DJ Ivan Lopez
* Chief Entertainment Officer
Questions and Answers for DJ Ivan Lopez
Weddings, Corporate Events, Quinceañeras, Birthdays and other Events:
All DJ services start at $1,000 for the first four hours. $200 for every additional hour.
What's an MC?
An MC is a Master of Ceremonies. As a Master of Ceremonies, I will take over all speaking responsibilities and make all appropriate announcements at your event. As a confident speaker, I will be understood by your attending guests when your formalities and names are announced throughout your event.
Also, I have the wonderful ability of speaking Spanish fluently, which can be interchangeably used at events where guests are native Spanish speakers.
Who have you DJ-ed for (or who have been some of your clients)?
Some of my current and previous clients have been: OPI (nail polish), Neutrogena, Latina Magazine, City of Los Angeles, City of Hawthorne, Children's Hospital of LA, City of Sylmar, Alhambra Hospital, LA Probation Dept., North Hollywood Toyota, LAPD, CHP, Los Toros Restaurant, El Pollo Loco, FUD (Sigma Foods), plus many other well-known and respected businesses and organizations.
What's the difference between a professional and a non-professional DJ and MC ?
With many years of experience, a professional DJ dedicates himself/herself to providing musical entertainment at the highest level, with only the highest standards and dedicates all efforts and time to producing the best and most memorable events a client has experienced. Being a DJ is not a hobby, but an evolution of experience, skill and creativity to help your next event be the most fun and memorable ever.
How early should we book your DJ and MC services?
As soon as you contract the event location or have received permission for hosting an event at a certain location, then you should be contacting me for a meeting, with no obligation to sign any contract until you are convinced that I am the best DJ and MC for your event.
Some of the most popular dates can and do book as early as one year in advance. I suggest signing a contract as early as 8-12 months before your event date for those once in a lifetime events like weddings, quinceaneras and birthdays.
Depending on availability some dates remain open until the month before. So if your event is soon, it's certainly worth it to check my availability by contacting me at your earliest convenience.
Will you travel outside your area to provide your DJ and MC services for my event?
Yes, of course, I've traveled outside my area for various events in the past.
Do you play requests from guests?
That's completely up to you. If it's okay, I'll play whatever your guests want to hear. For most events, I take over 500,000 songs, so as long as it's appropriate and available, any and all requests can be granted. If, however, you'd prefer that your DJ not take requests, that's also okay. You are my employer for that day, so it's up to you.
What type of music do you play?
All "clean" and edited versions of songs from: Pop (Top 40), Hip Hop, Cumbias, Merengue, EDM (Electronic Dance Music), Salsa, Reggaeton, Rock en Español, Reggae, Old School, Banda, 70's Disco, Oldies, Disco, Pop Latino, 80's Pop, Punta, 80's New Wave/Flashbacks, Rancheras, Funk, Mariachi, Swing, Trance, Quebraditas, R & B, Zapatiados, 80's Latin Freestyle, Tamborazo, Lounge, Vallenato, 80's Disco/Hi Energy, Norteñas, Jazz, Bachata, Blues, Nortec, Funk, Deep House, Punta, Alternative, Soca, 70's Classsic Rock, Boleros, Country, Sonidero, 50's Rock n' Roll, Mambo, Dancehall, Dub-Step... you read right, pretty much everything!
Plus, I will play any of your special requests, if you provide me a request list prior to your event.
Will you donate your DJ & MC services to our non-profit organization?
Yes. As long as your event is raising money for a charitable cause and non-profit organization, my services can be provided for free or at a discounted rate.
Do I need to sign a contract for your DJ and MC services?
Yes, but only when you're 100% sure that I am the best DJ & MC suitable for your upcoming event. When we meet, I'll provide a copy of the contract for you to revise and sign. Once the contract is signed, you will be at ease knowing that I will be your DJ and MC for your event. I will not outsource my contract or substitute myself with a less experienced DJ.
What time will you arrive at my event?
Typically, most events require only 30 to 45 minutes of set-up time. Therefore, I will arrive about an hour to an hour and half prior to the start of our contract.
Remember, you will never need to pay for set-up or tear-down time.
Do you take breaks?
My DJ and MC services are truly uninterrupted. From our scheduled start time to our scheduled end time, I take no breaks.
If for any reason I need to step away from the DJ console, my assistant will help fill my post for the short time which I am away.
What volume level should I expect at my event?
I'm are very conscious of the fact that no one wants to listen to music at an uncomfortably high volume, and that people have different sensitivity levels. That's why I'll constantly monitor the sound intensity throughout the course of your reception. The sound system used is able to create an environment that's conducive to both dancing and socializing. Also, if there are any noise complaints (at the venue or from neighbors), I will modify the master volume accordingly.
Do you karaoke or provide karaoke rental?
No, I do not provide karaoke services.
Do you offer discounts for Sunday through Friday events?
No, but I can assure you that my DJ and MC services will be some of the best you've ever seen and heard. If you are not happy with my services, I will refund your money!
Are you an interactive DJ?
Yes, but you will be my guide. I'll let you decide how much interaction you would like from me. I can be completely conservative, totally outgoing, or anywhere in between. Just let me know your wishes as you plan for your event.
Also, there are many games and other interactive ways to allow your guests to enjoy their time at your event.
From 10 years old to 100 years old, I have several ways of keeping your guests enjoying a good time.
Please ask me for suggestions on interactive games that will have guests of all ages smiling and enjoying your event.
Most events call for a DJ with eloquent speaking skills and the wisdom to use words sparingly. Even at my most outgoing level, I remain professional.
What attire will you be wearing at my event?
That depends on your event. If you were having an end of summer pool party, then a Hawaiian-style shirt and shorts would be my attire. For upscale events, there are ties and slacks waiting in my closet for me to wear. From casual to formal, just let me know the dress code and I'll be appropriately dressed.
How many assistants will you be taking to my event?
Depending on the size of your event, one or two assistants will suffice. I will never take more than two assistants/guests, without notifying you first.
Also, the cost of my assistant(s) is included in the cost of my services.
Do I need to feed you and your assistant(s) at the event?
As for providing food or meals for me or my assistant(s), the choice is yours. We are your employees for the event and not a guest, therefore it is up to you, if food will be provided for us or not. If you would like to provide a meal or food, please let me know during our contract signing.
What type of equipment do you have and use at events?
Only the most professional and high standard that most DJs use is the industry.
I am 100% digital using Serato and Pioneer.
I use LED lights with lasers and strobe effects, if needed.
For Speakers, I prefer to use JBL brand.
For Microphones, I prefer: Shure microphones
I prefer to use professional grade DJ Headphones and always carry hundreds of feet of professional grade speaker cable and extension cords.
What equipment will you bring to my event?
I only take the necessary equipment to perform the best DJ & MC services that you'll possibly ever hear and see for your next event. An additional back-up system is always available.
Where have your DJ and MC services been provided?
The following is only an amended list of places, such as:
Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Luminarias, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Omni Hotel, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, Castaway Restaurant, Odyssey Restaurant, Airtel Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles Convention Center, Bonaventure Hotel, Quiet Cannon, Porter Valley Country Club, Cal State Northridge (CSUN), Knollwood Country Club, Pepperdine University, UCLA, USC, The Proud Bird, Renaissance Hotel, Radisson Hotel, Disneyland Hotel and Simon's at Ports O' Call.
Again, this is only a short list of the many wonderful locations I've DJ-ed at, but rest assured that my services have been heard and seen throughout Southern California and beyond.
Where can your DJ & MC services be provided?
My DJ & MC services can be provided throughout Southern California, including Agoura Hills, Anaheim, Arcadia, Baldwin Park, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Camarillo, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Commerce, Corona, Covina, Culver City, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Glendale, Glendora, Granada Hills, Hacienda Heights, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Highland Park, Hollywood, Huntington Park, Inglewood, La Canada-Flintridge, La Habra, La Puente, La Verne, Lancaster, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Marina Del Rey, Mission Hills, Montebello, Monterrey Park, Moorpark , Newport Beach, Northridge, North Hills, North Hollywood, Norwalk, Oxnard, Palmdale, Panorama City, Pasadena, Pico Rivera, Pomona, Porter Ranch, Redondo Beach, Reseda, San Fernando, San Marino, San Pedro, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica, Santa Paula, Silver Lake, Simi Valley, South Gate, Sun Valley, Sylmar, Tarzana, Thousand Oaks, Van Nuys, Venice, Ventura, Victorville, Walnut, West Hills, West Hollywood, Whittier, Winnetka and Woodland Hills.
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