It is hard to look at samples for a DJ unless you have already seen him at work. Here are a few things to get your brain thinking in the right direction:
1) Do I like him? This one is first for a DJ. Normally DJs do not have many samples to show you, they are really selling their personality. Does his laugh drive you crazy? Or make you smile? If he passes your personality test then move on to the other questions.
2) Does he have a wide variety of music? Does he play from a computer or CD player? Not that CDs are bad, but they do limit the selection. Make sure your choices are in his list.
3) Does he use props? Some do, some don’t. Do you like props? Do you want to be wearing a police hat during the YMCA? Some couples find it fun but I have also heard some think it’s tacky. Decide what you think and hire accordingly. Again, do not expect a DJ to change his style, if he has props he will want to use them, if he doesn’t he will not want to buy them!
4) Does he sit behind the DJ booth or does he dance? Which would you prefer? Some DJs get out and lead dances, some talk all night, some sit professionally and only speak in their cool DJ voice when needed. This too is personal preference; make sure your DJ matches yours.
5) Can you crash a wedding he is working? See if he has a job you could pop in on to watch him work. Be polite and don’t eat the other bride’s food or steal her drinks, just get an idea of how he operates.