Sample DJ Videos
Very few of us believe everything we hear or read. Instead, we use our judgement and common sense to weed out the truth. The same thought process should be used when you watch a “sample video” from a DJ.
Although viewing a video showing a DJ behind a table at a wedding or performing introductions can give you some perception of how that DJ might be at your wedding, it’s not the best source of proving their overall skill-set, professionalism and reliability. Depending on the editing magic that was used in creating the video and other circumstances, you may or may not actually end up with the same thing from the very same DJ. Your wedding is not going to be anything like the wedding the DJ did last week or last month. Your crowd is different, the venue’s logistics are different and the intros and music will be geared to your style, not the style on the video. Very few brides ever say, “I want to copy that wedding exactly”.
We are not big fans of DJ videos for several reasons. First, a DJ video tends to categorize or pigeonhole a DJ into the style shown in their video. Seeing is believing, so I guess the video shows what he does at every wedding. Most of our DJs are very versatile and flexible so they can change their style to match their client’s wishes. Pretty tough to show on a brief video clip.
Most of the time, DJ companies that use videos on their websites are legitimate and professional. But watch out for tricks! There are videos out there that have superimposed the DJ onto background footage of a packed dance floor at a wedding that was actually performed by a different DJ!
Fact: Every DJ’s video is going to show you a packed dance floor and people having fun. Fun is what they are selling. They won’t show you a video of wedding guests sitting bored at their tables or leaving early… ever. A DJ video is a bit like a car commercial… you’ll never see the car being towed. Once a smart bride and groom realize that all DJ videos are basically showing you the very same content… such videos lose their value as the determining factor in selecting the best DJ for your unique needs.
We feel that meeting the DJ in person, picking their brain, getting a feel for their personality and level of experience while asking lots of questions will truly benefit you more than watching a highly edited one-minute DJ video clip. Reading verified reviews from past clients is also a great tool when deciding if the DJ is a good choice. Dozens of rave reviews clearly justify why the DJ is worth the cost and not priced like the unproven, unreviewed amateur DJs usually are. They have to be cheaper to entice you to hire them, since they have no real proof of their level of skill or experience. Drawing from the experiences of actual brides and grooms who have already used the services of a certain DJ is far better than strictly basing your decision on viewing their “best wedding I ever did” video clip.