Are you planning an event and in need of a DJ? Make sure you don’t fall for these 10 red flags! Being a professional DJ is not something any Tom, Dick, or Harry can do. There is a lot of work that goes into DJing an event – from planning the setlist to reading the crowd. If you want your party to be a hit, you need to make sure you hire a DJ who knows what they’re doing! So, if you want to avoid a DJ disaster, make sure to keep an eye out for these DJ red flags from the Ultimate Entertaining team.

No Website or Online Presence

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In today’s day and age, if a DJ doesn’t have an online presence, it’s a major red flag. A professional DJ should have a website that showcases their past work and client testimonials. This is an industry where word-of-mouth is everything, so if a DJ doesn’t have any online reviews or a portfolio of their work, it’s best to steer clear.

Lack of Experience

When shopping DJs, ask how long they have been DJing. While there is no magic number, you generally want to avoid DJs who are just starting out. A DJ with a few years under their belt will have a better understanding of how to read a crowd and keep the party going all night long!

Weekend Availability to Talk

This is an often overlooked red flag. A quality DJ should be booked solid on weekends. If they have availability to meet with you during the day on a Saturday, that’s a major warning sign. DJing is a nightlife business and the best DJs are usually working nights and weekends.

Major Discounts

We all want a great price for our products and services, but if a DJ quote seems too good to be true … it probably is! DJing is a skilled trade and quality DJ services should be priced accordingly. If you’re getting quotes that are way below the average, be wary.

Outdated Equipment

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Another red flag to look out for is outdated equipment. A DJ who is using ancient CD players or turntables from the 90s is not someone you want spinning at your event! Make sure to ask about the DJ’s equipment before hiring them. A professional DJ will stay up to date with the latest technology and have quality, modern equipment.

Appropriate Attire

Do you want a DJ that shows up to your wedding or special occasion in a t-shirt and jeans? We didn’t think so! When meeting with potential DJs, pay attention to their appearance. Check out their pictures from past events too. A DJ should be well-groomed and wear appropriate attire to your event.

No Contract


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When hiring a DJ, you should always sign a contract. This protects both the DJ and the client in case of any unforeseen circumstances. If a DJ hasn’t taken the time to prepare a contract, then that is a major red flag on their professionalism.

Poor Communication Skills

A DJ should be able to communicate well with their clients. If you’re having trouble getting in touch with your DJ or they’re not responding to your emails/calls in a timely manner, that’s definitely a red flag. Poor communication skills are a recipe for disaster when planning an event!

Lack of Preparation

When meeting with potential DJs, pay attention to how prepared they are. A professional DJ will come to the meeting armed with questions about your event and ideas for music and setlists. If the DJ seems unprepared or disinterested, it’s best to move on.

Not Insured

Did you know that event DJs have to be insured in Pennsylvania? It’s true! If your DJ is not insured, you could be held liable for any damages that occur during their performance. Make sure to ask about insurance before hiring a DJ for your event.

Want to Avoid Red Flags? Work With the Professional DJs at Ultimate Entertaining!

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At Ultimate Entertaining, we are proud to say that we do not have any of these DJ red flags. We have a team of professional DJs who are passionate about their work and dedicated to providing top-notch service. We always put our clients first and make sure to communicate effectively throughout the planning process. Plus, all of our DJs are insured and come prepared with music ideas tailored specifically for your event!

If you’re looking for a DJ in Pennsylvania, look no further than Ultimate Entertaining! Call us today at 724-789-9121 or contact us online to get started planning your event!