What to Expect from a “Professional” Disc Jockey

February 7th, 2015 pulsedj

What to Expect from a “Professional” Disc Jockey

Chances are this is your first time hiring a Disc Jockey Service.  You may have already scoured the internet for advice on how to hire a  Disc Jockey. The one constant that I find is “hire a professional”.  What is difficult to determine is if a DJ is indeed a pro.  It seems that every Disc Jockey has “professional” on their website (guilty), but what are the requirements?  What makes a professional DJ?  I have put together this list of questions to help you interview prospective DJ services.  I hope you find the “professional” that is right for you!

  1.  A professional Disc Jockey will have a Contract/Agreement, not just to protect the DJ but for your protection.  When it’s written down there’s no doubt what was said and that leads into the next important part.
  2. The Planning Forms.  It is so important. It is the script of the flow of the event.  Ask your Disc Jockey if they have them and how accessible and “fluid” are they to use.  In this day and age of electronic technology a professional Disc Jockey will have a system in place that is both “fluid” and painless to use.  Gone should be the days of repetitively filling out paper based forms as the details of your event will change many times during the planning of the event.
  3.  Keeping in Touch by personal meetings and/or by phone or e-mail.  Since event plans do change over time, contact is important as changes to the event happen all the time.  Events are fluid and a professional knows that.
  4.  A professional will arrive in plenty of time to set-up, talk to other vendors, make sure everything is working properly and ready to go when the guests start to arrive.  They are dressed appropriately as requested and have the songs requested by the the guest of honer for their special dances and/or activities.
  5. Professional equipment. You don’t need to know brands and audio specs unless your into to that, but it should not be some home unit put together.  Even the most sophisticated of home stereo systems are not designed for large areas.
  6. Chances are nothing will happen at your event, but if it does, is your DJ prepared to trouble shoot the problem? Do they have back-up equipment on location to get the party back on track? (They should have extra cables, fuses, basic tools, CD player or computer, amplifier, mixer, etc.).
  7. Does the DJ carry a wide variety of music that spans the decades so your grandparents have some songs that they can enjoy and dance too.
  8. References.  In this day and age of social media a well established Disc Jockey should be well established in the Social Media circuit.  These DJ’s may not have reference lists on-hand since sites such as Yelp, Google, Facebook, YouTube, etc. provide the best references you can get.  These references are NOT hand chosen by your Disc Jockey from events that went exceptionally well.  Today, the internet is your best tool to research the credibility of any vendor you are considering.
  9.  Does the price you pay for your DJ include face-to-face meeting with you or only e-mail correspondence.
  10.  Does the DJ have enough experience to help you with the flow of your event and have the knowledge to suggest things that will make your event an event to remember.



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