Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. It is important to remember that price is not the first thing you should consider but the last. Experience, referrals from past clients, recommendations from other vendors are important considerations. Every DJ will have a different skill level... all DJ's are not the same. And a bad DJ can literally ruin your entire event. Many people wish they had spent more attention to hiring a good DJ after the fact.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. The best DJ's have an innate sense for music. It's not something you can really learn or be taught. It is a spontaneous ability to fit the right song with the crowd at the right moment... becoming one with the crowd, sensing and responding to their energy and they doing the same to the DJ.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Do you have a legal music library?
Do you bring backup equipment with you to the event?
Do you carry liability insurance and can you show me the policy?
Can you provide me with at least 5 referrals from past clients?
How long have you been DJ'ing professionally?
What is your policy on drinking and/or smoking while working at an event?
Do you ever use sub-contractors?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Is the price you are willing to pay for professional entertainment in-line with what a fully competent and experienced entertainer will be charging?
Before asking the DJ whether you can "check them out" before hiring them, consider that the DJ is not really able to grant you permission to attend a "private" event and in any case, the event is probably being customized to that particular client and might not meet your expectations simply because you could have different tastes than that particular client.