A Quick Guide to Finding the Right One
Looking to hire a DJ for your next event? Maybe it’s your wedding or maybe you are planning a big party at the house. There are many important questions to ask a DJ when looking for the right fit. The below is a quick guide hitting on what we think the five most important ones are.
Is this DJ reliable?
When you research a DJ online, what is the top reason for complaints? The DJ is not reliable. He doesn’t show up on time, doesn’t get setup in time, or in the worst case scenario, doesn’t show up at all. Yikes! Check out reviews or ask your friends/family for any references. Once you have a few you want to pursue, make sure they pick up the phone and respond to your messages in a timely manner. If he or she doesn’t pick up the phone it’s an immediate red flag. If they can’t take the time to respond to you then odds are they aren’t very reliable. Move on.
What kind of services does the DJ provide?
There are lots of different types of DJ’s out there. Some do karaoke, others specialize in weddings, some do both, etc. First thing to figure out is what kind of event you are looking to have. This will determine what kind of services you need from a DJ. It’s also good to know the style of the event so you can determine if the DJ fits what you are looking for. Have these things hammered out before your first call.
Does the DJ have the right equipment?
If you are having a big wedding reception in an even bigger venue, does the DJ have big enough speakers to reach every corner of the room? If you are wanting karaoke, does the DJ have the appropriate setup for this? What about an outdoor party? Is the DJ you are looking to hire able to ensure the sound quality for your event whether indoors or outdoors? Make sure your DJ can provide the right equipment and has the experience to know what is needed based on your event.
How does the DJ sound and look?
There is so much more that goes into a DJ besides the fact that he or she can play great music. They should also be spending considerable time talking through the microphone as well as interacting with the crowd. Anyone can bring music, a good DJ brings energy to the room in addition to their music. Don’t make the mistake of hiring someone with low energy and no personality. Check out the DJ you are debating on hiring on youtube.com. If they don’t have any videos then that isn’t a deal breaker but check out their online reviews and look for positive comments about the appearance, personality, as well as their music tastes.
How much does the DJ charge? Are there any additional fees?
Great question and the one the typically makes or breaks the deal. What do they charge and are there any hidden fees? Maybe there is an overtime fee or a setup fee. Make sure to ask the DJ about all the extras so there are no surprises after your event.
READ THE CONTRACT! Let’s back up a bit first. If the DJ doesn’t have a contract for you to sign before they perform their services, you should probably look elsewhere. A professional DJ will definitely have some sort of contract for you to read over before hiring them. Next, be sure to read over the contract before signing! What is their cancellation policy? Check out all the small print and make sure what you agreed to over the phone is what is detailed in the contract including any extra fees you could be on the hook for.
The author, Dane Kolbaba, is an owner at Houston Party Ride, a luxury transportation company located in Denver, Colorado. While specializing in weddings and other special life events, Denver Party Ride has lots of experience working with brides and grooms, wedding planners, DJ’s, officiants and other party vendors. They have become a trusted source for anything wedding related