Music By Design is your custom DJ service.
Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding DJs in Chicago Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing David, from Music By Design.
Where have you been featured?
Having been in the wedding world since 1993, we have won many awards and have been featured on many prominent websites and publications. The most notable include the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Market Place Ethics (we are the only DJ in the Chicagoland wedding market to ever win this award), Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book, Wedding Wire’s Couples’ Choice Award (every year since 2009), The Knot’s Best of Weddings Award (every year since 2010), The Knot Vendor Hall of Fame, Accredited Member of The Celebration Society, Preferred Equally Wed LGBTQ+ Wedding Vendor, and we are a David’s Bridal Preferred Service Provider just to name a few.
In addition, we are currently the highest rated DJ with the most reviews in the Chicagoland Wedding Wire Network.
Why do couples love working with you?
Couples love working with Music By Design because we communicate well and set realistic expectations about our services. At Music By Design, each couple has complete control over every detail regarding their wedding. It is our job to direct and facilitate their expectations in a professional manner.
What do you love most about being a wedding DJ?
All of our DJs agree that being a wedding DJ is very fulfilling. The best part is providing an atmosphere in which friends and family can celebrate with the happy couple. Having a plan, setting the atmosphere, and ‘making it happen’ is so rewarding. That smile from a happy couple at the end of the evening is icing on the cake.
How did you get started?
As with every successful business, our company history begins with passion, market research, and a business plan. In doing our market research, we discovered some very interesting facts.
First, most DJ companies in the Chicagoland area did not even have a plan or a marketing strategy. Second, these same companies hired independent contractors, which created a lack of accountability within the industry. Finally, the majority of the DJs in the area did not know what brides and grooms really wanted. As a result, competing companies were telling clients what to buy without regard to customer demand.
Clearly, the Chicagoland DJ industry was very unprofessional, cheesy, full of egos, and in some cases, very shady. Most weddings were ‘cookie cutter’ and involved the DJ wearing a costume, dancing and singing with glow sticks, blowup guitars, etc. At this point, our opportunity to appeal to a new market was clear. We continued conducting marketing research to determine what brides and grooms really wanted out of their reception. 25 years later, Music By Design is an industry leader.
What 3 words best describe your DJ’ing style?
Professional, Fun, and Accommodating are three words that best describe Music By Design.
What’s your setup like?
Our setup is very compact yet produces 2,000 watts of power. Brand names include QSC K-Series, JBL, Denon, EV, and Shure. Music By Design goes to extremes ensuring quality sound for each event. We understand that the quality of sound is directly related to a couples’ overall enjoyment.
We utilize professional audio equipment specifically designed for commercial operation. All systems include only “State of the Art” equipment manufactured to deliver clean crisp digital audio sound. In addition, all sound is equalized, therefore, eliminating a preponderance of treble or bass to produce just the right mix of audio.
All equipment is periodically inspected for defects. Backup systems and DJs are always available to provide peace-of-mind. In addition, our unlimited music library is available online.
What budget range do you cater to?
The average price of a DJ in the Chicagoland wedding market is $1200. Our base price is $1295.
What is one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you play it?
“I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5 is timeless. Everybody seems to love this song. All generations pack the dance floor and it is always fun to play.
This company was very easy to work with. I was planning the wedding from across the country and they were very helpful with doing a phone/internet consultation. Their online portal is very user-friendly and lets you work on your playlist at your own pace. I received a call from our DJ a few days before the wedding and he made sure that we had everything worked out. Our DJ arrived early for set up and was very professional. There was a last minute music change for the ceremony suggested and he worked very quickly to make everything perfect. He also did a really great job of mixing the music genres that I had requested.
I was nervous when it was time to hire a DJ because I really feel like the music can make or break a reception and how great of a time guests are having. After having a consultation with Music By Design, I knew they were the company for me. They make it a point to not be cheesy or cliche and they have an awesome online portal where you can pick your music, see suggested playlists, and so much more. Our DJ was so awesome and everyone loved him :). He was great at reading through my song requests to get a feel for what kind of music we like, and he was able to read the crowd well to keep them on the dance floor all night! He was so nice and gave the wedding the right feel. I’m so glad we went with Music By Design, it was definitely the right choice!!
We were very happy with our choice to use Music by Design. They have a great system where you can upload all of the songs you want to play – whether it be for the ceremony, cake cutting, or for the dance floor. We met our DJ via conference call and were unsure how it would turn out. He was absolutely amazing! He did a great job of keeping everyone on schedule, announced the speeches and events well (without being too in-your-face), and he played so many of the songs we requested. He used his expertise to play fast/slow songs at the right times to get everyone on the dance floor. We had multiple people comment on how great the DJ was at our wedding. Definitely recommend using Music By Design for your event!!