Having a function or wedding, want
a "mobile disco".... stop and think.... you're not buying takeaways.
Selecting a mobile disco for your
function or wedding reception is as important as selecting the venue and date
itself, so make sure you choose wisely. the mobile disco / entertainment / sound
company has one chance to get it right and make it count!!!
Your Mobile Disco / Sound Company needs to be registered with
Being registered only with
SAMRO is no good as
this only covers the Song Writers Rights and not the Performing Artists and
You need all these licenses to be able to do Public Broadcasts
i.e. playing music at Weddings, other Functions and Venues to the Public.
do you go about sourcing a mobile disco / entertainment / sound company:
Wide Web: The
website of a mobile disco company will speak volumes about the service that
they offer and this will be a good indicator of the service that you can
expect from them. There are also a number of wedding planning websites and
you can use search engines to find the website addresses of mobile disco
companies in and around your area.
mouth / Hearing:
Selecting a mobile disco by word of mouth or even
better ? by ear is generally deemed the safest way, If you have heard a
mobile disco at a function and were impressed by the entertainment that they
provided, request a quotation and if the price and the service that they
offer suits your needs, book them.
Venue's Preferred Suppliers List / Specialist Publication:
Most venues have preferred suppliers lists. On
the lists will be their recommended mobile discos. When you open any events
publication you will be surprised as the number of mobile discos in your
you have a list of mobile disco companies to contact, keep the following in
mind when making your selection:
A LOT OF
SUPPLIERS TRAVEL AT AN ADDITIONAL COST, THIS MIGHT BE WORTH THE MONEY SPEND.
You cannot compare a mobile disco company charging you a few
hundred rand to one charging you R3000. Prices vary
tremendously and be on the lookout for companies riding the wave and might
drop you at the last minute. Finding a good quality mobile disco on short
notice is not easy, but possible. As with any product or service, price is
relative to expertise and quality. Ensure that you know exactly what the
price quoted includes.
Equipment: Is the disco using professional
/ reliable equipment? Is the equipment regularly maintained and does he/she
have some form of backup should equipment fail? Professional equipment costs
a great deal of money and this will have an impact on the price that you are
paying. The speeches are such an important part of any function, if the
sound is poor the speeches will be ruined. A cordless microphone might
assist you in facilitating the speeches, if it is of good quality, otherwise
a normal wired microphone might be better. Remember to check with the disco
company should you require other sound connections via their system for
equipment that you might supply, i.e. connection for presentation laptop at
your product launch or maybe somebody playing a keyboard at your wedding
ceremony. What happens if there is a power failure, will they be prepared to
play from generator power. Are they supplying more than one microphone if
Mobile Disco / DJ: You must try and meet
with your Music Provider / DJ before your function or wedding. A
pre-function meeting will enable you to establish a list of what is supplied
by the company, what you need to supply and give you a general "feel good"
about the DJ. At this meeting discuss your music requirements for the
function or wedding such as, first song and entrance song and your order of
events. By selecting a mobile disco with good references, professional
equipment, a wide selection of music, an experienced DJ with SAMPRA and
SAMRO licenses, you will have the musical score for an evening to be enjoyed
Selection: Ages and music preferences vary
considerably at a function and the DJ must be equipped to play a wide
selection of music. Some DJs play from a pre-constructed play list, others
"read" the audience and make one as they go. Some will allow for your guests
to place requests others don't like it.
in mind that your choice of music is not necessarily the same as your
guests. Yes you are paying for it, but it does not help if you have spend a
fortune for people to sit and look at each other. Rather sacrifice a bit so
that your guests can have a ball.
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS FOR
YOUR DJ AT YOUR FUNCTION OR WEDDING
There are a
few important considerations with regards to your DJ on the evening of your
function or wedding so it is best to be aware of these during your planning stages so
that the DJ is not slotted in as an afterthought, which could pose some
challenges closer to your big day.
have decided on your venue and that you will indeed be hiring the services
of a mobile disco company, take the time to look at the floor plan of the
venue and the choices you have in terms of placement of the DJ.
It is ideal that the DJ be set
up in the main venue and not in an adjoining venue
such as a patio or outside. The minute you remove the DJ from the room in
are hosting your function or reception you cause unnecessary challenges.
For your walk in song, first dance, cutting of the cake, throwing of the
garter - if your DJ cannot see you, it is impossible for him to cue the
music and play
your songs as seamlessly as they should be played.
Background music is an essential tool that the DJ uses to monitor the
slowly build the tempo leading up to the dancing. If he
cannot see your guests, he will not be able to get an indication early
on or see
what music they are responding to.
speeches are such an
important part of the evening, by placing the DJ in an adjoining room, this
entire part of
the function or wedding could be lost.
never have as
much success with the DJ in an adjoining room as when he is set up in the
same room as the guests. Once the dancing part of the evening gets going, having the reception in
causes a break in the flow and affects the continuity.
It is essential that the DJ be
set up on the perimeter of the dance floor - not hidden
in the corner! It is not advisable to try and
hide the DJ behind a pillar, draping, flower arrangements, screens or fairy lights!
A DJ connects with his audience and having him stashed in a corner
does little to
establish a relationship between the DJ and the dance floor.
power of the relationship between the DJ and his dance floor for this
make or break the function!
If you have chosen wisely, the
equipment that the mobile disco company supplies will be aesthetically appealing and will
not cause you embarrassment.
By hiding the DJ, you will once again have the same problems
as mentioned above.
The DJ's table that you have
set aside for him to set up on should have an accessible power point close by. The closer the plug point
the less cable he will have to run. It is the responsibility of the DJ to have all of his
own leads and very importantly tape to tape them down!
the DJ close to the dance floor also means shorter cable runs for the
sound and light systems.
Now look at your
tables and the guests that you have placed at them!
It is advisable that if any of
your more mature guests are placed around the dance floor so that you move them to the
further reaches of the room. The sound will be concentrated onto the dance floor, by moving the more mature folk further away you will ensure that they too have a great
evening and will not be griping out the volume of the music.
DJ EQUIPMENT AND WHAT IS A
It is a document detailing the
specifications of the
artist - in this case the DJ. In the case of a chart topping band or
best selling artist, this
would then include everything from catering to transportation to arrival
venue, exact sound specifications, lighting design, layout and precise
requirements. The Technical Rider is the outline towards a successful
For a "celebrity DJ", when they arrive to play a set at a function, the
rider could include
information regarding audio playback needs - ie. professional pitch
control CD players
with MP3 playback, whether additional fold back monitors are required,
preferences, if the DJ will be using vinyl, require microphones, will be
making use of DVD's or PC Audio and if special cabling is required.
For Mobile DJ's, they bring their own equipment, so the onus is on the
company supplying the equipment. Technical Riders are often very
specific in terms of
brands, however, in the Mobile Disco industry each and every company has
preference, as long as the equipment is professional ie. specifically
for PA and not for
home use, then you are on the right track.
Compare and ask the right questions to
Mobile Disco Companies, you will soon find out who the right Mobile Disco
Company for your function or wedding is.
By asking the correct questions and planning well, you will choose the right
that always comes to the party!
equipment that your DJ are using professional branded equipment? Branded
equipment presents better, "should" sound better and will be able to give
more before failing. Some brand names used: (this is not the only names but
most commonly used by Mobile Disco Companies)
Behringer, Chauvet, JBL,
DIXON is not professional, neither is your moms work laptop and dads HiFi
Will your DJ be supplying a cordless
or wired handheld microphone for the speeches?
- Should not have interference or drops in signal but have cables to
Cordless - Cheap and easy setup - Interferences from various local
sources possible and only certain frequencies (Hard Coded) available.
Cordless - Expensive and easy setup - Not to much interferences and can
select from a couple of frequencies depending on model and make. Longer
Pickup Range than VHF.
Does your DJ
If so, is the lighting suitable to your function or
Does your DJ offer the option of a smoke machine?
This is a personal choice, some
a smoke machine and the lights are more effective.
Does your DJ have sufficient leads and cabling and tape to tape them down?
box tape just won't do - should use gaffer tape. It looks more professional,
a lot more rugged and comes off your floor or cables easier than brown tape.
Do your DJ have any form of back up should there be some kind of equipment
Are your DJ a licensed operator - with
SAMPRA and SAMRO?
It is very important to remember that the fee that the Mobile Disco Company
relates directly to the equipment that they are utilizing. If they are
charging R1000, don't expect too much, much less professional equipment.