5 Things to check before you hire a DJ for your Event - Yorkshire, UK
1. Find out if it is their full-time business, do they Primarily focus on Weddings? What other Type of Events/Functions have they performed at?
You will not believe the amount of bedroom and amateur DJ's there are out there offering their services for Weddings, Events and Private Parties. They do not have the skills required to read a crowd, build up the energy and keep the energy going once the guests are up dancing.
They often offer their services at a lower price but remember music is a major ingredient in any Event and Cheap is not often good and great is not often Cheap!
Find a DJ that is experienced and will work with you to create the right ambience for your party and guests, offering true value for money.
2. DO THEY HAVE PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE? ARE THEY A MEMBER OF A DJ ORGANISATION OR UNION?
Many amateur DJ's do not have the right Licenses or levels of Insurance to perform at your occasion.
Ask to see proof of these documents.
Hire a DJ that is a member of a recognised National Association. These DJ's work to strict guidelines and adhere to good etiquette. They are checked and verified and it gives you peace of mind that they are Professional and Responsible.
3. What equipment do they use? IS ALL Their EQUIPMENT PAT TESTED?
The standard of a DJs equipment can have a massive effect on the atmosphere and Party in general. Make sure you request to see in date PAT test certificates if their Equipment is over a year old.
Poor quality speakers often result in a muffled and distorted sound which completely affects the room ambience.
Do they know how to set a sound level which doesn't have everyone running for the bar? People should still be able to talk in the room, however it should be loud enough to make people want to get off their seats and dance. The music should sound crisp and clean and you should be able to hear every word said on the microphone.
4. Find out if your DJ is willing to work with you and adhere to any special requests you may have?
Remember this is your Party, Event or Wedding. If you have specific songs you woud like playing or omiting your DJ should be more than happy to do this.
Your DJ brings together the whole event, this needs to be seamless. Your DJ must listen to any instructions or requests you have regarding the event and make sure these things happen according to plan and at the correct timings so there is never a lull in the flow of proceedings.
5. FIND OUT FROM YOUR WEDDING VENUE ABOUT RESTRICTIONS OR ANYTHING ELSE YOU NEED TO TELL YOUR DJ/SINGER
Discuss with your venue/wedding planner if there are any restrictions that may affect your event, like sound level meters, a music curfew and availability/load of electrical circuits.
All professional entertainers have the appropriate formalwear/stage clothes for every occasion (if they do not, that usually implies they are not professionals!) However, it is up you to be specific about how you expect your DJ or performers to be dressed (For instance if you would prefer no Denim then make sure you state this in your correspondance). Any extraordinary requests (period costumes, white evening dress, etc.) are normally paid for by the client.
Also find out from your DJ/Singer the space they need as a minimum in order to set up their equipment and also how long it usually takes for them to set up and break down.
Make sure you arrange times that do not intefere with your Big Day. A DJ or Singer loading in and setting up while the speeches or photographs are being done is a big NO NO!