Top Secrets On How to Hire Perfect Vancouver DJ | DJing.ca

This post will be about how you can hire the best Vancouver DJ for your event. I have been doing this job for over 15 years and am very familiar with all of the different types of DJs that are available in our city.

The first thing to know is that there are two main categories of DJs:

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  • Live DJs and

    Live DJs (or “DJs” as they’re called here) play their own music on stage while recording it afterward. They typically get paid a lot more than the average DJ because they make people come out and see them! In fact, most clubs won’t even book a DJ if he or she isn’t playing live.
  • Recorded.

Recording DJs (also known as “DJs”) usually record their sets after the show so that you can listen to them later at home. They generally don’t get paid much either, but they do get to keep all of the money from sales of CDs and downloads made off their recordings.

Of course, you could always go out and hire a live DJ if you want. But I would suggest against it since they tend to play less popular music. You may also find that some DJs like to mix up their sets sometimes; this is fine too.

Vancouver DJs usually play pre-programmed sets to make sure that they get through their whole playlist. This is fine for big crowds since you don’t want them sitting around bored. However, it’s not very flexible for the dance floor and can cause awkward moments when songs just end prematurely. Decide whether you want a lot of up-front input on the style of music (and potentially even requests) or just a lot of variety in the form of seamless transitions.

Here are some tips on how you could find the perfect Vancouver DJ today!

1. Check out their online presence.

Do they have a website, a Facebook page, a Soundcloud profile? A lot of modern DJs will have these, and while it doesn’t guarantee their quality as a performer, it’s a good sign. If they don’t have any of these things, be very wary.

See if any of your friends or co-workers can recommend someone. This is one of the best ways to do it. While seeing a friend DJ might not be quite as exciting as a big-name act that you see advertised, you can be sure that they will at least turn up and play good music.

If all else fails, go for the middle option. A lot of people only tend to consider the very cheapest and most expensive options. Have you considered a competent professional who charges a reasonable rate?

2. Check out their gear.

Whether they have a huge stack of equipment, they might be into producing music as well as performing it. This is great if they’re also competent with DJing software such as TRAKTOR and SERATO. However, be wary if they spend more time tweaking knobs than playing music for the crowd.

Everyone loves a good light show, but over-the-top lighting doesn’t always mean better entertainment. DJs who rely on visuals alone to entertain tend to be lacking in the music and performance departments.

3. One of the most important (yet often overlooked) aspects of a good DJ is their ability to read a crowd.

Good DJs can sense what will keep the crowd happy. While bad DJs will just play what they want to play regardless of the crowd response.

4. Do they have a fan club?

In such a case, what kind of people belong to it? If all of the members are over 60, the DJ is probably not keeping up with the times. On the other hand, if his fan club is full of 15-year-olds, you might want to question whether or not their music is appropriate for your event.

5. What is their fee, and are they worth it?

Like every other profession, not all DJs are created equal. Some will charge an arm and a leg and not be worth it, others will charge very little and be just as good as those that charge more. Choose a price range that seems appropriate for your budget, and if you like the sound of one of them. Contact them for a personal interview to discuss your exact wants and needs.

You now know exactly what to look for in a good wedding DJ? So get out there and find the one that’s right for you!

Music is a very important aspect of most events, so you need to hire the best Wedding DJ that you can find.

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Oftentimes, the music can make or break a reception, so you really need to find someone that is up to the task. There are a lot of different aspects that you need to take into consideration when finding the right person for this job. This is not something that you want to have to scrimp on. So you want to be sure that you choose someone that is going to make your guests happy and keep them on the floor.

Of course, price is always an important factor, especially when you are on a budget. Try to get a few different price quotes from various Vancouver DJs and avoid the really cheap ones. Because more than likely they will cut corners somewhere, which will end up affecting the quality of their service.

Qualifications are important as well

Just because someone owns a nice suit and has a professional-looking website. Does not automatically qualify them to be a Vancouver DJ. Make sure that they own and know how to use all the equipment that is needed for your event. Also, make sure that they are experienced enough to handle your particular type of event. You will usually need to look for a Vancouver DJ that has experience with weddings. Since they typically have a lot of experience working with a wide range of people, which is need for your type of event.

You should also make sure that any potential Vancouver DJ you are considering has an up-to-date sound system. You want to make sure that all of your guests can hear the music without having to put it at a level that is damaging to their ears. Also, they need to have a sufficient number of speakers to ensure that this happens.

Find out their style of music that fits your taste and guests

One other important thing is their style of music library and whether or not it fits your taste and more importantly your guests. Of course, it is best if they have a wide range of musical choices to suit every guest, but if you have a particular taste in music or your fiance has it is best to make sure their library encompasses that as well.

Your guests and yourself will be able to tell pretty quickly if the DJ is good or not, so pay attention to what people are saying about them and how the atmosphere of the room is with them. When you see a large portion of the crowd isn’t really dancing or participating then the DJ is most likely not that good and you might want to think about hiring someone else or at least negotiate a partial refund for the poor performance. Once you have found your perfect match, make sure that all the terms of their agreement are set before the big day.

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