Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of important questions to ask your DJ company when interviewing them (and our answers) to determine if they are a professional company and would be a suitable choice for your big day.

Aren’t all DJ companies basically the same?

No, they vary greatly in size, style of performance and quality of service offered. Probably the most important factor in picking a DJ is matching the company’s style with that of your own and your vision of how you would like your wedding reception to be. Some companies offer singing DJs, props, and party favors for wedding receptions while others prefer a more formal approach. Direct Hit believes weddings are an elegant occasion and should be treated with a little more respect than an inflatable air guitar affords. Great music, a crowded dance floor, a personable DJ, and refined crowd interaction is our goal. Whatever size or style of company you choose, make sure you get an experienced and personable disc jockey. The best way to do this is to make sure you will be able to meet with your DJ before you book with a company. This way you can see if their personality and style match what you are looking for.

How is your company different?

At Direct Hit Productions we pride ourselves on our professional and experienced disc jockeys and an exceedingly high level of customer service. We are a focused company that pays close attention to detail and offers extremely personalized service. You will be able to meet with your DJ/MC before you decide to book with us and will be in regular contact with them while planning your wedding. When you meet with your DJ you will have a detailed discussion about the kind of atmosphere you want to create, the flow of the event and the types of music you do and do not want played. On your wedding day, your DJ will be a friendly face who knows exactly what you want and will exceed your expectations.

Why are the prices between some companies so different?

Don’t judge value on price alone! Its a little bit clichéd but you get what you pay for. Sure, you can save a few hundred dollars by going with a cut rate DJ but why would you risk ruining one of the most important events of your life with poor quality entertainment? Find out about each prospective DJ’s experience, music library, and equipment. What is their personality like? Is their style what you are looking for? Ask for references. Then judge what you are getting for your money.

Do you have references?

We would be more than happy to provide you with a list of past clients. Click here to see what some of our past clients have to say about us.

What types of experience do your DJ’s have?

All of our DJ’s and MC's have at least 12 years of experience. In addition to weddings, our DJ’s have performed at many different types of events. This gives them the ability to cater to more diverse crowds and “read the dance floor” better than most DJ’s.

Do you just play music?

No, a good DJ does a lot more. Before the event even begins they will put in 10 to 20 hours of prep work including assembling music, and meeting with the clients. Once the event starts they will act as Master of Ceremonies by handling all of the introductions and announcements. Remember, you will always have two DJ/MC's at your wedding, both with the complete knowledge and skill to switch between those roles at a moments notice. At the venue. your DJ will also act as a Wedding Planner by coordinating the activities of the photographer, videographer and banquet hall. Then, they take requests from the guests and ensure everyone is having a good time – all while playing music to keep the dance floor packed!

Which wedding package should I get?

That depends on the type of atmosphere you want to create, the number of guests you are expecting, and the size of the venue. One of our representatives would be more than happy to assist you in choosing the right package.

What kind of customer service can I expect?

In short, the best! We take great pride in working with our clients before, during and after their event to ensure their event goes exactly as planned. We are available to you as a resource throughout the entire planning process and will go the extra mile on the day of your event to make sure you and your guests have a great time and everything is trouble free.

How long will the DJ play?

The DJ will play for the full contracted time of the package without breaks. This usually includes an hour or two of background music during cocktail hour and dinner. Additional time (overtime) can be booked at the event at the discretion of the banquet hall and if it does not create scheduling conflicts. Click here to see our overtime rates.

What type of equipment do you use?

All of our equipment is top of the line professional DJ equipment mounted in heavy-duty flight cases for protection and a professional appearance. The specific equipment at your event will vary depending on the package you select.

Do you use CD’s or MP3’s?

Direct Hit has mastered the art of computer controlled music therefore we only play music stored on hard drives. We do have the capability to play a CD if the need arises. Our music collection is not just lossy MP3 songs. We also have an entensive collection of music that uses the lossless FLAC encoding. FLAC is CD quality for superior sound. The computer is a great tool that allows us to bring our complete music library to handle unexpected and last minute requests or to quickly locate a song. If one of our computer's were to crash, and that has yet to happen, we have on-site backup computers ready to go within 2 minutes of failure.

Are there any additional charges?

Our DJ packages contain everything you will need but we do offer additional services depending on your wants and needs. Additional travel charges only apply to downtown Chicago or beyond our 50 mile coverage map.

Do you use contracts?

Yes, we use detailed contracts that list the requirements of each party. This is to avoid any possible discrepancies and is to protect Direct Hit Productions as well as yourself.

Do you have insurance?

Yes, we have a $1,000,000 property and liability policy.

Can we pick what music gets played?

Definitely, this is your big day! Along with the specialty dances you can submit a list of “must play” songs and special requests. These songs are generally songs that are meaningful to you and your guests or you know will be dance floor hits. If you are looking for a particular song and for some reason it is not in our library you may add it to your request list and we will obtain it for you, free of charge. Your disc jockey will be available to you throughout the planning process to help you choose the right music. Your discussions with your disc jockey along with your requests and those of your guest’s will give the DJ a good idea of the type music that will keep the dance floor packed all night. In addition to choosing songs you would like played you can also let us know types of music and specific songs you do not want played. You can be as involved as you like in the selection of music for your reception or leave it all up to our experienced disc jockeys, it’s your choice.

How loud will it be?

During cocktails and dinner it will be at a background level that will allow it to be heard throughout the entire room yet will still allow for normal conversation. Our speakers are on stands, which allows for a clearer projection throughout the room. When the dancing begins the speakers will be focused on the dance floor so that the volume level will be considerably louder on the dance floor than the rest of the room. If you would like it a little louder or quieter than average please let us know and we would be more than happy to accommodate. One word of caution; older guests sometimes have a harder time hearing when seated next to the DJ and the equipment so keep that in mind when developing the seating arrangements.

What does the DJ wear?

Our disc jockeys always wear the appropriate attire for any event. The normal dress for wedding receptions is formal, including vest and tie. If you would prefer other attire, arrangements can be made.

When does the DJ set up?

Depending on the package and the availability of the room, the DJ will be there 1 to 3 hours before the event begins to set up.

What if the DJ gets sick?

If for some reason a DJ is unable to make an event, we have back up DJs available as well as standing agreements with other DJ companies to provide emergency services. However, since Direct Hit is a small company, you will always have one of the two owners, Mark or Jeff, at your event.

What happens if something breaks?

We only use top of the line equipment that is regularly inspected and maintained. Equipment failures are extremely rare; however, in case something does malfunction, we bring redundant equipment to every event so that if something is not functioning as expected it can be replaced on the spot.

How far will you travel?

We have performed all over Illinois and Indiana. Here are the counties that our services cover:
  • In Illinois: Cook, Will, Dupage, Kane, Kendall, Grundy, and Kankakee
  • In Indiana: Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, and Jasper
  • Additional travel charges apply to all counties not listed here, as well as downtown Chicago.

How do we reserve your services?

If you would like to reserve a date, first check our calendar page here to see you your date is available. After that, you can call us at 708-655-4835 or contact us today to schedule your free consultation. You lock in your event with Direct Hit once we've received your $200 non-refundable deposit.

Will you be available to answer questions?

Of course, your disc jockey will be available to you throughout the planning process to help answer any questions you might have.

How do we submit our information?

All of your planning forms, including the co-signed contract and music request lists can be emailed to you or you can utilize our dropbox.com file sharing site to share information between yourself and your DJ. Of course we can still use traditional USPS if you so desire. We will ask you to have all of your event information finalized one to two weeks prior to your event. At that time, your DJ or meet with you to discuss everything in detail and to ensure that they know exactly how you want everything to go.

If you have any additional questions or would like to set up a complimentary consultation, call us at 708-655-4835 or contact Direct Hit today..