An experienced DJ can completely transform your venue and make it an extremely fun night. On the other side, however, an inexperienced DJ could potentially ruin an otherwise memorable night. Therefore, it is important to look for specific signs when hiring a DJ while being confident of your budget early on. Taking time to look for details and reviewing your contract can help make your special day run smoothly.
What is Your Budget?
Before even looking through a list of potential DJs, be certain of how much you are willing to spend. This will help to streamline the process while you are looking. It should be noted, however, that more experienced DJs tend to cost more (on average, they can cost anywhere around $1000 for a single night).
If you notice that a DJ is giving many services for a ridiculously low price, it may be too good to be true. Always use your best judgment when deciding how much a DJ is worth and don’t feel obligated for paying too much money for subpar service.
How Experienced is the DJ?
When speaking to a potential hire, ask for how many years of experience he or she has. If DJing is a full time job, there is a greater likelihood that he or she will take the job more seriously, will have better equipment, and will be more responsive to a your requests. However, this is not always the case, and the number of venues the DJ has played at may be a better indicator for experience.
Experienced and professional DJ’s will always have samples of songs they have done at different venues; taking time to look through a DJ’s portfolio is another great way to gauge their experience and professionalism. They will often also have their own website detailing past events they have played at and even personal reviews from satisfied (or not so satisfied) customers.
Is the DJ Specific For Your Event?
There are many types of DJs who perform at very different types of venues. For example, DJs who play at a club may not be suited for a wedding (although this is completely up to you and the type of venue you’re trying to pull off). If you are hosting a wedding, hiring a DJ that is specific to weddings may be your best bet as they have experience with playing music that is suited for that specific venue.
Once You Find Your DJ then What?
Once you have looked through reviews of several DJs and have found the one for you, it is time to contact them and set up a contract. Always make sure that there is backup equipment included in the contract; never agree to anything verbally. Also, make certain of the amount you need to pay for your deposit and how much time you have to pay the rest of the costs. Most professional DJs will work through an agency that will help make this process as easy as possible.
A Quick Marketing Note for Other DJ Services
Always be thinking. Recently we ran DJ for a local party here in Springfield. A local plumber in Springfield MO put on a big bash for graduating college students hoping to secure their trust as many of them become local home owners and renters in the area over the next few years (pretty smart if you ask me).
We put on a good party for them, and also used it as an opportunity to earn the trust of hundreds of young adults who will be getting married over the next few years. Each one of them will be looking for a DJ service for their wedding, and we want to be the ones that they call! Never miss an opportunity, we like to say!
Finding a DJ takes time and effort, but keeping in mind the type of DJ and your available budget can make the process faster. When you review your written contract, always make sure the DJ has backup equipment ready for the day of the venue; also determine whether additional services such as lightning, projectors, etc are included.