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Meet Patrick Belton of Dubgypsy Entertainment in Eagle Rock

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patrick Belton.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story?
We’ve been around for just over 15 years now. We do about 100 weddings and events a year. We work primarily in the Los Angeles area, but also travel quite a bit. We cater to a pretty high end clientele who expect more from a DJ than someone who’s going to play a random selection of poor music accompanied by a loud MC who likes to be the center of attention. Each event we do is specifically catered to the client we’re working with that given day. We allow them to work with us to create a handpicked selection of music that represents them, while sharing our experience as well versed DJ’s along the way. This dialogue in combination with a serious DJ skill set and ability to read a room is what separates us from other DJ companies, and is what has kept us working consistently for this amount of time.

We love what we do. We love music, and we love the power it carries. There is nothing more exciting than watching a dance floor filled with people. We take great pride in our work. All of our DJs are trained to understand the psychology of what happens in a room. We observe and adapt based on the energy of each party and the individual needs of our clients.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not necessarily. We’ve had to learn a lot along the way. A lot has come from making our own mistakes, and adjusting accordingly. I’d love to say it’s been an easy road. But, it’s been sort of a slow uphill climb with quite a few bumps along the way.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Dubgypsy Entertainment story. Tell us more about the business.
We specialize in being a company who is able to adapt to almost any occasion. We do everything from mainstream weddings to film premieres to clubs and art openings. We have chosen a highly skilled crew of entertainers who are highly trained and have a wicked knowledge of music and DJ skills.

Our handpicked team of professionals are not your typical wedding DJ’s. We speak when necessary throughout the evening, letting your guests know what’s happening as formalities occur. We do not crack jokes on the mic. We do not pull people out of their seats to do the Macarena and the YMCA and the Hokey Pokey. We are NOT those DJ’s. We are there to make your night as smooth as possible and spin an incredible set of music you have chosen with the DJ. We will match your needs and tastes to the ability and style of our DJs. We offer a professional service capable of providing any style(s) you prefer from very alternative to very top 40. We will keep perspective and perform knowing that it is YOUR day and not our show.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I wouldn’t say there’s been much luck here. I’d love to say otherwise. Because if there was a bit of luck, my job would be a lot easier. That said, I’ve been blessed to have met some fantastic people along the way – all who have contributed to the success of this company.

Pricing:

  • Our DJ rates generally range from about $600 – $1550 for 4 hours depending on the type of event, location of event, and day of the week. Overtime past 4 hours is $200 per hour. Private parties run between $600 and $1200 for 4 hours. Weddings generally range from $1,150 – $1,650 for 4 hours for a Saturday night. The lower end of this rate is for our DJ’s who have a bit less experience, but are just as awesome as those of us who have been doing it for several years. Our crew who have been at it for some time end up staying pretty busy throughout the year, especially on Saturday nights. The demand is higher and so goes the price. We’ll generally book out between $1,350 and $1,650 for 4 hours/ $200 per additional hour. Sunday and Friday clients typically receive a $200 – $300 discount. Rates for Live Musicians generally start at $300 per musician and go up from there. It all depends on the musician and the amount of time you’re wanting to book them. Lighting generally starts at around $300 for basic packages and goes up into the thousands.

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