Category Archives: The Complete Disc Jockey – Stu Chisholm

Mobile Beat Show Recap

Mobile Beat 2015

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” Freshly returned from the Mobile Beat Show in Las Vegas, coming back to Michigan is always surreal. For one thing, Vegas is warm and sunny; Michigan is not. Having been to several of these trade shows, I thought I knew what to expect; the packed (or sparse) seminars,…

How Much Is Enough Gear?

DJ Set-Up

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” I’ve lost a bit of weight recently. By making a few adjustments to my diet and sticking with them, I’ve thus far shed nearly 80 lbs., enough to have gotten back into the striped shirt pictured on the jacket of my book, “The Complete Disc Jockey,” the photo…

A New Year, A New Direction


By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” As readers of Mobile Beat know, my column, “The Complete Disc Jockey” is on hiatus. Instead, a new mini-column (the magazine version of a TV “mini-series”) called “From The Ground Up” has temporarily taken over. In it, I detail the complete overhaul of my DJ business of 35…

#1 Mobile Headache: The Load In/Out

Load in

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” If you’re like me, then some of your more interesting ideas are inspired by online forums. I participate in quite a few, and this topic from one of the better Facebook forums is one that every mobile DJ has at least one horror story about: getting in and…

Are You Worth Your Booking Rate?


By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” A couple weeks ago, my esteemed chief scribe here at asked me to write on this question: “How do you know if you are worth your booking rate?” My first impulse was to flippantly reply, “Because I get it.” But even I knew that was a cop-out….

Cold Weather and Your Gear


By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” Each year about this time, DJ chat forums buzz with questions about weather. It seems that a good many DJs prefer to store their huge DJ systems in a trailer, truck, van or garage. When fall rolls around and temperatures begin to drop, DJs wonder: will it damage…

Can Party Guests Be Motivated To Dance?


By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” We’ve all had those gigs: no matter what we do, somebody isn’t happy. Maybe the whole audience isn’t happy. We think we’ve got a good “read” on the crowd; we are following the detailed agenda worked out with the client(s) in advance; we’re attentive to the requests coming…

Legalized Robbery


By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” Predatory Companies Want Their Hand In Your Wallet! About a half-century ago, the brilliant folk singer, Woody Guthrie, wrote: “Some men rob you with a six gun. Some with a fountain pen.” The dark irony of that quote was brought home to me in a very real way….

Is Being a DJ a “Young Man’s Game?”

Einstein DJ

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” At the end of February, an article appeared in the Long Island Newsday about some older DJs finding their niche. ( ) In it, one of the experts they consulted, a long-time industry leader, took a decidedly ageist bent when he said that a younger bride doesn’t want…

Classic Car Cruise Gigs

Classic Car Cruise

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” When summer arrives, spinning music in the D – what Michiganiacs affectionately refer to as Detroit and its suburbs – means one thing: it’s car cruise season! Owners of classic cars, most members of one of the many clubs around town, will gather at various bars, restaurants and…