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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
 
What types of music do you play? 
Do I have to select the music myself? 
What is the Login link at the top of the page for? 
How do you know what music I want played? 
Do you play from YouTube? 
Can you tell me about "My Music Bingo!"™? 
How do I / Can I request a song while at an event? 

Do you have clean versions of songs? 
What if children are present at an event? 

Can I get lighting or other options without DJ/Music service? 
Do you rent your uplights, spotlight, or other equipment? 

What do I have to provide? 
Can you do outdoor events? 
Do you have backup equipment? 

What is the difference between Great Lighting and Dance Beat Lighting? 
What is the difference between Great/Dance Lighting and Uplighting? 
Are the lights setup the exact same way every time? 
How does a room effect the look of lighting? 
What colors are available for Uplighting? 
What is the difference between Uplighting and Highlighting? 

Can you do lighting for a band, show, or stage? 
Do you have a spotlight? 
Can I have bubbles floating during my First Dance? 
Do you possibly have a Confetti Canon? 
Do you have a Fog Machine? 

Does the VIP Stage include skirting? 
What can the VIP Stage be used for? 
Can the VIP Stage be used for a head table? 

Can I have our initials or names shining on the wall? 
Can I get/bring my own gobo for you to project? 
What is the cost and when do I need to order a custom gobo? 

Do you have experience doing weddings of different races/cultures? 

Why is there an "s" on Mississippi DJ Services? 
Do you hire out or send other DJs to events? 
How do I know you will show up after I've already paid you? 
Have you really never not shown up at a job? 
How are you dressed at events? 

Do you travel out of town? 
Do you charge for setup or setup time? 
Does it cost to speak with you before the event? 

How long is an Instant Price Quote good for? 
Do you "hold" dates or times? 
What forms of payment do you accept? 
Will you stay later (more hours) than we booked you for? 
How can I make additional payments on my balance? 
Can I go ahead and Pay in Full at the time of booking? 
 
 
 
 
What types of music do you play?
The simple answer is any kind. Unlike other DJs who play only 2 or 3 types of music, we carry with us (all the time)... Pop, R&B, Rock, Hip-Hop, Country, Blues, Line Dance, Alternative, Rap, Oldies, Soul, Gospel, Jazz, Latino, Cajun, Instrumental, Classical, Ballroom, Christian, Opera, Dixieland, Children's, Broadway, Ragtime, Funk, World, Reggae, Italian, West-African, Vocal, American Standards, Big Band, Rat Pack, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s, and even more. However, the beauty of our Music Choice system online is that you can search and select the music you want played (or even not played) from thousands of songs in advance online 24/7. You'll always have "your" music!
 
Do I have to select the music myself?
We can play Great and appropriate music without any input if you prefer. Our Music Choice system is just another benefit we offer for those who want to have more input into the music to be played at their event. Even without input, we always have thousands of songs with us (see all those types above), and in addition, more than 120 ready-to-go playlists for all occasions, including lists of our most requested songs of many different types/genres, and the Top 100 songs of every decade back to the 50s..
 
What is the Login link at the top of the page for?
If you have booked your event with Mississippi DJ Services and have been given an Access Code, this is where you use it, along with the event date, to access all the different features in our Online Client System.
 
How do you know what music I want played?
You can email us a list at dj@msdjservices.com. Our Online Client System also allows clients to select from thousands of songs to be played at their event. You may also print or email the list to others, and the list is automatically viewable by us. Having trouble selecting from so many songs? Our Music Choice system even tries to help by giving you lists of our most requested songs of many different types.
 
Do you play from YouTube?
No. We are a professional company, and we legally purchase the music we carry. When you request something we do not yet carry, we search commercial sites to purchase the song. As a part of one segment of the music industry, we believe in legally supporting the industry. If there is a song we are unable to find, but you have purchased a copy on your phone, we may sometimes be able to play the legally purchased song from your phone, but we will not be able to play to an audience from YouTube or other similar free sites.
 
Can you tell me about "My Music Bingo!"™?
"My Music Bingo!"™ was created and written by Mississippi DJ Services. When we provide DJ/Music service for your event, and you make up a Preferred Play List through our Online Client System, you can just click a button and then print a "My Music Bingo!"™ card that uses YOUR playlist of music to randomly populate the squares. (if you have at least 25 songs on your list... If not, you can still print cards from a pre-determined general mixed list of popular music.) You can print cards through the Online Client System. To play, listen and hear a song played at your event that you have on your card and... mark that square. (The middle is a Free Space of course.) What Great Music Fun!!!
 
How do I / Can I request a song while at an event?
At most events, you can request a song by going to EventSongList.com on your smartphone/pad. This system is exclusive to, created and owned by, Mississippi DJ Services. This applies when we provide DJ/Music service for an event, unless the event client has requested we NOT take requests.

 
Do you have clean versions of songs?
Yes. We have clean versions (sometimes called radio edits) of many songs, especially certain genres, that clean up lyrics. (Songs we have labeled as Adults Only are not available for play at school dances, weddings, or ANY events with children present.)
 
What if children are present at an event?
When children are present at ANY type of event, we will not play songs we have labeled as Adults Only even if requested. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we have thousands of other songs that can be played with children present.

 
Can I get lighting or other options without DJ/Music service?
We are Mississippi DJ Services, but Yes. We know that our lighting in particular, along with many other options we offer are unique and not available from others. If you have a DJ already, or maybe a band is doing your event, or your uncle, or whoever, you can still have Mississippi DJ Services for Great Lighting (controlling it to what your DJ or band plays), Dance Beat Lighting, Uplighting, Highlighting, Black and White Dance Floor, Red-Carpet BLAST ENTRANCE, Simple Dance Lighting, Stage Lighting, or any other options we offer. When you do an Instant Price Quote, just choose the "No DJ/Music" package and then select the options you desire.
 
Do you rent your uplights, spotlight, or other equipment?
No, we're sorry but we do not. We provide service of different types, but we do not rent any equipment. All service is provided by us, including equipment needed and used to provide that service being setup by Mississippi DJ Services personnel, and controlled/run by Mississippi DJ Services personnel.

 
What do I have to provide?
If you would like our control table to look the same as other tables or decor at your event (encouraged for formal events), then you will need to provide 1 skirted table (standard 6 foot table is fine, minimum needs to be 5 feet in length, No Round Tables, No Square Tables) for our use, otherwise we may provide our own table for use. You must provide electrical power (15-20 amp clear circuit, 3-prong grounded plug-in) within a maximum 15 feet of the table location.  Table location is preferred to be near the dance floor when dancing is part of your event.  (for full requirements, read the full agreement presented online at the time of booking)
 
Can you do outdoor events?
Yes. Our Great Sound system can be heard great outdoors and can cover a HUGE area without a problem. Obviously remember that this is electrical equipment and so weather plays a part. Rain of any kind on the system, or the threat of bad weather, is not allowed, and is why our agreement states a tent be available on outdoor events. Also remember that electrical power must be within a few feet of our table and equipment, so make sure and check that an acceptable 3 prong grounded electrical plug-in is nearby where you want us to setup.
 
Do you have backup equipment?
Yes, and even our "backup" system is a Bose. This truly is Great Sound for Great Events.

 
What is the difference between Great Lighting and Dance Beat Lighting?
The Great Lighting system is our bold and bright, Fully Controlled, "Light Show" that can coordinate to music and dances. The Dance Beat Lighting system is a more "Club Style" beat oriented system look that is controlled by the Beat of the Music, and also fits nearly any size venue/space. They both can change color, flash, and have moving and laser effects for dancing excitement. The Great Lighting system adds blacklights and spinning lights, but also requires more space. The Dance Beat Lighting system has a completely different and darker look for dancing. The choice is yours... the bold and brighter Great Lighting system, or the music beat look of the Dance Beat Lighting system. (Simple Dance Lighting also available that is simply colorful.)
 
What is the difference between Great/Dance Lighting and Uplighting?
The Great Lighting and Dance Beat Lighting systems are for dancing/dance floors. Their lights are used specifically during dancing times, and can change color, flash, and more, to create many emotions from sweet to exciting. Uplighting is generally static (one color), although you could have some uplights a different color if desired, or in special cases, even have the uplights change color during your event. It is mainly lights spaced along the walls/backgrounds instead of the dance floor. Uplighting is typically used in a room to create a beautiful, colorful, or elegant atmosphere. Uplighting makes the whole room beautiful!
 
Are the lights setup the exact same way every time?
No. Each lighting application is uniquely setup and customized to the event and locale. Every room/location is different and necessitates tailoring lights to each individual situation, event, and event type. This can change the lights used (exp. no lights hitting a ceiling if outdoors), their placement (exp. may not be right against the dance floor if it is surrounded by tables), their aim (exp. may hit different surfaces than normal when walls are glass or non-existent), their utilization (exp. a light effect won't be seen because of the room layout, or some lights/trees will not fit safely into the usable space), etc.... You will notice pictures on the website with many different looks and setups, but with the overall effect of the experience and lighting remaining spectacular! (lights are added/changed from time to time as well)
 
How does a room effect the look of lighting?
In many ways. White surfaces on walls/ceilings/floors reflect all different colors quite well and vividly. If the ceiling or floor are black or very dark, however, lighting hitting those surfaces will be dimmer in its appearance. The same can be true for darker colored (less reflective) walls. Ceiling height also plays a part. Tall ceilings allow lights to be lifted and get spectacular coverage. Short ceiling heights mean tripods w/lights can not go as high. The higher some lights get, the more they cover an area without being blocked by obstructions (including people). Still spectacular, but sometimes not reaching out to their full distance potential.
 
What colors are available for Uplighting?
Available Uplighting colors include Pink, Turquoise, Aqua, Purple, Magenta, Blue, Cyan, Green, Red, Orange, Amber, Yellow, White, Coral, Steel Blue, Light Pink, Light Blue, Light Green, Warm White, "Candlelight", and more variations. Uplights can be set to one color, or some Uplights can be set to a different color from others. Want the uplights to change color during your event, just ask us about the possibilities. (color tone may vary between uplights)
 
What is the difference between Uplighting and Highlighting?
Uplighting is spaced out around the walls and is typically used in a room to create a beautiful, colorful, or elegant atmosphere. Highlighting is using lights, primarily Pinspot type lights, to shine on or "highlight" table centerpieces at the event, making them sparkle and providing additional illumination. When combined with Uplighting, you have the full Bridal Magazine or Event Magazine effect of ambience at your event that simply can't be beat.

 
Can you do lighting for a band, show, or stage?
Yes. We have a Stage Lighting option for doing just that. We've provided and run lighting for everything from band concerts to fashion shows, dance recitals to church programs, and even the musical "Annie".
 
Do you have a Spotlight?
Yes we do, and an operator to run the spotlight. (we don't rent them) When doing an Instant Price Quote, click Spotlight right under Stage Lighting, or in the Add-On's section near the bottom.
 
Can I have bubbles floating during my First Dance?
Yes you can. When doing an Instant Price Quote, make sure and click Bubble Machine in the Add-On's section near the bottom. We'll bring the machine and generate tons of bubbles floating behind you during your special First Dance. Don't worry, we won't drown you in them, but rather use them to enhance the atmosphere and romance of the moment.
 
Do you possibly have a Confetti Canon?
Actually, Yes we do. When doing an Instant Price Quote, make sure and click Confetti Canon in the Add-On's section near the bottom. Just remember to bring your broom.
 
Do you have a Fog Machine?
Yes, we have a Fog Machine. We can even use fog juice that is quick dissipating so that the effect is great but visibility is not permanently impeded. (it don't hang around) "Hang around" juice can also be used, but please be aware that some buildings/places don't allow this.

 
Does the VIP Stage include skirting?
Yes. Our VIP Stage has pleated black skirting to look very nice and classy.
 
What can the VIP Stage be used for?
Many different events. Here are just a few examples...  1) An event stage to make announcements, drawings, play music, and more.  2) Perfect for a conference speaker.  3) Be seen when giving presentations.  4) Anytime you need to be seen above the crowd.
 
Can the VIP Stage be used for a head table?
If you mean for sitting at a table eating, it would not be advisable. The VIP Stage is typically 4 feet deep which would not make a comfortable depth for both a table with food and chairs to sit at the table.

 
Can I have our initials or names shining on the wall?
Yes. We offer a custom gobo that can be made and used at your event to shine your names, initials, message, or even a logo onto a wall or even a floor or dance floor. We have the gobo custom made and bring a special light made to project our custom logos. When the event is over, you can either keep the custom logo, or we can keep it on file for you for the next time. (ok, so the keep it on file thing doesn't apply to weddings )
 
Can I get/bring my own gobo for you to project?
No. Unfortunately gobos are not of a universal size or even type. Our special custom gobo light projector only accepts the custom gobos we have made for you.
 
What is the cost and when do I need to order a custom gobo?
The custom gobo only costs $179 (plus tax). It takes time for them to be custom manufactured, so you must order at least 3 weeks before your event date, unless we already have it on file for you from an earlier event.

 
Do you have experience doing weddings of different races/cultures?
Yes, absolutely, and we both know and have the songs and dances each like most. We've done Caucasian, African American, Latino, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Ghanaian, West African, British, French, Honduran, Greek, Italian, Indian, Japanese, Nigerian, South African, Latin, Jamaican, Cajun French events and more. (yes, someone may have to interpret for us if done in other languages ) We even have experience with events for the deaf community.

 
Why is there an "s" on Mississippi DJ Services?
Simply because we offer so much more than just music, and so much more than other DJ companies. We even offer many services that are exclusive to Mississippi DJ Services.
 
Do you hire out or send other DJs to events?
No. When you book us, you get us. That is not to say that we don't know others DJs, and could call upon others in an emergency situation if needed to make sure service was provided, but that has never happened. (not when we had any of our 3 children, not when we've had blowouts on the way, not when we were unexpectedly hospitalized, not when we had a vehicle half blown out, not when... well you get the point)
 
How do I know you will show up after I've already paid you?
We are a family business that has been around continually for decades. Simple put, we would not still be in business if we didn't show up. We very much enjoy what we do and recognize the faith and trust you put in us for your very important event. When you book us, you get us. To insure this, we don't book event times right up against each other like some where there isn't enough time to get to another event without one event being lacking. We put our full attention on each event for each client.
 
Have you really never not shown up at a job?
Really. Nothing has yet stopped us. We were there when we had bookings within 2 days of each of our 3 children being born. We were there when we were unexpectedly hospitalized two days before an event. (Doctors/Nurses/Therapists/Hospital all worked on our orders to get us there.) We were there in the evening following the burial of Paul's father that same afternoon. We were there instead of at the family viewing when Carla's father died. We were there despite blowouts on the way. We were there when the vehicle completely died on the way. (We called a mechanic who is actually a former client and he came straight to us knowing first-hand the importance of our being there.) We were there at 4 events (3 weddings and 1 stage event) while having and passing active Kidney Stones (multiple).

Events we do are one time events that cannot be rescheduled.
We cannot call and say "Hey, can we do this next week?".
Therefore...
we are there.
 
How are you dressed at events?
Each event is different so it varies. From Mississippi DJ Services shirts to coats, to suits, or even tuxedo/dress. We try to dress appropriately for the individual event. (ok, so that has included green/pink wigs or funny hats before, too)

 
Do you travel out of town?
Yes. We travel the entire state of Mississippi and Out-of-State as well. We've been in Mississippi from Cleveland to Biloxi, Tupelo to Natchez, Vicksburg to Meridian, and all corners of the state, and Out-of-State from the Texas/Louisiana line to upper North Carolina to the panhandle of Florida. The Instant Price Quote system will calculate and include any applicable travel fees in the quote you receive.
 
Do you charge for setup or setup time?
No. Some do, but we don't. Frankly, depending on the package/options selected, we can bring so much more than others that setup and breakdown can take a little time, and you wouldn't want to be charged for it. When doing an Instant Price Quote, you only have to put the time-frame of the actual event.
 
Does it cost to speak with you before the event?
Absolutely not. We are at your service, and you can contact us anytime.

By voicemail: 769.301.1323   
By email: dj@mississippidjservices.com

Please remember that we do events nearly every week, and weekends are especially popular. On Saturdays in particular, it can be very difficult to get us, but we will respond to messages left as soon as we can.


 
How long is an Instant Price Quote good for?
When you get an Instant Price Quote through the website, or we send you a Price Quote, the quoted service and price is good for 10 days to allow you time to actually book your event through the system. During that 10 day period, no price increase will affect the price you have been quoted for the exact service quoted. If you do not book within 10 days, you may have to get a new quote where prices will be recalculated.  Note: Getting a price quote does not hold your event, services, or your event date. If someone else books your date first, including within the 10 day period your quoted price is good for, you will not be able to book your event as we will then be unavailable. We advise everyone to book as soon as their decision to book is made to avoid the disappointment of losing their quote/date/booking.
 
Do you "hold" dates or times?
No, we're sorry but we can not. With our live online checking Availability system, and Instant Price Quote/booking system, we never know when someone will book us. The only way to be fair is to officially book an event when we receive the Retainer payment. That then books the event and reserves the date and time frame. We do not otherwise "hold" dates or times. The quickest possible way to book and ensure that you get your date and time frame is to go through our Instant Price Quote system, choose Book Event Now, and use your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Debit Card to immediately pay the Retainer to book instantly. (See Booking for more information. If we are not available, the website will tell you and will not give you a quote or allow you to book.)
 
What forms of payment do you accept?
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Debit cards anytime before the actual event date, Cash less than 20 days before the event date or at the event itself for additional hours if we are able to stay later.
 
Will you stay later (more hours) than we booked you for?
Yes, if we can. When you book, you specify the time frame, but if we are available to stay later, you can enlist us to stay past the time already paid for at $50 cash per half hour. If you learn you need more time after booking but before the event day, you can contact us/leave voicemail at 769-301-1323 to go ahead and pay for the additional time needed.
 
How can I make additional payments on my balance?
There is a Payment Center in the Online Client System that can be used to make additional payments anytime. To make an additional payment by check, our mailing address (more than 30 days before the event date) is: Mississippi DJ Services, %Mason Photography, P.O. Box 720072, Byram, Ms 39272. Make checks payable to: Mason Photography (owner of Mississippi DJ Services) You can also call us at 769-301-1323 anytime with your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Debit Card.
 
Can I go ahead and Pay in Full at the time of booking?
Yes. When you book and pay through the Instant Price Quote system, if booking far enough in advance of your event date, you will have an option to book with Full Payment at the time of booking instead of just the required Minimum to Book Retainer amount, and depending on what you are booking, you may be able to get a special Full Payment Upfront Discount based on the package selected. If booking too close in time to your event date, you will only have a Full Payment option to book with no Full Payment Upfront Discount available.
 
Remember that ALL payments are Retainer payments and therefore are non-refundable. Full Payment Upfront Discount not applicable to No DJ/Music package, as well as some other packages/options/special options/services. If not given the option, it is not available.
 
 
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