Get the Best from Your DJ Montana
Ways to Ensure You Get the Best from Your DJ
Posted by Daryl Thomas on December 26th, 2011
So you’ve hired a disc jockey for an upcoming event. Now it’s time to do everything you can to ensure you have the best possible experience working with them. Here are a handful of tips to help you along the way:
- Confirm the date, hours and fee. This may sound obvious, but it’s important that both you and your DJ are on the same page when it comes to date, time and fee and you clarify this information on the final contract that both of you will sign prior to the event.
- Go over the equipment and setup carefully. Will the speakers provide enough sound to fill your space? Will they need to bring along any extra lighting, fog machines, video equipment, etc.? Make sure your DJ is bringing a backup system in case they experience any type of equipment failure during your event and don’t forget to provide them with enough room to assemble everything they will need without impeding on the space you will use to set up the rest of your event.
- Provide them with an over-all style of music you would like to have played at the event. If you have any specific song requests, mention them up front. If your disc jockey does not have all of your requests, they will buy them, but be sure to provide them with a CD or MP3 copy of songs unavailable to them on iTunes, Amazon, CD or Vinyl. Also, clarify songs to stay away from or styles of music to avoid. You may even want to come up with a strategy for handling guest requests. For example, if you want to discourage requests from your guests, you should do it in the most positive manner. Your disc jockey will know right away to say something along the lines of “Sure, if time permits…” etc.
- Make certain you have confirmed all of the DJ’s additional responsibilities. Will they be narrating a presentation, announcing a dance contest, or just introducing the next person about to sing karaoke? Whatever emceeing you’d like them to do above and beyond playing music needs to be explained in detail and approved by both parties when fees are established and the final contract is drafted.
- Remain friendly, polite and professional throughout all interactions with your disc jockey. You’re much more likely to get the best from them if you treat them with respect and kindness.
Follow these steps and not only will you ensure a stress free working relationship, but you will help your disc jockey provide you with the very best entertainment, thereby maximizing the success of your event.