Frequently Asked Questions
How do I book Matt Ryan Mobile DJ Entertainment?
In order to book your event, simply start by completing our online availability checker or call us at 614-885-MRDJ.
How much should I budget for my DJ?
Most of our new clients have never hired a DJ before, so have little information to establish buying criteria or a budget for their decision. For this reason, many people default to a criteria we all know - price - as the primary factor in their decision. Rates for DJ entertainment can range from as little as $75/hour for hobbyists to over $5,000 per event for the most elaborate professional services. This large discrepancy results in many clients to under-budget their DJ entertainment for what their event requires. Be sure to thoroughly research what you are receiving for your entertainment dollar and discuss your event in detail with all prospective DJ providers to ensure what you will be receiving is a good fit for your event. Only after you've discussed your event in detail with providers which will suit your needs, are you able to establish an accurate budget for your event's entertainment.
Are your rates negotiable? Will you match a competitor's price?
Unlike shopping for merchandise, comparing prices on something like DJ entertainment is never an apples-to-apples comparison. You'll never find two providers with identical experience, personality, quality of equipment, and music selection. Our clients realize, as with most things, you "get what you pay for", so are more interested in receiving a great value for their dollar, as opposed to the lowest price they can find. For this reason, we've chosen to structure our rates with up-front, all-inclusive packages to provide our clients the great value they are looking for without the stress of haggling over price or worrying about surprise charges down the road.
How long has Matt Ryan Mobile DJ Entertainment been in business?
Matt Ryan has hosted thousands of school dances, bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, private and corporate events since 1996. In 2006, we expanded to include multiple DJs and sound systems. All of our entertainers are professionally trained in both the technical aspects of our work, as well as providing superior customer service. We currently perform about 300 events per year in the Central Ohio area.
Do you use contracts and are you insured?
For peace of mind, of course we use written contracts and conduct our business professionally; however, we never let formalities get in the way of good business. We are fully insured for $2,000,000 per event and are very easy to work with. Our focus is on making your event successful, fun, and memorable.
How far in advance should I book my event?
As far in advance as possible! Most clients book our services six to twelve months in advance.
I have never booked a DJ before. What happens after I decide to book Matt Ryan Mobile DJ Entertainment for my event?
After you talk with us about your event and decide to book with us, we will send a contract to you in order to guarantee the services. In some cases, a deposit may be required as well. Upon receipt of your signed contract, the date is booked. If your event includes the use of our online planning system, we will activate your online planning tools immediately, which will allow you to begin inputting details about your event. As your event approaches, your entertainer will be in touch with you to discuss the final details of the event and answer any remaining questions that you may have.
Can I visit one of your upcoming performances to watch you?
Out of respect for our clients' privacy and to allow us to focus on putting on a great performance, it is our policy to never invite visitors to an event. Of course, we'll reciprocate this policy when it comes time for your event! If you'd like to know more about our performances, we'd be more than happy to put you in touch with one of our previous clients.
Have you ever performed in my venue before?
We have had the privilege of performing in nearly ALL major event venues in the Central Ohio area, in addition to hundreds of private residences and smaller venues. Any major event venue can meet our space and technical requirements. Your choice of venue plays a very important role in the overall success of your event, not only for what your guests see, but for what they don't, as well. Your venue is a partner to all of your other vendors and can be an asset or liability in helping your other vendors to do their best work at your event. We are happy to make recommendations on venues that have proven to be an asset to our clients' events by providing a first-class facility and excellent customer service to our clients, their guests, and event day vendors.
I was referred to you from a venue or other event vendor. Are you affiliated with their business?
We are very proud of the fact that many venues and event vendors choose to refer us to their clients based on their experiences with us, however we are not affiliated with their business, nor are they provided any financial incentive to refer us. In fact, while we can be found on many "Recommended Vendor" lists around Central Ohio, we choose not to participate in any "exclusive" vendor lists or programs because we do not feel as though it is in a client's best interest to have a limited pool of vendors from which they must choose, nor is it in our best interest to limit our schedule to only certain venues.
If a prospective venue requires you to to hire vendors from an exclusive list, be sure you understand why the list is restricted, how the vendor list is established, and if there is any monetary consideration exchanged between the venue and the vendors on the list.
I've seen your name on event websites or in a magazine. What do all these awards and designations mean?
Several event publications and websites give awards and vendor designations that can serve as an endorsement. We've been honored to be the recipient of such awards over the years, but we always encourage our clients to understand exactly how each award or designation is earned. Many publications and websites give paid advertisers preferred status when selecting awards and making designations, which may exclude or give a disadvantage to vendors that do not advertise, although they may be of equal or better quality as those that do. Many designations are based solely on the vendor's status as a paid advertiser. Use online reviews and other resources available to make informed decisions about your vendors, but be sure to thoroughly interview each prospective vendor to make sure they are the right fit for YOU.
Do you have references available?
Absolutely! Please either call or email us and we’d be more than happy to provide you with client references that can speak to the type of event you are looking to hold.
Can I meet my DJ before my event?
As your event nears, your entertainer will be in contact with you to plan the final details of your event. Some of our packages include a face-to-face planning meeting prior to the event. If selecting your entertainer is important to you, we offer packages that guarantee a particular DJ. Since we schedule our entertainers after each event is booked, we are unable to assign an entertainer to your event before a contract is in place.
What kind of equipment do you use?
We use the most reliable, professional and state-of-the-art equipment available. Although our talent, expertise, and musical abilities come first, our sound and lighting systems are the tools we use to perform. When our name, reputation, and mission to deliver the best performance for you are on the line, we count on our tools to deliver amazing sights and sound trouble-free. The brands we trust are the same companies that have been providing sound and lighting for the nation’s top concert, club venues, and radio stations. We use name brands such as Denon, Yorkville, Aphex, and Chauvet. We perform using completely digital sound system. With the latest technology and backup gear built in and on site, you are guaranteed a fantastic event, worry-free.
What type of music does your library contain?
Matt Ryan Mobile DJ Entertainment has the best music on the planet! We subscribe to the industry’s best music programming service that updates our library monthly. This is the same subscription that services the top radio stations in the USA. Our music is updated so frequently that we will have all of your favorite tunes and requests. We also have all of your favorite party classics, and tunes from every era including Disco, 80s, 90s, 2000s, Top 40, R&B, Hip Hop, and more! Keep in mind, there is only time to hear around 15-20 songs per party hour. You can search our entire music library here.
How long does it take to setup and tear down your equipment? What space requirements do you have?
Most setups can be completed in 60-90 minutes and torn down in 30 minutes. We do not charge for setup and tear down time; it is included with all of our packages. It is recommended that setup and teardown be performed before guests arrive and after they leave. We require at least one six foot table near regular 120V AC electrical outlets. We can adjust our setup to nearly any space; if you have concerns or questions, just ask.
What will the DJ wear to my event?
We can accommodate your request for attire; however, unless you specify, our dress depends on the atmosphere of the event. Our staff members are provided with company attire so that we always appear unified and professional. This attire can be matched to accommodate any event from the most informal to very elegant. If you have additional questions about our attire, just ask!