Are You A Good DJ or a Lazy DJ?

Let’s focus on the little things that separate the Good DJs from the Lazy DJs. Some of you will read this column and say to yourself, “I’ve been doing it my way for years and it works fine, I’m not going to change” and to you I say “That’s a shame”. None of us are ever so great that we cannot improve.

Now we are going to tackle one of the many problems in making a good first impression at your party – Introductions. In the course of handling complaint calls from our clients, I’ve come to notice that one of the biggest problems DJs have with the introductions is the fact that they don’t take charge of the situation. When do you start to take charge of the situation? During the phone call. While you are talking to the bride on the phone, it is imperative that you get the order of the bridal party and the correct pronunciations of their names. It is too hectic the day of the event to get all of this information correct and maintain an impression of professionalism. In addition, before you line up the bridal party you should be practicing the pronunciations of their names. This way when you do line them up and you rattle off the correct pronunciation of their names, they will be impressed. (GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION). There have been countless times where I have nailed the pronunciation of somebody’s difficult last name during the line up and they turn to me and go “damn you’re good”. (Yep that’s right pencil neck, now listen up bridal party, I’m the man and I’m in charge)

Do not allow the catering staff to take your intro sheet and run off into the hallway to line the bridal party up unaccompanied (Go with them). If you don’t go with them and there are changes or problems, you are going to be informed of them second hand and that is where the problems can occur. Take the initiative and line up the bridal party yourself, even if the staff offers to do so. However, if the staff insists on doing it themselves, go with them and be cooperative. As the staff lines them up, follow up behind and confirm the names yourself. Be a good DJ, not a lazy DJ.

The purpose of lining up the bridal party is multi functional.

1. Make sure you have the correct order for the introductions.

2. Confirm the pronunciations of names.

3 Evaluate the Child Factor (are they coming in, are they sleeping, are they coming in with Mom and Dad, are they screaming, are they being a pain, are they shy, etc.). You need to be aware.

4. A last minute confirmation of the days events with the Bride and Groom. (First Dance, Toast, Grace, etc.)

5 Lastly, it allows you to get a feel for the Bride & Groom, the Parents and the Bridal Party and pump them up for the big day.

Leave nothing to chance when you walk out to the CENTER of the dance floor to do your introductions. If you do, then you leave open the possibility to make a mistake, look confused and make a bad first impression. You are the ring leader, this is your moment, be confident, be poised and be prepared. Be a good DJ, not a lazy DJ.

Greg Curran (Curran Entertainment – DJ Greggie C)

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  • Greg has been a mobile disc jockey for over 30 years. He began Djing at 18, and at 22 joined the nations largest wedding services company where he entered management after one year. Later in his career he was made an executive and by the time the company had peaked he was managing over 350 Disc Jockeys, videographers, photographers, and photo booth operators in 24 different branches across the United States and Canada. After 25 years of success with the company, Greg went independent and opened his own entertainment services company, in addition to a DJ Entertainment School he had bought years earlier. The School focuses on teaching adults and Kids how to DJ and entertain. As a solid member of his community he also donates time to several organizations teaching inner city kids and special needs kids how to DJ. Greg is a member of The Senate Djs and The House of Reps DJ community that is for improving yourself professionally in the entertainment industry. He also hosts a Sunday night radio show at 9pm on Wild1Radio.com. As a force of nature within the entertainment industry he also represents as a Brand ambassador and sponsored artist with Peavey Electronics, NAME Entertainers, Floyd Rose audio, BPM Supreme, and Spinfluenceit. You can catch him teaching and doing seminars at The DJ Expo and for NYC DJ con. He also hosts the "In The Cue" podcast every Monday night at 8pm EST! Go to www.inthecuepodcast.com or search in the cue podcast on youtube for more! He will be presenting at DJ Expo in 2021! Be sure to check him out! www.curranentertainment.com & www.djentertainmentschool.com (267) 625-3227 greg@curranentertainment.com

Greg Curranhttp://www.curranentertainment.com
Greg has been a mobile disc jockey for over 30 years. He began Djing at 18, and at 22 joined the nations largest wedding services company where he entered management after one year. Later in his career he was made an executive and by the time the company had peaked he was managing over 350 Disc Jockeys, videographers, photographers, and photo booth operators in 24 different branches across the United States and Canada. After 25 years of success with the company, Greg went independent and opened his own entertainment services company, in addition to a DJ Entertainment School he had bought years earlier. The School focuses on teaching adults and Kids how to DJ and entertain. As a solid member of his community he also donates time to several organizations teaching inner city kids and special needs kids how to DJ. Greg is a member of The Senate Djs and The House of Reps DJ community that is for improving yourself professionally in the entertainment industry. He also hosts a Sunday night radio show at 9pm on Wild1Radio.com. As a force of nature within the entertainment industry he also represents as a Brand ambassador and sponsored artist with Peavey Electronics, NAME Entertainers, Floyd Rose audio, BPM Supreme, and Spinfluenceit. You can catch him teaching and doing seminars at The DJ Expo and for NYC DJ con. He also hosts the "In The Cue" podcast every Monday night at 8pm EST! Go to www.inthecuepodcast.com or search in the cue podcast on youtube for more! He will be presenting at DJ Expo in 2021! Be sure to check him out! www.curranentertainment.com & www.djentertainmentschool.com (267) 625-3227 greg@curranentertainment.com

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