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Why Hiring A Professional DJ Is So Important...

 

 Many  common  misconceptions  are  made  surrounding  the  job  description  of  a  disc  jockey  at   weddings.  Often  those  unfamiliar  with  the  industry  believe  that  DJ's  just  show  up  at  a  venue,  turn  on  their  laptop  screens,  open  a  playlist  in  iTunes  or  on  YouTube,  and  just  press  play.   Because  of  this  misconception,  newlyweds  often  turn  to  family  or  friends  for  the  responsibility  of  their  wedding  entertainment.  “Uncle  Tom  loves  music  and  is  the  life  of  the  party,  let’s  get   him  to  DJ!”  “Hey  honey  –  that  guy,  our  neighbour  Ron  down  the  street  loves  music,  why  don’t   we  ask  him?”  or  “Let’s  hook  up  our  Bluetooth  Bose  speaker  and  connect  our  iPhone  for  the   night.”  These  sound  like  great  alternatives  to  spending  $1000+  on  a  professional  DJ  company  when  you’re  already  spending  thousands  of  dollars  on  your  special  day.  However,  it  is  so   important  for  newlyweds  to  invest  in  professional  entertainment  for  their  wedding  night.  Uncle   Tom  might  get  nervous  with  the  responsibility  of  the  night  and  overindulge  in  liquid  courage.  Neighbour  Ron  might  love  music  but  may  not  have  the  ability  to  read  a  crowd,  speak  in  front  of   a  large  room  full  of  strangers,  or  bring  a  large  music  library.  Your  Bose  speaker  surely  won’t  fill  a   venue  with  sound,  and  that  iPhone  may  not  contain  a  range  of  song  selections  to  appease  both   Great  Aunt  Anne  and  your  guests  under  25.    

 There  are  many  reasons  why  hiring  a  professional  company  should  be  a  priority.  Consider  this:  you  and  your  partner  have  invited  your  closest  family  and  friends  from  both  sides.  Many  of   your  guests  have  likely  never  met  a  lot  of  the  other  guests  in  attendance.  After  dinner,  how  is  Uncle  Tom,  neighbour  Ron,  or  your  iPhone  going  to  encourage  an  entire  room,  an  entire   population  of  two  families  coming  together,  to  celebrate  happily  for  four  or  five  hours?   Creating  a  jovial  vibe  and  keeping  your  guests’  dancing  shoes  working  hard  for  such  a  long   period  of  time  is  truly  an  art  form.  And,  just  like  any  other  art,  it  requires  skill  and  practice. Below  are  some  important  ideas  to  keep  in  mind  when  considering  a  disc  jockey  for  hire.    

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1.   “We  don’t  need  no  education”  (Another  Brick  in  the  Wall  Part  2,  Pink  Floyd) 

 Pink  Floyd  may  not  need  education,  but  your  DJ  sure  does!  Professional  DJs   spend  months  to  years  in  training,  and  for  good  reason.  There  are  many  areas  in  the  world  of  wedding  disc  jockeying  that  require  an  ample  amount  of  study. 

 For  instance,  having  proper  technology  training  is  key  so  that  if  a  program  fails  or  a  speaker  malfunctions,  the  DJ  knows  exactly  what  to  do  to  fix  the  issue  before  any  of   your  guests  even  notice.  Having  proper  sound  training  is  also  important.  DJs  are  often   situated  behind  their  speakers.  This  means  that  the  music  is  traveling  away  from  them.  There  is  nothing  worse  than  a  DJ  playing  music  at  a  volume  appropriate  for  a  sports   stadium  instead  of  being  mindful  of  your  guests  sitting  10  feet  in  front  of  the  speakers  trying  to  converse  with  one  another.  Having  the  proper  sound  training  and  knowing  how  to  properly  control  gains  and  master  volumes  is  vital. 

 A  wedding  DJ  should  also  be  educated  in  the  history  of  thousands  of  songs  so  that  they  can  select  appropriate  hits  from  every  genre  of  music.  Your  guests  will   inevitably  range  in  age.  Having  a  DJ  knowledgeable  in  every  genre  of  music  is  important,  so  that  every  generation  of  guest  can  experience  the  epic  “throwback”  moment  on  the   dance  floor.    

 DJs  should  also  be  properly  trained  on  how  to  beat  mix  and  beat  match  because  transitioning  between  two  different  songs  should  never  sound  like   shoes  in  a  dryer.  

 

2.   “You  gotta  fight,  for  your  right,  to…party?”  (Fight  for  Your  Right,  Beastie  Boys)  

 You  and  your  guests  definitely  have  the  right  to  party,  but  your  DJ  should  be   protected  by  licensing  rights.  Proper  licensing  exists  to  ensure  that  artists  and  their   music  rights  are  supported  and  respected.  Every  venue  must  license  themselves  through   SOCAN  and  RESOUND.  Every  professional  disc  jockey  company  must  license  themselves   through  CONNECT.  CONNECT  music  licensing  governs  all  of  Canada  and  ensures  that   professional  disc  jockeys  are  adhering  to  laws.  If  caught  without  proper  licensing,  your   DJ  and  your  venue  can  be  fined.  Many  ‘backyard’  DJs,  or  neighbour  Ron’s,  don’t  believe   in  spending  the  trivial  fees  on  proper  licensing;  however,  it  is  so  important  to  ensure   that  the  company  you  are  hiring  is  not  only  protecting  their  music  library,  but  your   venue  too!  

 Also,  If  Grandma  Rose  trips  over  the  DJ’s  speaker  pole  and  injures  herself,  the  DJ  should  be  covered  with  liability  insurance.  Accidents  happen.  It  is  very  important  to  find   out  if  the  DJ  you  are  hiring  is  properly  insured!  

 As  a  newly  engaged  couple  seeking  professional  entertainment  services,  it  is   significant  to  ask  if  the  DJ  company  has  back-­‐up  equipment  and  employees  on  stand-­‐by.   Not  only  should  the  DJ  company  you  are  hiring  have  back-­‐up  equipment  in  case   technology  fails  or  internal  wiring  goes  awry,  but  they  should  also  have  professionally   trained  DJs  from  their  own  company  on  call.  You  two  have  a  honeymoon  to  attend  to  -­‐  no  one  wants  to  interact  with  a  DJ  that  has  a  vicious  case  of  the  stomach  flu  the  night  of   your  wedding.  

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3. “We can dance if we want to, we can leave your friends behind…”  (“Safety  Dance,”  Men Without Hats)  

 Nearly  all  of  your  guests  are  going  to  approach  the  DJ  at  some  point  in  the   evening  requesting  a  particular  song,  artist,  or  genre  of  music.  Being  able  to  adjust  their   song  selections  to  appease  these  requests  should  also  be  of  utmost  importance.   Possessing  selflessness  during  the  night  should  also  be  a  quality  of  your  DJ.  Your  DJ  must   be  able  to  read  your  crowd  and  choose  appropriate  music  that  your  family  and  friends   want  to  hear.  You  may  know  that  neighbour  Ron  loves  music,  but  you  may  not  know  all   of  his  tastes.  He  may  rock  out  to  artists  you’re  not  so  fond  of like  Nickelback but  as   your  DJ,  he  shouldn’t  be  playing  consecutive  Nickelback  albums  on  continuous  repeat   just  because  he  just  wants  to  dance  to  it.  

 DJs  should  have  impeccable  adaptability.  Simply  stated,  they  have  the   responsibility  of  keeping  your  feet  and  your  guests’  feet  moving  all  night.  With  this   responsibility,  comes  an  ever-­‐changing  environment.  The  ability  to  adapt  to  these   changes  is  something  your  DJ  should  possess.  Acoustics  of  a  room  change  from  venue  to   venue  and  being  able  to  adjust  their  gain  structure  to  match  the  room  is  important.  Add   a  couple  hundred  people  into  the  space,  and  they  have  to  adjust  everything  all  over   again.    

 Being  able  to  adapt  to  day-­‐of-­‐drama  is  also  important.  Chances  are,  experienced   wedding  DJs  have  seen  a  lot!  Even  if  something  isn’t  so  dramatic,  but  still  requires   changes  such  as  an  order  of  a  speech,  your  DJ  should  want  to  go  above  and  beyond  to   ensure  that  the  changes  are  made  without  a  hitch.  

 Wedding  DJs  should  also  have  the  ability  to  professionally  event  plan  for  you  and   carry  out  the  day’s  events  with  ease.  Simply  extending  the  courtesy  of  a  timeline  of   events  to  your  other  vendors  such  as  your photographers/videographers  can  help  make   the  night  run  smoothly.  Your  other  vendors  will  be  so  thankful  that  they  are  able  to   capture  every  single  special  moment  throughout  the  night  in  a  timely  manner,  because   they  are  aware  of  what’s  coming  next.  Working  behind  the  scenes  and  informing  the   venue  staff  of  events  happening  throughout  dinner  may  eliminate  cringe-­‐worthy   moments like  preventing  serving  staff  from  clearing  and  clanking  plates  during  your   parents’  tearful,  sentimental  moments  in  their  speech.  Going  the  extra  mile  and  being   professionally  able  to  execute  your  timeline  effectively  will  only  contribute  to  a   successful  evening.

 It  takes  a  certain  personality  type  to  be  a  wedding  DJ.  Not  only  should  your  DJ   company  of  interest  exude  confidence  in  their  ability  to  create  a  fun  atmosphere  on   your  dance  floor,  but  they  should  also  display  genuine  class.

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4.   “Hit  me  with  your  best  shot”  (Hit  Me  with  Your  Best  Shot,  Pat  Benatar)  

 When  considering  the  benefits  of  hiring  a  professional  wedding  DJ,  it  is   important  to  remember  that  professional  wedding  DJs  are  artists  and  must  perform  live.   This  means  that  there  is  virtually  no  room  for  error.  They’ve  got  to  give  it  their  best  shot,   every  time.  

 Other  vendors  have  time  to  prepare  and  time  to  make  changes.  Preparing  food   for  the  day  is  a  huge  and  important  undertaking.  But  the  kitchen  staff  have  ample  time   to  prepare.  They  have  time  to  go  back  and  add  some  more  spice.  Sure,  photographers   and  videographers  have  stressful  moments  of  having  to  capture  both  big  and  small   details  of  the  day.  However,  they  get  days  and  weeks  to  edit  their  work.  They  can  go   back  and  adjust  some  lighting  effects,  or  blemishes.  However,  wedding  DJs  have   virtually  no  room  for  error  because  they  are  performing  live  and  completely  in  the   moment.  They  can’t  go  back  a  few  sets  and  change  a  song  selection.  They  can’t  go  back   and  edit  their  beat  mix  transitions  between  songs.  They  can’t  go  back  to  edit   mispronouncing  his  name  while  introducing  your  best  man  a  few  minutes  ago.  What   they  are  doing,  they  are  doing  in  the  moment.    

 Having  a  DJ  that  is  prepared,  educated,  and  ready  for  anything  will  help  leave  a   positive  memory  of  your  special  night  in  the  minds  of  your  guests  and  for  the  two  of   you.  
  

 Being  a  wedding  DJ  is  more  than  just  pressing  play.  Hiring  a  professional  wedding  DJ  to   carry  the  responsibility  of  your  entertainment  for  the  evening  should  be  of  utmost  importance.   Your  cousin’s  best  friend  may  love  to  pick  clovers  from  the  field  next  to  her  house,  but  it  is   doubtful  you  would  entrust  her  to  construct  your  flower  arrangements  for  your  wedding.   Similarly,  Aunt  Susie  may  make  a  mean  potato  salad,  but  it  is  doubtful  you  would  hire  her  to  cook  three  courses  for  your  wedding  guests.  Uncle  Tom  may  be  the  life  of  the  party,  and   neighbour  Ron  may  love  music,  but  trusting  them  with  the  responsibility  of  your  musical   entertainment  for  all  of  your  guests  may  not  be  what’s  most  appropriate.  Chances  are,  your   guests  aren’t  going  to  remember  small  details  of  the  night.  They  are  more  likely  to  remember   the  experiences  they  have  that  night  with  both  the  food  and  the  entertainment.  Some   professional  advice  -­‐  allocate  an  appropriate  entertainment  budget  and  do  your  research!  

 Many  weddings  are  often  8+  hours.  Generally,  a  DJ  starts  around  9pm,  leaving  your  DJ   with  50%  of  the  time  at  your  wedding.  Leave  half  of  your  reception  time  to  the  hands  of   professional  artists  who  have  spent  years  honing  their  skills  and  their  craft.  You  want  to   remember  you  and  your  guests  having  sore  feet  the  day  after  your  wedding  from  dancing  so   much.  You  want  to  remember  everyone  losing  their  voices  from  singing  along  to  all  of  their   favourite  songs.  And  you  want  your  guests  labeling  your  wedding  as  that  awesome  dance  party   that  no  one  else’s  wedding  will  ever  live  up  to.  

With 35+ years of experience, Spirit of Sound recognizes the importance of entertainment at your wedding. This is why they deliver the highest level of professionalism and commitment to ensure every wedding is a guaranteed success. 

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