Dj Pedro Acevedo (Dj Pace)



Mobile DJ

The Mobile DJ is in a very different situation from the Club DJ.  The Mobile DJ has the responsibility for purchasing or providing every piece of Sound Equipment needed to make amplified music happen at your event.  The type, quality, and dependability of the Sound Equipment can vary greatly from the Novice DJ to the Professional DJ and this difference can make or break your event very easily.  The mobile DJ dedicates many more hours of work for an event than what the person hiring the DJ usually understands. Here is an example of the time spent by a Mobile DJ that needs to be understood by both the Client and the DJ:



As you can see, what the Client sees as only a three hour gig, can actually be a full 8 hour day for the DJ.


As stated earlier, the type, quality, and dependability of the Sound Equipment can vary greatly from the Novice DJ to the Professional DJ.  The Professional DJ is more likely to have invested in quality equipment that has a reputation for being dependable.  After all, a Mobile DJ is only as dependable as his equipment. The Professional DJ is also more likely to have extra or backup equipment even in the event that any equipment fails.  The Professional DJ will understand how to size the amount of sound reinforcement needed to fit the room that your event is held in. The Pro will also know the best way to set up the equipment to not only be efficient, but to look tasteful and not interfere with the flow of your event.  The amount of money invested in a DJ’s equipment can translate directly to the fees that he may charge a Client. Quality costs the DJ; and in turn Quality costs the Client.  Here is an average example of a Novice DJs equipment list versus a Professional DJs equipment list:


**Prices derived from Guitar Center prices April 2011**

In addition to the equipment listed here, many Professional DJs also carry liability insurance, lighting and effects; all of which may contribute to the fees that the DJ charges.

Finally, here are some reasons why a DJ may cost you more depending on his Professionalism.

A Professional DJ:

  • WORKS UNDER CONTRACT! To protect You, the DJ, Your Guest, and Your Event.
  • Can easily provide a clean music selection if required
  • Has experience playing to diverse groups of people (tastes, culture, and age)
  • Understands that the “look” of their equipment effects the look of your event
  • Has invested considerable time and money in their equipment
  • Can adjust the music by the moment to fit your event (referred to as “reading the crowd”)


In the end, the practice of DJ service, be it Professional or Novice, still follows the rule of “You get what you pay for”.  If a DJ has an incredibly low price, there is probably a reason for it.  The Professional Mobile DJ that quotes a price is not quoting for the 3-4 hours of your event; they are quoting for the job at hand. The Club DJ knows his worth in the market and may charge you more or less accordingly for a reason.  Contracts are to protect your event and your money.  If the DJ does not provide one, create one or proceed with caution understand that you are dealing with a Novice. Not taking all of the things in this article seriously could end up having your kids or Grandma cursed out by offensive music, the sound stopping during your wedding, your guest disappointed because none of their favorite songs got played, or worse, no DJ showing up at all.

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