Joe Bunn


Joe Bunn

Joe Bunn started his DJ career at the age of 14 in his hometown of Wilson, NC. He did shows all throughout high school, college at UNC-Chapel Hill, and eventually moved to Raleigh, NC in the late 90s where he started Bunn DJ Company. The company grew from a couple of DJs to 15 of the area’s best mobile DJs. Over the past few years, Bunn DJ Company has expanded to Charleston, SC, Charlotte, NC and Richmond, VA. The company performs at over 800 weddings a year and another 400 private, corporate and charity events. Joe has been on the board of both ILEA (International Live Events Assocation) and NACE (National Association of Catering & Events). In addition, he is a writer for many national DJ publications such as Disc Jockey News, Mobile Beat Magazine and DJ Times. Joe still DJs almost every weekend, but in recent years has been helping other DJs across the country grow their businesses. He has given seminars at Mobile Beat Las Vegas, Wedding MBA, DJ Times Expo, local/regional organizations, NC State and UNC-Chapel Hill. He has also been hired by DJs all over the world to help their businesses in every aspect from branding to sales.




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Pledging Allegiance – By Joe Bunn

July 23, 2018 by Joe Bunn
One of the things that I am going to be talking about at Mobile Beat Las Vegas is the concept of loyalty amongst the DJs that you hire. The word “loyal” is defined as “giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution.” That is exactly what you want from your staff. You want them to support your mission, your goals, your way of doing business. You want them to embrace it as if the company is their own. If they’re not on board in that way, cut them loose. Team players are crucial to the success of any business, not just a DJ company. Continue reading the rest of this article and find the full issue... [read more]
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Get Your Remix on with Roland’s DJ-202 – By Joe Bunn

July 15, 2018 by Joe Bunn
I recently got my hands on a new controller from Roland called the DJ-202, and I’m here to tell you, this piece of gear is the real deal. As someone who has used a competing brand of controller for many years, I could easily make the jump over to this unit or one of their other two offerings, the DJ-505 or DJ-808. If you aren’t familiar with Roland, it’s probably time you did some Googling or at the very least, take the time to watch an awesome documentary called “808,” about Roland’s first drum machine, the TR-808, which can basically be found on every hot record you’ve ever spun. Read the rest of this article and check o... [read more]
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Taking On A Shadow

June 21, 2018 by Joe Bunn
A huge part of our training process is allowing DJ trainees to "shadow" or watch my veteran DJs in action, mainly at weddings. By no means is this there only training! We also have days where we set up gear in a local venue, work on MCing, mixing and more. We also have meetings where we just talk about the sales aspects of my company since my guys each meet with their own leads. But shadowing is a crucial component of working in a new DJ. If you aren't doing this, you definitely should be! In fact, I've had DJs that thought they wanted to make the leap from clubs to weddings go out one time, and then we never hear from them again. LOL. They like the idea of that private event money, but don't realize how much hard work goes into prepping for and executing something like a wedding. Make them shadow you or one ... [read more]
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Give Your Ears Some Love – Joe Bunn

June 14, 2018 by Joe Bunn
If you are looking for new DJ headphones, there are many choices in the market- place today. However, I heartily encourage you to check out Pioneer DJ’s new HDJ-X10s before making your decision. I have been road testing the new Pioneers for a few weeks now, at all types of gigs. The first thing I noticed is how good they sound, not just with both ear cups on, but also in the typical DJ style with one on and one off. The bass response pumps enough to easily beat mix, but without blowing out your ear drum or muddying up the song. The high end is... [read more]
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Gear-The Extras

June 14, 2018 by Joe Bunn
Everyone is familiar with the basics that we need to pull of a mobile DJ show-a couple of speakers, tripods, cables, and a coffin with a controller or turntables/mixer inside, but what we really need to be thinking about is all of the extras that you should pack to avoid any emergency/panic situations. In this blog post, I'm going to go through some of the essentials that are always going to be in my van as I head out to do each and every gig. Extension Cords. If you don't have a TON of black extension cords in your vehicle as you leave for a show, shame on you. You NEVER know where you are going to be set up or what the power situation is (unless you have been to that venue a lot and seen the room diagram). I have arrived to do a ceremony way out in a field nowhere near the venue before! Luckily I had two... [read more]
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DJing Wedding Ceremonies-What You Need to Know

June 7, 2018 by Joe Bunn
In my last blog post for MB, I talked about the gear that you needed to run sound for wedding ceremonies. In this edition, it's time to talk about what else you need to be asking your clients in your pre-planning meetings. First off, are you going to be indoors or outdoors? It's important to know. Are you under cover or out under the sun? You might want to consider bringing an umbrella for the gear if not under cover. You should also google how to switch your Serato screen to white if you can't see it due to the glare. Yes, you can do that! Next, how many mics are needed? You already know you're going to mic the officiant, but ask if the bride and groom are just repeating what the officiant says or are they actually reading written vows to each other. Also see if a reader or singer is coming. Side note-... [read more]
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Thoughts on Hardware & Software – By Joe Bunn

June 6, 2018 by Joe Bunn
In this article, I want to talk about technology. It’s not my normal subject matter, but when you’ve been in the game for 30 years like myself, you’ve used it all. I remember the very first rig I bought from a DJ in my hometown who was getting out of the DJ business to become a golf pro. It consisted of two huge Peavey speakers with peeling vinyl on the sides. They sat on the floor and were powered by an amp that weighed more than my 13 year old self. I was using a combo of cassettes and really bad turntables to drop beats for the local “teen club,” which was really just a rented room in a country club where girls were on one side and boys on... [read more]
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Your Ceremony Gear-The Essentials

June 1, 2018 by Joe Bunn
As DJs, we really just want to play music and make people dance. However, in recent years, we have become "sound guys". Less and less people are getting married in churches. I'm not sure if there are less people involved in church, or if they do it for convenience, but I'm betting over 35% of our wedding customers also book us to do the sound for their actual wedding ceremony. In this blog, let's talk about what you really need to have for your ceremony "rig". Good microphones. Hands down, this is where you need to spend your money. I can't sit here and write this and recommend anything but Shure or Sennheiser. If you have had success with another brand, good for you, but I know for a fact and from years of experience that these brands are tried and true. Currently, I am using only Sennheiser EW100 series ... [read more]
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Online Marketing Choices – By Joe Bunn

May 27, 2018 by Joe Bunn
Based on the number of Facebook messages I got from DJs around the country this past week, I can attest that it is most definitely renewal season. In other words, it’s that time of year where the reps for Wedding Wire and The Knot (the two most popular sites for couples getting married) start hitting up wedding vendors asking them to either renew or to start advertising with them. First and foremost, just to be clear, Bunn DJ Company does do paid advertising with both The Knot and Wedding Wire. We have had success with both and therefore continue to renew each year. Based on your area and the reach of the listing, prices can vary, but it’s definite... [read more]
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Following Up With Vendors

February 23, 2018 by Joe Bunn
In my last blog post I spoke about following up with leads that come in. It’s also a great idea to follow up with vendors that you meet or work with. The way that we do this is with several different tools, from branded stationery and/or a simple email to actually meeting face to face (oh my!). Let’s say that I meet a new wedding planner at an ILEA or NACE meeting (you are a member of those right?), I will grab his/her card and then the next day and just send out a quick email, something like, “Hey X, it was great meeting you last night! I hope that you have great success with your new planning business. Please let us know if your clients ever need a great DJ! Would you have time to sit down for lunch or coffee in the next couple of weeks and talk business?” Most of the time this will lead to a gre... [read more]