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

you 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

you are 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!!




Most engagements should be quoted on a four hour basis.

Friday & Saturday are the prime nights of the week.

Lights may cost extra.

Ask just what the light show consists of.

You should never pay extra for a

DJ to be dressed in a tuxedo.



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.