Hiring a DJ
for your event is one of the most important parts of creating a fun and
festive party or wedding atmosphere. How do you find the right DJ and stay within your budget? However, you also
want a DJ that is fun and entertaining and plays the kind of music you
and your guests would like to dance to.
Here are a few questions to ask
when you are looking to hire a DJ.
Do you have a written contract?
It is important in any
business situation to get a written contract with all expectations,
prices spelled out.
Is the DJ willing to meet with you even BEFORE the services have been secured
or are they just trying to book the date sight unseen?
You should expect to get a call,email or text back within 24 hours.
Is the price too good to be true?
It seems that the entertainment is often
the last service chosen, after much of the budget is expended on a
venue, food and clothing. This often leads brides and party planners to
shop for the cheapest price possible because of a lack of resources.
This often backfires when holding out for the lowest price. Services that have a rock bottom price may not be able to
display the level of quality and attention to detail that EVERY client
You should consider your DJ service an insurance policy!
An insurance policy that insures all
of the other money you have spent will not result in bad memories. As
they say, “you get what you pay for”. Good entertainment is NOT cheap, and cheap
entertainment is NOT good!! And yet many people will pay far more for a
cake, flowers, or food than they will for the most crucial ingredient
of your event – the entertainment. The photographer is responsible for
capturing those Kodak moments on film. This is an important job. But,
the DJ is responsible for creating those moments! That too is an
Does the DJ have a music list that shows you what sort of music he or she has available?
Many DJS do not use music lists,
others do. However, in some fashion, you (the client) need to be assured
that the DJ you hire not only has a sizable collection, but has a
variety of music, especially for wedding receptions, where there will be
a wide range of age groups in the same room together. Does the DJ use
professional grade equipment? If the DJ does not have pictures of his or
her gear, you should ask to set up a time to see the equipment or see
pictures of the DJS set up. Although there are many fine stereo
equipment components made, they are not suitable for commercial or
repeated use and varying room conditions. The DJ should be able to tell
you what they use and characterize the equipment as professional grade.
Make sure the DJ will dress appropriately for your event.
Your DJ will stand out like a sore thumb if he is not dressed
for the occasion.
Will the DJ offer to meet with you AFTER signing the contract to plan the details of your event?
A professional DJ should ALWAYS be
willing to discuss your event at any mutually agreeable point in time
before the event, and should display the flexibility to accommodate
changes, be creative, and help you solve problems. Meeting your DJ to
plan your event is of paramount importance to the success of your event
such as a Wedding Reception. Will the person that you interview be the
person that will perform at your event? This is a common
complaint about the DJ industry today. The person you meet turns out NOT
to be the person that actually does your show. Often, you are not made
aware of this. Ask the DJ you interview if they will be the actual
person performing, or will someone else perform the event. You need to
know this UP FRONT before you sign a contract.
A quality DJ should display many (if not all) of the following skills and attributes:
- Master of ceremonies
- Party organizer
- Sound technician
- Lighting technician
- Ability to read a crowd and pick the right music
- Flexibility to adapt to sudden changes
- Follow the plan that you and your DJ have worked out using a planner
- Seamless continuous music at all times unless otherwise specified
- Extensive library of music
- Professional grade equipment
- Audience motivator
- Ability to co-exist and coordinate with other professionals at your event
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