|Questions you should ask before hiring a DJ|
Do you just play music?
A professional DJ should be able and prepared to be responsible for a lot more than just “playing music”. A properly
prepared DJ will be familiar with the style of entertainment you are looking for, and do everything within his/her power to
create the exact atmosphere you desire. In addition to playing music, the DJ will also act as Master Of Ceremonies and
reception coordinator or work closely with the venue officials to make sure your event flows smoothly.
Are you insured? Can you supply me with proof of liability?
Many responsible business owners carry liability insurance to protect their businesses and the consumer. Many locations are beginning to require proof of liability. Ask for proof of liability insurance. Disc Jockeys receive a Certificate of Liability which can be used as proof.
Will you be willing to play requests and discuss music ahead of time?
A versatile Disc Jockey is willing to listen to your suggestions, give you feedback and play from your desired song list including what you do-not want to hear. The key here is, is the DJ skilled at two-way communication.
Do you use Professional Equipment?
Ask whether your prospective Disc Jockey works with professional audio equipment. If you are not sure, ask for their equipment list and check with a local music dealer or the “National Association of Mobile Entertainers” to verify they are using professional-grade sound gear.
Do you provide backup equipment at my event?
Although equipment failure is rare, do you really want your special occasion ruined because your Disc Jockey did not come prepared? The most common equipment failures are cables & cords that are constantly being yanked and stepped on, the CD player with its mechanical components, and the amplifier. Make sure your DJ can handle any of these component’s failures without impacting your event.
Do you have a back-up plan in case of illness or accident?
Is the DJ just one guy with no affiliations? What happens if he drops a speaker on his foot the day before he is to perform at your special event? A good DJ should have multiple back-up personnel he/she can call upon in such an emergency.
Do you know the proper etiquette for my type of event?
A professional Disc Jockey will assist you with the planning of your special day. Most professional entertainers will coordinate, emcee and provide the music that you desire. Ask if they have experience with your type of event. Additionally, specify the type of apparel that your Disc Jockey is expected to wear for your occasion. Formal attire or coat & tie are the most popular forms of attire. If you are having a casual or "themed" event, make sure your entertainer is informed.
How much time do you allow for set-up?
Punctuality is a necessity. Most Disc Jockeys arrive at least one hour prior to the start time you've given them. Your entertainer should ideally be setup and in-place before your first guest walks through the door.
Do you provide a written contract?
It is extremely important to have your booking confirmed in writing. Ask for a written agreement, especially if you are paying an initial retainer.
Do you belong to a professional organization or trade group?
Although belonging to an organization or trade group does not guarantee the talent or professionalism of a disc jockey, it may indicate the company’s willingness to network, learn and grow.