Category Archives: The Complete Disc Jockey – Stu Chisholm

Legalized Robbery

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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?”

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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. (http://www.newsday.com/lifestyle/retirement/djs-of-a-certain-age-play-for-older-crowd-1.7238043 ) 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…

Working the Expo

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By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” One of the many joys of being a DJ is that you never know what you’ll be doing next. While we might do an awful lot of weddings, we also find ourselves at the occasional Bar-Mitzvah, company picnic, car cruise or, in my case, doing the PA and…

“Work Smarter Not Harder. Still?”

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By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” One of the most enjoyable DJ expos I’ve ever attended was the Mobile Beat show in Cleveland, Ohio in 1999. It was a first for me in many ways. For one, it was the first large-scale DJ expo I’d ever attended! Secondly, it was, I believe, only the…

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Future

The Future

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” 2014 marks my 35th year in the DJ service business. It also ushers in a new era for my business, as I will be overhauling everything from top to bottom; website; vehicle; playback systems; lighting and, most importantly, marketing. When looking forward, it’s also natural to look back…

Kids, Content and the DJ

Kids DJ

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete DJ” Every DJ sweats the “winter doldrums,” when the weddings drop off and our calendars become skinny. I’m lucky enough to have had a steady annual gig in February since about 2002; a Daddy-Daughter Dance for a local Catholic elementary school. Even though I don’t have children of my own,…

Excellence As A Habit

Excellence

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” Online forums can be a blessing and a curse; you get to chat with colleagues from all over the world, yet the online universe can be far less cordial, friendly or respectful than real world encounters. People say things to total strangers they’d never dream to say face-to-face!…

The Creative Personality

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By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” Back in the year 2000, I read an excellent piece by David H. Lyman called “The Creative Personality.” Regular readers know that this is one of my top-tier topics, because absolutely everything that makes one DJ service different from another centers around the performer himself (or herself). Those…

Let’s Talk Safety

Safety Matters

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” It’s 2:30 AM as I head out to my van, a 24” cube with my logo and phone number on the side. It’s been a long night, spinning Rock & Roll at the Detroit bar where I occasionally sub for a colleague. It’s been a good night. The…