How to hire a Disc Jockey
Hiring A Disc Jockey is different then any other vendor for your event. Disc Jockeys are no one size fits all. Most Disc Jockey companies will try to make you believe that by putting "DJ for all Occasions" Reality is you need more information.
Today information is easy to access. Problem is reviews online are not as reliable as everyone thinks they are. A Disc Jockey has a tight rope to walk. A DJ has to balance the music requests of the guest with the music list provided by the client. It sounds easy however, the music the client may chose may not be what the guests want. As A DJ we are obligated to our clients musical tastes first. A review from the perspective of the client who booked the DJ. Could be top notch while the guest may feel different.
The DJ is the most important decision for any event. Ask these kinds of questions.
Can they handle our requests? (Music requests as well, Announcements.)
Do they have high quality sound equipment? (Meet with them and ask them to bring a small setup.)
What is their source of music. (Legit DJs buy their music not steal it from youTube, or illegal download sites)
Do they have examples of your type of event?
Are they alone or do they have back up DJs in case of emergency?
What are the contract requirements? (Do they even have a contract?)
Do they have any liability insurance policy? (Ask to see It) anyone can say they do.
"Only reputable Disc Jockey companies carry liability insurance and deal in contracts."
You should always, always, always meet your Disc Jockey in person before you sign anything.
Be aware of a new trend where venues try and make you use their approved Disc Jockey!
Some even try to deter you by having a fee if you don't use them. It has become away to either get their unemployable relative a job or get a kick back from the DJ/performer.
Kickbacks are illegal as they create an unfair and a monopoly on a job or position. Please report any vendor who tries to make you use a specific vendor and charge a fee if you don't use that vendor. They think they can do this to you. It is illegal and unfair to you. It limits available choices and if you call them out on it most will back down. Ask us and we will direct you to landmark cases and the ultimate downfall of Venues that did this in the 90's. A Venue is their for you, not you for them. Treat them that way.
Vetran Disc Jockey for 30 plus years.