CN Starz Entertainment’s Connie Spicer Interview For Thumbtack

We recently joined a new service and I was fascinated by the questions posed.  As a DJ, it is so important to be looking out for our clients and to provide the very best we can. Here is part of our interview with them: 

T: Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

C: We treat our clients and potential clients as if they are our best friends, but we do all we can to show them value and professionalism in all we do for them. We work with them from day one to make sure questions are answered, that we know the playlists, that we have everything in place to meet your needs and to back up our promises to you.

T: If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

C: Thinking back to before I was into this business, I would ask what was the worst thing to happen to the DJ’s I came in contact with.  Most of them answered the same as I will: when people overimbibe, they do careless things, say mean things or can put you in difficult situations.  That carelessness can cost money, so it’s very important to have the appropriate insurance in place to be able to care properly for all your equipment.  The rest of it, you just have to try to maintain, or get the client to take matters into hand to protect you.

T: Do you have a favorite story from your work?

C: We did a really amazing 50th wedding anniversary several years ago.  The people were  so sweet and wound up keeping us all day.  It was a long drive, but they took good care of us, and we did the same for them.  Their granddaughters were our “starz” and we worked with them to create a little series of performances for their grandparents after dinner.  It was so much fun, and the kids were adorable!

T: What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

C: I wish customers were aware of all the pre-work we do to bring them an event that will be memorable.  When they fail to plan, they put their event in a precarious position because we don’t know your tastes unless you tell us.  We don’t know if there is something special, something that speaks to you, that you want included unless you tell us.  We are excellent at what we do.  We will go far beyond exceeding your expectations when you help us even the smallest bit with your special event planning.

T: Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

C: We are largely self-taught, but that doesn’t mean we are lacking in skills or knowledge.  We are always learning new technology. For example, we don’t just work with wifi subscription services, we can also play from your iPod or other system.  Of course, we still can, and do, play our full disc library!  There is nothing wrong with kicking it old school.  We are firmly commited to learning the best and newest techniques and technologies, and in working with our own equipment–what it can or can’t do, and how to achieve the best sounds possible in the environments in which we find ourselves and now in working with the streaming technologies and what it can do for our clients.

T: What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

C: I believe that streaming and podcasting are going to be the next big thing.  For weddings/receptions and more where guests can’t afford to attend or that have a scheduling conflict that prevents them from attending in person, Livestreaming and podcasting makes the event spectacular in a brand new way.  Podcasting the event creates a new nostalgia that a couple can use — along with their event photographs and video from streaming — to bring back the joy and happiness of that occasion.  I think we will see more and more of this, with multiple streams in different locations at a reception.  We’ll see more Facetime and Skyping at events; it’s not just for teleconferencing any more, it’s for everyone.

To see the rest of the interview, please check us out on Thumbtack.  If you have used our services before and you would like to offer a review of us on Thumbtack, please click this link: Thumbtack: CN Starz

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Choosing A DJ For Your Wedding…

What do you see happening at your special event?  Do you expect people to sit at tables, quietly chatting while music plays subtly in the background?  Do you want people to jump up, yelling, to go run and dance to the song that just came on?  Are you hoping to find a DJ that knows how to perform or just a body to play what you tell them, when you tell them?

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I don’t think there are too many who want a body sitting at a table-and while every crowd has it’s own peculiarities–you’ll know, probably better than anyone else, the basic kind of music your family and friends will want to listen to and enjoy.  That’s where we come in.  I want to pick your brain beforehand, so that I know what ages will be in attendance, what your expectations are, how rowdy or how demure you want your event to be.

Wedding music?  Of course.  And dinner music, dance music and even wind-em down a bit music.  You want the special stuff, like Aunt Mabel’s favorite song from when she was a little girl, or your Dad’s all-time gotta-have-it song from his college days.  Give us enough notice and we’ll guarantee it.  Give us a little notice and the likelihood is that we’ll be able to find it. Oftentimes, as long as we have an internet connection, we can get it on the spot, on request.

What are the traditions you want at your wedding?  You want all the wedding party announced when you come in, of course…  Mom and Dad haven’t been together for a while?  That’s OK, we can work on it.  Dollar dance is fine!  How about a special dance for the  bridesmaids, and something a bit different for the groomsmen.  Cutting the cake music, Garter Toss, Bouquet Toss.  Your DJ should have your song selections from you well in advance to get an effective playlist together.  They should always work with the photographer and the wedding planner to stay on track and keep on track through your reception or special event.

If any wedding actually went off without a hitch I would be surprised but there are things you can do to make sure it runs smoothly and that is, simply, to help the DJ get prepared.  If they aren’t calling you ahead of time or communicating by email, maybe you want to rethink this choice.  Are they going to play “Baby Got Back”, even though you know it will offend your grandparents?  Maybe you don’t want the Hokey Pokey or the Chicken Dance (although why that would be I have no idea!  It’s one the older folks can usually get into…)

Also, don’t forget to discuss clothing. Weddings can be casual or black tie and your DJ should be dressed accordingly. If you’re ok with black dress slacks and a white shirt, that’s fine, but if you expect formalwear, you need to let them know that also.

The main thing is communication and confidence.  If you feel that your DJ is doing right by you, they probably are.  Leaving it up to chance when you have a pretty good idea about what is going to work and what won’t is not the best plan. You will get what you pay for.  And in this economy, you can get a serious professional at very reasonable rates.  Don’t be shy about saying so!

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