Booking a DJ for your party doesn't have to be guess work or
a lottery. Here are some helpful hints to point you in the right
There are many different styles of DJs. To know which DJ to
choose, you first need to think about what kind of party you
Here's a quick quiz to get you started:
- Is it a gathering of friends and family who haven't seen
each other for a long while?
YES: Guests will be wanting to catch up and chat so music needs
to be played at a conversational level to avoid guests being
blasted out of the room.
Will elderly guests be in attendance and likely to be seated
most of the time?
YES: Ask your DJ to provide lighting for the dance floor only to
avoid guests being blinded and annoyed by lights.
Will most of your guests be of a younger age group?
YES: A DJ familiar with up to date and chart music is a must.
Avoid a personality DJ that chats between tracks on the
microphone. A DJ proficient with mixing would suit a younger
Will there be children attending your party?
YES: Many DJs are very versatile and used to performing to mixed
age groups. Some are able to provide dances and games for
younger guests as well as entertaining the adults too.
Are you concerned that your guests aren't a dancey crowd?
YES: Some DJs offer a variety of services to ensure your guests
enjoy themselves. Services available include games, quizzes,
karaoke, video screens or race nights.
When you have a clear idea of what you want your party to be and
the nature of your guests attending, its time to look closer at
finding your ideal DJ. Don't be afraid to tell them what kind of
entertainment you are looking for and ask them what they can
provide. It's your party and it's important that things are done your
Always converse directly with the DJ that is going to be in
attendance at your event. It's important that they fully
understand what you envisage for the evening.
So....how will you know that your DJ isn't 10 years old and is
going to turn up with a ghetto blaster?
Answer....you check him out and ask the right
questions.......such as these......
Will I get a signed copy of our agreement detailing the date
times and fee?
How and when will you need payment?
Will you be on your own or will you be bringing the local
tribe to clear up the buffet?
Have you a back up plan if you meet with a disaster? (ie is
he part of a network of DJs that can help him out if he has an
accident or is ill)
What happens if any of your equipment blows up? (A reputable
DJ carries spare sound and lighting equipment for this very
Do you have PLI (Public Liability Insurance)? (Some venues
insist on PLI of up to £10 million)
Can you see comments made by any of their previous clients?
(All good DJs will have a stack of these as emails, letters and
Choosing the right mobile DJ for your event is essential to create a
party to remember. Other tips for planning your party can be