Many clients ask us if we recommend live music or a DJ for their event. That answer really depends upon each individual event. What we offer here is some considerations to make when deciding which is best for you.
Quality live musicians bring energy, enthusiasm and ambience to any event. Live music at a wedding ceremony (soloists, strings, etc.) offers elegance and romance. A great jazz trio or dance band can adapt to the situation and adjust their music and energy accordingly.
On the other hand, live music is almost always more expensive. Bands take breaks, risking an energy loss while they are offstage. Musicians generally have styles of music they can and cannot play, making them less flexible than a DJ.
DJs can bring thousands of songs to your event, far more than any band or musician can play and the music sounds just like the original recording. A DJ should be extremely flexible, able to play most any song at your request and at an easily controlled volume. DJs generally do not take breaks, so there is no dead air or loss of energy and DJs are almost always much more affordable than live music.
On the other hand, while a great DJ can really get a crowd going, they don’t have the ability to alter songs on the fly (lengthening them, adding solos, bringing guests on stage to sing, etc.); DJs have what has been pre-recorded as their only option.
How about Both?
One request we are seeing more and more often is for a band/DJ combination. With this package, you eliminate any negatives associated with either while enjoying the best of both worlds. A soloist or trio can start off the event, with a DJ onsite to play during breaks and to help with announcements. During dancing, the DJ can play during the band breaks, offering the availability of songs that the band may not know or be able to perform. Many clients then have the DJ play the last hour or so of their event, again offering perhaps newer music that most variety bands don’t play.