You asked your friends for recommendations on "Great" DJs because you need one for a party. Now you have multiple DJs to talk with & pick from. So...what makes a great DJ?
Experience - There is absolutely no replacement for years of experience being a DJ. If you are having any kind of important event, hire a DJ with experience! Does experience make them the best? Maybe or maybe not, but if they're a professional, you're getting priceless value included. Has anyone been able to put a price tag on "priceless"?
Skill Set - Are you looking for a DJ that will keep your guests head's spinning? You will want to hire a DJ with not only Club experience, but turntable tricks in their bag as well. This will maintain excitement throughout your event. Do you need a DJ that can communicate to your guests professionally? Ensure that you hire a DJ with MC talent and don't be afraid to ask about that upfront!
Equipment - Everybody knows a friend or cousin who's a DJ, but that doesn't always mean they have professional equipment for your event. Nothing crashes a party faster than a bad sound system, profanity with kids present or feed backing microphones. When you hire a professional DJ, they come with professional equipment...along with event appropriate music!
Communication - If you're having trouble getting a DJ to return your calls or emails, chances are, they're not the DJ you need to hire. DJs are essentially in the business of communication, through music. However, communication with our clients is of upmost importance. If any part of that fails, the event will be impacted too. We see this with other vendors all too often.
Network - You've decided on a DJ for your event, then you find out they're already booked. What next? Professional DJs either work on a team with other professional DJs or they know professional DJs to refer you to. If this isn't the case, you weren't talking to a professional DJ. DJs can't survive on an island by themselves and much like experience, a network to a DJ is priceless too!
Experience, Skill Set, Equipment, Communication & Network all make up a great DJ. The next time you're hiring a DJ, make sure they have these! Your event will thank you for it!!!
So you’re planning a party for someone special & you want everything to be amazing.
How does all that work itself out?
By keeping the focus on the reason for the party...your VIP!
And yes, that’s easier said than done.
Here’s a few things we’ve learned over the years.
If you’re throwing a surprise party for someone, make sure they like surprises. Nothing sours the mood at a party like the VIP arriving & being upset.
When booking the entertainment, don’t hire a band if your VIP prefers DJs and vice versa. Keep your personal playlist exactly for that & allow the artists to please your VIP with music they love.
Only spend money on items or services that focus on the VIP. No need for a Luau if your VIP never goes to the beach. Also, the other guests can have their own party some other time.
If the demographic of the guests are from another generation or country, align yourself with someone from that one. This will save you lots of guessing & assuming!
Let go of your own desires & keep the VIP first in every decision you make. The venue, decorations, entertainment, catering, etc. should all be focused your VIP.
To plan any event is a challenge, but with the right preparation, anything can be awesome!