12 Good Reasons to Hire a DJ
Instead of a Band
- DJ's are much less expensive.
A reputable band that regularly plays receptions could easily cost $2500 and up,
while the starting price for a quality DJ is $600 and up. You can always find
lower-priced or higher-priced DJs.
- DJs don't take breaks. You
will always have music during your reception or party.
- If a particular band doesn't
have a female singer or brass, or other prominent sounds, look at all the songs
they can't perform properly.
- DJs act as the
Master of Ceremonies and will usually set the pace of your event, coordinating with the caterer, photographer, hall, and
videographer, to make you event run
smoothly. Bands just usually show up and play.
- DJs take up less space,
allowing more room for dancing, etc.
- DJs have unlimited music
variety available to be played… from big band to Jazz, ethnic to current
music. If it's been recorded, a DJ can play it. The Sound Guy brings over
65,000 songs to choose from, yet if a band knows 300 songs, that's considered amazing!
- Can the band re-create the
sound exactly like the actual artist (for example, Harry Connick's Jazz Band)?
With a DJ, you always get the original version, and DJs can often offer a
variety of versions to suit your taste.
- The #1 complaint about bands
is controlling music volume. DJs can easily control volume.
- A DJ has the capability of
playing a current song the day it comes out, while the band has to practice it
for weeks before they can perform it..
- If one of the band members
gets sick, the band will sound very different from what you expected…
particularly if the lead singer is absent. Reliability is much higher using a
DJ, for even a cold and sore throat won't affect the sound of the music… and…
The Sound Guy maintains memberships in DJ associations and can call on
another well-trained DJ as a back-up.
- It is customary to offer a meal to the entertainer. With a band, there are at least 4 or more
members, and at the high cost of meals, this could easily add another $200 to
- From the time you hire a band
to the date of your event, there may have been a few personnel changes. A
different lead singer or guitarist can dramatically change the sound of your
band. You could wind up with an entirely different band on your wedding day, and
they wouldn't even have to tell you!