HOW TO PICK THE BEST DJ FOR YOUR PARTY
What and who is the best DJ for your party:
If you do not know any DJs through friend circles then picking out DJs can be mind boggling. How do I pick the right one for my event how do I chose from all the ones out there and some I’ve come across on social media. Let’s start off ith social media, this is the most complex area of them all.
Social media is a very good true source at the same time a very bad false source. Sorry if that
Social media can be a very big help and indicator. By looking at the DJs on their social media especially after the COVID 19 lock down a lot of DJs have been doing live streams and with those live streams, you can get an idea of how they play what type of music they play. Therefore in that circumstance that is very big positive and can help you choose easily. On the other hand, if they are a full-time DJ and have been playing the same regular party sets week in week out that rock parties, the high chances they are probably not playing the same set they always do. So you might miss out on the normal type of music that they played the parties and therefore false indicator. You may think they might not play the music that could be right for me, whereas in normal circumstances they do. Again that sounds confusing, the best way to look at it is if they have a website and if they demonstrate more music from their in YouTube videos from other videos they had recorded.
By looking at their Instagram and booking them on that basis is a very bad idea because this is biassed towards their friends and the DJs good but more so of how many of their friends like what they’re playing because their friends might not be the same friends you have enjoyed the same taste that you do. The other bias that, on Instagram users can purchase likes and Insta is in most circumstances a generation thing with the younger kids who are not so experienced. Some may not have a regular experience of playing to crowds out may get more likes because they are a heavier user on Instagram as opposed to actual weekly gigging DJ and not real experience.
Believe us when we say we’ve had clients let down by newcomers social media Insta DJs and have booked professionals after noticing huge differences in their guest’s experiences. Please always remember the likes are not a true indication of whether the individual posses real experience to make your guests have the best experience. The easiest way is to request videos, past playlists and also to hear live recorded mixes. Social media DJs have a chance to record many times and make many mistakes before uploading the correct video whereas at the event there are no retakes with live guests dancing.
In today’s age anyone can go out and buy a set of decks, controller, laptop, download all the top songs off itunes and hey presto a DJ. They can go further into branding a social media profile, build a good website and now voila they are a professional DJ. This could also be the same concept as a chef, go out and purchase some ingredients put a dish together grab kitchen utensils, turn on the cooker and again hey presto we have a top chef – yes? Well with that analogy leaves us with… So now where do I start when thinking how to pick the best DJ for my party. Who is professional?
The type of party:
This is the crucial factor, the most important element is you deciding what style of music you want at your event. In most circumstance and we can happily say that near enough 90% of people would not want a hiphop scratch DJ at a wedding (unless your guests like hiphop and scratching). Similarly you wouldn’t want a wedding DJ who loves to rock out “come on eileen” at a showcase exhibition where something cool and quirky is desired.
Yes, most DJs today do have the song selection and with the synch functions beatmatching is perfect but you always want the experience of DJs to understand that the moment they see the enquiry on the email header of corporate event, wedding, nightclub set – right then the DJ would know how and what to play and again that comes into understanding they have with you. So once you make your search enquiry, have a look at the DJ profiles, have a look at their websites or instagrams and should you yourself get a feeling they would immediately understand and cater for your guests tastes that is the starting point.
Find out a little about DJing before knowing how to pick the best DJ for your party:
We all know that it is a science to cook and therefore requires understanding of which foods compliment each other. Some recipes require fine dicing, different seasonings. There are multiple variables that go into a well high end quality meal – the same goes for DJing. We wouldn’t just hire and send out any DJ. Similarly we wouldn’t expect our DJs to just throw in tracks into a set without thought process, lack of skill and crowd understanding thinking we that they would automatically rock a party..
Experience of the DJ
Those DJ’s who play out at London nightclubs and bars over a few years have acquired an understanding and method of assembling a party set and amalgamating the songs together in the correct order. These types of DJ’s keep crowds entertained and they are not simply press stop and play. In comes another crucial element, song edits – the ingredients to a mix.
Going back to the a chef’s scenario it would be as if they just dump the food on the plate just about cooked and minimally prepared – we’re certain you would not enjoy that meal. Certain chef’s have crafted and acquired skills to add flavour and the intricacy into preparing each dish.
Moving back to DJing it’s a the same concept. Yes, some professional DJs may play an odd original track acquired off iTunes, however there are specialist websites that the DJs source their music from to mix in seamlessly (or they even make their own edits). These songs from pools are manufactured in a way to give the customer you the no-nonsense part of the songs to go straight into the best bits of the track to keep that dance floor engaged continously.
What makes the best DJ for your party
Although it may seem pretentious us comparing DJs to chefs but really the same principle applies. A good chef or restaurant will prepare the ingredients before ready to cook up just like a DJ will prepare his song selection with Quickhitters, remixes, transitions, own remixes, pre-practiced routines and fitting them altogether to make a crowd gel. A good professional London DJ will never just log onto iTunes top 40’s and strictly use those downloads only, they would have vast collections of year’s of old extends, personally made extends and they will be noticeable in all sets.
Tip on how to pick the right DJ for your party:
How do you pick the best DJ for your private event wedding or corporate party? Have a look at their website, instagram but not only that. Whilst with food it is an instantly hit to your taste buds music is a little longer. You may need to spend a few minutes listening to their mixes to get a feel. For private events, those who at your caterers and then you think of the level of service they offer apply this principal to your DJ. The right DJ will keep them tunes going and going punching in an out. We suggest avoiding straight single press play only Itunes DJ will most drag the songs to end not engaging the crowd, the guests will slowly disperse and the last thing they remember – the music.
Here’s a good video on how to pick DJ for your wedding