Maximum Music translates a passion for quality service and professionalism into a soundtrack for Toronto nuptials
Maximum Music DJ Services is a name that many brides, hotels and caterers already know and love – particularly in the Toronto, Muskoka and Niagara regions. Owner and DJ, Rod McMahon, has designed his company to offer music services that are professional, reliable, and very focused on weddings. Working alongside his Booking Manager, and wife Suzanne, Rod says, “We’re not a production company or a club music company. We are a DJ company. We can do youth parties, bar mitzvahs, holiday parties and picnics… but our primary focus is weddings. We provide quality DJ services at competitive prices to local brides and grooms.”
From the day the Maximum doors opened, Rod has built his company around the idea of going above and beyond what he knew other DJ companies to be doing in the market at the time, so he set out to offer great music for events, to make promises and keep them, to work with only the highest quality DJs, and to provide quality services up to and on the wedding day. Let us tell you more…
Who they are….
Maximum Music is a DJ service company that’s been in business for nearly thirty years. Based out of Toronto, they serve clients from the Niagara Region to Muskoka and everything in between. Of the 350+ events they do a year, over 300 of them are weddings.
Maximum Music is a member of the CPDJA (Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association) and attributes a lot of their success to their team of DJs and office workers. “Our staff is our biggest strength,” explained Rod, who works with a team of ten in-house DJs on a regular basis just to meet the demand of the engaged couples and corporate clients that come into their downtown studio storefront. “Our DJs work primarily with Maximum Music. We do not sell our bookings to other, independent DJ companies. As the face of Maximum Music, we ensure our DJs have strong technical training and exceptional people skills.” Rod believes that good DJs have to have people skills first. “Then we teach them the DJ skills. They’re all fully trained before they’re able to do an event in our name on their own…” He says it’s this attention to quality and professionalism that sets them apart from many other disc jockey services.
What brides and grooms want
If you ask anyone at Maximum Music what type of event they love to play for most, they’ll likely answer quickly – “Weddings.” Rod says it’s because it’s fun and because, “… we get to make people happy and be part of a celebration. All of our DJs like doing weddings. The wedding dance brings the widest variety of people together.”
If you’ve ever spoken with a past bride of Maximum Music or looked through their portfolio of references, it sounds like the feeling is mutual. Brides already seem to know and love the Maximum Music name, and from what we can tell, there are a lot of really good reasons why…
The Library: To begin with, if you’re planning your own wedding music and are interested in what songs are played and when, this DJ company has you covered. Maximum Music offers a large library of fully licensed songs including both Canadian and multicultural play lists. Every Maximum DJ brings this database of tunes with them to each event. You can check out the full list in Maximum Music’s online brochure.
The DJ: Rod says you can count on their DJs being professional – they dress for the occasion, they control the volume (keeping it loud enough for dancing yet not so loud that it discourages conversation) and they don’t use the mic unless it’s appropriate. “Our main job is to play the music. We don’t tell jokes or lead conga lines. We won’t overstep the line of professionalism with inappropriate comments or conduct at the risk of embarrassing you, guests or Maximum Music,” they explain. Instead, “Our DJs show enthusiasm, take and play requests, and do their best to stimulate a fun-filled evening of music and dancing.” Allison says the typical wedding entails setting up, announcing the bride and groom, playing through dinner, announcing the cake cutting, garter and bouquet tosses, and playing through to the last dance. If you want your DJ to act as an emcee also, then they’re happy to do so as well, and the DJ selected for your wedding will be based on that requirement.
The Knowledge: Rod considers it the mission of his company and their DJs to offer a selection of music that will appeal to all musical tastes, and more importantly, to know which music selections are appropriate to play at which times. They recognize that the wedding dance is the single longest event of the day. Rod says that’s why the entire team at Maximum considers it their personal responsibility to offer great music and great service all under one roof.
The Equipment: Rod says that all Maximum Music equipment is state-of-the-art, as is the necessity in the DJ business. Maximum Music doesn’t focus on the techno-style ‘bells and whistles’. They say that fancy lights and fog aren’t always appropriate, which is why they leave that decision in the hands of their couples. Their real focus is on offering a fun wedding dance that engages all of your guests.
The Back-ups: To alleviate one of the biggest concerns many couples have, Rod also says that they’ve got backup DJs and equipment available – just in case. That back-up is usually Rod himself. This may just mean coming to lend a hand, to switch out equipment if needed, to chat with the staff at the venue, or essentially do whatever is needed.
The Check-up: Taking their company mission to the next level, Rod also makes it regular practice to spot visit as many of the Maximum events as they can on any given Saturday night. “We’re just there to make sure that everything is perfect. Your wedding reception is important to us.”
Choosing the DJ for you
One of the most common questions Maximum Music is asked by couples is, “Can we choose our own DJ?” Rod and Allison say, “Yes. We take requests, but we won’t make a promise we can’t keep.” Normally DJs are assigned to events 30 to 60 days prior to the event. “We always try to accommodate requests…” Maximum DJs are assigned to events based on personality and need. They are very flexible and can cater to ethnic weddings as well. “We would send a DJ that not only knows the music, but he or she knows your traditions, culture and music.” They ask their couples to trust them to find the right DJ for their wedding.
Walking you through it…
To get started, couples can call or email Maximum for wedding date availability. You will speak with either Rod, Allison or Suzanne who handle all of the bookings and will be happy to hear from you any time. Email or phone is recommended to make sure that enough time is set aside to help you with your questions and music plans. You can event reach out to Maximum Music via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!
All couples are given access to Maximum Music’s online music planning tools, as well as their online database of wedding music suggestions, wedding planning blogs and more. Maximum Music will also go through all of the details with you by phone in the weeks leading up to your wedding day, making sure everything is perfect from forst contact to last dance.
A lot of the music planning, including selecting your play list, can be done online as well. If you need a little guidance, Maximum staff can also ast as music tutors if you want an outside perspective – giving advice on choices, and helping you with the ‘banned list’. They also offer a knowledge base of planning tips and advice on their website and social media channels, drawing from their experience providing music to over 10,000 weddings.
“They had lots of freedom with the choices of music. You could completely hand pick the song list, or simply choose a category fot them to play from…It was great to hand them a list prior to out wedding with song choices and information, and not have to worry on out wedding day.” -Stacey and Kirt Lebe
The Maximum Music office will contact you to run through and recap all of your last minute details and make sure everyone is on the same page. Rod says it’s a smooth process because it’s one that they’ve been refining over the course of the fifteen years they’ve been in business. Every step is designed to ensure you get great music with minimum stress on your part. And if at any point from booking up to the wedding you have any questions, you have access to the Maximum Music office staff by phone and email.
Rod says that at your wedding, you’ll have a professional, reliable DJ who knows how to run the evening’s music smoothly and who won’t overstep his or her bounds. He or she will know what to play and when to play it.
Maximum Music recommends that couples choose their DJ company according to who can offer the best possible price without sacrificing professional quality. Rod says the old saying ‘You get what you pay for’ definitely applies in the disc jockey business.
In an industry that charges anywhere from $1000 to $3500 for an evening of music, Maximum fits in quite nicely, charging between $1400 and $1900 for everything you need to make your wedding and reception music a success.
Including the extras
DJs from Maximum Music usually set up and run a sound check one hour prior to your wedding’s official start time. This hour is not billed for, but treated as an extra measure to make sure the night goes as planned.
Your music can include music for both the ceremony and reception, cocktail hour or dinner music – essentially anything you need at no additional cost.
Details, details, details
• You should book your date with Maximum Music approximately 6 to 12 months ahead of time, though you can book as soon as 3 years in advance (and some people do).
• There is a deposit of $500
• Your balance is due on or before the day of the wedding.
• GST not included in package prices.
In other words…
“We had a fantastic experience with Maximum Music. First of all, Sue was incredible to speak to when we first contacted you. She was very responsive and friendly and made me feel comfortable right away. Talking to Rod closer to the wedding was also really helpful, he brought up a lot of things we hadn’t thought of, and after that meeting we felt really confident that everything would be perfect on the day. We thought it was a great policy that you learn about the couple first and then assign a DJ that will fit their style. We definitely lucked out with Johnny! Wow. Our guests were asking us during dinner “Did you tell your DJ to play this song??” — nope! Johnny was just able to pick up exactly what we wanted to hear. When he played The Circle Game by Joni Mitchell during dinner, both of our mothers came over to tell us how much they loved it. He kept our friends and family dancing all night with a really great mix of old and new music that everyone enjoyed. My family members were asking for his card, he definitely impressed them. Near the end of the night, he told us we were a great crowd, and he really seemed to mean it. I’ve heard from my guests that they really appreciated that. Overall, we are really thrilled with the service we received from Maximum Music and would recommend you and Johnny to anyone looking for great wedding music.” Emily and Graham – January 2018
“Maximum music was awesome to deal with. We used them as our MC as well and the whole thing went off without a hitch. Our DJ was very attentive to our needs leading up to the ceremony as far as just discussing what we wanted to happen and when. During the reception many people were requesting different songs and there was never an issue with playing each of them. He had our dancefloor filled right until the very end.We planned our wedding from out of province so naturally we worried about everything a little more but I can assure you there is no reason to worry with this company. They are very professional and provide exactly the service you would expect.I hope this helps! If you have any other questions please feel free to reach out again.” Jordana and Dave – January 2018
“We were very impressed with Maximum Music from start to finish:The planning sheet was very detailed and while it took a long time to fill out, it was really helpful for us in planning some of the little details we hadn’t considered. It also gave us confidence that Maximum Music cared about catering to our music taste and preferences. At one point, I lost all of the playlist requests I’d made because I didn’t realize that form was saved separately from our main planning sheet. So that’s one thing you could make more clear. We very much enjoyed our phone planning meeting with Rod as well. Dana was great. He played all of the song requests and was engaged and enthusiastic throughout the night. He was on the ball in terms of all his cues for the intros, hora, cake cutting, first dance, etc.” Liane & Marshall – February 2018
“Caitlin and I were very happy with Maximum DJ. Sue was great to work with through the booking stage. She was very helpful and her reminders for us to complete the worksheet were much appreciated! JB was an excellent DJ! Very personable and very accommodating. He did a tremendous job with the playlist, the dance floor was going strong right until the last song, which we really appreciated. Really can’t say enoughabout how good a job he did. Thanks again for such a great job!! We will definitely recommend you guys!” Caitlin and Cody – June 2018
All your questions for Maximum Music DJ Service, including checking their availability for your date can be directed to Rod directly by email using the form below. 🙂 or by call or text at 647-549-6642, or by visit them online at www.maximumDJ.com. They are available for inquiries from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm most weekdays.
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