The best DJs in Canberra

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Who are the best DJs in Canberra? Photo: File.

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.

Joy Division

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.”

Vintage Events

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.”

Encore DJs

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.

Juke Entertainment

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.”

Canberra DJ Hire

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!”

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

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the DJs listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose the best DJ for my event?
Research is key in choosing the best DJ for your event. Head to websites and read about their style, where they’ve played and for what type of events. Also check reviews online. Feel confident about asking for referrals.
How do I brief a DJ on my event?
The best way is to provide the DJ with a verbal or written brief on what your vision is for your event. What type of event are you hosting? What is it’s personality? Who are the guests and what ages? What style of music is best? A face-to-face meeting with your DJ can help you brief for your event.
How much does it cost to hire a DJ?
The cost for hiring a DJ varies depending on many factors. This includes event location, its length and the style. You’ll also want to check with your DJ on what happens if the event runs overtime.
What happens if the DJ starts to play music we don’t like?
Talk to your DJ about the mood for your event so they tailor music to suit. If things get off track, don’t hesitate to have a quiet word to the DJ and have them adjust what they’re playing.
Do all DJs specialise in all types of events?
Many DJs specialise in a wide range of event types, but some specialise in niche areas. They may specialise in weddings, for example. Or they may specialise in a style of music. Talk to DJs about these matters before hiring them.

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vinny221 vinny221 9:25 pm 21 Aug 20

Shameless plug – we are always happy to help. We have a team of Canberra’s best DJs providing the highest quality in sound, lighting and effects equipment.

https://www.vintage-events.com.au/

Brett Michael Brett Michael 2:33 pm 25 Jun 19

I would 1000% recommend Bryant from Juke Entertainment he was fantastic! – http://www.jukeentertainment.com.au/

zllauh zllauh 4:49 pm 27 Sep 15

+1 for stan ! 😀

EvanJames EvanJames 11:08 am 27 Nov 12

Kerryhemsley said :

Does Hughie finish with “Love will Tear us Apart” to send them off on their honeymoon with heads spinning?

From memory, he didn’t want to stop playing, and the function went waaaay over time until the caretaker booted us out of the venue as he wanted to close up and go home! I’m sure he wouldn’t play that joy divison song, unless of course someone asked him to.

Kerryhemsley Kerryhemsley 10:05 am 27 Nov 12

EvanJames said :

Hugh Ford http://www.joydivisionn.com/ did a function I was at recently, and he did it with evident enjoyment and ease. He specialises in 70s and 80s, he reckons he can play ANY 80s song you request, including all the obscure indie new wave stuff.

He also spends a lot of time up dancing with the ladies, and as an ex-olympic middle-distance runner, he can keep it going all night from what I observed. Top bloke, I’d book him no problem.

Does Hughie finish with “Love will Tear us Apart” to send them off on their honeymoon with heads spinning?

EvanJames EvanJames 11:30 pm 26 Nov 12

Hugh Ford http://www.joydivisionn.com/ did a function I was at recently, and he did it with evident enjoyment and ease. He specialises in 70s and 80s, he reckons he can play ANY 80s song you request, including all the obscure indie new wave stuff.

He also spends a lot of time up dancing with the ladies, and as an ex-olympic middle-distance runner, he can keep it going all night from what I observed. Top bloke, I’d book him no problem.

farnarkler farnarkler 8:03 pm 26 Nov 12

Whatever you do, avoid the short, fat ginger bloke. I encountered one of his staff one night who was on his first gig on his own. He seemed to be playing 70’s disco and nothing else. When questioned, he said the laptop he’d been supplied with was broken and that he hadn’t been given any backup CDs to use with the house CD player. The short, fat ginger was at a wedding and wasn’t going to turn up for a number of hours. If the short, fat ginger treats his staff like that, I can only imagine how bad his performance would be. Interesting too that the establishment he and his staff work at had the grand total of 18 people there at midnight on Saturday night.

poetix poetix 7:37 pm 26 Nov 12

Andrew Leigh will act as a DJ if you hire his marquee. They call him Dr Funkenstein. I’m sure he’s really almost quite entertaining:

http://the-riotact.com/andrew-leigh-expanding-his-marquee-hire-business/60215

gazelle gazelle 5:20 pm 26 Nov 12

yep Ardanien Entertainment was amazing. Ask for Emile – he was our DJ and he was outstanding

passepartout passepartout 4:59 pm 26 Nov 12

I’m in the industry and i can tell you most of the DJ companies in Canberra are rubbish! DO YOUR HOMEWORK WHEN BOOKING A DJ.

best in Canberra is ARDANIEN ENTERTAINMENT (www.ardanien.com.au).

always wear a suit, produce the best nights and they can actually mix

Sandman Sandman 4:27 pm 05 Sep 12

Geez, $600 for a “DJ” for a night?

My missus and her band used to do live gigs for not much more than that, and it was mostly the same sort of songs you hear at weddings anyway.

Overheard Overheard 3:53 pm 05 Sep 12

Henry82 said :

Truthiness said :

Given how most wedding music ends up being chart trash direct from the propaganda industry anyway,

maybe that’s because people request those songs? or they don’t give enough instruction to the DJ?

I. Agree. With. Henry82.

Must………. go take a shower.

On topic, exactly. You give proper instructions to a DJ, and they’ll do the right thing.

Two possible outcomes:

1. Give good instructions to a crap DJ = crap.
2. Give bad instructions to a good DJ = she or he will subtly un-crappify your crap requests.

Just because you can belt out Inagoddahowevayaspellit in the shower note and beat perfect doesn’t mean it’s going to fly when Aunt Mabel and Uncle Reg plus your pi$$ed idiot friends from uni/the office/netball team want to get down on it.

Truthiness Truthiness 3:53 pm 05 Sep 12

Henry82 said :

maybe that’s because people request those songs? or they don’t give enough instruction to the DJ?

It is usually a showcase of the bride and groom’s terrible music taste spurred on by the drunken nostalgia of uncoordinated family members. Sure someone requested it, dredged up from the extremely limited set of singles they’ve remembered over a lifetime of exposure to the austereo network’s abominable American tripe.

Get a live jazz band, it’ll save you the misfortune of mainstream music and lend an air of sophistication, hopefully enough to offset the bad lighting and crappy catering.

Truthiness Truthiness 3:38 pm 05 Sep 12

Golden-Alpine said :

mouldy said :

It astounds me that in this day and age these sorts of businesses can make money. I was groomsman at a few weddings where the DJ was given a set list of songs to work with, and he played about 10% of them. The rest was whatever it was he wanted to listen to. All you need is a computer with i-tunes and some good speakers and you have yourself your own playlist that you have 100% control of (and for a fraction of the cost!).

Probably because that is illegal as your music you have bought or downloaded don’t have the appropriate licence for playing in public. Venues in Canberra should not allow this to happen.

+1 3D Entertainment.

More copyright nonsense from an industry of dinosaurs, if a venue I’d hired told me to turn off my music on licensing grounds, I’d leave on the spot and never come back.

Yet another reason to just have the reception at a nice house, no hire fee, no insurance, no “dj”, no corporate music police.

Henry82 Henry82 3:35 pm 05 Sep 12

Truthiness said :

Given how most wedding music ends up being chart trash direct from the propaganda industry anyway,

maybe that’s because people request those songs? or they don’t give enough instruction to the DJ?

Truthiness Truthiness 3:08 pm 05 Sep 12

Given how most wedding music ends up being chart trash direct from the propaganda industry anyway, you may as well just leave a radio playing “hit songs and dedications”.

Golden-Alpine Golden-Alpine 2:38 pm 05 Sep 12

mouldy said :

It astounds me that in this day and age these sorts of businesses can make money. I was groomsman at a few weddings where the DJ was given a set list of songs to work with, and he played about 10% of them. The rest was whatever it was he wanted to listen to. All you need is a computer with i-tunes and some good speakers and you have yourself your own playlist that you have 100% control of (and for a fraction of the cost!).

Probably because that is illegal as your music you have bought or downloaded don’t have the appropriate licence for playing in public. Venues in Canberra should not allow this to happen.

+1 3D Entertainment.

Truthiness Truthiness 2:34 pm 05 Sep 12

Heh, its funny how terms evolve, I tend to think of DJ’s as musical artists in their own right. I guess most people don’t want real musicians, just a nameless schmuck to stand near the laptop and make sure it doesn’t stray from the “hot hits of the eighties”. What you’re looking for sounds like Karaoke.

tranvo tranvo 12:15 pm 05 Sep 12

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