Disc Jockeys, Night Club DJs, Trivia Game Hosts, Karaoke Hosts (KJ), Event Announcers
Soundstorm Djs provides professional entertainment to wide variety of clients. Our services include DJ, Photo Booth, Karaoke, Video Projection, Inflatable Amusements,
Up Lighting, and Event Coordination.
"Soundstorm DJ's in HICKORY" Audience Participation Level
> Low-Key/Formal - Very Little Audience Participation > Moderate Interaction - Medium Audience Participation > High Energy - Lots of Audience Participation
Years of Experience: 25
Soundstorm Dj's has hosted thousands of events and features a wide variety of options of our clients.
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All Party Mix/Variety Children's Christian Country Nostalgia/Crooners Popular/Rock/Top 40 Rap/Hip Hop/Reggaetón Rock/Alternative
We raise the bar a locations far and wide, and for all people involved. For a list of references, email us , firstname.lastname@example.org. We appear on almost every venues preferred vendor list and have loyal customers that use us frequently.
I Can't Believe I'm Saying This!
Published on: Tuesday 05th of August 2014
Incredible! Inconceivable! Mind Blowing! Memorable! These exclamations can be used to describe the best and the worst of DJ Entertainment Experiences. While attempting to learn more about the industry in which I claim to a leader, I've encountered the good, the bad and ugly.. Because we as Americans love to dish the dirt, I will very uncharacteristically share with you five of the most disturbing things I've seen in the midst of my research.
1. DO NOT DISTURB!
A pic of a breast feeding mom from a wedding reception!! I have nothing against women breast feeding in public. My issue with the photo is the obvious intrusion on the part of DJ who snapped the photo. It was posed with a man in the middle, another woman on the outside, and a visibly embarrassed mom and baby on the other side. My point being, if it were an action shot or a candid..ok, but this was a dull posed photo of people at a table which could have waited.
2. WHO IS IN CONTROL HERE!
A pic of a "DJ set up" (term used loosely) because brides dig DJ Equipment right? Except, there was a general lack of DJ Equipment.. I see a lap top, an amplifier, and a rats nest of cords laying across an ugly unskirted wooden table. This is bothersome, because two key pieces of equipment are missing from the scene. The mixer and the microphone. A DJ can not smoothly mix between two audio sources with out a mixer.. above that, even the most elementary mixers provide enhancements which improve the sound quality to some degree. Why have a microphone? I'm sure your customers might expect you to interact and make even the most basic announcements at some point.
3. WHO YOU TALKIN' TO WILLIS?
A DJ Ad on Craigslist is not a bad thing. I advertise on Craigslist.. It is free and younger consumers use it.. No Brainer! What is a bad thing is running a Craigslist ad aimed at schools, and proclaiming that Foam Parties are great way to "Get down and Dirty" and "the ladies love it"! DJs already have a hard enough time getting respect without this company making DJs seem like filthy pedophiles. DJs need to know their audience and have some common sense.
4. SPELLING COUNTS.
I can not spell.. I know this.. Whenever I draft a piece of marketing material it goes directly into spell checker.. Then I pass it on to Faith... and so on.... for further proof reading. Even then we miss some things. I find that too many DJs throw up a cut and paste website in a hurry borrowing value props from other DJs out of market, and worst of all.. they spell like a 2nd grader.
5. Back That Thing Up!
Part of my research is reading reviews of other DJs..If you are another DJ reading this... read closely... Get some back up equipment and transport it to the site of your event.. If it won't fit into your Honda Civic.. .stop claiming to be a real DJ and present yourself as being a hobby DJ or enthusiast. If you are a customer reading this.. Please make sure your entertainer has back up equipment and it will actually be at your event on stand by, not in storage locker 43 two towns away.
I could go on for pages and pages, but in the interest of living up to being YOUR FUN DJ, I'll stop right there. Before hiring a DJ be sure to check out their website, facebook, photo galleries, youtube videos, and customer reviews. Also, ask questions. Many DJs are sending 4 page emails covering everything they think you care to know, and boiling it all down to price. Make sure your entertainer is willing to speak with you in person, or over the phone and that they truly understand your event before worrying about price. You never get a second chance at a once in a lifetime event.
You can learn more about Dennis Richtmyer, owner of Soundstorm DJ's by visiting www.soundstormdjs.com,www.yourfundj.com, www.bethlehembeat.com, or www.bigtimedj.com From 1989-2000 he served the Finger Lakes Region of NY along with the Twin Tiers of NY & PA including Watkins Glen, Elmira, Binghamton, Ithaca, Corning, Dundee, Penn Yan, Geneva, Mansfield, Troy, Tioga, Bath and Lawrenceville. He will be relaunching in that region in June of 2013. From 2000-now he has been at the helm of Soundstorm DJ's serving Hickory, Morganton, Charlotte, Statesville, Lenoir, Boone, and Wilkesboro in NC. Currently, Dennis Serves at VP of the Charlotte Chapter of the American DJ Association and is member in good standing of many other professional organizations. To invite Dennis to speak to your professional group about entertainment related business matters, email email@example.com
If you are engaged there is a very good chance that you have attended a bridal fair recently. Bridal fairs are a fantastic way for brides to learn about many different vendors in one handy location. At a well run bridal show you can expect to see everything from premarital dance lessons to exotic honeymoon packages, and all services and products in between.
From a vendor's point of view, bridal fairs are an amazing way to make an impression on their potential clients. We love to meet with you and learn about your wedding.. We especially love when we make a connection with a bride and groom which leads to us being invited to help them celebrate on their wedding wedding day.
It is after the show, when the excitement of the bridal show wears off, when the feeling of being overwhelmed can set in. This is normal. You have embarked into an unknown area. You've likely never planned an event like your wedding before in terms of size and style. Also, after the show, the vendors all tend to blend together. Even the literature starts to look the same. The bridal fair that set you on fire with excitement a few days ago, now seems to have caused confusion and frustration. With that in mind, I've created a short list of helpful tips to get you through the bridal show aftermath.
Create Piles. Imagine a war room in an old movie with maps and strategies laid out end to end on a giant table. This is the scene you need to create.. Set aside an afternoon, clear off the kitchen table and lay out all of the information from the show. Now create a pile for each type of vendor, such as bakeries, dresses, entertainment, flowers, etc.
Evaluate Your Piles. After you've created your piles you should set aside any pile for a vendor type that you do not need. Do not throw these out.. Place them in a manila envelope.. just in case the situation with your vendor should change.
Now look at the piles of vendors that you still need.. Go through this pile and set aside the information from the vendors that you know you will not be using. Again, do not throw these away, but place them in a labeled manila envelope.
Now, review the remaining information in each pile. If you require additional information, or have questions about these vendors you should contact them and ask them to provide more information about their products or services. During this step, you may end up adding to your manila envelope. If you find that you have no questions, or all of the information is present, but you can't see yourself booking them, they should go to the envelope. Steps 1 through 4 will help you whittle down hundreds of pieces of literature into a few small piles of information which will best help you in making your dream day come to life.
Let's now talk about handling the influx of telephone calls, emails and letters from the show's exhibitors.
Many wedding websites will vilify exhibitors as money hungry wolves. These blogs and articles have resulted in brides being instantly offended when a vendor from a wedding show reaches out to them. I would ask that you ignore the sage advice of the muckrakers from these planning sites, and give the vendors the benefit of the doubt.
The vendors are investing thousands of dollars to showcase at a bridal fair.. It is their hope that they will meet a handful of qualified prospects. No reasonable wedding vendor would expect a bride to sign on the dotted line while being herded through a bridal fair, so we as vendors have to reach out and follow up with you after the show. It is really not our intention to harass brides, like the websites say we do. We are simply hoping to create mind share. Here are some tips for addressing unwanted solicitations from wedding vendors after the show.
1. Politely tell them that you are not interested in their services. Be direct, but not rude. Saying something like, "Thank you for your follow up. I am not interested in the services you provide."
Short to the point and doesn't leave things open.
2. Be definitive in your response. The last thing you want to do is tell them, you will be in touch if things change.. you are still considering your options, or that you will call them in the future. Any vendor that would pout because they were not a good fit for your celebration is some who you should avoid doing business with anyway.
3. Ask not to be contacted. This is so simple that is should go with out saying, but for some vendors it will take this step in order to stop the calls and emails.
4. If you see something that interests you, ask for more information.. Expect the vendor to speak in terms of features and benefits... If a feature provides no benefit to you why would want it?
5. Please don't give out a fake email address to a vendor. This casts you in a bad light...Aside from that, you may miss out on a post show special offer.
Hopefully, these tips help you navigate through the post bridal show pile up of information. If you should have any questions or comments about the tips and tricks in this blog, feel free to contact me any time. If you would like a free copy of my latest tool.. Weddings101, an audio book to help you select the vendors that best fit your needs, email... Yourfundj@gmail.com and request that a copy be mailed to you.
Congratulations, and best of luck... Now go bring your dreams to life.
You can learn more about Dennis Richtmyer, owner of Soundstorm DJ's by visiting www.soundstormdjs.com,www.yourfundj.com, www.bethlehembeat.com, or www.bigtimedj.com. Most recently, Dennis completed a CD Audio Book on building your Wedding Team called Wedding 101. From 1989-2000 he served the Finger Lakes Region of NY along with the Twin Tiers of NY & PA including Watkins Glen, Elmira, Binghamton, Ithaca, Corning, Dundee, Penn Yan, Geneva, Mansfield, Troy, Tioga, Bath and Lawrenceville. He will be relaunching in that region in June of 2013. From 2000-now he has been at the helm of Soundstorm DJ's serving Hickory, Morganton, Charlotte, Statesville, Lenoir, Boone, and Wilkesboro in NC. Currently, Dennis Serves at VP of the Charlotte Chapter of the American DJ Association and is member in good standing of many other professional organizations. To invite Dennis to speak to your professional group about entertainment related business matters, email firstname.lastname@example.org
In the past I've maintained that destination weddings are tricky to properly plan and execute. In most cases a bride and her inner circle are doing their best to plan from afar and are at the mercy of either a local planner, or the results of internet searches. Last weekend I had the pleasure of hosting and entertaining at a wedding which was the result of a combination of both scenarios.
Rebecca and Scott were from Louisville, KY. Their friends and family were from all across the country. Presumably, due to our central location, the couple decided to hold their wedding at a rented lake house on Lake Norman. Rather than trust a planner located 8 hours away, or attempt to plan the event themselves, they employed one of the premiere event planners in the Louisville area; Sha Fox Weddings & Events. The honored couple also brought a local Louisville photographer with them; Robert Burge.
Ellen and Elaine with Sha Fox did an outstanding job of planning and implementing Rebecca and Scott's big day. They covered everything from staging and pacing to making sure the owner of a spunky pup picked up all the doggy doo from around the alter. The key... they did it all with a smile.
Robert was just as excellent at his job, making sure to capture each moment. In fact when looking at Robert's webpage this morning I noticed that we use the same quote relating to our events.. "We Don't Remember Days. We Remember Moments". I have a plaque in our sales office with the exact quote on it.
When It was time for dinner I was blown away at the non traditional menu. Shrimp and Grits, Sliders, Fries, and assorted other fun foods flew out of the kitchen with precision and grace thanks to Armin's Catering from Huntersville, NC. The staff from Armin's worked tirelessly in 90 + degree heat and like everyone else, they did so with a smile.
Our guests were outstanding. We had everything from an impromptu fireworks display and ladies in cocktail dresses jumping in the lake to a free style rap best man's toast. Toward the end of the night the groom and a young guest took to the top story of the house and pressed their bare bellies against the windows while dancing to LMFAO.
As the celebration came to and end the benefits of trusting a once in a lifetime event to actual professionals was evident in the smiles on the faces of our honored couple and those closest to them.
The hard work and dedication of the planners, caterers, photographer and Soundstorm DJs made Rebecca and Scott's dream come to life and can do the same for you.
You can learn more about Dennis Richtmyer, owner of Soundstorm DJ's by visiting www.soundstormdjs.com or ,www.yourfundj.com. From 1989-2000 he served the Finger Lakes Region of NY along with the Twin Tiers of NY & PA From 2000-now he has been at the helm of Soundstorm DJ's serving Hickory, Morganton, Charlotte, Statesville, Lenoir, Boone, and Wilkesboro in NC. Currently, Dennis Serves at Membership Director of the Charlotte Chapter of the American DJ Association and is member in good standing of many other professional organizations. To invite Dennis to speak to your professional group about entertainment related business matters, email email@example.com
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What to Watch Out for When Hiring a Wedding Disc Jockey
Hiring a DJ is safe and easy with these tips from 800DJ!
It’s the hope of every couple getting married that their guests feel welcome, relaxed and entertained throughout their big day, which is why great entertainment is crucial to the success of any wedding reception. One of the best and most financially responsible decisions a wedding coordinator can make is to hire a professional wedding DJ who can do so much more than simply provide musical entertainment during the reception. But how can a coordinator be sure they’ve found the very best? Here are a few things to watch out for when hiring a wedding disc jockey.
The first thing to watch out for is the source from which the DJ was found. For example, be wary of any DJ whom you found on Craigslist or a similar classified advertisement site. Anyone can advertise on these sites without having their skills and work experience verified and accredited. It’s much wiser to seek out talent from a reputable agency with many years of experience promoting wedding DJs because they are held accountable for the skills and reliability of every DJ they promote. With their reputation on the line, they will do everything they can to ensure they are only working with the highest quality and most professional disc jockeys around.
After you’ve consulted a reputable agency and found a few DJs in your area that seem promising, the second thing to watch out for is the DJ’s history. You’re looking for a DJ with the happiest clients and longest history of performing at weddings like yours, so it’s in your best interest to book a face-to-face meeting with a few prospects as soon as possible. During those meetings, you can ask for a list of past clients’ contact information. Be wary of any DJ who hesitates to provide you with a list upon request. Call a few past clients and conduct further research of the DJ’s website, Facebook or other online profile pages. If it’s difficult to find positive reviews or if multiple previous clients provide you with negative feedback – it’s time to look elsewhere.
The third major thing to watch out for are hidden fees for services you did not agree to. When you’ve found a great DJ who can provide all of the services you are looking for, it’s important to get a quote from the DJ that itemizes each and every one of those services, taking into account the total size of your event space. These services can range from adding uplighting, to narrating a photo or video presentation, to providing a photo booth, etc. Once the final contract has been drawn up and is ready to sign by both parties, read through it carefully and be certain everything you need is listed and you are not being charged for anything you did not request.
Watch out for these simple things and you’re sure to hire no one but the very best wedding disc jockey available.