collage of best traits to look for in a Perth DJ for hire

DJ Hire A To Z Guide

Perth DJ Hire | A-Z Guide

Western Sounds has over 50 Perth DJ's in our stable and close to a decade in providing awesome talent for events just like the one you are organising. Experience tells us that the success of the event you are organising will rely heavily on the skills, capability and character traits of the DJ you hire.

The truth is, a professional DJ doesn't simply bowl up, play music and jiggle around a bit. He or she will be responsible for creating the overall atmosphere and 'holding it'. In the industry, we like to say a good DJ knows how to take a cold room and turn it into a party!

The following A to Z guide is a fun list of what traits to look for in a DJ for hire; much of which we base our decisions upon, when interviewing a potential Western Sounds DJ. We're sure you'll get some great insight into what makes a great Perth DJ for hire.

Traits To Look For

An illustration depicting that a good dj for hire is consistent

Perth DJ For Hire | Traits To Look For

Attitude

While this could seem a no-brainer, it’s really important your Perth DJ For Hire has a ‘can-do’ attitude. There are many things that can go wrong in the lead up to and during the event. You’ll want someone who is cool-headed, positive and willing to turn things around at short notice, without it becoming a problem.

Bold

The great Mobile DJ has confidence in their own ability to make musical choices that take the dance floor on a musical journey. Simply playing music off a list, track after track will ‘get the job done’ but will it delight, inspire and make for amazing moments?

Consistent

The great Mobile DJ has confidence in their own ability to make musical choices that take the dance floor on a musical journey. Simply playing music off a list, track after track will ‘get the job done’ but will it delight, inspire and make for amazing moments?

An illustration depicting that a good dj for hire is  groovy

Dedicated & Diligent

Any DJ who is a good corporate entertainer, excellent Wedding DJ or all round Party DJ for hire will have practised for literally thousands of hours. Additionally, you can guarantee, the ones that keep getting booked have a deep love for their art that shows in their meticulous preparation.

Enthusiastic

Ever been to an event where the Party DJ spent most of the night scrolling through his mobile and generally seemed non – plussed to be there? Look, you are spending good money on hiring a function DJ – why not hire one that is on the ball and eager?

Friendly & Approachable

Who wants to deal with a DJ that has an over-inflated ego or appears aloof? Wouldn’t you rather a DJ that is helpful, warm and welcoming towards all the guests at your event?

Groovy

The author of this A-Z list thought this was the most important thing to look for in a Perth DJ For Hire. All jokes aside, who doesn’t want their wedding DJ to be ‘hip and cool’?

An illustration depicting that a good party DJ for hire is intuitive

Happy

Because people feed off the DJ and his emotions, it’s really important that your DJ is genuinely happy to be there!

Intuitive

When a Corporate DJ For Hire is entertaining a crowd that could be as diverse those attending an 18th through to a 60th birthday party, corporate function or even a high-class wedding; a perceptive and experienced DJ will ‘just know’ the right song to play and when.

Or, maybe it’s a little magic at work?

Jammin

We’re jammin’, we’re jammin’, we’re jammin’, we’re jammin’,
We’re jammin’, we’re jammin’, we’re jammin’, we’re jammin’;
Hope you like jammin’, too.

Knowledgable

Despite many arguments in the office, this important Disc Jockey trait does not, in fact, start with the letter ‘N’…

Moving on, your DJ needs to know his music collection like the back of his or her hand, along with the playlist of the event and a wide range of musical styles that will get any crowd cutting up a rug!

An illustration depicting that a good wedding dj for hire is neat

Lighting

What’s a dance floor without an inviting light show? Of course, the music is very important, but whether it be a simple LED rig or an all-out laser extravaganza, the right DJ will suggest the most appropriate lighting pack, along with how to set up safely and operate seamlessly.

Manners

The way a DJ treats people will have a direct impact on the overall mood and success of the event

A pro DJ will behave in a way that has everybody feel warm, welcome and validated.

The right Perth DJ For Hire will even impress your Grandma with how sweet he or she is!

Neat

Any event, whether it be a wedding, corporate function or party; the right DJ will be neat, tidy and well presented. This extends beyond just his or her personal presentation and needs to include all those unsightly audio and lighting cables!

An illustration depicting that a good perth dj for hire is open minded

Open-Minded

It is inevitable that someone will come up to the DJ during an event and request a song. While some songs requested will be completely inappropriate for the setting, the right DJ for your event will be open-minded enough to at least consider the merit of the request vs. being an off the cuff ‘no’.

In other words, a DJ should always be open-minded and accept requests, but still reserve the right to play it, based on a positive result for the majority of the crowd.

Punctual & Well Prepared

Bowling up to a gig and setting up with a few minutes to spare may be ‘on time’; but is it well prepared? The right DJ will always allow for breakdowns, with ample time to let the host know they have arrived with plenty of ability to make sure everything is working as intended.

Quick

The right DJ will be quick to solve problems as they arise, before during and after the event.

A great DJ will be so quick; the problems are solved before they even happen!

An illustration depicting that a good dj hire service is reliable

Reliable

Life happens.

Things come up, flat tyres and breakdowns will occur.

The question is: can you trust that your DJ will show up, well prepared and perform as expected at your important event – every-time and on-time?

Or, in the absolute worst-case scenario… Is there a sound backup plan in place, to make sure the event goes as intended?

Sober & Sociable

While many DJ’s will limit their drinking to one or two during an event, there are just as many who don’t drink at all. Either way, the right DJ will remain a sober and responsible professional at your important event; all the while being at ease, friendly and outgoing.

An illustration depicting that a thought full DJ is best to hire

Thoughtful

The right Dj for your event be always thinking about not just the next song, but the next three or four songs to play so as to create the right mood, ambience and excitement.

Additionally, the right DJ will be thinking about the overall ‘sequence’ of the event. What time will Entree’s, Mains and Desert be served? When will the speeches or presentations be undertaken? What time is the dancing scheduled to begin? When is the wrap and final song?

All these things will usually be dependent on a tight 4 – 6-hour schedule that must run like clockwork. More often than not, your DJ will be the driver of the night, co-ordinating with your function manager and must be thinking well ahead of the game.

Unflappable

Crazy things happen at parties. People get a little loose and can be demanding, especially after the 4th or 5th glass of bubbly.

The right Perth DJ For Hire will be composed, calm and able to keep the vibe alive, even in the most challenging of circumstances.

His or Her aim will always be to have each and every guest feel really glad they attended your event!

Vogish

The letter V was a challenge for this A to Z guide on picking the right DJ for your event. However, who doesn’t want a DJ that is stylish, elegant and someone even Madonna would sing about?

An illustration depicting another good trait for a DJ to have

Wizard-Like

It takes talent to engage and excite a room full of seated people enough to get them up and boogying the night away. Sure, there’s always going to be that ‘guy’ who’ll get up and dance to just about anything; but what about those who may be a little nervous, shy or not so enthusiastic? Sometimes a little ‘wizardry’ goes a long way!

Xenodochial

It’s worth looking the word up in the dictionary!

Yeasty

No. It's not a spelling error...

The term is really appropriate for what you are looking for in the right Mobile DJ; youthful, exuberant and full of vitality!

Zany

Depending on your event, your style and what you want to achieve, perhaps the right Disc Jockey for you is a little wacky?

Maybe you’d be better matched with a Perth DJ for hire that is zestful, zealous or even zippy?

Either way, the right DJ for you is the one that is able, willing and experienced enough to have your event totally amazing!

Traits To Look For

Wilhelm Gause Hofball in Wien 1900's

Perth DJ For Hire | Traits To Look For

Atitude

While this could seem a no-brainer, it’s really important your Perth DJ For Hire has a ‘can-do’ attitude. There are many things that can go wrong in the lead up to and during the event. You’ll want someone who is cool-headed, positive and willing to turn things around at short notice, without it becoming a problem.

Bold

The great Mobile DJ has confidence in their own ability to make musical choices that take the dance floor on a musical journey. Simply playing music off a list, track after track will ‘get the job done’ but will it delight, inspire and make for amazing moments?

Consistent

The great Mobile DJ has confidence in their own ability to make musical choices that take the dance floor on a musical journey. Simply playing music off a list, track after track will ‘get the job done’ but will it delight, inspire and make for amazing moments?

Wilhelm Gause Hofball in Wien 1900's

Dedicated & Diligent

Any DJ who is a good corporate entertainer, excellent Wedding DJ or all round Party DJ for hire will have practised for literally thousands of hours. Additionally, you can guarantee, the ones that keep getting booked have a deep love for their art that shows in their meticulous preparation.

Enthusiastic

Ever been to an event where the Party DJ spent most of the night scrolling through his mobile and generally seemed non – plussed to be there? Look, you are spending good money on hiring a function DJ – why not hire one that is on the ball and eager?

Friendly & Approachable

Who wants to deal with a DJ that has an over-inflated ego or appears aloof? Wouldn’t you rather a DJ that is helpful, warm and welcoming towards all the guests at your event?

Groovy

The author of this A-Z list thought this was the most important thing to look for in a Perth DJ For Hire. All jokes aside, who doesn’t want their wedding DJ to be ‘hip and cool’?

Wilhelm Gause Hofball in Wien 1900's

Happy

Because people feed off the DJ and his emotions, it’s really important that your DJ is genuinely happy to be there!

Intuitive

When a Corporate DJ For Hire is entertaining a crowd that could be as diverse those attending an 18th through to a 60th birthday party, corporate function or even a high-class wedding; a perceptive and experienced DJ will ‘just know’ the right song to play and when.

Or, maybe it’s a little magic at work?

Jammin

We’re jammin’, we’re jammin’, we’re jammin’, we’re jammin’,
We’re jammin’, we’re jammin’, we’re jammin’, we’re jammin’;
Hope you like jammin’, too.

Knowledgable

Despite many arguments in the office, this important Disc Jockey trait does not, in fact, start with the letter ‘N’…

Moving on, your DJ needs to know his music collection like the back of his or her hand, along with the playlist of the event and a wide range of musical styles that will get any crowd cutting up a rug!

Wilhelm Gause Hofball in Wien 1900's

Lighting

What’s a dance floor without an inviting light show? Of course, the music is very important, but whether it be a simple LED rig or an all-out laser extravaganza, the right DJ will suggest the most appropriate lighting pack, along with how to set up safely and operate seamlessly.

Manners

The way a DJ treats people will have a direct impact on the overall mood and success of the event

A pro DJ will behave in a way that has everybody feel warm, welcome and validated.

The right Perth DJ For Hire will even impress your Grandma with how sweet he or she is!

Neat

Any event, whether it be a wedding, corporate function or party; the right DJ will be neat, tidy and well presented. This extends beyond just his or her personal presentation and needs to include all those unsightly audio and lighting cables!

Wilhelm Gause Hofball in Wien 1900's

Open-Minded

It is inevitable that someone will come up to the DJ during an event and request a song. While some songs requested will be completely inappropriate for the setting, the right DJ for your event will be open-minded enough to at least consider the merit of the request vs. being an off the cuff ‘no’.

In other words, a DJ should always be open-minded and accept requests, but still reserve the right to play it, based on a positive result for the majority of the crowd.

Punctual & Well Prepared

Bowling up to a gig and setting up with a few minutes to spare may be ‘on time’; but is it well prepared? The right DJ will always allow for breakdowns, with ample time to let the host know they have arrived with plenty of ability to make sure everything is working as intended.

Quick

The right DJ will be quick to solve problems as they arise, before during and after the event.

A great DJ will be so quick; the problems are solved before they even happen!

Wilhelm Gause Hofball in Wien 1900's

Reliable

Life happens.

Things come up, flat tyres and breakdowns will occur.

The question is: can you trust that your DJ will show up, well prepared and perform as expected at your important event – every-time and on-time?

Or, in the absolute worst-case scenario… Is there a sound backup plan in place, to make sure the event goes as intended?

Sober & Sociable

While many DJ’s will limit their drinking to one or two during an event, there are just as many who don’t drink at all. Either way, the right DJ will remain a sober and responsible professional at your important event; all the while being at ease, friendly and outgoing.

Wilhelm Gause Hofball in Wien 1900's

Thoughtful

The right Dj for your event be always thinking about not just the next song, but the next three or four songs to play so as to create the right mood, ambience and excitement.

Additionally, the right DJ will be thinking about the overall ‘sequence’ of the event. What time will Entree’s, Mains and Desert be served? When will the speeches or presentations be undertaken? What time is the dancing scheduled to begin? When is the wrap and final song?

All these things will usually be dependent on a tight 4 – 6-hour schedule that must run like clockwork. More often than not, your DJ will be the driver of the night, co-ordinating with your function manager and must be thinking well ahead of the game.

Unflappable

Crazy things happen at parties. People get a little loose and can be demanding, especially after the 4th or 5th glass of bubbly.

The right Perth DJ For Hire will be composed, calm and able to keep the vibe alive, even in the most challenging of circumstances.

His or Her aim will always be to have each and every guest feel really glad they attended your event!

Vogish

The letter V was a challenge for this A to Z guide on picking the right DJ for your event. However, who doesn’t want a DJ that is stylish, elegant and someone even Madonna would sing about?

Wilhelm Gause Hofball in Wien 1900's

Wizard-Like

It takes talent to engage and excite a room full of seated people enough to get them up and boogying the night away. Sure, there’s always going to be that ‘guy’ who’ll get up and dance to just about anything; but what about those who may be a little nervous, shy or not so enthusiastic? Sometimes a little ‘wizardry’ goes a long way!

Xenodochial

It’s worth looking the word up in the dictionary!

Yeasty

No. It's not a spelling error...

The term is really appropriate for what you are looking for in the right Mobile DJ; youthful, exuberant and full of vitality!

Zany

Depending on your event, your style and what you want to achieve, perhaps the right Disc Jockey for you is a little wacky?

Maybe you’d be better matched with a Perth DJ for hire that is zestful, zealous or even zippy?

Either way, the right DJ for you is the one that is able, willing and experienced enough to have your event totally amazing!

Yeasty?

A Good DJ Is Reliable

A Good DJ Is Reliable

A Good DJ Is Open-minded

A Good DJ Is Neat

In Closing,

bride is dancing and having fun with music played by a wedding dj for hire

In Closing,

Thank you! for taking a few minutes to read our A-Z guide on what we think are the key personality traits and proficiencies that make for outstanding DJ’s.

We at Western Sounds hope you found the guide fun. However, we hope you get a really solid idea of what to look for in a DJ. Like we said at the top of the page, a great DJ does a lot more than press a few buttons and mumble something into a microphone. It is ultimately about presence and the ability to fully 'be' an integral part of the event!