How to choose a DJ

Depending on where you come from, the things you take into consideration when choosing the music for your event are dramatically different. When you are choosing a DJ for your event ensure that you have done enough research and are very sure about what you want from them. Evaluate the DJ to determine whether they are a well-rounded, successful entertainer who can bring a level of expertise and versatility to your event. It is fine if your prospective DJ mainly focuses on particular events, as long as they squeeze in some time for other types of parties as well.

Preferences:

Find a DJ who will create a soundtrack for you that is based on your style, taste and vision for the day. A skilled DJ will gladly accept your must-play and do-not-play lists, no matter how short or long. Interviewing prospective DJs is certainly helpful, but hearing them in action will really seal the deal. So try and see if you can attend any event that they are performing in. Lay out the ground rules and don’t be afraid to be a little bit aggressive and put it writing, asking him to acknowledge your requests.

Planning:

There are all kinds of incentives that DJs use to encourage guests to storm the dance floor, whether it’s asking to join for a special dance honouring the hosts or if a meaningful throwback song. Be very specific about your playlist and, if he doesn’t give you a good form to work with, create your own. Decide whether you’re going to let the DJ take requests or not, and make sure you’re clear on the system with the DJ. If you’d prefer he not take requests, you can ask him to tell people that he doesn’t have the music being requested up to a certain point.

Hiring a DJ:

The sound varies drastically depending on the room where your reception will be held. Don’t underestimate the importance of a site visit, ensure your DJ and his team of sound technicians do a proper recce before the D-Day. Also, give them ample time on the day of the event to set up and check for any issues. Some DJ packages come with extra services such as intelligent lighting and video screens. Ensure you ask then the extent of what they can provide. DJs can even bring in people to set up a stage and special effects, if needed.  Quality equipment is a sound investment and a must in the special event business.

The best and easiest way to find a DJ you’ll like is to hire one you’ve already seen. If you haven’t seen a good DJ recently, ask your friends. Your friends’ taste in music is probably similar to yours. Finally, your DJ should want to do your wedding or special event. Enthusiasm is another good sign of a professional DJ. Enthusiasm and good communication skills are essential elements in hiring a competent DJ.