Post # 1
Fiance and I met with a DJ a few months ago. This same guy DJ’ed my friend’s wedding last year and did an “ok” job. Here’s my thing with the DJ, I’ve yet to attend a wedding where I thought the DJ was fantastic. They showed up, didn’t screw up the Bridal Party introductions, played the right music, wasn’t super annoying and left. To me, this is an “ok” DJ and frankly, that’s all I’m really looking for. While I would love a well known “life of the party” DJ, it’s just really not in our budget.
The guy we met with was a total flake. He showed up to our appointment late. He wore torn jeans and a stained shirt and he drove a car that looked like it was on its last leg. Now, I’m normally not one to judge but all I could see when we met him was a messy guy that could potentially look less than ideal on our wedding day and someone without reliable transportation. If his car breaks down an hour before our wedding and he doesn’t have an alternative, then we’re SOL. We pretty much decided right then and there that we weren’t going to go with him but he took time out of his day to meet with us so we were going to listen to what he had to offer.
His prices were great and he included a ton of stuff. We have a few songs on our MUST play list that are kind of obscure so we need to make sure that whoever we book with is able to get this music. He started listing off his sources for music and mentioned limewire. This guy illegally downloads his music!
I kind of feel like if I’m paying for a DJ to play music at my wedding, the songs he’s playing should have been obtained legally. Maybe all DJ’s do this, but they probably don’t tell their clients about it. Ignorance is bliss, right? I’m not going to say I’ve never illegally downloaded stuff, so that’s totally not the issue but I feel kind of weird about a wedding DJ doing it.
We’ve already decided not to go with the guy but I was just wondering if anyone else came across this in your DJ search? If you knew the music was obtained illegally, would you still book with them?
*I’ve vowed not to participate in any drama today so I hope this doesn’t start any!*
Post # 3
Our DJ also told us straight up that if he didn’t have what he needed when it was requested that he would also use LimeWire to download. I personally have no problem w/ it, but I can see how a lot of people would.
One thing I was worried about if the DJ downloaded illegally is if the song was a rip from the radio, or if it wasn’t the whole song & sometimes the downloads are a mix.
Post # 4
@CaraMia10: I don’t LOVE the idea of them illegally downloading the music but I guess if its something that most DJ’s do, I can look past it. This was the first guy we met with so we were a little weary about it but I guess it makes sense that if the client wants it, they need to get it from somewhere.
I would be concerned about that too! I have a friend who used Limewire religiously and his versions of the songs were often different than what you were actually looking for.
Post # 5
@UpstateCait: Well if he is illegally downloading music and he gets caught it’ll be his problem not yours. But also if you’re paying someone that you just described as not very professional I wouldn’t be shocked about him doing something like that. Doesn’t seem like he’s a very reputable guy so this is probably a case of getting what you pay for.
I’d expect most DJs to have a good variety of songs but on special requests I’d guess that they would ask the couple for those (if they own them) or just have some sort of “download fee” so he could buy songs that might be obscure (and therefore wouldn’t be an expected part of his library).
Post # 6
i don’t think that pirating music is as big of a deal as him seeming like a sloppy flake. if he’s a pro and doing this fulltime, you’d think he’d want the official version to build up his collection – sometimes the only downloads available are of lesser compression quality. you run a slight risk with it being an incomplete or wrong version if he’s not sourcing it properly, but i feel exactly how you do about DJ’s. I think if he/she doesn’t have what I want, I’ll get them myself (by whatever means I choose) and give them to him/her so that I know what they’re playing is exactly what I want.
Post # 7
A couple of the songs we wanted that the DJ didn’t have he or we just found a good version on youtube and he played the song that way instead of downloading it.
I guess that doesn’t answer your questions except to say there are alternative other than buying or pirating.
Post # 9
I wouldn’t want to do business with someone that illegally downloaded music. It makes me nervous about their professional character–if you’re willing to steal music to make money off of it, then who’s to say you’re going to live up to the contract you want me to sign? If I’m paying you, it’s because you’re a pro.
Post # 10
that’s pretty much how I felt too…
Post # 11
I completely agree with Violet Violet.
The character of the DJ is that he is dishonest and a thief…I wouldn’t want a self-proclaimed thief/liar on my wedding payroll…
Post # 12
This is a huge debate in the legitimate DJ industry and I’m pleased to hear some brides and grooms are actually concerned about this. Thank you all sooo much!
My digital play list of 10,000 tunes cost me roughly $5000. Ala cart tunes downloaded legally from places like Amazon cost upwards of 89 cents a piece and most are just under a dollar. Getting all the music our clients want is simply part of the deal. Music is a considerable investment for a mobile entertainer but it is part of the cost of doing business.
I have no sympathy for the music industry as I find them unethical as a whole but it is no different if you to hire a DJ with illegal music then it is to buy a TV off the street. In both cases you know you are buying stolen merchandise.
Post # 13
CaitMarae No worries on him using Limewire anymore…the court order was recently given forcing them to close down. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20101027/tc_nf/75798
Post # 14
Honestly I’d be more concerned by his overall lack of professionalism (unwilling to dress and act professionally from your account before you even mentioned the downloading) and find someone else. A professional dj worth their salt is not that expensive but you do have to search for them instead of going with the first person you meet.
Browse the vendor reviews at ProjectWedding.com to see who is most reliable and then email them for a quote (along with interviewing them).