FAQs

What Type of Events Do You Play?
We are a full-service mobile DJ entertainment company. Our staff of music mixologists is highly experienced in weddings, corporate events, teen dance parties, family celebrations and kids parties. We also have a nightlife division that offers club DJs, karaoke and music-video mixing.
What markets do you serve?
Based in Princeton area of Central New Jersey, Ambient DJ performs across the state of New Jersey, as well as in eastern Pennsylvania and New York City.
We have performed at many of the Tri-State area's most exclusive venues, including The Nassau Inn, Grounds for Sculpture, the Hamilton Manor, The Merion, the Mansion at Voorhees, Clark's Landing, The Mill at Spring Lake, The Smithville Inn, the Stone House at Stirling Ridge, the Liberty House, The Tides Estate, the Elkins Estate, the Morris Arboretum, and many more.
What makes you Different from the Competition?
On the business side, we strive to provide the most responsive and stress-free customer service to our clients. Emails and phone calls are answered within 24 hours (generally sooner), and we guide you through the party planning process from start to finish in a collaborative discussion.
Our company is based upon a deep love of music and top notch musical programming across diverse genres. Rather than using cookie cutter playlists and routines, our music mixologists work closely with each client to craft a unique and memorable event.
Ambient DJs' established business policies and transparent, no-surprise fee schedule make us a company that is easy to do business with. Perhaps old-fashioned, we make an effort to get to know our clients prior to their event, and then deliver a personalized touch!
Gregg Hollmann, Ambient DJs' founder and President, has received local and national press coverage for his expertise in weddings. Ambient DJ is also a multi-year, consecutive year winner of the WeddingWire Bride's Choice awards, reserved for the top 5% rated wedding vendors nationally as ranked by past clients.
How do you keep your music collection up to date?
Ambient DJ spends thousands of dollars annually on upgrading its music and music video collection, both in terms of current and classic content. We do NOT use illegal filesharing sites, primarily as we seek to reward musicians for their artistic creations. Of course, our legal music collection also offers better sound quality and is virus-free.
How many songs are in your library?
Our DJs bring approximately 50,000 songs to a given party. Our music library spans from the Big Band era to the hottest current dance music. We will purchase (at no additional charge to our clients) any songs on their playlist that are not currently in our music library.
Having a large music library is not necessarily impressive. Similar to a painter, it is not how many different colors of paint that you have on your palette, but how you select and mix them to create a masterpiece. The art of the mix is an area in which our DJs excel!
In 2011, Ambient DJ introduced an online planning interface that allows clients to browse our music database from the comfort of their own home, selecting songs according to a color code system (Green= Must Play, Yellow= Play if Possible, Red- Do Not Play).
What time do you arrive?
For weddings, we arrive at least 90 minutes in advance of the scheduled start time to allow a comfortable load-in and setup. For private parties, we typically arrive about one hour prior to the start of the party.
Do You Carry Liability Insurance?
Yes, as required by the region's finer banquet halls, we carry liability insurance underwritten by Penn-America Group, Inc. for up to $1,000,000 per covered incident, and $2,000,000 in aggregate. Proof of insurance can be provided upon request.
Are you a Member of Any Professional Organizations?
Yes, Ambient DJ is a member of the New Jersey Disc Jockey Network (NJDJN), an industry group dedicated to continuing education and best business, ethical and performance standards. Ambients' DJs attend the annual DJ Times International DJ Expo in Atlantic City to partake of educational seminars related to our industry and stay at the top of our games.
We are also a member of the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC) and a platinum member of the Northern New Jersey Wedding and Events Professionals (NNJWEP).
Can I See You Perform?
We do not allow visitors for wedding receptions/formal events, in order to preserve the sanctity of the event. For general parties, we allow guests, subject to the consent of the party host. You are also welcome to catch up with us at our periodic lounge performances. We occasionally perform at bridal expos.
Many prospective wedding clients find it useful to meet with us in-person to discuss their event details and meet their prospective DJ. At these consultations, we do not pressure you or use any “hard closing” techniques. We prefer that you carefully consider your entertainment options and book us once realizing that Ambient DJ is the best choice.
How Far in Advance Should I Book My Event?
We recommend booking your wedding or formal event 12-18 months prior to the event date in order to insure that your desired performer is available. With the soft economic times of recent years, we have noticed a trend in shorter lead times between the booking date and party date. Our peak months are April-July, October, and December.

Wedding FAQs

What markets do you serve?
Based in the Princeton area in Central, NJ, Ambient DJ performs across the state of New Jersey, as well as in eastern Pennsylvania and New York City. We are available for destination weddings, including international events.
Recent venues that Ambient DJ has performed at include:
  • The Nassau Inn
  • The Windsor Ballroom
  • The Forsgate Country Club
  • The Hamilton Manor
  • The Grounds for Sculpture
  • Clark's Landing
  • Crystal Point Yacht Club
  • The Breakers
  • The Mill at Spring Lake
  • The Merion
  • Shannon's Country House
  • The Mansion at Voorhees
  • The Smithville Inn
  • The Stone House at Stirling Ridge
  • The Tides Estate
  • The Liberty House
  • The Chart House
  • The Cairnwood
  • The Pen Ryn Mansion
  • The Elkins Estate
  • The Pine Crest Country Club
  • The Down Town Club
  • Morris Arboretum
  • Columbia Station
Do you have any specialties within your wedding business?
Many of our clients are fellow music lovers and collectors who share our love for alternative rock, electronica, international music and jazz. Reflecting the international experiences of Ambient DJs' owner-operator, many of Ambient's wedding receptions feature multi-cultural couples.
How do you keep your music collection up to date?
Ambient DJ spends thousands of dollars annually on upgrading its music and video collections. We do NOT use illegal filesharing sites, primarily as we seek to reward the musical artists for their creations. Of course, legally downloaded MP3 files also offer better sound quality and are virus-free!
How many songs are in your library?
Our DJs bring approximately 50,000 songs to a given party. Our music library spans from the Big Band era to the hottest current dance music. For weddings, many of the songs will be selected in advance by the client. We will purchase (at no additional charge to the client) any songs on their playlist that are not currently in our music library.
The art of the wedding DJ is playing the right song at the right time. Similar to a painter, it's not how many different colors of paint that you have on your palette, but how you select and mix them to create a masterpiece!
What time do you arrive?
For weddings, we arrive at least 90 minutes in advance of the scheduled start time to allow a comfortable load-in and setup.
What do you wear?
For weddings, we prefer to wear a suit and tie. Tuxedoes or other attire can be worn upon request.
Do you Require Breaks and Meals?
No, the DJ is on his feet and working for the entire event. If the client provides us with a vendor meal, then we may put on a CD for 10 minutes or so during dinner, and grab a quick bite to eat. In our contract, we do not require clients to provide us with meals. However, client-provided meals are always appreciated, particularly when working a longer event that may span ceremony, cocktail and reception.
How Many Songs Should I Select for My Reception?
We recommend that clients submit a playlist of about 30 songs for their wedding reception, with the disc jockey picking the remainder of the songs based on general guidelines discussed during the planning process. This way, brides and grooms get to hear their special music, and the DJ retains some flexibility to read the crowd and unleash his artistic abilities.
What is Your Top Wedding Planning Tip?
For wedding receptions, we recommend that couples stick to the basic formal elements and do not add additional special speeches or ceremonies - as these tend to crowd out the free time for open dancing. While four hours sounds like a long time for a wedding reception, it actually passes by very quickly!
Do You Have Any Recommendations for Our First Dance?
Below we list 50 of our favorite First Dance Songs, arranged by Modern/Alternative and Classic. Ambient's wedding clients gain access to additional special song lists (e.g., Grand Entrance, Father-Daughter, Mother-Son, Cakecutting, and Bouquet/Garter).
25 Modern or Alternative First Dance Songs
  1. You Are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne
  2. Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
  3. Slave to Love - Bryan Ferry
  4. Desire - Ryan Adams
  5. The Blower's Daughter - Damien Rice
  6. I Only Have Eyes for You - Jamie Cullum
  7. All That You'll Be - Emma Bunton
  8. Marry Me - Train
  9. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
  10. Better Together - Jack Johnson
  11. Crash Into Me - Dave Matthews Band
  12. In a Little While - U2
  13. Two Love Birds - Robin Thicke
  14. By Your Side - Sade
  15. Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
  16. Lovesong - The Cure, or 311
  17. The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson
  18. All Mine - Portishead
  19. The Luckiest - Ben Folds
  20. My Favourite Book - Stars
  21. Do You Realize - The Flaming Lips
  22. True Companion - Marc Cohn
  23. For a Moment Like This - Kelly Clarkson
  24. Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not - Thompson Square
  25. Make a Memory - Bon Jovi
25 Traditional and Timeless First Dance Songs
  1. When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
  2. You Make Me Feel Brand New - The Stylistics
  3. These Arms of Mine - Otis Redding
  4. It Had To Be You - Harry Connick, Jr.
  5. The Way You Look Tonight - Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra
  6. Crazy Love - Van Morrison
  7. I Will - The Beatles
  8. Bless the Broken Road - Rascal Flatts
  9. Amazed - Lonestar
  10. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Marcia Griffiths
  11. Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston
  12. Heaven - Bryan Adams
  13. Don't Want To Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
  14. At Last - Etta James
  15. Always and Forever - Heatwave
  16. I Can't Help It - Michael Jackson
  17. Through the Fire - Chaka Khan
  18. From This Moment - Shania Twain w/Bryan White
  19. It's Your Love - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
  20. Can't Help Falling in Love With You - Elvis Presley
  21. Beautiful in My Eyes - Joshua Kadison
  22. Crazy for You - Madonna
  23. Lost in Love - Air Supply
  24. Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
  25. We Have All the Time in the World - Louis Armstrong