Joe Bunn


Joe Bunn




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You Can Do It!

September 15, 2017 by Joe Bunn
I often get asked how I can run my multi-op DJ company by myself. How am I the only full time employee? A lot of it has to do with one simple factor-time management.Let’s face it, some of us are good at managing the limited hours in a day, and some of us are not. However, we can all strive to get better with some of the tips and suggestions that I’m about to give you.
  1. Utilize Your Technology. Literally everyone has a smart phone these days. If you don’t, then you can probably just stop reading this article now. These smart phones are only “smart” if you program them to be. I put everything in my calendar in my iPhone even things like “Roll the Trash Out” on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. And guess what? When I do that, it automatically syncs to all of my other Apple devices... [read more]
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Playlist Perfection

September 5, 2017 by Joe Bunn
Creating Playlists can be one of the most time consuming things that you do as a professional DJ, but if you get them dialed in correctly, your job becomes so much easier. Let’s take a look at how I handle organizing a massive music library. The best way I’ve found to handle organizing music is using iTunes vs. Serato. I like it for several reasons, mainly due to the fact, that it’s a great backup in that you can sync your ipod or iphone to a computer and have an exact copy of your playlists on a device other than your main DJ computer.When I use iTunes, I take advantage of using folders and subfolders. Here is the current setup I’m using: My main folders are: Corporate, Decades, Genres, Holidays, The Essentials, This Week, Weddings Let’s start with Corporate. Since these aren’t exactl... [read more]
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Dealing with D-Bags

August 21, 2017 by Joe Bunn
I truly believe that, as DJs, we have one of the best jobs in the world. I love my job, and if you don’t love doing this, I suggest you seek another form of making a living. But, there are times when we have to deal with certain things that say a bank teller might not have to. In this blog, I want to talk about dealing with three types of folks that we will simply classify as “d-bags” since they told me I couldn’t cuss in these posts.
  • Drunks. I’m not going to lie, I love to see an open bar at an event that I’m DJing. I think “social lubricant” truly helps people drop their guard and get out on that dance floor. However, it can also lead to dealing with jerks. The best way I’ve found to handle these people is to first address them directly. If they are in your f... [read more]
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Image is Everything

August 7, 2017 by Joe Bunn
Does anyone remember those Canon ads from the 90s that featured tennis star Andre Agassi slamming tennis balls shirtless? And then at the end, he lifted his shades, shook his mullet and said “Image IS Everything”? Remember those? Youtube it if you don’t know what I’m talking about. I'm old.I feel like he was right. Image IS everything. In fact, isn’t image basically branding? Your logo, your look, your style, your consultations, your DJ show? It’s all of that! If you have watched any of my marketing videos or read any of my articles, you know that I’m a branding fanatic. The main thing that you’ll hear my preach is consistency. Your image or your brand must remain consistent. For example, I guess I would say my image is “cool”. I’m 45 and still wear Jordans an... [read more]
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Give It Away Now

July 31, 2017 by Joe Bunn
I recently spoke at Midwest DJs Live and DJ Think Tank about one of my passions, marketing. During this talk, I mentioned something very important...DJing charity or free events. If you work for Bunn DJ Company, one of the requirements is that you do AT LEAST one free event every year. If someone on my team isn't willing to do that, they can hit the road, beat it, kick rocks. That's how important this is to me. Let me clarify something. I'm not asking them necessarily to DJ a charity event every time. This could be a grand opening, a tasting, a NACE meeting or ILEA meeting. I also give them a choice if they have a strong passion towards a certain charity or cause (like cancer or heart disease, etc.). If they want to do that event each year, it's theirs. For the non-charity stuff, we are the only DJ there a... [read more]
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Christmas in July!

July 28, 2017 by Joe Bunn
It’s hotter than the third level of hell here in North Carolina, but we are already thinking about holiday parties. Why? Because clients are beginning to realize that they need to book them now to get the best venues and vendors for their upcoming corporate events and other celebrations. Let’s break this article down into two parts. First, marketing to get these shows, and secondly, what you need to know to make them a success once you actually get there. PART 1: SECURING YOUR HOLIDAY GIGS Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me mention this. In January of this year, as soon as I felt like everyone had recovered from Christmas and Ne... [read more]
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How to Be a Better MC

July 11, 2017 by Joe Bunn
One of the things that I’ve learned and cultivated over years of DJing is how to be a better MC. When I first started out doing gigs as a thirteen year old kid, I don’t even think I would hook up my microphone for most gigs. Even in college, there were so many drunken frat stars wanting to “rap” on the mic, that most times I would just leave it in my bag. It wasn’t until I started doing weddings that I realized how important being a good MC really was. Last year, I was fortunate enough to be on an “All Star MCs” panel at a DJ conference. I want to share my top five tips with you that I spoke about that day.
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Assemble the Squad

June 19, 2017 by Joe Bunn
Let's face it, running a DJ company is hard work, especially if you are a multi-op owner and dealing with other DJs/egos other than just your own. In reality, owning a small business period is hard as hell. I know how hard it is to actually make a buck. One way to be successful is to surround yourself with the right people. They don't have to be full-timers, they just need to be a part of your team. I'm going to point out a few key people that you need on your "squad" and then I'm going to hope you reach out to these folks in your area after reading this! Accountant. Hands down, this is the most important person on your team. You have to have a great accountant. Even if you do payroll yourself and pay all of your bills and keep your accounts, reconciled, you still need this person! There is no way (unless ... [read more]
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Just The Tip

June 12, 2017 by Joe Bunn
Recently, Mike Walter and I talked about tips at events. Not tips for doing a better event, literally tips, like money! I thought it would make a good blog post for Mobile Beat, so let's talk about tips! Also, please admit that the title of this blog post is amazing. Thank you. Moving on. First things first, As a multi-op DJ company owner, please give your employees or subs 100% of their tips if they earn one. Yes, I get it. You did some of the work on the show, maybe sent the contract, procured the lead, paid the rent on the office space where they met, but I don't really care...give them their tip. I can assure you that tip was for the night of and how awesome that DJ performed. Give it up! They will love you for that, and they won't harbor resentment and eventually leave you to start their own thing. ... [read more]
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The Right Speakers for the Job

June 1, 2017 by Joe Bunn
I just got back from Mobile Beat Las Vegas a few weeks ago and I gotta say, there are a TON of speaker manufacturers in the game these days. Back when I was a kid, there were a couple; now there are dozens! I don’t want to get really into tech specs here, but I do want to try and help you choose your next set of speakers with a few pointers. The first thing you want to do is be honest with yourself about what types of events you are actually performing at. For example, you don’t need a line array system and a stack of sub-woofers if you are mostly doing private events and weddings for around 150 people. That’s insane. It’s not only going to kill ... [read more]