In the age of the Internet, things are actual different. I started with maybe 100 albums, with an added 200-250 45’s. That is not even a bead in the DJ bucket. I accept credible websites of DJ’s who are claiming 20,000 accessible songs for their events. My own song library went from milk crates of albums, to boxes of cd’s, to MP-3 files on a USB harder drive. And, a USB harder drive is a lot easier to backpack about than 20 milk crates.
So, what do you charge to attending for if you appoint your DJ? I anticipate one of the easiest means to acquisition a acceptable DJ is to yield a attending at what humans accept complained about at my events. And be abiding not to appoint the aforementioned DJ these humans hired.
“He just wouldn’t about-face down the music”.
This has been a part of the a lot of appear of the complaints I accept heard about. One ancestor of the bride, afterwards the DJ had been asked to about-face it down abounding times, assuredly told the DJ that he would stop transaction on the analysis if the music wasn’t angry down.
How do you assure that you will not accept this aforementioned problem? Or if you do, what recourse do you have? Abounding DJ’s are subcontractors of civic alternation organizations. You accept apparently pre-paid for the event. I am abiding the civic alignment will be absorbed in the conduct of the DJ. If you feel that you accept been advised badly, let them know. If they accept added complaints, that accurate DJ adeptness not be alive for them in the future.
“He just wouldn’t shut up”.
I accept had abundant accident attendees appear up to me over the years and acknowledge me for not talking their aerial off while I was accomplishing the DJ work. A aloft complaint was that the DJ started “chattering” a minute or added afore the song ended, kept up the chat during the achromatize to the new song, and didn’t stop talking until the new song was about a minute in.
One adult told me that the DJ she assassin was talking through about bisected of ceremony song. Anyone ample out how to handle the situation: they all abdicate traveling out on the ball floor. If the DJ asked why no-one was dancing, anyone shouted that they couldn’t ball if the DJ wouldn’t shut up. She appear that the DJ got the message.
As above, if the DJ is a sub-contractor, his awning alignment will apparently wish to apperceive how the DJ handled the event. If the DJ doesn’t accede with your requests, you may appeal a refund.
“He didn’t play any of the music we capital to hear”.
This has been apparently the a lot of appear DJ problem. One adult told me that the DJ she assassin for the 25th ceremony affair she had appointed for her parents wouldn’t play any of the music she had requested. He had asked her to accord him a account of the music she wanted, but over center through the party, he had not played annihilation she had listed.
In this instance, the DJ was not affiliated with a civic organization. In adjustment to get the event, he had accustomed the applicant a 50/50 deal, 50% down and 50% at the cessation of the event. The DJ was acutely afraid if the applicant alone his appeal for the final payment. If the applicant showed the DJ the account of music she had accustomed him, after a individual song arrested off as accepting been played, he responded that he accepted to be paid, even admitting he had not played annihilation that had been requested.
“He didn’t appearance up with the accessories he promised”.
One attendee at an accident I DJ’d told me of the afterward nightmare: She had assassin a DJ for a singles mixer at a bounded night club/restaurant. The night club had 3 abstracted basement areas, for which the applicant had requested abstracted apostle systems, to accommodate music to all areas of the nightclub. If the DJ showed up, all he had was a individual set of speakers, which were clumsy to accommodate acceptable complete to the areas extreme from breadth he set up. If the applicant asked breadth the blow of the blow of the speakers were, the DJ replied that he didn’t absolutely accept the added speakers. The applicant had paid a 10% down payment, with the blow accepted to be paid afore the accident would be started. The DJ had several excuses about why he didn’t accept the equipment, but told the applicant he accepted to be paid in full, artlessly because he showed up. I got the consequence from the applicant that the DJ wasn’t happy.
After thirty years in the DJ industry, I accept heard abounding added tales of woe. But, I anticipate there are means to abatement the possibilities that you will abatement casualty to the aforementioned types of DJ’s I accept already mentioned. Now that we apperceive who not to hire, let’s attending at some things to attending for to acquisition the appropriate DJ.
#1: Pre-determine the music appropriate for the accident you are planning.
Make a account of what you wish to hear. I am abiding it will change as the black goes on, but you will alpha with something you are blessed with.
Several years ago, I did a back-yard marriage reception. The account that the applicant gave me was in fact absolutely simple: 50% archetypal rock, 25% country, 25% top 40. No problem. However, no one took into application that a lot of of the attendees were of Mexican descent. It anon became credible that by not advertisement that they capital Tejano music, I didn’t accomplish an accomplishment to get Tejano music. I did, however, accept a brace CD players. We scoured the CD libraries of two of the association in the home, begin all the Tejano music we needed, and salvaged the reception.
If you are planning, for example, a 50th ceremony affair for your parents, they apparently grew up in the 30’s, 40’s or 50’s. That’s the music they listened or danced to if they were dating. That’s the Big Bandage era. They are acceptable not traveling to get on the ball attic for Rap or Techno music. I am abiding you will get anyone out there for those music styles, but if you arrive your parent’s friends, there will not be abounding of their age accumulation on the ball floor. So, acquisition a DJ who has an accomplished library of the 30’s – 50’s Big Bandage music. He will be absolutely asked to play something from that era.
When I started my DJ business, I was alert to what has become accepted as Archetypal Rock, although aback again it was just Rock. The Birds, Alice Cooper, Bachman Turner Overdrive, The Who, The Beach Boys, and even the Beatles. So, I would be a acceptable alternative for a singles ball whose attendees were in the 30-50 year old range. You would never ask me to do a candied sixteen altogether affair for your daughter. I wouldn’t accept the aboriginal abstraction what they were (or are) alert to.
Granted, in about all venues, there will be a assorted music requirement. Big Bandage will not be the alone appeal at the 50th ceremony party, but it will acceptable be a ample allocation of the appeal lists. So it is a actual aerial acclimation act to absorb all the styles that will be requested. I just apperceive that I accept and will acceptable about-face down any requests to do Rap music or candied sixteen parties.
#2: Baddest the DJ for the breadth based on his adeptness to accomplish the requirements of that venue.
My aboriginal DJ contest were singles dances in Seattle. They were captivated in the cultural halls in two LDS churches. I anon apparent that I just didn’t plan actual well. I was aggravating to ample an breadth about the admeasurement of a accepted basketball cloister with sound. It could be done calmly with the accessories I had set up for the aboriginal dance, if there were no humans there. With fifty humans aggravating to ball to the music, I just didn’t accept the bump capabilities.
I anon added addition brace of speakers about center down the floor, pointing beeline beyond the attic at ceremony other. This apparent the problems of accepting the music from the foreground row to at atomic center back. Addition brace of speakers apparent the affair of accepting the music all the way to the back.
There were added means to breach the appropriate issues of sound. I could accept installed the speakers on stands to get the music over the active of the dancers. My access was to use 350 Watt speakers, usually in 2 or 3 pairs, about the alfresco of the ball floor, to get the booming bass I anticipation was so important. I acquainted that the angle speakers were a little too “tinny”; I capital to “feel” the music.
#3: Discuss with the DJ the recourse you accept if he doesn’t accomplish your expectations.
I apprehend that expectations can be actual generic. What you adeptness anticipate is a complete abortion in the accident adeptness artlessly be a absent conversation, one that didn’t yield place, but should have.
I accept that a lot of DJ’s, if they are absolutely aggravating to accommodate the complete best for their clients, will yield the time to get to apperceive all of the client’s requirements, from the time the DJ needs to appearance up, to what they are traveling to wear. Showing up at 8:00 Pm for an accident at 7:00 PM just doesn’t affect the guests actual much. And cutting a tux to a 50th altogether affair in someone’s aback backyard if all the guests are cutting cut-offs adeptness be a little pretentious.
So, allocution to your DJ. Ask him what you should do if he can’t acquisition the aggregate knob, or if he can’t accumulate his opinions about the music to himself so the guests can ball to music and not a annual of the latest bandage gossip. And, ask one of the a lot of important questions if the account process: Just how absorbed is he in authoritative your accident the best it can possibly be?
I accept done DJ contest from a singles ball with 4 humans to an all-embracing accident captivated at the Peace Arch abreast Seattle. Along the way, I approved to apprentice what the applicant expected, and did my best to accommodate that applicant with aggregate they bare and wanted. So, here’s a abbreviate list:
1) Get all of your expectations in writing.
- Does the DJ accept a Services Contract? Does it account aggregate the DJ will do for your event, including who he/she is bringing?
- Accord your proposed DJ a account of aggregate you wish for the accident if you account him/her.
- Allocution every account over with them.
- Assure the DJ has an Accident Planer (and ample it out in abundant detail).
2) Acquisition out if the DJ is a bounded independent, affiliated with a civic organization, or just pulled his AM/FM tuner out of his stereo cabinet.
- Does he/she accept the final say in the accommodation process? If not, acquisition out who makes the decisions, get a buzz amount and address, and acquaintance that person.
- Use Internet assets to verify claims the DJ makes. If he says he is a affiliate of XYZ Entertainment, acquaintance them.
- Ask for a account of audience he has DJ’d for in the antecedent 6 months. You can go aback further, but the industry has afflicted so significantly, the DJ may not be recognizable.
- Don’t accept that anybody on the account is a absolute referral. CALL EVERYONE.
3) Acquisition out if the DJ has an on-line music library listing, or has a account printed up for you to baddest your music from.
- Accomplish your account as specific as possible. Don’t account “Country” as a music style; account specific country artists.
- If you accept a account of music, accomplish abiding he/she knows what you wish to accept to.
- Acquisition out what you can do if the DJ doesn’t play what you want.
- If your DJ says you accept to accept to alone what they wish to play, acquisition addition DJ.
4) Absolutely “look” at your DJ.
- Analysis out his/her internet site. Attending for annihilation that adeptness acquaint you if he/she is the one you wish at your event.
- Ask for your DJ’s accessories list. I am abiding he/she is actual appreciative of their 1000 watt “boom box”, but that adeptness not be the best accessories for your event.
5) Cheaper is not better
- If you accept gotten 4 quotes beyond $700 each, and 1 adduce for $300, don’t be aflame to be accepting a $400 discount; be aflame to ascertain why you are accepting that price.
In conclusion, your selections can accomplish or breach the event. If you baddest the amiss caterer, appoint the amiss hall, accept the amiss dress aggregation accomplish your dresses, or even appoint the amiss DJ, the accident may not be the best ever. But, a little detective work, a little absorption to detail, a catechism here, a catechism there, and you will actualize an accident to be appreciative of.