Stu Chisholm


Stu Chisholm

Stu Chisholm had been collecting music since he was about eight years old and began his DJ career in 1979. After much hard work, trial-and-error, and a stint at the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, he studied the DJ arts with famous Michigan broadcaster, Bill Henning, at a local college. Stu interned at Detroit's rock powerhouse, WRIF. To his radio and mobile work Stu later added club gigs at Detroit's best venues, and voiceover work. He has shared his extensive DJ experience through his Mobile Beat columns, as a seminar speaker and through his book, “The Complete Disc Jockey: A Comprehensive Manual for the Professional DJ,” released in 2008.




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What’s Old Is New Again

November 6, 2015 by Stu Chisholm
Basic RGBBLENDING ERAS AND GENRES TO MOVE DIVERSE CROWDS It started last March when I arrived at the Mobile Beat show in Las Vegas. That night, the Riviera’s notorious bar, Wicked Vicky’s, was the scene of the “DJ Takeover,” a mix-fest by DJs showing off their skills to friends, colleagues and a lot of stunned-looking tourists and regulars. The mixing, of course, was top-notch. What struck me as a bit odd, though, was the music they chose. These days, most of the DJs – perhaps all of them – are much younger than I, yet I couldn’t help bu... [read more]
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From The Ground Up: September Supplement

September 4, 2015 by Stu Chisholm
The past few days have been about as hectic as they can get!  Naturally, this time of year is reunion season, and my first “official” gig with my new DJ rig turned out to be one for a good friend of mine: the Dondero High School Class of 1985.  A cool bunch of people, some of the coolest music EVER, and this time flying without a net!  The system performed flawlessly, after a hasty reboot when Serato belched some odd sound, but the biggest drawback is in hooking everything up.  Carrying around uncased components reminded me of the days when I assembled my turntables, mixer and mics on banquet tables when I first started out.  This time hog has GOT to go.  Unfortunately, the gigs wait for no one.   The weekend af... [read more]
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From The Ground Up: The 2015 Summer Edition

August 11, 2015 by Stu Chisholm
Greetings, my much-neglected readers!  SO sorry for the long absence.  With further delays and a mountain of things needing attention, I’m ashamed to say that writing about it all has taken a back seat to getting things done.  But things have been getting done, and if you’ve been following along, there has been steady progress, a few setback or two, some big-time surprises and even a major gaffe along the way!  So, to catch you up from last January, things have gone a little like this… WINTER TO SPRING As February dawned, my focus remained on getting my new DJ system operational.  I headed over to my beloved computer geek megastore, Micro-Center, to pick up a read more]
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From The Ground Up: The 2015 Report

February 5, 2015 by Stu Chisholm
Failure to launch (on time) My original plan had been to be completely ready by January 1st for the relaunch of my DJ business, Stu & His Crew.  But, as I reported a couple of installments ago, whipping up enthusiasm, even among my paid vendors, has been a bit of a chore!  There have been delays and over-runs, but so far there have also been some exciting developments!  Here is the timeline so far: Saturday, 11/01: No response yet from Debbie re: my logo update. Left a phone message. Monday, 12/8: Vanzilla taken in to Mike's Truck Repair for mechanical repairs/estimate. Friday, 12/12: Learned that no work has been done on van. Had to drive to Mike's in order to pull DJ gear for Saturday's gig!  Mechanic promised estimate promised Monday (12/15). Wednesday, 12/17: Still ... [read more]
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From The Ground Up: A New Waiting Game & Reason for Optimism

December 31, 2014 by Stu Chisholm
In our last episode, Stu’s van, Vanzilla was still being held captive by the body shop,  Ben Stowe’s recommendation left Stu cold, and Stu’s side job demanded attention.   Stu was about to find out, however, that he wasn’t done waiting!  What could possibly go wrong — or right – now?   By the end of October, things were getting desperate.  My time window of free weekends was drawing to a close and the 2 week promise to have all of my body work done had passed.  Texts to Brian, the owner of Premier Finishes were promptly returned, but he’d apparently gotten slammed with some government contracts that backed-up his entire operation.  Note to all of my DJ colleagues who demands the very best; everybody, including Uncle Sam, may be begging for their attention, too!  I rem... [read more]
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From The Ground Up: More Waiting And A Side Project

October 11, 2014 by Stu Chisholm
When we last joined our heroes, Stu had set the appointment for sending his van to the body shop and had contacted Ben Stowe for some ideas/options for his new consoles.  Little did anyone know, but trouble was coming, and coming soon... I ended up getting Vanzilla into the body shop a bit late.  A local elementary school needed a DJ for a "fun run" event, on a Friday morning, and on the other side of the weekend was my final car cruise of the season, so I called Brian at Premier Finishes to let him know about the shift in schedule.  Turns out he was slammed, so the extra few days were welcome news at his end. Ben finally gave me a single recommendation for a controller/I/O option for my tablet-based playback systems.  I guess I was expecting a bit more.  While the doohickey he recommended... [read more]
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From The Ground Up: Housekeeping and Preparation

September 15, 2014 by Stu Chisholm
Last week I took the liberty of hijacking my wife's new work station (more specifically, her scanner) and "went to town" on a private little photo album I'd assembled over the years specifically focused on my DJ business.  It was always just a fun thing that I did for myself, jazzed up with captions that I'd cut out of magazines, some stickers and labels.  I'd have never thought to show it to a competitor!  It was mine and mine alone, heavily focused on my gear, music and what I was doing with it all.  But now that I'm giving my business a make-over "from the ground up," I thought it a fitting way to close the door on the past and forge ahead by posting that album on the read more]
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From The Ground Up: An Interlude (of sorts)

September 2, 2014 by Stu Chisholm
Dateline: Roseville, Michigan, 28 August 2014 Betwen the creation of plans and their ultimate execution, there tends to be a lot of time sitting around and waiting for things to happen.  Since the installation of the new door on my truck and the repairs to the mechanicals, the quote from the bodywork guys has come in, but I have yet to get an estimate on the graphics.  So that has been on hold for the past few days, but hopefully next week the work can commence. The next bit of news is that, for the past week or so, I've been awaiting the necessary paperwork shuffling, approvals and other bureaucratic ya-ha to happen before my touchscreen tablets are shipped.  That not... [read more]
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From The Ground Up: More Progress (And Some Behind-The-Scene Deets)

August 17, 2014 by Stu Chisholm
Sunday, August 17th, 2:45 AM Have you ever gotten an idea... one of those really great ideas where, if you could pull it off, it would change everything?  It might've even seemed like a really simple thing that made you wonder, "Why didn't I think of this before?"  I don't think I can count on my hands anymore the amount of times this has happened to me, and no matter how simple the idea seemed at first, without exception, there have always been surprises along the way.  Another commonality is that, while we can instantly imagine our ideas as fully realized, they always take much longer than expected to implement in the real world. Thus began the previous week.  In order to frame this properly, though, I've got to spill my guts about some side details to put this all in context.  First, when I say ... [read more]
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From The Ground Up: The Method to the Madness

August 10, 2014 by Stu Chisholm
Today's entry has no dates, but for those who insist, suffice it to say that it covers everything through the weekend of the 10th.  I had hoped to have my new gear in, up and running by Saturday because I did something I very seldom do: booked two events in one day.  Having to be set up and playing by 9:00 AM for a little league baseball awards picnic, and then hurredly packing up and heading to a wedding reception that starts at 6:00 PM and ends at midnight, the thought of nursing my old Cortex-based cube through a grueling weekend wasn't something I was looking forward to.  Lucky for me, my pal David, known more by his handle, "Scary Guy" (he drives a hearse and always wears a black duster) was ava... [read more]