TIPS FOR SELECTING A QUALITY DJ
- 1. Meet the DJ
that will be performing your show before you sign a Contract.
Some Disc Jockey companies will have you
first talk to a Salesperson then a Coordinator and then, maybe,
the DJ. In many cases you don't get to meet the DJ that will
be doing your show until show time. These companies subcontract
most of their work to inexperienced young DJs for $30 per hour.
Or you may get a substitute DJ at the last minute. You should
meet your DJ before signing the Contract and several times before
the actual show date to go over arrangements and format.
- 2. You should be able
to select most of the music to be played?
A good DJ will provide you with a large list
of many types of music to select from. He will ensure that the
music you choose will be played. A list will also reveal your
DJs library size, make up and capabilities. The larger the variety,
the greater your selection. Will he purchase music just for you
or will you be required to supply the songs?
- 3. How many shows
of your type has your DJ preformed in the past? Or, how long
has he been working as a Disc Jockey?
The more shows your DJ has performed like yours,
will be a good indicator of his experience. More experience ensures
a better show and a little higher cost. Saving a few dollars
on an important show may result in something less than your expected.
And it could ruin your events. Ask for references.
- 4. Will your DJ coordinate,
MC and organize the activities at your show?
Your DJ should take an active part in helping
you plan the format and timing of your event. He will work with
you to organize all activities at your event and then remind
you when each is to take place. He can make all announcements
for you and handle all the details so you can enjoy the fun.
Ask him questions. His experience can really help you.
- 5. What type of media
will your DJ be playing from (i.e. CD, records, tapes)?
Over a million songs have been recorded on records
and only 40% of those have been transferred to CDs. As good as
CDs are, many popular older titles before 1985 are not available
on CDs. Your selection will be limited if a DJ only plays CDs.
Or, he may not be willing to purchase a large number of CDs just
for your show because of their high cost. Flexibility results
in greater selection. A DJ should be capable of playing many
different types of media for best variety.
- 6. What class or type
of equipment does your DJ use?
In an effort to save money or because of a lack
of knowledge, many DJs use consumer grade home equipment in their
system. This equipment is not designed to handle the long term
heavy use and transport that a DJ will encounter. Stress of usage
on the equipment will result in failure. Confirm that your DJ
uses only a professional grade of equipment that is made specifically
for use in the high end mobile Disc Jockey profession.
- 7. Does your Disc
Jockey carry "back up" equipment and/or personnel?
Even the best of equipment can break. Carrying
"back up" equipment will guarantee that your show will
go on if something fails. A professional will have available
emergency personnel in case of accident or illness.
- 8. Will your Disc
Jockey arrive on Time?
Punctuality is a necessity, and as professional
business people, they should be aware of their responsibilities
to their clients. Normal time for the set up and removal of equipment
is not part of the normal entertainment fee.
- 9. Is the Disc Jockey
have the proper attire for your type of event?
It is very important that your DJ not only act
the part but look it as well. In most cases, a Tuxedo is the
proper formal wear for a Wedding and many other events. Sometime,
there may be a "theme event" where the DJ would fit
in better dressed like the guests.
- 10. Is your DJ insured
All good businesses carry a General Liability
insurance to protect their clients and business. Insurance coverage
provided by your DJ will protect you in case the unforeseen should
- 11. Does your DJ have
the proper license for your type of show?
Some shows require Special License from ASCAP
and BMI to be in compliance with the Copyright Laws.