Category Archives: The Complete Disc Jockey – Stu Chisholm

Niche Parties – Don’t Overlook Them

geek prom

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” As any mobile DJ knows, some gigs are different from others, and last weekend one gig in particular could not have been a better example: Penguicon. In particular, a dance they call the “Geek Prom.” First, let me tell you what Penguicon itself is. Think “Comicon meets computer…

The Temporary Quick Fix That Wasn’t

3D Quick Fix Crossword

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” Times were different when I first considered writing my book, “The Complete Disc Jockey.” The bottom of the economic barrel had fallen out. A whole lot of DJ businesses failed, their owners hanging up their headphones and going off into new careers. Some of the full-timers who remained…

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….