Hire Rates

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how much?

for how long?

DJ Rates...

...well, Mobile DJs this is an area that isn't clear or consistent across the DJ board. Typically mainstream DJs that play popular music (e.g, Top-40, Rock'n'Roll, RnB, Dance) charge close-too around the same price as each other (give or take), however what type (DJ equipment used) & quality service you receive varies & that's where word-of-mouth or reputation comes into play. Standard 5 hour going rate would start around $350.00, $500 upwards (depending on a lot of factors).

Bar & club DJ charges are more flexible & where again it depends of what kind of bar or club they're playing at, how long they play for & if additional DJ equipment is required, oh and in some cases if they're a semi to high profile DJ (you're paying for their name to be played in your bar or club). Standard going rates in Sydney (& around Australian major cities) can be from $75 p.h upwards.

The advantage for punters hiring DJs and a disadvantage & even an industry downfall is DJs undercutting prices from other DJs to secure jobs (this in the long term is killing the industry). Obviously this is part of any industry that has competition and part of the commercial world. Unfortunately this dis-credits the DJs & the industry.

And just like any other entertainment industry, working public holidays will incur higher rates. You can expect rates to double or even triple on New Years Eve & day celebrations. So if you're going to hire on a public holiday, booking way in advance could save you hassle & any higher late-booking fee's.

For prices & booking information with "DJ Lambam" please feel free to contact myself & i'd be happy to discuss details with you.

My general pricing (varies on hours - or + )

Mobile: starting $450+ (standard 5 hours)
Bar/club: $75 - $100 p.h

Email: djlambie@yahoo.com or Ph: (Aust) 0421-728-863

DJ References + more

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Most Sydney DJ's (or DJ's in general) gain jobs through word-of-mouth or in most cases from someone they know (& so on down the line), and just like most industries a written reference can help influence a job opportunity.

Above is a reference from one of Sydney town's most notorious & respected underground bars the "Play Bar" & like many of Sydney's recognised deejay's "DJ Lambam" had the pleasure of being part of this iconic bar and other Sydney bar & club cultures.

Next time you hire a DJ whether it be for a function, club or bar, ask if your DJ has written references (doesn't hurt to ask & definitely a plus).

PS, more DJ references available on request for "DJ Lambam".

 

Good & Bad DJs?

No one wants a bad DJ for their club, bar or event (especially when every Tom, Dick & Nancy is a DJ these days), so how do you know you've got a good one? First of all there's good and bad in every entertainment industry and the DJ industry has a very wide range of DJ types & DJ skill levels and basically if you're a bad DJ you won't last too long, especially in this day and age of social media.

To define good and bad DJs varies on many factors and one of the main factors would be what music and event they're hired for. As stated earlier there are different DJ types & levels of skills, so making sure you've got the right DJ for the right job is important.

The most basic but important factor that separates the good from the bad is how well the DJ can read a crowd, know what to play and when to play it (this in DJ terms is called vibe-ing, throwing down, zone-ing). No matter what the occasion if the DJ doesn't have people dancing or the place feeling the vibe, it's not happening and you have yourself a bad DJ :(

In my opinion (from a perspective of an underground DJ) and what i would call a good DJ is a DJ that has passion for music and a passion for what they are doing (DJ'ing). I myself have high expectations of a good DJ as i do myself (DJ Lambam). A good DJ has a good ear for good music (doesn't just play the same music or same versions as most mainstream DJs), can beat-mix 99% on-point, scratch but not essential and can make any occasion vibe with their specialised groove energy.

So with all the information online (social media), recommendations and hearing specific DJs names around the traps it's more than likely that bad DJs are weaved out and you're bound to get a good DJ.

My tip, don't forget to give the other not so popular DJs a chance cause sometimes they're just as good, but the overall rule in the DJ industry is...YOU GET WHAT YOU PAID FOR!

DJ Gear, DJ Hardware, DJ Software for your club, bar or function?

Well with so much DJ gear & DJ software around (which you as the person hiring the DJ probably don't need to know, but good to be reassured you're getting what you want), it's easy to get confused and know what DJ gear is best for you or your function, so for starters you should make sure your DJ knows what he or she is doing & has the gear to do it.

Music of course is the first most important factor for any club, bar or function and of course the DJ gear is the second most important thing (obviously), but just as critical.

For clubs and bar DJs (who usually only have to use their laptop or a USB stick with thousands of tracks on it) it's important to know and be familiar with the popular industrial DJ hardware, e.g. CD players & mixers. Most clubs and bars use CD players (Pioneer CDJs) and Pioneer mixers. These are today's industrial standards, not too many turntables are set up these days (which is my preference).

For the more hard working mobile DJ, well the sky's the limit depending on the types of functions they take on. Also depends if they're part-time or full-time mobile DJs, their DJ gear is their bread and butter and naturally takes more of a pounding so their DJ gear needs to be serviced regularly (even tagged for Corporate functions) and most importantly accommodate the function it's self (e.g, music output capability, microphone/s, lights).

So whether you're a DJ just starting out or looking to hire a DJ (who should know their basics or a bit more), alway keep in mind that the DJ gear is very important and a little research or reference always helps.

DJ Lambam's DJ gear (Sydney DJ gear)
- 2x Technics turntables 1200 MK2 (analog & digital format)
- Pioneer S9 Mixer (Serato interface)
- Pioneer DDJ x SX Controller (digital format only)
- 2x Shure wireless Microphones
- 2x JBL 1000 watts speakers
- HK (w/ 750 watt Subwoofer Amp w/ 2x 150 watt satellite speakers) 1000 watts total
- Laser lights & disco lights

DJ Lambam on the Sunshine Coast, Qld.

Sydney DJ...DJ Lambam brings his DJ goodness to one of the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane's popular bars, the "Solbar". The dance floor was overflowing with groovers & the Solbar vibe was truly lit!

Be sure to look out for the return of DJ Lambam at the Solbar in the very near future. 

"DJ Lambam" On-Air

One of "DJ Lambam" passions is radio presenting & playing new Soul, Funk & RnB music & of course playing exclusive mixes & edits & sharing his knowledge & love for Old Skool classics.

15+ years of radio presenting his listening audience always knows they're in for a great show & tasty musical journey. Watch & hear "DJ Lambam" as he drops into "The Black President Show" on "Koori Radio 93.7fm" (Sydney).

Click the links below to listen to the full audio shows & view the track listing.

Enjoy, Music Is Life!