Here are a couple of important points to remember:
- Will they be good?
- Will they know what music to play and when depending on the crowd type and reaction?
- Will they have suitable music?
- Will their equipment be suitable for playing with a larger crowd?
- Will they be appropriately dressed for our event?
- Will they be on time and set up in a timely manner?
- Will they be professional?
Some questions to remember when booking a Dj:
- Will i receive written confirmation of our agreement?
- Do you have backup in case a piece of equipment breaks, or if you can’t be there?
- What is your backup response time?
- Can we meet to discuss our music preferences?
- Do you know the proper etiquette for our function?
- What kind of experience do you have?
- Do you use the right equipment?
- Do you have any insurance?
- Are you licensed? (city business licenses, AVLA licenses all apply here)
- Are you a member of any associations?
- What does the package include?
- What is the price?
- What is a professional company?
- Who makes the final decision?
Some of today’s trends are troubling.
Many people think they can save a few bucks by using an iPod or mp3 player, or by hiring their cousin, who has an extensive music collection. There are several potential problems with this.
Firstly, most “home stereo systems” are not made to play music loud enough for crowds of hundreds of people – and serious damage can be done to home speakers and amplifiers not built for that type of application.
Secondly, even though your cousin may have an extensive music collection, it’s probably all music HE likes – not what all your friends and family like. He will be restricted in what he can play. Most dj services have music spanning all genres of music, all eras of music, and all types of dance. We at Advanced DJ Services have a library of over 35,000 songs, covering pretty much everything.
Thirdly, to perform or play music in public, in particular for a fee, you must be a licensed service, licensed by the AVLA in Canada. Does your “cousin” or “friend” hold this license? If not, your event could be shut down prematurely, regardless of what some companies try to tell you.
Fourthly, any downloaded music from the internet (except for iTunes) is highly illegal, and should not be used in a public forum. charges and fines could result. by getting all of our music legally, you and others will avoid the hassle involved with downloaded music. just some thoughts as you are considering your event bookings.
Check out a video example of an iPod DJ by clicking here.
In booking a DJ, many times, you get what you pay for. We have seen many “fly-by-nights” DJs come and go, as people buy some equipment, download some music, and call themselves a “DJ service”. These people, many times, don’t have the extensive libraries that companies like ours have built, and can’t play to the crowd, so more people can enjoy the event. In addition, a lot of their music is downloaded illegally, and they are not licensed…or members of any dj association. Associations are set out to protect the consumer’s interests and to help guarantee that the investment they make in their event is well spent. We are members of the Alberta Association of Mobile Entertainers (AAME), committed to always improving our service, and providing the best product to our customers – or, we’ll have to answer to the association, made up of our peers…and we could lose our membership. We highly recommend that even if you don’t book with us, that you do book with a member of AAME. The list is available here or see below.
We had a booking with a couple who had booked a “dj”, and given him a deposit…and that dj disappeared. Money is never to be found again, probably. Please be careful as to who you book with…always check for association membership and licensing.
Fellow services we recommend:
Delta Edmonton South
Coast Edmonton East Hotel (Sherwood Park)
Sawridge Inn Edmonton South
Edmonton Petroleum Club
Northern Bear Golf Club
Holiday Inn Express Downtown
Good Times Quality Limousine Services
SBM Photography (Scene By Me)
Infinite Event Services