How long have you been in business?
Our disc jockey company was started 25 years ago by local musician Terry McKone. During the time Partytime was starting, Terry also performed in many area bands as a bassist, including The Moonliters, Reflections, The Jeff Tanner Band, and Almost Hip. Spending most weekends performing live or DJ'ing for over 25 years gained Terry an immense amount of experience. Today, many area hotel and banquet room Managers rank us as one of the top disc jockey services in Perth County, due to their demand for experienced disc jockeys that can read an audience and keep a dance floor full.
Are you the DJ we will get?
Partytime Music Services is the company that manages all bookings and promotions. DJ Terry McKone is the primary DJ however for bookings where Terry is unavailable but our Customers STILL want the quality and service Partytime is built on, we also have the areas hottest new DJ Jesse McKone. Jesse trained with his father Terry and has been working with PMS for over 4 years now. Jesse specializes in bringing that youthful energy and musical knowledge to our wedding receptions, as well as other parties, school functions, and proms.
How diverse is your music library?
Our music library is very extensive. It ranges all genres and goes back to the days of the Big Band Era right up to today's current hits.
Do you take song requests?
Yes. We encourage your guests to make song requests, and actually put request notes and pencils out at each event. There are a few basic policies around requests that we follow:
1. It must be appropriate for the event and fit the wishes of the client
2. The song must be danceable
3. It must fit the flow of the event
We offer a very unique option to our clients for requests as well. Through a link on the left index of our website called CLIENT LOG IN, your guests can log in using a group name and password you provide, and enter up to 5 songs they would like us to play.
As a client, when we set you up with your very own portal to access your party planning tools, you will also have exclusive access to a full song search database and request form through the Client Log In area we will reserve exclusively for you.
There are times when the DJ taking requests from the audience is not desired by our clients. If this is the case with you, please just let us know in advance, and we will be happy to oblige.
How much input can I have in song selection?
As a general rule, as much input as you would like. The planner we provide on-line through the Client Log In area allows you significant control over the music. That being said, it’s your special event so we will play the music that you want to hear, but we also caution about "over programming" your reception. It is hard to believe, but the average wedding reception has only between 60 to 80 songs played. Sometimes, a bride and groom will give us pages of songs they want played, and many times the songs are not suitable for a mixture of people, even though they are their favorite songs. You are hiring us as professional entertainers to make decisions on the right music for any one moment, and we know how to “read the crowd” and play the right songs at the right time, so it is important not to "handcuff" us too much.
Do you offer videos?
Yes, our research has shown that video adds to your guests entertainment and enjoyment. We therefore incorporate the visual appeal and popularity of music videos wherever we can. To start, for most events, we use a very unique facade with a small video display to play the videos for a good number of songs. This adds to the enjoyment of both the dancers, and those in your audience who may not prefer to dance. Of course, if you choose NOT to have any videos played at your event, simply let us know and we will accommodate you.
How interactive are you?
This completely depends on the event and your preferences. We can be very interactive or more conservative, depending on your preference. Of course, the DJ's job is to motivate the crowd and make sure that everyone is having a good time, but there are times when we have all seen a DJ on the microphone so much, that it detracts from the dancing. Some DJ companies believe in playing games and using props throughout the dance, frequently stopping the music. We don't believe in that, as we feel the music and the dancing is the most important part of our service to you. If you prefer this type of disc jockey, in all honesty, we are probably not a good fit for you.
We may need an MC for our event, is this something that you can help with?
Absolutely! We would be more than happy to act as your MC. We do encourage you to consider having a relative or long-time friend as your MC, as they will often share personal stories and memories. We are also happy to speak with your MC directly if you would like us to assist him/her with the planning of your event.
When should I book you?
Booking your DJ service after you have your date and hall for your event is most common. However, we suggest booking as early as possible. Because of our well-respected reputation we are very busy during the typical wedding season and during the Christmas season. It is not uncommon for weddings to be booked with us 1 and 2 years prior to the wedding date. Please use the Availability Checker on our HOME page for an immediate date check right now. You can proceed with asking for more information, get a price quote, and proceed with the booking right from that part of our website.
How does your booking procedure work?
Upon booking with us, we DO NOT require a deposit. We know that things happen, and sometimes you have no choice to cancel a planned event. We are pleased to offer our unique policy of no deposit bookings, so that if cancelled in a reasonable time-frame, we haven't charged you a fee with no services rendered. Please be advised if we get close to a booked date and you cancel then, there will be a reasonable fee payable due to that being unfair to us to allow for rebooking of the date. (SEE YOUR CONTRACT AT BOOKING FOR TERMS)
You can have us send you our contract, or preferably, you will do all the sign up on-line using the links on the upper left. You simply print out the Contract, that's it !! We will send you back an email confirming that we have received the Contract on our end, and that it is a good booking. In return for our "no deposit" policy, we appreciate full payment at least 7 days prior to the event. The easiest way to make your payment is to log on to our secure PayPal site, where you can use a major credit card securely on the site, or by using your own PayPal account. You may also send a post dated check to us along with the signed contract.
Do I have to book you through this website?
Absolutely not!! We understand that many people are uncomfortable booking such a critical service without talking to a real person. In such cases we welcome your call at 519-348-4257, and we would be happy to do everything on phone and send you the appropriate paperwork in the mail.
Can I get a discount if I book my stag and doe and wedding reception with you?
Yes, if communicating with us by phone or email, please mention that you are interested in booking both events with us and a discount will be applied.
If you book on-line, please check dates for each separately, and if we are available, proceed with booking separately on-line for each. On the price quote request for the Stag and Doe, you will be able to check the option to get the discount if a wedding package was booked for the same couple.
Do you have references?
Absolutely! We can provide you with references you can contact. In fact, you can email some of our wonderful previous clients who have graciously offered to provide feedback for you directly from our "Testimonials" section of this site.
Will I be able to contact you after I have booked with you to go over any questions, last minute details, etc.?
Absolutely! If you call us we will most likely be in our office and can talk with you at that time. However, if we are out, please leave a message and we will get back to you promptly. We promptly respond to all email messages. We can also arrange appointments for in-person consultations. We provide unlimited support leading up to your special event. We encourage you to contact us as often as you need to.
What do your DJs need?
We require a 6-foot or 8-foot table for us to set up our equipment close to a power outlet (with 2 functioning plugs). Most clients have these tables skirted to hide all the wiring, resulting in a clean and professional look.
If lighting is requested, please be advised that we require direct access to the dance-floor from the DJ table, otherwise there will not be enough room for safely setting up the lighting rig and the lights will hit guests sitting at the tables in front of the DJ table. Therefore, in cases where lighting is requested, but the room setup will not permit it during our setup, we will not set up the lighting, and there is no refund of any portion of the pricing.
What is SOCAN and how does it effect you?
SOCAN or Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada, is an organization that licenses music played in public locations. For example, if you own a club and are playing music in your club you should have a SOCAN license. Sometimes, Mobile DJs are asked to pay the fees when they DJ at a wedding in a hall of some sort but that fee is usually (or should be) covered by the hall itself. Partytime Music's policy is that the SOCAN fee's are not included in our pricing if we are asked to pay them.
Who or what is the AVLA?
The AVLA stands for Audio Visual Licensing Agency and is the governing body that controls a large percentage of the music available to license in Canada. All music used by Partytime Music Services is authorized for public use.
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