When booking a Mobile Disco or DJ, the number one rule of thumb, is always look for a professional. As the person booking and ultimately responsible for payment, you should be seeking value for money. Not every DJ is a professional, so if the event you are planning is important to you, then there are some vital questions you should ask your DJ or Disco provider.
Do they have relevant experience?
If your DJ works in your local Club or Bar playing only Chart or Dance music, will they be able to cater for a Wedding or Anniversary party? The same also applies for an eighteenth or twenty first Birthday Party, or perhaps a Club night. It’s vitally important to source a DJ that can cater for each one of your guests on any evening.
Is your Disco provider or DJ reliable?
Disco companies regularly receive frantic telephone calls on Friday & Saturday evenings from people needing a DJ at short notice because the “DJ” they had originally booked has suddenly decided that, for whatever reason, they can’t make the gig. Chances are they were part time, amateur or bedroom DJs, booked solely because they were perhaps less expensive than a professional service. Just to put your mind at ease, you can also check feedback and reviews on the event providers profile page.
Does your Disco Provider use professional equipment?
It’s pretty easy today for anyone to buy very inexpensive and nasty, budget, Disco equipment. This explains why there are suddenly so many “DJs” only too willing to take your hard-earned cash in return for little or no experience, inadequate or dated lighting, harsh and nasty sound and overall poor performance. With a Disco service or DJ, remember, you really do get what you pay for.
Do they have insurance?
Public Liability Insurance is a necessity to provide peace of mind for you and your guests. Be sure to check for insurance and ask for a copy of the certificate. Most venues will also ask for a PAT testing certificate to ensure the Disco’s equipment is safe to use.
Will the DJ work with you?
Maybe you would like to meet the DJ prior to your function, or perhaps you would like them to set up their equipment earlier than anticipated. You could have specific music requirements such as particular songs for your first and last dances, or certain types of music or tracks you don’t want played. Perhaps you don’t want your Disco to use certain effects such as strobe or UV lighting or haze and smoke machines. A professional Disco Service or DJ will work with you to address any concerns or requirements you may have to make your event special without any inconvenience or stress to you.
Does your DJ or Disco Service have back up?
This is vitally important and applies to both equipment and personnel. Most Disco’s carry back up equipment to events and have a large book of contacts to ensure your event goes ahead without a hitch.
How Many Songs Do You Request?
Provide the DJ with a list of 10 to 20 songs that best show what you and your quests would like to hear, so that your DJ will be able to get a good idea of the genres that will best suit your event. Although most DJ’s take requests on the night, remember that they are not a living breathing jukebox, they have spent hours, if not days buying, arranging and playing their music so that they know what should fill a dancefloor.
Things That Are Typically Over Looked
- Most Disco setups will need at least x2 13Amp sockets for power, let them know where the nearest power will be.
- Ask the DJ how much room they will take up
- Is there a sound limiter in the venue and if so will this suit the event?