Smart DJ Shopping – Finding A Professional San Francisco Wedding DJ

Today I’m going to cover a few things to consider if you are in the hunt for a San Francisco wedding DJ or planning a non wedding event.  With ten years of DJ experience to share, below I’ll cover some basic items folks may want to consider to ensure they find the best DJ to fit their needs.  Hope you enjoy my article and if you have any questions leave a comment below or send me an email at  I’d love to help.

Sample Your Prospective DJ – Request A Link To A Live Mix

If you’re interested in hiring a DJ, one thing to consider is requesting a mix of one of their live recordings at an event. This is a pretty legitimate request. Consider this, would you want to test drive a car before driving off the lot? I’m guessing most likely.  How would  hiring a DJ differ?  This is just one thing to consider as it does build confidence in the person you are hiring to be a major part of one of the most important days of your life.

Since live mixes are usually done to meet the requests of guests and the clients, I think a certain amount of latitude should be given towards a DJ’s live mixes. On the other hand I believe DJ’s of equal caliber have different ways in which they engage their dance floor and not every single DJ style will fit every single clients tastes and preferences.  When previewing live mixes keep an open mind and ask yourself if I have my preferences and music list to this DJ could he handle it?  If the answer is yes, then you are on the right track.

Get Familiar With Your DJ – Request A Client Call

When both a client and DJ set up a call for the first time this is valuable for everyone. It’s important for clients to express what their tastes and vision are for their upcoming event and equally important for the DJ to determine they are capable of meeting the needs of the client.  Essentially both the client and DJ should communicate and determine both are a good fit to ensure a successful event.

Worth considering is actually talking with the DJ/emcee you plan on hiring before your event versus being assigned one just a few weeks before your special day.  On occasion some DJ companies are happy to receive your deposit and will not assign a DJ to your event until two weeks prior of your special day!  If that makes you uneasy you’re not alone! Personally if I was hiring an individual for specific services I’d want to make an informed decision before sending payment for my own piece of mind.  Parameter such as experience level and reviews would be key in my selection process.  My recommendation is not to invest blindly but know what and who you are getting with your hard earned money.

By nature the DJ profession is somewhat unregulated and the range of talent and professionalism spans a wide swath from top-notch seasoned professionals to the other end.  If you are planning an event that may be one of the most important days of your life, it might be wise to get reassurance on who will be covering your event months before.  Eventually it all depends on the importance of the event and what clients value.

Request Video Footage – A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Even better than a live DJ mix is video. There is a huge take away from watching a prospective DJ on video. Not only can you hear music selection and song transitions but you now have the opportunity to see how the crowd is responding. This is gold and should be able to build consumer confidence when choosing the right DJ to go with. There is a ton of talent among Bay Area DJ’s and San Francisco wedding DJ’s but it’s good to know what a DJ’s strengths and style are before putting a deposit down.  A video is yet another opportunity to gain perspective on making the best decision.

Bringing It All Together – Selecting The Right DJ

Having mentioned everything so far the items below would be great considerations when choosing the right disc jockey for your event.

  • Live/Studio Demo Mixes
  • Video Footage (Live Event)
  • Articulate Phone Skills (Perspective with emceeing)
  • Ability To Commit (Several Months In Advance)

Keeping this post in mind I think everyone shopping for a DJ will be in good shape.  As you probably have found, more often the best DJ’s begin booking out their calendar 12 months in advance.  If you haven’t started your DJ search I’d recommend sooner is better than later when securing a quality individual.  No matter what you are celebrating, congratulations and I hope you found this information helpful.  If there are any questions I can answer please leave me a comment below or send me an email and I’ll do my best to respond as soon as possible.

One thought on “Smart DJ Shopping – Finding A Professional San Francisco Wedding DJ”

  1. In integral part of any great wedding party, the DJ is undervalued.

    Great information on what to consider here; I never though of requesting a video to see the DJ in action. Could end up with a washed up has been from The Wedding Singer. :D.

    Everyone’s musical tastes are vastly different these days, I know my friend would have a EDM party while myself would stick to classics, so actually seeing what the DJ does would be a great foresight.

    Thanks for the information.

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