Questions to Ask a DJ


Where do you start when planning an event? Sometimes it's with the DJ.

Here is an article I found that will help you decide on choosing a professional DJ for your events.

We will add more articles which will help the client and the DJ

8 Questions to Ask a DJ

by Thomas Ohlendorf

1 - Is the DJ available? Begin your conversation by indicating the date, time, and location of your event. Keep in mind that some DJ companies subcontract their services and they may always indicate that they are available; most of the time there is not a problem with this.

2 - Will the disc jockey you speak to be the one who performs at your event? Be aware that some DJ companies act as booking agencies that assign many DJ's to functions they book. To avoid any last minute surprises, make sure that you have spoken with the person who will be performing at your function before you book the event. Don't let your event be a training session for someone with little or no experience.

3 - Is the disc jockey willing to meet with you for an interview before you hire them? It is important that the DJ you choose be a serious professional who is willing to dedicate time and effort to your event. This commitment should start before any agreements are made, and a dedicated professional should be happy to meet with you to answer any questions.

4 - Can the disc jockey supply you with references from previous clients and properties at which they have worked? A recommendation from another person is a great way to find out if a DJ is right for your function. When you ask for references make sure you get previous clients and properties at which the DJ has performed.

5 - What kind of experience does the disc jockey have and does he/she have it in the event type you are booking? Many events follow a specific format. It is essential that the DJ be familiar and experienced with the format of your event. Choosing a DJ with adequate experience will help to assure that your event runs smoothly. An experienced DJ will be able to handle unforeseen circumstances and work in coordination with the photographer, caterer, and other services.

6 - Will the DJ use professional equipment? Make sure that the DJ uses only professional audio equipment. Pro audio equipment is made to handle the demanding conditions that are required of a mobile sound system. A system comprised of only pro equipment is far less likely to fail and will look and sound better than a home built system.

7 - How does the equipment look and what is the expertise of the DJ with it? Yes, the equipment does make a difference. This does not mean that you have to be an expert as well, but it would not hurt to peruse some of the professional DJ equipment manufacturers to get some information to be armed with when you talk to your DJ. Also, remember, more than likely you will be spending good money on decorations for your event; the DJ's equipment should not spoil that. Also, it should not be consumer grade equipment. Remember, Uncle Jack's stereo might sound great in Uncle Jack's basement, but, it may be barely heard when put into a banquet hall of 300 or more people.

8 - Will the DJ be involved with the planning of your event? A DJ should do far more than just play music. They should become involved with the planning of the event. The DJ should be available to you prior to your function to discuss music selections and coordinate the event. By combining your suggestions with their professional input, an itinerary should be prepared before the function. This will allow the DJ to focus on the itinerary of your function while you sit back and enjoy it.

- Thomas Ohlendorf is with Good Knight Entertainment in Abingdon, MD