DQB is solely owned and operated by Dan Quinn, a full-time professional entertainer who performs at private events as a solo (yet multi-instrumental) musician, DJ, Master of Ceremonies, and overall experience creator.
No. During live performances, Dan uses a process called live looping. Songs are built on the fly through immediate recording and playback of live instruments and vocals as he creates his unique arrangements of popular songs.
If you wanna get nerdy, ask Dan about how he does this all with Ableton Live.
Every event is different. Part of the DQB event experience is the process of getting to know you and your event guests. Who will be there and what is the goal of the event? Who’s that girl that is always ready to get the party started? Who is that guy I need to watch out for? Getting both grandma and your best friend from college on the dance floor may be the goal at one event, whereas creating a minimal, down-tempo lounge environment suited for conversation may make sense at another.
Working with DQB is a very personal experience. You’re going to know each other extremely well by the time your event date arrives- and probably after that too.
When the picture of the event and the guests becomes clear, the music selections usually come very naturally.
With Dan’s experience and streamlined setup, he is able to produce and perform a majority of his events as a one-man wolf pack. For larger corporate events, weddings, and fundraisers where DQB is providing production elements such as large sound systems and lighting, Dan brings 1-2 technical assistants who help accelerate setup, operations, and breakdown, to not only assure a speedy and smooth operation at your event, but allow Dan to focus on what matters most- the music and guests.
DQB performances can be customized for most private events. While DQB is most commonly booked for weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, and private parties, Dan has also performed at public events, festivals, markets, grand openings, bars, restaurants, and after-hours events as well (Oontz, Oontz…) Contact DQB to inquire about your event. Even if we aren’t the right fit, we love to hear from you and talk about what may work best.
Dan’s top priority at your event is to create the experience you want for your guests. This means not only planning an agenda for the evening, but reading the crowd and adjusting as necessary to maximize your event’s awesomeness.
Generally DJ performances don’t require a break. Dan has played sets of up to 6 hours, nonstop.
Live music performances under 2 hours can also be played as a single set. For longer performances, it is usually best if Dan takes the occasional 15-20 minute break
- 3 hour live performances are usually broken up into 2 sets
- 4 hour live performances are usually broken up into 3 sets
Absolutely. In fact, we believe that this often-overlooked role can truly make or break an event. Dan has traveled to professional MC training workshops across the country and committed himself as a lifetime student of the microphone.
While anyone can read or recite announcements, Dan believes that a true Master of Ceremonies will direct the energy of the room- from helping guests feel comfortable upon arrival, aware of the night’s big moments, and ultimately a part of a community.
This is all decided in the planning process. From tuxedos and black tie affairs, to jeans and boots on a Texas ranch, to flip-flops at a pool party, we tailor the event for you.
While we’d love to say equipment never fails (it does, but very rarely), we’ll just say this: It’s happened before and the show went on without event hosts or guests ever knowing about it.
First of all, this is extremely rare. Dan uses professional equipment and assures that it is maintained at all times. In the rare event that a piece of equipment has failed, the setup could usually be adapted to perform without the item in question. There are always either backups in the car, backups at home (that Dan’s assistant immediately retrieved) or a retailer nearby where a part could be acquired.
DJ music is backed up to multiple computers and tablet devices and synchronized to 2 separate cloud storage facilities.
Dan owns and operates a DJ school which means he has more DJ Controllers, Laptop Computers, Cables, and Speakers than he could ever need for most events.
Dan is also connected to a vast network of over 1000 DFW-based musicians, DJs, and technicians who can be contacted to come through in a pinch.
But let’s be honest- you probably won’t need to worry about this at all.
Once again, this is extremely unlikely. In the case of a personal emergency (which would have to be an EXTREME case as outlined in the contract), Dan is personally connected to over 1000 DFW-based musicians and DJs who could step in if needed.
But really, you probably shouldn’t worry about this.
Each event will have this outlined in the specific event contract. Unless otherwise specified, all event price quotes are inclusive of setup and breakdown times, planning, consultations and site surveys, a professional sound system that is appropriate for the event (up to 2 main speakers and 2 subwoofers).
Additional services that may be purchased include extended times, lighting, atmospherics (i.e. Dry Ice “Dancing on a Cloud”, CO2 “Club Cannon”), Video Displays, or additional sound reinforcement. Pricing for these items will be listed in the event contract even if you choose not to purchase them.
It’s usually best to start with a phone call or a quick meeting to truly understand the vision for your event and to determine if you and DQB are a good match.
Once we decide to move forward, we’ll gather all of your vital stats, draft a simple contract, and send that to you along with an invoice for a 50% Deposit. As soon as we receive those from you, we’ll sign as well and will be officially booked!
Then the real fun begins…
While there’s no specific answer to this question, here are some things to consider:
- Events occasionally book over a year in advance
- The average DQB wedding is booked 7 months in advance
- The average DQB corporate event in booked 2 months in advance
- The average DQB house party is booked 6 weeks in advance
- Events are often booked with as little as 1 day notice
Some factors to consider:
- Mid-March through Mid-June is very busy with Weddings, Graduations, Party Holidays (St Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby Day) and Outdoor Spring Parties such as BBQs and Crawfish Boils
- Mid September through Mid November is Peak Wedding Season in Texas. If you want one of these dates, book early!
- December is extremely popular with holiday parties on both weekends and weeknights
- Off Season (Summer/Winter) and Weeknight Events can usually be booked on shorter notice.
As a general courtesy to interested clients, we can hold your date without a signed contract or deposit for 5 business days.
While most DQB performances are solo, yes, additional musicians are available in special cases. Examples of this are incorporating a female vocalist whom I have worked with in the past, or performing with a band of specific musicians (i.e. a house band) in which case our contract will account for dedicated rehearsal times.
We just call those events “weddings”. Yes. Absolutely. No Question. #LoveWins
DQB loves to support charities, especially those that are near and dear to our hearts. Each year, we compile a list of organizations that we want to support, through donations of money, time, auction prizes, or otherwise.
Unfortunately, it would be impossible to support every charity out there that approaches us for donations. Weekend and evening events are especially valuable time for professional artists, and we always need to be careful when scheduling such events.
That being said…
DQB plays at LOTS of charity events. Galas, School Auctions, Festivals…
Many of these events are held year after year and investing in an awesome experience for the attendees not only attracts more attendees and ticket sales, but also momentum that will build year after year and keep the guests coming back.
Please contact DQB about your upcoming charity event. We’d love to get involved however we can.
Every event requires a different amount of preparation, production, coordination, travel time, idle time (yes, it’s a thing), and logistics.
DQB uses a specific formula to calculate event pricing and uses this matrix consistently across all markets and event types.
2017 event prices ranged from $500 to $5,000.
Yes. Whether you are hosting a destination wedding, a national sales conference, or just can’t find anyone like DQB near you, we can make this happen for you. DQB has recently performed at weddings on the coasts of New Jersey, Florida, and Texas, a massive corporate event in Baltimore, and at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.
There are obviously some travel costs involved, but with proper planning, this can be an extremely smooth and exciting experience!
Yes. As a courtesy to all private event clients, Dan will prepare up to 3 special songs outside of his repertoire for any given event, with sufficient notice. Rock, Pop, and Country songs are generally easy to prepare, but do require sufficient rehearsal time in order to be performed to DQB standards! We ask at least 30 days advance notice on special live song requests.
A private dressing room with 17 vanilla-scented candles, a bowl of M&Ms (all brown pieces removed), a case of Dom Perignon…
If the above items can not be provided, the following will suffice and be outlined in the particular contract for your event:
- A dedicated performance area on a hard, flat surface. Grass, dirt, and sloped surfaces just don’t work well.
- Sufficient space that will be outlined in your contract, based on event requirements
- For most events, a dedicated 15A (up to code) grounded (3 prong) power circuit in or near the performance area (more may be required for larger events).
- An allocated setup time that may range from 60 minutes (small casual acoustic show) to 3-5 hours (large weddings, fundraisers, or corporate events with full production).
- A a typical breakdown and load out time of 30-60 minutes.
- A place to park.
- A place to get dressed after everything is set up.
- A Signed contract and 50% deposit to reserve the date of your event.
Yes. DQB carries full liability insurance. Certificates of Liability with your venue and/or organization listed as additionally insured are available upon request.