"the guide to hiring a dj"

When you plan a party of any sort, your objective is to ensure that your guests have a good time. Your choice of entertainment, particularly if you are considering a DJ, is crucial. Who you choose to provide entertainment at your wedding reception or special event will have a greater degree of effect than any other factor. This includes such things as food, location, photographer, etc. After all, the entertainment portion of your event is considered to be responsible for 80% (or more) of the events success. Think about it. When was the last time you left an event saying "That party was wonderful! The entertainment was terrible, but the prime rib was terrific!" You see, the DJ you choose is critical and is a direct reflection on you.

Here are some important points to remember when you interview a DJ company.

Prompt return of your phone calls or emails.
You should expect to get a call back or an email back within 24 hours. Many DJs are out working and may not be able to return your call within an hour or two.

Is the DJ willing to meet with you and present their services even BEFORE their services have been secured or are they just trying to book the date sight unseen?
Is their material neat and professional looking, and is their presentation organized and informative? At American Party DJs LLC we are proud to offer free consultations!

Is the price too good to be true?
It seems that DJs are often the last service chosen, after much of the budget is expended on a venue, food and clothing. This often leads brides and party planners to shop for the cheapest price possible because of a lack of resources. This often backfires when holding out for the lowest price. However, if you follow the guiding principals noted here, you will know to avoid services that have a rock bottom price because they will not be able to display the level of quality and attention to detail that EVERY client deserves!

Is the person knowledgeable about your type of event?
There are all kinds of DJs. Club DJs, Rave DJs, Wedding DJs…the list is endless!! Can the DJ you interview handle your type of event? Ask the DJ how many events of your type have they done.

Does the DJ take their trade seriously enough to attend trade seminars on a regular basis?
Is he a member of any professional industry associations?

What sort of tools does the DJ use to procure and plan your event?
In a good interview, the DJ should show you a sample copy of the contract.

Does the DJ have a music list that shows you what sort of music he or she has available?
Many DJs do not use music lists, others do. However, in some fashion, you (the client) need to be assured that the DJ you hire not only has a sizable collection, but has a variety of music, especially for wedding receptions, where there will be a wide range of age groups in the same room together. Does the DJ use professional grade equipment? If the DJ does not have pictures of his or her gear, you should ask to set up a time to see the equipment or see pictures of the DJs set up. Although there are many fine stereo equipment components made, they are not suitable for commercial or repeated use and varying room conditions. The DJ should be able to tell you what they use and characterize the equipment as professional grade.

Will the DJ offer to meet with you AFTER signing the contract to plan the details of your event?
A professional DJ should ALWAYS be willing to discuss your event at any mutually agreeable point in time before the event, and should display the flexibility to accommodate changes, be creative, and help you solve problems. Meeting your DJ to plan your event is of paramount importance to the success of your event such as a Wedding Reception. Will the person that you interview be the person that will perform at your event? This is THE most common complaint about the DJ industry today. The person you meet turns out NOT to be the person that actually does your show. Often, you are not made aware of this. Ask the DJ you interview if they will be the actual person performing, or will someone else perform the event. You need to know this UP FRONT before you sign a contract.