By Michael Landrigan
1. Do you provide a written agreement?
It's very important to confirm your booking in writing. Terms should be clearly defined to avoid future problems.
2. Are you insured and incorporated?
Be confident that the DJ you hire will show up for your affair! Insurance will give the security and protection to you and your guests, as well as the DJ has expensive gear!
3. Do you have backup equipment and DJ's?
Even professional audio equipment can fail on occasion, don't let this put an early end to your affair. Make sure there is backup equipment and be sure there is a backup DJ should an emergency or illness occur.
4. Is your equipment of professional quality?
There is a difference between home audio and professional road-worthy equipment. The equipment a DJ uses should be built to go on the road each and every day !
5. Will you listen to my suggestions?
Many DJ's are of the opinion that they know the music is best for their audience and won't take requests. The DJ should listen to the requests and play them whenever appropriate.
6. Will you dress appropriately at my affair?
It is important that your entertainer look the part by dressing formal or semi-formal, according to your preference. Theme events and picnics require different attire.
7. Will you play the music at an appropriate level?
The biggest concern voiced by prospective clients is the volume level of the music. A professional DJ knows to keep the music at a level appropriate for the guests, especially during cocktails and the dinner hour.
8. Do you do more than just play music at the affair?
Most affairs involve more than playing music. It is important to have a DJ who is capable of playing the music, handling all of the announcements and helps to coordinate the affair.
9. Will you listen to my concerns and input?
A professional DJ is aware that they can't possibly know every aspect of music and entertainment , Your input and suggestions should be welcome!
10. Can you provide music for my wedding ceremony also?
Absolutely! We have supplied music for many ceremonies in the past several years. We personally meet with you to assist you in the coordination of the ceremony and help you pick out your music selections.
11. What time will my DJ arrive?
Your DJ will arrive at least 60 minutes prior to the arrival of your guests. He will be set up, appropriately attired and ready to play when your guests arrive.
12. How far in advance do we need to reserve a date?
Many Saturdays are booked 9 - 15 months in advance and sell out quickly. Because we have several DJ's, we can usually accommodate your event from six (6) months to one (1) year in advance. We suggest booking your DJ as soon as you have set your date.
13. How much should we tip our DJ?
Any gratuity or tip you wish to pay your DJ for an outstanding performance is certainly appreciated. The general rule is 10 - 15% based on his performance. Due to accounting purposes, please pay any tip directly to your disc jockey.
14. What if I have additional questions?
Michael Landrigan is the owner of In The Mood DJ Productions, a full service entertainment company located in Smithtown, NY. You can visit Michael's Web site at