1. Is the DJ available?
Begin your conversation by indicating the date, time, and location of your
2. Will the disc jockey you speak to be the one who performs at your
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
3. Is the disc jockey willing to oblige 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 oblige 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
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.
9. Will the DJ host the event and interact with your guests?
The DJ should do more then just play music and should be prepared to handle any
announcements and special events throughout your event. There are many options
for specialty games and crowd participation dances which can enhance any event.
Whether you prefer wild or mild, you should be able to decide exactly how
interactive the entertainment will be before the event takes place.
10. Will your disc jockey be suitably dressed for the occasion?
It is important that your DJ looks the part by dressing in formal of semiformal
attire (dependant on event type). Be sure to specify the type of apparel that
your DJ should use. There should be no added fee charged for formal attire.
11. Is your disc jockey willing to discuss musical selections ahead of
time, and are they willing to play requests, particularly if they are suitable
It is important for your DJ to know exactly what type of musical preferences and
entertainment needs you have for your event. They should be willing to listen to
your ideas and suggestions. They should make themselves available prior to your
event to discuss selections. They should be earnest in accepting the songs you
have chosen to be played as well as those you have chosen not to be played.
Special requests should never be a problem and your DJ should be willing to play
them where they are appropriate.
12. Will your disc jockey arrive on time?
Punctuality is a necessity, and as professionals they should be aware of their
responsibilities to their clients. Normal time spent setting up and removing
equipment is not a part of the entertainment fee.
13. Can your disc jockey provide a written contract?
It is extremely important to have your booking confirmed in writing. All terms
of the agreement should be in writing to avoid any complications at a later
14. Will you play my CDs?
Honestly, there is not a guarantee that your CD is in playable condition. If it
skips, who gets blamed? Instead, talk to your DJ about the songs that you want;
many times if your DJ does not have a particular song he/she will get it if is
15. Is there backup equipment on hand?
Murphy's Law is always present, so it is important to know whether your DJ has
extra components, or hopefully another entire sound system available to them.
Any number of circumstances may arise between the time you book your Disc Jockey
and the date of your event. Booking a reliable Disc Jockey is a very important
decision for the success of your event.
16. What is the DJ's music source?
DJs should subscribe to professional music services and have a standing library
of original discs. If they don't they are breaking the law and are in violation
of copyright laws. Ask your DJ if they have hardcopy backups; if they don't,
don't use them.