When you’re organising a party or function, choosing which DJ to hire will be one of the most important decisions you make. The DJ will be the one who sets the mood and tempo of your evening so if you get it right and choose one who knows what they’re doing, you and your guests should have the time of your lives. On the other hand, hiring someone whose disk jockeying skills aren’t up to scratch could mean your party is memorable for all the wrong reasons.
When you’re choosing which DJ to hire, there are a number of things you can use to help you make an informed decision. So, to help you pick the right DJ, here’s what to look out for.
Look for a specialist
Many DJs specialise in different areas, and not all of them tend to do the same type of functions. For example, a nightclub DJ might be great at pumping out techno tracks but playing at a wedding is an entirely different gig all together. Hiring someone who specialises in the type of party you’re organising is the easiest route to success.
Check their website to see which types of function they usually play, or you could even give them a call and have a quick conversation. A chat on the phone could also give you an idea how good their people skills are, which may also be important if you want them to interact with guests and act as your master of ceremonies.
Reviews are great because they give us an idea of the quality of service we can expect beforehand. While some reviews should be taken with a pinch of salt – sometimes people are impossible to please and will complain regardless – often you should be able to spot a pattern when you’re reading through a DJ’s reviews.
If there are numerous people complaining about a lack of people skills or poor sound-quality, you can probably expect to receive the same standard of service for your own party. Likewise, if most of the reviews mention the DJs wicked selection of tunes and friendly attitude, you should hope to receive the same if you go ahead and hire them.
One thing to look out for is the age of the reviews. As with anything else, a DJ’s service may slip. Things like personal problems and health issues could all contribute to a dip in performance so always put more trust in the most recent reviews.
Ask for a sample
Once you’ve found a DJ who seems like a good fit for your party, ask for a sample of their work. This could be in the form of a playlist, mixtape or even a video of a party they’ve played at in the past. This will give you a great idea of what to expect on the night.
Ask how they engage the crowd
When hiring a DJ, you want to be sure they know how to get the crowd going. Ask them questions to see how they would react in different situations. For example, ask how they will get people dancing if they seem reluctant to get up, and you can also see whether they are willing to take requests and interact with the crowd. For some, this will be vitally important so to avoid any disappointment on the evening ask these questions before you make any booking so you know exactly what you’re getting from your DJ.
Making sure you get the right DJ for your party is essential, but once you’ve covered all these points, you should be well on your way to hiring the right man – or woman – for the job! For some of the best DJs Manchester has to offer, get in touch with us today!