Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Wedding receptions, Christmas parties, Valentine dances, birthdays, anniversaries, and reunions. Corporate events and special occasions.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Wedding and reception - Greeneville TN.
Grand opening of The Thunder Zip Line - Harlan Co KY
Southern Shine Crawl - Verda KY
Ridge Runners 4wheeler competiton. - Verda KY (got this one as a result of the Southern Shine Crawl)
Wedding and reception - Lexington KY
City of Evarts KY block party.
Evarts High School Reunion - Evarts Ky
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. A dj should offer a written agreement, provide references upon request, and require a deposit to reserve his services for the date of your event.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I would like folks to know the full extent of time, effort, and expense a responsible dj invests in assembling a performance. An experienced dj not only knows what to play, but when to play it in order to keep the dance floor full and entertaining.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Do you offer a contract?
Do you have references?.
Can we meet face to face before I commit to hiring you or placing a deposit?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Have a budget range in mind. If you feel the price is too high or too low for your area, you may want to ask why. You do not need to hire the highest priced professional to get high quality work, but for a once in a lifetime event, you sure don't want the cheapest. Ask for references. I have references available from corporations as well as individuals.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I've done this for several years. As regular club dj and now as a mobile dj for special events, receptions and parties. Each gig is a new experience. I've shared the stage with bag pipers and knights in armor. I can't wait to see what the next one brings.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. This isn't just a job. I really enjoy it. I get to meet new people celebrating a special time in their lives.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Q. What kind of music do you have?
A. After 20yrs, ten of them as a club dj, if it is or was a dancefloor hit, I probably have it. It's your event, what do you want to hear?
Q. Can you stay longer?
A. Yes, it's $50 an hour.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. A guy that evidently had too many once told me he was considering having all his teeth pulled and made into a necklace. Another guy showed me a song he had written in blood (his own), I wasn't too impressed with the song, but that's something you don't forget.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. A professional DJ cares as much about having a successful event as his customer does. We often plan and prepare several hours for a performance.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Sold my communications company and retired A friend, that knew I had an extensive music collection, was opening a nightclub and offered me a job as the DJ. I found that I have a knack for reading a crowd and I know what to play and when to play it. I think many DJs make the mistake of playing songs they like. Usually good songs, but they fail to connect with the audience.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I recently did a wedding and reception on Friday, a block party 150 miles away Saturday 10am-5pm. Then a high school reunion that evening. Went off without a hitch. It's not unusual to book back to back gigs. But it was unusual to be booked that solid. We had a great time at all events.
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. Laser and LED lighting. I have added both of these improvements to my light show.