If you want to be a mobile DJ, one of the first things you’ll need to do is get some DJ equipment. Once you’ve got some gear, you can start DJ’ing and playing some gigs. But what is the best way to get your DJ equipment? Well, you could play the lottery or enter every DJ equipment contest you run across, but the likelihood of actually winning is pretty slim. That leaves a couple of choices for getting your hands on some new gear.
It all boils down to buy, rent or borrow. Here's the philosophy of each: Buy
- Buying your DJ equipment is going to cost you a bit of cash up front, unless you get a loan or break out the credit card. Either way, you’re still going to have to pay for it at some point. On a positive note, you'll own the gear and won't have to worry about it not being available. Plus, you'll have access to your gear any time you want to practice or to DJ that last minute party. There are a lot of places to buy DJ equipment, from the local retailer to online stores like Disc Jockey Outlet
On a budget? There’s nothing that says that you have to buy new DJ gear. Used DJ equipment can be a great alternative and in some cases, the gear can be “like new” and found at a fraction of the cost. As with any new or used DJ equipment purchase, just make sure that the item can be returned or it comes with a manufacturer’s warranty in case there’s a problem. If no warranty is available, then you’ll have to weigh the cost of the item with what it would cost to replace or repair it should it be defective. Rent
- To me, renting DJ equipment is like throwing your money away. Granted, it doesn't cost much to rent and it's a cheap way to get the gear you need. However, when it's all said and done, you don't have anything left to show for it. You're basically splitting any money you make with the guy you rented the DJ equipment from. Also, the money you put towards renting is money you could have spent towards owning your own DJ equipment. There's also the risk of the gear not being available when you need it and there's no control over the quality of the equipment. For all you know, the guy before you may have abused the heck out of it and could fail during your party. I've also heard of situations where you're told you can use it and then it's not there when you go to pick it up. Not good! Borrow
- This is very similar to renting, only there's no rental fee. Not a bad way to go if you can find someone willing to loan it to you. On the downside, it's hard to know what kind of condition the gear is in and whether or not it's really going to be available when you need it.