you have considered this as an option for evening entertainment at your
wedding reception. It's understandable if you are trying to keep a
close eye on costs. It might also be a way to avoid the stereotypical
cheesy wedding DJ.
An iPod is very good for playing back tracks in a particular order, but that's not the only skilled part of the DJ's job...
professional DJ will be keen to make a good impression to your guests
and play music that the majority of guests will like. This will
probably mean variation in the music during the evening to keep
different people happy.
One of the most important skills for a DJ is to observe how people are reacting to certain types of music. It's very difficult to predict how people will react in advance, so a DJ can change adapt the music accordingly.
may well have certain songs that you want to hear. A good DJ can steer
the audience in the direction of your favourite songs and keep things
are often seeking a DJ who can make a set flow. You definitely won't
get this with an iPod! Most songs end with a fade and a couple of
seconds of 'dead air'. A good DJ will play songs in sequence and some
(not all) will beat-mix the tracks. This is one of our areas of
On average a DJ will play 16 individual tracks in an hour. A four hour set may consist of around 64 songs. Based on a cost of 79p per track, this costs around Â£50.56 if you are starting from scratch.
is really important. When you buy an mp3 (or other digital format) you
are buying the right to play the song for domestic or private use. It's
a different matter if you are playing it at a venue. The ProDub
license means that you are legally allowed to play that mp3 in public.
It's also wise to check if your band has a ProDub licence if they are playing music between sets.
good DJ will interact with your guests and depending on your viewpoint
might take requests. Requests are a bit like market research - they
give your DJ a good idea of what an audience might respond to. The
downside of this is that guests sometimes make requests for a bit of a
laugh... 'we all really love The Macarena'.
you really want to hire sound and lighting equipment for the night?
You might also need to hire a van to transport it all... A good DJ will
have a self-contained set up (with backup equipment) that he or she is
used to operating. The skill is in setting the sound and lighting up
quickly but carefully so that you get the most time dancing. The
equipment should also be PAT tested for safety.
professional entertainer, whether it's a band or a DJ should have
public liability insurance in the rare case of a mishap. If you're self
managing the entertainment the responsibility will fall on your
If you go for the iPod
option, then it's really important to know who is in charge of the
iPod. There's nothing more annoying for an audience if someone plays
ten seconds of a tune and then skips it to the next. And then someone
else gets involved. Before you know it the flow has gone and you have
an empty dance floor.
is true, but neither will a good DJ. There's nothing worse than
embarrassing chit-chat over the microphone. We've all seen the sketch
and we understand it is something that you might be worried about. We
promise that we won't talk a lot.
But... it is very useful to have a professional to make important announcements during the evening. Your best man will probably be relaxing after the formalities of the ceremony and wedding breakfast.
iPod is a good solution for background music or other occasions when
it's unimportant that the music flows. A small gap between songs can
seem like an eternity when people are dancing. A good DJ can build
tension and make decisions about the order of the songs. The right tune
played at the right time makes a big impact!
A good DJ can be compared with a good chef. If the individual songs are the ingredients and the iPod is the oven, the end result can either be 'cooked to perfection', 'burned to a crisp' or 'just OK'... Maybe the iPod DJ set is the equivalent of the microwave meal?
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