Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Hire a professional with a lot of experience. The disc jockey service industry is an unregulated business. There are no official guidelines as to how a person should conduct his or her business. There is no license required, official credentials, education, certification or industry standards. Anyone with an mp3 player and some speakers from the thrift store can print up business cards and call themselves a disc jockey service. If you're getting your car fixed, there are dealerships and there are backyard mechanics... With disc jockeys, they are all really backyard mechanics! It really comes down to experience and longevity. You don't have to hire the most expensive disc jockey service, but you certainly don't want to hire the cheapest either! Meet with your disc jockey or at least talk at length with them on the phone and get a feel for their personality. It will be amplified on a microphone at your event!
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. In survey after survey, the number one answer to the question, "What made the event a success?" is the entertainment. People spend thousands of dollars and countless hours putting together a wedding or party and spend relatively little time and money on the entertainment when it comes to a disc jockey. There are A LOT of BAD disc jockeys out there! If you need any proof, just search youtube for a few disasters and I'm sure you'll agree with me! Who wants to hear the wrong music on cheap sounding speakers with some cheeseball making horrible announcements or talking too much because he's in it for the ego trip???
Hire a professional disc jockey service that has a lot of experience. You'll thank yourself in the end!
By the way, the second most important thing in those surveys is the food, so get a good caterer too! : )
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Ask how long they have been working as a disc jockey. A lot of disc jockeys come and go with the availability of digital media these days, but it takes a real entertainer to have longevity... And a real entertainer - someone that is professional, confident and able to create the perfect atmosphere for your event - is what you are looking for. A professional entertainer will also have professional equipment, so ask about that too! The last thing you want at your big event is an obnoxious person with an iPod and a cheap microphone!
Another thing to ask about is whether or not the disc jockey service is local to your area... Seems crazy, but a lot of services are merely booking agencies that will subcontract your event to another disc jockey service.