About Spotlight Entertainment
My name is Larry Canepa and I am an experienced and affordable Professional Disc Jockey, Event Bartender and Entertainment Coordinator who is offering services throughout Colorado.
As a Professional DJ my services are designed for events such as Weddings, Corporate Events, Private Parties, School & Church functions.
If you have a special event that you are planning and need somebody to provide the best guidance and entertainment for your event, I am a resource you can trust. My approach is simple and straight forward:
- I meet with you multiple times to review the details of your event so that I can plan the timing and appropriate music for each part of your function
- I develop a timeline for your event that you approve and edit as needed and am always flexible during the event to change and move things around as necessary
- I create a music/entertainment plan for your event that you approve and edit as needed and never play inappropriate or dirty music unless you specifically direct me to
- I am as visible or invisible as you need me to be, and never act in a way that takes attention away from the guest or guests of honor
- I always have backup equipment in the rare case of an equipment problem
- I work with you to find the right services to fit your budget
If you expect your DJ to act like a professional and treat your event with all the respect that they would treat their own, please contact me!
I specialize as a Mobile Disc Jockey, Master of Ceremony, Karaoke Host for both Private/House parties and at Restaurant/Bar or Corporate Locations. I also handle all music and entertainment services for Corporate Events, School Events, Church Events, Private Parties, Backyard BBQ's and Children's Parties. For adult events I am also a T.I.P.S. Certified Bartender and Entertainment Services Coordinator.
I use name brand equipment such as JBL, Shure, Crown, Nady, Crate, RMS and EV. I have a lot of difference PA system set ups so that I can accommodate venues that range from very small to very large.
Questions and Answers
How many projects do you average in a year?
I work more in the summer months with the abundance of outdoor events available. I would say I average 25 events annually.
What questions should a customer ask before hiring you?
- Do you use a Service Agreement?
- Do you bring back up equipment?
- Do you use legally purchased music?
- Do you create an event timeline?
- Do you coordinate with my other vendors?
What do you recommend to know before hiring you?
Some pieces of information to have available, which really make quoting a lot easier, are:Event type (wedding, party, school event, etc...)Services desired (DJ, MC, Karaoke, Bartending, multiple services...)Budget range
What are you most proud of?
Without question, the event I am most proud of in the last 12 months was a Wedding and Reception for a young couple who had a modest budget but needed multiple services. I was able to accommodate them for not only music services, but also for bartending, and still be in the ballpark of their financial needs.
As a musician and singer/songwriter, I was looking for a way to make some money from my passion. I actually started as a Master of Ceremony for political fundraising events for my mother, who was a City Councilwoman. After being comfortable speaking and entertaining people, adding music to the repertoire was an easy next step.
What we may not know about you?
I am singer/songwriter as well as skilled drummer and percussionist on top of being a DJ and Bartender. I have worked for nearly 20 years for one of the nation's largest financial institutions as a Marketer.
Do you offer any service after finishing the work?
I always do a follow up with clients to ensure that my services were satisfactory and referral-ready. I get lots of repeat business because I stay in touch with my customers. I like to think that after providing excellent service, my customers have become my friends.
What kind of questions do customers ask you?
The most frequent questions I get from clients are:
- Can you fit into my budget?
- Do you take requests?
- Do you charge hourly?
- Do you travel?
- Do you charge for your travel and setup/breakdown time?
The answers are:I can usually fit into your budget.I do travel, in fact, I have traveled all over the U.S. to do events for people who I've either worked with in the past or have been guests at events I have done.I don't have flat rates for travel and setup/breakdown time, but sure, they are factored into the prices I quote. It's not just a quote for the time I am playing music or mixing drinks.
What types of jobs are the most common?
Most common events are House Parties, usually birthday or anniversary parties, and Wedding Receptions. I used to do a lot more weddings but have gravitated more towards parties only because I can fit more into a party budget and have a smaller footprint. Weddings are a greater effort and I am not one of the cheapest out there.
How can we save money hiring you?
This is a sticky question, to be honest. In this industry, you get what you pay for. I see lots of Craigslist DJs who are offering low ball rates. I am pretty certain you don't get the type of service from them that I provide, in terms of pre-planning, organization, and your buy off on music and timelines. Let's put it this way; in 5 years, people will not remember what your flowers looked like or your food tasted like, but they will remember the DJ who either entertained and made the event great, or blew it big time and disappointed the guests. What I'm saying is, if you're looking to save money, do it in other parts of your event, not the entertainment.
What is important to know about your profession?
I wish clients understood how much time gets put into an event's entertainment that they never see. I'm sure there are a lot of DJs out there that just show up and 'wing it'. I spend countless hours developing a music set and working on timeline and flow. For a standard 4 hour wedding reception, I probably put 10-12 hours of time into the planning, prior to the event. When people ask the question, "How do you justify charging $XXX for 4 hours of DJ service?", it's not always easy to explain how much more goes into it that the 4 hours I am playing music at an event.