Joe Bunn


Joe Bunn




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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]
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Summer: Half-Time Inspiration

May 20, 2017 by Joe Bunn
Summer is coming. (I just said that in my best Jon Snow accent. Game of Thrones fans get it.) Summer is pretty consistent here in North Carolina. In May, it’s hot, June is hotter and July and August are unbearable. As you can imagine, May and June are slammed with weddings, July and August, not so much. However, being from the South, it’s going to take more than a 100-degree day to stop me from working! Summer can be super productive. Let’s discuss a few things we do here at Bunn DJ Company during those months that maybe you can incorporate into your calendar in ... [read more]
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More DJ Training Tips

May 15, 2017 by Joe Bunn
When I hire DJs, I usually like to try and get several at a time (especially since I have four offices all within about 4 hours of Raleigh, NC). Even if I can't use them here, there is a good chance that my owners in the other offices could use them. Back in the day, I would put ads in the local zines and local newspapers. I would even go by record stores (remember those?) and ask what DJs shopped there. These days, it's usually a Craig's List ad. Now remember, I only hire experience DJs so the ad clearly says things like "Must have own car, own gear, and have DJd previously". From this ad, I'll usually get several emails. I can weed through several of them just by the way people spell or their lack of shift key usage. Buh bye. Once I get through the initial inquiries to work for us, I'll send them out a r... [read more]
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Me and My Shadow

May 8, 2017 by Joe Bunn
One of the most important parts of training a new DJ at Bunn DJ Company is our shadowing program. Before we even think about training a new DJ, we have them go out and shadow other top DJs within the company. Often times, I am hiring DJs that are coming from club backgrounds, or even once, a skating rink. How are they going to know if they really want to get into the private event/wedding DJ sector if they don't actually go out and watch someone do it? I've had guys and girls come out with me once and go "Yeah, this isn't for me" at the end of the night. I would much rather know that right off the bat vs. putting in hours and hours of training on my day off! So what is "shadowing" at Bunn DJ Company? It's pretty much just that. I tell the trainee, you're shadowing DJ XXXX this Saturday. Put on a suit and m... [read more]
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Travel Charges When Hitting the Road for Shows

March 28, 2017 by Joe Bunn
I don't know about you, but about once a month, I have to leave my "home base" area and hit the road for a show. I used to go pretty much mountains to the coast of NC if the price was right. Now that we opened a franchise office in Western NC, I usually only go about 2 hours west and 2 to 2.5 hours east. For the most part though, I stick around what we call "The Triangle" which is Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill (and of course the smaller surrounding towns). So what do you charge when you hit the road? At Bunn DJ Company, I charge the client $35 an hour each way. So, for example, Wilmington NC is pretty much two hours door to door. That's two hours there, two hours back so we would add $140 to the client's contract. In addition, most of the time I add a hotel room fee of $150 to the contract. This makes it... [read more]
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Where Were You?

March 24, 2017 by Joe Bunn
It's been a week now since I've been back from Mobile Beat Las Vegas...heck, I'm still trying to catch up from being gone, including cranking out a few blog posts for MB. I hope I got to see you at the conference! Maybe you checked out my new fiberglass DJ booth by Vision DJ Designs on the expo floor? Maybe you saw me selling for Mike Walter after his awesome seminar "Ten Tips to Be Better"? Maybe you saw me partying on the dance floor during the DJ Takeover on Monday night? Or were you at home? I can't stress this enough when it comes to owning a DJ business...you MUST attend industry conferences. The folks at Mobile Beat continue to raise the bar year after year with production value,read more]
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Get Yourself An Intern

February 20, 2017 by Joe Bunn
One of the most unique things about my company is that even though we do 600 events a year, I'm the only full time employee at Bunn DJ Company. However, that's not to say that I don't have help. Last week when I went on vacation, I put my right hand man and most booked DJ, Randy B, on the phones and email. I have him trained to run this office just like I do when I'm away. Sure, I called in a couple of times to check in, but I knew had had it under control! You know what else keeps this train on the tracks? An awesome intern! I'm not going to lie to you, it was hard to find someone that actually wanted to work here (especially as just an intern and not an hourly wage worker). Blame it on the Millennial generation or whatever, but everyone just came in acting entitled and wanting to know "How much money am I g... [read more]
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Firing: The Ugly Part of Being the Boss

February 13, 2017 by Joe Bunn
Whether you have two DJs or twenty, at some point, as a business owner, you're going to have to fire someone.  I've been really lucky over the years and had a low attrition rate. I pay my guys well and try to keep them as busy as possible But, don't get me wrong, I've made some bad hiring choices before which have led to firings. My first tip would be to do it in person. In the digital age, it's really easy to be a text gangster and just click a few keys and go "Screw you man, you're fired!" (been there, done that). It's also easy to grab the phone, cuss someone into next week and hang up in there face (been there, done that). However, that's not very professional. If you're like me, you take this business and your company very personal. When folks don't abide by your rules or don't have the same standa... [read more]
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Solo or Duo?

January 19, 2017 by Joe Bunn
Down here in the South, at Bunn DJ Company (I'm in NC for those of you that don't know me), we pretty much always just have a one man show, regardless if it's a wedding, prom, corporate event, or whatever. I don't know if it's that way because I always started out that way and trained my guys to do it on their own, or that it's more of a Southern thing. I know my buddies up in Jersey like Jason Jani and Mike Walter usually have 2+ folks with them at their shows. Let's talk about the pros and cons of each in this blog post. The pros and cons of a one-man show: One of the best reasons to go out and do a gig solo is that you keep all the money! That's a no brainer for me. In addition, I go out alone because I simply don't trust someone to set up my gear the exact way I want it. We do some ... [read more]