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12 Questions to ask before booking a DJ
1. Are you a FULL-TIME Professional DJ, or is this your "Part Time" job ?
Many DJ are not full-time, but have other full-time job, and only DJing as a hobby. Part-time DJ's can be good, but you should be careful. They are less likely to have the time needed to fully prepare for your event. And in most cases their full-time job will always take precedence over your wedding.
LAKE DJ is my FULL-TIME Profession.
2. Will you personally be the DJ at my event ?
Some DJ companies are actually "Booking Agencies" and have a number of DJ's working for them. If you are lucky enough to get their best DJ, they will be experienced and fully qualified. However some of their other DJ's will not be as proficient. You may also find your DJ is dealing with an absent DJ from another event, instead of concentrating on your event.
At LAKE DJ we do not book any other DJ's to work for us. My sole focus is always event I am playing at.
3. Are you insured ?
Any reputable business will carry full insurance.
At LAKE DJ we have full public liability insurance with the American DJ Association
4. Do you have a list of the equipment you will be using ?
Many sites will advice you ask if a DJ's equipment is "Professional." However there are vast differences between equipment, whether it's "Professional" or not. Any DJ who is proud of the equipment they use, will have a list available or even more likely, posted on their website.
At LAKE DJ I only use the very best equipment, with names like Bose, Denon, Dell, Shure and Martin. In every case there are less expensive versions of our equipment. However I do not believe in saving money at the expense of quality. To see a full list of the equipment I use please Click Here
5. How long have you been DJing ?
While it is not necessary to have many years experience, it is helpful. And while every DJ has to start somewhere, should it really be at your event? Some people are naturally talented, but a minimum of ten years experience is desirable.
I started DJing in Clubs and Night Clubs in 1977, but switched to DJing mostly weddings and private parties around 1980.
7. Do you belong to any professional or trade organizations ?
Any Professional should always be involved in trade organizations. Many of these organizations enforce a code of ethics, and the absence of membership could indicate lower standards on the part of a DJ.
At LAKE DJ we are members of the following trade organizations.
8. What do you usually wear to an events ?
I am sure you have heard of the DJ who turned up in jeans and a T Shirt. While I have found most DJ's are dressed appropriately, this is a question you should ask.
I normally wear a dark suit, white shirt and tie, but I also wear a tuxedo, if requested. There is a line in my contract for clients to specify the desired attire.
9. Can we select our own music ?
Any DJ who is unwilling to accept your playlist or take requests should not even be considered.
I always ask my clients to provide a "Playlist" and a "Don't Playlist". I also offer a free consultation to discuss clients music requests and the style of event.
10. Do you CARRY "Back Up" equipment to the event ?
Many DJ's who claim to have "Back-Up" equipment, do not actually bring it with them to the event. In some cases the equipment may even be in use elsewhere. "Back-Up" should also mean every piece of equipment is duplicated, not just the most important pieces. Any sound system has many parts, Amplifiers, Speakers, Equalizers, Microphones, and Computers.
At LAKE DJ I CARRY a full range of Back-Up equipment to every event.
11. Do you use CD's or MP3's ?
There are a number of views as to the merits of CD verses MP3. The quality of a CD is undoubtedly better than an MP3. MP3's contain only about 10% of the information on a CD, no matter what the MP3's Bit Rate. However the sound of a high quality MP3's is perfectly acceptable.
At LAKE DJ I use both CD's and MP3's. I prefer to play CD's because the quality is better, but I also carry over 21,000 MP3's to every event. And at venues with Wi-Fi I have access to over 20 millions songs.
12. Do you take breaks ?
Unlike a band, it is usual for a DJ to request "Breaks." However this is also a question you should ask.
At Lake DJ I don't not request any formal breaks during an event
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Tel (530) 577-3414 Cell (530) 416-5253
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A DJ and Wedding Master of Ceremonies for over 25 years, Derek Moved to Lake Tahoe in 2002
He now performs at weddings, Parties and Corporate Events in both California & Nevada.
Derek Tarpey - Lake DJ