Whether you are looking for a Vancouver DJ for your Wedding or Corporate Events, or want to hire a Vancouver DJ for your own private event, asking questions is a good thing.
In this article I will cover the different types of questions you can ask, and what each response means. I will also explain how you can identify which type of response each question receives.
Remember: A good Vancouver DJ should be able to answer all of your questions. Also, it is important to note that all of the information is provided “as is”. Here are the frequently asked questions, and the typical responses.
These responses may differ depending on what you are looking for, so be sure to pay close attention to the question.
What is your rate?
This is the most frequently asked question by potential clients, and the one that every Vancouver DJ or Vancouver Wedding DJ dreads to answer. There is no definitive answer that can be given to this question because the rate that you charge varies greatly depending on what you’re looking for. If for instance, you were to charge $100 per hour, that would be considered high, while $10 per hour is considered low. It all depends on the amount of effort that you are willing to put into your work, and how much you charge is in direct proportion to how much you charge.
A typical response to this question would be:
“My rate is negotiable, just let me know what you are looking for and I will assess my skill set accordingly.” This is a fairly standard response, and pretty much explains itself. Of course, you are free to deviate from it, but in general, this is what you will get.
When would you be willing to start?
This is a fairly direct question and gives the impression that you are in a hurry.
To which the response would typically be:
“As soon as possible.”
As you can imagine, many Vancouver DJs get this question a lot. No rule says you must start as soon as you get the client, so deliver a typical response. You may be viewed as cheap if you don’t specify a specific start date, which can harm your career.
So you want to make sure you do not put yourself in that category.
How long do you think the event will last?
This question comes with its own set of potential responses, and it is important to be able to pick out which one the question is asking.
If you were to respond with:
“It will probably run about three hours if you leave out the speeches and such.” You are assuming that the speaker will try to make it as long as possible. However, this would be a very poor choice, as you can see that it is a question about how long an event will last.
A much better choice would be:
“The event is only going to last about an hour, I will speak for however long is necessary to reach the intended effect.” This allows you to make it clear that you know what you are doing, and that you are not someone that will be rushed into making an effect that will not live up to the standards that the client had expected.
Are you insured?
This is a fairly straightforward question, and the answer should be fairly obvious. However, just to clarify, the question is asking if you have professional liability insurance.
In response to this question you would typically say something like:
“Oh, I am fully insured.”
What are your references?
This question is a little more intrusive than others, but you are willing to pay a higher price for your services. In which case, your price would be an appropriate response. However, if you were being lazy, you could simply give the name of someone that would be willing to speak at length on your behalf, in which case, any response would be suitable.
When can you start?
This question is probably the easiest to answer, as it is asking for a specific date that you will be able to start. You could try saying that you cannot start until a certain date, but that would be rather pointless, as the question is asking for a specific date.
To which you would typically respond with:
“I cannot start until the week before the event.” Of course, you are not actually bound by this, as you can choose whichever day you wish to start, but it is a fairly standard response.
Do you want payment upfront?
This question is a very important one. As it not only determines how much you charge but also whether or not you accept the job. You want to make sure you are getting paid upfront, and that you will be given a substantial amount, but obviously you cannot force the client to pay you, and if they decide not to, you might not get your payment.
Some people might try and tell you to always insist on payment upfront, but that is a huge risk that most professionals are unwilling to take. With that being said, you want to make sure that you are getting a fair amount for your work.
The best approach is to first determine what you think you are worth and only then are you willing to accept the job.
As with any business transaction, you make no money until the event takes place.
- How much do you charge per hour?
This is probably the most important question, as it directly affects the amount of money that you are bringing into the business.
You have two pricing options:
A. You can price your services between $100-$1000 per hour.
B. You can price your services between $50-$900 per hour.
The higher-priced you go, the more experience you gain, the more likely it is that you will have more bookings, and ultimately the more money you will make. Of course, the higher you price your services, the less likely it is that you will be hired.
And of course, you can choose to set a price that is between these two. Of course, you may change your mind on any of the above, which is why you should choose one.
What type of music do you like?
This question is asking you what kind of music you listen to, and what you consider to be good music. As with any job that involves listening to music, you want to make sure you find something that the client is not going to find offensive. However, you also want to be sure that you are representing yourself well, and that you are able to show off your skills.
Which do you prefer?
This is a difficult question. Both options have their pros and cons, and you cannot simply pick whichever one you prefer.
You should probably look into what each type of music represents for you.
As a professional in a corporate setting, you want to make sure that the type of music you are listening to is not going to be offensive to your clients. However, you do want to be able to show off your skills and play the music that you feel represents you best.
The best way to answer this question is to simply choose one, and then make the best of it.
You decide to:
A. You like rap, and consider good music to be whatever a rapper says it is.
B. You like the type of music that would be considered “Classic Rock“.
C. You consider yourself to be a “fan” of music, and simply enjoy whatever anyone else is listening to.
D. You enjoy creating art and consider music to be the “product” that you are creating.
E. You think that music is just a form of entertainment, and cannot consider any type of music to be “good” or “bad” per se.
F. You enjoy going to concerts and consider any type of music that you are exposed to on a regular basis as being good.
G. You dislike the idea of “selling out”, and only consider artists that you have a large collection of, to be real artists.
H. You consider yourself a “freeloader” when it comes to music, and have not developed a taste of your own.
I. You love classical music and consider anything else to be the crumminess of music.
J. You have no preference, and would rather not associate yourself with any type of music.
Once you make your choice, you cannot change it, although you may lie about it, which is why this question is so important. So, when you decided to hire a Vancouver DJ for your wedding and corporate events these are frequently asked questions that can help you make the best choice.