Masters of Ceremonies and DJs have a crucial role in hosting events. The MC (or Emcee) particularly, is a person who formally leads the event program. They’re also entertainers who keep the audience tied to the event. A DJ on the other hand, is the person who manages the sounds and music programs of the event. They also keep the event lively through the music.
These are two different, but connected roles, which makes it possible for the same person to fulfill both roles in certain circumstances. However, when can we say that having a DJ as the MC as well, is the better option for our event?
We know that choosing the right DJ and MC requires a lot of preparation. Therefore, checking out the person we’re hiring as a DJ and MC is a must. Since the job of the DJ is to mix music, he will need additional skills in order to be an effective MC.
There are other MCs who have undergone training and lessons in order to be called a professional MC. So we can say that being an MC requires specific skills in order to perform the task well. Checking the skills of the DJ in order to ensure that he can do both tasks must be aligned with your ideal person.
Having a DJ as an MC will also set the mood of the event based on what you want. For instance, if you want the MC to be highly interactive with the audience and the DJ to be consistent with the background music, then it might be better to get a separate person as MC and DJ. However, if you want a more laid-back MC with “chill music,” then you can opt for a DJ that also acts as MC
This may also depend on what’s offered by the company providing DJ services. Some may have their DJs act as MC, while others may not. This is also one of the reasons why it’s important to check the profile of the DJ and the company they’re working for, so as to know exactly what you’ll be getting if you hire them.
So, can a DJ act as an MC? Definitely “yes,” but it still depends on different factors such as the skills of the DJ, the type and mood of the event, and the offers and perks of the company they’re working for. Ultimately, the decision still belongs to the host of the event, based on what they deem more fitting. It’s well advised that they review and think about the options laid out for them, to make sure a smooth flowing program follows the event.