I've been a Disc Jockey for 12 years and established my DJ entertainment business in 2004. My background and experience comes from being involved with music and media for more than 25 years. I've performed at numerous events, casual to extravagant. I've also been a nightclub DJ, mixing house & dance music.
In addition, I worked at one of Northern California's premiere wedding & event venues for over 6 years. This has given me a broad range of experience by working at large scale events in various roles and seeing how it all comes together.
Having a multi-faceted background is what gives Ellis Entertainment the edge. Exposure and active involvement in related fields of music, media and entertainment has enabled us to develop a comprehensive approach to performance. You will be getting much more than what the average DJ service can offer. We believe in looking at the big picture to determine how our service will best fit your needs, while never overlooking the smallest detail. Our service is personalized and we strive to exceed expectations.
As a delegate to the WMC (Winter Music Conference) in Miami, a high profile music conference designed for DJ and music professionals to network and gain insight on the future of the industry, it has helped to acquire the tools necessary to be successful in the rapidly changing and competitive industry.
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Ellis Entertainment is exclusively owner operated and will not subcontract with any other DJ or service. You will have the confidence of working with a true professional at all times and no worry of any surprises. I may have an assistant present depending on the scale and structure of the event.
I offer competitive pricing on my service rates. Keeping in mind that every event is unique, there are many variables involved with putting together a total package price.
The current base rates without added options are as follows:
Additional time is charged in 30 minute increments if needed on the day of your event.
Discounted rates of 25% off are applicable to weekday events. (Mon - Thurs / excluding holidays). The only exception to the weekday discount is for the month of December. Wednesdays and Thursdays are not eligible during this month.
The following special discounts are offered:
The prepaid discounts may also be applied on top of any other special discounts if the criteria is met for all discounts.
It pays to plan ahead!
Yes, I carry a $1,000,000 General Liability Policy through the ADJA (American Disc Jockey Association) insurance program. Proof can be provided upon request
Absolutely. I only offer my services with a signed contract. By having a mutual agreement between parties, it gives the assurance that my services will be rendered and that Ellis Entertainment will be compensated accordingly. A booking retainer is required at the time of contract signing. This amount is 50% of the total package price. The remaining balance shall be paid no less than 30 days before the event date.
I prefer an in-person meeting and contract signing, although many of my previous clients have handled the contract via email or postal mail.
Short-noticebookings (considered to be the day before or the day of the event) still require a signed contract. The contract will be prepared and will need to be signed ASAP or upon arrival of the DJ. Full payment in cash is also required prior to setting up for performance.
I offer unlimited consultation at no charge.
Yes. I've been booked with less than 24 hours prior to some events and everything went as planned. I can also be double booked in the same day as long as it doesn't conflict with the other event or existing agreement.
The DJ sound system features:
Yes, as any savvy working DJ knows, having backup gear is imperative so the show can go on. I have a dual DJ system setup. It's a combination of high performance DJ gear and a PC platform with a digital database. They can act as two independent systems, yet work seamlessly together. In other words, my backup equipment is already powered up and ready to go.
My lighting consists of multi-colored, sound activated and strobe FX. It's a great way to add more fun to the dance floor or create a mood. A fog machine is also an option.
Having such a massive music library makes it a challenge to maintain a physical song list; however, I do have a vast majority of my music catalogued in my PC database for instant searching. I do have two printed song lists that I refer to that you're welcome to view for ideas or requests. Mobile Beat's "Top 200 Most Requested Songs of the Past Year" and Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs Of All Time" are comprehensive and cover all styles of popular music. If I don't currently have the songs you want to hear at your event, then I can guarantee them if the requests are submitted not less than 30 days prior to the date of your event.
I can be energetic, loud and witty, or simply play the music and interact as necessary. As part of my personalized approach with my clients, I allow you to choose the style that suits your tastes. The level of interaction and involvement is determined during the planning stage of your event.
Yes, I offer two microphone options: I use a handheld wireless microphone during my DJ/MC performance. This may also be used for guest interaction, passing around for toasts or even the vocal talent. Guest performances which require the wireless mic can be coordinated during the event planning stage. I also have a wireless lavalier microphone system that is primarily used by wedding officiants. Either wireless microphone system option is an additional charge unless it's been written into the contract of an all-inclusive package.
Presently my performance setup does not include karaoke; however, my system does have sound filters that attenuate the original vocals of the track to allow for sing-along to your favorite songs.
Yes, I've coordinated many laptop slideshows that have an audio track. As long as the sound source has a standard output jack, then it will be compatible with my audio mixer. I always bring several different types of cable adapters as well.
My knowledge of music is broad and I cater to all styles. My vast music library ranges from classical to thrash metal, indie to world beat, ambient to industrial. If I had to say that I specialize in one type of music, that would be dance club, house and electronica. As a club DJ, my experience has lent to unique sets that could cover oldies, hip-hop, rock, salsa and dance club remixes in a single event, seamlessly flowing non-stop. Imagine hearing AC/DC then Daft Punk, followed by Madonna, Pitbull, Lady GaGa and then a remix of the rock classic "Magic Carpet Ride" and never missing a beat. It's how I keep the dance floor packed! The average mobile DJ will not offer advanced mixing skills. It makes a big difference when it's time for your guests to let loose. Of course I would not try to beatmatch the classic "Unforgettable" with "Baby Got Back". That would just be ridiculous.
There is no charge for this. As an industry professional this is part of doing business as a mobile DJ.
I like to be on location to begin my setup at least 1 hour prior to the start time. This allows for any special obstacles I may encounter on site and gives me the opportunity to cover every last detail.
In most cases yes. This is usually determined on the day of the event if it is feasible. Additional time requires payment in cash prior to reaching the contracted end time of the event.
My attire will be to your expectations. I dress professionally unless a casual appearance is preferred or I'm matching a theme. For weddings, it will be notated on the questionnaire.
My home coverage spans the Greater Sacramento region. I've traveled as far as Chico, Burlingame, Modesto and South Lake Tahoe. I will travel to any location within a 30 mile radius of my home base at no charge. Beyond that my travel expense is calculated at $0.50/mile in excess of 60 miles for the roundtrip. For example: the approximate travel charge to South Lake Tahoe would be $59.00 [178 miles roundtrip - 60 miles = 118 miles X $0.50/mile].
A meal is not expected but always appreciated. It is known well before the day of the event if a meal is provided. It will be indicated on the questionnaire.
I'm more than happy to provide references upon request. Please see my testimonials page.
Yes, simply request one and I will bring it to the first meeting.
The events are private and I do not disclose the location; however, a video demo is coming very soon!
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