Frequently Asked Questions
How many years has your company been in business and what is one way you differ from other DJ companies?
Expressway Music was founded by David Swirsky in July 1992. 2018 is our 26th year! Please read our reviews. Our Experience in DJ’ing once in a lifetime events (Weddings, Mitzvahs and Corporate) separates us from the rest. Because of the VERY recent changes in technology (Equipment became much more compact and the music much easier to access) thousands of people got into the DJ business. however the GREAT majority of these “DJ’s” have very limited experience in DJ’ing expensive weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and Corporate events. We have DJ’d hundreds to thousands of these extra special events. Even though we are located in Manhattan we KNOW that we have to leave for a Friday night wedding in NYC 4 hours early so weekend traffic doesn’t affect us. This is just one of the many, many reasons Experience Matters.
What do you charge?
Because there are so many variables to each event our rate varies from event to event however our basic rate for up to 4 hours for a wedding is $1600 .Please call us at 212-953-9367, email us at email@example.com or fill out our contact form with your unique details i.e. the times you want the dj?, where the event is taking place? Would you also like a quote on the other services we offer?(i.e lighting, live music, photo booth etc)
Can we meet with or talk to the DJ in advance?
Absolutely. We encourage it. Just let us know and we can arrange a phone, skype or in person meeting. We are very flexible and can arrange meetings around your schedule. You will always have your DJ’s contact information.
Do You have a mixtape demo?
We pride ourselves on reading the crowd and making the mix/songs perfect for your crowd. We meet with you to find out what you like and you don’t like. We don’t have sample mixes for this reason. The Majority of DJ’s are new to the business and their Sample mixes are made in their bedroom or office without reading the crowd. Having said this we can supply you with endless references. Please know the GREAT majority of dj’s in the wedding business are brand new to the business and have not dj’d more then 5 or 10 weddings at most. They take playlists off online dj sites and play the same songs every event….that is not reading the crowd. The great majority of DJ’s also don’t make their own mixtape and if they do (and if it’s good) just shows that they are good in the studio and doesn’t prove if they are good live at all.(reading a diverse crowd)
What type of equipment do you use?
We own all of our equipment. The great majority of DJ’s rent equipment every gig they do which means they are using different equipment(sometimes different rental companies) every time out. If they have an issue with the equipment they are not familiar with how to fix it without hoping someone from the rental company is available at the time to help them. We use the highest quality equipment available in our industry. Our systems are all custom built and we maintain them continuously. We use Bose, Dave and other high end speakers for their pristine sound and “Art Deco” look that goes perfectly with the cool & unique spaces and venues here in New York City. We own all our equipment and use it every gig. Experience matters.
What time will the talent arrive?
Our talent likes to arrive as early as possible to make certain the equipment is set up in the right place and to conduct a sound check. We will often call the venue ahead of time to confirm logistics and determine the earliest time we can arrive.
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes. Our policy is for up to 2 million dollars. We will provide your venue with a certificate of Insurance for your event.
We’ve decided to hire Expressway. What happens now?
We will e-mail you our standard agreement for you to sign and return to us with a deposit to hold the date. It’s straightforward and our fees are all inclusive. Our Event Manager, Charissa, whom has been with us for 10 years is your liaison for all agreements, payments etc.
What are your payment terms?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Venmo. Cash and checks are also accepted (except on equipment rentals). We typically ask for a 1/2 deposit with the balance due the week of the event.