Event DJ Tips

Articles of Event DJ Tips ranging from holiday parties to bar mitzvahs.

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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Watch Pricing Items That Create Value To A Client

February 15, 2018 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute, when you're doing something like lighting, be careful about price quotes. I know that most people want to know how much something costs, it just makes sense, but if you give somebody a price and it's per item, what you're doing is you're placing value on it that can now be beaten. Another DJ can come along and say, I do lighting for $20 a light with no minimum or they can come up with a better package. You should try to let your clients know, let's look at the room, let's do a site inspection, bring a couple of lights with you, plug them in and show the client what it looks like. That way you're giving a better value. Or at this price, you may want to include them. If you're getting your fee as a DJ to say to a client, that includes four lights. In this case, that would be $100 in c... [read more]
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Be a Friend First and a Salesman Second

February 14, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
One of my least favorite aspects of owning my own business is having to handle my own sales calls. Many of you will most likely agree that you would rather be behind the decks that discussing price with a budget-minded mother of the bride, but the unfortunate truth is that we are usually stuck with being both a DJ and a salesman (or woman). In all reality, the sales call probably isn't your potential client's favorite part of event planning either. After all, they've already spoken with dozens of vendors and have heard every cliche sales tactic and line in the books. Luckily, over the course of my mobile DJ career, my approach to the sales call has changed along with my success in closing those sales. All of the great DJ industry leaders preach it: "Stop talking and start listening." Taking this advice to ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Help With And Or Always Check The Floor Plan For Your Events.

February 8, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, imagine this is the room you're going to be working, this big square in the middle is the dance floor. As you can see, we have tables all the way around the room and right over there look everyone, the DJ. So I guess you could put a speaker here and shoot through and one here and then point them straight, I guess so you'd hit these tables or you could crisscross them and kind of miss this table or you could put one over here and then maybe you could put one over here. Or you could somehow convince the bride and groom to move a little bit, just a little. Maybe this table comes here, this table goes there, then you have a straight shot. Go over the seating plan with the coordinator, the bride and groom, the planner, the onsite, whoever you need to and try to make sure you'r... [read more]
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Staying Fresh After Time Off

February 7, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
January is the slowest month of the year for my company; after working 2 weddings the first weekend of the month I was gig-free until now, the first week of February. While I'm happy to enjoy the break after a hectic holiday season, 4 weekends without an event can wreck havoc on both my motivation and my skills. The long duration of the gap would have been a prime opportunity to sit on my butt and put the business on cruise control, but I opted to use the time as productively as possible in order to enter the new year's season at full speed. Here are a few ways I found to keep myself sharp and prepared. Cleaning I detailed my new year organizing and cleaning process in a previous article, but it's worth mentioning again. I use the free Saturdays during January to unpack my bags, boxes, and bins to give ... [read more]
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Champ or Trash Talker – Which Are You?

February 5, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
It's the day after the Super Bowl and Facebook is full of victory memes, trash talk and "what if" quarterbacking. Many folks in New England are playing the blame game; poor defense, the refs, etc. I saw a few Pat's fans actually congratulating the Eagles on a game well played. Yes, I'm a Pats fan since 1985. Back when we went against the Bears and I say good for the Eagles. Why? They earned it. Both teams played hard and in the end the Eagles fought harder. What does this have to do with our profession? A lot. When you're at a large banquet venue with several events happening do you go around and introduce yourself (like a champ)? Do you extend your... [read more]
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Homework Pt.1

February 5, 2018 by Mike Wieder
As a child I always dreaded homework.  So, when the time comes for homework I understand the pleasure my teachers derived from handing out the assignments.  The answers to the homework that I disperse aren't found in a book, they are actually found by asking questions.  If you take the time to ask the questions and assign the homework, the event itself will run a lot smoother.  The things that are taken for granted are usually the ones that require the most research. The moment has arrived, the newly married couple are introduced into the room and invited to share their first dance.  As the two of them take cent... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: What Private Event DJs Should Really Focus On

February 5, 2018 by Jason Rubio
As a DJ in today's market, you have many responsibilities to ensure that you're staying on top of your game and doing well in the DJ business. Many DJs have different views on what really matters to clients. Some DJs believe their equipment or lights matter most, others believe their mixing ability, while others believe it's their "following" or social media status. There is no definitive answer since it depends on who your target market is and who your clients are. If you're a bar DJ, then your job is much different than private event DJs. Both bar DJs and private event DJs have to focus on marketing; however, bar DJs have it just a little easier when it comes to marketing. Social media plays a big role in marketing for bars/clubs and events, and once a DJ builds a following at his/her event, it's easy t... [read more]
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Working Review: ADJ Dotz TPar System

January 31, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
All-in-one lighting solutions have been all the rage the past few years, and I for one am grateful for it. After purchasing a Chauvet GigBar LT around a year and a half ago I was amazed at the ease of use, simplicity, and effectiveness of these compact lighting systems. Instead of spending 10-15 minutes to set up a lighting T-bar for a wedding I could have my light show ready to go within 2 minutes. I recently sold my GigBar (after 50+ weddings of faithful use) and switched over to the American DJ Dotz TPar system, which I am going to review for you today. This review won't be like many you'll find on Youtube; it won't be full of specs and numbers that can be found in the online manual. Instead, I'll aim to give you honest feedback about points of the light I really like (and those I dislike) that are rela... [read more]
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CCH Pounder on Choosing The Right Role

December 29, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
As 2017 winds down to a close, now is a great time to look back at 2017 and really measure your successes and failures. It's time to reconcile your books and total up the 2017 goals you exceeded and those you didn't quite make. One question you should be asking yourself is what role will you play in your company in 2018. Figuring that out requires an honest look back at all the events you did in 2017 and fairly deciding which type you liked best and which type you hated. How many events do you personally want to do in 2018? Do you want to DJ, Emcee or increase your photo booth and lighting gigs? Do you want to step back, be more of a manager and ... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: How do you Handle Tips?

December 29, 2017 by Jason Rubio
Tip jars and tipping is just about everywhere in the United States. It seems like no matter where you go, tipping is almost expected. Many service businesses are now using Square or other credit card processing methods, and when you break out the credit card, they swipe it and turn the screen to you which says: "Tip 10%, 15%, 25%" or the last line at the bottom, "no tip." Research shows that simply showing the tip option will increase your tips (obviously), but it's sometimes a bit awkward, especially if you don't want to leave a tip. You don't want to be that guy/lady, who doesn't tip; however, in my opinion, tips are a way of showing appreciation for those who do a great job and provide great service! Should you tip the person at the sandwich shop who simply made the sandwich the way you asked? In Europ... [read more]