- A DJ will play the song exactly the way you know it like you’re used to hearing it on the radio, on your iPod or Spotify, and plays them non stop.
- A DJ can get your song with little or virtually no notice, where a band needs to know the lyrics or have to time to learn and rehearse
- A DJ usually takes less space than a band. A really good DJ guarantees it.
- A band brings a whole new energy to your favourite tracks by adding their own personality and style
- A band can play songs that no DJ could ever get away with and keep the dancefloor full
- A band has a definite presence, and seeing talented musicians working their craft can become as much part of the show as the songs themselves.
Of course, there’s plenty of other things that make a wedding DJ different to a band, and while I could be accused of being just a little bit biased, here’s a couple of things that really stand out:
- The band takes up more room, because they have more equipment and “staff” than a DJ.
- The band is often much louder and harder to keep a handle on the volume simply because the members all need to hear each other AND their own instruments.
- A good band needs all the members to get on together, and keep that up. If there’s a falling out, or one of the band members moves away, that could be the end of the group. Will that happen a year or a week before your wedding?
- ALL bands take breaks – if you’re considering a band, talking to them about what music they supply during their breaks, or see if they work with a good DJ to fill the gaps.
- The band often expects a meal, and every band I’ve ever worked with usually have a beer or two, or three, each. And you’re paying them, AND you’re paying the bar tab.
But there’s no denying a really GREAT band creates an entirely different type of party atmosphere compared to a DJ. Neither situation is better or wrong, just different. Need a GREAT band for a wedding or corporate event? Talk to Blue Steel – email them here. I hope this helps! Nick Logan Auckland Wedding DJ