Pushing play should not be the only things a DJ does throughout the evening. Unfortunately some may just do the minimal requirements, which is why many of the greats are given a bad name. You’ve heard of them, the “iPod djs.” They throw on a playlist and spend the remainder of the night looking uninterested and rarely engaging with their crowd. It’s why many may choose to go cheap or not even book a DJ at all. So I came up with a list of things your DJ should offer and why you really do get what you pay for.
1. They schedule sit down meetings
Whether it’s a wedding event or corporate, your MC for the night will want to know what your ideal format is, to properly prepare. Maybe it’s a hand out of awards through out the event, with various music requirements at specific moments. Or it’s a run down of what music for which dances, recession or even dinner music for a wedding. If your DJ has not made an attempt or does not offer this service, this could be a red flag for what is to come.
2. They require a deposit and contract
Contracts may seem daunting but they should be made to protect both parties. The deposit is to confirm any dates so your DJ isn’t booked for another event. Business professionals including catering, photography and video NOT doing this, may not be properly licensed nor experienced. Watch out for a businesses that do not require a deposit before important bookings such as a wedding.
3. They make your event easier to plan
Often, DJs have a better understanding of your event than you do. Weddings especially! Most of the time when I sit down with couples getting married, we come across things they hadn’t thought of. Games with the guests, special dances and even music options when they felt lost in choosing the right songs. Someone that has a good understanding of your needs, (even when you didn’t know you needed them) can make your planning process feel more complete.
4. They can offer outside resources
Someone in the party industry should have a fair set of contacts and if are unable to connect you directly know someone that can. Many wonderful DJs are great in offering information on different vendors and their options. While it’s definitely not a requirement for a DJ to help you find those resources, it’s a good sign that they understand the industry they are a part of.
Why cheap djs aren’t good and good djs aren’t cheap
DJs serious about their craft go above and beyond the call of duty. They are professionals that are consistently learning new ways to be better DJs. They take courses on how to MC an event, understand sound and set up and take the proper steps to become licensed and insured. Anyone can become a DJ, but the greats invest just as much in you as you do in them.