Top Tips for Hiring Event DJs

Whether you have been nominated to head up the vibe tribe for the much-anticipated end of year office function, your best friend’s 21st birthday or your very own wedding ceremony and reception, there is a lot to consider when looking for the right event DJ.

You will need to decide what kind of playlist you want the DJ to play, the style of music you want the guests grooving to, how many hours they’re going to play for, and if they are going to provide both DJ and MC services.

To get the most out of your entertainer and ensure your guests have a memorable experience, Gumtree is pleased to offer the following tips and suggestions.

Select Your Preferred Music Genre

Depending on the event occasion, certain music genres may be deemed as wildly inappropriate to certain guests. If you have been tasked with organising the event DJ, this is likely because your music taste and decision making skills are trusted by those in charge. No pressure. The best is to consider who will be attending the event, what music era the majority of the guests grew up listening to and ensure to select a few genres that incorporate some familiar favourites.

Gumtree Background Check

Once you have decided what kind of music you want the event DJ to play, head on over to Gumtree and search through the entertainers listed on the ‘services’ page to gather a list of DJ’s that suit the style of music you want your guests dancing to.

Ask your shortlist of DJ providers to supply a link to their website or social media page where you can see their previous work and client reviews.

It is important to see if the DJ comes fully kitted with all equipment and speakers needed for set-up or if there is anything that needs to be hired in.

 Confirm the Finer Details

Certain venues may only work with specific performers or have insurance requirements. You will want to research what restrictions your venue has before booking an entertainer. Make sure to check if there are any cut-off times, to ensure that you book the DJ for the right amount of time.

Choose & Book your DJ as soon as possible.

The further in advance you can book a DJ the better it is for you because it provides you with a broader range of talent to choose from and typically allows you to get your first choice. Plus, if you sign a contract with the DJ, you can lock in your booking rate at current prices.

 Check the Contract Properly

You’ll want to make sure there’s no breach of contract or any hidden fees included in the package. You also want to have a clear understanding of the cancellation policy so that you’re not paying penalties if something happens.

Before signing any contracts, be sure to understand what each contract entails, from deposit amounts and refund policies to cancellation and termination clauses.

Knowing these ahead of time will help you in the selection process as you will be able to concentrate on those DJs that meet the venue’s entertainment guidelines & fulfil song requests.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local job information close to home. 

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