Bruce Harrison DJ/MC

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Service Area
Melbourne and surrounding areas, Australia & International by agreement.  View Map
Business Hours
By Appointment - 7 Days
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As a wedding professional, Bruce Harrison DJ/MC offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

Should I hire a band or a DJ?

This is a regularly asked question and there's no easy 'black or white' answer. When thinking about a band or a DJ, it's important to consider a few things first. How big is your venue? Would a band 'overpower' the setting? What's the demographic of your guests? Would your band be able to cater to all age groups? What about background music?

So much to think about!

A band can bring an ambience, an atmosphere to your dance floor that any DJ would probably find difficult to replicate - that's the nature of live music performance. However, a band can only play what is in their repertoire and may not be open to the idea of taking  song requests.

A DJ has access to original recordings of thousands of songs and *should* encourage your guests to ask for their favourite songs.

Additionally, most bands take breaks throughout the reception, whist a DJ can perform a 2 or 3 hour set without a break.

My advice is to meet up, ask for demos (of bands) and ensure that they understand the atmosphere that you want to create.

Hope this helps!

a dj or band ? if dj are there any that also MC?

Hi Cristiana

So many factors need to be taken into account when deciding wheter to go for a band or a DJ.

In a nutshell, bands can only play what they have rehearsed, will take breaks between sets and generally don't do requests.

DJs have almost limitless access to original versions of music though they may find it difficult to replicate that 'live vibe' that bands produce.

Either way, do your homework and if drawn to a band, either ask for a CD sample or an opportunity (other than a wedding) to see them perform. If it's a DJ, look at reviews, feedback, Google rankings etc.

Some DJs won't touch a microphone to MC and that's also the case with some bands.

Very few, in my experience, manage to get the balance right!

Hope this helps...

I need help finding my song for walking down the aisle

I'm interested in a modern version of the wedding march I also need music for the rest of the ceremony

Hey Caroline

Here you go -

For the rest of your ceremony, have a look on YouTube for playlists by Boyce Avenue, The Piano Guys or Vitamin String Quartet.

Good luck!

Hiiii! I really want a dj while my partner wants a band. is there a way to do both?

WITHOUT breaking the budget though..

Hey Oliver. Good questions. A band can bring an atmosphere and vibe to an event that a DJ may struggle to replicate without actually playing instruments. That being said, a band can only play what they know how to and at most weddings you will have at least three generations who would like to dance to music from their era. Which is where your DJ comes in.

Bear in mind that most weddings are around five hours in duration. How many sets does your band do and what's the duration? Will they play background music and, if so, will it be at a volume where your guests can have a meal and a conversation?

And finally - if you do decide to do both band & DJ, make sure they aren't going to be playing songs from each other's set list. :)

Hope this helps!

Will a wedding band or DJ act as an MC?

Just wondering whether it's common for wedding DJs to also act as an MC?

In most cases, probably not.

This is like asking if your dress maker wouldn't mind driving you to the reception or if the person who made your cake could give you a hand writing your wedding vows?

While a band or DJ will usually make the most cursory announcements, it is rare to find someone who can and will do both –providing the music AND accepting the responsibility of running one of the most significant events in your life smoothly, capably and professionally.

Should you happen to discover a wedding entertainer who can do both – meet up with them to get a 'feel' for their style and capability.

Look for references from real brides and grooms who have used them before. Ask lots of questions. And if they are a 'fit', grab them before someone else does!

How important is experience when booking a wedding band/DJ?

Simply put - it is vital. The vast majority of wedding DJs are hobbyists, practicing their craft in bedrooms, clubs or pubs and are usually employed in a totally different field to wedding entertainment.

Many will try DJing as a way to supplement their 9 – 5 income as opposed to wedding DJs who have the experience and capability to have made it their sole source of income. The latter will of course be more talented, more professional and certainly the best choice in all respects.Don't be a wedding guinea pig!

What makes a great wedding DJ/Band?

Firstly, forget about how many lights, what brand of equipment or how powerful the speakers are. The most valuable possession a DJ can bring to your event simply can not be bought. At all. For any price. Anywhere.

A good DJ will 'read' the crowd – this capability only comes after many, many years of playing to varied audiences. They will utilise their music knowledge with an ingrained knowledge of what will and what will not work.

They will communicate with the crowd, taking requests, smiling and enjoying themselves. Most importantly, they will instinctively know when to speed things up, slow things down, change genres and maintain a good 'flow' to maximise the dance floor potential.

Finally, they will keep the background music to a level where your guests don't have to resort to sign language to make themselves understood to the person sitting next to them!

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