How to pick the right DJ for your party
In today’s age anyone can go out, buy a set of decks, controller, laptop, download all the top songs off itunes, a brand a social media profile, build a good website and voila they are a professional DJ. This could also be the same concept as a chef, go out and purchase some ingredients, 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 right DJ for your party.
We all know that it is a science to cook and requires understanding of which foods compliment each other. Some reciepes require fine dicing, different seasonings and so many other numerous variables that go into a well high end quality meal and the same goes for DJing. We don’t just hire anyone and we don’t expect our DJs to throw in tracks into a set without thought of the crowd, mixing and lack of skill or thought process.
What make a professional DJ especially DJ’s who play out at London nightclubs and bars is their understanding and method of assembling a party set and amalgamating the songs together in the correct order to keep you entertained and not simply press stop and play (in a chef’s case it would be as if they just dump the food on the plate just about cooked and minimally prepared). Some professional DJs yes may some songs off iTunes but there are specialist websites that we source our music from and the original vinyl DJ’s will use their extended 12inches and remix sets to build that journey.
Although it may seem pretentious us comparing ourselves 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. A good professional London DJ will never just log onto iTunes top 40’s and strictly use those downloads only, they would have year’s of old extends, personally made extends and they will be noticeable in all sets.
How do you pick the right DJ for your private event wedding or corporate party? Well, you look at your caterers and then you think of the level of service they offer. Remember, once the food is done at 9pm then the DJ must keep all of you in till the end. The right DJ will keep them, the top 40’s weekly straight single press play only Itunes DJ will most likely bore you and your guests will slowly disperse and the last thing they remember – the music.
Here’s a good video on how to pick a DJ for your wedding