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Phone: 310 798 8711

Fax: 310 496 3249

E-mail:
timb@877djstogo.com




Why Hire DJs To Go?

DJs To Go has been in business since 1980.  Our strong commitment to customer service is the driving force in the growth of our business.  We now perform at an average of 400 events annually, making us one of the largest DJ companies in Southern California.  We represent eight talented DJs, allowing us to carefully match the “right” DJ for your individual needs.  

DJs To Go has bilingual (Spanish) DJs with years of music experience.  To insure the quality of our DJs we send out client evaluations after every event.  This enables us to track client satisfaction and DJ performance.  We use only professional audio equipment that is maintained on a regular basis to ensure complete functionality for every event.  Office staff includes a full-time office manager that is always available to assist you.  DJs To Go specialize in FUN events, while maintaining the polish and professionalism you expect from your DJ.

We know there are other DJs to choose from and making a decision can seem difficult.  We encourage you to visit our office for a free consultation, once you do we are confident that your decision on who to hire will be an easy one.  We look forward to meeting you very soon.  If you have any immediate questions, please give us a call at 310 798 8711.  The next step is to meet a DJ or two to find a good match.

How long have you been in business?
DJs To Go began operations in 1980.

How many years of professional experience do you have?
Because we have 9 DJs we have a range.The least experienced DJs To Go disc jockey has approximately 3 years of experience.  The most experienced DJ has nearly 20 years of experience.  Most of the DJs To Go disc jockeys have been with the company 7 to 9 years.

What type of music is your specialty?
Because we have several DJs, we have nearly every specialty covered with an experienced professional.

Can I see my DJ performing before I sign any paperwork?
DJs To Go feels that inviting you to another bride's wedding would be in very poor taste.  The good news, is that we won't invite any unexpected guests to your wedding.  We've found that meeting face to face with your DJ is the best way to determine if he or she is the right person for you. Occasionally, we provide entertainment for a public event.  We would encourage you to visit your prospective DJ there if possible.  However, you can view as many client evaluations about the DJs as you would like.

Why do you use DJ contracts?
Contracts spell out clearly what you will be provided and what is expected.  Contracts also commit your DJ to being at your event.  DJs To Go doesn't want you to have any last minute surprises.  We've found that putting things in writing seems to clear things up and make most brides and grooms more comfortable.  In addition, contracts are a normal and expected part of being an experienced professional.  DJs who work on a handshake agreement tend to "flake out" at the last minute and leave their clients in a tough spot.

Can DJs To Go provide ceremony music too?
Yes, we play ceremony music very regularly.  Depending on the configuration of your venue, you may need a second sound system.  If you do, there is a small additional charge, normally $100.

Do your DJs take breaks?
Normally, DJs do not take breaks.

Does the DJ act as an announcer and emcee?
This is a normal part of being a DJ.  Several DJ companies charge extra for talking into a microphone.  DJs To Go does NOT up charge for this service.

Does DJs To Go allow guests to make music requests?
If the bride and groom say it's OK, we accept requests.  If the bride and groom ask their DJ not to accept requests, your DJ will play only the music you've asked to have played.  It's your day, your musical selections can be anything you'd like them to be.

Does DJs To Go provide a sound system?
Yes, the equipment used is guaranteed in writing.The sound systems are checked for functionality every one to two weeks to make sure no one gets a malfunctioning system.  Additionally, each DJ fills out an equipment report after every event to report any gear problems.

Will you allow us to control the volume of the music?
Yes, many venues have volume issues with neighboring buildings and homes.  Your DJ can play music as low or loud as you would like.  Most people like and need volume that is appropriate for the moment, not too loud or too soft.

How much time does the DJ need to set up?
All DJs To Go disc jockeys arrive at least an hour before the doors open.  This allows your DJ time to set up equipment and coordinate schedules with the captain of the room.  Coordination with the house staff is important to ensure a flawless event.

What will the DJ wear?
All DJs To Go disc jockeys wear tuxedos unless otherwise specified by the client.

Do you charge extra for travel and set up?
Normally, there is no travel fee.  However, events outside the Los Angeles area may incur a travel charge.  There is never a set up fee.

What is your policy for overtime?
Additional performance hours are on an "as needed" basis.  Your DJ will stay as long as you need him or her.  Extra performance hours are normally $100 to $200.

How much is the deposit?
A deposit of $250 to $350 is average for most weddings.  Your deposit may vary depending on several factors.  DJs To Go accepts most brands of credit cards, checks and cash for deposit payment.  DJs are normally paid the balance on the day of your wedding.  The balance should be made payable directly to your DJ.  Some DJs accept credit card payment for their services and some do not.  Please check directly with your DJ.

What is the DJs To Go cancellation policy?
Deposits are normally none refundable.  However, they are transferable to another date and DJ if necessary.  The window to use your deposit is normally 6 months after cancellation.  DJs To Go does realize that extreme circumstances may require the postponement of events for longer periods.  We are normally flexible in most situations.  DJ performance contracts have a 30 day cancellation policy.  If you cancel your event more than 30 days prior to its scheduled date, you are not required to pay your DJ.  If you cancel less than 30 days prior, you must pay your DJ.

How many events do you perform at?
DJs To Go currently has DJs performing at approximately 400 events per year.  Ninety five percent of these events are weddings.  The remaining percentage is divided among corporate holiday parties, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, birthdays, anniversary parties, class reunions and production events.

How many DJs do you have?
DJs To Go currently represents 9 experienced DJs.  Most are viewable on the web site.


What does a DJ cost?
The range is normally from $400 to $900 for 4 hours.  Additional hours range from $100 to $200 per hour.  Many DJs are around the middle of the range.  These rates vary by DJ and by the day of the week.  As you may have discovered, many people need DJs for Saturday events.  We offer a discount for Friday, Sunday and weekday events.  This pricing includes a complete sound system, a wireless microphone and dance lighting.  There are normally no set up or travel fees.  There are exceptions to this pricing, call or e-mail for more information.

How do I book my DJ?
DJs To Go will send you contracts.  Sign and date both the DJs To Go equipment rental page and the DJ performance page.  The deposit amount to book your big day is located near the bottom of your equipment rental contract.  The amount is normally $250 to $350 but may vary a bit for your event.  Mail or e-mail your paperwork to the office.  DJs To Go accepts all major brands of credit cards as well as checks for deposits.  You will pay your DJ on the day of your event.

How do I pay my DJ?
DJs are normally paid on the day of your party.  All DJs accept cash and checks.  Some also accept credit cards.  Check with your DJ as to his or her payment options.

What else does the DJ do?
DJs To Go is a full service DJ company.  After hand selecting your DJ, you will normally meet with your entertainer two to four weeks before your wedding day to map out a game plan.  Your DJ will walk you through your wedding one step at a time.  All you should do on your wedding day is show up and have fun.  If you need music in more than one location or have a very large guest list, you may require additional equipment.

Will the DJ I choose be the DJ at my wedding?
DJs To Go guarantees in writing that the DJ you choose is the DJ that plays music at your event.  Many DJ companies have a “substitution clause” that allows them to send any DJ they want.  DJs To Go doesn’t operate that way.  The DJ you meet and like is the DJ you’ll see on your big day.

What if my DJ gets sick on my wedding day?
Although the DJ you choose is the DJ that is guaranteed to perform at your wedding, people sometimes get sick and have accidents.  In this case, another experienced and qualified DJ will take the place of your DJ.  This is a factor approximately once a year out of the 400 events.   As you can see, it is a very small percentage.  However, you will never be stuck without a DJ at the last minute.

What kind of music do you play?
Music selection for your big day is normally a combination of efforts between you and your DJ.  Tell your DJ what you like and what you don’t like.  He or she will play your requests and definitely not play the songs you don’t want to hear.  You can make as many or as few requests as you’re comfortable with.  If you know the name of every song you want to hear, that’s great.  If you don’t know any song names or artists, your DJ will read the crowd and play what appears to be appropriate for your friends and family members.

In general, DJs To Go normally stays away from the extremes in music.  That is to say, the DJs don’t normally play any angry gang rap or violent heavy metal.  Please bear in mind, they will play anything your ask them to play.  DJs normally provide all the music you’ll need for your party.  However, you may want to provide your DJ with a CD if you have some very specific versions of songs you’d like to hear.  A good example of this would be providing music you have rehearsed a dance routine to.

Every event DJs To Go plays at is a custom made party.  Your song list might include artists such as Frank Sinatra and Etta James while another bride might like to hear disco and 80s funk.  Sometimes a classical garden wedding is great and frequently a contemporary feel is also good.  The music is as individual as the bride and groom.  DJs To Go can help make it a memorable and problem free day for you.

How old are your DJs?

Most of the DJs range from 30 and up but we have DJs as young as 20 years old.  Needs vary by client so our DJs vary greatly too.

What if the sound system breaks?
DJs To Go keeps 5 sound systems ready to go at all times.  We give each system a complete check up every one to two weeks to insure complete functionality.  DJs To Go also updates equipment on a regular and ongoing basis.  In addition, each DJ fills out an equipment report at the end of every event.  If anything on any system is not working, DJs To Go management will receive a report and fix the problem before it gets to your event.

If you do happen to get a piece of equipment that malfunctions, each DJ has full access to the complete line of equipment.  Your DJ can pick up another system from the DJs To Go inventory.  In the case that the DJ is too far from the gear storage area, each DJ is authorized to purchase any equipment that is necessary to keep your event going.  Your wedding will not crash because of equipment issues.

What are your office hours?
DJs To Go is normally open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  We are also available in the evenings and on weekends by appointment.

Are you insured?
Yes, DJs To Go is a regular business that has been in operation for 36 years.  We have liability insurance that is required by all major event venues.  Please call if you require a certificate copy.  



If you have more questions, please call us at 310 798 8711.


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