Here are major issues you want to know about before calling/hiring prospective DJs:
- Date, time and location.
-Are you insured? Can you supply me with proof of liability?
-Will you be willing to play requests and discuss music ahead of time?
-Do you use Professional Equipment?
-Do you provide backup equipment at my event?
How much time do you allow for set-up? Punctuality is a necessity
Do you provide a written contract?
Will you be suitably dressed for our occasion?
Do you have testimonials, reviews, or vendors we can talk to about your service?
HERE ARE SOME ISSUES MANY DJ’s DO NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW. . .
RELIABLE FULL-TIME COMPANIES
DJ web sites pop up on the internet every week and shopping by internet alone will give you only 1/2 of the story. Even today, the web is not all encompassing, and you may be missing out on a lot of vital information. Check with your other vendors
It is important that you are able to pay with a credit card for a few reasons. If the DJ does not comply with the contract agreement, you can dispute it and get money back. Second, it shows the credibility and seriousness of the business with whom you are dealing.
Some DJs do not even have a web site! Since there are free web hosting sites everywhere, this should not be an issue. If they are serious about their business, a professional DJ should have professional material, equipment and just as important – an informative web site.
With today’s technology, there is absolutely no reason why a DJ should not be using digital media such MP3s for easy song selection. Do you carry edited music.
EXPERIENCE EXPERIENCE EXPERIENCE
Do not risk hiring an inexperienced DJ just to save a few dollars. A polished professional can calmly deal with the nervous family member, or a crowd that just won’t dance, while keeping the event enjoyable. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for references specific to your assigned DJ.
BACKUP DJs AND BACKUP EQUIPMENT
What if your DJ is sick or is involved in an accident? Is that a gamble you want to take on your special day? Independent DJs and small companies with less than 3 DJs on staff are the highest risks since they will usually book all their DJs, leaving you without a backup! TIP: If there is no backup, a common response you may get is: “We have NEVER had a problem,” or “I work with several DJs (network of DJs) that will be on backup for me.” Both of these answers mean they do NOT have backup! In addition, make sure that your DJ will be using professional grade equipment, including computers and wireless microphones.
DRINKING ALCOHOL – WHAT IS YOUR COMPANY’S POLICY?
Do your DJs drink alcohol on the job? This can be a legitimate concern. A professional DJ will not drink on the job. Make sure to ask about the drinking policies of the DJ services you are considering.