Q. How did you get started doing this type 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. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. Wedding receptions, Christmas parties, Valentine dances, birthdays, anniversaries, and reunions. Corporate events and special occasions.
Q. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
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 advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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. What questions should customers think through before talking to
professionals about their project?
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.