Questions to Ask Your Prospective DJ

When it comes to hiring a DJ for an event, it's important to ask the right questions to ensure that you find a professional who will be able to provide the entertainment you're looking for. Here are 11 questions to ask a prospective DJ:

  1. Do you mix? It's important to find a DJ who is able to perform a continuous mix in order to keep the party's energy going and prevent breaks where people may leave the dance floor.
  2. Can I hear your mixes? Any professional DJ should have mixes available for prospective clients to listen to. Take some time to listen to them and consider whether the song choices are creative, the transitions are smooth, and there is continuity in the selections.
  3. What was your worst event? Every DJ has at least one or two horror stories to share. Asking about these experiences can help you learn what to avoid at your own event and can also give you an idea of how candid and honest the DJ is.
  4. Do you use a contract? A contract is a sign of professionalism and outlines the rights and obligations of both parties. Make sure the DJ you hire is willing to use a contract.
  5. How do you conduct yourself on the microphone? The way a DJ speaks on the microphone can have a big impact on the vibe of the event. Consider whether the DJ's personality is a good match for the atmosphere you're looking for.
  6. What does your setup look like? It's important to ensure that the DJ's setup is professional and aesthetically pleasing. Ask about the appearance of the setup and the DJ's attire.
  7. How many years of experience do you have? While the exact number of years isn't necessarily important, it's important to find a DJ who has enough experience for the type of event you're hosting.
  8. Will the DJ I meet be the DJ at my event? If you're hiring a DJ through an agency, make sure you know who you'll be working with on the day of the event.
  9. How do you motivate the crowd if nobody is dancing? Every DJ has faced an empty dance floor at some point, but it's important to find out how they handle this situation. Make sure the DJ has a plan for how to get people dancing.
  10. How do you handle song requests? It's important to find out how the DJ handles song requests, whether they're open to taking them or have a set playlist in mind.
  11. Do you have backup equipment? It's important for a DJ to have backup equipment on hand in case of any technical issues. Make sure the DJ you hire has a plan in place in case of equipment failure.


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