UPDATED NOTES 2-24-14:
We've received some awesome design submissions using the headphones already....so if you are new to this contest please try something different or out of the box from what has already been submitted.
In the past I needed to have the design be in long/rectangle form (for website & Biz cards) but also square form (for web ads, flyers etc...)
You also get a better glimpse of why the original logo was longer from (left to right) when you see it at the top of our website homepage: www.heymisterdj.com
However the long design isn't practical for web advertising because most sites limit you to a small square design.
I would like to keep some kind of headphones graphic in the logo but not I'm indifferent to the 3 men on the left side... so they can be removed from the original design.unless they could be replaced with some other type of graphic or mascot that isn't too cheesy and represents "DJs" in a cool way.
If you have a unique idea using a different graphic or icon that you think better represents our brand/style the I'd be happy to see ideas I haven't thought of.
Overall the feedback I've got is that our logo is too busy and doesn't look high end enough so I want to make it more simple, clean and classy but still a bit of fun/playfulness to it if that is possible.
The font and "and feel of the name/logo needs to be balanced so it is soft & pleasing to future brides (weddings) who make up a large part of our business but also edgy/cool looking enough to attract corporate and Hollywood clients.
In regards to color- From the logo examples I uploaded the one I like best is the "MY Bridal DJ by Michael Joseph" - Not sure what color that off-red is but if it was mixed with a lighter blue from my current logo, some grey/silver and black on white background might look good?
Would love to see something that is "Wedding friendly" without being too feminine or soft.
Lastly, if I could afford it I'd totally offer more money...so please know that your time, experience and talent are very much appreciated!!