DJs and the use of them for events has increased over time, not only for the ability to bring professional quality music to an event, but also to allow playing music which might not be suitable or available with a live band. DJs often provide their own sound equipment, and traditionally have an inventory of music at hand, as well as the ability to play music provided by event coordinators or guests.

The role of the DJ is to be a showman, an initiator, an entertainer, and an accomplished speaker. DJs bring with them a style of interaction with the audience that may range from a soothing crooner

to an outrageous clown. Rarely does a DJ offer variations of personality that makes one DJ suitable for all audiences.

For events whose theme and guests revolve around a middle-age demography, the DJ must necessarily comprehend the music of the era, the popularity of the music, and provide materials from which to fulfill requests common to the age. Likewise, a young crowd may avoid the dance floor with the advent of pop-40’s music, only making a stride toward the vacant space when music blares in rap, rock or techno-beats.

DJs typically are paid in accordance for the time they are engaged, a price that should include accompanying audio speakers, music and the DJ’s personal sound equipment to perform their services as contracted. The DJ requires space to set up his equipment and ready his musical inventory, which generally is little space at all, making the DJ a preference for smaller venues as well as smaller budgets.

Choose a DJ with a reputation for excellence, as the deposit required to book a DJ is typically non-refundable. Should the DJ fail to perform to expectations, the equipment fail, or the DJ suffer illness or injury which prevents them from fulfilling their contract, include the stipulations for payment in the contract. Inquire as to whether the DJ has in place the means for providing a backup to meet their obligations to event sponsors, in case they cannot perform as contracted.