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don't let this happen to you -
the phone at any mobile DJ service and the first thing you'll likely
hear is "How much do you charge?" While that's an excellent
question, and one you'll definitely need to discuss, it's not the
only consideration when choosing a mobile DJ for your event. Today,
we're all used to buying relatively inexpensive products that offer
good quality for a fraction of the name brand price.
The thing you
have to keep in mind is mobile disc jockeys aren't providing a
product, they're providing a service. Unlike two TVs that do
basically the same thing and have roughly the same quality, no two
mobile DJs are alike. They all have individual strengths and
weaknesses. Some DJs are more experienced, some have less
experience. Another consideration is the DJ's equipment. Though very
low cost DJ gear is available these days, reliable, high quality
gear is still very expensive. Can a DJ charging $150 for four hours
provide a reliable, high quality show when most DJs in your area
charge four times that amount or more? Probably not.
good wedding entertainment is an art form. Choosing your wedding
entertainment can make or break your wedding. Not that you should
worry about what your guests think, after all it is your wedding,
but you also want to make sure people do enjoy themselves. A wedding
should be memorable and unforgettable and that is where your
entertainment comes into play.
The first thing you need to consider is your musical content.
Picking the DJ for your wedding can be crucial. What makes a good DJ
is someone who just doesn't understand the music they play but also
the people they play it for. An excellent DJ is someone who can add
bass to music which does not normally have bass in it. A great DJ
also knows when to talk and when to remain quiet and let the music
speak for him. With a good jumping bass people will get up and dance
and that is the main job of a DJ is to get people up and on the
Let's talk about what the DJ does before and after the event,
something most people overlook or just do not know about. How many
hours do you think a DJ puts into each wedding reception. I will let
you know at the end of this page, right now lets talk about it.
First thing the DJ does is talk to the client on the phone, or
emails back and forth. Your DJ needs to know what you want and make
sure everything runs smoothly. After you have booked your date, you are
either sent by mail a music list request and party planner or they
were sent by email, or in my case they are online. Your DJ will
check in with you every other week to make sure you are ok and if
you need any help. Making sure things are filled out properly and on
time is the DJ's responsibility. Your DJ should have a music list
that covers just about everything out there, while we all know we
can't afford to have every song made but you may want some songs we
do not have, we will get them and have them for your event.
isn't it.... think about it. But wait I'm not done.....
monthly expenses, expensive (not cheap) professional sound system and lighting, vehicle to
get to the party, and music the biggest investment we have. Now
let's talk about these.....
Our monthly expenses are, website, advertising (otherwise we would
not be found),
lead generation sites.
Sound systems and lighting are very expensive in today's market. A
good set of speakers systems are going to cost anywhere from $2000
to $5000. And typically will be replaced every 5 to 7 years unless
taken care of very well.
We all need a vehicle, I believe this is self explanatory.
Now let's talk about music, 12 years ago we had to buy our music in
the stores and each song was about 3.50 to 5.00 for a single. Now
days they are .99 to 1.69 depending on where you buy them, yes buy.
Everyone knows it's possible to obtain "free" music through online
file sharing. Is this where the music played at your event should
come from? Songs obtained through online file sharing may be low
quality, only part of a song, the wrong song altogether, or a poor
karaoke version. For family or youth events, vulgar lyrics are
another issue. There are literally dozens of potential problems with
DJs using downloaded music. Professional
DJs obtain their music through professional sources.
There are companies that provide disc jockeys with "clean" versions
of all the current hits for a nominal monthly charge. To avoid
unpleasant surprises, make sure the DJ you choose subscribes to one
of these services.
What kind of training does your DJ have if any.
using larger DJ companies, they tend to hire just anyone off the
street and say here's the music go play some music. Make sure you
are dealing with the DJ who will be performing at your event and ask
for references. I personally have a reference page listed on
There is also
the setup before each event and tear down, setup takes anywhere from
1-4 hours and tear downs are about the same.
While you can
hire a cheap DJ for around $250 and less, they lack the
professionalism a more experienced DJ has. They will have the cheap
speakers, look cheap and will not have the music collection and if
they do they are stealing it from sharing sites. They also are a
risk factor. The average good DJ
will be anywhere from $450-1200.
Hiring a DJ
may not be part of your normal routine, but these tips should help
you make an informed decision when comparing DJs for your event. In
many ways, it all comes down to common sense. If a DJ service makes
you an offer that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Let's
assume you're comparing DJs for a high school prom and looking into
giant screen music video shows, a popular option. Two DJ services
quote you a rate around $2,000, but a third promises an equal show
for $450. How does the third service offer the same show at less
than a fourth of the cost? Realistically, they can't. The expense is
too high !
I hope you
found this informational and if you have any questions please feel
free to contact me anytime. And most importantly, enjoy your event!
A DJ puts
anywhere from 20-30 hours on each event. Most of our time is
preparing for the event before it even starts. Most people do not
even realize this.