Step Four: Verify Their Willingness to Help You & Their Credentials

Regardless of what DJ you choose, please  ensure they truly want to help you; not just get a contract or a deposit. We can't emphasize enough how important it is to verify their credentials; by doing so you will validate their legitimacy, determine if they are truly professionals and to establish their level of experience, personality, and dependability.


  • Are they Flexible?  Do they force you to take a choose "specific packages" or additional services you don't need; Why?  They control the terms of their packages and pricing.  Find a DJ that wants to help you within the constraints of your budget and your specific event needs.
  • Are they Licensed?  All DJ's that charge for their services in Kansas City are required by law to be licensed; by both the State and the City.  Ask to see their business license.
  • Are they Insured? This is important not only because of liability, but also because there are a number of entertainment venues that will not allow them to perform without it.  Ask to see their Certificate of Insurance.
  • Are their credentials verifiable on the web?  Are they a Yelp!, Bing, and Google+ Verified Business?
  • Will they provide an advance copy of the contract?  These are legal documents used in the course of normal business; not state secrets or company proprietary information.  If they are reluctant to provide it, or don't use them at all, you will be at risk. If they do provide you a copy, make sure it easy to understand; that it details all aspects and requirements of your event,  to include a written guarantee of satisfaction, and most importantly, thatit serves your best interests.
  • Can they provide recent references from different events?  They should be able provide you at least three recent references, from different events, that you may contact. Verify if they have positive reviews online as well.
  • Are they a Subject Matter Expert in their field?  A Professional DJ should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of ceremonial protocols, milestone sequencing, music knowledge, guest safety, conflict resolution, event planning, etc.  You may also want to ask potential DJs if they offer Day-of-Event Coordination Services for all of the event milestones and key activities.
  • Meet them face-to-face and If possible, see them perform.
  • Ask if they use subcontractors and will one be used for your event?   Knowing your DJ is important and by doing so, you can also make your event even more fun and meaningful 



Step Two: Be Cautious and Ask Questions

For many, an event DJ is often a last consideration; but in almost all cases, will have the greatest impact.


The Bottom Line:

A Bad DJ will be remembered... by everyone


RISKS:

There are real risks when using friends, amateurs, in-experienced or part-time DJs to entertain on a day as important as your special event; they can often use low-end or unreliable equipment; not have adequate back-up gear on hand in case something goes wrong; or they may just lack the needed experience or specialized skills, which can result in an embarrassing or disastrous event outcome. Regardless of the DJ you are considering always verify their experience and capabilities!​


USING CRAIG'S LIST:

If Craig's List is your primary source for finding a DJ, please be cautious!  Craig's List is a great resource for many things and is filled with ads for cheap DJs. But keep in mind that the DJ Industry is unregulated and Craig's List is free; there is also no scrutiny over the advertiser and anyone can proclaim themselves a "Master" or "Pro-DJ".  Now, not all DJs using this resource are sketchy, in fact some may be very good, but be wary of ads offering exceptionally low pricing, and regardless of where you look for your next DJ... ALWAYS verify their credentials, capabilities, and references.  Also make sure they would have back-up gear at your event and that they provide a written contract that serves your best interests.

Five Easy Steps to Find a Great DJ in Kansas City

Finding the right DJ for your special event can be very challenging; especially when there are so many out there to choose from.  So where do you start?  What are the risks and how can they be avoided?  Here are five easy steps to help you find a great DJ:

Step One:  Determine What You Can Afford
DJs and DJ Services generally fall into three categories:
  • Friends & Amateurs     Free - $75/hr 
  • Part-Time                   $75/hr - $150/hr 
  • Professionals         $125/hr - $300/hr +


Establishing what you can afford up-front will help you determine what your options are and help set realistic expectations on what will fit your budget. Its also important to know that prices can differ as much as $1000 between DJ's for the very same service, so it pays to shop around.


Please, keep in mind... If your primary motivation is to find the cheapest DJ possible, then don't be surprised if your  bargain turns into an embarrassing event disaster.  Seek out affordable DJ's.... not Cheap DJ's; there is a huge difference.


Another fact... Experienced Wedding and Special Event DJ's cost more. These types of DJ's are specialists, with a unique set of skills and capabilities well-beyond just selecting and playing good music. They are subject matter experts in this field and are also experienced event planners.  These DJ's must also bring additional resources, capabilities, and expensive equipment to bare as well as commit a significant amount of additional time make these type of celebrations successful.

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Step Three:  Do They Provide a "Real" Guarantee?

​​Will your DJ guarantee your satisfaction in writing?  If not, avoid them at all costs.  Make sure any guarantee offered covers all aspects of the event. There are many DJ's that will offer a guarantee if their equipment fails, but what if they fail to live up to your expectations?  The real measure of success should be your happiness with the performance and nothing less!


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We hope the information we have provided above  was helpful in your search.  Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any other question. Best  Wishes!

The Dance Factory​

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Step Five:  Make Sure They Are The Right Fit For You

Before making your final decision, ensure the DJ Service you choose is the right fit for your unique event. Here are some factors worth considering:

  • Are they truly interested in what you need and want for your event?
  • Are they receptive to your suggestions?
  • Do they convey a sense of urgency about how important your event is and what they will do to ensure its success?
  • Do they provide valuable recommendations and ask meaningful questions to ensure no details are overlooked?
  • Are the terms and conditions in their agreement fully spelled-out?  Does the agreement include a money-back guarantee if you aren't satisfied with their performance, if they cancel, etc.? 
  • Are they personable; do you like them?
  • Do you feel they will connect to your audience?
  • Are they flexible, cooperative, and energetic? (Beware of providers focused more on your deposit and contract than on fully identifying your needs and  determining how they will successfully meet them. This is a tell-tale sign of problems to come.)
  • Will they play the music you want and the song requests made by your guests?
  • Ask if they use I-tunes, stream music from the web, or automated playlists? ​ (What will they do when Itunes crashes at your event or they lose the Wi-Fi or Cell Signal while streaming music from the web?)
  • Will they have back-up equipment on-site?
  • Are they experienced as a Master of Ceremonies?
  • Do they understand your event as you see it, and will they facilitate and coordinate all of the other services (caterers, photographers, etc) and activities that must occur?
  • What is their contingency plans if something goes wrong?