Questions to Ask Your DJ Before You Hire Them


The DJ is your guide to the night’s event.  Not only will the right DJ offer you quality jams for the dance floor, but they could potentially offer you the perfect lighting, photo booths, confetti and even fun features such as a red carpet experience or blinking trinkets for your guests. Note that your entertainment will vary on DJ so be sure you ask the right questions.  Far beyond a good playlist, the DJ is the professional that you put in charge of creating the right vibe for your wedding reception, cocktail party, kids birthday party or whatever else you’re hosting.  No pressure.  The emphasis here, of course, is on making sure that you are hiring the “right” DJ.  To help you do just that, here are some of the questions you should be sure to ask.

What kinds of events do you specialize in?teens enjoying light show and dancing

Some DJs, such as Jonathan Productions, offer a little bit of everything: sweet 16 parties, mitzvahs, children’s parties (our specialty), corporate events, picnics and the list goes on. Other DJs specialize only in wedding receptions or swanky corporate events.  Knowing the specialty of your potential DJ will help make sure you get the right professional for your needs, in particular.

How long have you been a DJ?

A professional DJ will be able to rattle off their credentials including education, experience, and other jacket details.  If the person you’re considering doesn’t advertise any kind of formal education or doesn’t have much experience, you might want to dig a little deeper to make sure this is someone you want to take a chance on. Sure education “book smarts” doesn’t make or break your party entertainment, but you’ll definitely want to be sure your DJ has been doing your type of party for some time and maybe check out a few of their pictures, photo galleries or referrals.

Do you have insurance?

Hopefully, you already guessed this, but the professional DJs will have insurance and can provide you with all of the information on their policy (or at least direct you where to find it). If not, you’ll want to make sure that you add protection to your party, accidents happen and you don’t want to be the one liable for that.

What if…?what is the bride wants to play DJ

There are a few questions that can come into play, here.  Some examples include:

  • “What if you can’t make the wedding due to some sort of emergency?  What will happen?”
  • “What if my son/great-aunt/random person asks you to play a song?  Will you play it?”
  • “What if someone says the music is too loud?  What will you do?”

And so on.  Whatever question you want to ask, no matter how simple it may seem to you, your DJ should have a ready, polished and respectful answer.  You’ll also want to trust your gut in this situation, too.  This can be sometimes how you refine your list down from 3 options to 1!

Do you have all of the gear that you need for my party needs?

If the answer is ever anything other than a solid, definite “Yes”, run!  A professional DJ knows what they need and should have invested in the equipment, subscriptions and everything else before putting themselves out for hire. And they must have “back-up” system ready to go in case of an emergency.

When it comes to making your event or party a total success, hiring the right DJ is going to be an important detail to keep in mind.  These are just some of the most important questions that you should ask before you make a firm decision on who to hire. However, we are hoping that Jonathan Productions is the right fit for your party going entertainment needs. Contact us and let’s get started planning your special occasion.

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