(Closed) Is this weird? Booking a DJ question.

posted 8 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Not out of line. I’d highly recommend checking him out at work. Remember the phrase “you get what you pay for?” its worth checking it out to make sure you aren’t totally embarrassed/disappointed on your wedding day, don’t you think?

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@peach924: I think it is perfectly reasonable to request to see his work either in person or via video (if he has one). It is also appropriate to ask to talk to people he’s DJ’d for before to see what they thought.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Maybe he works somewhere else too? A lot of DJs work at clubs or bars – weddings are only part of what they do. I would ask him and see what he says. 

For what it’s worth, I’ve seen it done on wedding shows, but I’m like your Fiance – I would feel weird about it.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

I find it incredible he doesn’t at least have a CD you can hear.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011
Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Agree with the PP’s, this is totally ok and I would suggest it. Maybe not a wedding, though. I would see what other kinds of gigs he has coming up. I heard my DJ at a friend’s wedding, but if I hadn’t, I know he works at some bars in the area so I could have checked him out that way.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@peach924:

For sure! and his mixing abilities too. It’s not like he is throwing down a pre mixed CD.

he has to ‘feel’ the crowd and play off them, as well, you don’t want stuff to sound like boots in a dryer (where two song mix into one and sound like crap! lol)

 

You’re not in Vancouver are you?  A friend of mine DJ’s, does weddings,and she is amazing!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

@iheartnerds: I agree. I don’t think it’s a weird request at all, but maybe not crashing someone’s wedding. If he can get a video/audio of his next wedding, invite you to a public event he’s working, and/or give you contact info for past couples he’s worked with so that you can at least have a reference, I think that’s completely appropriate. He should at least have a website with clips of himself if he’s starting a business or doing a side-business, otherwise you could just hire your little brother who bought himself some DJing gear, if you get what I mean.

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