When planning DJ areas try putting yourself in a DJ’s shoes:
I was once pointed to this forum: DJ forum
There’s one post that was perfect for us so I’ve quoted it in full here:
“Fortunately I only do a couple of marquee gigs each year, but there are four main reasons why I have a strong disliking for these functions:
1) The ground is always uneven, meaning you usually have to put piles of disco cards under your stands & tripods to level them up…and this looks rubbish.
2) If its been raining, then can be very muddy. I had this problem big time at one particular gig last year.
3) They often have a dodgy power supply, either from a generator or from extension leads from a nearby building…and you’re never sure if they are being shared by caterers or the lighting.
4) Lack of headroom. Being at the side of the marquee, we are normally in the area where the roof is at its lowest, and I often find that I don’t have the 9 feet height required by my main lighting tripod.”
Okay, so lets deal with these points in order:
1. There’s not much you can do about uneven surfaces. Don’t increase the dance floor to accomodate DJ’s – dancing will make the records jump etc.
2. Encourage customers to have flooring if there’s any chance of it being muddy. It makes for a better party and means DJ (and your) equipment stays clean.
3. Try to make sure you have a completely separate power lead for the DJ, either their own extension lead from the house or a separate lead from the generator so it doesn’t conflict with anything else.
4. When designing your customers’ layout try to have the DJ area at one end rather than to one side, this means they’ll have greater headroom and also looks more impressive.
I’d also add a couple of my own points too:
5. If possible allow for access in to the back of the DJ area, this saves equipment being carried through eating/greeting areas.
6. If you’ve got lighting controls position them near the DJ, this allows him/her to dim them down when starting their set and helps control the atmosphere.
Thanks to Rob James Entertainment for letting me quote their forum post & thanks for reading