Charge more and you can have a rainbow of shoe colors and jackets for every holiday ...Both are very nice. I personally adore Marcello for what he has done. I knew him back in the day when he was starting out and coming to conventions and listing to my seminars. He still makes time for me when I go to a convention to sit, have a piece of pie and catch up.
Jason is a rock star. I was wow'd by him the first year they had him as the "house DJ" at Mobile Best, amazing stuff and a very cool look and vibe.
It does bum me out at how many people say they can't answer the "price question" because there are too many variables in pricing. That's crap to me.
Everybody has a base price where they start at, or would be willing to work for. Sure the bottom line is hours, needs and so on. But how hard is it to give a base price for a 5 or 6 hour event?
I am not a high end DJ by any means. Could I be? Sure, but I just don't want to work that hard. Randy Bartlett and I have had this discussion over the years. He would ask me, "don't you want to make $2500 at a wedding", and I say "sure, but I just don't want to work that hard. I'd rather be on the golf course or spending time with my wife."
Do I own a home or have a new car every couple of years? No. Am I on a first name basis with all the employees at Taco Bell? Yes! Do I tell others to run their business like I run mine? Hell no! I hope that most are way more successful than me. Am I a happy camper with a happy life? 99% of the time, yes.
My base price? I quote $1200 for a 4 hour wedding, $200 p/h overtime. Me and my sound system. Uplights, ceremony system, Gig Bar extra. Average wedding price is $1600.00
Have a nice day