10 Questions with Jason Koerner

WeddingRule Interviewed one of the most popular and highly sought-after wedding DJs in Kentucky, Jason Koerner. Louisville based Jason is the owner of Perfect Pitch DJ Service.

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10 Questions with Jason Koerner

1. Introduction: What's your story?

My name is Jason Koerner, and I own/operate Perfect Pitch DJ Service, LLC, based in Louisville, Kentucky.

I've been a musician since I was a kid... music is my life! I enjoy being able to share this passion with others in order to make their big day one to remember forever! After a career path that included positions in Human Resources, College Teaching, and Counseling, I now am full-time with my business and super excited for what the future holds!

Perfect Pitch DJ Service, LLC, is a story of a hobby (stemming from a love for music/musicianship) evolving into a top-notch business that delivers high-quality (yet affordable) experiences to its clients.

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

Like many other DJs, I gained my early experience DJing weddings for my family and friends. I did weddings as a hobbyist for about 3 years before officially forming the business in February 2016. I began getting calls from "strangers" who had seen me at one of these weddings as a guest and wanted me to DJ their upcoming event. As they say, one thing led to another, and a couple of years later I knew my hobby had the potential to be a legitimate business. I formed Perfect Pitch DJ Service, LLC, in February 2016, and have done well over 100 weddings since! It is an honor to be trusted with someone's most important day, and that feeling never gets old.

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

There is no "one-size-fits-all" way to answer this question, but generally speaking, I stay booked one year or more in advance. That being said, sometimes a couple books a last-minute wedding with me that happens to work well with my schedule... my personal best "short-notice" event was this year when I provided a couple with amazing photo booth service with just 2 hours' notice! Saturdays are prime, so they fill fastest, followed by Fridays/Sundays. I can perform on any time, any day of the week, as I am full-time with my business.

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

Here are our most common Wedding Packages (DJ and Photo Booth) and Add-On Services available for your big day!

STANDARD-WEDDING PACKAGE - $1200

All-Inclusive DJ Coverage for your Big Day until Midnight!
Support for the Ceremony (music and microphones) and of course, the Reception!

INCLUDES:

Unlimited Pre-Planning Meetings
Set-Up/Tear-Down
Full-Size PA System(s), Wireless Microphones
Enhanced Dance Floor Lighting

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DELUXE-WEDDING PACKAGE - $1900

Add an Incredible PHOTO BOOTH to your wedding! Best of all, overtime fees (over 3 hours) are WAIVED in this package deal!

INCLUDES:

STANDARD-WEDDING PACKAGE, PLUS THE "MIRROR ME PHOTO BOOTH" by Fotomaster!
See details of the photo booth below!

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PHOTO BOOTH PACKAGE - $700 (3 hours; $150 hourly thereafter)
Book our state-of-the-art Photo Booth as a stand-alone product!
FEATURING THE "MIRROR ME PHOTO BOOTH" by Fotomaster!

INCLUDES:

Custom Artwork That Incorporates YOU!
Unlimited Prints, Photo Album & Digital Copies
Each Photo is Immediately Texted to User for Sharing/Social Media Use
Props, Backdrop (Green Screen Available)

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ADD-ON FEATURES AVAILABLE:

Wedding Officiant Service - $150
Monogram/Gobo Projection - $150
TV (or Projector) - $150
Uplighting - $10 (per light)

5. Are you available to travel if needed?

Yes, I will travel to ANY destination! My home base is in Louisville, KY... travel fees will be calculated accordingly to reflect the required accommodations needed. I even have the capability of playing in remote locations (beaches, vineyards, parks, rural residences, etc.) since I do not require Wi-Fi to play music and am able to supply my own power on-site (power-inversion battery systems or generators). Take Perfect Pitch DJ Service, LLC, with you wherever you go for your big day!

6. How would you describe your style?

I would describe my "style" as professional, fun, dependable, knowledgeable and client centered. I know music, I know gear, and I know people. I do NOT put on a circus act, do character impersonations, or make myself the center of attention on your big day. It is your big day, not mine... I'm the supporting actor to your leading role. What I AM is energetic, positive and focused on doing my very best for you and your guests. I feel that I work as hard as anyone on every event I perform at to ensure 100% client satisfaction. I am OCD and perfectionistic in all the best ways to over-deliver for you.

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

I travel to every gig in a 16-foot box truck. I have redundant gear inside to replace any malfunctioning device on-site. This is true for laptops, microphones, speakers, power, lights, etc. I purchase all high-quality, road-worthy gear to reduce the possibility of such breakdowns, but am fully prepared to react accordingly, if they occur.

8. What's your sick day policy?

It is worth noting that I have NEVER missed an event (over 8 years)! Emergencies can happen though, so I do have a policy established for this scenario...

Here is the policy language taken directly from my Event Contract:

"In the unlikely event that the DJ is unable to perform the Services for unforeseen circumstances (i.e. hospitalization, automobile accident, and/or transportation breakdown, etc.), DJ shall then be allowed to make reasonable attempts to provide a replacement DJ. "CLIENT NAME" will be entitled to a 50% refund of the total price of the Event, if the Services are performed by a replacement DJ. In the unlikely event DJ must cancel this Agreement for Services, "CLIENT NAME" shall be notified in writing by DJ and "CLIENT NAME" will be refunded the FULL fees paid for the Services, INCLUDING the Deposit, at month’s end."

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

An empty dance floor is a DJ's worst nightmare, so trust me - I don't want that for your event. If your crowd is shy, I will work hard to motivate them to dance through choosing the right music (I also accept requests, if permitted by the client), making encouraging announcements (not rude/annoying demands), and by building a timeline inclusive of special events that are planned to create an inviting atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. I monitor the crowd's reaction to my decisions throughout the event and do more of what works (and less of what doesn't) to dial-in on what will make each unique event live up to its full potential. I can't MAKE people dance, but it is my job to try to make them WANT to. Packed dance floors make everyone happy!

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

I pride myself on being fair and ethical in ALL of my business practices. I do not charge a rescheduling fee, so if a client needs to change their date, and I am available for the new date they choose, I will alter their contract at no charge. In the unfortunate circumstance in which a client must cancel their event, terms of payment will follow their particular contractual agreement. With advanced notice provided (per terms defined by their contract) of the need to cancel an event, the deposit is the only payment lost. If a client cancels at the last minute (per terms defined by their contract), they will be responsible for payment in full. If Perfect Pitch DJ Service, LLC, cancels on the client (which has never happened to date), the client will be fully refunded. I keep my deposit requirements low, payment methods flexible, and due dates for final balances on the "day of show" all for the benefit of my clients.

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WeddingRule Editor’s Choice 2020