Today we’re talking about three great tips for hiring a wedding DJ that no one ever talks about!
If you go around on the internet, whether it be The Knot, Wedding Wire, Zola, Refinery29, Martha Stewart Weddings… I could go on… There are always lists of wedding DJ questions to ask when you’re looking to hire.
Every single one is pretty much the same, they’re all the same questions, and I’ll be honest with you most DJs have canned answers ready for all of those because everyone sees them. However, there are a few questions that you could ask, especially if you really want to focus on excellent DJ entertainment for your wedding.
These five questions to focus on that might throw some people for a loop.
The first question I want to focus on is don’t ask them what makes them different from every other DJ. Honestly, there’s not a lot of differences. There’s little stuff here and there, but most DJs will kind of be similar to each other and, I say this as a DJ.
There is one question that you can ask to get them to stand out.
Ask them what they do to evolve. This is going to be a very telling question. The DJ says they have 20 years of experience; is it 20 different years of progressive experience, or is it one year repeated 20 times? When you ask a DJ what they do to evolve, they should be able to tell you if they’re worth it. They should be able to tell you what they do for education, do they attend conferences, do they take workshops, do they take classes online for anything from business to djing to music theory?
If they can start answering those questions like that and give you good answers, thoughtful answers and, detailed answers, you’re in a good place.
Another good question to ask your DJ is what part of their performance is personally the most important to them, not what they think is most important to their clients. This will tell you a lot. If they can’t answer this quickly, then I think they’re more focused on providing being a service provider than being an artist. I became a DJ because I love music, and it was a way for me to express my love for music in a way that worked for me. To be honest with you, I played guitar, played bass a little bit, I even played bass clarinet when I was in high school…
I was okay, but I was never great at those things. When I found my way into DJing, it was a game-changer for me. It is the actual art of djing, the finding new ways to mix two songs together, mixing songs together that you wouldn’t think would go together that excites, entertains, and moves the dance floor; that’s what it is for me.
Finally, another great question is to ask them how they source their music and how they keep it up to date. There’s a couple of different ways that people can do this. Some wedding DJs say: you know most weddings want to hear the same things… we only add the hot couple of songs every year into our playlists and but we work off the same things because most songs work for most weddings…
Nah, nope, no, no no, no.
Every wedding is different, and the music might need to be different for every wedding. When you ask the DJ this, they may come back to you and say: oh, we have a subscription service that provides us with new music every month and the hottest new songs…
Or the DJ says: We’re a member of multiple DJ record pools. We’re constantly listening to new music, whether on Spotify, whether in the record pools themselves, or satellite radio because I’m always looking for new music.
That’s your DJ.
They’re invested in music, and they’re invested in finding the best version of every song for every event.
I hope these questions and these answers helped you figure out your search for a wedding DJ and figure out what to ask. I’m always happy to answer any questions. If you’re in the northeast, I would be happy to talk to you about being the DJ for your wedding! If you’re outside of the northeast of the United States, I’d still be happy to talk to you about being the DJ for your wedding we travel too!
Be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide To Hiring A Wedding DJ!