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

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

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.

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!”

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.”

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.

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.”

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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arb arb 12:11 pm 03 Jul 11

We used Dean from ACT Selectsounds for our wedding in 2010. He met all of the requirements you’ve listed above and cost around $600 from memory.

Swaggie Swaggie 12:16 pm 03 Jul 11

I can recommend 3D Entertainment and ACT Selectsound, both good and both around $600 from memory depending how long you need them for
http://www.3dentertainment.com.au
and
http://www.actselectsounds.com.au/

burkes08 burkes08 12:33 pm 03 Jul 11

Stan from 3D entertainment is great!!!

Wouldn’t recommend MobyDisc

flashy400 flashy400 1:43 pm 03 Jul 11

I have been working as a DJ in Canberra (including many weddings and functions) for a number of years and could meet all of your requirements above. Happy to arrange a competitive quote for you as well.
Check out http://www.creativesoundconcepts.com.au/dj if you want more information.
Good luck with the planning!

Henry82 Henry82 3:05 pm 03 Jul 11

I’ve had good experiences with mobydisc (x2). You can build a playlist on their website (new) or print off the songlist, and highlight the songs you like and bring it in on the day. Even with absolutely no guidance they were able to pick songs that people liked. This wasnt a wedding though, so you might want to read their songs list. You get what you pay for, they’re not going to ‘mix’ the songs per say.

mouldy mouldy 5:29 pm 03 Jul 11

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!).

laura_2716 laura_2716 7:32 pm 03 Jul 11

Henry82 said :

You get what you pay for, they’re not going to ‘mix’ the songs per say.

What did they do instead of ‘mixing’ the songs? Just played one after the other?

We found Dean from Select Sounds and 3D entertertainment to both be a bit pricey (we are spending wayyyy too much money on this wedding already). At this stage we are tossing up between Moby Disc and DJ 4 U, can anyone give us more information about hiring a DJ from these companies?
Also, have emailed creative sound concepts for a quote.

Henry82 Henry82 8:04 pm 03 Jul 11

laura_2716 said :

What did they do instead of ‘mixing’ the songs? Just played one after the other? At this stage we are tossing up between Moby Disc and DJ 4 U, can anyone give us more information about hiring a DJ from these companies?

Yeah, they just queue them up after one another. from memory they rocked up about half an hour before and had it all ready to go in a self contained unit. They come with two speakers on stands, and from memory there was a light bar. The guy was polite, we showed him where the toilet was at the start, and that was it. He played when required, took a break during the meal, and had an external mic for speeches. They also have 2 folders with the song lists, and a note paper/pen for requests.

They charge extra for the karaoke function which kinda turned out not to be as entertaining as planned. Mainly because everyone was trashed by that time (and didnt like anyone elses song choice), and the lyrics were on the one screen (not ‘in front’). But i doubt you’d use that in a wedding.

Its been 2-3 years since i used their services, so you might want to double check what i’ve said.

capn_pugwash capn_pugwash 8:30 am 04 Jul 11

another vote for Stan from 3D entertainment – he knows what to play and when to play it & when to get on the mike and when not to. He DJed our wedding and everyone had a great time. Other DJs we’ve seen at weddings make it all about them whereas Stan sets it all up and keeps it going without being too much center of the spotlight.

Mothy Mothy 9:25 am 04 Jul 11

I can’t sing the praises of Vinn from Ardanien Entertainment enough.

My Wife and I were very happy with his handling of our wedding back in 2009, with a couple of good meetings beforehand to knock out a playlist (or really, a list of stuff we wanted to say “Don’t play this one, EVER”). He was a pleasure to work with and a great guy to boot.

Can’t remember the price at the moment, sorry.

Kate Kate 12:35 pm 04 Jul 11

If you want a DJ who will play your song selections and stick to the running order of your reception then DO NOT go with Ardanien Entertainment. They turned our reception into a comdey of errors, which I can laugh at now, but it was not very funny on the night. We got sucked in by their offer of a free video of the reception, only to discover after the event that they don’t have the rights to reproduce the music on the video… So we have a 5 hour silent movie of our reception! Don’t waste your money on a DJ who will only disappoint you and ruin your wedding, put your favorite music on an iPod instead!

tranvo tranvo 12:15 pm 05 Sep 12
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.

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 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”.

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 3:38 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.

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.

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.

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