Choosing a DJ for your event is one of the most important decisions for your special day. DJ companies vary from young staff, to old. Great MCs, to silent DJs. However, your decisions can effect their performance. You want a DJ that will cater to your needs. But, how do you start? See if you can remember an event that you’ve been to recently where you liked the DJ. Ask the person who ran the event for their contact information. Going to your friends can sometimes be the best option. Usually, they like the same type of music you do, or their event was similar to what you’re aiming for.
Music, Technique, & Experience
You want to make sure your DJ has the music you’re looking for. Are they familiar your age group for the party? Do they allow requests? Do they have a “do-not” play list? See if your DJs MC, if you decide to want it (or not). You don’t want a DJ that picks on your guests and makes cheesy jokes. Ask if they have a video of certain parts of their performances. Usually, you can feel the personality of a DJ when you talk to them in person. Make sure they are experienced, and professional. What other venues have they played at? What types of events have they performed for? Can that DJ handle a large/small crowd, provide introduction, and make announcements for you? Are they bilingual, and play international music?
Never ask about pricing first. The cost of a DJ can vary from $400-$1600 for a typical party, depending on where you go. Unless you’re on a strict budget, don’t always go for the cheapest option either. Sometimes, you get what you pay for. See if you can view your DJ at a public venue, or local venue. Never use a company that allows you to visit them at a private event such as a wedding. That probably means they’ll allow strangers to come to your event as well. When you do finally ask about the price, see if they will work with your budget. Ask what’s included in the package. Some companies include TVs, specialty logos, and uplighting, photo booths, and more. Some other DJs are simply there to only play music. You want to make sure you get what you want, for the right price. Make sure there are no hidden fees or surprises.
You can tell a good DJ by the type of equipment and presentation that they have. Does their set-up look professional? Is their equipment in good shape and looks modern? If you can’t see this in person, ask for pictures of recent set-ups. You’ll be able to tell how seriously they take each event. DJs with wires everywhere and old equipment looks unprofessional. Presentation is almost as important as music selection. It’s all about professionalism!
Don’t be afraid to ask your DJ a million questions. You want to be sure that they are the right people for your event.
Choosing a good DJ comes from the gut. Any great DJ will be willing to sit down with you, is personable, experienced, professional, and is willing to work with you and your budget. Going to a few companies usually results in the best option. You should never buy the first car you see, right? You want to trust the company you hire, so that they can make your event memorable and second to none.
North Jersey Entertainment was founded in 2008 and continues to provide the best DJ and Photo Booth services for northern NJ. Recognized as an industry leading and community oriented company, we aim to create life-long memories for our clients that book us time after time.