Terms and Conditions

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Photography/Model Release: Kustom Sounds Kauai, Inc. reserves the right to use any pictures or footage to share with prospective clients, to publish or advertise for any wedding/event related business.

A non-refundable reservation fee of $250.00 is required to secure the services of the DJ for the event. This amount shall be applied toward the Performance Fee.

The final Performance Fee is payable seven (7) days before the day of the event. It may not always be possible to provide additional performance time. However, when feasible, requests for extended playing time will be accommodated.

We guarantee that the DJ will be ready to perform at the start time of the event. No guarantee is made as to the DJ’s time of arrival; however, the DJ requests that they be permitted 60 minutes before the event and 45 minutes after the event for setup and take-down. The DJ also requests ramp or elevator access between the parking/service entrance and the setup area. If Purchaser or venue requires the DJ to complete setup more than one hour before the start time, or to postpone take-down more than an hour after the end time indicated, the additional time will be charged at the rate of $50.00 per hour.

The agreement of the DJ to perform is subject to proven detention by accidents, riots, strikes, epidemics, acts of God, or any other legitimate conditions beyond their control. If such circumstances arise, all reasonable efforts will be made by the DJ to find replacement entertainment at the agreed upon fees. Should the DJ be unable to procure a replacement, Purchaser shall receive a full refund. Purchaser agrees that in all circumstances, the DJ liability shall be exclusively limited to an amount equal to the Performance Fee and that the DJ shall not be liable for indirect or consequential damages arising from any breach of agreement.

The Purchaser shall be held liable for any injury or damages to the DJ, or property of the DJ, while on the premises of said event, if damage is caused by Purchaser or guest, members of his organization, event invitees, employees, or any other party in attendance, whether invited or not.

It is understood that if this is a “Rain or Shine” event, the DJ’s compensation is in no way affected by inclement weather. For outdoor performances, Purchaser shall provide overhead shelter for setup area. The DJ reserves the right, in good faith, to stop or cancel the performance should the weather pose a potential danger to him, the equipment, or audience. Every effort will be made to continue the performance. However, safety is paramount in all decisions. The DJs compensation will not be affected by such cancellation.

Purchaser shall provide the DJ with safe and appropriate working conditions. This includes a 8-foot by 10-foot area for setup, table, and space for setting up speakers. The DJ requires a minimum of one 15-20-amp circuit outlet from a reliable power source within 50 feet (along the wall) of the setup area. This circuit must be free of all other connected loads. Any delay in the performance or damage to DJ’s equipment due to improper power is the responsibility of the purchaser. Two circuits are preferred, where possible.

The Purchaser shall at all times have complete control, direction and supervision of the performance of the DJ at this event and Purchaser expressly reserves the right to control the manner, means and details of the performance of the services of the DJ.

A written event/music planner or music request list must be received from the Purchaser and forwarded to the DJ at least one month prior to the date of the event for it to be included in the DJ’s programming guidelines. With or without the aid of an event/music planner or music request list, the DJ shall attempt to play Purchaser’s and Purchaser’s guests’ music requests but shall not be held responsible if certain selections are unavailable. The DJ will make an extra effort to have music requests available if they are received IN WRITING at least one week prior to the event.

In the event of non-payment, the DJ retains the right to attempt collection through the courts. Purchaser will be held responsible for all court fees, legal fees, and collection costs incurred by the DJ. Purchaser shall be charged $30 for each bounced check plus a $20 service charge for each collection notice.

“A Mobile Party Central”

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A Mobile Party Central - MidWeek Kaua'i

"A Mobile Party Central" Written by Coco Zickos in Midweek Kauai
"A Mobile Party Central" Written by Coco Zickos in Midweek Kauai

A Mobile Party Central - MidWeek Kaua'i
Coco Zickos on October 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm

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Kustom Sounds Kauai has been in business for over 25 years.
Please tell us about your business.

Kaua’i Kustom Sounds is a mobile entertainment company that has been in business for 25 years. If you were to come up with an idea and you want to throw a party, you’re going to need entertainment, and we are the guys who come in and really make the show happen. Our equipment is top-of-the-line, and we’re not just guys who press a button and hit play. Our DJs are emcees, so when you hire us, we carry the function from start to finish. 

Do your customers select the music?

When customers get to the point that they are interested in booking us, we send them a conrmation in the mail with a form to ll out to give us an idea of what kind of music they want, how they want the program to go and, also, if they need any help putting the program together. Since we’ve been doing this for so long, depending on where it is and what kind of party they want, I can mold the perfect program for them. They tell us what they want and we customize it to their liking.

What sets your business apart?

There are many things, but the most important part is that we are entertainers. Anybody can order a DJina-box. Right now, with our technology, you can download all kinds of music and you can do it yourself on your iPod if you want. That’s not what we do, we’re not button-pushers. Our DJs are emcees, that’s really our focus. Anybody can play music, but our DJs can take the party and make it enjoyable and ow smoothly. We can guarantee that it’s going to be a great party if you hire our company.

How did you get started in this business?

When I was in grade school, I was the guy at the record player putting the records on while people were dancing, and I really enjoyed it. In high school, in 1978, a friend of mine and I did some DJ work, and did a weekend thing at the local gym and called it Boogie Down Productions. When I went to college at the University of Notre Dame, they were looking for a DJ at the local bar, and I sent them a cassette tape of my favorite songs I would play, and they hired me on the spot. After college, I worked at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu as a sales manager, and on the side I deejayed. So Kaua’i Kustom Sounds went from one guy with some records to a full-blown eight multisystem company.

MidWeek Article Photo Courtesy Michael Dandurand
Dandurand is a DJ as well as a business owner.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your business?

It’s at the end of the night when you look out there and everybody’s dancing and having a great time. There’s that one moment in their life, and as a DJ you are part of one of the most important days of a person’s or couple’s life. So you’re a part of that and you’re actually facilitating it to make it the most memorable part of their life, and it’s a special thing that you’re doing.

What kind of parties do you usually book?

About 80 percent of our business is weddings, 10 to 15 percent is the local baby party and grad party market, and about 5 percent is conventions.

Do you have a most memorable experience?

There was a wedding I was doing at the Hyatt, and the father of the bride was carrying his grandchild and everybody was eating dinner and no one was paying attention to it. I played this song by Elton John, and he had the baby on the oor by himself and he was singing to his granddaughter, crying. That sticks out in my head that a song can bring out that kind of emotion in somebody.

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

I envy sometimes the bartenders at Duke’s or the guys who do the zip-line tours or the people at Captain Andy’s. They’re out there working with people having such a great time on vacation and they’re doing fun stuff.

Francis DeGracia, Headshot, Kustom Sounds Kauai DJ

DJ Francis

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Francis has been with Kustom Sounds Kauai for over 15 years. Being from Kauai, Francis exudes an island calm and charm that makes you feel like family. His music knowledge and versatility make him an excellent selector of tunes and he has no problem keeping the floor filled for hours!

Photograph, Francis DeGracia of Kustom Sounds Kauai DJ
Aloha! I’m DJ Francis, born in 1975 and raised right her on this beautiful island of Kauai. I spend my time DJing (of course), surfing, fishing and going to the beach with my family and friends. You will find that I provide great customer service and that I’m very easy to work with. Making your party a success is my top priority. Thank you for giving me the honor of being a part of your special occasion.

He is my most trusted and experienced DJ, and has performed every possible kind of event, many times over.  As a former trainer with Aloha Airlines, he is comfortable on the mic and can guide your special evening flawlessly from beginning to end.

Michael Dandurand, Color Photograph, Kustom Sounds Kauai Professional DJ

DJ Mike Dandurand

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I am a local boy having spent 95% of my life in the islands. Originally from Oahu, I began my love for music and DJing in high school. I furthered my DJ training at the University of Notre Dame, not studying, but playing at the Senior Bar on the weekends to earn extra money.

Photograph of Michael Dandurand of Kustom Sounds Kauai
I have put together a team of professional DJs that can read a crowd, MC a function and get the party started! We are the ONLY company completely dedicated to this industry!

I moved to beautiful Kauai after college and worked as a sales manager at the Kauai Hilton while performing at private parties around the island on evenings and weekends. My skills as a DJ and Emcee sharpened as I performed at more and more weddings and local events. Ultimately, I had to give up my day job so that I could pursue my passion as a DJ/MC fulltime.

Nicole Otero, Color Photograph, Kustom Sounds Kauai DJ

DJ Nicole

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Originally from Los Angeles, Nicole has always had a passion for a variety of different musical styles. She has a knack for being able to read the crowd and create a musical atmosphere that is unique to the listeners.

Nicole Otero, Color Photograph, Kustom Sounds Kauai DJ
Nicole has a knack for being able to read the crowd and create a musical atmosphere that is unique to the listeners.

Her musical tastes are diverse, specializing in genres ranging from Funk/Reggae/Hip Hop/Latin/Jazz/House/ Downtempo/Rock, et al. to meet your needs. Working to customize your event, allow Nicole to create a perfect soundtrack for your special occasion.

Zach Stratt, Headshot, Kustom Sounds Kauai DJ

DJ Zach

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Everyone loves Zach. Zachary Van Stratt hails from Telluride, CO, 16 years as a DJ. Zach has a cool, smooth way about him putting everyone around him at ease. His knowledge and “possession” of music and how it works is untouchable. A renowned scratch DJ from the east coast, we are lucky to have this talented artist that has made the leap into the wedding market without skipping a beat.

Zach Stratt, Headshot, Kustom Sounds Kauai DJ
I spend my free time surfing, socializing and searching for the lost city of shambhala. Why do I love DJing? I love the technical side of DJing. Scratching, drumming, mixing, beat juggling but nothing beats watching everyone dance to their favorite songs.

You’ll find Zach to be a DJ or many surprising talents. He’s an accomplished Alto and Tenor Saxophone player. He’s a student of music theory, sound engineering and production. He’s an award-winning turntablist, playing alongside the likes of Coolio, Wu Tang Clan, 2 Live Crew, the Guru’s and the Wailers and has been invited to play in many top clubs across the country because of his talent (NY, LA, Vegas, Denver and SF). He is verifiably one of the top 3 turntablists in the US.