Why are DJs so expensiveA breakdown to explain why good DJs are worth more than minimum wage
Why are DJs so expensive – Are they greedy ?
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To answer ‘ why are DJs so expensive ‘ we have to look at what actually goes into preparation, investment and skill development.
Required DJ Investment
These are the main categories:
- Sound equipment (speakers/amps)
- Vocal kit (mics / radio mics)
- Lighting (FX and uplighting)
- Booth / Tabling
- Decoration covers
- Public liability insurance
- PAT certification
- Equipment loss/damage insurance
- Transportation costs
- Music library purchases / additions
- Public liability insurance – £60.00
- PAT certification (equipment testing) – £65.00
- Equipment insurance – £60.00
- Travel expenditure 45p per mile
- Music purchasing £500.00 (10 tracks per week)
- Web hosting cost £55.00
- Business card set £50.00
DJ Upfront Expenditure
Equipment purchase cost to cater for events with guest attendance of up to 80 people:
- Pair of active speakers e.g. Opera DB 605D – £1,300
- 4 medium quality lighting effects – £800.00
- 4 LED par uplights – £260.00
- Good quality long lasting speaker stands (pair) – £180.00
- Good quality lighting stand & t-bar (powerdrive) – £95.00
- DJ screen and lycra panels – £100.00
- Small platform (4ft) table – £40.00
- Mid range laptop (music) – £600.00
- Reliable licenced DJ software – £200.00
- Mixer control deck (mid range) – £600.00
- Lighting scrims 2 sided (3 sets) – £90.00
- Radio mic (mid range) – £250.00
- Various power and sound/light cabling – £75.00
Minimum cost for DJ to perform 1st gig
If a person had to purchase an entire setup along with the peripheral costs of a DJ business, this is how much they would be expected to fork out just to be able to perform in the first year.
This figure is based on a medium range set of gear, not the very high end equipment.
How many gigs would a DJ perform, just to break even ?
“This evaluation based on a small rig designed to serve up to 80 persons”
Criminally Low Rate – £175.00
Low to Medium Rate – £265.00
Full Time DJ Rate – £345.00 / £395.00
Elite & Premiere Rate – £475.00
Expect to pay this kind of fee for mobile DJs operating a full time business. The extra costs incorporate much more client / DJ liaison sessions along with refined trimming and extras for the event. DJs in this category are well respected and in demand through positive word of mouth recommendation.