If you are looking for a DJ, the first thing you will do is phone around or look online for local DJs to get a quote from. You’ll find that for a 3-4 hour DJ slow you will receive quotes ranging from £100/$100 into the thousands. So how much should you pay for a DJ?
It all depends on what you are looking for. If you are after a wedding DJ expect to pay more money than a disco DJ. The level of expertise, style and expectations as well as distance and what equipment they bring will change how much they charge.
For example a disco DJ may bring a couple of decks, a cd wallets worth of MP3s, some speakers and if you are lucky a couple of lights. Mobile DJs often bring trussing (the metal rigging to put all their DJ equipment on) lights, huge speakers, smoke machines and much more. Wedding DJs are also under greater pressure to perform exceptionally well for your big day and will often include a PA set up and possible MCing.
School and clubs will be looking for breakthrough DJs, those that want the experience to get their name out there so will often get quoted far lower rates but expect a level of service much lower than that of a wedding DJ. At the end of the day their job is to get the club jumping which can be a lot easier than making sure you make someone’s wedding special.
Big clubs may get charged in the thousands for the top trance DJS with some known to charge as much as £60,000 an hour. So research first what sort of DJ you are after. If you are after a school or club DJ taking a risk can be worth it with the thousands of DJs out there wanting to get their experience behind the decks at a club. You’ll be paying a lot less and hopefully getting a great night. If you are after a DJ for a big or important event find out what they offer besides djing and what requirements they have. You can stretch your money further if you can find a DJ that can plan the whole set up for you, provide lighting as well as MC at the event.
You may find going through a company costs more but gives you a higher level of service and a guarantee their DJ will turn up on time not looking like they have just got out of bed. Try to get as many quotes as possible and recommendations.
If you are looking for a school or club DJ look to pay somewhere between £100/$100 and £1000/$1000 depending on the event and how long you wish for them to play. If it is for a wedding or bigger event then look to pay more but make sure they offer more than just playing music and you’ll find your money goes a lot further.
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