June 8, 2020

Should You Hire a DJ or Live Musician For Your Next Event?

Should You Hire a DJ or Live Musician For Your Next Event?

Planning an event can be an extremely stressful process. There’s a lot of decisions that need to be made, and trying to stay on top of all of them can be hard. One of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make is about live entertainment. Two of the most common forms of live entertainment for events are live musicians and DJs, and each has its own pros and cons. So which form of live entertainment is the best fit for your event? Let’s take a look. 

Budget

One of the biggest things that will determine whether you should hire a live band or a DJ is the budget that you’re working with. While both will require a decent payment, there is some difference between the average prices of the two.  When it comes to working events, DJs are often considered to be cheaper on average while live bands are a little more pricey to hire. That being said, lots of things could influence price including the fame of the entertainment and your location. Some big-name DJs could command a large amount of money to perform, while smaller live bands may be able to be hired for cheap. While it isn’t always the case, if you’re looking to save some money you should be looking for DJs who are relatively cheap, and if you’re looking to splurge you might want to hire a live band.

Audience

Another important aspect that dictates what type of live entertainment you should hire is the audience at your event. What is the age of your crowd at your event? What is your event for? What role do you want the entertainment to play at your event? For example, more formal events may want to hire a live band to perform, adding some nice background contributions to the atmosphere of the event. However, if you plan on throwing a huge Miami pool party, then instead of getting musicians from Florida you might instead opt for a DJ to massively hype up your crowd. The audience and context of your event play a major role in which form of live entertainment is best for your party, so be sure to factor that into your decision. 

Venue

The last thing that should influence whether you go with a DJ or a live musician for your event is the type of venue that is hosting your event. Small venues usually work best with DJs as they don't require a lot of space to operate to their fullest potential. DJs only need a small space to set up their equipment, and then they can begin pumping up the crowd. On the other hand, bands usually require a large space to operate. There are several members in bands, and each needs space for their large clunky instruments. As a result, large venues are much better suited for bands and other musicians with lots of equipment. That being said, there are some exceptions. Solo artists and smaller bands can fit into smaller venues, but generally, if you’re hosting an event at a small venue you’ll want to hire a DJ.

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