FAQ To Ask Your DJ
How to choose a DJ
Disc Jockeys have become very popular entertainment for wedding receptions and other events. A good DJ will get people dancing and create a real party atmosphere. Music was and always will be a very important part of your celebration. Your guests will probably not remember how good or bad the food was or how well the Venue was decorated. What they will remember, is how much fun they did or didn't have. Choosing the right DJ for your function is therefore one of the most important decisions you can make to insure the success of the event. Everything else can be perfect, but if the music isn't good, the party will fizzle.
Selecting the right DJ
Selecting the right DJ can be confusing. There are over 15,000 DJ's in America; all promising they'll do a great job for you. How do you tell which one is best for you? The perfect DJ should be above all, experienced at your type of event. Probably the worst way to choose a DJ is on price alone. Some DJ's are more expensive than others. Prices can vary widely, and it would be tempting to choose the cheapest alternative. If that's all you can afford, then you have no choice. But, consider the law of supply and demand. There is a good reason some DJs charge more than others - they are usually worth it. They can charge more because they have a lot of jobs. And they have a good reputation. Generally, the DJs on the low end of the price scale are new to the business, and trying to get established. More expensive DJs tend to be more experienced and much better equipped! Some DJs only have minimal audio & lighting, whereas better DJs will have STATE OF THE ART AUDIO & LIGHTING.
Are you available?
How much do you charge?
The biggest mistake most people make is that this is the ONLY question they ask! The DJ is the most important factor in the success of your event. Price should be only one of the considerations in looking for a DJ. Find out how good the DJ is, then consider the price. And don't be fooled - you usually "get what you pay for!" We aren't the cheapest but we are VERY good at what we do. There are some DJs with whom we simply can't compete in terms of price - and frankly, we don't even want to. Our standards are high and we don't cut corners!
What type of equipment do you use?
You may not know anything about the equipment, but you can find out if your prospective DJ uses professional equipment with the most up-to-date technology. Do they use CD/MP3 players or Computers? Are they using equipment made for home use, or equipment specifically made to withstand the rigors of mobile DJing. Also find out if they use professional cases to transport their equipment. Professional cases keep the equipment working like new, and keep things looking neat and presentable. One of the most important questions to ask your DJ is what kind of back up equipment they have in case of equipment failure - which in most cases is the amplifier or the mixing board and for computers, hard drive or power supply. DJs usually run systems powered by one or maximum two amplifiers and one mixer.
Our Wedding system is a top of the line "Active System" with 2 independent amplifiers and our Touch Screen computers have a Raid system to cover hard drive failure. Also, our computers are ONLY used for DJ-ing and NEVER see the internet (and subsequent virus hazards).
What time will you show up for my event?
An experienced DJ will allow extra time in case of problems. A DJ that shows up 20 minutes before start time to set up is a risk you don't want to take. We always shows up approx. 1½ hours before your event start time. Setup usually takes about 30-45 minutes. We are always ready to begin, with music on, no less than 30 minutes before guest arrival.
What type of attire will you wear?
Our DJ always wears formal to weddings and formal events unless otherwise requested by the client. Fun Factory DJs have an extensive wardrobe and strive to subtlely match your color theme with our Tie and cuff links.
What selection of music do you have?
This is a point often overlooked, even though it is the basic purpose of all DJs! Many DJs unfortunately have a very poor selection of music. Ask the potential DJ to send you some type of a song list. Or you could even ask them, if they have specific songs or artists you like. A DJ with a good selection of music and professional attitude will be happy to oblige!
As our client you will receive access 24/7 to our online "Client area", where you will be able to:
Will you just play music at my wedding reception?
There is much more to a wedding reception than just playing music. Your DJ should be well organized and willing to take full control of his designated duties at your reception. This includes announcements, coordination with other wedding professionals at your event (caterer, photographer, videographer, etc.) and, of course, playing a carefully selected variety of music based on your song selections (Your PLAY and DO NOT PLAY lists) Be sure your DJ is flexible enough to handle any changes you would like to make to the order of events.
What is your policy on requests?
The best DJs will take requests from the audience and work them into their routine. However, do not expect the DJ to play every request. Many requests are simply inappropriate for the mood of the event. A good DJ is not a jukebox, he will blend requests with the songs he feels will properly motivate the crowd. The art of DJ-ing is timing and recognizing who the audience is at any given time- this takes experience. Forcing a DJ to ignore his or her instincts by making them play every request will result in an "uneven" (and less fun) party. On the other hand, the DJ should try to play as many of your audience's requests as possible. Try to get a feel for their philosophy on requests as you interview them.
Are you insured?
A DJ who has taken the time and expense to insure their respective business shows that they are true professionals and a full-time business who will still be around in the years to come. We are insured and will be glad to provide your hall with a certificate of insurance if needed.
Know who you are dealing with!
Are you dealing directly with the person who will perform at your event? Is that guaranteed by contract? Or are you simply choosing from a list of DJs that company XYZ has at the present time? Will those DJs still be working for company XYZ when your wedding date gets here? Ask for referrals: They are a fantastic tool and a great way to check for consistency. Talk to several people who have used a DJ.
Request a package from DJ Kurt and (3) CURRENT referrals are ALWAYS included with phone number and email.
DJs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are timid, some energetic. Be sure that you like the personality of your DJ. After all, it is the personality that will make him/her choose music and interact with the crowd.
A company that doesn't return phone calls or isn't forthcoming with contracts and/or pricing is bad news. Stay away. And never forget: "Big print gives, small print takes away" - take the time to read through the small print. It may contain some hidden charges! Our contracts have no small print - what you see is what you get. Our price is all inclusive for a specified number of hours, additional hours are predetermined. After all, you want to have fun and not have to negotiate with the DJ in the middle of the party!