Category Archives: The Complete Disc Jockey – Stu Chisholm

Online DJ Group Etiquette

Facebook Groups

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” If you’re anything like me, you spend at least some of your time visiting various online DJ forums. We do this to exchange ideas, learn new things and maybe pass along some sage bit of wisdom we’ve picked up along the way. At least, those are the goals…

Time Management for DJs

time-management

By Stu Chisholm – “The Complete Disc Jockey” Running a DJ business is an entrepreneurial venture. As owners/operators, the term “spare time” is as mythical as the Loch Ness monster! It goes without saying that sitting around the office playing Bejeweled Blitz or Farmville is counter-productive, but it is important to effectively use the time…

The Importance of Backup, Backup, Backup!

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” When I was growing up, I was a huge fan of NASA. My parents would let me stay home from school on days when there was a “space shot.” They knew I’d be camped-out in front of the TV, learning every detail of every mission. One thing that…

Mixing: How Much is Too Much?

By Stu Chisholm, The “Complete Disc Jockey” An interesting question appeared on one of my social pages: “How long should you play a song before you mix in the next song?” He elaborated by asking, “Also how long should you play the two songs together before switching over to the next song you want to…

Business Planning for Success

By Stu Chisholm, the “Complete Disc Jockey” If you’re anything like me, a brand new year makes me do two things: look back at the past year and look forward to the months ahead. And that’s the way it should be done; using our freshest past experience to guide us into the future. This is…

Embracing New Technologies

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” In a Facebook group where I am an active member, there was recently a weeks-long argument about whether or not DJs who use the “synch” function of DJ software to mix beat-on-beat qualify as “real DJs.” As you can imagine, the old school DJs who had to practice…

In the Eye of the Storm: Part 2

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” In Part 1 of this series, I spoke of how life’s turmoil can intrude on our professional careers, focusing on a crisis I had trying to rent a car that revealed a hole in my back up plan should my DJ vehicle ever fail. I’m finding that in…

In the Eye of the Storm: Part 1

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” At one time or another for most of us, crisis and turmoil in our personal lives can intrude upon our professional lives in some very disturbing ways. For instance, if you use your family vehicle to transport your DJ setup to a gig, a mid-week accident can throw…

Using Your Skills “Beyond the Booth”

By Stu Chisholm – “The Complete Disc Jockey” It might come as a bit of a surprise to my readers, but I do have a life beyond being a DJ. That said, there have been a few occasions when my skills as an entertainer have benefited my extracurricular activities. Example #1 It was a surprise…

Let Your Mic Do the Work

by Stu Chisholm – “The Complete Disc Jockey” In my article in Mobile Beat called “Vocal Preservation” (March 2012), I passed along a bit of advice I got from professional vocalist Barry Carl, former bass man from the acapella group, Rockapella. When I asked him how he could sing from night to night without taking…