Your choice of Emcee or Musical Host for your
event is extremely important. There are many
horror stories of the lowest priced disc jockey
companies providing an inexperienced DJ, using
sub-standard equipment, being a late arrival
or worst yet, a NO SHOW.
Here are some helpful tips to help you hire the RIGHT
disc jockey or entertainment
for your event:
Plan ahead. Allow enough time to have a
written contract well in advance of your event.
Don’t wait to hire your entertainment last.
Some DJ’s book up to 2 years in advance.
If you wait, you may not be able to book the DJ
want or be able to find one to fit your event.
Make sure that you know the specific disc jockey
that will be performing at your event. Some companies
promise you a particular Disc Jockey but even they
don’t know who will be assigned until the date is approaching.
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 Company.
Maybe even to a DJ that you’ve already
decided was not the right DJ for you.
Ask for references for the specific DJ
considering. Check the references.
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.
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.
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.
You also get what you pay for
in this industry.
Do not assume. ASK!!
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.
If your reception hall refers you to only
one DJ ask for some additional references.
You may be getting a reference on a DJ that is
not doing the best job that the venue has seen but is in fact
the DJ company that will give the venue the best kick back.
Or worst yet a Cousin or a Brother-In-Law.
Again, we suggest that you find out the name of the
DJ that will appear at your event and find out about Him/Her.
Some venues that claim to have a “house” DJ, in actuality
have hired a company to staff the DJ position and once more
you may find yourself with a substandard and/or inexperienced
person low on the DJ list, that earns much less money to
perform than you are paying to the venue for his services.