How to Hire a DJ

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What should you look for when you hire a DJ?

To find a good DJ, ask around. Do you have a friend who has used one recently? Was the DJ easy to work with and did they fulfill their contract? Word of mouth can be the best way to find a good DJ.

Perhaps you've been to a party and thought the DJ was great. Find out who it was!

As a matter of fact, if you are at a party and love the DJ, ask him or her for a business card or get their contact information. It is always good to file away names and numbers of people who do a good job that you might want to use in the future.  

Another source for finding a DJ is to ask the venue where you are holding your event. They will most likely have names and phone numbers of DJ's who have worked there before for other parties.






Things to ask when you hire a DJ

It is important to ask the right questions when you go about hiring any contractor for a party. These are some questions you'll want to ask:

  • Ask for a written contract - this will protect both you and the DJ
  • Find out if they play requests - and decide if you want to allow guests to make their own request or not
  • Make sure they will dress appropriately for your party - find out what they will wear
  • Confirm their arrival time and how long they need for set up and tear down
  • Find out what happens if they have an emergency and cannot make the event
  • Do they have lights, etc. to create a mood at your event?
  • What power or set up needs do they have?
  • Will they bring the speaker, stands, and all equipment?
  • What payment form do they take, and when is payment due?
  • Ask for References if you haven't heard them before or haven't had a friend use them
  • These are a few questions to get you started when looking for a DJ to play your party music.

    You will likely work closely with your DJ to select songs to be played (as well as the night of the party - visiting with them for any changes/additions, etc.). Trust your gut instinct and make sure this is someone you will enjoy working with personally.

    Good luck!

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