When hiring a mobile DJ, the following guidlines will help you determine whether you are interviewing a part-time, inexperienced DJ or a full-time professional who will know how to make your wedding or any other event just perfect.
EXPERIENCE How long has the DJ been performing? Someone who has been in the industry for at least ten years will not only help coordinate your day, but will understand how to work well with guests and venue staff.
MUSIC SELECTION Music selections should be based on requests from the client and audience, as well as the DJ's experience. A professional DJ will "read the crowd" and play a mixture of danceable music that is enjoyable for all ages.
VOLUME LEVEL The volume (particularly during the reception and meal) should be at a level that permits comfortable conversation. Volume is increased for dancing , based on audience size.
DJ ATTIRE Attire is chosen according to the type of event and client instructions. Formal functions require a tuxedo, while a suite or a long sleeve colored shirt & tie are appropriate for more casual events.
ANNOUNCEMNETS As your Master of Ceremonies, the DJ should handle all announcements. Experienced MC's will facilitate the flow of your day and never say anything inappropriate over the microphone.
DJ SOUND EQUIPMENT Make sure your DJ uses current sound systems. A responsilble DJ company will keep up with the latest trends and equipment, i.e. computer systems and dual MP3/CD players in a self-contained cabinet designed specifically for DJ systems.
CONDUCT Professional DJs should not drink liquir, eat or smoke on stage or near their DJ system. Dining is a courtesy that is the option of the client.
PRICING Shopping by price alone is a mistake. Consider that the entertainment is going to make or break your event. This is the worst place to skimp.
CONTRACT/AGREEMENTS A professional DJ will require a contract/agreement and deposit, otherwise there is no guarentee they'll show up. A written agreement and deposit guarentees that the DJ will arrive as planned.
Remember, an experienced DJ that specializes in weddings is paramount to the sucess of your event, so do research, ask all the important questions and select carefully. When your wedding, or event runs smoothly and all your guests are tearing up the dance floor, you'll be glad you did.