Frequently Asked Questions And Rates
A) We use turntables! This is important to us because we feel most vinyl DJs have a more solid understanding of what goes into DJing, programming and reading a crowd, and therefore pay more attention to creating the proper atmosphere. Admittedly we also feel turntables look way cooler than a CD rack. 🙂
B) One all-inclusive cost- no added fees for extra equipment! Our rates are inclusive of all audio equipment needed to make sure your day goes as smoothly as planned. Need additional microphones for the soloist in your ceremony? No problem! Have a remote cocktail area or smoking section that needs an additional speaker for background music? We’re on it!
C) We take an active interest in our clients! We work with all of our couples to find out their tastes, favorite musical memories and absolute do-not-plays so we can create a custom night of music that everyone will love, instead of just showing up and playing the same 50 songs for every gig. We want the music for the day to be a true reflection of our clients, both individually and together as a couple.
D) Years of experience! Nate (the owner) has been DJing for 18+ years and has played every type of venue from the basement party down the block to festival crowds of 5,000+. He also has extensive experience on the catering and event management side of things and will work seamlessly with your wedding planners and caterers to make sure there are no hiccups in the timeline. He’s also highly capable of making announcements and intros without sounding cheesy or intrusive.
Everything! One of the things we here at Caliber pride ourselves most on is our versatility. Nate was brought up on a wide variety of music from Classical, Funk and Soul, Oldies and Classic Rock to New Wave, 80’s, Early Alternative and Indie Rock, 80’s and 90’s Hip Hop, Chicago House and Early Electronica. This alone gives him an incredible depth of knowledge when it comes to hand picking music for each gig.
Furthermore, we have over 15,000 songs and counting in our music library, making us 100% prepared for every situation. The other BIG difference between Caliber DJs and other DJ companies is what we refer to as SEAMLESS MIXING. This means that we use beatmatching and carefully placed cues to ensure that there won’t be any annoying pauses in between tracks, and we will be doing everything we can to keep the dance floor fresh and energized throughout the entire evening. For us every event is unique, but for those of you curious to know what you may hear at YOUR event, here is a broad cross section of artists we *might* play (as long as they’re not on your “do not play” list, that is)…
COCKTAIL HOUR– Nina Simone, Nouvelle Vague, Jack Johnson, Fleet Foxes, Air, Bonobo, Belle and Sebastian, Buena Vista Social Club, Jill Scott, Feist, Lorde, Guru/Jazzmatazz, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, NuYorican Soul, The Sundays, Sam Smith, St. Germain, The Black Keys, The Shins, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Frank Ocean
DINNER– Bill Withers, Bob Marley, Brian Eno, Radiohead, Dusty Springfield, Erykah Badu, Sade, Finley Quaye, Ingrid Michaelson, India Arie, James Blake, Katie Melua, Lauryn Hill, LTJ Bukem, Bjork, Thievery Corporation, Emancipator, Massive Attack, Portishead, Bebel Gilberto, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus
DANCING– Stevie Wonder, Prince, MJ, Madonna, New Order, Daft Punk, Duran Duran, Aretha Franklin, Disclosure, Rihanna, Beyonce, M.I.A., Outkast, LCD Soundsystem, Justin Timberlake (sorry can’t hate on JT he’s awesome), Kanye West, The Notorious B.I.G., A Tribe Called Quest, Skee-Lo, Beastie Boys, Al Greene, Marvin Gaye, Bel Biv Devoe, Deee-Lite, Yaz, Erasure, James Brown, Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris, MGMT, Pharrell Williams, Jackson Five, Talking Heads, Earth Wind and Fire, Capital Cities, Missy Elliot, Cee Lo Green, Flo Rida, Gorillaz
Our rates are very straightforward- for all events within 50 miles of San Francisco we charge $275 per hour from the time the music starts until the time the music stops with a 5 hour minimum. As we like to put it we’re not the cheapest, we’re not the most expensive but we’re 100% worth it.
-Here’s what you get-
A custom-tailored music program for your night based on YOUR tastes.
- All equipment including multiple speaker setups and microphones (incl. wireless handheld and lapel mics)
- No extra rental, setup/teardown or travel fees
- A site visit for any venues we haven’t worked at yet to confirm technical logistics
- At least one face-to-face meeting to discuss timeline & music tastes
- A complimentary half hour of prelude music before the ceremony (if needed)
- Consultation on any other logistics you may have questions about
- Constant accessibility via e-mail and text
- Seamless timing and integration with your planner and other vendors
- An very experienced DJ/MC who uses actual turntables and will crush your dancefloor
*For events 50 miles or more away from San Francisco our base rate is $300 per hour with a 5 hour minimum.
YES. We have a 2 million dollar liability policy per event.
There are a few reasons why we tend not to supply lighting for our events. First and foremost, we believe in doing one thing, and doing it well, and that’s MUSIC. We feel that if we put too much time and effort into supplying lighting that it might take away valuable attention from what got us into this business in the first place. Also, we have worked with so many amazing venues over the last few years, that we feel that some dancefloor lighting may actually detract from the beauty of the venue itself. That being said, we work with some wonderful local lighting vendors and are more than happy to assist you with finding any up lighting or accent lighting you may need!
Of course!! Caliber DJs is, in fact, an openly LGBT-owned business. We celebrate love in all its forms and we are happy to support members of the local community through vendor recommendations and event sponsorship for LGBTQIA+ causes.
As much or as little as you would like us to be. We tend not to be the show-stealing gameshow-host MCs that tarnish or draw attention away from your special day. However we will be happy to announce the wedding party, give cues when it’s time to sit for dinner, introduce speeches and generally assist in making sure the night goes along smoothly and according to schedule. We will also work with your wedding planner or venue/catering
manager to make sure that everything is happening as planned. (Nate has worked in the food service industry for years and knows the rigors of catering inside and out.)
Caliber DJs has seen a period of incredible growth in 2016, thanks to all of the wonderful planners, Yelpers, couples and other industry professionals that have recommended us. For this reason we have expanded our roster and invested in enough equipment to accommodate up to 3 events per night! Every DJ that works for Caliber has been hand selected and carefully vetted to ensure that you will get the experience you deserve, and if you’re booking with Caliber you will get the promise that our DJs will not book another gig the same date to ensure that each client receives 100% of our DJs’ attention on their day.
Generally speaking, if you are the first client to book a certain date, Nate will be your man. If Nate’s already booked, then you will have your choice of the other 4 DJs currently on our roster. We will also get to know a little bit about you beforehand to see who from our roster would be the absolute best fit. Currently we have 5 DJs on our roster total, but like we said earlier we will only do 3 events per night. This ensures that we have backup DJs in the event that the unthinkable happens (a last minute sickness) or for events in which we feel an assistant would be beneficial.
If the date is available on our end and it looks like a good fit, we’ll send you a very standard contract to print out and review. Once you fill it out in it’s entirety and sign the back page, you can either mail it to the address listed on the front of the contract, or scan and e-mail it to us. WE REQUIRE BETWEEN A 30% AND 35% DEPOSIT TO CONFIRM ALL BOOKINGS. That generally works out to between $400 and $600, which can either be sent in by personal check with the contract or electronically via a variety of different ways (the most popular are Paypal, Chase Quickpay, Square Cash and BoA electronic transfer). The balance is due no later than the day of the event preferably by check, although you are more than welcome to settle up any time before that date. Credit card payments are accepted through Paypal, however there is an additional 3.5% charge for processing fees.
We are very thankful when our clients provide a hot meal for us the night of the event. In our experience, the more fuel for the DJ the more fuel for the dancefloor. 😉 Regarding alcohol, our policy is to always stay 100% sober during wedding receptions. On rare occasions, we may accept a glass of wine later on in the night if the host offers it, but generally a pitcher of water and a cup of coffee is all we’ll be drinking throughout the course of the night.
Generally it’s our practice to plan to arrive 2 hours before the start time of each event. This is significantly more time than it takes us to load in and set up (usually about one hour), but we like to plan for any unexpected hiccups in traffic or lines at the freight elevator. We do ask that the venue allow us access the day of 2 hours before the start time of the event.