What kind of speakers do you use?
We use professional-quality speakers that have been tested for excellent sound. These speakers can easily carry sound in a 150-person capacity room.
Do you provide a microphone?
During COVID-19, we recommend foregoing a microphone, however, we will provide a microphone and stand (hands-free) for your event if you prefer.
This will be a corded microphone that is placed near us, so please note that people will have to stand at this designated spot when using the mic.
Note: Please do not put your mouth or hands on the microphone. We do not recommend sharing microphones.
Do you offer dance floor lighting?
Dance floor lighting is available for an additional fee.
Do you offer battery-powered speakers?
Not at this time. An electrical outlet is required within 25 feet of the gear.
What is your usual attire?
Gear guys and gals will be dressed in black or darker colors and will be well-groomed.
They are not required to dress in formal attire.
Will you take song requests during the event?
You will have the option of choosing between YES – take requests or NO – do not take requests.
A book of song options will be provided at the event. The party host will do their best to work in song requests at their discretion, if time allows.
The Gear Guy or Gal reserves the right to shut down and remove the gear if they feel uncomfortable about guest behavior at any time.
Do you charge extra for travel fees? How much?
Our rates cover an area of 15 miles outside of Downtown Asheville and UNC Charlotte.
For anything beyond that radius, we will provide you with a custom quote.
What is the required retainer fee to secure your services?
Your date is reserved for as little as a $200 nonrefundable retainer fee, depending on the package you choose.
After you select your package, we will provide you with a quote to either accept or request changes.
A date is NOT secure until we receive the retainer fee AND a signed agreement for services.
How are you different from a DJ?
Our Gear Guys & Gals have the skills to set-up gear and play from a pre-selected list, using software that mixes the music for them.
A DJ is a highly-skilled professional who spends years perfecting their craft and generally offers hands-on mixing, MC and party coordination services.
If you are looking for a skilled DJ who will read the crowd and adapt, we can make recommendations!
Do you offer MC services?
While our Gear guys and gals are not what we would call a “professional Master of Ceremonies”, they are happy to make simple announcements when approached by the party host or a designated agent of the party host, such as a wedding coordinator.
If you are looking for someone to make big, exciting grand entrance announcements or a series of announcements requiring staff to have coordination experience, we can make recommendations for local DJs in the area.
Our service was specifically created to fill a need for a budget option for reliable sound.
How do we pick our music?
You will have access to over 1,000 cocktail, dinner and dance songs to choose from.
You can choose your list, in order, or we will do our best to put it in order based on the event timeline. We will provide you with planning tools that offer you guidance on how to do this OR You can select from our already-made cocktail, dinner and dance lists. We reserve the right to use filler songs.
What if we need a song that you do not have?
You can choose 5 songs that are not on our lists, however, these need to be selected at least 7 days prior to the event (no changes will be accepted within the final 7 days of the event) AND we must be able to obtain these songs legally using our preferred methods.
If you would like to choose additional songs that are not on our lists, you may do so for $3 per song.
When will we make a plan for our music?
You’ll have access to our lists and ideas upon booking, however, the actual planning will come later, approximately 30 days prior to your event, but no later than 7 days prior. No changes will be accepted after 7 days prior to the event.
Your playlist must be finalized 7 days prior to the event and no changes are accepted after that time.
If you do not have time to pick or review your list prior to 7 days before the event, we will show up with music that has been selected by our staff.
Can I just rent the equipment from you?
Rental options ARE available. Contact us to inquire.
What will you need from us?
We need a clean, dry space that is out of the elements (sun/rain). We need a standard 20 amp outlet (up-to-code) within 25 feet of our workspace.
Sorry, we cannot run off of generators and we do not carry additional extension cords, nor can we use yours. Safety is number one. If our equipment (+cords) is going to come into contact with water or heavy sun/ heat, we will be forced to shutdown music and no refunds will be given.
Our workspace should be approximately 8 feet wide by 5 feet deep to accommodate our table, speaker(s) and give us the ability to stand behind the unit.
During COVID, it is important that you are mindful of guest traffic and air flow.
We bring our own table and cloth.
What types of events can you do?
We are well-suited for any type of event that needs music, however, there are a few things to be mindful of:
We are not MC’s or event coordinators and do not follow a timeline for “cued” music such as special dances. With that being said, we are happy to cue up a song at the moment needed when requested ONSITE by the paying client or a pre-designated agent of the client, such as a parent or event coordinator.
We are also happy to make simple announcements when approached by an event coordinator or party host.
Our equipment is appropriate for an indoor or tented 150-capacity or less venue. It is not concert-like sound with subwoofers. If you are in a larger space or an oddly-shaped room, that’s okay, but keep in mind that the sound will be louder near our setup area.
If our service is requested for a youth gathering such as a prom or Sweet 16, you should have a teacher or adult review and approve the song selections in advance. (Note: We only carry edited versions of songs).
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WE HAVE TONS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE SOUND DEPARTMENT.
We created Gear & A Guy to provide hosts of any type of party, event, or wedding a simple and affordable way to have great-sounding music playing throughout their event.
We offer a unique combination of options to chose from: simply rent our professional-grade speakers and sound equipment to play your own music OR let our Sound Techs help you develop a playlist, then deliver, set up, and maintain the gear at your wedding or event, leaving you and your friends free to spend time together while the music runs smoothly in the background.
In addition to Gear & A Guy, we have provided full-service professional DJ expertise to hundreds of weddings and events every single year, for more than 20+ years.
Having fielded thousands of inquiries, we realized that some clients don’t need or want the high-level service and dedicated time of a professional DJ, OR the price tag that comes with that level of experience.
Sometimes you just need help getting your own playlist to sound great all night, without having to think about it.
Gear & A Guy is here to help you with that. Let us know how we can help.
We look forward to providing you with great-sounding music options for your event!
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We look forward to your event!