Before hiring a DJ
Hiring the right entertainer for your event is probably the most important decision for the successful outcome of your event! So how do you find the right DJ? Some people view DJ’s as a commodity and choose the cheapest one they can find, not knowing there are differences to look for. We’ve heard numerous horror stories of DJ companies that lure in customers with low prices, only to provide them with a poor Disc Jockey with poor people-skills, an inferior music library, shoddy equipment, and they arrive late or don’t even come at all! This will help you find the right entertainer! It could make the difference between a memorable event and an unforgettable nightmare!
- Do You Provide A Written Agreement?
It is very important to confirm your booking in writing. Terms should be clearly defined to avoid future problems.
- Are you insured?
Be confident that the DJ you hired will show up for your affair! Insurance will give security & protection to you and your guests, as well as the DJ and his expensive gear.
- Do you have back-up equipment and DJ’s?
Even professional audio equipment can fail on occasion; don’t let this put an early end to your affair. Make sure there is backup DJ in case an emergency or case of illness should occur.
- Is your equipment of professional quality?
There is a difference between home audio and professional road-worthy equipment. The equipment a DJ uses should be built to go on the road each and every day.
- Will you listen to my music suggestions?
Many DJ will think they know what music is best for their audiences and won’t take requests. The DJ should listen to requests and play them whenever appropriate.
- Will you dress appropriately at my affair?
It is important that your entertainer dress his part by wearing formal of semi-formal wear, according to your preference. Banquet events and picnics require different attire.
- Will you play the music at an appropriate level?
The biggest concern voiced by perspective clients is the volume level of the music. A professional DJ will keep the music appropriate level for your guests, especially during cocktails and dinner hour.
- Do you do more than just play music at the affair?
Most affairs are about more than just playing music. It is important to have a DJ who is capable of playing the music, handling all the announcements and helps to coordinate the affair.
- Will you listen to my concerns and input?
A professional DJ is aware that they can’t possibly know every aspect of music and entertainment. Your input and suggestions should be welcome!
It is important to find a DJ company that says yes to the above questions. Experience and quality are the most important factors when hiring entertainment. You will never be sorry when you invest in quality.
Howard Harding - DJ Extraordinary