What kind of equipment do they use & what is their technical expertise?

Determine if the DJ uses today’s professional technology. You are paying money for a professional and they should have modern, well maintained, quality equipment and know how it operates. Make sure it’s pro-grade equipment, not home stereo or consumer grade. Ask about the age of their gear, especially the critical components like the speakers.

There is a difference! You are hopefully hiring someone who takes their job seriously, so make sure they have made the investment in quality equipment. Ask if they own their gear themselves or hire it. If it’s their own, chances are it will be looked after better and they will know how to fix any problems that could arise.

Do they have cordless microphones you are able to use for your ceremony or speeches if required? Will they turn your beautifully prepared reception or function room into a mobile night club with overhead lighting trusses, huge black boxes and masses of cabling? It doesn’t have to be this way in this day and age! Take a look at some of DJ Richard’s equipment in these photos to see how discreet a DJ’s set up can look.

Award Entertainment Ltd is an ‘Approved Operator’ of the Bose Professional L1 systems, endorsed by Wellington’s Bose Professional product agent, Golden Horn Audio Ltd.

Note: Find out what your prospective DJ will need from you- even today many New Zealand DJs require you to supply them with a table! Award Entertainment doesn’t need a table of course.

As for technical expertise, there are a few clues to this. Does the DJ own their own equipment, or do they rent? Do they know the difference between a cardioid, hyper-cardioid and omni microphone? This is a big one, as the wrong microphone will give poor performance and/or loud squealing feedback. Are they members of audio clubs and technical forums or groups?

With the right technical knowledge, your DJ can manage equipment issues if they arise, diagnosing and resolving faults before they become detrimental to the success of the event. Often it’s a plug or a cable that causes a problem, but determining where that fault lies can require a bit of experience.