BOOKING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A LITTLE CONTEXT - 2020 CHALLENGES
Following covid-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions, many DJs and artists cannot freely perform in clubs, bars, companies, fairs, weddings... .
With 14 years of Over The Top streaming expertise (at Envivio / Mediakind / iReplay), having built a BandCamp-like service way before Bandcamp (NeoMusicStore), havng streamed the first EDM TV channel to any device in 2013, and 24+ years of DJ and electronic music scene related services, DJing founder is de facto the good person to ensure high quality levels for live music performances.
DJing is hopefully here for the long run, so this booking service won't stop the day economy and travel get back on their feet. Remote live streaming performances will remain an economical, ecological and efficient way to perform.
WHICH BITRATE/QUALITY IS USED FOR AUDIO ?
GAFA services all focus on video (... and viewer/user tracking for future ads), and audio or content selection (say hi to that nice cat or panda filmed 24x7, next to your DJ set) are generally not a big matter for Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Twitch and other UGC services, as they use between 48 and 128 kbps bitrates for audio. From day 1, Djing live streaming is using 320 kbps bitrate for live performance audio as a minimum. Some devices, software and settings are recommended to artists to ensure they have simple and reliable setup, even in bad network conditions (#1 enemy of live streaming) so audio always comes first.
CAN THE DJ OR ARTISTS SEE THE AUDIENCE DURING THEIR PERFORMANCE ?
Anyone involved in live performance knows how important it is for an artist, band or DJ to actually see the audience. So yes, video communications are both ways, and using customer preferences (eg: WeChat/Weixin for China).
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN CONNECT TO THE STREAM ?
DJing provides a private stream for a private performance in a private place. Except properly licensed venues, customers are not allowed to share performance publicly, hence cannot share any link. For licensed venues, additional destinations can be enabled (eg: simultaneous performance in several cities or countries)
HOW COME THE COUNTER OFFER IS SO HIGH ?
DJing is not responsible for requested price. DJs and artists accept to be paid less than in clubs and concert venues as they don't have to spend (a lot of) time in travel (usually way much than the performance duration), but be aware that they still have a "market value", and they will most often (as you would) accept the most generous offer when getting many.
HOW COME THE DJ REJECT MY BOOKING REQUEST WITHOUT EVEN OFFERING A COUNTER OFFER ?
DJs and artists also have a life, a family, also need some sleep. Be aware that the DJ or artist you want to book can be in a different time zone, might have to babysit his children which cannot go to school, have another commitment at the date you request, or any other reason not to be able/wanting to perform on the date and time you chose. Be understanding, and request at a different date and time, we also advertise artists and DJs how many times a single user has filled a booking request.
AS A CLUB, BAR OR PUBLIC VENUE, CAN I ALSO BOOK DJS AND ARTISTS ?
Yes, you can. But you are responsible of following copyright laws in your country for any public performance. Please also provide estimated audience, number of simultaneous sources required (for redundancy) and video requirements so you are not disappointed if you have big screens (fixed camera won't probably be enough). Be aware that such performance is usually more expensive, as technical support is required all along the performance (no matter the time for performer and/or support), and performers have to invest and prepare more in video as well (multiple angles, scenes, VJs, etc)
AS A DJ OR ARTIST, IS DJING TAKING A PERCENTAGE CUT LIKE A TRADITIONAL AGENCY ?
DJing doesn't plan to replace traditional agents and agencies which have other expertise.. DJing is only taking a public fixed price of $/€/£ 20.00 per streamed hour to use all digital services (booking access, price negotiation, scheduling, transcoding, hosting, distribution, payment, access control). Some additional human support or services can be made available to performers to ensure top-notch DJ set or concert (training, monitoring, 1-to-1 support, multiple destinations).
AS A DJ OR ARTIST, DO I HAVE TO PAY ANY UPFRONT COST TO USE DJING BOOKING SERVICES ?
No you can use direct link provided on registration to start using DJing services for your live streaming. If you want to get listed on home page and search results, you need to have generated 5 hours of live streaming. If you don't want to wait and/or want up to 5 hours training before your first paid gigs, you can order a one-time onboarding service for $/€/£ 100.00
AS A DJ OR ARTIST, CAN I PUT LINKS ON MY SOCIAL NETWORKS AND WEB OR APP PROPERTIES ?
Yes, and you are actually encouraged to do so. The best way to get your community to book your performance is to be aware they can on whatever media they use to get news about you. DJing home page and search is for people who don't know which artist or DJ they want to book or last minute choices.
AS A DJ OR ARTIST, CAN I JUST MANAGE PAYMENT ON MY OWN ?
Yes, you can, as hours streamed using our platform are the only thing DJing is measuring for your fee. You just have to have a positive balance (aka fees for live streaming duration paid) before starting the live streaming.
AS A DJ OR ARTIST, CAN I LIVE STREAM ON OTHER PLATFORMS ?
Yes, and you are actually encouraged to do so. Live streaming on UGC websites is a good way to show your skills, get your music listened to, and get people to book you for a private session with unique experience (private, high quality audio, 1-to-1). You are also allowed to stream on "competing" private live streaming platforms as well. DJing doesn't request any exclusive, and if some other platforms someday come with "everything free" (as GAFAM tend to do to get other services to disappear - eg Ninja for Mixer) because they have (investors with) deep pockets, that's nothing DJing can compete with.
AS A DJ OR ARTIST, CAN I PROMOTE MY WORK ON DJING MUSIC TV CHANNELS ?
Yes, you can create and curate your own music TV channel as any user of DJing app, and enhance it with DJ sets, video clips selection, past live streams, or any video content of your choice. Please have a look at Hedonist DJ TV channel as an example
AS A DJ OR ARTIST, WHEN WILL I GET PAID ?
As soon as you have generated 5 hours of live streaming, you can apply for real time payment (requiring Stripe, Paypal, Alipay accounts according to customer payments). Until then, payment is monthly, for a basic reason not to do accounting and wire transfers every hour. Be aware that all payments solutions also include their own commissions (usually fixed fee AND percentage).