Posted by Daryl Thomas on April 2nd, 2013
The selection of a good wedding DJ is absolutely crucial for a successful wedding night. The DJ does so much more than simply put a list of songs on and then sit back and relax. A good wedding DJ will be acutely aware of the mood of the room (and the bride) and be playing the right songs at the right times.
Don’t be afraid to ask Questions
You may be scared of wearing the nagging bride tag but weddings are a stressful time for everyone involved and a good DJ will be aware of that and act accordingly. The DJ will be more than happy to answer any and all questions that you may have. Remember that they do this all the time and have probably heard it all before.
What Kinds of Questions should I Ask?
When planning your wedding you will most likely have a million things happening a once and things will be forgotten or occur to you after or before you talk to your DJ, so it is a good idea to have a list of things that you want to ask your potential wedding DJ before you agree to hire them. Some of these questions may include: How much wedding experience do you have? What kind of music do you have and I give you a playlist to work from? What will you be wearing on the day? Does the cost include sound equipment and how much time will you need to set up your equipment on the day? Do you have insurance? How will you be handling the events of the night and do you have any references?
It is also a good idea to sit down with your wedding DJ at some before the wedding starts and have a conversation about how you will be handling the schedule of the night together. When the speeches and the first dance will occur and how you want them handled. Most professional DJ’s have a system or method for keeping things organized and on time and appreciate being kept informed of what will be happening and what is to be expected of them.
The First Dance
It’s not hard for a couple to look absolutely spectacular during their first dance together as long as the moment is prepared for well in advance. Let your DJ know what song you want for your first dance, and plan your entrance and exit strategy together. It only takes a couple of practice sessions for a couple to look like professional dancers who have been dancing together for years.
Posted by Daryl Thomas on March 20th, 2013
Trends in event entertainment are ever-evolving, yet one trend continues to dominate the industry – a love for karaoke. A staple at bars, parties and even inside taxicabs, karaoke is ideal for bringing people together, inspiring them to let loose, laugh and have a good time. Easily the most interactive of all event entertainment, karaoke is largely dependant on a host who can encourage the highest level of participation. Thankfully, there are a great number of mobile DJs who specialize in karaoke and by following these tips, you can book the very best one for your next event.
Before you begin your search there are a few qualities you’ll want to look out for in a karaoke DJ. Obviously you’ll want one with plenty of experience and an extensive catalog of songs that includes both modern hits and classic favorites, but one important quality you’ll definitely want your disc jockey to have is the ability to sing. Quite often you’ll find that your guests are reluctant to be the first to take the mic, so your DJ will likely sing one or two songs before anyone else is brave enough to volunteer. There are also natural lulls that occur in participation and your DJ will be there to pick up the slack. Additional qualities you’ll definitely want in a karaoke DJ are a great sense of humor, positive attitude, high energy level, and the ability to ease your guests inhibitions while simultaneously lifting their spirits.
Once you’ve established the type of DJ you’re looking for, consider your event and decide if you’d like to keep the karaoke simple and straight forward, or if you want to spice things up a bit with a theme. Since karaoke can be themed to compliment just about any event, it’s a particularly great option for holiday parties. Decide on a theme beforehand so you’re DJ will be sure to bring along plenty of songs that relate. You’ll also want to decide if you’ll have any contests and be prepared to provide all of the rules and prize information to your DJ who will serve as emcee for the competition.
Now it’s time to begin your search. While you can always collect recommendations from local bars or from friends who have hosted parties with karaoke, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money by consulting reputable talent agencies that promote karaoke DJs in your area. These agencies can help you narrow your search by location and price point and you can rest assured that they will provide you with profiles and contact information for no one but the best karaoke DJs in the business. They have to, or their agencies wouldn’t survive. Focus on the agencies that have been in business the longest as they are likely to represent the top talent in your area and don’t forget, the earlier you book them, the more likely you’ll end up with the very best!
Posted by Daryl Thomas on March 16th, 2013
Thanks to tremendous advances in MP3 and sound technology, more DJs can afford to work with higher quality equipment at an affordable price. While this may be beneficial to wedding coordinators, modern wedding DJs must struggle with increased competition and seek out new and better ways to secure more gigs. Therefore, modern wedding DJs would do well to consider some of the following most in demand skills and incorporate them into their own performances.
One incredibly important skill that has consistently been in demand for decades and remains one of the most highly regarded skills today is the ability to read and engage an audience of mixed generations. Developed almost entirely through experience, DJs can hone this skill by regularly participating in social activities that appeal to all age groups, such as outdoor concerts, sporting events, community theater performances, church picnics, local fairs and carnivals, etc and taking the opportunity to actively engage those in attendance, especially the folks who were born decades before or after them. The better a DJ can relate to their crowd, the easier it will be for them to put their audience at ease and encourage them to dance and participate in other wedding reception activities.
Families are blending and cultures are mixing more and more each year as evidenced by the consistent rise in intercultural, interracial and interfaith marriages. For the wedding industry, this means an increase in demand for DJs who not only speak more than one language, but understand different cultural and religious customs and know how to address, respect and celebrate those differences when they perform. DJs who possess this ability can effectively communicate with a wider, more varied audience and brides and grooms feel better knowing they won’t have to worry about providing an entertainer that might alienate or offend their guests. Even if a DJ speaks only one language, he or she would benefit from the increase in work opportunities that come from studying up on religious ceremonies and cultural customs they may have little or no prior knowledge of.
Another highly revered skill of the modern wedding DJ is their ability to juggle multiple responsibilities and deal with unexpected setbacks and conflicts calmly as they arise. For most wedding DJs, they’re not just up there spinning music, they’re controlling the lighting, introducing guests, announcing the first dance, the throwing of the bouquet and other activities, narrating slide-show presentations, politely chatting with guests and taking song requests all while doing everything they can to ensure the sound quality is at it’s sharpest, plenty of folks are dancing and everyone is having a good time. All the best DJs know that anything can go wrong at any moment, which is why they come prepared with backup equipment pre-staged for easy, no fuss transition and they’re always ready to offer a polite declination when they know they will not be able to play a guest’s song request.
Adopting the skills mentioned above will give a wedding DJ a leg up on the competition and ensure their business is profitable for many years to come.