Searching for a DJ for your special event can seem like a tough challenge. Here
are some frequently asked questions that may help in your decision.
1. Will you be willing to play requests and discuss music ahead of time?
A versatile DJ is willing to listen to your suggestions, give you feedback and play
from your desired song list. A professional DJ will also accept the fact you may
not want certain songs played. A professional DJ cannot know everything about your
musical preferences and entertainment needs without communication. Remember The
Night gives total control of the music to our clients.
2. Do you use Professional Equipment?
Ask whether your prospective DJ
works with professional audio
equipment. If you are not sure,
ask for their equipment list and
check with a local music dealer
or the American Disc Jockey
to verify they are using
professional grade sound gear.
Remember that professional gear
does not guarantee an
entertainer's talent or service
level, but is simply a tool for
building an exceptional event.
Remember The Night uses only
professional, industrial disc
jockey equipment for quality and
clarity of sound.
3. Do you provide backup equipment at my event?
Although equipment failure is rare, do you really want your special occasion ruined
because your DJ did not come prepared? It is also important to know if your DJ has
a back-up plan in case of illness or an accident. You may also reach our Hotline
number 419-345-3191 to get a DJ when you have an emergency. Booking a reliable DJ
is a very important decision for the success of your party. Remember The Night has
a back-up plan. Furthermore, we have additional back-up equipment in the event that
our primary equipment experiences technical difficulties.
4. Does the DJ know the proper etiquette for your type of party?
A professional DJ will assist you with the planning of your special day. Most professional
entertainers will coordinate, emcee and provide the music that you desire. Ask if
they have experience with your type of event. Remember The Night DJ's are very experienced
in events of all types.
5. How much time do you allow for set-up?
Punctuality is a necessity. Most DJ's arrive at least one hour prior to the start
time you've given them. Your entertainer should ideally be setup and in-place before
your first guest walks through the door. Remember The Night has a company policy
of arriving 1 1/4 hours before your event is scheduled to start.
6. Do you provide a written contract?
It is extremely important to have your booking confirmed in writing. Ask for a written
agreement, especially if you are paying an initial retainer. The standard initial
payment for entertainment services is 50%.Remember The Night will provide you with
a signed contract, deposit receipt and a balance paid receipt.
7. Will you be suitably dressed for our occasion?
Specify the type of apparel that your DJ is expected to wear for your occasion.
Formal attire or coat & tie are the most popular forms of attire. If you are
having a "themed" event, make sure your entertainer is informed.
Remember The Night apparel is a black & white Tux, unless otherwise requested.
8. Do you belong to a professional organization or trade group?
Although belonging to an organization or trade group does not guarantee the talent
or professionalism of a disc jockey, it may indicate the companies willingness to
network, learn and grow. DJ's can learn through local chapter meetings, national
DJ conventions and seminars geared toward the entertainment professional.
Remember The Night is a current member of the local Better Business Bureau, along
with various local and national DJ association memberships and subscriptions.
9. Do you normally tip a DJ? How much?
Although tipping is not mandatory, it is greatly appreciated & goes directly
to the DJ! If you feel that your DJ has gone above and beyond to enhance the overall
success of your special occasion a 5-10% tip range is customary.
Other Items to Note
DJ rates vary based on talent, experience, emcee ability, service, coordination,
equipment needed, music knowledge, mixing ability and personality.
Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging from $350.00 to $3,500.00 with an
average of $1,200.00 for a 4 hour booking in larger market areas. The best price
is not always the best deal.
A full-service DJ company will normally invest 12 to 30 hours to your special event
but it may appear that you are only paying for "4 hours". Consultations,
music purchasing & editing, preparation, set-up and tear-down, education and
other business related endeavors add up to the overall success of your special occasion.
Questions Provided by the American Disc Jockey Association
P.O. Box 351633 • Toledo, OH 43635