HOW TO HIRE A DJ!
Your choice of Emcee and Musical Host for your event is extremely important. There are many horror stories of the lowest priced disc jockey company providing an inexperienced DJ, using inferior music or an illegal library, sub-standard equipment, late arrival or worst yet, a NO SHOW!
Remember, a DJ is like anything else, "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!"
Here are some tips to help you hire the RIGHT disc jockey entertainment for your celebration:
1. Plan ahead. Allow enough time to have a written contract well in advance of your event.
2. Make sure that you know the specific disc jockey that will be working at your event. Some companies promise you a Disc Jockey but even they don’t know who it will be until the date is imminent. If your event is on a busy date, you may get a Disc Jockey that ranks low on the company’s list or the company may subcontract the job out to some other Disc Jockey.
3. Ask for references for the specific DJ you are considering. Check the references.
4. Ask if the music will be a LEGAL LIBRARY as stipulated by the Recording Industries Association of America.(RIAA) Note: Most illegal music libraries consist of homemade cassette tapes, 2nd generation or self-made compact discs, and illegally downloaded music (which most of the time is poor quality)..
5. Ask what type of guarantee they offer that the DJ you hire will not be switched at the last minute. Make sure their legal name appears on the contract.
6. Meet or talk with the specific Disc Jockey that you intend to hire. They should be able to offer suggestions on event itinerary, and song selection. Tell them what YOU expect and want to take place at your event.
7. Check the price. Make sure that there are no hidden costs to get what you expect. Some low quotes may not be for "prime nights" and may be for shortened hours.
8. Do not assume. ASK!!
a. Most engagements should be quoted on a four or five hour basis.
b. Friday & Saturday are the prime nights of the week.
c. Lights may cost extra. Ask just what the light show consists of.
d. You should never pay extra for a DJ to be dressed in a tuxedo.
9. Speak personally to the Disc Jockey again on the week of your event to make sure all of your wishes are known. Some companies may ask for balance payment in advance. Make sure that you are comfortable with this arrangement and the company with which you are dealing.
10. If your reception hall refers you to only one DJ, ask for some additional references from the DJ. There have been cases of some DJ companies paying the reception hall for each referral to a possible client. Also, ask the hall on what basis are they referring the DJ. Is it based on talent and experience, or are they referring that DJ for monetary reasons.
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