What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I set my decks up and just let it flow. I don't have pre-made sets so I typically begin with light house and get a feel for the floor, wait for people to gather and drink, and as the vibe builds so do the tracks. Everything is mixed on the fly.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I've been performing live music for about 20 years now, mostly self taught until I went to college and got a master's degree in music. I love just about anything from classical, to rock, to Top 40, to dubstep.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I'm pretty flexible, just be respectful of my time and services :)
How did you get started doing this type of work?
When I was in a boy's home I was introduced to Beethoven's music, after hearing his infamous "Moonlight" sonata I knew right then and there that I needed to do music. Since then I've been involved in numerous types of projects and now I currently record, produce, mix, and master at my own studio in Woodcrest.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Typically I do house parties, school functions, and bar/clubs. There is always something unique to love about each different venue small and large.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I did a private new year's party that was about 5 hours long, not my biggest show but I loved how the crowd was so into it.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Check out a musician's demos and be sure their musical tastes fit what you need and your event. Have a budget in mind, you can always negotiate with most artists (we're used to it!) however most artist's worth their salt won't bother with a request without some amount you're willing to start with. If you have specific musical tastes be sure to mention that so that you can find the proper DJ for your event. If you have no idea how much DJ's cost then budget about $100/hour and negotiate from there.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish customers knew that to do anything well is hard and requires lots of work. Although we musicians may make it seem easy it's taken us a long time to figure out how to do it effortlessly. The business side of music is just like any other job, it's a fun job but it's still a job.