DJs bring life to your event. After all, they’re not there just to play music. A DJ helps ensure the itinerary of your big day flows smoothly, introduces the guest(s) of honor, interacts with your guests, and observes what’s happening to make sure your event doesn’t lose momentum. You may love the DJ at that nightclub but that doesn’t mean he or she can work a wedding, birthday party, corporate event, anniversary, or graduation party like a professional DJ can. So what do you need to know before hiring one? Read on for some of out most coveted tips.
Book a Professional
Do you want to hire someone who does it on the side? Or do you want to hire someone who that is all they do? Hiring an experienced DJ over someone who does it as a hobby is key if you want a memorable event. That’s not to say a person who does it on the side can’t do a decent job, but professional DJ companies have the experience, skill, equipment, insurance, contracts, and organization that DJs who do it on the side may not. Plus, you don’t have to stress about any unexpected surprises. We’ve had a lot of people book us three weeks out, a month out because they’ve had their DJ cancel on them. You shouldn’t be stressing about that.
Don't Choose on Price Alone
Most individuals search for and hire DJs on price alone. But we recommend not cutting corners when it comes to booking a DJ. If you’re on a budget, there are some things you can do to save a little while getting a high-quality DJ.
- Event Date: Event is on a Monday-Thursday? Ask your DJ company whether they can give you a discount. These are typically less busy days so there’s a little wiggle room. The Kanonazo Entertainment takes 15% off for Monday-Thursday events. If your event is during the daytime hours or in off-peak season, you can also ask about discounts.
- Payment: Some companies will also offer discounts to people who pay up front instead of in a payment plan. You won’t know unless you ask but many individuals don’t think of asking.
- Bundle: Many DJ companies offer other services, such as, lighting, dance choreography, or photo booth rental. By hiring the same company for various services, you can also save a little money.
Ask The Right Questions
There are many questions to ask the DJs you’re considering but make sure you don’t miss some important ones. We suggest asking about “what if” scenarios to determine if they’re a professional company that’s going to be equipped to handle your event. What if the DJ gets sick? or Whit if there is inclement weather? You’ll want to know how the company will handle these types of situations. Also ask about equipment. What types of microphones do they use? Do they have backup equipment in case something fails? For a wedding, if they’re doing your ceremony and reception, do they have separate sets of equipment for each? Your day will go smoother if your DJ doesn’t have to take the equipment from the ceremony to the reception.
Give Them The Info They Need
A professional company will ask for what they need or have some type of form that you can fill out to give them this information. Your DJ will usually need your event itinerary and a playlist that will allow them to get to know your likes and dislikes to then build the entire event playlist. If a DJ doesn’t offer you any sort of planning guidance, make sure to be as detailed as possible when giving them your song choices and other information.
Like That MC
Your DJ typically is the emcee for your event, so you may want to find out about his or her personality. How are they going to interact with the crowd? Can they carry a conversation? If you can’t see videos of past events, ask to meet with the DJ to make sure he or she is the right fit for your event.
After you have the venue, book your DJ. Many companies are booked every weekend of the year so do it as early as possible.