Top 10 Things to Know About Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah DJ


1. Do you follow the American DJ Association Code of Professional Conduct?

Any legitimate DJ company will be dedicated to adhering to the ADJA code, as is SoCal Mitzvahs DJ, Scott Topper Productions. This is a standard business ethic, and a DJ company that is truly committed to serving you in a professional manner will honor it.

2. Are you insured and can you supply me with proof of liability?

Liability insurance protects both the client and the business owner. Many venues are beginning to require proof of liability, and you can ask for a DJ’s Certificate of Liability for reference. We are happy to provide you with ours.

3. Are you willing to play requests and discuss music ahead of time?

This is a big deal for many clients — after all, you want to listen to what you want to hear! An easy-to-work-with DJ will listen to your suggestions, offer feedback, and play from your desired song list. When it comes to SoCal Mitzvahs/Scott Topper Productions, we welcome your requests and appreciate communication about your music preferences.

4. Do you use professional equipment?

Professional gear does not guarantee an entertainer’s talent or service level, but it is a necessary tool for creating an exceptional music event. We use professional-grade, top-notch sound equipment that is certified by the ADJA.

5. Do you provide backup equipment at the event?

A professional DJ will understand that equipment malfunctions — although rare — do inevitably occur, and being prepared to handle any curve ball is of utmost importance. No one would want their special day affected due to a vendor’s lack of preparation. SoCal Mitzvahs/Scott Topper Productions has multiple backups for each piece of equipment.

6. Do you know proper etiquette for my crowd?

Most DJs also emcee the event, announcing the entrance of the bar or bat mitzvah, introducing family or friends’ speeches, and segueing getting everyone on the dance floor! If you want to have a carefree, smooth event, it’s essential that the DJ understand the etiquette for your bar or bat mitzvah.

7. How much time do you allow for set-up?

When it comes to bar and bat mitzvahs, punctuality is vital. Most of our DJs arrive one hour or more prior to the start time you’ve provided. Your DJ should be set up and ready to play before your first guest walks through the door.

8. Will you provide me with a written contract?

Have everything you want included in your service in writing. If you want a specific DJ from the company, for example, make sure that’s in the contract as well. We recommend asking for a written agreement before paying any deposit. The typical deposit for DJ/emcee services is 50% of the total.

9. Will you dress appropriately for my bar or bat mitzvah?

Don’t be shy to let the DJ understand the dress code at your bar or bat mitzvah — whether casual, black tie, or themed. A professional will have no problem honoring your event’s apparel style.

10. Do you belong to a trade group or professional organization?

Although this particular aspect likewise does not guarantee talent or professionalism, belonging to a well-respected industry organization can indicate the company’s roots in the community. It also can reflect a DJ’s willingness to stay up to date on innovations and new trends through attending conventions and seminars. We are a member in both the International Special Events Society (ISES) and the American DJ Assocation (ADJA).


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