The Difference in DJ Pricing

dj-price-imgSo you’re hosting an event, and quality music happens to be an integral part to the event. There are many ways you can hire a DJ, but ultimately it comes down to two options, you can either get a professional DJ which isn’t always cost effective, or save a small fortune and bring in your friend’s amateur cousin that has a “totally killer setlist”. At this point you may be asking yourself what the difference is between a $1,000 DJ and $100 option. They’re just playing music, right? Like any other industry, the more money you spend, the better the product should be; DJ’s are no exception. When it comes to choosing a DJ, you have to determine what price will get you the most bang for your buck while delivering the quality your looking for.

Think of selecting a DJ like car shopping. Suppose you narrow your options down to an old used car, or a new, fresh off the lot car. Undoubtedly you’ll save money on the initial purchase if you choose the used car, but with the cost of repairs and the increased likelihood of the used car dying, there is definitely more risk involved than with the new car. So while a cheap DJ could save you money at first, the results of that service will be much more of a gamble than spending the money for a professional.

Suppose your DJ runs into technical difficulties on the day of the event? Who do you think will be more prepared? A high end DJ will have back up equipment or even alternative solutions as soon as an issue comes up. The low end DJ’s can not guarantee that kind of safety net. With increased price comes experience, and experience knows how to better handle crisis situations when they arise.

A DJ’s rate will also have to do with the quality of equipment he uses in his performances. Typically, when a DJ costs are somewhere in the upwards of thousands of dollars, you will notice that their equipment is of much higher quality than those who charge considerably less. To that end, the music’s playback will be noticeably higher quality.

At the end of the day, you should take these factors into consideration and ask yourself how much your DJ’s performance means to you and the life of your party.


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