Choosing a Disco or DJ
Questions To Ask
Recommendation is generally always the best way to choose whom your DJ should be. Whether it is a friend's recommendation or previous customer comments.
If you are holding your event at a venue, can they recommend anyone. If they sound vague or hesitant - find your own DJ. If they are enthusiastic you are probably on a winner, but ask what music they played, make sure it meets your tastes.
Remember you are choosing an entertainer for your special occasion; you will want to feel safe in the knowledge that this area is taken care of and that you can concentrate on other things.
AgenciesIf booking a DJ through an agency, ensure they will name the DJ that will arrive. Many agencies may have attractive glossy brochures that may look compelling, and may mention on or two DJ's but they may well have many more on their books.
Can you choose the DJ who will arrive? What is their name? Can you speak to them personally?
The Audience.Make sure the DJ is aware of what age group your audience will generally be. Is it a family gathering, works night out, wedding reception or a school disco? Make sure he has music to suit your guests. Maybe ask for a sample play list.
Those Special Tracks.If there are music tracks you particularly want played, ask if he can provide them. Make sure they take a written note of required tracks.
Or ask if you can provide those special tracks, and if yes .. in what format, make sure they can play your CDs or 12 inch vinyl's.
TestimonialsAsk for testimonials from previous customers, or a phone number or two where you can ask questions.
Are you getting the right DJ?If a particular DJ has been recommended, make sure that on the night it will be that DJ and not the apprentice or a friend covering a double booking.
EquipmentWill they arrange all the equipment they need? Do you need to provide anything? How many sockets will they need?
ArrivalWhat time will they arrive? How long will they play?
The FeeGet a written quotation. Vaguely mentioned prices can be different again on the night.
Do they need a deposit?
ListenAsk if they are playing near you before your date. Somewhere where you can go and see what their performance is like. If you can find the time, this is often the best option.
Asking a few well chosen questions at the start can help put your mind at rest, because on the night what you want to concentrate on enjoying yourself.