Category Archives: The Complete Disc Jockey – Stu Chisholm

Basic DJ System Components

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By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” For nearly two years, I’ve literally been rebuilding my business top to bottom. Only a few things remain from my former incarnation, all else being replaced, upgraded, reinvented or created from scratch. Does this sound like you? If so, prepare for a newly revised version of the advice…

Your DJ Vehicle and Rig

DJ Vehicle

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” Once a mobile DJ accumulates a good sized amount of gear, they often find themselves really having to consider the “mobile” part of the mobile DJ equation. How do I get my show to the venue? And how do I get my gear from my vehicle to the…

Booking Cancellations

Cancellation

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” Years ago, I used to take very small down payments from my wedding clients. The reason, of course, is my own overblown sense of empathy. When my wife and I were planning our wedding, we were never as broke as we were before, or have been since! So,…

Mashups and Mixes

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By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete DJ” During a chat some years ago in an online forum, I was asked if I play mashups and mixes produced by other DJs. I was incensed! “Absolutely not,” I replied indignantly! After all, I’m very proud of my own mashups and special mixes. Why would I even THINK about…

Dealing with Danger at Events

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By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” I don’t know about you, but as shocking as the events in San Bernardino were, the constant media bombardment has bordered on ridiculous. Yet one detail of this horrific incident gave me pause: it began at a company holiday party. So, naturally, it made me ask: was there…

The Keys to Nightclub Work

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By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” A question arose in my never-ending source of inspiration, the online DJ forums, about how a DJ might break into the nightclub scene. These days I’ve given up nightclub work, more or less, but get yanked back in from time to time when a club calls because a…

Mid-Week Money

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By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” All across the country, there are small events taking place that use the touch only a talented DJ can bring. Some are showcases with various themes, such as holistic health fairs, camping shows and even emergency preparedness (a.k.a. “prepper”) shows. Each group hosting such shows holds raffles, gives…

Different Times Call for Different Strategies

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By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete DJ” Things sure have changed since I started my DJ business back in 1979. The technology is just the most obvious, going from vinyl records and tapes, on through CDs and MiniDiscs and, finally to today’s MP3 and other file format playback systems. The bigger change for me, as I…

When Is It Time to Retire?

Einstein DJ

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete DJ” Well, once again I’ve survived another trip around the sun. Yes, it’s my birthday. This year it’s the big 5-8! Having started my DJ career in 1979, that means I’ve been entertaining for 36 years; over half of my life! And the fact that I’m just 2 years away…

Are You Unique or a Copycat?

Copycat

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” This is one of those topics you’ve seen me write about before: your performance. More specifically, what makes up your show and how it differs from any other. As I rebuild my own business from top to bottom, one thing that will be getting a lot of attention…