How did you get started doing this type of work?
I took photography all through middle school and high school which I was on the year book staff at Camelback HS in Phx. AZ. In shop glass a fellow student asked me if I would like to take pictures at his parties. Umm - What kind of parties ? He said - I'm a Dj and I want you to take pictures of guests dancing and having fun so I can make a portfolio to show future clients. So I shot about 4 events and told Joe I want to DJ - Joe told me it was too difficult - well then I was taking pictures and DJing at the events with finally putting down the camera and I'm still holding head phones.
What types of customers have you worked with?
That would be Wedding Receptions. I perform at Wedding Receptions more than any other occasion! As long as I have been doing this - Before every event I still get butterflies in my stomach.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A recent Wedding Reception that I performed on May 26, 2012. When the Guests starting coming in, There was a bunch of older guests that sat at a table right in front of my speakers, They where worried that I was going to blast them, which I assured them that - Yes the Speakers are big - But the quality of the sound is more importune to me than volume. So as the night went on - the older guest's at this table kept giving the thumb's up! And to top it off I had about (10) 80 year ladies out on the dance floor shaking there booties almost all night long.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I am a professional- I do this for a living not as a weekend warrior! So when you call me, I answer the phone almost every time but if by chance you recieve the voicemail please a message and I'll return your call as soon as I can. I will not push to do anything that you dont want to do. You are the boss and it will be done YOUR way not mine, I will only offer my opinion. Receptions is all about the Bride and Groom NOT THE DJ. BUT the dj will make or break the reception or event. remember if you hire a DJ service on what he charges then you will get short changed. there are NO DO OVERS on you special day. Its to late to realize that you have made a mistake at the Grand Entrance of the wedding party. Call Me lets talk, If I'm not the right DJ for you then Best wishes to you and have Many years of happiness together!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
That its just not showing up playing 4 hours of music and going home! It's the travel time and the meets that I have with the bride and groom, Getting all the info for creating a time line for the reception, putting music crates together from requests made from the bride and her guests. making sure that the equipment is ready to go on the day of the event. Loading of equipment, Travel time to venue, (2 to 3 hours before event begins) unloading and setup at venue site, sound check, performing the event, tear down of equipment, loading up the equipment, then travel time home. So about every reception that I do I have about 25 to 28 hours invested in it and not just the 4 hours of playtime performance that they have contracted me for.