Let's face it, music can make or break any event. It's the life force, the energy, the pulse of your event. Your performer, whither be a band or a DJ is a VERY important factor of your event. Music set's the mood, and the tone of your event. So, choosing the right entertainment for you is indeed the most crucial aspect of your event. So do your research, and literally interview each performer to ensure their personality won't clash with yours.
How to choose what is right for you. Band or DJ?
There is never a truly correct answer on what is right for you. It is more on what YOU like. You need to know the difference of hiring a DJ or a band. Things to consider is space, style, experience and expertise. So what is the difference?
Typically a DJ is in most cases more flexible than a band when it comes to music selection. A band usually will cost more because there are more people involved. Now, that being said, in some cases the same is true with DJ's depending on their skill or entertainment. In some cases you end up just paying for an over inflated ego but we will just stick to the facts and touch base on ego's in a different article.
With Band's, there are several musicians which in return can cost a bit more than an actual DJ. Now, in many cases, having a band to set the mood is great and let's face it. Live music has a unique and unparalleled sound and feel and if the band is energetic and interactive, your guest will have the time of their life. The down side, is that the band may only know a handful of songs and would be limited to requests. Usually they have a "set" play lists which they practice together over and over again. However, that doesn't make the night any less of a value, but just limited on what can play. If you have a band that plays mostly 80's cover songs, then it may be a bit difficult for them to play something in the top 40 lists because they simply may not know it. The skill for multiple individuals playing different instruments to make the whole of the band requires a lot of practice. So, when you choose a band, make sure you have heard of them or read reviews.
DJ's are also in a league of their own now. The skill of mixing, scratching, beat and key matching is now a art and skill more than just selecting songs and pushing play. There is also the ability to host the event to ensure the flow of the night works in your favor. Now days, a DJ is more than a over expensive i pod. They can do so much more to make your night flawless. Music selection is more variable compared to bands. Many DJ's have on hand (at least they should) have a minimum of 50,000 song selections with a wide variety of different genre's. Also, if space is an issue, a DJ would be friendlier to the venue space requirements vs a band. In most cases a DJ only needs about a 10-12 foot x 8 foot area to set up their audio and lighting system. A Band on the other hand would need MUCH more space and even possibly require an actual stage. Now for the ugly truth about DJ's. Being a DJ myself, it pains me to say this, but it is true. There are individuals out there who simply think that being a DJ means to just be playing the music. They are usually younger DJ's who are out there for the mere fact of being a DJ. When they perform at a wedding, they see it more as a "frat" party vs a actual wedding. Songs that are inappropriate for family events are played, and may possibly say a few ill taste things on the microphone. All in all though, no one is in business to make your wedding a disaster. Every person that DJ's weddings have the true intentions of making your night one to remember. Its if they truly have the experience or even the know how to do just that. Make sure you look at reviews of the DJ. Many DJ's have a review system that they cannot alter. We have one on our website, and we also have reviews on wedding wire, social media and also other wedding related websites. Also, meet with the DJ in person. Not just the manager or booking manager. Also, know who your going to have. In many cases, there are companies that use a multitude of Sub-Contractors. Now, i'm not saying that sub contractors are bad, but it causes the company to have less control of the quality of equipment and performance style and there is usually no training when training is needed.
These are just some of a few examples of differences between DJ's and Bands. I hope this has been helpful for you to decide what is best for you and your event.
As always, if you have any questions about how to make your event a success, please feel free to call us at 605-338-2761 or just visit our website at www.siouxfallsdjsquad.com