What is a Mobile DJ?

You’ve probably heard the term mobile wedding DJ in your search to hire a wedding DJ.  But what exactly is a mobile DJ? Mobile DJ refers to a group of DJs that carry limited equipment so they can move easily from gig to gig.  They don’t bring turntables or CDJs, which is what pro DJs use to have control of the music to mix, beatmatch and blend.   Since mobile DJs have limited equipment, they haven’t invested time and effort into their DJing skills, instead relying heavily on talking/MCing.

Here are the pros and cons of hiring a mobile DJ:

  • Pros:
    • Mobile DJs are best at riling up crowds; they have the gift of gab.
    • They are in their element at school dances, reunions, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs where you need an MC to pull the shy and awkward crowd out on to the dance floor.
  • Cons:
    • Mobile DJ equipment isn’t the full concert quality equipment that pro DJs bring to their performances.
    • Since they do not bring a full setup, nor do they have mastery of the equipment, mobile DJs play a preset track that isn’t customized for the wedding couple and their guests.
    • Mobile DJs rely heavily on gimmicks like fog machines, inflatable toys and games.

There are plenty of events that require exactly this type of a DJ, but a wedding isn’t one of them. When your guests are in their best attire, do they really want to be blasted with a fog machine?  Do they really want blow up toys to play with and do they want to hear the MC pontificating and making cheesy commentary?

There are DJ companies and individual DJs that are mobile, meaning they have the full DJ set up and can bring it with them to any venue and set up accordingly.  But, that’s all that’s mobile about them.  These DJs are professionals who have honed their craft with years of varied experience. They know their way around the equipment, which to them is their musical instrument.   Many have club gigs but are transitioning to a more livable schedule that better suits their lifestyle, like weddings, which end earlier than club gigs.

The vibe of the event and sound track is so critical and personal to a wedding. When you are hiring a wedding DJ, you’ll want to keep that in mind. There is definitely room for all sorts of DJs, but for a wedding, having a real pro is important.


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Wedding Planning Facts

  • During wedding planning, brides said entertainment is among the least of their priorities...Yet, within one week after their WEDDING, nearly 80% said they would have made the entertainment their highest priority.
  • 72% of brides surveyed say they would have spent more time choosing their wedding entertainment, and nearly 100% of brides say that they would have spent more of their budget on it.
  • When asked, 81% of guests said what they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.

*Source: The Wedding Report 2012.

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