a regular basis. I hope the answers are helpful and reveal more explanation on the thought behind our policies.
Well here we are again, another beautiful summer slipping away and, if you are on the west coast of Canada…into the moody weather of fall. With that, attention is starting to focus on the seasonal parties that will soon be taking place. Halloween and Christmas are the biggest ones but there are lots of birthdays, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs, corporate and various celebrations happening as the colder weather approaches. For organizers, party goers, venue owners or individuals looking to throw a party, event ideas are sometimes hard to come by. However, if you are looking for a few unique ways to spice up your party, here are a few good ones. In some cases you will have to be willing to make an effort, if you don’t want to pay others to do it for you, but the effort will be well worth it for a fun, unique party that will have attendees talking for days and weeks to come.
You have all heard of karaoke, but have you ever thought of combining karaoke with a professional singer? All right, most of us can’t afford a major star singer but there are quite a number of very good pro and semi pro singers right here in Vancouver that can knock your sox off. From having the singers perform a 40 minute set outright or having a more interactive element where they perform duets with your guests, it will be more cost effective than hiring a full band plus this can be incorporated with your DJ /KJ (karaoke jockey). For a more focused function like a religious event, perhaps a Christian karaoke and/or singer night would be applicable. A younger crowd might appreciate a beat boxer. Any event incorporating this idea will be much more entertaining and easier on the ears.
Every summer, as Mr. DJ Vancouver, I see a number of street performers that are unique fun entertainers. Depending upon your guest’s taste in entertainment, you can go for the bizarre sword swallowers, fire performers, martial arts tricking, jugglers, balancing acts, amazing musicians and others. So think street performers as another option to bring the wow factor to your party.
How about dancers? Many younger and, even older, guests love to see a good break dance team. Vancouver has a wide genre of dancers. From ballroom to country line dancers and everything in between, you can find a dancer, or dancers, to fit your group’s dynamic. An aside for the dancer idea is to have them teach a dance and then have everyone try it later in the evening. This is a great way to get the dancing started at any event or for giving away some of those Christmas prizes.
Another interesting and fun way idea for your party is to combine live instruments with your DJ. You can do that with just about any instrument as long as it is electrified, but a tenor sax really seems to work really well. While the DJ is spinning instrumental versions of popular dance hits or even some EDM, the sax player can be out there on the floor jamming along among the dancers. You might even get the audience involved by having some blow up instruments so that they are lip synching along but with fake instruments. Turn this into a fun twist and give away some more of those Christmas prizes to the guest that is the most enthusiastic on their fake instrument.
There are so many things you can do at your parties to spice them up and be unique. Here are a links to more ideas here. “Awesome tips for your holiday party” (This one works for any party not just Christmas. Some great links to Games )
Being a Vancouver DJ , I have seen a lot of parties and I know all it takes is a willingness on your part to want to make your party stand out, and possibly some elbow grease to put the ideas into action. For more ideas, contact me from my website, at 604 816 7727 or email@example.com Happy Partying!
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DJ Gary, based in Vancouver, BC, has been in the music business internationally for over 20 years as a live performer and event DJ. He formed his company, DJ Boogie Shoes & Karaoke Services, in 2007. Having performed at thousands of weddings and events and committed to creating a fun, interactive, and flexible atmosphere for all his happy clients and guests, DJ Boogie Shoes can provide everything needed to enhance your events and entertain your guests.