Being a DJ is more than just playing music for a crowd. A good DJ can show up and put on a decent show, and every now and then please the crowd. But being a great DJ is a whole different level. A great DJ has lots of experience and can always please the crowd, performing music that they like.

At Insurance Canopy, we want your DJ business to succeed. Today we’ll share with you what separates a good DJ from a great DJ, and why not all DJs are created equal.

Practices for Hours

It takes several hundred hours of practice and a lot of effort to become a great DJ. It’s recommended that for each show, a DJ practices for 2–4 hours, or about 3–4 hours a week. Not only does a great DJ have to set up playlists that last a few hours for each show, but they also have to have high quality equipment, which isn’t cheap. It may take playing a lot of shows before a DJ can have the money to save up for all the equipment needed—like mixers, controllers, speakers, headphones, software, and more.

Has an Extensive Music Collection

A great DJ has collected huge amounts of music over the course of their career. This provides a variety of music that can please any crowd. A great DJ, like mentioned above, has also spent hours coming up with their own unique mashups. Having various mashups and remixes set a great DJ apart from a good one, because they can perform their own music that they remixed. A great DJ will also have several different places where this music collection is stored—like a USB drive, a hard drive, or a CD. Having backup DJ music is always a good idea.

Develops Relationships with Venues

If a DJ is typically performing in the same area for the majority of the time, it’s wise to develop relationships with the venues in the area. When they have events going on that they need a DJ for, your name will come to mind! Don’t just show up and play the show—develop a relationship with the venue by showing your appreciation for being able to perform there and tell them you’re happy to come back. Before a show, email them to confirm details and visit the location so you can get a feel for the space. Having these relationships with venues can also help you get referrals, so you can play more shows and have more business.

Purchases DJ Insurance

You may be thinking that DJs, of all entertainers, don’t need insurance. However, like other performers that are surrounded by hundreds of people at a time, DJ insurance is necessary. If a guest at your event trips on your equipment and sustains an injury, you can be held liable for any medical expenses. If someone spills their drink on your equipment and damages it, you can have coverage for your tools and equipment. Make the wise decision to invest in your business today so it can have the coverage it needs in the future. Take a look at this blog to read more about the ins and outs of DJ insurance.

DJ Insurance From Insurance Canopy

Insurance Canopy has two different DJ insurance policies so you can find one that fits your needs—DJ Event Insurance and DJ Annual Insurance. If you’re performing for one or two events that span 1–3 days, you’ll want to purchase the DJ Event Insurance. However, if you plan on performing all year long and various events, you’ll want to take a look at the DJ Annual Insurance. You can pay $16 per month, or you can pay $192 upfront for the whole year. DJ insurance provides a financial safety net so you don’t need to pay thousands of dollars out of your own pocket.

Work to Be a Top DJ

Feel free to reach out to our licensed insurance agents with any questions you may have about DJ insurance. Be sure to practice for hours, work on your DJ music collection, develop relationships with venues, and purchase DJ insurance. Don’t just be a good DJ, be a great one.