10 Questions with Jerome Casinger

WeddingRule Interviewed one of the most popular and highly sought-after wedding DJs in Colorado, Jerome Casinger. Castle Rock based Jerome is the owner of Castle Rock DJ and Sound.

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10 Questions with Jerome Casinger

1. Introduction: What's your story?

Jerome's life has been surrounded by music. His father began teaching him guitar at a young age, and he began leading music at his church where he then started to develop an ear that would later be the basis of all his accomplishments in the music industry. Jerome's devotion to learning, his charismatic and understanding personality, and his understanding of the customer are keys to his success in this market.

In 2005 Jerome received a donation when a non profit recognized his passion for youth, music, and his attention to detail. From that donation he formed IGNITE ministries in Spokane Washington which would later evolve into IGNITE sound company. Through many years, Jerome put on hundreds of concerts for youth and quickly gained a name with booking agents for his work ethic and success promoting national level concerts. Jerome would use the concerts to gain visibility for non-profits who were helping the community. He quickly formed an alliance with venues, radio stations and businesses to establish IGNITE sound as the premier event promotion company.

During this time he was still receiving donations based on his work in the community and then began studying sound design and reinforcement. Realizing the cost of sound and lighting for concerts and how he could give back more to the community if he owned his own system, he found someone thousands of miles away that donated a sound system based on the impact IGNITE was having. With his past as a musician, he quickly established himself as an experienced sound engineer and then began designing sound systems for all types of customers, primarily churches and local venues. He also became a staple behind the sound board for many National, Regional, and local artist. He grew the company and its reputation further and at one point had 5 sound engineers working for IGNITE dominating the local market.

Jerome's active military service to our country keeps him moving, however, has also caused him to be a powerhouse in markets including Spokane Washington, St. Louis Missouri, Dayton Ohio, and now Castle Rock Colorado. Many of his past clients now bring him in for large events, training, or to consult on all things sound related. Being a Sound Engineer and DJ is the best of both worlds for a customer. Sound is more complicated than buying budget gear and just playing music out of some speakers. You need someone who has tens of thousands of hours doing live concerts and installs, who understands all the intricacies of sound, to have confidence in them and their equipment, who has stood on stage in front of thousands of people and knows how to effectively keep and event moving.

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

Too many to count! I have done it all from traditional weddings, to themed weddings, to completely off the wall parties. The major bonus is we own a sound company, therefore we get hired by many couples that want hidden microphones/speaker setups for their ceremony, or outdoor sound systems that won't be in the pictures, on top of a DJ that knows how to make everyone dance!

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

We typically are booked out 3 to 4 months. This doesn't mean we don't have occasional dates open however, it just lessens the odds we will be available. Our calendar has several dates locked in for late 2022 already which is exciting.

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

Our rates vary for each event, and while we offer packages, those are just ideas for pricing on our website to get some kind of baseline. Since we have such a large amount of sound equipment, lighting, wired microphones, wireless microphones, "theme packages" and more, we tailor each wedding to the needs of the bridal party, or event. Our song library is huge, and each song is programmed to a light show. This sets us apart in many ways. Many amateur DJs will set their lights to "music mode" where they just dance around aimlessly, while ours are all programmed to the tempo and the mood of the song. Many local DJs are also limited in their gear, and what their gear can do. We could do a several thousand person event if needed and have the experience in sound design to ensure it was a success.

We always offer discounts to our military (we are military as well), firefighters, first responders, teachers and more.

5. Are you available to travel if needed?

Yes of course! We actually have several returning clients that are thousands of miles away that only trust us for their events. We are very honest and upfront with our customers however, that sometimes it is more cost effective to find a more local source due to travel costs, lodging, and hourly considerations if what they are requesting can easily be handled by a different company.

6. How would you describe your style?

We are fun, professional, and go the extra mile to make your event as unique as you want it. Want glow props? Confetti? an 80's party? We have done it all! We even wore wigs and did online theme nights during COVID to raise money and meals for our frontline workers. We have no problem being on a microphone and leading an event, or stepping back and playing a more traditional DJ role of playing music in the background and letting the group dance or relax as they please.

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

Absolutely! This is a strong suit for us since we have so much equipment accessible, we always have "spares" with us and the way our system is designed you would rarely know there has been an issue.

8. What's your sick day policy?

We have NEVER cancelled an event. While there are are two DJs, we have access to others if needed. In over 15 years, we have never cancelled or no showed to an event, that is unprofessional and it is on us to make sure the event continues on, that stress should not be put on a bridal party.

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

Sometimes it is ok if no one is dancing! This is a common misconception with weddings, and we discuss in our consultations the desire of the bridal party. Not every family are dancers, some just want music in the background and occasionally work their way to the floor. However, if the bridal party does want everyone dancing, its all about working the crowd, and song selection!

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

Deposits to hold a date are non-refundable. Unfortunately we get requested and booked sometimes over a year out, which locks our calendar for others and can cause us to lose the opportunity to refill that date. Unique situations, like COVID, we work with our clients and had no issues. We typically only see clients who may want to adjust a date, and of course we do everything we can to accommodate those requests.

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