Are DJ Facades still in style or on their way out?

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Are DJ Facades Still in Style? Or On their way out of style for DJs?

  • Facades are Very Much in Style, and Going to be used for the next 10+ years by DJs

    Votes: 7 87.5%
  • Facades have seen their peak, and are already on their way out. 2- 3 More years tops!

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Facades are still very popular, but I think they will decline in popularity over the next 5 years

    Votes: 1 12.5%
  • I hate Facades, and have never believed them to be "In Style" for DJs to use.

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    8

djtaso

DJ Extraordinaire
Apr 4, 2017
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Well, YOUR clients won't hire me.
In my neighborhood, it's not a problem.


You are making a general statement based on YOUR opinion.
I doubt there is any real evidence to prove your point,
just your own experience.

In nearly 40 years of doing this, NOT ONE CLIENT has ever asked me about a facade.
Ahh the old “clients don’t ask me for this”. You’re right, they don’t, bc they’re not even calling you. As Ricky said, we’re in a social media world. Brides (unless much older) are browsing social media and blogs and seeing everyone’s setups, seeing what exists, educating themselves etc. They’re calling the vendors where they’ve seen what they like. They’re not calling the vendors where they have seen otherwise.

It has nothing to do with market. It may mean there are fewer options, but it doesn’t mean they don’t want certain things. Why is it that I’ve received 6 calls in the last 3 weeks for weddings in the palm beach area of Florida. Because they’ve seen something they want, and can’t get it locally (at least in The search for a Greek DJ). Some will settle w the few mediocre options they have... and some will spend 4x the local option to get the DJ that they know from experience or referrals, can provide their desired atmosphere.
 
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Ausumm

Gold Plated Productions
Oct 21, 2008
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Ahh the old “clients don’t ask me for this”. You’re right, they don’t, bc they’re not even calling you. As Ricky said, we’re in a social media world. Brides (unless much older) are browsing social media and blogs and seeing everyone’s setups, seeing what exists, educating themselves etc. They’re calling the vendors where they’ve seen what they like. They’re not calling the vendors where they have seen otherwise.

It has nothing to do with market. It may mean there are fewer options, but it doesn’t mean they don’t want certain things. Why is it that I’ve received 6 calls in the last 3 weeks for weddings in the palm beach area of Florida. Because they’ve seen something they want, and can’t get it locally (at least in The search for a Greek DJ). Some will settle w the few mediocre options they have... and some will spend 4x the local option to get the DJ that they know from experience or referrals, can provide their desired atmosphere.
You have a good point. And I'm okay with that. But you can't tell me that you got three calls from Florida just because you have a facade. You got three calls from Florida because they want YOU as their DJ because they like what YOU do. Those same three people probably would still have called you if you didn't have a facade
 
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ProDJ Jose

DJ Apotheosis
Apr 19, 2016
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You have a good point. And I'm okay with that. But you can't tell me that you got three calls from Florida just because you have a facade. You got three calls from Florida because they want YOU as their DJ because they like what YOU do. Those same three people probably would still have called you if you didn't have a facade
I agree 100% that it's highly unlikely that the reason for a customer's interest is a front board. The tools we use are just that, tools!
 
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Proformance

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Nov 6, 2006
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People often don't check the location of the site they are looking at before calling. I've gotten inquiries from people who are in foreign countries, not just other states. Even when they do check the location people will call to inquire if we know where they can obtain something locally. Maybe they can't find it locally - or maybe they're just that lazy. IDK.
 

djtaso

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You have a good point. And I'm okay with that. But you can't tell me that you got three calls from Florida just because you have a facade. You got three calls from Florida because they want YOU as their DJ because they like what YOU do. Those same three people probably would still have called you if you didn't have a facade
I dont get booked just because I have the facade... but if I didn't have it... I wouldn't of gotten the call. But to show you just how important it is... the one wedding I did in Miami where I flew in and had everything rented, they said they loved my white booth and wanted to know how to get that for their wedding and what to ask for. We literally called 6 rental companies, but they chose the one that had the tufted booth ($400 rental just for that). Here's the video where you can see at 1:35 the booth. They also copied my exact setup with the trusses/spandex as well. They could've chosen any other rental company, all of which were cheaper, but that's the look they wanted. Likewise, people can choose any dj... but if they want that modern "all white" set up, they're gonna skip the dj's that don't have that.

View: https://vimeo.com/267159131
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

DJ Extraordinaire
Oct 16, 2011
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I have some questions from my earlier post. How many people do you know that can afford to book a DJ for $3,500? Also how many on here besides Taso can come close to getting a client to book them for that much?
 

djtaso

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Apr 4, 2017
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I have some questions from my earlier post. How many people do you know that can afford to book a DJ for $3,500? Also how many on here besides Taso can come close to getting a client to book them for that much?
The better question isn’t only affordability, it’s willingness to pay that much. To pay someone that much, means you’re paying in the top 5% for wedding djs... so they have to be getting something that few will experience in terms of quality and performance. Few come across that to create a willingness to do so.
 
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Albatross

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Sep 7, 2016
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I have some questions from my earlier post. How many people do you know that can afford to book a DJ for $3,500? Also how many on here besides Taso can come close to getting a client to book them for that much?
I'm averaging about $2,500 per event right now, and I'm re-evaluating my rates right now with a likely increase for next year.
 
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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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The better question isn’t only affordability, it’s willingness to pay that much. To pay someone that much, means you’re paying in the top 5% for wedding djs... so they have to be getting something that few will experience in terms of quality and performance. Few come across that to create a willingness to do so.
You said it. To get people to pay that amount , you can't just be ordinary. You have to really stand out. Now the big hit is when you can consistently get paid that much or more. Just getting paid that price once doesn't mean you're that DJ. It just means got lucky once.
 

DJ Ricky B

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Mar 9, 2015
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Well, YOUR clients won't hire me.
In my neighborhood, it's not a problem.


You are making a general statement based on YOUR opinion.
I doubt there is any real evidence to prove your point,
just your own experience.

In nearly 40 years of doing this, NOT ONE CLIENT has ever asked me about a facade.
The first 29-30 of those years wouldn't matter because Facades were not created yet, or just in their infancy, and nobody knew about their existence.

I have had potential clients ask about my Table Top Facade at bridal shows in the past, and have received comments about it looking nice or enhancing the look. Brides who are into the decor part of their reception WILL notice it. Some grooms will too. About 7 years ago, I had one groom mention that he noticed that DJs are using them now, and they really enhance the look. That was in 2014 at a bridal show.

I had a comment at a open house last year that my set up looked "Modern" while the other two DJs there had set ups that looked old, and out in the open.

My brother subcontracted an event from another DJ company about 6 years back. It was a Cocktail Party down in Potomac, MD. The DJ wanted to make sure he had a façade to use for the event. My brother did not own one, so he had to drive down to pick up a facade to use from them. They told him they require all of their DJs to use a Façade because their clients are "high end", and they need to have a polished looking set up when they work for them.

Clients won't ASK you if you have one prior to booking because the clients you attract don't care about it, or don't think to ask about it.

Also, Whether you use one or not won't be a deal breaker if the client has already contacted you. Where it can potentially be hurting your potential to even have contact with them is on the front end when they are doing their research and looking at you and comparing you to other DJs.
 
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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Oct 16, 2011
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Let's say that they are on the way out. What would be the next thing to replace them if there is such a thing?
 

DJ Ricky B

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Let's say that they are on the way out. What would be the next thing to replace them if there is such a thing?
My guess would be that lots of DJs would transition to booth style set ups. Or maybe the Pandemic continues, but government can't afford to shut things down, so more drastic measures are taken in terms of events, and DJs start to build see through glass boxes that we stay inside the entire time during an event. Dancers have to dance 6 feet apart with masks and gloves on as a Covid health inspector presides over all events to make sure everyone follows the mandates and rules. As nutty as it sounds, this could be reality with how nutty the world is today.
 

TES3S

DJ Extraordinaire
Sep 18, 2016
607
456
Los Angeles, CA
I have some questions from my earlier post. How many people do you know that can afford to book a DJ for $3,500? Also how many on here besides Taso can come close to getting a client to book them for that much?
at least 3 people here are getting around 3k per booking. I don't think it's unrealistic at all to say a good DJ should be charing that.
 

TES3S

DJ Extraordinaire
Sep 18, 2016
607
456
Los Angeles, CA
I strongly dislike facades that block everything (generally messy DJ setups), but really love the furniture-style booths similar to what Taso has.

I have my eye on this one and have not found another company that makes one unless you go custom-made (locally like Taso).

 
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djtaso

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I strongly dislike facades that block everything (generally messy DJ setups), but really love the furniture-style booths similar to what Taso has.

I have my eye on this one and have not found another company that makes one unless you go custom-made (locally like Taso).

There is a us company that’s starting to make something similar to these. Think it’s max design. Also I believe prox now has a design.
 

Proformance

DJ Extraordinaire
Nov 6, 2006
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Let's not lose sight of the fact that the tufted booth is a $400 rental, they are available at event furniture rental houses all over the country. These props do not speak directly to the DJ. If the largess of my invoice is comprised of glow bars, tufted furniture, and centerpieces or graphics - then I'm operating in a different business because none of that speaks directly to my performance as a DJ. I do not wear a tux while delivering furniture, so clearly I am dressed for a different job.
 
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TES3S

DJ Extraordinaire
Sep 18, 2016
607
456
Los Angeles, CA
I don't like the Max design as much. I really like the Hoerboard design. It just looks better!

However, I do like the pre-selected cases for the Max design.