Frequently Asked Questions

How long have you been a DJ?

Since 1997, so almost 20 years. From house parties, night clubs, corporate functions, school dances, and over a hundred weddings…its been a great experience.

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What types of events have you performed for?

All types! We focus our attention toward private events. Private events include birthdays, Sweet 16, quinceañeras, anniversaries, military balls, graduations, retirement parties, picnics, holiday parties, corporate functions, school dances, and the type we are most known for, weddings!

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Do you have any references?

We do have references. Per your request, I can provide you with contact information from satisfied clients that have hired us for our services. They can answer questions that you may have about our service. We would need to know what type of event you are having, so I can provide the proper reference.

We also have numerous referrals and testimonials lingering across the Internet. You may google search the words ‘ondago DJ reviews’ to find some reviews to know more about what our clients thought of our service.

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How many weddings has ONDAGO performed?

We have performed hundreds of Alaskan weddings. In 2015 alone, we performed 41 weddings throughout the year with the majority of weddings during the summer season. Each wedding included countless hours of brainstorming, planning, and attention to detail with music programming and agenda creation. The invested time in planning pays off on the actual wedding day.

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How often do you meet with a booked client?

As many times that are needed at no additional charge, but dependent on our availability to meet. We stay in constant communication with our clients throughout the planning process. We are easy to get a hold of by phone, text, or email. Typically, clients book many months or years in advance. During the planning process, the client would answer questions on our online planning forms via our website. The collected data will be used to create an agenda for the day of the wedding. A month prior to the event, we meet again and discuss the agenda to finalize every detail from start to finish. A final draft of the agenda should be complete no later than 2 weeks before the event date.

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How do you differ from your competitors?

I think personality can greatly separate myself from not only a DJ, but anyone you meet. My service goes beyond just music. My background is customer service and doing what’s right for the customer. I make sure to ask the right questions and execute my events with a descriptive agenda. My planning process is pretty smooth as my goal is to make the planning process worry-free as I am more than just DJ, but more similar to a wedding coordinator.

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Do you make announcements and emcee the events, too?

Yes, I consider myself an interactive DJ. A type of DJ that enjoys including and informing the guests of what’s going on and what’s coming up next. I will definitely make sure to interact with the guests whether its through music or the microphone. Event disc jockeys are considered the grease of the event in making sure the event successfully flows from start to finish. I have lots of experience in working with crowds of many different sizes. I have experience in using the microphone in a concise and professional manner.

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Do offer a written contract?

Yes, we have a contract that was drafted by a lawyer that just happened to be a past client of mine. This written agreement is to help protect your rights as “the client” and myself as “the vendor”. This signed contract is required to secure the booking of your event.

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Do you require a deposit?

We require a non-refundable retainer fee of 50% of the agreed cost to be provided by the client at the time of contract signing.

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What forms of payment do you take?

We can take payments by cash, personal check, VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover, or PayPal. Checks are to be payable to ONDAGO DJ Entertainment.

We now offer financing via ‘Bill Me Later’, a PayPal service. It offers 6 months of no interest! Subject to credit approval.

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Do you carry your own liability insurance?

Yes. As a business owner, it a smart decision to protect myself Some venues require your vendors to carry their own insurance. I carry a liability policy that includes $1,000,000 / $2,000,000 of coverage through R.V. Nuccio & Associates, Inc. Per your request, we can provide proof of insurance.

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How much space do you need for your setup?

For a normal setup, I need at least a 6-foot by 6-foot area for setup, and additional space for setting up speakers and lighting stands. It is recommended that the DJ is placed on one side the dance floor or close as possible. This helps with engaging a crowd of guests.

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What are your requirements for power?

We require a minimum of one 15-20 amp circuit outlet from a reliable power source within 50 feet (along the wall) of the setup area. This circuit must be free of all other connected loads. Two circuits are preferred, where possible. Additional outlets on SEPARATE circuits for lighting (if contracted for) are required. The DJ shall not be held liable or responsible for any delay in the provision of the services due to improper power.

There are some situations like outdoor events where power may not be available. The client must provide a power generator. We require a minimum of 2000 watts/minimum 15 amps with an advanced inverter for computers and sensitive electronics. Generators without clean power may cause sound problems during the performance. It is also recommended to provide a 100 foot, 12 gauge extension cord to decrease the exhaust noise from the generator.

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For outdoor performances, what do you need?

We require the client to provide the DJ with overhead shelter to protect the equipment from the sun and potential bad weather. A 10×10 canopy shelter is acceptable for this. If needed, we can bring our own shelter for a small fee of $50.00.

We will also need power which will also needed to be provided by the client. We can provide a generator, but there is an additional cost for this and the cost depends on generator size. The wattage requirement is determined on the sound system that is to be used for the outdoor event.

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Do you charge for setup or take down of your equipment?

We do not charge an additional fee for the setup or takedown of our equipment. The labor is already included in our package prices.

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How long does it take you to setup and take down equipment?

Our sound systems and other effects can take a minimum of 1 to 2 hours for setup. We normally will show up no later than 2 hours prior to the event. Our contract states that we must have 1 hour before and after the event for the purpose of setup and takedown.

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How far do you travel to provide your services?

We are located in Anchorage. We service the areas of Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, Girdwood, Talkeetna, Eagle River, Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, and Seward. Other locations are on are dependent on special travel arrangements. We have performed as far as Cordova.

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Do you have a travel fee?

There is no charge for Alaskan venues located within 60 miles from Anchorage. We charge $25 for each mileage range of 25 miles. We do not require the client to cover meals during the travel. For venues are beyond 110 miles (approximate 2 hours of driving), we require that lodging for the DJ staff be provided by the client. We request to be booked in the same hotel as the event location or within 5 miles from the venue in a motel or hotel.

**Lodging for DJ staff must be provided or paid for by CLIENT.

Miles from Anchorage Travel Fee Lodging provided by client Locations
0-60 No Fee No Wasilla, Palmer, Girdwood, Eagle River
61-85 $25.00 No Big Lake, Willow
86-110 $50.00 No Cooper Landing, Whittier, Hope
111-135 $75.00 Yes Talkeetna, Seward
136-160 $100.00 Yes Kenai, Soldotna, Sterling
161-185 $125.00 Yes Nikiski, Glenallen
186-210 $150.00 Yes Anchor Point
211-235 $175.00 Yes Homer
236-260 $200.00 Yes TBD
261-285 $225.00 Yes Denali
286-310 $250.00 Yes TBD
311-335 $275.00 Yes TBD
336-360 $300.00 Yes Fairbanks
361-385 $325.00 Yes Valdez

Mileage distance referenced via www.google.com

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Can your sound system play a song from my CD, Flash drive, or MP3 player?

We do have the ability to play these formats. We recommend that you coordinate this with us prior to your event. There are some recorded formats that are not compatible with our system.

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Do you bring backup equipment?

Even the best equipment is subject to failure. We carry back up equipment with us to every event. If something major were to fail, we can ensure that the show will go on.

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Do we need to provide a table for the DJ?

If the table is available at no charge, we can use a 6 foot by 6 foot table. We suggest that the table be skirted to match the decorations of other linens. If skirting is not available, we can provide our skirt at no additional charge.

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What do you wear to an event?

A professional DJ should always look the part. For casual events, collared shirt, khaki pants, or a black work pant. A semi-formal event would require a button down shirt, tie, and slacks. A formal event would be to include a tuxedo vest or jacket. Ultimately, our appearance is ultimately dependent on the choice of our client.

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Can we create a song request list before the event date?

Yes, it is highly recommended to provide us this list no later than 2 weeks prior to your event to guarantee we can source and obtain the requested songs. Song request list can be created directly from our website.

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Is there a deadline for submitting song requests?

We request the song request list to be submitted no later than 2 weeks prior to the event date. We support our music artists and still purchase music on a regular basis. This 2-week period can ensure that we obtain your requested song for the day of your event. The purchase of music is at no additional cost to you.

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May our guests make song requests during the event?

Just as long that it is all right with you. We are always looking for ways to exceed your expectations. Our song library is pretty large and we can usually satisfy most requests.

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What is the backup plan for if something were to happen to you prior to the event?

To this day, we have never missed an event. If this day ever comes, I foresee that it has already been pre-arranged that another experienced DJ will fill in. We have such a strong network of disc jockeys that it would be seamless to find coverage and with the guide of our personalized agendas, this will allow the DJ to easily understand the flow and important highlights of your event.

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What is your cancellation policy?

We require that a request for cancellation to be in writing and to be mailed or delivered in person. Electronic mail cannot be accepted for this request. If the request for cancellation is received 21 days prior to your event date, your deposit of 50% is forfeited and now considered a fee for cancellation. If the request for cancellation is received with less than 21 days prior to your event, the remaining balance for the agreed wage is still owed.

The above mention is listed in descriptive legal written format in our DJ service contract under provision number 4, cancellation.

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Do you require a meal at the event?

We do not require a meal, although we would be very appreciative, if you did provide us with one. Our average time at most events can range from 6 to 10 hours as we setup, perform during the event, and take down equipment in the end.

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Do you take breaks?

We do not take an actual break. We can ensure that there will be music to continue through out the evening, unless its time for speech or toast. The only break we can foresee may be a brief restroom break. All other times, we will be available to you and your guests.

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What is your policy with alcoholic beverages?

As alcohol can spark creativity in any DJ, we feel we have enough creativity and experience to perform our job. We choose not to consume alcoholic beverages right before or during your event.

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What if the dance floor is packed and we want to extend your time of service, is this possible?

Where do you obtain your new music?

The majority of new music is obtained through discs received from music subscriptions that are only available to professional disc jockeys and broadcast stations. We are currently subscribed to RPM Top Hits USA and X-Mix. RPM Top Hits serves the commercial radio and network market with music and programming services. X-mix provides us with club style remixes and tools for cutting edge mix performances. These companies provide us with the latest tracks for the genres of Pop, Urban, Rock, Country, Jazz, Latin, Christian, and Adult Contemporary Music.

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Do you play clean music?

Yes, most definitely. Today’s music can be sketchy with the new FCC regulations that allow certain words to be heard on the radio. Our music subscriptions provide us with many “clean” edits, but we use our professional judgement to play certain songs as we feel “radio” edits are not always clean enough for young audiences.

We do carry a great selection of Kidz Bop for young children as we have perform for elementary schools on many occasions.

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Can I see what songs you have in your music library?

Our music library database is readily available through our website. It is updated on a monthly basis and is used to allow our clients create song lists before their events. It can be found here:

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How many songs do you have in your library?

As of September 7, 2016, we have over 86,370 songs in our music library. It is important to have a large and diverse library of songs to satisfy the occasional song request.

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How long in advance should I book my DJ?

You’ll want to book a reputable DJ as soon as you book your wedding location. Most of our DJs are booked anywhere from 6-12 months in advance. If you wait too long, you may be forced to use another company who will send a less than professional DJ, who was available only because no one else wanted them.

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Do you have backup equipment?

Most definitely, this goes for back up DJs and back up equipment! We keep a great network of qualified DJs that can take over during an emergency. As we already use reliable and high quality sound equipment, failure can happen to anyone. We carry additional equipment to ensure the show doesn’t end.

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Prior to booking, can we see you perform?

Anyone is welcome to visit any of our public performances. Many events differ from each other, but what is most important are the people attending. We pay close attention to the demographics of the audience and cater our song choices to their liking.

For our private party performances, such as birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings; we respect the privacy of our clients and do not encourage a potential client to ‘crash’ the event. We would also do the same with your private event.

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Will the DJ coordinate with the banquet staff and other vendors?

Absolutely, your DJ will coordinate all of your events with your Banquet Captain or Point of contact prior to your event. Plus, our DJs will work with your caterer, photographer, videographer and YOU to ensure a successful event.

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What brand speakers do you use?

We have arsenal of different types of speakers. Depending on the venue’s room acoustics or outdoor space, we decide on whether to use our JBL Professional PRX cabinets that consist of 15″ 2-way top cabinets and 18″ low-frequency sub-woofers. Each speaker is powered with a reliable Crown branded amplifier of a 1,000 watts or more. The other popular system that we use for weddings and corporate functions is our Bose L1 Model II systems and Bose L1 Compact sound systems. No matter the size of venue, we have reliable equipment to provide clear, high-quality sound reinforcement for any venue in Alaska.

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What type of microphones do you provide?

We use SHURE branded microphones for their reliability and warm tone of vocals. Depending on the application, we mainly use wireless handheld microphones with SM58 heads. The SM58 is tuned to accentuate the warmth and clarity of lead and back-up vocals. A wired Beta 58A is used for professional live vocals or project studio recordings.

Discreet wireless lavaliere microphones are used for corporate presenters and wedding ceremonies. We like to use the SHURE WL93 sub-miniature microphones for its full, clear sound. It has an wide, omni-directional pickup pattern which allows us to pick up the bride when placed on the officiate and groom only.

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