Corporate Event Planning: Selecting a Live Band or DJ


534821_187743928016439_130613325_nA lot goes into corporate event planning, but one of the most important decisions you’ll make is whether to hire a live band or a DJ. This decision will have an impact on the atmosphere of the event, as well as the enjoyment of the guests who attend. Before you make up your mind, take these 4 things into consideration.

Venue size and guest list

As a general rule, large venues and a large guest list tend to require a live band. This is because a stronger entertainment and musical presence is needed in order to compensate. The acoustics of the room should also be taken under consideration. Whether you hire a live band or DJ, make sure they are planned to come equipped with the proper sound equipment to get the sound right in the room, while accounting for the number of bodies that will fill the space.

Song selection

If you want to have a long list of songs to choose from, there are some limitations to hiring a band. Realistically, they’ll only have a 30 minutes to 2 hours of songs from a certain genre that they’ll know how to play. However, this doesn’t mean that a good band won’t have a great variety of songs in up their sleeves. Also, with the right amount of prior notice, professional entertainment bands can usually learn a couple songs upon your request. Just remember to plan for that if you decide to opt for a band. On the other hand, a DJ will have a limitless number of songs to choose from–but they’ll also create a different type of energy than a band would.

Entertainment value

While either option can be entertaining, live bands bring a different energy than DJs do, and vice versa. This can also depend on the band or DJ you select. Those with years and years of experience will know how to create the energy you’re looking for, but there’s something about live music that gets people really excited and living in the moment. Also, if you hire the right band, you can get much more interaction between your band and the audience–which helps everyone have a better time all around! For instance, Wiley Entertainment has wireless microphones and instruments so that they can hop off stage and get the audience involved. Unique touches like this can take your corporate event to the next level.

Event type

Some event types just lend themselves to a live band. Maybe you’re company is hosting a benefit or an auction, or you’re having some kind of black tie affair. In these cases, bands are usually more appropriate. However, if you’re having a smaller, more intimate corporate party or celebration, a DJ can be perfectly suitable.

If you’re still stuck between these two amazing choices, there’s no need to stress. Contact Wiley Entertainment today for a free consultation and we’ll help you weigh the pros and cons of bands vs DJs so the decision will be easy to make. There is also the option of a DJ with live drummer and percussionist which could give you the best of both worlds.