Now is the time of year when many engaged couples start to consider who they would like to book for their event/wedding. This can be a daunting task since there are many options available, and most people don't know what questions to ask a potential DJ. This is understandable because for most people this is the first time that they have ever had to hire a DJ. Here are a few questions with my commentary, couples can ask a prospective DJ. (I hope this is helpful.)
- How long have you been a DJ? This gets asked frequently and is important. With every event I look for ways I can learn and improve. Every DJ has to start somewhere but that should be reflected in the price they are charging.
- Have you received any training? Five years ago when I started as a DJ, I worked for an established company who trained me in all of the processes that they had developed over many years. As I have grown my business, I have also improved some things in order to make my events run efficiently and be successful.
- What things do you do to prepare for an event? Preparation is vital for any professional entertainer who wants to run an event smoothly. DJs may not be playing any instruments, however they do need to prepare. Aside from making sure all of my equipment is in order I specifically tailor the entire nights music to the personalities and wants of my clients. This includes previewing and arranging any music that a client has asked me to play at the event. Mistakes are easily made when preparations have not been done.
- How do you handle song requests? Often this is a balancing act in being attentive to guests while at the same time honoring the client's wishes. This is important especially when I, the DJ get random requests from guests. Unless it is a song or song style that the client has asked me not to play I try let the guest know that if I am able to, I will try to play their request. I like to play as many requests as I can since it engages the audience. It is important to know though, that sometimes there are requests that aren't right for the crowd or situation.
- Why did you become a DJ? Motivation is important for any professional and will shine through in their work. I have always loved music and being a DJ is a way for me to combine my love of music, entertaining, and engaging with people at some of the most joyous occasions.