Category Archives: The Complete Disc Jockey – Stu Chisholm

Different Times Call for Different Strategies

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By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete DJ” Things sure have changed since I started my DJ business back in 1979. The technology is just the most obvious, going from vinyl records and tapes, on through CDs and MiniDiscs and, finally to today’s MP3 and other file format playback systems. The bigger change for me, as I…

When Is It Time to Retire?

Einstein DJ

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete DJ” Well, once again I’ve survived another trip around the sun. Yes, it’s my birthday. This year it’s the big 5-8! Having started my DJ career in 1979, that means I’ve been entertaining for 36 years; over half of my life! And the fact that I’m just 2 years away…

Are You Unique or a Copycat?


By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” This is one of those topics you’ve seen me write about before: your performance. More specifically, what makes up your show and how it differs from any other. As I rebuild my own business from top to bottom, one thing that will be getting a lot of attention…

Preparing for Outdoor Events

DJ Outdoors

By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” It’s that time of the year again; not only is it wedding season, but it’s time for summer picnics, street fairs, car cruises and all things outdoors! And with the onslaught of outdoor gigs, there’s a ton of things that go along with them, both good and bad….

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…