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Top 10 Disc Jockey Misconceptions

10. Entertainment Is Not That Important
9. To Be A DJ All You Need Is A Few CD's And A Stereo System
8. All The Equipment Fits Into A Small Car.
7. Set Up Is Easy And It Only Takes 15 Minutes.
6. Good Parties Just Happen
5. It Takes No Training.  Anyone Can Announce Songs.
4. DJs Have A Lot Of Fun At Parties All The Time And Get Paid For It.
3. DJs Only Work For 4 Or 5 Hours.
2. Once The DJ Has Paid For His Equipment - The Rest Is All Profit.   There Is No Overhead.
1. They Are All Pretty Much The Same Anyway.

10. ENTERTAINMENT IS NOT THAT IMPORTANT.

Parties by definition are an entertainment function. It's the entertainment that drives every function. Studies have shown the your DJ Entertainment is responsible for 80% of the final result of your funtion. However, customers would rather spent $15,000 on food and nice flowers and venue. Then take left over money - Find a budget DJ. Thinking all DJs are the same.

9. TO BE A DJ ALL YOU REALLY NEED IS A FEW CD 'S AND A STEREO SYSTEM.

DJs need an extensive knowledge of music. This knowledge must encompass 70 years of popular music of all styles. Guests often make requests without knowing either the correct song title or artists and the DJ must be able to figure it out.

8. ALL THE EQUIPMENT FITS INTO A SMALL CAR.

Professional quality audio gear is big and heavy. It does not fit in the trunk of a passenger car. Vans and trucks are essential for transporting Professional DJ sound equipment, lighting, and music libraries.

7. SET UP IS EASY AND IT ONLY TAKES 15 MINUTES.

The average set up time for a Professional DJ is about 1 hour. Some venues can take over twice that time where access is hindered by: lack of an elevator, ramp,  parking proximity. The amount and type of equipment required for large shows can also add to the set up time.

6. GOOD PARTIES JUST HAPPEN.

Good parties don't just happen on their own without some guidance. The key is EXPERIENCE. The only person at the party who has total control of the pace is the DJ.

5. IT TAKES NO TRAINING. ANYONE CAN ANNOUNCE SONGS.

There is no formal institution or training facility for mobile DJs. If a DJ makes their job look easy, it is because he has learned his trade only one way: Experience. Learning the control functions of a computer or CD player is easy. However, smooth presentation and music mixing takes years behind the console. If it were that easy, everyone would be doing it.

4. DJs HAVE A LOT OF FUN AT PARTIES ALL THE TIME AND GET PAID FOR IT.

DJs are not guests at parties. They are working under pressure and have a huge responsibility for the outcome of the event. People often rank their Weddings as the most important day of their lives next to the day their children are born. Yet they will give this responsibility to the lowest bidder. The stress levels and expectations run very high during these events. After all the planning and expenses are invested the ultimate outcome of a Wedding is placed almost solely in the hands of the DJ.

3. DJs ONLY WORK FOR 4 OR 5 HOURS.

The length of a party is only a small fraction of the time a DJ invests in that event. It is the only part that you see. Consultations, equipment upkeep, music library maintenance and daily routine of business operations are all critical in making that show a success.

2. ONCE THE DJ HAS PAID FOR HIS EQUIPMENT THE REST IS ALL PROFIT. THERE IS NO OVERHEAD.

Like every business, DJs incur continuing costs of doing business. Transportation, insurance, postage, office supplies, advertising, promotion, telephone, repairs, new music and equipment, office rent, labor are just a few of normal expenses.

1. THEY ARE ALL PRETTY MUCH THE SAME ANYWAY.

To say that DJs are all alike is to say that people are all alike. Never assume that recorded music levels the playing field. Personalities on the microphone can vary as much as a singers. Experience and music knowledge all mean a big difference. DJs have their own unique style, music and presentation. A good DJ can adjust their style to fit the event. A presentation at a Junior High School party should be a lot different than a Retirement Dinner Dance or a Wedding. Experienced DJs know the difference and you should be aware of the many subtle and substantial differences that distinguish Mobile DJ Entertainers.

 

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