One of the most important things to remember, when hiring a DJ, is you must feel comfortable in your decision. Each DJ has a unique personality and style that makes every event different. It's truly never the same thing twice. If you were to audition a DJ at an event, you may not like what you see. Remember they are working for someone else, and it may be totally opposite of what you wanted, but exactly what that client wanted.
Today's professional mobile entertainers bear very little resemblance to the "record spinners" of the past. The new millennium entertainer has advanced to a degree where it would not be uncommon for them to utilize in excess of $75,000 in equipment and music library for a single event!
ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS...
Date Availability - Are they available for your selected date and time?
Experience - How long have they been in business and are they willing to provide you with recent references? If you are hiring for a wedding reception, you might want to ask how much of their business is wedding related and are they knowledgeable about wedding etiquette. Are they flexible enough to accommodate your special requests?
Face to Face Meeting - Are they willing to meet with you and discuss your likes and dislikes, both musically and otherwise? Can they be easily reached for last minute additions, changes and suggestions?
Legal Business with Proper Insurance Protection - Are they legally registered or incorporated? Are they covered by insurance in the event of an accident?
Contract - Will they provide you with a written contract that spells out the details or your agreement?
Proper Dress - Will they arrive in appropriate apparel, especially if your event requires formal attire? There should be no additional charge for this.
Equipment and Music Library - Is there equipment of professional quality (home stereo equipment is not suitable). Is there backup equipment in case of an emergency? Do they have a wide range of music to cover all your requests and those of your guests?
You will note that PRICE is not at the top of the list. Please keep in mind that the highest or lowest price does not always guarantee quality. If you fell that the answers to these few questions meet your requirements, you may very well have found what you are looking for.
DISC JOCKEY RATES...
Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging for $350.00 to $3500.00 with an average of $1200.00 for a 4 hour booking. The best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a wedding. As a matter of fact, surveys conclude that nearly 100% of brides would have spent more money on their entertainment and made it their #1 priority, in hindsight.
Tipping a DJ is always appreciated, but NEVER required, and there is no scale to judge how much. Remember, entertainment is a service based business.