Skip Hiring a DJ: Here is How to Play Music at a Party Without a DJ

Let’s face it, no matter how fun having a DJ at a party is, hiring one is kind of expensive.

You are lucky enough if you can get a DJ to play all night for less than $300.

Even if you do hire one for that low of a price, they might not be as experienced.

Hiring a DJ can make a party 10x more fun, but it is going to cost you.

Even if you are a DJ or know someone invited to the party who can DJ, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy it because you will be busy manning the tunes.

In this article, I will teach you how to play music at a party without a DJ.

Whether you are a DJ yourself or not, these methods will surely bring life to the party.

If You Still Want to Hire a DJ

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The costs of DJs are skyrocketing, and it’s cool because DJs do deserve to be compensated for their work.

Some people might think that their job is easy, but it is not really as easy as it looks.

When hiring a DJ, you are not only paying for the time they spend DJing at your party.

You will also be paying for the thousands of dollars of equipment they use to give you a good performance, and not the mention, the time and effort they did to get as good as they are.

DJs don’t get bonuses, they don’t get paid vacation leaves, or sick days, which is why it is understandable to set a rate that will cover all of these aspects.

How Much Does Hiring a DJ Cost?

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I haven’t been DJing much lately, so I am not sure about the current rates.

But after I called up some DJs that I know, they are saying that the current rate for hiring a DJ is around $400 to $600.

With these rates, it is really hard to decide whether it is worth it or not, especially if you are on a tight budget.

With that being said, here is how to play music at a party without a DJ:

Basically, what you will be doing is think of as many songs as you can and list them down.

Ideas for a Song List

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Here are a few things to consider:

Create a Spotify or Apple Music Playlist

Without a DJ, streaming apps will save you.

Start by creating a playlist then add songs later.

List Down your Favorite Songs

Think of songs you know and songs that you like.

List them down and start adding them to the playlist you created.

Create a Chatroom

Add all of your guests to the chat room, then ask them to give a list of songs that they want to hear.

Get a Device Ready

Whether it is a phone or laptop, make sure it is fully-charged and get it ready to hook it up to your stereo.

Additional Tips

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You can create seamless playlists on Spotify by adding a crossfade after every song.

  • Each Spotify playlist will list down the entire duration, so you have an idea if it is long enough for the whole party.
  • Use shuffle.
  • Sit back, relax, and enjoy good music!

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