Step Four: Verify Their Willingness to Help & 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?  Are your choices limited solely to "packages" or additional services you may not need or want? Don't hesitate to remind them that they control their terms 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 for their business license.
  • Are they Insured? This is important not only because of liability, but also because there are a number of 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 simple documents used in the course of normal business; not state secrets or 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 protocol, 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 and if they will work closely with your photographer.
  • 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.
  • Do they sit while they perform? Do they eat while they perform? Do they take breaks and leave the space? We consider all of these behaviors in poor form and insult to our guests. DJ's are paid to perform and that's exactly what they should be doing.

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. Ask about their style; are they more about "look-at-me" or keeping the spotlight on you, after it's your special day... not theirs. Also ask about their attire, whether they take breaks, will play your guests requests, etc.

The Bottom Line:

A Bad DJ will always be remembered... by everyone


There are real risks when using friends, amateurs, in-experienced or part-time DJs to entertain on such an important day. They may save you money and in return they may have 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!​


If Craig's List or Thumbtack is your primary source for finding a DJ, please be cautious!  They are great resources  for many things and are also filled with ton's of offers for cheap DJs. That's why its important to note that the DJ Industry is unregulated; adds on these sites are free. There's also no scrutiny or validation over the advertiser, so anyone can proclaim themselves a "Pro-DJ." The real proof will be seen in their reviews and from the references from recent event they've performed at that you speak to.

Now, not all DJs using these resources are sketchy, in fact some may be very good, but you must really do some research to find them. Please... 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.  Please make sure they would have back-up gear at your event and that they will provide a written contract in advance of your first meeting 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?  If you've never hired a DJ before here are five easy steps to help you find a great DJ:

Step One:  Determine What You Can Afford & Start EARLY!
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 +

The best DJ's are generally booked a year in advance, so please start early or you may find yourself in a last minute scramble. Also, establishing your budget up-front is super-important. This will help set realistic expectations on what is available to you and what your options are. 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 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 experienced 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 should also be 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.

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 they personable; do you like them? Do you feel they will connect to your audience?
  • Will they play the music you want and the song requests made by your guests?
  • Will they have back-up equipment on-site?
  • Will they bring all of there own music or will they rely on streaming some of the music from on-line? (What if there is no cell signal, poor or no Wi-Fi, etc. What will they do then?)
  • Are they an experienced Wedding DJ and if they say yes, ask how many wedding's they've performed at this year. Will they give references to these events?
  • 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 should something goes wrong?

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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