Questions To Ask A DJ Before Your Event
How do you choose a DJ? Here are some questions To Ask a DJ before choosing a DJ for your event.
We put together the most common and important questions to ask a DJ before your event. Most of these questions are normally answered in the DJ contract but just to make sure, ask these questions to know what are you paying for and what’s included in the DJ fee.
Important Questions To Ask A DJ:
1. Is my date available?
The first thing to ask a DJ 🙂 You want to know that he can do the job for the date you need it.
2. How long have you been DJing professionally?
This is an important question because, experience in this business, definitely matters. Your wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, birthday or corporate event is such an important day! You don’t your DJ’s first gig to be yours! The number of years a DJ has been doing this professionally should be a good indication of his experience level. Feel free to ask about how many and what types of events he/she has done in the past and if they have any formal training such a DJ school or DJ company.
3. What is the minimum amount of hours are included in the package?
The usual minimum amount of hours that most DJs will have included in a package in 4 hours of playtime. The average events are usually 4 hours for the main event or reception and 1 hour for cocktail music. Confirming the total amount of hours with the DJ Company will ensure there will be no gaps during that time
4. How do you motivate our guests to keep dancing? Do you provide MCs?
This is always a great question to ask. Most DJs will simply select popular songs that will naturally keep your crowd moving, and use a microphone to instruct your guests verbally to ‘hit the dance floor’. A popular choice is to hire an MC.
Why Do You Need An MC?
The job of an MC is to add that extra high energy that will help to connect your guests, make them feel comfortable and included using dance challenges and games. An MC will also help to ensure your event will stay on track by introducing everyone, making announcements to inform guests who will be giving a speech, when dinner will begin, first dance, etc.
5. What type of style music do you play? Will I be able to give you a song-list of music? Do you take requests from guests?
This is another important question. For the most part, the DJ should be able to accommodate any style of music requested and find it very helpful to have a list of their client’s music/song requests before hard, to add to their playlist.
Send Your Own PlayList
Most DJs don’t have an issue with taking requests from guests as long as it does not get out of hand and is not listed on the “ do not playlist” if provided by the client. (some clients provide a list of songs or genres that would rather not have played). If a couple or family is having trouble choosing music for an entrance, first dance, etc, a DJ will kindly offer some choices from his past experience in order to help guide them.
6. What’s included in your DJ contract?
Once rates have been discussed and everyone has agreed to a price, most professional and reliable DJs will provide a standard legal contract. Contracts will cover the date, price, deposit and payment arrangement, what is included for example setup and breakdown of equipment, reception location, how much is charged for overtime, cancellation policy, and liability insurance.
Before you choose a DJ for your event, It is always better to be sure than assume. Based on our experience we are always very clear with our clients about what’s included in our DJ service and how we are going to provide it. Before you are talking to the DJ about your event, make a list of what you want to know to make sure you get all you need to make the best decision and to ensure your party will be great!
Questions To Ask a DJ