ASK A PROSPECTIVE DISC JOCKEY
1. Will you be
willing to play requests and discuss music ahead of time?
A versatile Disc Jockey is willing to
listen to your suggestions, give you feedback and play from
your desired song list. A professional Disc Jockey will also
accept the fact you may not want certain songs played. A
professional Disc Jockey cannot know everything about your
musical preferences and entertainment needs without
2. Do you use
Ask whether your prospective Disc Jockey
works with professional audio equipment. If you are not sure,
ask for their equipment list and check with a local music
dealer or the A.D.J.A. to verify they are using
professional-grade sound gear. Remember that professional
gear does not guarantee an entertainer's talent or service
level, but is simply a tool for building an exceptional
Do you provide backup equipment at my event?
Although equipment failure is rare, do
you really want your special occasion ruined because your Disc
Jockey did not come prepared? It is also important to know if
your Disc Jockey has a back-up plan in case of illness or an
accident. Members of the A.D.J.A. have many resources
available to them in case of an emergency.
Booking a reliable Disc Jockey is a very
important decision for the success of your party. Selecting
a Disc Jockey who is an active member of the American Disc
Jockey Association will provide you with the confidence that
you have selected a trained professional. A.D.J.A. members are
more likely to be involved with other Disc Jockey's who can
help them out with an unexpected situation.
4. Does the Disc
Jockey know the proper etiquette for your type of party?
A professional Disc Jockey will assist
you with the planning of your special day. Most professional
entertainers will coordinate, emcee and provide the music that
you desire. Ask if they have experience with your type
5. How much time do
you allow for set-up?
Punctuality is a necessity. Most
Disc Jockey's arrive at least one hour prior to the start time
you've given them. Your entertainer should ideally be setup
and in-place before your first guest walks through the door.
Do you provide a written contract?
It is extremely important to have your
booking confirmed in writing. Ask for a written
agreement, especially if you are paying an initial retainer.
The standard initial payment for entertainment services is
50%. If you are expecting a specific entertainer, make sure
you get it in writing as
7. Will you be
suitably dressed for our occasion?
Specify the type of apparel that your
Disc Jockey is expected to wear for your occasion. Formal
attire or coat & tie are the most popular forms of attire. If
you are having a "themed" event, make sure your entertainer is
8. Do you
belong to a professional organization or trade group?
Although belonging to an organization or
trade group does not guarantee the talent or professionalism
of a disc jockey, it may indicate the companies willingness to
network, learn and grow. Disc jockeys can learn through local
chapter meetings, national DJ conventions and seminars geared
toward the entertainment professional.
rates vary based on talent, experience, emcee ability,
service, coordination, equipment needed, music knowledge,
mixing ability and personality.
Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly,
ranging from $350.00 to $3,500.00 with an average of
$500-$1000 for a 4 hour booking.
The best price is not always the best deal, especially if
you are planning a wedding. As a matter of fact, surveys
conclude that nearly 100% of brides would have spent more
money on their entertainment and made it their #1 priority in
A full-service disc jockey company
will normally invest 12 to 30 hours to your special event
but it may appear that you are only paying for "4 hours".
Consultations, music purchasing & editing, preparation, set-up
and tear-down, education and other business related endeavors
add up to the overall success of your special occasion.