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Midwest DJ

Cottage Grove, MN

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About Midwest DJ

I have 10+ years' experience of actual DJ'ing using turntables and records (the way it should be), and an interactive Emcee (2 time Midwest Scribble Jam Champion) who can work a crowd like it's second-hand nature. We don't press play on some pre-programmed music console, i-pod or CD player like DJ Gus with a boy band microphone head set and saying I have 20+ years' of experience only to find out he sucked and left a dent in your wallet that even Macco cant fix.(My 2-year old son can press play on a CD player).

I strive for a seamless song transition and blending by using beat matching techniques, so you can't even tell I changed songs. Also, DJ Gus has a 500,000 karaoke song bank that you have never heard of or only want to listen to 10 of the songs. Whereas, I have a very wide variety of all music genres that you want to hear, which varies from Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Kenny Rogers, Johny Cash, Barry Manolo, Rascall Flatt's, Kidz Bob, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Commodores, Zapp & Roger, Mushroom Jazz, DJ Shadow, John Legend, Pantera to Jay-Z, Outcast, Lady Gaga and Petey Paul and many, many, many more including mash-ups and remixes of the top 40's with classics that ('cause it's your special day) can play all night long (fees for extended playing time will vary).

Q: What do my services entail?
A: Everything you would expect from a DJ -- set-up, lights, wireless microphones, crowd interactive emcee and dance music all night, song requests, garter toss, bouquet toss, all of it!

Q: What specials skills do I have?
A: All the skills an actual DJ should possess -- beat matching, scratching and most importantly, crowd read. Were not gonna play "Shake That Ass" when there are 2-year old and 10-year old kids on the dance floor.

Q: What do customers love about my work?
A: We are the best, with the incorporation of real turntableism and an Emcee, We know what were doing. Time and time again, I have guests of the wedding party tell me that they wish they would have used my emcee and I as their wedding DJ rather than a low-budget I-Pod DJ Gus.

Weddings:

7hrs. Services without lights - $750.00
7hrs. Services with lights - $950.00
Extended playing time (after 7th hour) - $100.00 per hour

Non-wedding related events:
Without lights - $100.00 per hour
With Lights $100.00 per hour + $100.00 for the lights

Location

Cottage Grove, MN 55016

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Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. When i first started djing i would play at house parties, graduation parties and really anything i could get. Nowday's with the 10+ years of experience i find that i dj more wedding receptions, bar/club "resident dj" ( IE I'm the dj for the entire night at that specific bar or night club) or i will dj with music groups such as rock/metal bands or hip hop groups.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Any one can yell random things in a microphone and press play on a cd player for the Hokey Polkie. But it takes a skilled dj to keep a crowd going.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. A magician cant tell his secrets, but if i was looking for a dj looking to entertain my party i would deffinatly ask what kind of pro gear they use & if they can beat match.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. 1. why are you in this field?
2. how long have you been in this field ( not counting any training or practice )
3. how old are you. (You dont want 59 yr old dj Guss playing for an age group of 21yr - 40 yr old crowds.
4. Why do you feel you need the amount of money you are requesting?
5. Can i have any input on what you are doing?

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. 1. How much are you budgeting for ( You Get What You Pay For)!!!
2. How long will you need me to play and
any "Must Have" songs that you want to hear.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. Mine stands out cause i use actual Turntables and not CD players, I-Pods, or mixing counsels that do all the work for you. I also beat match the songs. Meaning that i don't press stop on one song and just press play on the next (dead air)... Beat matching allows you to overlap the next song with the one that is currently playing so they blend together.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. When i put on my headphones everything else stops as if it never existed its actually very therapeutic if you ask me.
And I get paid to play music.... It's like a gourmet chef being paid to cook or a driver getting paid to race. They all started out doing it cause they absolutely love it and the reaction others have to what you do so well.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Q: Are those records your using?????
A: Why yes, yes they are.

Q: How do you do that (making a back and forth motion with their hand and making a wooka wooka sound with their mouth like they are djing).

A: Year's & Years & Years of practice. (Demonstration)

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. All the behind the scenes labor & countless hours of practice time and money that goes into what we (dj's) do on our own time or leading up to an event. A lot of djs are dirt poor cause of this.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. When i was in my very early teens I went to my first concert "Pink Floyd" (Division Bell Tour) and i was in such awe that i knew i wanted to be a musician. Through the years I've been to several hundred concerts & festivals doing everything from going in the mosh pits to sitting in the top balcony and just taking it all in. In my late teens - early 20's i was in a band that incorporated a dj in some of our songs and i instantly was hooked on turning turntables into an instrument.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. Education wise,...no. There is no education in going to a record store and listening to the new/used music and buying what i like or what i might want to play for a show/event.
But i will read up on new pro audio gear that is coming out and go to the music shop and play with them.

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. With technology as advanced as it is djing is a dying art. more & newer products come out every year, strong decline in record vinyl and turntable sales eventually it will just be a machine that does it all.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. This i have mostly covered in the main description above, but what i have left out is "travel" time. I honestly dont mind driving to your event, but if its hours away we may need to discuss gas options.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. Honestly i would advise them against it. Especially if it is just an interest due to only seeing a money making opportunity. Way to many times have i bought someone else dj gear & records cause they didn't realize that it takes literally years of rigorous practice and massive amounts of money ( in gear & music ) to even want to put yourself out there. You can just see it in someones eyes on weather they want to do it for the money or the love of music.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. Always practicing technique's weather it be scratch's or beat matching. but i would like to improve and add to my speaker & light collection.

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