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If you think listening to good music puts you in a better mood, it’s not just your imagination. Research shows that listening to certain types of music triggers a release of dopamine in your brain, making you feel happier. 

So, if you’re in charge of event planning, one way to make sure your guests have a good time is to play great music. You can take it a step further by hiring live musicians to really make your event memorable. 

But, how do you choose the right event entertainment? We’re here to help. 

Keep reading to learn tips on hiring live entertainment for your next big event. 

Decide on Band vs DJ

First things first, you’ll need to decide whether you want to hire a band or a DJ for your event. Hiring a band often leads to a more engaged audience, because they’re fun to listen to and watch. 

However, there are also pros to hiring DJs. For example, a DJ has access to a more customizable setlist, so you can entertain guests with almost any song. 

There’s no wrong answer to this question, but figuring out which vibe you’re going for will help you narrow down your search. To do this, think about the purpose the music will serve. Do you want to have pleasant background noise or do you want to encourage guests to hit the dance floor? Your answer will help you make your decision.

Check References and Reviews

Once you decide whether to hire a band or a DJ, you can begin to narrow down your search. Start by asking friends, family members, and colleagues if they have any recommendations for musicians they’ve hired in the past. 

Or, you can turn to the internet and look up a list of DJs or bands for hire instead. From there, read through online reviews to get an idea of what past clients have to say. When you’re meeting with potential bands or DJs, you can also ask if they have any references you can contact with additional questions. 

Compare Costs

Before making your final decision, get pricing quotes from a few different musicians. While you might be tempted to save money by hiring a less experienced band or DJ for your event, make sure you know the quality you’re getting in return. Ask to see video samples of their work at other events so you have a better idea of what to expect. 

When comparing prices, make sure you get clarification on what exactly the pricing covers and how much money you’ll have to pay as an upfront deposit. This will make it easier to ensure you hire a musician that’s within your event budget. 

You’re Ready to Hire Live Musicians

Now that you’ve read through this quick guide, you have the knowledge you need to hire live musicians for your next event. Whether you’re planning a wedding, birthday party, or corporate event, keeping these tips in mind will make it easier for you to find the right entertainment based on your needs and budget. 

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