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Questions You Need to Ask Your Potential DJ

May 29th, 2013 by Jeannine

Questions You Need to Ask Your Potential DJ

A rockin’ dance floor needs a DJ but which one will you choose? I’ve come up with a list of questions to help narrow down the playing field and find you a DJ whose personality and skill will be music to your ears.

    • What’s included in your package? – Most DJ’s include equipment like mixers, speakers, mics and specialty lighting with their booking but some may offer more hours or other perks. Compare each potential DJ’s package and see which one will get you the most bang for your buck. Make sure to ask if travel and setup/teardown fees are included, if any.
    • Do you have videos from past events? – If the DJ has videos you can get a sense of how they work and, most importantly, see how they handle a party and how much fun the crowd is having.
    • Do you have the songs I want? – Once you’ve got your playlist and do not play list put together, let your DJ know so they can be prepared and have the right songs ready for your big day. If they don’t have the specific song you want, make sure they will be able to get it for you.
    • What do you do to keep the crowd energy level high? – The last thing you want is a boring party – your DJ must have some tricks up his sleeve to help take your party to the next level.
    • Are you licensed to play this music? – Check if they charge the SOCAN or AVLA fees and make sure he or she is getting music legitimately.
    • Do you have ceremony packages as well? – If you choose not to have live music for your event, you still need someone to play your ceremony music. If you don’t want to subject your friends to work your wedding and you’re hiring a DJ anyway, see if they can handle your ceremony as well.
    • Do you emcee? - Most DJ’s make good emcees so if you feel none of your friends and family would be comfortable working the crowd and moving the night along, leave it to a professional. This may cost extra though.
    • Do you have a good backup in case of emergency? - Ensure the DJ has a Plan B in case Murphy’s Law shows up on your doorstep. Whether it be a replacement DJ in case the one you booked is sick or backup equipment, it’s best to be prepared. The last thing you want is to be hooped.

And of course make sure his personality and party style meshes with your personalities and how you want your party to be. Make sure he’s flexible in case you don’t want too wild a party. Any other questions come to mind? Leave a comment and let us know!

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  • June 25th, 2013 at 4:06 am
    Jannah Fernando says:

    I am glad to read this article for I am planning to hire a wedding Dj on my wedding two months from now. I dont have any idea about this thing this article made me realize how important to ask questions.

  • October 12th, 2013 at 3:16 pm
    mike oulton says:

    Great article. I am a wedding dj/ entertainer and I 100% buy into the fact that I am the reason if the party goes well or goes sideways.
    A wedding dj has to care about his clients. I meet with the bride and groom and go over everything! Over the years my wedding package has become legendary. I play unique games, I’m a dancefloor wedding singer, I do table comedy and mc as well. My weddings are fun And memorable.

  • March 15th, 2014 at 8:43 am
    Ghislain says:

    This is a very thoughtful advice. Hiring a Dj can be a real pain in the butt

  • September 13th, 2014 at 11:57 pm
    Liting says:

    Hey Jeannine
    Good Job! You covered some important tips.
    How about liability insurance? – A professional DJ should carry at least 2 million liability insurance.

    Do you take music request? – An experienced DJ takes music request, mix song live, and can sense the crowd to play the RIGHT tone, so the crowd keeps moving.

    Can you come to my rehearsal free of charge? -never assume, always double check.

    If I like to mix my grand entrance song, can you include in your services?

    Are your music radio edited? There are kids and senior at your wedding, having swearing songs are not appropriate. You would be surprised, some DJ illegally download music from youtube. which leads to our next question.

    Are you song licenced. Download songs are poor in quality, might have swear language and ILLEGAL.

    Hope this helps

  • November 27th, 2014 at 10:12 pm
    Wedding Dj South Australia says:

    When you hire a wedding Disk Jockey, you should talk to your supplier about lighting, especially if you are having an evening event. Ask what sort of lighting they provide and give them an idea of the kind of effect you are looking for.


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