There are dozens of styles of DJ. Many Deejays only specialize in a few areas. Some are only good in nightclub settings, many only do mobile DJ parties like birthdays, weddings and corporate events. Some DJs don't like doing kids events while others excel at making a kids birthday a memorable one. Of course just like many of us many Deejays also have a preference for the styles of music they collect and like to play. Then there are the rare Deejays that are ultra versatile and are capable of excelling in any situation. It is these Deejays that you want to hire for your next event.
DJs come in all shapes, sizes and styles but there is no excuse for a lazy DJ. Deejaying is not a sit down job! The DJ is responsible for getting the party going. For keeping people excited, dancing grooving and always moving them with energetic mixes that bring the party to life. How can a DJ do all that if they themselves don't even look like they are into the mix? How can the DJ expect the party to be anything more than mediocre if they themselves don't become active members of the party vibe? The DJ is the glue that binds the party together. A boring DJ is the equivalent of the glue coming undone on a ship while it's at sea... If the DJ is bunk, the party is sunk.
Hiring an event DJ, a mobile DJ company or a nightclub DJ can be a daunting task. Many mobile DJs these days don't know how to mix a song or how to build excitement through their music selection and transitions. Many are using software that beat matches the music for them but without the actual experience and wisdom of a traditional DJ many of the newer generation DJs simply don't know how to rock a party and make your event an exciting and memorable one.
A nightclub DJ will be better at rocking a party and reading the crowd but without mobile DJ experience, professional DJ equipment and lighting and private event experience a nightclub DJ can also be a disastrous choice. Many nightclub Deejays don't own adequate sound and lighting equipment to do larger private events on their own. Nightclub DJs also tend to specialize in only a few genres of music and are not good candidates for varied crowds like one might find at a wedding. Lets face it most nightclub DJs are focused mainly on the 18-30 year old demographic.
I cannot fathom why countless people make the same mistake of spending entire budgets on everything but the entertainment. Do people not understand that it is ultimately the entertainment that will make or break their event? You are willing to drop $10,000 on renting a grand ballroom, a few more thousand on catering, cakes, security etc... but only willing to shell out $500 or less to fill a huge ballroom with great entertainment. In the end the statement you get what you pay for always comes into play. Even though we were contacted the week of the event, the people throwing the party refused to sign a contract and had not made a deposit. The Party was only two days away and when we met at the location we realized we would need to bring an additional 2-4 more base bin speakers to add to the 4 speaker we had brought in for the sound check. They didn't want to pay extra for the extra equipment to make the event sound great and extra people necessary to make the event run smoothly. They then used strong arm negotiation tactics trying to get my company to throw in the extra equipment plus add more lights. Basically they wanted more and wanted to pay less that they had previously offered. They then used a backfiring strong arm tactic by stating we can get this or that other nightclub DJ (whom we already knew didn't have adequate speakers for this event, since the DJ in question previously had wanted to rent our speaker for an even smaller event) In the end they came back to us after their event went sour and said "we should have gone with you, the sound system we ended up with was so much weaker and everyone complained about the DJ the whole night" - OUCH. I had a feeling that was going to be the case.
It's simple most nightclub DJs don't have the equipment to do private events, of the ones that do only a few have enough equipment to handle larger events. But more importantly many nightclub DJs lack the versatility it takes to handle a diverse crowd, unless they are constantly in front of a diverse crowd. The Techno DJs only DJ for Techno Crowds, The Hip Hop DJs only deal with the urban crowd and the Hipster DJs are used to crowds that let them do just about whatever they want.
Mobile DJs without nightclub experience on the other hand can't rock parties and while they have a large database of music often don't know how to properly transition from genre to genre without losing the crowd. There is also a huge cheesiness factor many mobile DJs bring to the events. Since they don't know how to rock the crowd they often rely on cheesy line dances and children's dance songs like the chicken dance to get the crowd involved. Real DJs don't require these crutches and will only throw the songs in if asked to do so specifically by one of the main guests of honor.
The quandary is this: Many nightclub DJs just aren't versatile enough to handle private events. And many mobile DJs just don't have what it takes to rock the crowd. It takes a special special DJ that combines the best characteristics of both styles of DJ to make an event really come to life.