14 QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ASK
In choosing a DJ, we recommend that you take your time and make sure that you've got the right person for the job. To that end, we've compiled a list of appropriate questions to ask of your prospective DJ.
Making these inquiries at the beginning of your planning process can greatly reduce any stress you may experience throughout your event preparation.
1. Is the DJ willing to meet with you for an interview before you hire them?
Remember, this is your event and you have every right to make sure you feel comfortable with the individual creating all the energy and excitement at your event.
Often times a company will meet with you to discuss your event, but send a different person to actually perform. You should make sure that the person you are meeting is the individual that will arrive for your event.
It's important to get a feel for the personality of the DJ and determine whether he/she will relate well to you and your guests.
2. Will the person you interview be the person that will perform at your event?
This is one of the more common complaints 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 he/she will be the actual person performing. You need to know this UP FRONT before you sign a contract.
3. Is the DJ willing to do a site survey of the party space prior to the event?
The DJ should know in advance where he/she is going to set up shop.
We personally like to know in advance the route and drive time to the event to make sure we are on time.
4. How much time do you allow for set up?
Our DJs typically arrive at least 1 hour prior to your event and will be fully sound checked and ready to rock well before the first guest arrives.
(This also allows time for trouble shooting any equipment issues)
5. Will the DJ provide a contract for the event?
Hiring a DJ is a business transaction and should be handled as such.
Contracts insure professionalism and security for all parties involved.
6. Can the DJ supply you with references or letters of recommendation?
What better way to determine a DJ's credibility than to hear testimonials from satisfied clients?
7. What kind of experience does the DJ have?
DJs have varying degrees in their style, presentation, and overall music knowledge.
Be sure you have found a DJ whose expertise properly matches your needs.
8. Does the DJ use professional equipment?
A DJ will only appear and sound as good as his equipment!
Old, worn, and outdated gear will not only be an eyesore at upscale events, but also dramatically reduce the sound quality, and run a higher risk of failure as well.
9. What is included in your package?
Don't wait until the big event to realize that you didn't purchase enough sound, lighting or other effects you may have assumed were included.
Don't feel intimidated if you aren't familiar with brand names or model numbers. Ask the DJ to walk through and explain what's included and what each piece of equipment is for.
Ask to see a photo of what the equipment setup will look like if you are still unclear.
10. Does the DJ have a backup plan in case of equipment failure?
Most professional DJs will have backup equipment or a network of resources to call in case of emergency.
Making sure that the DJ is using top grade professional equipment will reduce the chances of any problems, but unforeseen circumstances can and do occur.
11. Does the DJ work alone or bring an assistant?
Believe it or not, we have heard stories of less than professional DJs showing up to play a wedding with several friends in tow.
While it is not unusual for a DJ to have an assistant to help with gear or to emcee some of the events, anything beyond that is excessive.
Remember, it's YOUR event and you have every right to know who is attending.
12. Will the DJ host the event and interact with your guests?
Some DJs are just that: Only a Disc Jockey.
Depending on the event and needs of your guests, you should be sure that the DJ is comfortable hosting the event, helping to direct your guests as needed, and entertaining on the microphone.
If you have booked a DJ based on music knowledge and technical ability alone, you may want to consider adding an MC to the package to enhance your entertainment value.
13. Will the DJ be willing to play requests and discuss music prior to the event?
Our pricing always includes an initial consultation with your potential DJ and a follow up meeting one week prior to your event to make sure we have everything catered to your taste. In fact we encourage clients to give as much input as they are comfortable with in pre-selecting music for the cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing.
Regardless of how much pre-planning is done with music, our DJs will always respond to your guest request in a courteous manner and accommodate them whenever possible unless otherwise instructed.
14. Are you INSURED?
Most responsible business owners carry insurance to protect themselves and their clients.
Many venues are now asking for the vendors to provide proof of Liability.
We are fully covered.