Booking a Disk Jockey (DJ) is typically associated with events, including weddings, corporate get-togethers, anniversaries, or other celebrations with a rented venue for dancing. Global DJ services have a massive market and will continue to grow in upcoming years.
Many DJs might offer you comprehensive services for your event such as acting as host or Master of Ceremonies (“Emcee”) to guide people through the activities associated with your party. In addition, it can be helpful to work with a DJ that provides more than just music.
However, a DJ is not your only option. There are many things to consider before you decide to move forward and book a DJ for your event. Of course, pricing is one of the most significant factors when choosing a DJ, but you also would like to book someone who will make your special occasion unforgettable.
Here are some of the top considerations for you when thinking about booking a DJ or seeing what other options you might have.
Communication and Customer Service
You have expectations for your event. For example, there may be certain songs you want to stay away from because you feel they are too cliche, or maybe you just don’t care for them. On the otter hand, there are probably specific songs that you want to be played at certain times throughout the event.
You must be able to have open communications with your DJ. You want to ensure that you’re on the same page, and if you have information regarding the music that needs to be played, you should be able to communicate it without any problems.
Look for a DJ that has a good reputation with customers. Understanding your desires and needs is a big deal when planning, and you need a DJ that will cater to those wants.
Cost is probably an important factor when considering a DJ. However, you don’t want to compromise your cost for an exceptional experience. For example, if you’re planning your wedding, you want to ensure that the day runs smoothly and that you have few worries. In addition, if you hire a relatively new DJ to the circuit, you may experience some hiccups or even bigger problems that arise because of inexperience.
Hiring a DJ who understands the trade well, has years of experience, and has an excellent track record performing at events should weigh heavier than the price tag. A DJ with more experience and knowledge will have a better sense of what will work and be able to provide you with suggestions or recommendations for things you may not have even been thinking about about the event.
Quality equipment is another aspect you want to consider when exploring DJs. Good audio will be necessary for your guests to hear the music and understand when your Emcee is speaking without issue. Mixers, speakers, microphones, headphones, etc., should all be incorporated with your DJ’s service. If you see that a company relies on renting their equipment, this could be a red flag.
Do the research and see if you can find a video or two to showcase the DJ, where you can see and hear it all for yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask them to give you an example or show you their equipment so that you can make a more informed decision, in case you can tell if their equipment is cheap or likely to have issues.
Exploring Other Options
It is possible that having a DJ is not in the cards for you. There are plenty of options that you can consider, such as having a live band perform. However, there are some pros and cons to each. If you genuinely want to save on money, you might want to rent your own sound system and create a music playlist based on what you want.
However, things that you should remember if going one of the alternate routes to using a DJ to watch out for include:
- Hosting/Emcee: if you still need a microphone to make announcements and guide people through the day’s events, you should ensure that you have someone (not yourself!) to do it.
- Music copyright laws: There may be some music you aren’t allowed to play, such as copyrighted music from TikTok or other sources. If you are “stealing” music that you haven’t purchased or using it corporately or commercially without a license, you could expose yourself to a lawsuit.
- Poor or non-working equipment: Just like you wouldn’t want from your DJ if you rent or borrow equipment to put on the entertainment yourself, make sure it works! Clear audio is crucial for guests to understand what’s being said and the music. You also may need to invest in specific DJ software for the event when doing it yourself. Paying for equipment, software, and more may or may not cost more than hiring a professional.
- Limited music selection: Let’s say you prefer a live-performing band rather than a DJ. Be sure they can still provide you with the variety of music you’re looking for, rather than being stuck in one genre type (unless that’s the point). Some bands may be limited in what they can offer you in terms of specific songs, styles of music, etc.
You need to consider your options if you’re on a tight budget. Pricing is indeed an essential factor in choosing your entertainment. Several aspects determine the pricing for packages with a DJ or a live band. Consider these when deciding on what entertainment route you want to take:
- Date of the event – seasonal demands affect how much things cost. Consider having your event occur on a Friday evening rather than a Saturday since Saturday events are usually priced higher.
- Type of event – weddings require much more planning work and setting up than other occasions, which also affects the price.
- Location – depending on how far your DJ, band, or equipment has to go, this could also affect how much things cost.
- Convenience – When doing it yourself, sure, you’ll save money. But you’re also putting more on your plate of things you need to do and take care of, which can stress you out! So consider the convenience of leaving the entertainment in the hands of a professional to give you peace of mind.
Whatever event you’re planning, you’re putting a lot of time, money, and work into ensuring it runs as smoothly as possible. So consider all of the demands and factors in the essential aspects of what makes a DJ work better than a band or doing entertainment in a more budget-friendly fashion.
Compare several DJ companies to find the best fit for your plans, and ensure they are willing to work with you. Consider essential things such as experience level, quality of equipment, and variety of services. You can even ask about discounts on packages. So take your time, do the research, and there is no doubt your next event will be a huge success!