In this article I aim to cover the key questions which you must ask your prospective DJ. Whether you require a wedding DJ, birthday party DJ etc this advice is relevant to you.
How Much Do You Charge?
The first question I am frequently asked is how much do I charge for a disco?
It should be the last question, as you need to establish whether your DJ is suitable for your event.
My prices depend on my clients requirements such as how long the function is for. This is because a 2 hour children’s party will be less than a 6 hour wedding reception. Other factors include, location, whether you require an early set up, mood lighting, confetti cannons, special requirements and so on. Once I understand your requirements I will guarantee a fixed price which is valid for 18 months.
Are you experienced?
It’s important question to ask your DJ and must be asked.
With over 30 years of experienced, I have covered every conceivable function from a wedding DJ in Norwich to a 90th Birthday Party in Diss. I have vast knowledge of all types of music from the current chart through to Tamala Motown and Rock N Roll. My knowledge of music is unrivalled.
Will your DJ be experienced enough to understand the proceedings and etiquette such as wedding receptions and surprise parties? Communication skills are absolutely critical. At East Anglian Discos I love talking to people! I understand the need to communicate to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Unfortunately, I frequently hear stories of agencies and other DJ’s sending inexperienced people to cover events meaning disappointment for the customer. With East Anglian Discos when you book me, it will be me that DJ’s your function. I don’t send other people in my place.
I’ve a number of household name clients: Shell UK, Anglia TV, National Trust, Holiday Inn, Best Western, Marriott Hotels, Broads Tours, Swallow Hotels, Potters Holidays, Haven Holidays, Norwich City FC, RAF Honington.
How Loud Will The Music Be?
With East Anglian Discos you are in control of the volume. I never play music too loud. I understand that an important part of a function is ensuring the clients are able to talk without the music being too loud. By using the finest audio equipment made by Pioneer and FBT I ensure that the music is crystal clear.
Do You Play Requests & Can We Send Music Lists To You?
Absolutely. I’m always delighted to take requests both before and also during the function. From experience, I understand that each function if different and clients have different music tastes. I am always happy to discuss your music choices in detail.
Can We Meet You?
I offer free consultations at the venue location or at your home. Whatever is more convenient to you. This service is free for all clients based in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
I would also recommend the meeting is incorporated into a site visit where you are thinking about a marquee function. This helps with understanding location, site access and space.
How Do We Pay You?
All bookings are secured by a contract,giving you piece of mind. I will always ask for a deposit of typically £50. The balance is payable 2 weeks prior to the event.
Can You Control Your Lighting?
My lighting is fully controllable by a computer. This means that I can control whether or not they flash, the colour speed and direction. Please be aware that many discos do not have this capability.
Can We See You Working?
If possible yes, providing it’s a public function. Many functions are private, and I will fully respect this, In these cases it wouldn’t be possible.
Do You Work With Bands or Solo Artistes?
I am very experienced working with bands and solo artistes.
How Reliable Are You?
I always issue you with a booking contract which gives you total peace of mind. When booking East Anglian Discos you get me. I never subcontract work or send someone else instead in my place. Unfortunately a large number of DJ’s do issue contracts, and this puts people at risk of being let down.
Are you Insured and have the necessary safety certificates?
Yes to both. I have £10m public liability insurance which and portable appliance test (PAT) certificates. I carry out a risk assessment for each function. Please remember than many DJs are not insured. I have heard stories that some DJs being refused access to venues as they don’t possess the necessary documentation.
Can you set up early?
It incredibly useful if your DJ is flexible and will set up earlier in the day. It can save time, and many venues prefer this approach.
It’s important to ask your DJ these questions to give you peace of mind. It’s also something that the press agree with on.