Frequently asked questions
Where are you based?
Most of us are in San Diego county, but we play both public and private gigs all over Southern California. Most of the time, people book us for weddings and corporate events, but we are available for any sort of private get-together you may have. If you want to see us live at a public venue, please check out our event calendar.
How do I book my event?
If you have any questions about booking or are ready to book us, please use our contact form here.
We require a deposit to reserve the date. Once your date is reserved, we will work out the final details and send you a contract for your event. If we are unable to finalize a contract within two weeks of reserving your date, your deposit is refundable.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept all major forms of payment: cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal.
What is included in your price?
The price you are quoted has no hidden fees whatsoever. The only additional expenses you may incur are set forth in your contract and include meals and parking for our staff, if applicable. If permits are required for your event, they are the responsibility of the purchaser and are not included in our quoted prices.
Is gratuity included in your price?
No. Although our prices are inclusive of travel, setup, tear down, and applicable taxes, we leave gratuity in your hands. If you were happy with our service, please feel free to let your DJ or band know.
How much is my deposit?
The deposit for most events are typically 20% of your total quoted package price. Placing the deposit secures your chosen date, meaning that we will not consider any additional gig offers on that day. The deposit is applied to your total package price. In cases where travel or additional upfront costs are involved, a higher deposit may be requested.
Is my deposit refundable?
Generally, no. Your deposit means that we must forgo any further booking requests on the same day and are therefore giving up potential work.
You’ll find that we are quite reasonable, however, and are always willing to consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis. If we are unable to agree to terms and finalize a contract within two weeks of booking, we will happily refund your deposit.
Furthermore, if you need to cancel your event for whatever reason, we will refund your deposit if we are able to book a comparable event on the same date.
Finally, if we cannot refund your deposit, we are still willing to offer you a credit on a future event. You can thus consider it a deposit for any event you decide to book with us later on down the line.
How do we coordinate the exact details of my event?
If you book a private event with us, we will create a Gigbuilder account for you and give you the login credentials. Once you’re logged in, you will be able to plan out your event and view your contract. For public performances or shows that don’t require access to planning tools and timelines, we normally do not use Gigbuilder.
Should I go with a live band, a DJ, or both?
That depends on both your needs and your budget. If you want a lively yet streamlined event, we recommend both the live band and the DJ. The DJ will act as your master of ceremonies and keep everything running on schedule, and the live band will take over when it’s time for your guests to have fun and dance it up!
If you already have — or don’t need — an MC and are willing to provide your own background music during the cocktail hour, dinner, or any other time when the focus of the event won’t be on the music and dancing, then you may want to book just the live band.
And if you’re on a tight budget, booking only a DJ will probably be your best bet. That way, you still have plenty of music and someone to run the show for you.
How many people are in your band?
Each band is slightly different and depends on how you book, but the exact count will be provided in your booking confirmation. Typically, our full band consists of six musicians — male and female lead vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass, and drums.
How much space does the band need?
Even though our bands have up to six people on stage at a time, we can fit in extremely tight spaces. We do not use large guitar amps or other equipment that requires a ton of space, and our singers like to be interactive and can often be seen on the dance floor singing and dancing with guests.
As a guideline, an area of at least 12 feet by 16 feet is recommended. The larger the stage, the better, though.
Does the band require a stage?
No. Although we love performing on a raised stage, we can perform in almost any environment. We have performed on floors, patios, bars, lawns, and even over a pool. We can provide staging if desired for an enhanced effect, or for smaller areas, we can bring in risers for the drums and keyboards. Our bassist is pretty tall. He doesn’t need a riser.
Do we need to provide food for the band?
If your event requires the band to be onsite over a meal period, we request that meals be provided as part of our standard contract. For all events, we will require water to be available to the band at all times.
DJ and MC
What kind of music do you play?
We carry an extensive selection of popular songs from various genres. During the pre-planning process, we will ask what music you want for your event, and you can either provide us with a general list of genres that you like or give us a list of specific songs. You can even create a Do Not Play list.
If left to our own devices, we will typically play a selection of easy-listening music during dinners or cocktail hours, and Top 40 dance music during any dancing periods.
Do you have “clean” versions of your music?
Yes, by default we will always play the “clean” or “radio” versions of all our music. If your event prefers the original or “dirty” versions of songs, please make sure you let us know in advance, so that we can accommodate that request.
Will the DJ make announcements and emcee our event?
Yes! Our DJs will be prepared to make all your announcements for you, run your special events (first dances, garter and bouquet tosses, etc.), and ensure everything runs in accordance with your predetermined timeline.
Does your DJ play LOUD?
Only as loud as you want us to be! We understand that during dinner or cocktail hours, music should not be so loud as to make casual conversation difficult. When the dancing starts, though, increased volumes can lead to a more club-like atmosphere and kick the party up a notch.
In any event, you are in complete control. We will gladly increase or reduce our volumes to accommodate either your or the venue’s requirements. If you want the extra boost and a club-style feel with thumping bass, consider including a subwoofer in your package.
If noise is of particular concern to you, you can always consider our Silent Disco option.