CLUB DJ vs WEDDING DJ ...
A CLUB DJ almost always caters strictly to a very young 20-something demographic and is more of a performance artist than a professional service provider. The club DJ will have a special style of mixing and mashing songs together (mashups), will often have a very flashy look and will use skills such as scratching and needle-dropping (if using turntables) and the truly skilled and talented club DJs actually approach the level of being musicians themselves for what they bring to the table (no pun intended). If you are having a party for older teens and 20’s who like hip hop, techno and similar styles, a club-style DJ is the way to go. With this type of DJ, because their personal “spinning” style is very intregal to what they do, you will generally want to hear a mix demo. A mix demo usually only applies to club-style DJs and not Wedding DJs.
A WEDDING DJ is a more of a professional service provider than a performance artist. While it is true that they should possess some of the same basic skills as a club DJ such as beat-matching for the dance portion of the reception (beat-matching is when the DJ gets the beats to match up from one song to the next for seamless transitions between songs to help the dance floor keep going), a demo mix is not usually something you would ask a Wedding DJ for. Some of the more important aspects of the Wedding DJ are their ability to coordinate with you in advance to make sure that all of your desires for your big day are going to be met, a wide selection of different styles (see below) to please a wider demographic of people which you will find at almost all weddings, punctuality, a clean professional look, courtesy to your guests, great speaking and presentation ability for your introductions and announcements and special portions of your reception, good equipment which will be presentable in your elegant setting and most importantly, insurance.
WEDDING DJ - THREE BASIC STYLES ...
STRICTLY SOPHISTICATED (THE "LOW KEY / LOW PROFILE" STYLE)
Basically, no talking on the microphone except for planned introductions (if any) or required announcements (if any). If talking is required, it is done in a clear, monotone voice. This style allows for strict timelines and pre-formatted music programs
PLEASANT AND NICE (THE "NORMAL WEDDING DJ" STYLE) *** THE STYLE OF DJ SCOTT ***
Smile, do approved introductions and announcements, occasionally say nice things. Talking is done in a positive "Today is your special day" type voice. Don't be boring; everything done in good taste, nothing cheesy. This style offers the most flexibility during a reception. Plus, it allows for more song requests from family, the wedding party, and guests.
INTERACTIVE PARTY STYLE (THE "BAR DANCE CLUB" HIGH ENERGY STYLE)
DJ actively motivates people for dancing & celebrating. Talking is done in a very upbeat "This is the greatest day of your life, let's party!" type voice. Sports Stadium style introductions. Dance music is the highest priority and designed to keep people on the dance floor. That usually means louder music, brighter lights, and very few (if any) song requests from the family, wedding party, guests, or even the Bride & Groom.