1. Is this your full-time business? Are weddings your primary focus? What corporate clients have you performed for in addition to weddings?
Determine whether they are a well-rounded, successful entertainer who can bring a level of expertise and versatility to your event. "You want to ensure that your DJ isn't a one-dimensional part-timer, but a true performer whose had varied and extensive experience performing in front of different (and tough) audiences. It's fine if your prospective DJ mainly focuses on weddings—Encore performs at well over 100 per year—as long as they squeeze in some time for other types of parties as well.
2. How do you customize the music experience for each event? Can you help with song lists and providing suggestions?
Find a DJ who will create a soundtrack for your wedding or event that is based on your style, taste, and vision for that day. "One size does not fit all—if your desire is to have a conga line at your wedding, then you will need to deliver that and anything else you want, for that matter.
A skilled DJ will gladly accept your must-play and do-not-play lists, no matter how short or long.
"All of this can only be achieved with an entertainer who is flexible and willing to listen. It's easy to come up with lists of songs to play—determining the placement of the music (e.g. cake-cutting and bouquet toss) and how it fits into unique themes is the real challenge.
4. How do you handle song requests?
"There could be instances where the client directives are diametrically opposed to the guest requests. How a DJ strikes a balance to deliver on the couple's desires—while still satisfying the guests' requests—determines the skill and experience of the DJ.
6. What sound equipment do you utilize? Do you have back-up equipment?
DJ equipment is just as important as musical instruments. "A Digital controller allows the DJ to have hands-on control of the music and the ability to manipulate it instantly. A simple touch can change the sound, speed, and tone.
We operate our equipment without overdriving it, which is when guests start to complain about it being too loud (sometimes referred to as 'muffled' sound). When Encore performs at a wedding, you will hear every word, nice and crisp, at a moderate level; I guarantee guests will still be able to talk at their tables while others are showing off their latest moves on the dance floor.
Backup equipment is also essential: DJs should always have the equivalent of a "flat spare" on hand, whether it be a microphone, computer, mixer, etc. Don't forget to ask how soon before the reception they plan to arrive and how long it will take for them to set up.
7. Have you played at our chosen wedding venue before? If not, can you make a site visit beforehand?
The sound varies drastically depending on the room where your reception will be held. Don't underestimate the importance of a site visit: Encore recommends that brides ask prospective DJs if they can set up appointments to visit such locations. "This allows us to become acquainted with new staff members, learn their rules for vendors, and plan correctly for providing the correct equipment for acoustics and lighting design. At the same time, we offer to provide these establishments with insurance certificates and updated company information. With these steps, they know we mean business.
9. What other services do you offer (e.g. lighting, Photo Booths, HD video screens)?
Some DJ packages come with extra services such as up lighting and photo booths. "Next to lighting, photo booths are our most requested option.
10. Why should I choose you as my DJ?
As a leading professional in the industry, Encore has the experience and the knowledge to deliver an outstanding performance at every event. Each event is different with the client who books us to the guests that attend. Each individual has his or her own music taste and Encore pride ourselves on knowing how to mix a variety of music and making it sound good.