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FAQs

General

  1. How long have you been DJing?

    The question should be how long haven't I DJed. I always had a thing for music, and if you ask anyone they can tell you I have a great ear for what sounds good. DJing family and friend's parties, as well as school functions from a young age payed off! I officially started my company in the fall of 2009 and we have been going strong ever since!

  2. How much do your services cost?

    The price varies depending on that type of event you are having. We don't necessarily charge per hour, but we do have a list of traditional pacakges for each type of event. We are reasonably priced and will do the best to stay within your budget! Email Jimmy today at info@DJJSIZZLE.com and we will set up a meeting!

  3. Do you work with budgets?

    Yes! We would be more than happy to work with your budget! If you don't see a package that fits what you are looking for, we can always customize something.

  4. How far in advanced should we book you for our event?

    It all depends. We prefer that you make your reservation ATLEAST a month prior to the engagament, but some dates are already reserved! The earlier you book, the greater change of availablity!

  5. Do you contract out your parties?

    No! If you book me for your event, I will be the DJ and MC at your event! If we are booked on your date and you would still like to go with our company, we do offer other DJs, but the client will fully understand who will DJ their event. All of the DJs we send out for double bookings are professionally trained and they all have the same setup, so there will be no sacrifice to your party!

  6. How involved in the party is the DJ?

    The DJ will be as involved as you want. If you are going for a low-key corporate event, the DJ won't go crazy. If you're looking for a high-energy Sweet 16 or wedding, you'll have one of the best MC's in the business!

  7. What is your "style" of DJing?

    Jimmy is considered an open-format DJ, meaning he can incorporate a little bit of everything! From the "Oldies" to "Today's Hits" and everything in between, we can handle whatever your requests may be!

  8. Is set up and breakdown included in our package time or is there an additional cost?

    For example, if you reception is 5 hours in total... our DJ team will arrive 1.5/2 hours prior to your start time to set up and be ready to go. This does not count against your "hours" and is included in the price of your package. You do not pay any extra for set up and breakdown time.

  9. Will you play my favorite song?

    Yes! We meet with the client to sign the contract, where we ask for song lists. This is also available in the "Client Login" area of our website. You can provide us with a list of songs you NEED to hear, and a list of songs you DO NOT wish to hear. If you tell us not to play a certain song, we will not play it at all, even if a guest requests it.

  10. Do you stop playing music for dinner?

    No. During your entire event, music will never stop. It will change with the mood though. During the party time, there will be upbeat and fun dancing music, and during dinner there will be quieter and more peaceful music.

  11. Do you do karaoke?

    Yes we do! You're welcome to add karaoke to your next event! We have a full library of karaoke tunes, so you'll be covered here!

  12. Do you provide microphones for our toast?

    All events have access to one or two wireless microphones to be used for speeches and toasts. More are available upon request.

  13. When should we pay the DJ?

    Besides the deposit, you do not need to pay until the day of your event. You may pay in advanced, but if you wait until your party, you MUST pay in full before the start of the party. If a DJ gets to the event and does not recieve payment before the event, the show won't go on.

  14. How much do we tip the DJ?

    Although tipping isn't required, it is greatly appreciated for hard work! Typically, 15%-20% is the average. If you do wish to tip the DJ and staff at your event, you may do so at the end of the night!

  15. We hired you for a 4 hour party, but will you stay another hour?

    It's possible! It all depends on if you are the only event that day. You must consult the DJ on site if they will be available to stay, but if they can we would be happy to keep your party going!

  16. Should we give the DJ drinks and food?

    We don't go to an event expecting to eat, but if you would like to give us a meal it would be appreciated. Just let us know before hand so we don't stop to get something. We also do not drink alcoholic beverages on the job, so soda and water it is!

  17. Can we see you perform or hear you host before booking?

    Unfortunately, most of our events are private parties and we are not able to invite future couples/clients to see us. We do have some video, photos, and testimonials on our website to see and hear what past clients have to say about our services! However, we do have some public events and you are welcome to attend! Just rememeber--- music in a park is very different from a full scale wedding... but you can also hear Jimmy Lyles on the radio on 100.7 WHUD, K104.7, and 92.9 WBPM!

  18. Are you on the radio?

    Yes, I am! I'm the promotions director of Today's Hit Music, K104! You can also hear me weekly on K104.7 out of Poughkeepsie, NY, 100.7 WHUD in Westchester County, NY, and 92.9 WBPM in Kingston, NY.

  19. Do you have any references?

    Please feel free to visit our testimonials page to see what past clients have said about our services (hover over the DJ tab on a desktop or click on your cellphone to see the 'Testimonials" tab open up!) We do not keep a list of personal phone numbers or emails of past clients to provide for privacy reasons, but you can view their testimonials, photos, and videos online! We are also on Facebook and Instagram!

  20. What is your cancellation/postponement/refund policy?

    At the time of contract signing, clients must pay a non-refundable reservation fee to hold a date. That ensures we do not book any other clients on that date, which is why it is non-refundable. If an event is cancelled, the reservation fee is forefitted, as work has already done into preparing (contracts, music, photo booth designs, etc.) If an event is postponed (due to acts of God including COVID-19 or other pandemics) we will do our best to accommodate and transfer your reservation fee to a new date that is mutually available by all parties! 

  21. Our venue needs your insurance. Are you insured?

    Yes we are! We are fully insured through WIllis for Public Performance and General Liability. We can provide this to your venue by request.

  22. COVID-19 Policy

    There are many challenges that come with the COVID-19 Pandemic and we are here to help!

    -Yes, we are still booking events and hosting them where legally allowed. Events must confine to the restrictions in place by state officials.

    -Masks will be worn by our employees at all times during your event and we will continually sanitize our work area.

    -We are trying to keep in person requests to a minimum to reduce exposure, so please submit your lists ahead of time.

    -If you are a client and you have already paid your reservation fee and are considering cancelling or postponing, here is what you need to know: as per our contract, reservation fees are non-refundable... but this is handled on a case by case basis. All of our events that have been effected by COVID have postponed to a mutually agreed upon date in the future and all reservation fees have been carried over, so this option is always available for our clients. Even if you booked a large package for a wedding and don't think it can happen, some clients have moved their reservation fee to a smaller event or gathering. This is also an option, so please contact us regarding your specific needs and we will be sure to do the best we can to make this a great experience for all!

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