The disc jockey (DJ) invoice is for any event where an individual is paid to perform or play music. Depending on the agreement between the parties, payment may be made prior to, at the time of, or after the DJ has performed.
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DJing is the combination of producing music and playing it at a gig. A typical DJ takes music that already exists and manipulates the sound to create a beat, rhythm, or song. There is often a lot of technical equipment such as mixers, turntables, speakers, a computer, and computer software that are all needed to produce an array of sounds. When an artist wants to convey that they are a DJ, they will often add the DJ lettering before their stage name, just as a doctor does to represent their work in the medical profession. For example, the famous disk jockey Khaled Mohamed Khaled goes simply by the name of DJ Khaled to impart that he is a DJ artist.
The cost to become a DJ will require some money upfront to buy a computer, as well as software to start producing music. DJs, at a minimum, need a computer and a DAW (digital audio workstation) to manipulate, edit, and record sounds. The industry-leading and most popular DAW is Pro Tools, which works with both macOS and Microsoft Windows. It shouldn’t cost any more than $1,000 to buy a decent computer and a subscription ($24.99 per month) to Pro Tools.
Playing at a wedding is a popular gig for amateur DJs. Unless someone is hiring a famous DJ to play at their wedding, the cost for a DJ shouldn’t run too steep. When hired for a wedding, a DJ needs to plan three (3) sets; a set for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. When purchasing the services of a DJ, the customer typically buys a package deal, and each expense should be listed in detail on the DJ invoice.
- Average Cost: $1,000
- Included: Initial consultation, Microphones, Lighting, PA System, MC, Projectors, Equipment (including speakers), Photo-booth, Screens
- Genres: Club/Electronic, Hip Hop, International, Jazz, Oldies, Pop, Top 100
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