What typeS of events do you service?
We service mostly weddings and, as a company, we believe in and welcome marriage equality for all. We also do a fair amount of 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 do your priceS fluctuate and what is the breakdown?
CORPORATE EVENTS & PARTIES
We charge $1,100 for 4 hours of DJing and light MCing at corporate events. For this rate, the event must be booked at least two weeks in advance. We charge $1,000 for private parties for 4 hours of service. These events usually take less preparation and therefore are priced lower than weddings. If we are MCing an event and being asked to interact heavily with guests, we charge and additional $40 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 five/four hour minimum.
Corporate Events and Private Parties have a four hour minimum.
High School Dances have a three hour minimum.
K-8 School Events have a three hour maximum.
How many employees or DJs do you have on 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.
We do charge a 3% fee for all credit card transactions. This is the same fee that our credit card processor charges us. If you’d like to avoid a fee, please pay via Venmo, PayPal or Check.
What music genres are in your collection?
We have an eclectic collection of 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 play 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.
How would you describe your DJ style?
Each DJ has their own individual style. Some are mixers and some are blenders. However, they all are up to date with today’s music and practice their trade on a regular basis. Each DJ is professionally trained for weddings, corporate events, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and other types of events. (See Our DJs page for more info.)
Is there a limit to the amount of music that can be requested?
No, the only limit is the amount of time we have to play!
When booking with us, you get access to our entire music database and our event timeline at least two months prior to your event. Our database has over 18,000 songs and it allows your to create your own playlists. 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.) We also ask them to be specific about songs they do not want to hear at their 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 played listed in the database?
We have access to all the major music outlets, Spotify, Apple Music, 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 coworker that may own it or could purchase it for us. These instances are rare, but when they do happen. This usually happens when a song is foreign, or so obscure that it wasn’t ever made digital. Regardless, we will make every effort possible to get whatever song you desire for your event.
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. We welcome our clients to chat with our DJs via phone before booking to ensure it’s a good fit all around. We can also schedule a meeting with you via Zoom, 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 have DJ Omar and DJ Hector who are bilingual in Spanish and English. On a similar note, DJ Samir loves and is well versed in 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, these DJs will definitely be up your alley.
Do ANY OF YOUR DJS SPEAK SPANISH? ¿Alguno de tus djs habla ESPANOL?
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 owns his or her 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?
We offer a high quality, multicolored, sound-activated disco light. It’s included in all our services. It’s simple, clean and fun. Once again, we don’t like a lot of clutter.
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 have 30 minutes to spare to make sure everything is dialed in. All of our equipment is portable and easy to move around so in the event that we need 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 your 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 this 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 we ask that you 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?
No, we don’t. Clients are not paying to be advertised to. We do, however, usually keep some business cards on hand in case guests want to have us at their own wedding or next party.
Do you usually MC the event or talk in 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 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?
A change of music usually does the trick, but if the crowd needs a little verbal motivation, we have no problem coaching people onto the dance floor. We do have clients, from time to time, that don’t want us to say anything (other than make announcements), and that’s fine with us. Again, it’s your day.
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 to 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 DJ 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 will find someone that can.
Do you book yourself for more than one event in a day?
Not usually, this happens once in a blue moon. And if it did, we would tell the client prior to booking us.
What is your overtime rate?
It depends on the DJ and type of event. You will be made aware of this upon booking. We can extend time for any event and 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 week.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If so, how much do you charge?
Yes, if it’s more than 30 miles outside of the Portland city limits. But the actual cost depends on the distance from our office in NW Portland. 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 accommodation 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 from June through mid-October).
What is the required deposit to secure your services?
We require a non-refundable deposit of 50% down. The remaining balance is due 2 weeks prior to your event. When you contact us about an event, we’ll save your date for seven days after contacting us. Your date is officially booked when you sign our contract and pay your deposit.
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 a 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 about 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 wish to hear.
Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
In the summer, we’re usually DJing weddings. We also do a fair amount of corporate events, family reunions, 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?
Higher prices don’t mean better quality, and lower prices don’t mean lower quality. This is a myth that many DJs love to spread. Look up their reviews and ask for recent references. If you do that and things don’t add up, they probably aren’t a quality DJ.
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.