Does Your Special Event DJ Have These Essential Skills?
It’s hard to choose the right special event DJ. There are some obvious things you’re looking for, like a bonded, insured DJ. It’s also apparent that you need a DJ who has good reviews from clients. But choosing a really great DJ means considering a few things outside the obvious.
Many clients make assumptions about professional DJs that seem like essential qualities, but you can’t just assume your DJ will be professional, on time, and fun to engage with. In addition to these qualities, there are some other tips we want to share about finding the right special event DJ.
Hopefully, these will help you in your search!
Essential Special Event DJ Skills: A Keen Musicality
Your special event DJ doesn’t just need a great catalog of music to choose from, they need a keen sense of musicianship. That means they understand music, how to flow songs together, and even how to make their own mixes. You may think these things are ‘a given’ for all working DJs but that’s sadly not true.
You can find out if your DJ possesses these skills by talking to former clients or reading reviews. You can also tell your DJ what types of music you and your guests prefer, and ask if they have any suggestions that spring to mind.
They should be able to offer at least a few suggestions!
You can also ask for live footage of them working an event because that can tell you quite a lot!
Essential Special Event DJ Skills: Easy Communication
Good communication is truly the first ingredient for a successful relationship with your vendors. Is your DJ easy to talk to and engaging with you? Do they seem excited and as if they enjoy their work?
While it’s never a great idea to change the game plan as you go, how does your DJ react to this when it has to occur? Do they prompt you with questions to find out the information they need?
All of these things are good signs that your DJ has experience, enjoys their work, and isn’t an unpleasant control freak. Music is supposed to be fun, after all! Although events are stressful, a professional DJ with good experience can roll with some changes without coming off as rude or distant with clients.
Essential Special Event DJ Skills: Engaging Stage Presence
If your DJ is enthusiastic and positive when they speak to you, it’s a good sign that they’ll also be good on stage. Are they gregarious? Do they seem like a natural performer? These are qualities that are going to make a difference on the day of your event!
If you’re booking a DJ to play ambient music for your corporate event, this may be less important. If you’re looking for a wedding DJ, however, choose one who can get the crowd engaged and dancing!
Essential Special Event DJ Skills: Professional Appearance
Your DJ needs to be clean, presentable, and professional looking. That doesn’t mean they should be stuffy, but they have to make a good appearance for your guests. Thankfully, this is something you can tell right away. But don’t be afraid to ask some questions about their staff and techs.
You have a right to get to see anyone who may attend your event to help the person you’re making the arrangements with.
Essential Special Event DJ Skills: Flexibility
We like to stress to clients that the more we know, the better we can help them. This is always true and to accomplish it, you want to keep changes to a minimum. That said, they do happen and your DJ should understand this.
Flexibility isn’t just about changes, either. Sometimes it’s about the size of the venue or unique challenges to running sound in the location you’ve chosen.
Do yourself a favor and pick a DJ who can handle these issues with aplomb. It goes back to that communication issue!
Of course, we’re available to work your event in the San Francisco area and would love to help you. If you need a trustworthy, pleasant presentable DJ who knows how to have fun while being professional, contact us!