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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do I find a cheap DJ?

To find a cheap or affordable DJ for your party or wedding, search for local DJs near you and ask for free cost estimates from several of them. While some DJ profiles may provide an automatically generated starting cost, it’s important to contact the DJ to get an idea of how much your particular request will cost. This also gives you the opportunity to ask them other important questions and make sure you are a good fit.

How much is a DJ?

When you hire a local DJ, expect to pay roughly between $300 and $800. But be aware that the actual price will vary based on several factors, including the length of the DJ’s set and how much of a presence they need to be. Larger venues can drive up the cost, as this requires more equipment, soundchecking and setup. Adding extras like confetti, fog, light shows and black lights also adds to the cost. 

Get cost estimates from the best DJs near you to find out how much you should expect to spend for your event.

Read our cost guide, “How much does a DJ cost?

How do you book a DJ for a party?

To book a party DJ, start by comparing local pros in your area. Check out their ratings and reviews to find out: 

  • Are they professional?
  • Do they show up on time to set up for the party?
  • Do they know how to feel the energy in the room and adjust the music accordingly?
  • Are they friendly to guests and take song requests?
  • Do they specialize in the genres you want (pop, Top 40, hip-hop, etc.)?
  • Do they have experience playing at your type of event (weddings, birthday parties, etc.)?

Whenever possible, watch videos of their performances. 

Your last step is to contact three to five different DJs near you to ask them questions and get price quotes.

How much are wedding DJs?

Hiring a DJ typically costs anywhere from $300 to $1,200. It all depends on how long they’ll be working at your wedding and other various factors. The cost to hire a wedding DJ is usually higher than the cost to hire a DJ to play at a birthday party or similar event. 

To find out exactly how much your wedding DJ will cost, ask for a cost estimate from several professionals in your area.

How do you find wedding DJs?

Use Thumbtack to find wedding DJs in your area. Here, you can quickly see which local DJs have the highest ratings and best reviews. You can also see how many times each DJ has been hired, whether they’re responsive and if they’re in high demand.

How much do DJs charge per hour?

Hourly rates for DJs can vary depending on where you live, the event type (weddings, prom, birthdays, etc.) and many other factors. For an accurate hourly rate, request cost estimates from top-rated DJs near you.

Why do DJs ask how many guests are at the wedding?

It’s helpful to let your DJ know how many guests will be attending the wedding so they can ensure they have the right sound system and equipment. They may also ask more questions about your guests so they can ensure they have music that caters to the crowd. 

What questions should you ask wedding DJs?

To ensure you hire the best DJ for your wedding, ask these questions:

  • Are you available on my wedding date?
  • How much do you charge, and how do you set your prices?
  • What’s included in your rate (e.g., set up, clean up, etc.)?
  • How many weddings have you played at?
  • Do you have any references I can contact?
  • What kind of music do you specialize in?
  • Do you provide your own equipment, sound system, speakers, etc.?
  • Do you provide any other services (e.g., photo booth, lighting, etc.)?
  • Can guests request songs?
  • Will you accept a “Do Not Play” list?
  • How early would you arrive at the venue to set up?
  • Do you take breaks throughout the event? If so, how many and for how long?
Reviews for Oakland djs
Luis T.
Great job DJ Roxwell
A New Day And Time EntertainmentA New Day And Time Entertainment
Yesenia M.
He was a great DJ! The sound was crisp and had everyone dancing!
MCC-Master Of Ceremonies & CelebrationsMCC-Master Of Ceremonies & Celebrations
Josh N.
DJ sunshine took our request last minute and made it happen!
DJ CC SunshineDJ CC Sunshine
Carlos D.
normally do not take the time to fill out surveys but felt I had to in this case. Our DJ was awesome! Everyone at the party had tons of positive feedback and couldn't believe how good the DJ was. Everyone at the party wanted business cards so that they can use the same DJ at there next party. I too am sold on Sonny (our DJ) He was tremendous and I will continue to use his DJ services for all and any future parties that I have. In addition I will recommend him to all my other family and friends. Lastly, the pricing was phenomenal. Sonny even included several extras that were not included the entertainment package that we chose for our event. For all those looking for a DJ iI reccomend that you do not bother and look any further. EventAbility Lightzz en Soundzz is best in class and service. Carlos Dela Cruz
EventAbility Lightzz en SoundzzEventAbility Lightzz en Soundzz
Sarah G.
I did not get the chance to work with DJ TJ due to Covid-19, but I wanted to submit a review because I was so impressed by his professionalism, responsiveness, and the quality of the DJ clips I heard. I wish we had been able to work together!
Professional DJ ServicesProfessional DJ Services
Shakira C.
DJ Roxwell was absolutely awesome! The host loved him! He had great equipment and the perfect music selection for the event. He is highly recommended. He is great at communicating and keeping in touch. The host is booking him again for another birthday party. Thank you DJ Roxwell!
A New Day And Time EntertainmentA New Day And Time Entertainment
Jasmine A.
We had a very diverse wedding, and DJ stallion got the whole party dancing! Guest danced the night away!
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Hugo M.
My friends were really impressed with your DJ skills. You were outstanding. I'm totally hiring for my next personal Party.
DJ ResolutionDJ Resolution
Melissa A.
We loved working with DJ Or!! He was so understanding and really help us through the whole process. He understood our vision for our wedding and handled all aspects of the day in stride. From the ceremony to the reception he was on top of it. He played a great mix of music and kept the party going. We would highly recommend DJ Or and would love to have the opportunity to work with him again!!
ANDR musicANDR music
Shakira C.
DJ Shawdy was awesome! He followed the wishes of the host and did a great job! I will be using him for more events and would highly recommend him in the future!
DJ ShawdyDJ Shawdy
Thumbtack Customer
I can't say enough good things about DJ Stallion. There's no one else I would recommend. He was responsive, professional, and just the best.
DJ Stallion EntertainmentDJ Stallion Entertainment
Alicia C.
Great DJ. Played the right songs when needed. Made sure music was right for each moment. Kept party going. Highly recommended for next event. Thank you
A New Day And Time EntertainmentA New Day And Time Entertainment
Malcolm H.
Best DJ I ever had. We will be working together for the wedding. Thank you for all of your help and thank you for becoming a close friend and part of the family along the way!
NextLevel EventsNextLevel Events
Thumbtack Customer
DJ 2e was versatile, flexible, and fun. He provided both karaoke and dance music for our daughter's 30th. He was a crowd pleaser and worked hard fulfill special requests. Thanks 2e!
DJ TueseDJ Tuese
Marcus P.
Peter was a pleasure to work with. He arrived on time, and did a good job as DJ and emcee. He reached out to us before hand to establish rapport. Our friends had fun on the dance floor.
PC EntertainmentPC Entertainment
Thumbtack Customer
Charles Bell was DJ for my hubby's 80 birthday party. He was on time professional and provided a DVD at the end of the evening. I will use his services again. He had a wonderful selection of songs ad well.
PPI Productions & Entertainment Ltd.PPI Productions & Entertainment Ltd.
Bette W.
Was a very good DJ. I had concerns beginning about the ability to play soul music but he definitely demonstrated his ability to rise to any occasion. However. I would of liked a video of some of the dancing.
DJ JerrodDJ Jerrod
Savanah M.
We were very pleased with Wendell's DJ service, it was easy to communicate and all questions were answered quickly. I truly appreciated that Wendell accommodated our request to extend timeframe during the event. When your team is having a great time it is difficult to break up the momentum. ;) Wendell has great taste and put together a perfect mix of music genres for our event and I never had to ask for a song skip. I highly recommend Wendell ' DJ Dub T' Thomas and would work with him again.
Wendell ' DJ Dub T' ThomasWendell ' DJ Dub T' Thomas
Erin G.
DJ TJ was great. He was reliable, easy to work with and his music was great. He set the tone of the event with little instruction from me - it was a busy night and the music was one thing I had to worry nothing about!
Professional DJ ServicesProfessional DJ Services
Thumbtack Customer
Tuese was the DJ for our company Christmas party. He was very easy to work with. He played various music in response to the crowd to keep everyone dancing. His karaoke was a plus! I would definitely recommend him, and hire him again!
DJ TueseDJ Tuese
Thumbtack Customer
DJ Celeste was everything we could've asked for a dj. She's amazing and a talented professional DJ. She came out and brought the music from her amazing library of collection and played all the hits I requested as well as adapted well with the party festivities and brought the party!! She impressed all the party goers with her talented music production, mixing, MC-ing, mashups and ability to adjust to all our requests. She was very respondent and communicated with us through out the days leading up to the party as well as checking in with us through out the night. Very easy to work with and we would hire her again for our next parties as well as started to highly recommend her among our friends and family. Thanks so much for covering decades of music from pop, hip hop, reggae, dance and some of my favorite world music and making my 40th birthday party a fun and most memorable time!!
DJ Celeste's Mobile Event DJing ServicesDJ Celeste's Mobile Event DJing Services
Jamiya W.
DJ Roxwell was very professional and respectful. I hired him for a repass service, I did not have a specific playlist but he knew how to keep the guests entertained and singing along. I would definitely recommend him and hire him again in the future.
A New Day And Time EntertainmentA New Day And Time Entertainment
Sabrina S.
DJ2e was amazing. He made our ceremony and wedding reception very special. He was great about taking requests from the guests and everyone had a great time. We will definitely have him DJ any future parties and recommend to family and friends. 💓
DJ TueseDJ Tuese
Thumbtack Customer
We had a wonderful wedding. Sonny assigned the job to Robert Tinoco who could not have done a better job! What a lovely guy. He was very accommodating and a great entertainer. I would highly recommend Sonny and Robert to anyone interested in DJ services.
Silverado Professional DJ ServiceSilverado Professional DJ Service
Katie P.
DJ Ryan was absolutely INCREDIBLE! He truly made our wedding so special, fun and meaningful! Understood the exact vibe we wanted and really made sure the crowd was having fun and enjoying themselves. So sweet, professional and responsive. Highly recommend and would definitely use again in the future!
DJ Ryan EntertainmentDJ Ryan Entertainment
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