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The 6 Different Types of DJ

What Are The Most Common Types of DJ?

The first thing you’ll need to know when it comes to hiring a wedding DJ is that not all DJs are the same. Just as you wouldn’t hire a makeup artist to decorate your wedding, you want to make sure to hire the right DJ for the right job. When it comes to your wedding, there’s no room for error! Here is a list of the few most common types of DJ; 

  1. Celebrity DJ
  2. Local DJ
  3. Bedroom DJ
  4. Radio DJ
  5. Karaoke DJ
  6. Wedding DJ

Celebrity DJ

aka Superstar DJ, Master DJ

A DJ who is famous for producing and/or performing their own music, and remixes of other artists’ music at festivals, concerts, or as the main act at a nightclub. Although we call them DJs, they are typically focused on music production, and they have a large established following of listeners.

Some examples of Celebrity DJs are;

  • Tiesto
  • David Guetta
  • Deadmau5

Pros: Master of their craft.
Cons: The most expensive option.

Should I hire a Celebrity DJ for my wedding?
Yes! If you can afford it.

Local DJ

aka Club DJ, Freelance DJ

Local DJs perform in your town’s nightclubs, bars or restaurants. In your local bars you’ll find everything from master DJs spinning pure gold to bedroom DJs making their debut set. Since almost all types of DJs perform at bars and clubs at some point, there may be a huge variance in skill and ability among your Local DJs.

Pros: Easy to find.
Cons: May not have wedding experience.

Should I hire a Local DJ for my wedding?
Not unless they have wedding experience and you have a trusted recommendation. Just because somebody played some good music at a bar does not mean they will be able handle the responsibilities of a Wedding DJ.

Bedroom DJ

aka Rookie DJ

A bedroom DJ is a nickname given to DJs who are just starting out who have a small setup in their bedroom where they can practice mixing. Many DJs start out this way, but at this stage lack most of the skills necessary to perform at a wedding.

Cons: Is not a DJ

Should I hire a Bedroom DJ for my wedding?
Absolutely not.

Radio DJ

aka Disc Jockey

A Radio DJ works for a local radio station and cues up music, reads announcements, and likely performs some mixes of popular music. Since each station typically only has one or two DJs, these jobs are highly coveted and Radio DJs are often quite talented, depending on the station. They share a lot of similarities with Event DJs, as they often go to events with the radio station and are used to remote setups.

Pros: Skilled in one or more genres, used to remote setups and microphone work.

Should I hire a Radio DJ for my wedding?
Yes, as long as they have some wedding experience.

Karaoke DJ

A DJ who sets up at local bars to perform Karaoke. These DJs play a backing track with a monitor that displays the lyrics so guests can sing along. Although they are still commonly referred to as DJs, they do not actually use turntables to mix music. Some Mobile DJs will offer Karaoke as an add-on.

Pros: Who Doesn’t Love A Sing a long!
Cons: Does not use the same equipment as other DJs.

Should I hire a Karaoke DJ for my wedding?
Not unless you freaking LOVE Karaoke.

Wedding DJ

aka Mobile DJ, Events DJ, Corporate DJ, Freelance DJ.

A Wedding DJ is a type of Mobile DJ who travels to the event with their own equipment. Many of the best Wedding DJs have established companies that are licensed & insured and offer all inclusive packages and services for weddings, corporate events, schools, proms, and private parties.

Pros: Tons of experience with weddings.
Cons: A lot of options to sort through.

Should I hire a Wedding DJ for my wedding?
Absolutely. A Wedding DJ is by far the best type of DJ for your wedding.

What Type of DJ Should I Hire for My Wedding?

The important thing to remember is that you want to hire a DJ who will happily interact with your guests, who will cater playlists to the people on the dance floor instead of themselves, and who will help to maintain your desired flow and atmosphere of the event. That is why you should hire a Wedding DJ who has lots of reviews and recommendations.