If you’re hosting an event, and want it to be memorable, you’ll understand the importance of hiring a professional DJ to spin tunes that give guests a great time.
An experienced DJ knows how to read a crowd and select music that suits the style and type of your event. They specialise in enhancing events with quality sound and special vibes. That includes corporate events, special occasions like weddings, school functions and even kids party events.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a DJ, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great DJ?
Choosing the right DJ can make your event the best ever. It can also take the worry out of ensuring guests enjoy themselves. After all, you want a DJ who plays what you want, not what they want. And you want a DJ that plays music appropriate to your theme and age of guests.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a DJ.
- Style. Choose a DJ that spins the style of tunes that will make your guests happy. Some DJs have a reputation for playing music they like, ignoring what’s best for the event. Others read a room super well. Also ask how much music they have in their play list and whether it’s categorised.
- Experience. Experienced DJs are great DJs. They can monitor a crowd and switch matters up to get guests moving and grooving, or slow things down when the mood requires it.
- Professional. You’ll want a DJ who dresses for the occasion, shows up on time, answers phone calls and emails, and acts like a pro. You’ll also want a DJ who is attentive and responds in a timely way when you need to make an announcement or when the program shifts from one phase to another.
- Creativity and communications. If you’ve never hired a DJ before, it’s good to choose one who can share creative ideas with you. Also choose one who is a sound communicator. This includes being clear on important like set up time (leaving enough room for testing), and what will transpire throughout your event.
- Equipment. Great DJs have great equipment (sound and lighting). Quality equipment makes all the difference with events. You’ll also want to ask your DJ if they have back-up equipment in case something goes wrong.
The best DJs in Canberra
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To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Encore DJs is a full-service, fully insured, fulltime professional mobile disc jockey company. It services Canberra and surrounding regions and is available for any occasion—parties, corporate events, weddings, birthdays, graduations, bars and night clubs. No venue is too large and no event too small. Encore DJs only uses experienced entertainers who have high-quality audio and lighting equipment. DJs have extensive musical knowledge and are dedicated to exceeding expectations in providing a fun and unique mobile disco experience.
Vintage Events provides high-quality entertainment, effects, sound and lighting across Canberra and surrounding regions. DJ artists ensure every event is treated as unique. They’re committed to making each client’s vision a reality. Vintage Events covers intimate weddings to extravagant parties, creating stress-free and unforgettable experiences.
On Google, Dasun Rajapakse wrote, “These guys were great! Very professional in how they went about everything leading up to the big day, and on the day itself.”
A leading DJ for weddings, parties and special events, Joy Division has more than 15 years’ experience in creating a whole lot of fun. With professional sound equipment, a microphone and light show, Joy Division has played at hundreds of parties, many sporting events, and at some of Canberra’s best venues, including the Hyatt and Boat House.
Evan James on the RiotACT, “Hugh Ford did a function I was at recently, and he did it with evident enjoyment and ease.”
Canberra DJ Hire is available for events of all styles and for crowds of all ages. That includes engagement parties, weddings, birthdays, school functions, kids parties and corporate events. Canberra DJ Hire has ramped up hundreds of events, with music across all genres. Its DJs have played at major venues and events in Canberra and surrounding region.
As Anita Ginoski wrote on Google, “My partner and I used Canberra DJ Hire recently for our wedding at the Arboretum and we can’t speak highly enough of their services!”
No matter what type of function, Juke Entertainment creates great atmosphere and unforgettable dance floor experiences. Formally trained and experienced DJs have broad musical knowledge and tailor tunes to the personality of each event. Juke Entertainment has a categorised song list of more than 90,000 tunes and provides a full refund guarantee if clients aren’t completely satisfied.
On the Riot Act, Brett Michael wrote, “I would 1000 per cent recommend Bryant from Juke Entertainment. He was fantastic.”
If you’re looking for more information on events in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best function venues, best kids birthday party venues, best wedding venues, and the best sound and lighting experts Canberra has to offer.
Your experience with DJs in Canberra
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