Which is better for a wedding, hiring a live musician or a DJ?
People can feel the energy of live musicians, see them play, connect with them as they play, change moods, feel the groove, get excited, dance, and sometimes- if you ask them- move about the dance floor or mingle with guests, giving a unique, unforgettable experience for that special moment. On saxophone I can play romantic ballads, smooth jazz, growling blues, classical processionals, or upbeat pop or rock music. It can mimic the variety of the human voice and brings songs to life. If you want to add magic to your event, you should hire a live musician, who creates the music and mood right before your eyes.
What if I have special song requests?
Of course a DJ can spin the song you requested, but I can play the song with energy and flair. I’ll deliver a professional and personalized version of your song. I’ll need enough lead time to create the rendition of your song that you desire, so please tell me as early as possible. But I can put together a song in several hours, so I have done day-before requests for clients!
Is a live musician more expensive than a wedding DJ?
My typical rate is $300/hour, which is usually much lower than a DJ. My rate includes my set up, clean up, sound equipment, and travel time (within reason). I only charge for the time I’m actually ready to play music. If money is an issue, or if you have a small family event, please let me know and I can try to stay within your budget. DJs and other bands might charge higher rates, but my product is superb. You won’t sacrifice quality by hiring me.
How soon should I book a live musician for my wedding?
Because I work by myself, I can accommodate last minute requests. But generally you should reach out at least 2 months in advance just to get on my calendar.
Do I have to provide food and drinks?
Though some clients provide food or drinks, I actually prefer not to eat too close to my performance. I’m happy to bring my own water, as well. I want to make booking me as easy and affordable as possible. The bottom line is that I love to play music, so I don’t require extras like other wedding entertainers.
Is insurance required?
This depends on the venue requirements. I can purchase insurance for the particular event, but that would be added to my price. Most of the time venues include insurance in the event cost.
What equipment and space do I provide?
Sometimes clients want me front and center, and other times they ask me to discreetly set up and play in the corner. I work with you to create the ideal setup and sound. My saxophone projects well, so I can play softly or loudly, depending on the venue and your preference. I only need space for a 2’x3’ amp. I stand as I play, so don’t take up much room. I’ll work with you to plan the ideal event, however I know that changes always come up and I pride myself in staying flexible.
Can saxophonists play different styles throughout my wedding?
Absolutely! From chill, easy listening vibe, to upbeat dance beats, I play a mix of jazz, pop music, blues, funk, rock, Latin, and classical music. You name it, I can play it!
What will you wear?
I often wear a suit and tie, but I can wear different styles. I like to ask if there’s a color theme, so I can coordinate with the rest of the event and make it even more special.