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Dodgy DJs: Red flags to look out for

By 29th May 2017 No Comments
Our Perth DJ service don't look like these guys

Are they legit? Or should they just quit? 

Mobile DJ with a bad messy setup

Hi all! I haven’t done a post in a little while, so this is just a quick one for you.

The topic for today is things to look out for when booking a mobile DJ, or more specifically, red flags that indicate the Perth DJ service you’re working with may not be legit. Just like lawnmowers, hairdressers or any other kind of service, there is a huge amount of choice when it comes to selecting a Perth DJ Service, and it pays to do a little bit of research to make sure you’re not entrusting the success of your event to someone who doesn’t care about it just as much as you do. So here are a few things that should cause red flags to pop up, alarm bells to go off, or whatever your chosen alternative warning device is.

Professional and friendly Mobile DJs in Perth
1

They advertise purely through Gumtree and don’t have a website.

This would generally suggest they don’t put very much effort into their business, and you can get expect them to put a similar amount of effort into their DJ-ing. Most DJs should have even basic website or at the very least a Facebook page where you can check out some of their stuff.
2

Sketchiness in returning calls, emails or messages.

At Full Effect, we pride ourselves on the quality of the relationship we have with our clients. We want you to feel assured that we’re not going to leave you in the lurch on your big day. This applies to Weddings particularly - we know that women have been dreaming about their wedding ever since they were a little girl, so it’s extremely important to us that we get it right. If someone is DJ-ing your wedding, they should offer at least one in person meeting in the lead up to the big day. If they don’t offer this, they probably aren’t a great choice, and may not be fully committed to the success of your event.
3

Poor musical knowledge.

If you’re having a conversation with a DJ from a Perth DJ Service, and they don’t seem to be familiar with any of the artists or songs you are mentioning, then that’s a definite red flag. While there are millions of songs in existence and you can’t expect a DJ to be familiar with every single one, they should be able to at least talk in general terms about most kinds of music.
4

Lazy setup

Unfortunately this ones a bit hard to detect until before your event, but you can always ask your DJ to see a photo of your setup. The front of the DJ booth should NEVER look like cable spaghetti, and shameless self-promoting signs are a definite no. Who wants an ad for the DJ in their wedding pictures?
5

Getting drunk behind the decks.

This is an absolute no-no at Full Effect DJs but happens surprisingly frequently with other DJs in the industry. It is not unusual for the DJ to be offered a drink while he or she works, which in itself is not a bad thing – they’re working for hours on end and moving heavy equipment in the hot Australian sun. However if you notice their hand starts to dip into the Esky every half hour, you’re on a one-way journey to sloppy DJing, which leads to a poor guest experience.
6

Hostile requests policy or refusal to consider requests.

Requests are, and probably forever will be, a point of contention between DJs and their clients. Due to having a lot of experience with what lights up and what kills a dance floor, a DJ will generally have a very good sense for when a request is bad for the party (eg. when someone requests Andrea Bocelli).

It’s part of our job to be able to explain our reasoning for not playing a particular song, however some DJs will instead just shutdown and tell you they don’t do requests. This makes the DJ seem rather hostile and leads to guests and hosts feeling alienated and blocked out; in short, it’s crappy DJ-ing.

Messy DJ setup
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