What Questions Should I Ask When Choosing a San Diego DJ for My Event?


  1. Do you have a written contract?

Yes.  A written, legal contract is one of the first indicators of whether a DJ is professional and reliable. A written contract establishes DJWestCoast.com’s obligation to you and outlines what is required for your event’s success. It outlines his requirements, setup standards and other factors related to his performance. A written contract is absolutely essential in our opinion as it serves a binding agreement to protect both parties.

  1. Who will be the DJ at our event?

It is vital to interview, in person, the specific DJ that you will be working with and decide if they are the right DJ for your event.  Your DJ’s name is specified on your contract – it is our guarantee of their services at your wedding.

  1. May we meet with you in person before we sign a contract?

Our San Diego based DJ’s conduct free in person consultations with prospective clients within a 50 mile radius.
1) You are worth the time, 2) We want you to feel comfortable with every step of the process.

  1. How long will you hold our date for us?

We offer a 72 hour courtesy hold on event bookings without a deposit. Our clients appreciate this benefit which allows the time needed to make an informed decision and feel completely comfortable. To secure your DJ Entertainment, a deposit equal to 50% of the total event fee is required in advance.

  1. How much experience do you have and how many events have you performed at?

The San Diego DJ’s of DJWestCoast.com have over 20 years of experience in entertaining for events large and small, so your wedding or event won’t be our first. The number of years someone has been a DJ will give you some indication of their experience level. Also feel free to ask about our DJ’s training and background.

  1. Do you act as the “MC” and make all of the announcements?

If desired, our professional DJ’s are comfortable with making announcements and serving as the MC for the wedding, it is a standard part of the job. You always reserve the right to provide your own MC if preferred.

  1. How would you define your “style” when making announcements?

MC announcements will be rehearsed and vary according to the style, theme and energy of your event so that they only add to the ambiance of your event.

  1. What do you do to motivate the crowd to dance?

Keeping the dance floor full is what we do best! We “energize” your guests and motivate them to dance. We use careful song selection to ensure dance floor success.

  1. Will we communicate again before the event?

Our DJ’s and certified event planners will meet with you and confirm all details before your event. We understand things can change and we want you to feel comfortable contacting your event planner and DJ at any time.

  1. How do you keep your music collection up-to-date?

We have our own library containing thousands of songs from a diverse collection of genres. Additionally, we subscribe to several major music update services in order to keep our collections up-to-date.

  1. 11. How involved can we be in selecting music for our event?

We are here to play the music that will make your event a sure success. That means we’ll play music that will appeal to you, and your guests. We’ll also exclude the songs that you don’t want played. All songs are carefully pre-screened to provide maximum variety including R&B, Party Rock, Pop, Country, 80’s, 90’s and Today’s Club and Dance Hits for all ages! However, our San Diego DJ’s will also do what they do best with music and extended mixes.

  1. When do we need to submit our music requests and event details?

You will be given ample time to make decisions regarding your music choices and event timeline, your DJ will require this information far enough in advance to adequately prepare for your event. 2-4 weeks before your event allows enough time to build your playlist. In addition, we are always willing to accommodate changes or additions whenever possible, rather than locking you into a song or refusing to alter the order of events.

  1. Do you take requests from guests?

To maintain the playlist and entertainment program that you have selected, we limit the number of requests taken. This also helps to prevent any of the songs on your “do not play” list from being included during the performance as well as songs that contain any offensive content.  

  1. Can we submit a “Do Not Play” list?

Absolutely! In fact we encourage you to submit a “Do Not Play” list. It will give us a clear idea of your limits and your expectations for their song selection at your wedding or event.

  1. When do you arrive to set up for our event?

Our policy is to arrive at least an hour and a half to two hours before our scheduled start time for equipment setup and sound checks.

  1. What will you wear to our event?

We are professionals and maintain a professional look. We dress to fit in with your event – this can vary from, formal for a wedding or V.I.P.to a more casual look for a backyard karaoke party.

  1. How much of a deposit is required to secure our date?

Almost every DJ will require some sort of deposit or retainer in order to secure your date. This is for their protection and yours. Our standard deposit is 50% in advance to secure your event’s entertainment. The contract will stipulate the specific details and is clearly explained up front.

  1. What is included in the cost of my event?

DJWestCoast.com has a pricelist for services a la carte, and a flat-rate pricing system with all-inclusive packages. All costs are written into the contract so that there are no surprises.

  1. How much would you charge for overtime?

We are very flexible and if desired you may extend any entertainment package for the fee of $100.00 per additional hour.

  1. What do you require from us?

We require shelter, safe access to electricity. We bring our own table for equipment. We will also need a layout of the site so we can plan ahead and maximize the sound and any desired lighting and effects for your event.

  1. Are you insured?


  1. Do you take any breaks?

The professional DJ’s of DJWestCoast.com will keep your music going throughout your event without any dead-air time. Breaks and intermissions can be scheduled in advance, but the music and variety will never stop unless you want it to!

  1. What kind of equipment do you use?

DJWestCoast.com DJ’s use the latest, professional sound equipment to ensure clean and powerful sound for your event.

  1. Do you bring backup equipment with you to the event?

Yes! All shows include the use of redundant, backup systems to make sure that your entertainment is non-stop!

  1. Do you use wireless microphones?

All shows have a minimum of 2 wired, and 2 wireless mics.

  1. Do you have lighting packages”?

Our certified event planners can help you to select an affordable lighting package.

Tina C.
Certified Event Planner

Author: djwestcoast

DJWestCoast.com offers professional DJ and MC Entertainment Services for Corporate, Public and Private Parties, Weddings, Anniversaries, School and Charity Events. Call 858-480-7388 and visit us at www.djwestcoast.com to book your DJ Entertainment now!

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