This helpful list of questions should really help focus and weed out the entertainers who may not be complementary to your special day. Some entertainment companies specialize in different types of affairs. Be sure to narrow down and shop ask around. Ask the following questions which will help you in find a qualified professional entertainers for your next event:
1. Are you insured? Can you supply me with proof of liability?
All legitimate business owners carry liability insurance to protect their business and the consumer. Many locations are beginning to require proof of liability. Ask for proof of liability insurance. DJ's do receive a "certificate of liability" which can be used as proof.
2. Will you be willing to play requests and discuss music ahead of time?
A versatile DJ is willing to listen to your suggestions, give you feedback and play from your desired song list. A good D.J. will also accept the fact you may not want certain songs played. A professional Disc Jockey cannot know everything about your musical preferences and entertainment needs without communication.
3. Do you use Professional Equipment?
Find out if your prospective D.J. works with professional audio equipment. If you are not sure, ask for their equipment list and check with a local music dealer or the A.D.J.A. or NAME to verify they are using professional-grade sound gear.
4. Do you provide backup equipment at my event ?
Although equipment failure is rare, do you really want your special occasion ruined because your D.J. did not prepare? It is also important to know if your DJ has a back-up plan in case of illness or an accident.
Booking a reliable Disc Jockey is a very important decision for the success of your party. Selecting a Disc Jockey who is an active member of the American Disc Jockey Association will provide you with the confidence that you have selected a trained professional. ADJA members are more likely to be involved with other DJ's who can help them out with an unexpected situation.
5. Do you know the proper etiquette for your type of party?
A professional Disc Jockey will assist you with the planning of your special day. Most professional entertainers will coordinate, emcee and provide the music you desire. Ask if they have experience with your type of event.
6. How much time do you allow for set-up?
Punctuality is a necessity. Most DJ's arrive at least one hour prior to the start time you've given them.
7. Do you provide a written contract?
It is extremely important to have your booking confirmed in writing. Ask for a written agreement, especially if you are paying an initial retainer. The standard initial payment for entertainment services is 50% down. If you are expecting a specific entertainer, make sure you get it in writing.
8. Will You be suitably dressed for your occasion?
Specify the type of apparel that your Disc Jockey is expected to wear for your occasion. Formal attire or coat & tie are the most popular forms of attire.
This information provided by 2 X-treme Disc Jockeys and the AJDA.