What type of music do they provide and will they play requests?
It’s your party. Will your prospective music entertainer cheerfully accept your musical suggestions? Can they provide a play list with a wide variety of songs that you can choose from? Will they play additional music that you may want to provide?
During your first meeting, see if the DJ asks you questions also such as what you do or don’t want to hear. You want someone who takes an interest in what YOU want. You want a DJ who is flexible, and has a comprehensive selection, so that any request from your guests can be fulfilled, providing it meets your acceptable music criteria. See if you can find out a bit about their strategy for keeping people from all walks of life and all ages entertained throughout the night.
I’d love to write about my ideas, experience and strategy for involving everybody musically in an event setting, but giving away the benefit of almost 25 years experience as a mobile DJ to all of my competitors doesn’t seem too bright. I’m happy to talk through the proven methods I’ve developed when meeting with prospective clients.
Unfortunately many DJs still work on the principle that “it’s got to be LOUD to be good”. A professional will concentrate on quality of the sound, not quantity and will spend time on the night ensuring that your seated guests can still talk comfortably while others are dancing. There’s nothing cool about ringing ears the next morning. If your ears are still buzzing the morning after an event, your hearing has been damaged. It’s that simple.