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    What Makes A Good Wedding DJ?
    Posted on Tuesday, April 13 @ 01:57:16 EDT by DJAdvantage
    Topic: How To DJ   Printer Friendly Page Send to a Friend

    After 13 years in the industry I’ve seen my share of good  DJs and heard the horror stories.  The  question comes up: what separates a good wedding DJ from an average one and  then the rest?

    Let’s begin by defining what a makes a wedding DJ different  from let’s say, a club DJ.

    Basically a club DJ will DJ a club (or a dance floor at a  club) with a certain “vibe”.  Which means  that he/she will play a particular genre/style of music and for a particular  night won’t play anything else. The crowd that visits that club will party to  the music and if they don’t like the music, ditch the club (or floor) and go to  another party.

    A wedding is different.   You have a crowd of 50 to 150 guests ranging in age from 5 – 85 with  music taste that range from 50’s jazz to modern day fidget.  Now the wedding DJ’s job is to entertain all  of these people at the same time, and they can’t just up and leave (that’s  usually considered rude.  Now I use the  word entertain, and not keep everyone on the dance floor for a reason.

    Typically at a wedding you will have about 50% smokers (who  will spend half the night outdoors smoking – due to our country’s strict  smoking laws), some of these, along with another 15% of the crowd will hang out  at the bar.  This leaves about 35% of the  crowd.  Of these about 10% will just want  to hang out (they’re either too old, or haven’t seen each other in ages and  just want to chill).  This leaves you  with about 25% who will want to spend the whole night on the dancefloor.  Of this 25%, 10% will dance to just about  anything the DJ plays (which makes it easy, right?)  WRONG!

    The art lies in entertaining 100% of the crowd.  The old folk, the young folk.  The ones who enjoys the electro-pop and the  metalheads.  All of them in one night.

    So the question you should ask your wedding DJ is not “what  kind of music do you play?”.  The  question you should ask your DJ is “why are you a wedding DJ?”

    Being a wedding DJ is an art, and you have to love it.  It’s like cooking a soufflé.  Anyone can cook macaroni and cheese, but not  everyone has mastered the art of baking a cheese soufflé.  It takes time, patience, and a love of the  art.

    So there you have it, in a nutshell.

    Of course there are all the other questions to ask, like  equipment, is the DJ registered with SAMRO and SADJA.  But a DJ that takes his art seriously will use  production-grade equipment, always have backup equipment available, be  registered with SAMRO (to legally perform publically), and be registered with  SADJA because he is a professional and wants to be recognised as such.

    Until next time!

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