No matter the event you are planning it is important you get a DJ that fits your needs. DJs specialties’ and styles vary so you will want to ask questions before you decide on the one you want to hire. Here are a few things you should ask the DJ so that you get someone who knows what you are looking for.
If they have experience
Ask the DJ how long they have been in the business and how often they DJ. This will help make sure you aren’t getting a rookie DJ that has only played for his cousin’s sweet sixteen. It is also helpful to ask them if they have a mix to listen to or if they have any videos on YouTube that you can look at to get a better feel of their style.
If they take playlists
Most DJs want a playlist or at least a list of songs you want to hear or don’t want to hear so they know what you like. This does not mean they will only play these songs, but this will give them a better idea of what to play and what to avoid. Although the DJ will take your requests, if this is supposed to be a dancing event and they notice no one is interested in the music being played they may change it up to get people on the dance floor.
If they MC
A DJ that MCs versus one that doesn’t makes a huge difference. If you want your DJ to be entertaining and making announcements you need to make sure that it is something they are willing to do. While some DJs are willing to do so, others may want to focus on just the music and would rather higher someone else to MC. It is important you know what you are looking for so the DJ knows what to provide.
If they have clean edits
If you are looking to have an event with people of all ages whether it is for a wedding or a sweet sixteen you want to make sure your DJ has radio edits of the songs people are going to be requesting. You do not want to be surprised at the event and neither does your grandmother.
If they have backups
Although it is not likely, something may go wrong, so it is always important to be prepared. Ask the DJ if they have backup equipment and a backup DJ in case of an emergency. Make sure your DJ has backups in case a mic or speaker goes out so the party does not need to end. It is best to be prepared for the worst-case scenario so that the event runs smoothly.
If they take requests
It is up to you if you want your guests to have the ability to make song requests, but you need to discuss it ahead of time with the DJ. It is also important to let the DJ know if there are songs you do not want to be played so they know to avoid it.