Researching Dj skills – finding the right entertainment

Researching Dj skills – finding the right entertainment

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Let’s face it, when you’re planning an event your entertainment choice is absolutely the most important of all the decisions you’re going to make.  When hiring a disc jockey it’s important to get your research done to find the right DJ with the proper skills that fit what you’re looking for.

We’ve had people ask us to send them a mix of songs so they can hear how we transition between songs, and we are willing to do this for people but this is really NOT a good method.  Why?  Well, when you ask a DJ to send you a mix of songs, he is taking the songs, adding them to his music mixing software, taking the necessary time to prepare the mix and send it to you.   When you’re on the fly at someones wedding, there is very little time to prepare a mix.  When you have an active dance floor in front of you, you’re mixing in the songs that will keep that dance floor popping! You’re feeling the energy and returning it with great music to keep the energy level high.

Even watching videos, or looking at pictures that companies send you is not a good method.  We here at VIP DJ Entertainment have a lot of video footage of our Djs at weddings, and we also have a lot of pictures from our events. Do you really think when you’re looking to hire a DJ that the perspective DJ company is going to send you a video of them failing at an event?  Or send you a bad picture from an event?  Of course not!

The ABSOLUTE best way to do your research is to READ REVIEWS!  If there was a DJ at an event, and he was really bad at mixing music, or if his setup looked really sloppy and unprofessional, or if he was a bad emcee, do you really think the client would have taken the time to leave him a great review?  Sites like Wedding Wire and The Knot are excellent sites to get some research done.  These reviews that are posted on these site are real!  They cannot be manipulated. This is the only review source we use.  There are companies out there that post reviews on their websites and they have full control over what get’s written on their sites.  When reviews are posted on Wedding Wire and on The Knot there is no way for anyone to control what is written except for the client that wrote the review!

Wedding Entertainment Pricing & research

Wedding Entertainment Pricing & research

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When you’re getting ready to plan a special event like a wedding, mitzvah, sweet 16 party, corporate event, holiday party or whatever the case may be there is always so many things to consider, and so many choices to make.   The entertainment plays a major role in the success of any event!  When searching for the right entertainment you definitely want to do some research to make sure you find a company with a lot of proven experience and a great track record.

There are so many different disc jockey companies to choose from, how do you know who’s best for you?  Well, if you’re planning a wedding you want to make sure the company you’re considering has a good crew of wedding disc jockeys to back one another up.  The best way to make sure the companies out there are really who they say they are is to get online and read reviews!  There are sites out there like Wedding wire, & The Knot that a lot of brides and grooms post reviews on about their past experiences with these companies.  This is really the BEST way to do your wedding entertainment research.  If a DJ company is displaying on their website that they have 12 DJs, but when you go to these review sites and only one or two of them are getting reviews that should be a red flag.  Do they really have as much depth as they claim they do?

Also look out for the “one man show”.  There are a lot of  DJs out there that i’m sure are great at what they do, but are they true “wedding DJs” with a lot of wedding experience?  And what happens if they’re sick or if some sort of emergency happens on your wedding date that prevents your DJ from showing up?  It’s much better to go with a company that has a PROVEN established crew of trained quality entertainers so that if something does happen, there’s always a backup plan in place.