10 Questions to Ask before hiring your DJ

 Recommended by the American Disc Jockey Association

1. Are you insured? Can you supply me with proof of liability insurance?
Yes!  Many responsible business owners carry liability insurance to protect their businesses and the consumer.  Many locations are beginning to require proof of liability insurance.  Ask for proof of liability insurance.  Disc Jockey’s receive a Certificate of Liability Insurance which can be used as proof.  Music & Moves DJs carries $1 Million commercial general liability with $2 million aggregate coverage.

2. Will you be willing to play requests and discuss music ahead of time?
Yes!  A versatile Disc Jockey is willing to listen to your suggestions, give you feedback and play from your desired song list.  A professional Disc Jockey will also accept the fact you may not want certain songs played.  A professional Disc Jockey cannot know everything about your musical preferences and entertainment needs without communication.  Music & Moves DJs gives you the option of creating your music preference list or your guests can make “on the spot” requests as long as it does not conflict with your musical preferences.

3. Do you use Professional Equipment?
Yes!  Ask whether your prospective Disc Jockey works with professional audio equipment.  If you are not sure, ask for their equipment list and check with a local music dealer or the A.D.J.A. to verify they are using professional-grade sound gear.  Remember that professional gear does not guarantee an entertainer’s talent or service level, but is simply a tool for building an exceptional event.  Music & Moves DJs only uses professional grade equipment!

4. Do you provide backup equipment at my event? What if something happens to my DJ?
Yes! Music & Moves DJs provides backup equipment in the event of failure. Although equipment failure is rare, do you really want your special occasion ruined because your Disc Jockey did not come prepared? It is also important to know if your Disc Jockey has a back-up plan in case of illness or an accident. Selecting a Disc Jockey who is an active member of the American Disc Jockey Association will provide you with the confidence that you have selected a trained professional. A.D.J.A. members are more likely to be involved with other Disc Jockey’s who can help them out with an unexpected situation. In the event something happens to me, I will find a qualified DJ to cover the event in the unlikely situation I am unable to perform.

5. Does the Disc Jockey know the proper etiquette for your type of party?
Yes! A professional Disc Jockey will assist you with the planning of your special day. Most professional entertainers will coordinate, emcee and provide the music that you desire. Ask if they have experience with your type of event. Music & Moves DJs is qualified to perform at all events and will not take on events that I have not been trained for.

6. How much time do you allow for set-up?
Punctuality is a necessity. Music & Moves DJs are expected to arrive at least one hour prior to the start time you’ve given me and should ideally be setup and in-place before your first guest walks through the door. Set-up depends on the type of function and equipment required. Larger parties usually require more equipment, load-in and set-up time.

7. Do you provide a written contract?
Yes! It is extremely important to have your booking confirmed in writing. Ask for a written agreement, especially if you are paying an initial retainer. Music & Moves DJs always provides a written agreement for each function. I require a signed agreement and retainer fee to secure your date. My name appears on the agreement under “Assigned Entertainer.”

8. Will you be suitably dressed for our occasion?
Yes! Specify the type of apparel that your Disc Jockey is expected to wear for your occasion on your event planning form. Formal attire or coat & tie are the most popular forms of attire. If you are having a “themed” event, make sure I am informed. Music & Moves DJs will dress based on the type of function and the requirements of the customer. I will ask you what is appropriate for your function.

9. Do you have a current business license and do you own your own music?
Yes! I own and operate fully licensed company and I purchase my own music. This is important because any legitimate person operating a business should have a current business license and own their own music library that they purchased, not one that was copied or obtained illegally. Many DJs are starting to rely on “live music streaming” which is totally dependent on the Wi-Fi signal strength. If the signal is lost, reduced or degraded, your event may be dramatically impacted. If your DJ is live streaming music, ask him/her what their backup plan is in the event of lost Wi-Fi signal.

10. Do you belong to a professional organization or trade group?
Yes! I am a current member of the ADJA and attend annual DJ conventions in Las Vegas to learn new concepts to add to my performance. Although belonging to an organization or trade group does not guarantee the talent or professionalism of a disc jockey, it may indicate the companies willingness to network, learn and grow. Disc jockeys can learn through local chapter meetings, national DJ conventions and seminars geared toward the entertainment professional.

Other Items to Note:-

Disc Jockey rates vary based on talent, experience, emcee ability, service, coordination, equipment needed, music knowledge, mixing ability and personality.

Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging from $350.00 to over $5,000.00 with an average of $1,200.00 for a 4 hour booking. The best price is not always the best deal, especially if you are planning a wedding. As a matter of fact, surveys conclude that nearly 100% of brides would have spent more money on their entertainment and made it their #1 priority in hindsight.

A full-service disc jockey company will normally invest 12 to 30 hours to your special event but it may appear that you are only paying for “4 hours”. Consultations, music purchasing & editing, preparation, set-up and tear-down, education and other business related endeavors add up to the overall success of your special occasion.


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