10 Questions with Tony Fynan

WeddingRule Interviewed one of the most experienced and highly sought-after wedding DJs in Arizona, Tony Fynan. Phoenix based Tony is the owner of Arizona Mobile DJ.

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10 Questions with Tony Fynan

1. Introduction: What's your story?

For 37 years I've been entertaining guests as a DJ entertainer. I started with teen dances at the age of 14 at the youth center on Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson Arizona. The staff saw and heard something remarkable in me; I could read a crowd! I wasn't just playing for myself I was playing for my peers. I've taken each event I've performed at and always learned something new. Now, having the best gear available I'll rock any event that people want to celebrate!

2. What's your experience as a wedding DJ? How many weddings have you done?

I don't like to brag and say "I've DJayed thousands" I'm sure there is a high number of in the hundreds somewhere.

3. How far in advance do couples need to book your services?

Booking in advance of 6 months to a year is good for a wedding. Private and company events 3 months out are usually good.

4. What's your rate? What does that include?

Every event is different. Our rates depend on many factors including the date of the event (time of the year like New Year's Eve, holidays, etc. are higher rates), type of the event, duration of the event, number of guests expected (equipment considerations come into play here – a sound system for 15 people will not be the same for 1000 people), how far do I have to travel from Glendale, AZ to get there?

While Arizona Mobile DJ does offer services that suit a majority of the events I cover, I offer the flexibility of catering to those who have special event requirements.

My rate is dependent on the type of event, a wedding takes more time and coordination as opposed to a backyard bbq/party.

A typical wedding is priced at $150 - $200 per hour whereas a private party would be $125 an hour (also depending on group size).

Overtime is $75 per half-hour increments.

5. Are you available to travel if needed?

I'll travel anywhere (with a few exceptions) if the client understands that I will ask for travel reimbursement and reasonable accommodations.

6. How would you describe your style?

I don't call it a style it's more of an approach.
I go with the flow. If I do something and everyone responds I take the party in that direction. I always stick to the client's directive and within those parameters, I create an exceptional experience for everyone there. I love what I do and it's contagious! I don't bury myself in the mix, I'm approachable and friendly. You'll rarely see me wearing headphones because I want to hear what everyone is feeling.

7. What's your backup plan if there's an equipment malfunction? Do you bring backup equipment?

My equipment is high-end and I have not had any issues with any of my gear.

Since my speakers are pretty robust if one speaker went out I would have enough in the other speaker to carry the event.

I also have backup music and media players on stand-by if anything were to go south on me.

Also being a member of the ADJA (American Disc Jockey Association) I have a network of reliable and trustworthy DJs I could contact for any unforeseen occurrence.

8. What's your sick day policy?

I don't get sick (or very rarely).
I have resources to contact if I'm not feeling well, it's very rare that I have missed an event.
I would relay all information pertaining to that particular event to the backup DJ would know exactly how to proceed.

9. How do you motivate a shy crowd to dance? What do you do to motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing?

I understand not everybody wants to dance sometimes people just want to chat and catch up and that's fine.
Never force people to dance they dance because something moves them to want to get up and "get down!".
Everybody's different and so are the musical tastes, I try to play something for everyone without it getting "weird".

10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?

I require a non-refundable retainer usually 35% of the total amount due. This amount is applied to the remaining balance due and it holds the date. I also have all clients sign my agreement outlining the services I will provide. I don't refund the retainer unless I'm able to rebook the date that they canceled. This is also determined on a case-by-case basis.

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