You’ve seen them at events across the country, from corporate parties to wedding receptions: DJs drowning in their own equipment.
They hide behind colossal amounts of equipment on stage and pray that the auto-mixing software on their laptops tells them what to track to play next. Yes, they are the equipment-obsessed DJs and they’ve got a terrible secret.
They don’t like to tell you—their clients—but they’re out of their depth. They have their laptops at the ready and often hire masses of extra equipment that they don’t even know how to use from third party companies.
Less Is More
There are bedroom DJs out there masquerading as experts and they’ll talk your ear off about why the latest in audio and lighting equipment is essential for your event. But when it comes down to it, they forget the golden rule that only the professional DJs know: less is always more.
A DJ who knows what he’s doing will match the equipment to the venue and the size of the audience in order to get the result, as well as providing an expert performance. With Manjy B, you could spend £450 and book the right DJ, one who dares to play songs that aren’t dictated by auto-mixing software—or spend triple that and get amateurs who rely on their equipment to auto-mixing software to decide their playlists for them!
We’re going to tell you something that these DJs and events companies don’t want you to know: more equipment does not mean a better show. They’re just trying to impress you. Equipment in the entertainment industry has become a game of aesthetics; the bigger, shinier and more expensive looking the better.
But this just isn’t true! You could have professional grade audio equipment and a laser show that rivals the MTV Awards, but none of it matters if you haven’t got someone qualified to back it up with a great performance.
So if you see a DJ floundering in a sea of his own equipment, toss him a lifeline and look like you’re enjoying yourself. But when it comes to your own special day, make sure you hire the best talent and not just the best looking equipment.