How Much Does A DJ Event Cost?
Unless you are a fully operational nightclub, the question of how much a DJ costs will probably leave you scratching your head. Even if you are a club owner, you might be confused by the drastic changes in quotes between DJs. That £25 DJ might have had you dancing around your office, even if your dancefloor was empty, but that £25,000 quote might have had you going from scratching your head to scratching your own records.
There must be a reason why DJ fees can vary so much?
Let us help iron out some of the details so you understand the noise behind the costs of a DJ, and even help aspiring DJs know how to market and conduct themselves in the future. Here are 6 of the most influential factors behind a DJ’s pricing:
A Dj might be able to spin records, but they certainly can’t spin the laws of physics. Traveling takes time and money. While a lot of DJs expect to go a little out their way to get booked on some occasions, if you are requesting a DJ to travel to your venue and therefore spend money on fuel, public transport, parking and even accommodation, you should be prepared to pay these additional costs. On some occasions, travel costs may come under expenses in the client’s final invoice and for that reason, these details should be negotiated beforehand to avoid shock bills.
Sme DJs and their management may have minimum fees in place which usually does not reflect their skill level, but rather their personal narcissism or greed. You know something does not add up if your entry level DJ has a £1000 ‘’call out charge”. Unfortunately, this also occurs in the celebrity world where famous people who have never DJ’ed since their drunken 30th birthday cocktail party then go on to charge venues colossal fees to simply stand behind some decks and ‘’DJ’’ for 30 minutes.
A shock to many of you, but a DJ does not come complete with a full sound system and lighting. These are additional costs that the DJ or their management may add to the overall costs. Hiring such equipment is not cheap but the costs may vary as much a as the costs of a DJ do.
Just like you get paid in time at most other jobs i.e. hourly rates, the same applies to DJing. The length of time behind the decks will determine the overall cost of the DJ. Most sets will last anywhere in the region from 1 to 3 hours, and any time after that will be charged at an increased rate – a sort of overtime if you wish. It is essential that you iron out the DJ’s set length before you make a payment.
This may appear to be the most glaringly obvious reasons, but sometimes it can be overlooked when booking DJs without celebrity status.
Naturally, booking one of the most prestigious and popular DJs in the world is going to set you back quite a bit, and I’m sure the organisers of Tomorrowland and other world-renowned festivals have banks sweating over moving large sums of money. Yet, the popularity of a DJ without some type of online fame often goes unconsidered by those seeking a good DJ for their events.
Aspiring DJs take note! It is not uncommon for companies to stump up extra cash for a DJ with a big social media following and hype around them, while rejecting negotiations with a very good DJ with plenty of experience but no “popularity points”. In fact, companies have been known to pay popular DJs double what their more experienced, but lesser popular, counterparts are paid.
When looking for a DJ, it is not unexpected that you want to be in contact with them to discuss your preferences and any special requests and information you would like to share with them. A full service on the DJ’s part is not just about performing a great set. It is about conducting yourself professionally and liaising with clients – or getting your agent to. We recommend avoiding DJs who are reluctant to listen to your wishes or gives the impression that they only care about the pay cheque at the end of the evening. DJs who do offer a full service usually cost more because they offer a better service; this is something that should not be sniffed at.
Whatever your budget, we are sure there is the right DJ out there for your event. Please remember to consider the above points when breaking down your DJ’s quote, to make sure you pick wisely!