What type of events do you service?
We service mostly weddings and as company we believe in and welcome marriage equality for all. We also do a fair amount corporate events, holiday parties, birthday parties, proms, and bar/bat mitzvahs. We are also up to DJing rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, christenings, debutante balls, engagement parties, graduations, memorials, quinceañeras, sweet 16 parties and more.
Why does your price fluctuate and what is the breakdown ?
CORPORATE EVENTS & PARTIES
We charge $800 for 4 hours of music DJing and light MCing at non-wedding events. For this rate, the event must also be booked at least two weeks in advance. These events usually take less preparation and therefore they are priced lower than weddings.
If we are DJing and MCing an event, and/or being asked to interact heavily with guests, we charge and additional $25 per hour for any of our DJs.
Prices vary based on the DJ’s years in the industry & amount of pre-event interaction you desire from them. See our Weddings page for more info.
What is the minimum amount of time you will DJ for?
All weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs have a four-hour minimum.
All other events’ minimums are listed below:
Off season (November through April): three hours.
Wedding season (May through October & December): four hours.
How many employees or DJs do you have one staff?
We have twelve amazing and talented DJs to choose from. (See Our DJs page for more info.) We also have the Owner, Matt Kurowski and our Administrative Assistant, Serafina.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Venmo, PayPal, cash, check, AMEX, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.
What music genres are in your collection?
50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, acoustic, alternative, big band, blues, Christian, classic rock, classical, country, cumbia, dance, EDM, folk, funk, hip hop, indie, jazz, heavy metal (hair band), motown, oldies, orchestra, pop, punk rock, R&B, reggae, reggaeton, rock, salsa, soul, strings, swing and top 40. We also have a decent collection of old school rap, house and other electronic music. But we’ll get any song you want for your event.
Do you have insurance?
Yes, we have $2 million in general liability insurance ($1 million per occurance) through Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.
Describe your DJ style.
Each DJ has their own individual style, some are mixers, and some are blenders. However, they all are is up to date with today’s music and practice their trade on a regular basis. Each is professionally trained for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs and any other type of event. (See Our DJs page for more info.)
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
No there isn’t. The only limit is the amount of time we have to play.
When you book with us, we give you access to our proprietary music database so you, the client, can create your very own playlists. We’ve had clients list every song they want to hear, and some, that pick only a few for their special dances (and we select the rest). We always suggest that clients pick about 10 to 15 must-have songs, per major portion of their event, (ie. cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, etc.) Then we ask them to tell us what genres they want to hear, and which ones they don’t.
We also ask them to be specific about songs they don’t want to hear at their event. This is very important, because we don’t want to play something that brings up bad memories or is considered inappropriate to them or their guests.
Our current database has over 18,000 songs, and continues to grow. When booking with us, you get access to our entire music database and our proprietary event timeline (at least two months prior to your event).
What is your usual attire?
Our usual attire for the guys is a shirt, tie, sport coat, dress pants and dress shoes. Our ladies will usually wear a nice blouse and dress pants as well. We will, however, accommodate any reasonable request for attire.
Stumptown DJs do not wear tuxedos, it’s just not our style. Plus, the spotlight should be on you, not us.
What if you don't have a song we want?
We have access to all the major music outlets, Spotify, Apple, Amazon, Google Play, etc. However, if the song isn’t available to us whatsoever, we may ask you to reach out to a family member, friend, or co worker that may own it or could purchase it for us. These instances are rare, but when they do happen, it’s usually a song that is foreign, or so obscure that it wasn’t ever made digital. Regardless, we will make every effort possible to get what ever song you desire on your night of.
Can the client submit a do-not-play list?
Yes, we actually recommend they do. There are always a few songs, genres, or artists that clients don’t want to hear, and we like to know what those are ahead of time.
Is the client able to meet the DJ before booking?
Of course, and we recommend it. And if you book with a DJ at our two highest tiers for a wedding or bar/bat mitzvah it will surely happen.
We will usually meet with our clients at our office in NW Portland. However, we try to make it convenient for both the DJ and client, so if needed, we can also meet up at a coffee shop that is centrally located. For out-of-town customers (or those wanting to be a little more Green), we will can meet with you via Skype, Google Hang Out or Facetime.
Do you specialize in any ethnic or international events?
We don’t specialize in any specific type of event other than weddings, however, we have done quite a few bat/bar mitzvahs.
We do have DJ Omar and DJ Avi (Toni) they are bi-lingual, Omar can translate from English to Spanish and Avi from English to Russian for almost any event. On a similar note, DJ Samir is versed in and loves various Latino music as well. So if you are just needing a DJ that really knows Cumbia, Merengue, Reggaeton, Salsa, or any other latin tune, either of these DJs will definitely be up your alley.
Do ANY OF YOUR DJS SPEAK SPANISH? ¿Alguno de tus djs habla ESPANOL?
Yes, We do have DJ Omar, he is bi-lingual, so he can translate from English to Spanish for almost any event. Plus Omar, really knows his Latin music, so he can keep your dance floor “hot and spicy”.
Do you bring your own equipment?
Of course, and we always have backup equipment on hand as well. Our standard setup is simple, clean, and neat, sans table clutter. We usually have three speakers, one on each side of the DJ table, and a sub woofer below it. On top of our table, you will see, a laptop, a DJ mixer/controller, and a wireless microphone. Each DJ has his or her own equipment, so the brands of equipment will vary, however the quality of sound should not. If you have some unique sound or dance lighting needs, almost any additional equipment can be rented for an additional fee.
What does your setup look like, and how much space do you require?
Our setup generally looks like this. It does vary from DJ to DJ, and for what type of event we are servicing. However, we aim to have a consistent, clean, neat, and professional look no matter where we put our equipment. Our footprint requires about 10 ft by 5 ft.
What (if any) special equipment, such as disco balls or lighting, is offered with your service?
What do your dance lights look like?
Our dance lights are American DJ Vertigo Tri LED lights. They move to the beat of the music and add a fun, yet subtle effect.
We also have an advanced lighting package you can add to your contract for an additional charge.
How much time do you usually need to set up?
Set up takes about 30 – 45 minutes, depending on the event. All DJs have agreed to set up 1 – 1.5 hours in advance, so we usually have 30 minutes to spare to make sure everything is dialed in. All of our equipment is portable and easy to move around. So if we have to move, it’s not a problem, but clients may incur a $200 second setup fee. (This usually happens when ceremonies are held outdoors while the reception is indoors.) We go over this prior to all events so no client is ever in the dark.
Do you require the venue or client to provide a table and Chair for your setup?
Yes, it is written into the contract. It is one less, large item for a DJ to bring to an event. On some occassions, DJs will prefer to bring their own table and chair, in these instances, you, the client, will be made aware of thie ahead of time.
What are your electrical requirements?
We require that the client provides a 20 amp circuit with two outlets. Preferably one that is on its own circuit without any other large power consuming devices connected to it, (such as tent lighting, decorative lighting, microwaves, kitchen equipment, etc.) We know music is important to you and you wouldn’t hire us if it wasn’t. So please abide by this requirement. We don’t want to blow any fuses or damage our equipment during any special moments of your event.
Do you have a sign or banner that you use at events?
Do you usually MC the event or talk between songs?
We usually MC all of our events, but rarely talk that much in between songs. On occasion, the couple will have a pre-appointed MC for the evening and we don’t mind if that is the case. We are there for you to make announcements, play good music and provide some fun. If you want us to do more or less, we are flexible; after all, you are the customer.
In some instances, clients can hire us just to MC an event and we have unique rates for these instances. Please inquire with us directly for more information.
How would you motivate the crowd if no one is dancing?
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Our DJ is at the DJ table the whole evening with the exception of bathroom breaks or helping the coordinate the next event for the evening. If he/she leaves the table, they make sure that the song is long enough to cover the time they are gone. As for meals, it is customary for the clients to provide a meal for the DJ. He/she will usually eat at his/her table while everyone else is eating and dinner music is playing. If you do not plan on providing a meal, we ask that you make this known in advance so the DJ can plan accordingly.
What is your backup plan in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
We always keep one DJ on hand for back up purposes. Usually that person is DJ Matt, the owner of Stumptown DJs. If he is booked that day, we will have another on hand as a back up. Additionally, we have some strong relationships with other DJs in the Portland metro area. If we can’t provide you with the service that you need, on the date you need it, we certainly find someone that can.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
What is your overtime rate?
It depends on the DJ and event type. You will be made aware of this upon booking. But we can extend time for any event, we will need you to sign a contract extention on the night of. We usually round up to the nearest 15 minutes and will collect payment the following work week.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Yes, if it’s outside of the Portland city limits. We charge a flat $0.90 per mile from our company headquarters. It’s not much, but it’s enough to cover gas for our DJs to get to and from your event. Also if you need the DJ to travel over 120 miles in each direction, we require that you pay for accomadation for one night’s stay at a local hotel. We don’t want our DJs driving home for 2 hours after a wedding that ended at 12am.
How far are you willing to travel for a wedding or event?
We are willing to travel 180 miles from our office located at 2552 NW Vaughn St, Suite E, Portland, OR 97210. Please keep in mind that we may not be able to travel this far if your requested DJ is booked for an event the day prior and/or after (applies only June through mid-October).
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
What makes stumptown Djs different from other DJ services?
Three things set us apart from the rest. When you book with Stumptown DJs, we provide:
1. Access to our user-friendly music database to create your very own wedding playlist. (We do the mixing, of course.)
2. (For Weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs Only) We provide timeline and day-of planning materials. Because we realize not everyone knows what should happen first: Cake cutting? Toasts? (It’s your day—so we do whatever you want—but traditionally, toasts come first.)
3. A professionally trained and experienced wedding MC/DJ that is fun, reliable, professional and responsive to all emails and phone calls.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a DJ?
First off, make sure they’ve actually DJ’d the type of event you are wanting to hire them for. Many events require a large amount of MCing and if the DJ hasn’t done that before, it could really make or break your event. It’s also pretty important that your personalities match up and you are very clear with what you want at your event. Dance party? or just back ground music. Finally, make sure your DJ is familiar with the type of music you want to hear.
Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
In the summer, we’re usually DJing weddings. We also have a fair amount of family reunion, birthday and graduation parties. In the fall, we DJ a lot of house parties and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and in the winter we tend to do a lot of corporate holiday parties. The spring tends to be our downtime (event wise); however, it’s the time of year that involves the most planning and booking for the summer months.
What should customers know about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
What do you like most about your job?
All of our DJs are passionate about what they do. They love providing a service our clients enjoy, thank us for, and smile about every time they remember the fun they had at their event.