Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I get a lot of requests to perform at birthday and wedding events.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Communicate with the DJ as much as possible through email to keep them informed of any song updates or changes to your event you may have. Communication is key to both parties involved!!
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. That it takes patience and the ability to be a people person in order to be a successful DJ. You need to stay current with the technology and the music. If you don't have the hot song that just came out yesterday you are an unorganized DJ. There is a lot of work that goes into finding and retrieving every song to put into the perfect mix for an event. A good DJ will read the crowd and know what type of genre of music they are enjoying and continue on that path.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. You get what you pay for. If you hire a DJ only because he/she are offering their service for cheaper you are running the risk of them showing up with their iPhone and a speaker. I offer top shelf equipment!! JBL, Mackie, Shure, flat screen moniters, etc.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Experience, Friendliness, and the ability to provide the customer exactly what they request. I will tailor make the soundtrack to your party to your specifics.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Making people happy. Seeing them light up when you play there song and start dancing
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. They ask me if I have a very rare song or a rare karaoke track, sometimes they ask me if I can change the key or the speed to a song they want to sing. The answer I give them is 'Yes I can'
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I am new to the San Diego area was just hired for my first DJ gig on a charter Yacht around San Diego Bay. It was very fun for everyone. I was also hired in the past to perform karaoke for Crystal Hefner's bridal shower
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. That it takes patience and the ability to be a people person to be a DJ. You are playing the music the client wants to hear, not what the DJ wants to hear.
There is also a lot of lifting and planning that goes into setting up the equipment/putting together the music mix to the clients specifics. A good DJ should arrive an hour early before show time to ensure everything is working properly.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Looked like a fun job! I love having fun, and I love seeing other people have fun! It was an easy choice for me.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. Worked a wedding and got a lot of compliments about the sound and smoothness of the flow from song to song
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Yes, I am always aware of the newest hits and the state of the art cutting technology to purchase for my business. People require instant gratification from their DJ. If they want to hear a song in 10 seconds they don't mean 10 minutes. You need to always keep up with the times!
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. Computer programs/DJ software
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. No I don't, typically for private parties I charge $100- an hour. For weddings my fee is $150- with unlimited consultations
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. You have to spend $ to make $, Buy the best because you can hear the quality and make the client happy knowing they got the best for their buck