When initially meeting with your potential DJ, what should you expect? Being the first time you've probably hired a DJ, this can be a little confusing for brides-to-be. Hopefully, this article will make your life a little easier and help you select the right DJ for your event. This article won't contain EVERY questionable detail, such as "do you carry insurance," but will focus on the DJ him/herself.
4 important Tips/Questions!
1. Meet with the DJ! You don't want a total stranger showing up for your event. You might not think the DJ is a good fit or is even laughable (sorry to say!). So getting stuck with a company that makes you book first and meet the DJ later is 100% unacceptable. With today's technology, skyping or at the very least phone conferencing can help you decide if your DJ is a likable character and a good fit for you!
2. Does Your DJ Mix? Is this important to you?? A great DJ should be able to mix. Yes, I've met some that don't mix, but can still "slam mix." By mixing music together, you can have a seamless set of 5-10 songs that will flow and not disrupt a dancefloor. Some mixing might even be creative enough to have your guests "oohing and ahhing" on the dancefloor. Mash-ups have become more popular and a DJ that can do this "live" will definitely give your guests a different taste in music. Some DJs "slam mix" this is going from one song to another very quickly by "slamming" the fader from one track to the next. Typically on the first beat of an 8-count. (Hope you followed that) It can be done well but is usually annoying after awhile.Mixing may not even be important to you and you might just want a DJ that can play songs and speak well into the mic.
3. How much experience does your DJ have? Some companies hire from within and send DJs out after only 6 months of "shadowing" a DJ. To find a well-rounded DJ, it's my opinion you should go with someone that started young because it was their passion! This experience will show when your guests are on the dance floor. They'll be able to seamlessly choose music that the crowd will react positively to. It's my belief they should have at least 5 years experience.
4. What's your DJs favorite genre of music?? Do you really want a DJ that specializes in only club music showing up for your event with family and older generations? Unfortunately, this is the mistake some people make when hiring "friends." Trust me when I say your parents will be "ticked." On the flip side, do you want a DJ that is into the country only showing up for your "club-like wedding." It's important to question your DJ about their interest in music as well! You want a DJ that enjoys playing not only their favorites but your guest's choices as well.
CT Entertainment understands the needs of our clients. We would love to hear your visions for the big day and help you make the right decision regarding your choice in DJ. With our experience, we will make sure your guests are in for a great time at your wedding.