Two Common Mistakes When Working With Your DJ Entertainer
COMMON MISTAKE #1: Hiring A DJ “By The Hour.”
It is your DJ Entertainer’s job to keep the evening’s entertainment flowing smoothly. Don’t make the mistake of hiring a DJ that does not spend a lot of time organizing the evening’s timeline IN ADVANCE.
Many DJs, unfortunately, give little attention to the ‘little details’ that are in planning a great reception. This lack of planning leads to poor energy, dead time, and confusion at wedding receptions (maybe you have attended some of these receptions).
The only way a DJ learns to avoid these amateur mistakes is through personal experience and after learning the ‘hard way’ at people’s receptions. Don’t let this be YOUR reception!
A great DJ will not charge ‘by the hour’ because he is not considering the ‘preparation’ time in his fee.
Is it that he is telling you he doesn’t prepare at all?
Will he get the names right? Will he know what songs you don’t want played as well as the songs you DO want? Bottom line finds out what this DJ does to prepare for your reception.
COMMON MISTAKE #2: On Making Your Request List
When making your music requests, keep your list manageable. It is realistic to play 15-18 songs TOTAL per hour. Out of those songs, you should ask about a third or 5 or 6 songs per hour (keeping the types of songs in mind, i.e. cocktail, dinner, dancing, etc.)
This will allow your DJ room to take requests from your guests (if you wish) and play the important songs for your formalities. It also gives your DJ room to program the music correctly
in ‘sets’ for the smoothest dance floor transitions.
A big amateur mistake is for the DJ just to play your music list ‘verbatim’ only to appease you. This screams ‘amateur’ and that the DJ doesn’t have proper music programming skills.
If they do this, you will have a choppy dance floor with no energy, flow, or momentum, with people coming and going each song. It also results in empty dance floors.
Anyone can buy equipment and music and call themselves a DJ, but don’t assume that they can make people dance and have a great time.
Only an expert music programmer has the skills and the talent. I encourage you to consider your DJ entertainment as the higher priority, as it is the factor that determines over 80% of the success of your wedding reception.
Beware of ‘suspiciously cheap’ DJs, as they wouldn’t be so cheap if they took pride in their work. Put in the many hours of planning and detail work involved in proper reception planning.
DJ/MC/VJ Terry Tunks and his talented team of entertainers have entertained at any thousands of events over the years. Evansville, Indiana,Newburgh, Indiana,Owensboro, KY and all across Southern Indiana and Kentucky. In towns like JASPER,FERDINAND, FRENCH LICK, NEW HARMONY, WEST BADEN, HUNTINGBURG, AND SANTA CLAUS, IN. Based at one time in Louisville, KY As a result of sponsorship of Coca – Cola. SPECTRUM SOUND is just as comfortable entertaining small groups at a casual affair to 18,000 at the THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE DERBY CELEBRATION.
Spectrum Sound Serving as a DJ/MC/VJ, Lighting and Sound Technician, Event Planner Coordinator. Your Facilitator to Ensure, your Special Event, is an Enormous Success!