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Mike's Professional Wedding DJ Service

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Metro Detroit Wedding DJ for Southeast Michigan and More

30 Years of Wedding DJ Experience, Everything is Done Your Way.

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Intro and Overview

Being a Mobile DJ is Mike's main job and he's very good at it.

Mike hooks up TWO Laptops with Professional MP3 Mixing Software and a dual cd player.
That means…
No pauses between songs, no dead air, no down time. If a laptop should ever have a problem, he keeps on playing! You get an extra laptop and dual cd player ready at all times for instant music playing back-up. You hire a DJ for music, Mike makes sure you have it.

Based in the center of Metro Detroit (City of Southfield), his Music Entertainment DJ Service is available for the greater Metro Detroit area including Oakland County, Macomb County, Wayne County, Ann Arbor area, Downriver, all southeast Michigan, other areas in the lower peninsula.

Mike is a Professional Mobile Michigan Disc Jockey and member of…
National Association of Mobile Entertainers  N.A.M.E.
WeDJ.com – the number one site to find Mobile DJs.
plus many other disc jockey, wedding, music and civic minded organizations.

In 2012, Mike was voted into the new A-List Top 10 of all Wedding DJs in Metro Detroit.
in 2013, He was again voted into the A-List Top 10 of Wedding DJs.

Weddings Are About the Bride & Groom – not the DJ

Mike appropriately refers to himself only as Michael or Mike in order to show respect for the importance of your lifetime moment and to give respect to your family, friends and guests in attendance. Music Slavin Mike – Your Musical Slave is the catchy name of his business and is used primarily for his Music and Entertainment Information Service and for public events, not mentioned nor advertised at weddings.

And because weddings are about the bride & groom, they can tell Mike what to play and what not to play. Hear music you like and avoid what you don't want.

Mike Is A Serious Wedding DJ
In his own words... "I understand the significance of getting married and sharing this moment with family and friends and know that your wedding will have emotions and memories that last a lifetime. That is why I take weddings very seriously and with a reputation for doing things right the first time. Since DJs can't practice being the DJ for your wedding ahead of time, it helps to have lots of experience in order to smoothly do what you want done at your wedding."

AND He created a website to let you know about as many wedding services in Michigan as possible, all types including other Wedding DJs. Only Mike does this. No DJ, wedding service, or anyone else gives you this information. More linked listings than The Knot, it's free, no logins! Info of Photographers, Photo Booths, Cakes, Officiants, Dance Bands, Cocktails Dinner Ceremony Musicians, Bridal Shows, Event Planners and much more.
click → Michigan Wedding Slavin The Website

DJ Prices – usually just $750 Total for a Wedding Reception on Friday or Saturday in the Metro Detroit area, $500 on Sundays. No per-hour charges, any amount of time, dancing lights and back-up DJ equipment included, Mike's DJ Assistant included, Mike's DJ attire is black tux or other attire of your choosing. Due to cost of gas, other areas in Michigan might have an extra charge. To see prices & deposits → click here. How does Mike compare to DJs that charge more? click → compare

From elegant sophisticated tuxedo receptions to a celebration in the back forty, he is a versatile disc jockey who can present himself and the music of your choice exactly the way you prefer. You know what you want and it's Mike's job to make it happen.

Mike is middle-aged, has been the DJ for hundreds of weddings – not a kid still learning.

Mike always shows respect, decency and common courtesy. He is never vulgar.

In 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, was listed as one of the top Detroit Area Wedding DJs at WDIV TV "4 The Best" List. In 2011, he was added to the inaugural Detroit A-List of Best Services.

How far in advance do you need to book Mike? Honest answer is in → Mike's Booking Policy

Demo Video
Mike does not have a demonstration or promo video. Since he lowered his wedding prices 4 years ago in order to help those getting married during current economic downturn in Michigan, he cannot afford to hire a professional video service to have a demo video made showing him on-the-job.

Want to watch/observe Mike on-the-job? → read this

Never Booked a DJ? Need honest info?  read Mike's in-depth → How To Choose and Hire a DJ

If Mike is not available for your wedding, would you like him to recommend a DJ? click here
He does not receive kick-backs, commissions nor referral fees from his recommendations.

note: Mike was formerly known as Madman Mike Your Musical Slave. Madman simply meant doing more for free, going above and beyond what is expected of your DJ.

Mike is on Facebook. click → Music Slavin Mike Your Musical Slave Facebook Page


Specifics

Professional Wedding DJ Service


• Mike books only ONE event per day, which means that you get peace of mind.
   no potential "over-bookings" or "double-bookings" and YOU stay #1 for that day.

• Unlike many DJ services, Mike does NOT invite strangers (observers) to your reception.

• Mike is your DJ, not a surprise trainee or subcontracted fill-in.

• Flat Rates (prices) with no hidden costs, no per hour charges, no time limit.
   Lights and most everything DJ related is already included in his rates.

• Wireless hand-held microphone is automatically included, no extra charge.

• DJ Equipment is set up before guests arrive. automatically included, no extra charge.

• He brings an assistant with him to help coordinate and act as back-up DJ, no charge.

• He uses Traktor Pro 2 DJ mixing software on main laptop to play MP3s.
   back-up laptop uses the PCDJ FX VRM mixing software.

• Brings his own On-The-Job Wi-Fi access to AmazonMP3 and iTunes (most locations).
   He can download special requests at the same he is playing other songs!
   That means at most venues, On-The-Job Wi-Fi access to over 20 Million Songs!
   With his wi-fi access, nobody can offer more music selections than Mike.

• Back-up CDs and anti-skip cd players are also at your event.

• Back-up equipment including amp, mixer, microphone and more is at your reception.

• Mike owns and uses professional DJ Equipment, which is shown lower on this page.

• Music Volume: your choice. (usually "easy to talk over" low to start, higher for dancing).

• Reception music: your choice. It's your day – listen and dance to the music you like.

• Mike already owns about 60,000 Legal Music Selections, and more are added every week.

• If Mike doesn't have songs that you want, he will get them at no charge to you.

• Mike coordinates with photographers videographers so important moments are captured.
   to see Michigan Photographers Video services Mike has worked with, click here

• DJ Entertainment Style: your choice. Sophisticated to interactive: see styles below

• If needed, Mike can MC your reception: he is good at announcements and introductions.

• DJ Attire: your choice. Mike wears a black tux unless something else is requested.

• Created his own reception information worksheet so important details aren't missed.

• Mike has DJ Liability insurance, a necessity just to work at some banquet facilities.

• Mike has experience at many halls and banquet centers: see list on separate page

• Mike does not advertise: no signs, no flyers, no business cards on tables, etc.

• If needed, Mike can help you organize the formalities, special moments, recognitions, etc.

• Mike is available for meetings before receptions to go over details.

• Mike owns and uses dependable DJ transportation, shown lower on this page.

• He keeps the reception focused on the bride & groom, not himself.

• Simple "no fine print" contracts. No surprise costs.

• Good when dealing with people. DJs need to be nice before and during receptions.

• Mike never bothers the guests.

• Mike keeps your information confidential: privacy policy




DJ Equipment Mike uses at wedding receptions

Two Laptops Ready At The Same TimeDancing LightsDJ Set Up

Mike's DJ Set Up is a Full Professional DJ System, not simply one laptop with two small speakers that some DJs use. Plus... Mike owns and brings additional back-up DJ equipment to your wedding.

Mike's Professional DJ System (also known as commercial equipment) includes two laptops with professional mp3 mixing software. Plus a Dual CD player, Numark mixing board, amps, Peavey and Behringer speakers, Shure 58 wireless handheld microphone, multi-colored rotating atmosphere type Lights for dancing, and more.


Below is Mike's full size DJ Van: clean, no advertising, no markings.
Mike's DJ Van: a 2005 Chevrolet Express 2500



Styles

You Can Tell Mike How To DJ Your Wedding!

When hiring a DJ for the first time, most people are not aware that they can tell their DJ how to present themselves and their music entertainment. Therefore, Mike explains the three basic styles and a way to express them to any Wedding DJ you might hire.

• Pleasant and Nice. The "Normal Wedding DJ" style.
Smile, do introductions and announcements, occasionally say nice things. Talking is done in a positive "today is your special day" type voice. Don't be boring, everything done in good taste, nothing cheesy. This style offers the most flexibility during a reception. Your DJ will be able to play more song requests from the bride & groom, wedding party, plus family and guests.

You could also call Pleasant and Nice the most preferred and "Play It Safe" style - having your DJ be likeable and lessening the chance your DJ would appear obnoxious or offend people.

• Strictly Sophisticated. The "Low Profile" mostly just play music style.
Basically, no talking on the microphone except for planned introductions (if any) or required announcements (if any). If intro or announcements are required, it is done in a clear, monotone respectful voice. This style allows for strict time-lines and pre-formatted music programs.

• Interactive Party Style. The "Bar Dance Club" high energy style.
Dance music is the highest priority and designed to keep people on the dance floor. This usually means loud music, bright lights, and very few – if any – song requests from the bride & groom, family, wedding party and important guests get played. DJ actively motivates people for dancing & celebrating. MC voice is done in a very upbeat "this is the greatest day of your life, so everybody party!" type voice.


On A Related Side Note...

Sports Stadium style introductions for the Grand Entrance? Mike can do them but only when specifically instructed to do so by the bride & groom. Unless told otherwise, he does entrance introductions in a normal, clear voice.



Mike's Music

Variety Dance Music from today's top tunes to way back. Happy, Timber, Cupid Shuffle, Wobble and Casper Cha Cha Slide to In The Mood by Glenn Miller. Pitbull, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Kid Rock, Flo Rida, Elvis, The Temptations, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Journey, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, …
Take a look at Mike's → Popular Dance Songs + Popular Slow Songs

His music is Updated Every Week using → PrimeCuts MP3 Pro DJ New Music Subscription Service

NOTE: PrimeCuts MP3s are 320kbps, highest quality. "PrimeCuts and all TM Studios music & video services only available to radio stations, mobile/club DJs, and other ASCAP/BMI compliant public performance venues."

And he gets Legal MP3's from AmazonMP3, iTunes, and Rhapsody. Over 20 Million available songs.

Mike can suggest songs for a Father Daughter Dance. click → Father-Daughter Dance Songs

If desired, Mike has standards such as Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat "King" Cole, Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, etc.

If desired, Mike has jazz music for cocktails/dinner. Larry Norzero, Dave Matthews, Rick Braun, The Rippingtons, Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Diana Krall, etc.

If desired, Mike has classical music for cocktails/dinner but strongly recommends against it. Unlike using headphones or Live musicians who keep their sound at an even level, when DJs play classical through a P.A. system there is an extreme high-low effect. When DJs set the sound level so the loud parts don't get too loud, the lows usually get so low that you can't hear it which then creates a lot of "dead air" moments even though the music is playing.

If desired, Mike also has Polkas: Big Daddy Lackowski, Misty Blues, Frank Yankovic, etc.


Most Requested Ceremony Music in Mike's collection
Wedding March / Bridal Chorus (Here Comes The Bride – Wagner, instrumental)
Wedding March / Recessional (end of ceremony – Mendelssohn, instrumental)
Canon In D (Pachelbel)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)




Wedding DJ Prices and Deposits

These Prices Apply To the METRO DETROIT AREA.
Other areas in the lower peninsula may cost more depending on travel distance, cost of gas.

• Flat Rates (one price) → no per-hour charges, no hidden costs, any amount of time.
   Example: 4 hours, 6 hours, 8 hours all have same price. explanation
• Deposits are Not Refundable, with one exception.
   Exception: if you cancel but date is re-booked, deposit is refunded.
• Deposits are SUBTRACTED from total price.
• Balance - price minus deposit - to be paid at Beginning of your reception.
• Mike's PEACE OF MIND FACTOR: You are NOT asked to pay in full before your reception!
• To see what is included in prices, look in "Specifics" section above.

Friday or Saturday
Price: $750
Deposit: $300
Balance: $450 is to be paid at beginning of reception.

Sunday through Thursday
Price: $500
Deposit: $200
Balance: $300 is to be paid at beginning of reception.

Sunday through Thursday on a → Federal Holiday
such as Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, etc.
Price: $650
Deposit: $250
Balance: $400 is to be paid at beginning of reception.

New Year's Eve (no matter what day of the week)
Price: $1,100
Deposit: $400
Balance: $700 is to be paid at beginning of reception.

• Supplying music for Ceremony at same venue as reception: usually no extra charge.
• Mike does not supply music for a Ceremony NOT at same venue.

Serving Our Country $50 Military Discount
Mike's way of saying Thank You for serving. If you are a current service member or a veteran, you can subcontract this discount from posted prices above. Discount applies to those getting married and also to those who are paying Mike to DJ a family member's wedding.


Potential Additional Costs to prices posted above.

1. Gas Charge if event is not in southeast Michigan.
2. Carrying DJ Equipment Up/Down flight(s) of stairs, NO Elevator available.
3. Sound System for groups of 400 or more people.
4. Outdoors with No Shelter. In case of bad weather, Mike has to supply his own shelter to protect his DJ equipment
5. Loading Docks that are wall-only, no ramps/elevators (example: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center).
6. non-DJ supplies.

On a Related Note...
No extra charge for Security Check Points and getting my vehicle x-rayed – sometimes there is a line, takes a while to get through. Since Mike has no per-hour charges, there would be no charge for arriving extra early to handle additional time for security verification.




Compare

Mike does have DJ Liability Insurance.
And he is a member of National Association of Mobile Entertainers (N.A.M.E)

Michigan Wedding DJs – How Does Mike's DJ Service Compare?

Most of the time – very favorably.

Some of Mike's colleagues believe you should spend about $1,200 (or more) for a Wedding DJ. Read this from the American Disc Jockey Association (ADJA): "Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging from $350 to over $5,000 with an average of $1,200 for a 4 hour booking. The best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a wedding."

National Association of Mobile Entertainers is an association of verified professional entertainers, including DJs. ADJA is a self promoting in-house referrals dj association. Info supplied by them is strictly limited to their sales pitch. That's why Mike belongs to N.A.M.E. and not the ADJA.

How does Mike compare to ADJA DJs in Michigan and other local higher priced DJ Services?
Let's compare the eight most important points.

1. Being a DJ is Mike's job. Most DJs make a living from a different line of work, becoming weekend music players for extra income. When being a DJ is your main line of work, you have incentive to do a better job than most. Give Mike the edge.

2. Mike books only one event per-day which makes you the most important person in his world on the day of your event. You are not one of many bookings on a given day, you are exclusively Mike's #1 VIP on your day. Give Mike the edge.

3. Mike hooks up TWO Laptops with Professional DJ MP3 Mixing Software plus a Dual CD Player, all ready at the same time, making triple sure you will have your favorite music instantly available at all times. In this comparison, Mike compares very favorably to - or is actually better prepared than - many higher priced DJs who take chances having just one laptop to play your music. Mike has double instant music plaing back-up.

4. Mike usually charges $750 Total in Metro Detroit area. The ADJA and some other Michigan DJ Services want you to pay a lot more than that.

4a. Mike gives a flat rate (one price), which means no hidden costs, no per-hour charges, any amount of time and everything DJ related automatically included. No charge for pre-wedding meetings or unexpected extra time at a reception. No guessing what your final price will be. A very favorable comparison.

5. Mike is your on-the-job DJ for weddings. When you book Mike, you get Mike. That means he doesn't sell bookings - which is just another way of saying subcontract them or farm them out to underlings or other services.

6. Mike has more wedding experience than most DJs at high profile DJ Companies. Plus he owns his own DJ equipment, transportation, and large growing music library. He can meet before your wedding, and provides you with more "no hidden information" on this website than they do on theirs. Again, give Mike the edge.

7. Mike has his own Portable Wi-Fi access! A good thing since most venues don't allow their internet access to DJs. Having personal access to over 20 Million Songs at most locations, he can download songs of special requests on-the-job during a reception. If there is a song he doesn't already own, he can get it right then and there! Only a few DJs can bring their own personal wi-fi internet access to download legal MP3's on-the-job, and Mike is one of them.

8. If you need a dance instructor or dancers, or massive club style bright lighting, or a production crew, or karaoke service with external monitor and extra microphones in addition to a complete Professional DJ Service at your reception, then higher priced services or Entertainment Companies are your best choice. Higher priced wins this comparison, and deservedly so.

Other Important Points

Because Mike only books one event per-day he is not in competition with any other DJ Service. As a matter of fact, if he is not available or not the right DJ for you, he freely and publicly recommends other DJs and DJ Services. click → recommendations. Do other DJ Services offer this to you? Again, give Mike the edge.

Mike is the only person (and DJ Service) that lists as many DJs in Michigan as possible. He gives free linked listings to all DJ Services who want to be listed! If you want to see his large list, click → List of Michigan DJs

If you want to pay Mike the same as some higher priced DJs, he will accept it. But if you appreciate a good deal, stay with his posted prices and enjoy your savings.

Now you know why Mike is the only one who has earned being known as Your Musical Slave.



Observers – Watching Mike On-The-Job

You cannot watch Mike at another person's private wedding. Watch him only at public events.

MIKE DOES NOT BRING OBSERVERS TO WEDDINGS.
Mike does not invite strangers (observers) to weddings because he considers it improper to have uninvited strangers attending other people's private affairs. Example: would you be willing to have all uninvited strangers who want to observe Mike attend your wedding? Of course not. People who hire Mike expect him to work for them, respect their privacy and not use their private moments as public auditions.

He firmly believes that your wedding is private. Only the people you invite should be there. It's just that simple. He's sure that you would expect that same consideration from any DJ you might hire.

But some DJ services do allow strangers, usually called "observers" or "watchers" – people you don't know, the DJs don't know, were not invited by you, but invited by the DJs to watch them work at private events. By bringing observers, they are using your private wedding as a public audition.

If you are comparing DJ services and want to include those that do allow observers watchers, Mike has important legal advice for youclick here. After learning how to protect yourself regarding observers, click your Back button to return to this page.

If you want to see Mike on-the-job, it will have to be at a public allowed event. To find out if he will be working an event where the public is invited, keep an eye on → Mike's Public Schedule


Additional comparisons and information pages that might be helpful...

How To Hire a Wedding DJ – article includes a list of questions to ask DJs.
Questions To Ask when Interviewing a mobile DJ
How to Choose Your Wedding DJ
Meet/Choose Your DJ Before Booking at multiple DJ Company? – Not Always. see faq #10.
Wedding DJ Rates – 4 Price Ranges Guideline – Metro Detroit and Michigan
Honest Advice about Wedding DJ Rates in General
Mike's Links to Mobile DJs in Michigan – over 130 of Mike's Colleagues and Wedding DJs!





MIKE'S BOOKING POLICY

How Far In Advance Do You Need To Book Mike?

It is impossible to say. Since there is only one of me and I only book one event per day, availability is basically hit or miss. Let me explain.

Someone might have just booked your event date while you were reading this. Or it might be available right up to your wedding day. That means there is no simple answer this question. Therefore...

Mike's Booking Policy

It is "The First Person To Supply A Deposit, Books Him" policy. Mike does not use the marketing gimmick of saying that you better book now because many people are looking at your date. Even when true, it sounds like a tacky high pressure sales pitch. Mike is an easy-going guy, no sales pitches, will not pressure anyone to sign a contract.

General Advice

Take a quick peek at his up-to-date posted schedule. If your date is not listed, take your time and compare DJ Services. If including Mike in those you are seriously considering, first use the Check Availability box on schedule page or top of this page to receive a personal email reply.

If you decide to hire Mike, check his schedule page again and if he is still available then simply reply to his personal email or call him and state that you have the deposit ready and want to book him.



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Where in Michigan is Mike available for weddings and special events?
Below is a sample of cities and areas. To see a list of venues → click here

METRO DETROIT + SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN AREA

Allen Park
Ann Arbor
Aurburn Hills
Berkley
Birmingham
Bloomfield Hills + Bloomfield Township
Brighton
Brownstown
Canton
Chesterfield Township
Clarkston
Clinton Township
Commerce
Dearborn
Dearborn Heights
Detroit
Dexter
Eastpointe
Farmington + Farmington Hills
Ferndale
Flat Rock
Flint
Fraser
Garden City
Grosse Pointe
Hamtramck
Harrison Township
Hartland
Hazel Park
Highland
Lake Orion
Lansing + East Lansing
Leonard
Lincoln Park
Livonia
Macomb
Milan
Milford
Monroe
Mount Clemens
Newport
Northville
Novi
Oak Park
Oakland
Orchard Lake
Oxford
Plymouth
Redford
Rochester Hills
Romeo
Romulus
Roseville
Royal Oak
Saline
Shelby Township
South Lyon
Southfield
Southgate
St. Clair Shores
Sterling Heights
Taylor
Tecumseh
Trenton
Troy
Utica
Warren
Washington
Waterford
Wayne
West Bloomfield
Westland
White Lake
Wixom
Woodhaven
Wyandotte
Ypsilanti

plus other areas in Southeast Michigan.

OUTSIDE OF METRO DETROIT where Mike has DJ'd for weddings and special events.
reminder: areas not in metro Detroit usually have a travel fee (gas charge).

Adrian
Brooklyn / Irish Hills
Coldwater
Grand Rapids
Ludington
Mio
Traverse City
and many other areas.





Mike is a member of
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