The Inland Empire, Riverside, San Diego, San
Bernardino, Palm Springs and Los Angeles
are major issues you want to know about before calling/hiring prospective DJs:
* Date, time and location. A 4
hour event is not always the same, and rates can vary on ALL 3 items. A 4 hour
event on a Saturday night is probably more expensive than a Sunday afternoon.
Since many DJs will work multiple events on any given day, availability may be
an issue if your event takes up both afternoon AND evening slots such as 4:00 -
8:00. Likewise, if your event is from 7:00 - 11:00, and your DJ is booked from
1:00 - 5:00, it may be problematic if that customer decides to extend their time
to 6:00 OR you need him earlier.
* Think about what type of
personality you want-low key, master of ceremonies or high profile. Keep in
mind this has nothing to do with the type of music! Please see our Frequently
Asked Questions to see which personality is best for you.
* Some DJs do not work well with
extensive pre-selected request lists, while others do. Also, some DJs will not
let you pick more than a few songs. Convey to your prospective DJ whether you
A) pick out all or most of your music
B) want your DJ to use his experience to play the best possible music for your
guests and take requests
C) pick out some music AND let the DJ use his experience and take requests
HERE ARE SOME ISSUES MANY
DJ's DO NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW. . .
RELIABLE FULL-TIME COMPANIES
DJ companies come and go every year! Similarly, new 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 (hotels,
photographers, caterers, bridal magazines) and most importantly - call and talk
to each prospective company. Remember, DJs perform a customer service, and how
they handle your initial consultation can give great insight into how they work
as a whole.
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. If their customers are important, the
company will eat the very small cost and let the customer have the convenience.
Any DJ company who is in the business as professional, will likely accept credit
THE PRICE GAME
Nothing can be more annoying than "What is your budget?", "We do not give quotes
over the phone" or "Let's set up an appointment to discuss". You can pretty
much assume the price is much higher than most and you are not going to get
services that are any different than ours.
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. If they are not "good with
computers" they probably cannot troubleshoot the complex DJ equipment and that
can be a major issue.
With today's technology, there is absolutely no reason why a DJ should not be
using digital media such as CDs or MP3s. The most reliable source is CDs (which
IS digital). MP3 is great, however it depends on how it was recorded. 96 Kbps
(FM radio) is unacceptable quality. Some DJs download their music from the
internet (legally and illegally), and never know the source from which it was
KNOWING WHO WILL BE YOUR DJ
Some customers believe that if they discuss something in person, it will be
done. Although it is important to talk to your DJ before the event, do not just
"interview" a DJ and hire them just because you "clicked" with him! The biggest
complaint customers have with DJs is "I told him to do something and he didn't
do it. Some DJs will simply "do their own thing" at your event.
The meeting doesn't give you any insight of the
DJ's musical capabilities (ability to read a crowd), organizational skills,
reliability to follow instructions or return your phone calls in a timely
manner, etc. One advantage of hiring a company is that they know the strengths
and weaknesses of each DJ. When a company assigns a DJ for you however, it is
critical for your DJ to contact you to discuss how everything will run.
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. Make sure the DJ will be
experienced at YOUR type of event. A DJ whose resume accentuates night club
experience may not be best suited for the professional atmosphere that is
necessary for weddings. Also, don't be afraid to ask for references
specific to your assigned DJ. And, ask how the company trains their DJs -
you may surprised at their answer!
YOUR CHOICE OF PERSONALITY
Some events require a heavy interaction, while others like to have a DJ that
will just remain in the background. Most prefer someone in between or - a
moderate personality (also described as a master of ceremonies). The type of
personality should be your choice. The best thing to do is tell the
company what you want, then let them schedule the DJ best suited for you - after
all, they know all the strengths and weaknesses of their own DJs. Then talk to
your assigned DJ as your special day gets closer. Watch out for words like "fun"
and "good"- these are very subjective. Always be as specific as possible
regarding what you want.
THE DJ FACTORY - DO YOU WANT TO
BE JUST ANOTHER NUMBER?
Some companies will boast of having hundreds of DJs! This is misleading because
NO DJ company has that many employees (however, they may subcontract a large
number). You may not get much personal attention since there is little to no
quality control. These huge companies do not formerly train their DJs or
training usually consists of the trainee memorizing a script, then asking him to
play music for one hour to see how he interacts to an empty room. Their focus
is so much on quantity, that they are more concerned about hiring DJs to fill
the slots even if they are not qualified.
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 means they do NOT have backup! In addition, make sure that your DJ will
be using professional grade equipment, including compact discs and wireless
DRINKING ALCOHOL - WHAT IS YOUR
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.
SALES, DISCOUNTS AND HIGH
"We are having a sale that ends this Friday." What you won’t be told is
that there will be another "sale" within a week. A sale is not a sale if they
have it weekly! "...but for just a few dollars more, we will upgrade you."
Most intelligent people would never try to save money on the lower end service
on such an important day. These unethical tactics are used to pressure you into
a quick, uninformed decision. This tactic leads you to believe that you are
getting the same service as everyone else for less, which is NOT true.
Discounted rates mean inexperienced DJs who are the lowest paid in the industry,
and the lowest in demand.
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