- CAN I PROVIDE YOU WITH A LIST OF MY FAVORITE SONGS?
Yes. As part of the booking process we ask you to provide us with a list of your top 10+ favorite songs so we can incorporate them into the custom playlist we make for each and every event. We also request you to please keep all family members in mind so we can play everybody’s favorite songs at some point throughout the day to also make them feel like an important part of the day and to give your wedding a very personal touch.
- WE'RE EXPECTING A MIXED CROWD, CAN YOU PLAY INDIAN & AMERICAN MUSIC?
We do many fusion weddings and can definitely play a variety of genres of music to assure we cater the music to not only the B&G’s cultural background, but also to what the crowd would like to hear so that everybody feels welcomed and motivated to get up on the dance floor. TIP: Is your DJ flexible to catering the music live to your guests’ reaction or does he play “cookie cutter” pre-mixes?
- DO YOU TAKE & HONOR ANY SPECIAL REQUESTS DURING THE EVENT FROM THE GUESTS?
Yes we strongly believe in honoring any special requests your guests may ask for us to play when they come up to the DJ booth during the open dance floor. We deejay the music live and feel that it is very important to cater to how the crowd in reacting to at the moment to keep them dancing all night long. However, if you do not wish to hear a specific song, artist, or genre of music at your event then please let us know and we’ll be sure not to play it.
- HOW MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE?
Ustat Singh (DJ Badmash) has been deejaying since the year 2000 when he first started off doing club events. However as he got older he felt the need do something more and started to concentrate on private events. He has been mainly doing weddings since the past 5 years, and his wife Jassi joined the company when they got engaged in 2007. Dholi Raj also has 9+ years of experience as he started playing the drum at the age of 16. TIP: Does your DJ claim to have 15 years of experience but is only 20 years old? Please pay close attention to some of the facts he may provide you with so you can judge his credibility fairly
- WHO WILL BE PRESENT ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT? WILL I EVER MEET OR SPEAK WITH THEM?
We are a very small team of 3-5 and do not double book our dates or pass them down to anybody else. You will start speaking to Jassi from the day you give us a call, meet with her and the team in person for a demo, create a custom playlist and itinerary, and she along with Ustat, Raj, (and maybe Monty) are the ones that will be present at your wedding. We feel that nobody else would understand what you want, like, and your vision for the day better than the actual person you’ve been discussing with all along the planning months to make sure we do cater to all the little details.
- HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE PRESENT AT THE EVENT?
Depending on the size of your event and the services you have booked with us there are always a minimum of 2 people (for a basic package) up to 5 people present at every event to assure the responsibilities are spread evenly, we’re capable of handling the crowd, and are able to set-up and take down in a timely manner. We do not in any circumstance do a “1 man show,” for the simple reason that it is nearly impossible for 1 person to MC and mingle with the crowd as he make announcements, DJ and play the music live according to the crowd’s reaction, play the Dhol and motivate the guests to start dancing, control the lighting, speak to anybody who comes up to the DJ booth to request a song, coordinate with the other vendors and venue, etc… Also we do not like to sub-contract down and hire another person/company to provide you with services because of the simple reason that we would not like to take the risk of hiring a new person that we’ve never worked with to handle your event. Most companies have more then 10+ members involved in their team which can be a problem because they probably do not have continuous experience, you will probably never meet or speak to the person who will be present on the day of, and you may end up dealing with numerous people throughout the planning process.
- CAN WE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO GET A DEMO?
Absolutely! We always encourage our customers to meet with us at least once before the event so we can give you a demo and get to know each other much better. We can meet you at your venue to show you the different lighting options we have to give you a fairly well idea of what the room will look like on the day of the event. Or perhaps you can come and see us deejay live at another event to see firsthand how we perform and also get a dhol demo. You are also most welcomed to come to our home-based office to see all of our equipment.
- I LIVE IN ANOTHER STATE AND CANNOT MEET. HOW WILL WE COORDINATE AND WORK TOGETHER?
No problem. Majority of the events we do are actually out of state and sometimes it is just impossible to meet face to face to discuss the details. We like to send very detailed emails with lots of pictures and videos so that even if you are sitting miles away you can still know and see exactly what we have to offer and how we perform. By simply adding the B&G and/or parents, siblings, or best man/maid of honor onto the email conversation it can help keep everybody updated and on the same page. We may also be able to come and visit you in your state the next time we’re near your neighborhood so that you don’t have to make the effort to come to NY. We are also always available to speak on the phone, text, or email 24/7 to address any questions or concerns that may come to your mind so please do not hesitate to give us a ring or pass down our contact info to any other family member who’d like to speak to us directly.
- IS YOUR COMPANY INSURED?
Yes we are a legit NY state registered company and insured up to $2 million. If your venue requires more than $2 million for us to perform then additional insurance can be arranged. Once the booking process is done we get in touch with your venue to fax or email our insurance papers to them, to quickly tell them about our electrical requirements, ask them to please have a table ready for us, find out what’s the earliest time we can come to set-up, find out the easiest way to load in the equipment, etc…
- WILL YOU HELP US CREATE AN ITINERARY AND PICK SONGS FOR THE ENTRANCES, CAKE CUTTING, FIRST DANCE, ETC...?
We feel that no matter how big or small the event is it is always important to have a schedule of events planned out with a timeline so that all of the vendors are aware of what you have planned for the day and in what order and time they are suppose to happen. Once the booking process is done we will send you our sample itinerary to get you started on making your schedule for the event along with our list of recommended songs (Indian & American) for Entrances, Cake Cutting, First Dance, etc…
- DO YOU CARRY BACK-UP EQUIPMENT?
Yes, we always carry all of the equipment we own for back-up in our 6'x12' trailer in case any extra speakers, lighting, wiring, stands, microphones, etc… are needed at the last moment. We are trained to always expect the unexpected and be extra prepared to never put your event in any kind of jeopardy.
- DO YOU OWN ALL OF YOUR EQUIPMENT?
Yes we own each and every piece of our equipment and therefore have experience and know how to operate everything. Many DJ companies rent items such as the LED Uplights, Moving Heads, Plasma Screens, etc… which means that they are taking a risk. Not only do they have to pay a fee to rent the equipment and charge you extra money, but they also have to get a second party involved and learn how to use the specific model they’re borrowing just for the weekend. They will probably charge you more than us in order to provide you with the service and will even have to check to make sure the equipment you have requested is available, whereas we offer even last minute add-ons on the day of the event in case you change your mind.
- HOW EARLY SHOULD I BOOK YOU FOR MY EVENT?
It is never too early to book the entertainment for your event, however if you wait too long it can easily become too late and your date may no longer be available. Our services are available on a first come first serve basis and we typically get booked at least 6 months to even 2 years before the date. The earlier you confirm the booking by signing a contract and making a deposit payment, the earlier we can get started on helping you to thoroughly plan out all the details of the day.
- I AM READY TO BOOK YOUR COMPANY. WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
Once you give us the thumbs up we’ll send you a written contract to assure we have a mutual understanding and are on the same page as far as what you expect from us, the package and services you’d like to book, the total amount, the date, time location, etc… so that there are no surprises. It is used for your safety as well as ours to show that both parties are equally serious and committed about the event. We also require a 50% deposit to lock the date and the remaining 50% balance is due on the day of the event.
- WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
For your convenience, we accept payments in the form of check, credit card, and cash. You can simply mail us a check, make the payment online with a credit card through our secured link, or pay us cash at a meeting. We do not charge any additional fees and/or taxes regardless of how to decide to pay us.
- WHAT TIME DO YOU ARRIVE ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT?
Depending on the services you’ve booked with us we will arrive at least 1 hour before the start time of the event to assure we complete the set-up and do a sound test before any guests arrive. If you book any of our upgraded lighting options, projector/plasma screens, etc… then we will arrive even earlier to allow sufficient amount of time to set-up these items in a timely manner as well.
- DO YOU DISPLAY ANY COMPANY BANNERS OR SIGNS?
No we do not display any company banners and/or signs at private events, unless otherwise discussed. We feel that our work will speak for itself and if anybody is interested in inquiring more information about us then they will simply ask us for a business card.
- HOW BIG IS YOUR MUSIC COLLECTION?
Our music collection consists of a terabyte hard drive of music and 4 CD cases of 100 CDs each. We also carry wireless internet with us at all times in case for any reason we do not have the particular version such as a remix of a song that a guest requests then we can always download it within minutes. However, do keep in mind that having a large music collection is only one of the things a DJ needs in order to make the event a success. He must also understand what song to play at the right moment and to blend them in properly to keep the guests on the dance floor all night long.
- HOW WILL YOU BE DRESSED AT MY EVENT?
We will be dressed in a professional black suit and tie with dress shoes as most venues require, unless otherwise discussed. If you’d like we can also dress in Indian attire for your event. Our Dholis always come fully dressed in a bhangra costume for a traditional feel, and our Dancers dress in a costume that’s most appropriate for the type of performance they will do (ex: Bhangra Dancers in Punjabi Costume, Bollywood Dancers in Indian/Western Costume, Belly/Samba Dancers in Traditional Moroccan/Brazilian Costume, etc... )