Category Archives: The Complete Disc Jockey – Stu Chisholm

#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?

Money

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” A couple weeks ago, my esteemed chief scribe here at ProMobileDJ.com 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

Snow-Shoveling

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?

guests-dancing

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

credit-card-terminal

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. (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

DJ Colleagues

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?”

MB DJ Show 99 Badge

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…