Ridler DJ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQ

How long have you been a DJ for?

Over 16 years! I started in 1999 when I was just 18 and since then I’ve had the privilege of playing at a number of Weddings, bars/clubs, birthdays, schools and major events.
 

When do I need to book my DJ?

Our suggestion is to get in touch as soon as you have a date in mind to avoid disappointment as we do have busy periods throughout the year with Wedding season typically running October-April and Corporate events June, July & August as well as November and December. For Weddings, 6-9 months in advance. Other celebrations 1-2 months is ideal.
 

How much deposit do you require?

All we need to secure your date and booking is $250 deposit. The balance is due the week prior to your event.
 

When is the final balance payment due?

The balance is due the week prior to your event. You can pay earlier if you wish or choose to pay in full when booking. An invoice will be sent for any balance remaining which is due prior to your event.
 

Can we meet with you first?

Yes absolutely if you wish to discuss specifics prior to booking we can arrange a day and time to meet to discuss.
 

Can we come and visit you playing at another event?

Unfortunately not. We like to be 100% focused on providing an excellent service to the client at the time. In respect of their privacy, they also wouldn’t appreciate any one they don’t know showing up at their event.
 

Do you do the Wedding Ceremony as well as Reception?

There’s a range of options when it come to Weddings and providing the music and sound for the Ceremony is one of those. We can provide a sound system to suit any scenario including those outdoor Ceremonies at a beach, park or reserve.
 

Can you act as Celebrant as well as DJ?

Sorry we’re not a certified Celebrant but are happy to recommend others we know well and have worked with on previous Weddings.
 

Can you act as MC?

Absolutely we can definitely act as MC for you if you wish. Just talk to us about what you require and we can go from there. Note there is additional costs for MC services.
 

Our event is outside of Auckland, can you travel there?

Yes we can travel to a range of places and happy to provide a quote including travel. Note travel (and/or accommodation) charges may apply.
 

Do you take requests?

If you are cool with us taking requests then absolutely! Nothing worse than booking and paying for a DJ that doesn’t play what you want to hear! That’s the whole point of having a DJ right?! Of course there will be some requests from guests that just won’t work but we can vito those no problem.
 

What if I have ask for a song on the night and you don’t have it?

As long as we have access to mobile data like 3G or 4G phone reception we can normally download any requests providing we are able to source it.
 

Do we get to submit a playlist prior to your event and when is it due?

Yes you do – we’ll email you a link to submit any songs you would like played on the day/night approx. 4 weeks out from your event and prefer to receive this at least 2 weeks from your event.
 

I’m not sure what songs to have for our Wedding Ceremony, can you help?

We have an idea of popular songs and songs that work well for various aspects of the Ceremony. We also have a list of songs you can look through that might be of some assistance.
 

Do you take breaks?

Not at all. Unlike a band, a DJ can keep playing with out the need for breaks. We can dart to the bathroom during songs but otherwise can play from start to finish.
 

Do you drink or smoke while DJ’ing?

No, we don’t smoke and don’t drink while at events to ensure we can focus on providing the best performance possible for you and your guests.
 

Do you require a meal?

We’ll normally eat prior to an event but we do ask if performing for a duration of six hours or more then an adequate meal is provided (to ensure we don’t pass out or can no longer function due to starvation!). We don’t need a seat at a table though and are happy to eat while keeping an eye on the music from our DJ area.
 

How much space do you require?

All of our equipment is modern and compact to enable us to transport it and set it up and down as quickly as possible. We don’t need much space at all, typically a couple of metres squared.
 

What time do you set up equipment?

For most events it would be at least 30-60mins prior to booked start time. We can arrange an early set up (typical for Weddings if playing Reception only). Some additional costs may apply.
 

Do you put up any signs or banners?

No we try to keep it as professional as possible. If people want to know who we are they are more than happy to ask for a card.
 

What happens if you fall ill or can no longer make the event?

(Touch wood!) This has never happened in over 16 years but in the unlikely event that we can’t make it for any unforeseen circumstances we will organise for a replacement DJ of adequate service and experience to cover for us. We have a number of other DJs we can call upon if the need is ever required.
 

Can you play longer if the party looks as though it’s just getting started at the time we’re due to finish?

Yes in most instances we can, providing it is ok with the venue and any other associated parties. An overtime rate of $150 per hour (or any part there of) applies.