Category Archives: The Complete Disc Jockey – Stu Chisholm

Giving Back

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So you’ve got a successful DJ company.  You’re at the top of your game and growing.  Now what? by Stu Chisholm At a long ago Mobile Beat show, Mark Ferrell once uttered a twist on the old Peter Marshall quote: “If you don’t stand for something, then nothing is what you stand for.”  This got…

Income Taxes: Top Two Rules for DJs


By Stu Chisholm – The Complete Disc Jockey In 1716, Christopher Bullock first uttered the infamous idea that the only things in life that are certain are death and taxes, and if you haven’t already dealt with them, we Americans will once again run up against our wonderful April deadline to file our own income…

Setting and Achieving Goals for Your DJ Business


By Stu Chisholm – The Complete Disc Jockey A lot of people confuse goals with wishes. We can wish for whatever we want, but those wishes will forever remain dreams unless we work to achieve them. Not only that, but the journey to a goal is a lot like a journey to anywhere else: you…

DJ Ethics: What Are the Copyright Laws of Purchased Music?


by Stu Chisholm – The Complete Disc Jockey Last November, I discussed some of the ethical challenges that we encounter as DJs. Today I want to address another aspect of ethics that is legally blurry around the edges and–as evidenced in many DJ forums–completely misunderstood by all sides: the ethics of copyright. “Some will rob…

A Major Change at


By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” “A change is gonna come” – Sam Cooke The only thing that will never change is change itself, and 2016 has been a year of major change. Some might even say upheaval! is no exception. Our Founder, former Publisher and current Editor, Chief Scribe, and all around…

Mobile DJ Ethics

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By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete DJ” As many of you, my loyal readers know, I have several other jobs I do that all stem from my DJ work. First, and most obviously, I’m a writer of books, blogs and magazine articles. Secondly, I’m an officiant, which allows me to perform wedding, and any other type…

Find the Fire in Your Belly!


By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” In my last installment, I spoke about a great performance winning out over even severe technical difficulties and other shortcomings. But what about that great performance? Where might that come from? By The Numbers Many DJs learn their craft by playing “follow the leader”; going to seminars and…

Putting Your Performance First


By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” This past July I was spinning tunes at a city parade, on a street corner where the City Hall is located. I had my sound gear all up under a tent, and had several microphones available for a co-announcer from the city’s Parks & Rec department as well…

The Importance of Preparation


By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” One of my constant refrains over the years has been that I’ve never regretted too much preparation, but have often regretted not enough. If you’re reading this and do events such as wedding receptions, I’m fairly certain that you invest a good amount of prep-work before actually arriving…

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…