Mobile DJs – Choosing the Right One For Your Event!


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If you’re planning an event with a DJ, you want it to be fun and run smoothly. Most people only hire a DJ for one or two events during their lifetime. This makes it difficult to make an informed decision when it comes to mobile DJ entertainment. Read on, and I’ll give you expert tips that will help guide you to the right disc jockey for your event.


Answer the phone at any mobile DJ service and the first thing you’ll likely hear is “How much do you charge?” While that’s an excellent question, and one you’ll definitely need to discuss, it’s not the only consideration when choosing a mobile DJ for your event. Today, we’re all used to buying relatively inexpensive products that offer good quality for a fraction of the name brand price.

The thing you have to keep in mind is mobile disc jockeys aren’t providing a product, they’re providing a service. Unlike two TVs that do basically the same thing and have roughly the same quality, no two mobile DJs are alike. They all have individual strengths and weaknesses. Some DJs are more experienced, some have less experience. Another consideration is the DJ’s equipment. Though very low cost DJ gear is available these days, reliable, high quality gear is still very expensive. Can a DJ charging $150 for four hours provide a reliable, high quality show when most DJs in your area charge four times that amount or more? Probably not.


As someone new to entertainment buying, your best source for information about the DJs you’re comparing is their past clients. Talk to people who’ve been in your shoes and have seen your potential DJs in action. Any reputable mobile DJ service should be able to provide you with dozens of references from satisfied clients.


Every DJ you consider should carry an adequate liability insurance policy. In the past, it was a good idea. These days, it’s an absolute necessity as many hotels and other venues will not allow a DJ to perform without a proper liability policy. If you choose to hire an uninsured DJ, you should be prepared for the possibility that the venue may not allow your DJ to set up or perform.


Everyone knows it’s possible to obtain “free” music through online file sharing. Is this where the music played at your event should come from? Songs obtained through online file sharing may be low quality, only part of a song, the wrong song altogether, or a poor karaoke version. For family or youth events, vulgar lyrics are another issue. There are literally dozens of potential problems with DJs using downloaded music. Professional DJs obtain their music through professional sources. There are companies that provide disc jockeys with “clean” versions of all the current hits for a nominal monthly charge. To avoid unpleasant surprises, make sure the DJ you choose subscribes to one of these services.


Get it in writing! It’s extremely important to get a written contract confirming all the details you’ve agreed upon with your DJ service. This will eliminate any potential misunderstandings.

Hiring a DJ may not be part of your normal routine, but these tips should help you make an informed decision when comparing DJs for your event. In many ways, it all comes down to common sense. If a DJ service makes you an offer that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Let’s assume you’re comparing DJs for a high school prom and looking into giant screen music video shows, a popular option. Two DJ services quote you a rate around $2,000, but a third promises an equal show for $450. How does the third service offer the same show at less than a fourth of the cost? Realistically, they can’t.

Check references. Make sure your DJ is properly insured. Find out where their music comes from and get a contract.

And most importantly, enjoy your event!



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