Hello my name is Marty Diekemper and I am co-owner of Short Circuit Entertainment along with my brother Tim Diekemper.
10 questions to ask before hiring your DJ
Are we guaranteed the DJ of our choice on the day of our event?
A written contract with your specific DJ protects you from unscrupulous operators.
How many years of experience do you have?
Experience brings knowledge of common problems & situations. Be sure you DJ has experience with your type of event.
May we call your references?
References are a major part of the entertainment business.
Do you belong to any professional associations or trade groups?
An involved business person shows a willingness to learn, network & share ideas. Belonging to a professional trade group reflects a caring attitude.
Will you allow request?
Request should be welcome. If a song seems inappropriate, a good DJ will explain the reason & ask for an alternative selection.
How early will you be there to set up?
An average of 60 minutes should be allowed for set up & sound check. Normally there is no additional charge for this service.
How will you be dressed?
Proper attire reflects a positive image to your guest.
Are you insured?
Insurance is a part of any legitimate business. Liability & casualty policies protect yourself, your guest & your DJ company.
Do you use professional gear?
Using professional sound equipment helps insure reliable service & quality presentation.
Will you provide an emergency back-up system at our event?
Wedding & special events are often once in a lifetime opportunities. A back-up system protects your investment.
Thank you for your time & I hope you find these questions to be helpful in the hiring of your wedding entertainment. Congratulations on your engagement & Best of Luck in your wedding planning.
I have been working as a DJ/Entertainer in the wedding industry for the past 26 years. I currently live in Breese IL, where I currently work for Southern Bus & Mobility. I graduated from Mater Dei Catholic High School in 1990 and attended Kaskaskia College. I attend Broadcast Center in 2001 where I got my degree in radio/TV broadcasting. I began my DJ career in the fall of 1990. I joined the Short Circuit team in the fall of 1994 and became co-owner with my brother in 2001. Together we provide the services of not only a wedding DJ, but aIso as a wedding reception coordinator & master of ceremonies. I am a member of the American Disc Jockey Association and am active in the St. Louis ADJA chapter. Joining the ADJA and the St. Louis ADJA chapter has helped me continue my education in our industry and allowed me to attend numerous workshops & conferences like the “The Professional Process” with Peter Merry, Mobile Beat Conference and The Las Vegas DJ Conference. When I am not working I enjoy golfing and just spending time with my family & friends.