Tips for Hiring a DJ

Please review and print the following list of questions that you should ask while considering a potential DJ for your special occasion.


1. What about Friends and Relatives?

Every special occasion will be conducted just once, and it needs to be done well. If you ask a friend or relative to handle your function, consider this: It may save a little money, but it could cost you a friendship!

2. Do you operate your company as a full-time business?

Part-time disc jockeys may not have the support network behind them to assist if a mishap occurs on the day of your reception.

3. How many years of experience do you have as a Disc Jockey?

DJs must have experience if your special occasion is to be a success.

4. What type of equipment do you use?

Only professional equipment should be used for your function. You do not want a DJ who is going to use a glorified home stereo. Only professional equipment sounds good when played over a long period.

5. What is your standby service policy?

What is their policy if the equipment fails? What happens if the DJ gets sick? A professional service has backup equipment available and experienced people on standby until the completion of the last function.

6. What is your Dress Code?

A professional DJ service will certainly be in compliance here.

7. Are you licensed by Connect (formerly the AVLA)?

Your special event could end abruptly if a licensing inspector finds that your Disc Jockey is not licensed by Connect.

8. How do you handle requests?

A professional DJ will not only have a wide variety of music available but will also be well organized with an indexing system that lists all of the music by title or artist.

9. Be careful about getting value for your money.

The old rule applies: "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.". Don't strive to handle your special occasion with a "bargain basement" approach, but do look for competitive pricing.

10. May I see a few customer testimonials?

Any professional DJ who has been in business for several years will have a volume of client testimonials for you to read.

Finally, remember to use as much care and wisdom to select your DJ as every other service for your wedding or special occasion. Make sure that the Disc Jockey you hire will deliver all that he or she has promised and will complement the efforts of others!