Category Archives: The Complete Disc Jockey – Stu Chisholm

“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

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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…

Unconventional Income: Conventions

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By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” In my book, “The Complete Disc Jockey,” I outline the many different opportunities for DJs that lie beyond the confines of the usual trifecta of Clubs, Mobiles/weddings and Radio. Since its release, the list just keeps on growing. New this time: conventions. Aside from the corporate trade shows…

DJ and Ordained Clergy

DJ and Ordained Clergy

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” Having arrived at the venue early and finding it open, I had my equipment set up, had changed into my tuxedo and felt unusually calm and collected and people trickled in. Being at a very large, exclusive golf club, I had taken full advantage of their shower facilities…

iPhone Apps for DJs

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By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” I’m not what sales people call an “early adapter,” a term marketers use to describe those consumers who buy into new technology early on. I used to be, but there’s a reason for my change: experience. Early adapters get to discover all of the bugs, glitches and drawbacks…

Whose Party is This Anyway?

Outdoor Teen Dance

By Stu Chisholm I’ve been a music collector far longer than I’ve been a DJ and I pride myself on my music knowledge and the depth of my library. I also promote it so of course, I see more than my fair share of clients who have non-mainstream tastes. It’s not uncommon for me to…