Planning a big party, convention, fundraiser, or other event? Need to book some entertainment? You could take the easy way out and hire the same DJ you hired last time… and the time before that… and the time before that… and the time before that…
On the other hand, you can hire one of these three live acts, which I guarantee will impress your guess far better than even the best DJ.
A big reason why many event organizers hire DJs is because they feel their guests want to hear their favorite songs. With their extensive libraries of music and knowledge of how to please a crowd, DJs are a very attractive option. They’re not the only option, however. At the end of the day, what you’re paying for when you hire DJ is a Spotify playlist with a personality. There, I said it.
If you ask me, you’re better off using your budget to book one of the countless cover bands for hire out there who are not only capable of playing the classics, but revel in it. Some cover bands play mixes of material from various artists, but even cooler are the tribute groups. These are bands who don’t just perform music; they put on a show. You may not be able to see The Beatles live or hire Kiss to play your nephew bar mitzvah, but a tribute band will look the part, act the part, and play the hits you really want to hear.
For an audience that appreciates the artistry and skill that goes into learning an instrument, a skilled soloist can provide an emotional, even awe-inspiring display of technical perfectionism. At the same time, instrumental music can set a mood more subtly than songs with vocals.
For instance, piano soloists are great for relaxed, high-class affairs, while violin soloists bring a touch of romance and elegance to any gathering. Looking for something a bit more raucous and flashy? Watch your guests’ jaws drop as a guitar soloist shreds the stage with rapid-fire riffs and dazzling finger-work. Better yet, control the atmosphere of your event by hiring multiple soloists with different instruments and styles, scheduling them at various times depending on when you want the crowd to get worked up, and when you need it to simmer back down.
One of the greatest advantages that live music has over pre-recorded material is that the prerecorded stuff is always the same, while live entertainment offers spontaneity, adaptability, and interactivity. Bands and soloists alike have the opportunity to take requests, talk to guests, and generally make a connection with your audience. DJs can do this to an extent, but they’re always stuck sitting behind a table; they can’t mingle freely with the crowd in order to turn spectators into active participants.
There are many musicians, however, who specialize in exactly this kind of performance. Find yourself a performer with an acoustic instrument and a wireless mic, and say goodbye to the confines of the stage. Interactive performers make audience members feel more like friends.