Detecting a Not so Great DJ
An inexperienced DJ can ruin a potentially amazing night; that is why it is best to detect a not so great DJ before they have the opportunity to play at your event. Luckily, there are many ways for you to look through a list of DJs and determine who may not be the best for you. Here are a few signs you must look out for before signing your contract with a potential DJ.
Does Not Have Prior Samples
It is always best to ask a potential DJ for samples of when they have played at previous events. This gives a feel for how they will fit in at your venue, the types of songs they are comfortable playing, and the number of times they have DJ’ed. If he or she is unwilling to offer samples, it is a clear sign of inexperience or that they are uncomfortable of showing samples, as the quality of their work may not be good enough for the job.
Does Not Have Backup Equipment Included
If the DJ tells you that backup equipment will cost extra or is flat out not available for the day of the venue, he or she may not be right for the job. Proper DJs will always have doubles of everything — all wires, lighting, everything in order to replace any mishaps that may occur the day of.
Does Not Speak Clearly
Many DJs will have to speak to the crowd and get the party started (literally). Many professional DJs will pay special attention to their own voices and do many vocal exercises or practice to ensure a clear and crisp voice so that all attendees can understand. A DJ who does not speak clearly or in a way that is suited for the crowd most likely has not been DJing for a long time and can potentially ruin the mood of th atmosphere.
Pricing is Too Low
This point is a bit subjective and often requires your best judgment. However, DJs who charge ridiculously low prices may not have the highest quality equipment in their setups. This also often means that other services such as lightening, projectors, etc. may not be included in the package.
Is Unwilling to Listen to Requests or Bad at Communicating
Some DJs prefer to continually play their same setup regardless of what event they are going to. This unwillingness to bring variable performances to different events may be a sign of inexperience or a lack of being able to take requests. Since this is your event, it is essential that the DJ be able to perform in a manner that suits your vision. If they are unable to actively communicate to you as to what you want, it may be best to move on.
Overall, if your DJ is not being responsive or willing to take requests, he or she may not be the DJ for you. Experienced DJs will always be willing to talk about your concerns and are more than happy to show samples of previous events they played at. If there are no obvious signs of an inexperienced DJ, always trust your best judgment or go online and find reviews.
One more thing that we thought of is that if you are having an event and bringing in a DJ, you might consider creating a Google “My Map” to show people how to get to your event from different areas around town. The plumber in Springfield
that we recently DJ’d a party for sent a Google My Map out to all of the invited guests and we overheard several of them talking about how helpful that was to be able to find the event center. Just a thought!