It doesn’t matter if I have been DJing a wedding in Sussex or a corporate event in London. In recent times I have noticed there has been quite a number of times where I have been asked to play overtime. So far I have not turned down any clients request for overtime.
Is it just me? or do you find it funny that people seem to think the following is perfectly acceptable?
To gang up on the DJ and pressure him into Playing more music at the end of the night. Although the venue may have strict licensing laws, people will still keep insisting the DJ plays just one more song!. Especially when they have had one too many drinks. The DJ can go from being called a legend to being called a C U Next Tues or Thurs depending on your taste!
How many of these people that feel a DJ should play overtime for free would happily work for an extra 10 minutes if their boss asked them to? Probably no one!
Why does overtime cost so much? Does it really cost that much in reality?
A professional DJ for a corporate event in London or Sussex wedding will cost you around the £500 mark. This will cover up to five hours of playing time with a midnight finish.
We charge overtime after midnight at £100 per hour! You might think this sounds expensive? However if you consider that in many businesses an overtime rate of time and a half is deemed acceptable, then you will begin to realise that £100 per hour is an absolute bargain!
It’s not all about the money!
Many people have the perception that DJ’s are single with no responsibilities. This could be the case for nightclub DJs. However when it comes to wedding DJ’s and corporate DJ’s in Sussex and London, many of these DJs are married with family commitments.
So when you ask your DJ if they can play overtime, remember that it affects more people than just the DJ. In my case I have a patient wife & 22 month old son.
Last saturday I was performing a DJ set for a corporate event in London. I started at midday and was due to finish my DJ set at 4pm. The staff of this cosmetics company requested if it would be ok for me to do overtime. After the overtime fee was confirmed for this corporate client, they decided that 2 hour of overtime would be perfect! Much to the dismay of my wife!lol, but they did give me a nice bottle of prosecco as well!
Here is the reaction I got from my long suffering wife last saturday!
So next time you want your DJ to play overtime at your Sussex wedding or corporate event in London, just remember the sacrifices they make to keep you happy!