How To Choose A DJ For Your Celebration: A Musicians Advice
There must be a million articles on how to choose the right DJ or Band for your celebration. However, I feel a musician's perspective is unique because we focus on sound, how it's delivered and DJ stage performance. Too many DJ's truly have no clue on how to adjust the EQ to the room or the difference between a Mambo and a Polka.
When I started my DJ Company I went to bridal shows posing as a bride. I was really amazed that the "shows" were nothing more DJ propaganda. There were these very good-looking men on stage in tuxedo's doing their best impression of George Hamilton. They reminded me of over the top TV evangelists who can speak for hours without taking a breath and say absolutely nothing. Lights were flashing, the music was blaring and tee shirts flew threw the air. People were eating it up! Little did they know the real good-looking guy doesn't do their party, the inexperienced 19 year old laky does. The point I am trying to make is for you not to fall into the hype trap. Do your homework because your DJ can make or break your party.
There are many ways to find DJ's and the Internet is an excellent source. But no matter how you gather your potential list of DJ's remember to ask these important questions:
1. How long have you been working in the music and entertainment industry? (If the DJ is 20 and say's 10 years than he probably is including elementary school chorus)
2. What equipment will you be using? (Have them name the types of speakers and other sound related equipment. Make sure it's professional audio equipment. There are DJ's who will show up with a home stereo system.)
3. Do you have back up equipment and if so what type? (A boom box is not a back up system.)
4. What format (CD's, MP3's etc.) is your music in? (The snap crackle and pops from old style vinyl may not be acceptable to you.)
5. Are you willing to get together and go over the music and specifics of the party? (If a DJ is not willing to get together and review important issues with you, don't hire him/her.)
6. What is your DJ attire?
7. Do you have give-aways and organized games for the children? (Almost all pro DJ's have give-aways and party games for the kids.)
8. Do you have music in all Genres (40's-2004)? (I went to a party were the DJ only played Rap because he had no other music.)
9. Do you have a microphone for speeches? (Preferably a cordless.)
10. (Most important) Can I come see you perform at your next party? (References and videos are not reliable, go and see them with your own eyes!)
If you decide to use a big agency make sure you know what DJ you are going to get and speak to him/her yourself!
Do your homework and you will have a fantastic celebration. You shouldn't have to worry about the pro's you hire so make sure you hire a pro!!
Good luck and have a great celebration!!
About the Author: Dee Murphy of http://www.nassyjs.com
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