Considerations when choosing a name
Before you get ahead of yourself and start buying URLs, it pays to think through a few considerations that will sway your thinking as you begin to create a shortlist of names.
Will your name suit the type of DJ you want to be?
First and foremost, what kind of DJ do you intend to be? This should be the first question before even beginning to consider names.
Mobile DJ – Your name should not scare the parents of engaged couples, while still appealing to millennials. Likewise, for corporate bookings it should be acceptable to the “company decision-maker” while still generating excitement on their promotional flyers and Facebook events
Club DJ – Your name should appeal to whatever scene you intend to be a part of (music genre, LGBTQ, hip hop, fitness…)
Not sure – abide by both sets of guidelines above
Will your name help you dominate the search rankings?
Today, failing to consider search engine ranking and Google keywords in picking your name is a preventable mistake — especially for mobile DJs.
Tips for Choosing the Best Deejay
Professionalism or Experience
Whenever you are looking for a DJ to hire for your party, it is good to ensure that you consider his experience. An experienced DJ will bring some order to your party and make it look like it was well planned and rehearsed.
A professional DJ will also be able to anticipate in some standard situations and prepare in advance thus making the event enjoyable and lively. Because of his experience, he can be in a position to improvise in case things fall behind.
The price is what bars many people from acquiring qualified and experienced DJs for their parties. There is no point in organizing and planning for your party for a long time and then hire a quack for the job.
It is good that you budget for the entertainment part as well. Ensure you agree with the DJ as a duo and that you are in a position of paying for the services and as well as comfortable with the fee. Agree with him on the mode of payment and be specific whether it is per hour or for the task done.
Before you hire the DJ, you should always ensure that he fits the style of your party. Be aware of the first impression that you will get in your first meeting. Take into consideration his communication skills. Some DJs might not be bold enough to make announcements before a crowd. Ensure you choose a DJ who can balance his work. In other words, one who can be a DJ and Emcee as well.
How To Choose A Great DJ Name
Should I use “DJ” in my name?
While in recent years it seems that the top 100 DJs list has degenerated into little more than a glorified popularity contest, it is a good place to look and see what names the famous DJs are using.
A quick look back over the last few editions shows only a handful of the artists gracing the list that are still using the age-old prefix.
Should I use my real name?
Some people are born with what sounds like a great stage name.
Armin Van Buuren is one of those people. Tijs Michiel Verwest aka Tiesto is not one of those people.
Should I use an adaptation of my name?
This is a tactic that has been used countless times by DJs.
Belgian duo Dimitri and Michael Thivaios are known professionally as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike whereas Adam Richard Wiles is the Scottish superstar DJ and producer that we know as Calvin Harris.
As above, you can retain some of your own authenticity by keeping either your first name or surname and replacing the other with a real word or buzz word to complement your new stage name. Alternatively, you can simply replace your entire name with another real-sounding name.
Should I use a pseudonym/nickname?
The pseudonym world is very competitive. You will find that most of the “good” names have already been taken.
If you want your DJ name to be “Terminator” or “Hannibal Lecter”, then you are out of luck. (Yes, I have checked both of those names and yes, both of them already exist).
Is the name spelt how it sounds?
This is something that I personally made a mistake with.
My DJ name is “Mister Barclay”, but when I tell people my name the majority of them think of it as the abbreviated version, “Mr Barclay”.
How to Choose a Wedding DJ
If we could only give you one tip, it would be this!
Your DJ is going to be responsible for setting the tone of the evening. If you have a boring DJ…that means a boring wedding.
You’ve probably been hearing how important communication is during all those premarital classes. Well, working a DJ is no different.
Any DJ who specializes in weddings will end up working a lot of them, so they need to be organized. But when those plans go awry, they also need to be flexible.
How to Choose a DJ
While I do take requests from coworkers, the song choices usually fall on me. I’ve learned that starting a Monday off with too much emotional rock can easily set the wrong tone – and only the funkiest of jams can be played to liven up Friday afternoons. That’s why I give credit to the real DJs.
What all of these DJs have in common are energy, flexibility, professionalism, and an intuitive knowledge of music. David Bowie said it best in his song titled “DJ”: “I am a DJ, I am what I play.”