When Backup Gear Goes Bad by Matt Martindale

October 15, 2016 by Matt Martindale

Asimple question: How much redundancy in gear is adequate? Honestly, it’s hard to tell for sure, until you really need it—right? There are many DJs who brag that they bring back up gear (or have a “back up plan”), but when reality hits, the question is, is two of something, or two of everything truly enough?174-18-19

Sadly, a lot of local DJs in my neck of the woods count their “back up gear” as literally nothing more than an extra speaker cord, and a screwdriver. Seriously. For others, their back-up gear is only part of an “emergency plan,” that IF something breaks or doesn’t work at that moment, they’ll call their wife or teenage kid at home (assuming they are home) and ask them to find the special “doohickey” or “thingamajig” and bring it up, or send them to go buy it (assuming they even know what it is or where to look…), then drive it to the event in a timely manner. What about when the venue is 90 minutes away? Lastly, all the large multi DJ, multi-system companies leave a single DJ on call and an unused set of gear at the office as the back up….then rely on the on-call DJ to run gear out in the event of a problem. Seriously? What happens during the down time? How long until they arrive? Talk about ruining a wedding!

Back-up gear, a complete set, on site, is a must! A wedding is way too important to leave to chance. I’m saying a complete and
full back-up system is critical. I’m talking two computers, an extra mixer, two sets of all cabling, extra speakers, yes, even speaker stands, extra mics, literally everything.

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Matt Martindale has been a professional Wedding MC & DJ Entertainer since 1989 performing at matt standing new2BreakthroughCorrectedweddings, receptions and corporate events all across Colorado. In addition to his practical experience of PERSONALLY performing at OVER 1,500 ceremonies and wedding receptions since 1989, he has accumulated an extensive entertainment background including education and formal training in: audio production; sound engineering; lighting and design; color theory; improv comedy; corporate entertainment; voice over artistry; professional M/C skills; interactive entertainment and speaking; and as a magician. As an award winning Multi-System Operator, and voted “Best Wedding & Party DJ” for 3 consecutive years, he sold that extremely successful Northern Colorado DJ company in 2001. In 2007, after extensive planning, Matt re-emerged onto the Colorado wedding landscape once again as Colorado’s most requested MC/DJ for weddings and receptions with his new DJ entertainment company: Amore’ DJ Entertainment. Matt is widely known in the local wedding industry as the “EXPERT WEDDING MC & DJ,” and nationally referred by colleagues and other local wedding professionals as the “Wedding-Idea-Machine.” He continues to lead the wedding entertainment industry with fresh, new and innovative wedding ideas. Matt is a highly sought after author, professional speaker, seminar leader and business consultant in the area of wedding MC/DJ training and development to some of America’s top wedding MC/DJ Entertainers. He has been a three time featured Mobile Beat national DJ convention speaker and has published the first in a five book series entitled “The Award Winning DJ Series.” He is also co-author of the new professional training program called “Voice Personality.”

Filed Under: Issue #174, Performing, Sound