|For those of you that think all D.J.'s are the same, below are some examples of what other D.J. systems can
look like and sound like due to inexperienced D.J.'s and or poor equipment. Just click on them to hear them.
|Everyone knows the human body has 5 senses -
SEEING, HEARING, TASTE, TOUCH & SMELL.
Most D.J.'S only cover the hearing part and many times not in a pleasant way.
With FIRST CLASS D.J. SERVICE all 5 of those senses will be stimulated.
HEARING - My 6 amped 52 speaker BOSE system gives out clean sound at all volume levels.
SIGHT - The light show and music videos stimulate the sense of sight all night long.
TOUCH - When the party starts to kick in, you'll feel the bass urging you to dance.
SMELL - There's no old fashioned stinky smoke machines to make your guests gag because I use
more expensive haze machines with no odor and I do take showers every day so I'll be smelling
good and I don't smoke.
TASTE - After the show you'll be hearing raves from your guests on what a fun night they had and
you won't be left with a bad taste in your mouth from having a terrible D.J.
|MY $80,000 GOLD SYSTEM SET UP
25 YEARS OF HARD WORK!
|This system is from a group of local guys that would come
to one of my weekly bar show years ago and then tried to
steal my show from me. They actually slashed a tire on
my cargo trailer because they weren't able to replace me
in a bar as the house D.J.
NOTICE HOW THEY TRIED TO COPY MY SET UP!
Stacked speakers & home made light stands.
4 speakers run from one powered mixer made for bands is
asking for equipment failure during a show.
The lights are hung with duct tape OMG
The lights are all Walmart strobe lights $12 each
The D.J. sits down instead of standing showing no
The table belongs to the club with no table skirt showing
all the ugly cables.
Hard to see in the picture but the D.J. is also smoking in a
club breaking the Ohio no smoking law.
|All top quality equipment that not only looks good
but sounds fantastic with the most expensive
speaker system BOSE has to offer.
|Here's a picture of yet another local D.J.! His motto on
his karaoke books is
"Let us show you how a DJ is supposed to be" YIKES!!!
Notice how the small speakers are on the floor instead
of on stands. Ugly cords dangling everywhere and the
dirty dusty monitor for the singers to read the karaoke
lyrics from. This guy has been in business for less then
a year and has 13,000 karaoke songs and 40,000 DJ
songs all on a hard drive. If he'd paid for all those
songs he'd have over $68,000 invested in music but as
you can tell by the setup it's all pirated music and yet
his set up here is supposed to be a example to all that
hire him of what a D.J. is supposed to be.
|HERE'S A PICTURE OF MY SMALL
WHICH WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE AT
SIGNS OF A BAD D.J.
1. Doesn't use a headphone to mix or pre cue songs.
2. Sits down while D.J.'n - Looks lazy not caring to be there.
3. Does wedding receptions wearing street clothes.
4. Uses lights designed for a bedroom or college dorm from Walmart, Big Lots & Spencers.
5. Smokes cigarettes - has to leave the building to smoke so he can't be found to make a request.
6. Uses a microphone mixer designed for bands to D.J. with. No capability to cue music up or mix songs.
7. Brings their friends, wife, girlfriends and or kids to your party to eat and drink for free.
8. Got all their songs from Craigslist, Ebay, or a fellow D.J. on a pirated hard drive. A major clue on this is
have they been in business for a few years while claiming to have many many thousands of songs - Songs
are $1 each and Karaoke runs around $2 a song so when they claim they have 1 million songs and 80,000
karaoke songs you know they have stolen all the music they are charging you for.
9. No life long experience of dealing with sound equipment shows they became a DJ later in life for the
money - not for the love and knowledge of music.
10. Has little experience with music so they want the client to supply them with a list of all the songs to
play for the evening because they don't have a clue on what danceable songs are.
|Looking for a cheap D.J. could have you ending up
with D.J.'s like these guys below. They all see
themselves as professionals with professional
equipment and light shows. D.J.'s that don't post
actual pictures on their web sites of their systems
are usually ones like these!
Years ago I got invited to a wedding reception which I attended, and witnessed a D.J. that played only one style of music....COUNTRY.....
all night long, other than The Chicken Dance and Y.M.C.A.! This D.J. was also using, believe it or not....car stereo speakers, as his
main speakers on the stage, and a guitar amplifier to power them. Everything sounded very honky midrange in tone. He didn't even have
something as simple as a mirror ball, for dance floor lighting. I really felt sorry for the bride, knowing she could have, and should have,
had so much better for entertainment. All D.J.s are not created equal.
How are these new D.J.s going to get their learning experience??? They're going to learn from all their mistakes, if they learn at all,
that they'll make at your party that you're paying for. It's like getting paid money to go to college!! I don't think you want to pay for their
education, do you? So be sure to go with an experienced full time D.J. and not a part time D.J. with a full time job somewhere else. He
might have to cancel out on you the week of your show, due to a mandatory work weekend at his full time job. Trust me - this stuff does
You never know how bad many D.J.s out there really are until you get to see and hear a good one. Only then do you realize how bad
things are. Imagine having lived your entire life only having hot dogs to eat then, one day, you get to dine on steak and lobster; only then
do you realize just how blah hot dogs are!
Just a random thought - have you noticed that many D.J.s phone book ads, or web sites, state that they are "Ohio's Premier" or
"Ohio's #1" or "Best in Ohio" or "Areas Finest" etc. I'm curious on who gave so many a first place prize. This web site will show you
all I have to offer so you can, at least, be totally informed on 1 of the many D.J.s you are looking at. Don't be blown away by some D.J.s
that say they have 1 million songs etc. These D.J.s are using illegal pirated hard drives, and they have so many duplicated songs that it's
insane. Just how many times do you have to have The B52's Love Shack in a karaoke or D.J. collection, on a hard drive, to fluff up your
total song number?
I have an ex wife whose favorite quote was "VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE". While variety in partners isn't good for a marriage.
Variety in music is definitely more likely to please all of your guests. My job is to make those important announcements that need to be
made and play a variety of music, in different styles for people of all ages to enjoy and doing this brings out the dancers, on their own, to
have a great time at your party!!! It works every time!!
Watch out for those D.J.s that say they have a light show and it only consists of 4 cans with 4 colored
bulbs screwed in that flash on and off. That was a light show for bands for 50 years. Back in the
50's, 60's and 70's D.J.s used them because that was all that was available but since the 80's lighting
has made a giant leap forward with lights that actually move. While it cost alot more to buy high
quality equipment, the effect on your guests to get them into the dancing mood can't be beat.
1. There's a high probability that a cheap (or free) DJ won't be in business by the time your wedding arrives.
Many low-priced DJs aren't charging enough to support their own businesses for the long term; you're just financing
their hobby. Meanwhile, your wedding is 6-12 months away or more. I've received those calls from desperate couples
who had a friend of a friend who is a DJ cancel on them last minute. It's not pretty. Do you want to risk the possibility
that the cheapie DJ is bankrupt and out of business before your big day?
2. Amateurs are less invested in their performance than a wedding professional. The amateur DJ is doing it for fun,
and if something goes wrong, it's not a big deal. A wedding professional, on the other hand, risks his entire reputation
and livelihood with every performance. One bad review can destroy his business and he knows it. At one wedding, the
DJ brought along his wife and newborn. Their table was littered with McDonald's bags and his wife decided to breast
feed the baby during dinner. Would you rather have an entertainer who is 100% invested in his business and
performance on your wedding day or someone who does it as a hobby?
3. A wedding is a unique event that require the skills and experience of a wedding specialist for a smooth, flawless
ceremony and reception. It's about more than just playing music. Your wedding DJ is responsible for coordinating the
time line, orchestrating the introduction and flow of events, working with your other vendors, managing the guests,
reading the crowd and making sure the right song is played at just the right time. Even a DJ who is quite experienced in
the club setting will be at a loss because they simply aren't familiar with the flow of events and how to prevent disasters
when something goes awry. One inexperienced DJ mistakenly announced a special dance with the bride and her
grandfather because he forgot to update his notes. The entire family started crying because Grandpa had passed away
two weeks earlier. Are you willing to place the outcome of your wedding in the hands of someone who doesn't do
weddings for a living?
4. Your guests won't dance without an experienced entertainer who can read the crowd and keep the momentum going.
You have to play the right songs at the right time and in the right order to maintain dancing. Oftentimes, the mood
changes and your entertainer needs to change the program to maximize the dancing along the way. If she can't mix
from one song to another, you'll have gaps of dead air or awkward rhythms that will frustrate your guests and clear the
floor. Many couples think that providing an amateur with a set list of songs they love will be enough to make a fun
wedding. It's not. You need someone with experience to work with your requests and what your guests are responding
to in order to avoid an empty dance floor. One bride regrets hiring her DJ because he played Unforgettable five times
during the wedding because he didn't know any other slow songs. Are you willing to sacrifice the fun at your wedding
to save money on a cheaper DJ?
5. The MC (the guy or girl on the microphone) has a huge impact on the mood and outcome of your party, for better
or worse. An obnoxious DJ with an abrasive voice will irritate your guests and dampen the mood of the entire party.
Professional DJs invest in vocal training and practice to optimize their performance. I personally witnessed one DJ that
embarrassed everyone by making suggestive comments to the bride over the microphone. Do you want just anyone
acting as your wedding host or do you want a professional speaker you can trust?
6. Your special events may not happen if you don't hire a specialist who's experienced in channeling the flow of events.
Who will direct your bridal party and guests at the ceremony? Who's going to line them up for introductions? Who's
in charge of making sure the toasts, special dances and dedications go without a hitch? Just having the equipment and
knowing how to push play doesn't guarantee the people wrangling skills you need for a fun, smooth reception. In most
cases, your entertainer is the one who makes sure your special events are executed as you've requested. One
inexperienced DJ forgot to bring the couple's First Dance song; they were forced to dance to Barbra Streisand, who they
can't stand. Will you risk leaving your special events to chance or do you want to ensure that everything is done
according to plan?
7. An amateur doesn't have the experience to include your unique requests in a way that truly expresses your
personality AND keeps people dancing. You can't make your guests dance to the songs you like if they don't feel the
same way. Your DJ needs to read the crowd and have the experience to build sets of music around your preferences.
An amateur DJ can play the songs you request, but lacks the experience necessary to make it work. One bride told us
her DJ played the unedited version of Sexy Back during dinner and had five minutes of dead air while he queued up the
next song. Do you want your guests on the dance floor all night or is it acceptable to have large chunks of time with no
8. An amateur DJ has inadequate or non-existent backup equipment, which means that if something fails you have no
music at your wedding. A fully functional backup system on the premises is essential to making sure you have music at
your wedding no matter what. Most amateur DJs won't have a backup plan if a speaker blows or a laptop crashes.
We were approached at the end of one wedding by a DJ in the next room who asked if he could borrow our speakers�
because his were broken. Are you willing to takes your chances without a backup on your wedding day?
9. DJs who charge less invest less into their equipment, which means you have inferior sound and performance at your
wedding. A stereo system that sounds great in your living room doesn't sound good in a spacious wedding venue.
Professional speakers and equipment are necessary for clear sound that has impact at low volumes, so your guests can
speak at the tables even while the dance floor is thumping. If you want your guests to actually hear your exchange of
vows at the ceremony, you'll need professional equipment and an on site tech to make sure that happens.
One DJ showed up at a venue for the first time without ANY speakers or mixer because he's been told that he could, use
the venue's sound system and he didn't call ahead to verify. Are sound issues like blasting music or impossible to
understand audio acceptable on your wedding day? If you're not planning to have any formal events at your wedding,
and you'd like a cocktail party more than a dance party, it may make sense to save money by hiring a non-professional.
But if you're investing thousands of dollars on creating the perfect day, please don't jeopardize it by hiring someone
who doesn't know what they're doing. Your wedding day only happens once; make sure you hire a DJ who gets it right.
|This is pretty much my venting page and warning page to those looking for
entertainment, of what you need to be aware of, and the tactics of misleading
that many fly by night D.J.s use on those not knowledgeable about the
entertainment industry. I've done some digging and research for you so that
you can be more educated in your goal to find truly professional
Quality does cost money for entertainment, just as it does with everything else in life.
You won't find "Pitbull" doing shows for $100 and you won't find your local bar band doing shows in
stadiums making $100,000. You'll find some of my systems middle of the road in prices, but the quality
far exceeds the prices.
Be sure to know what you're getting for your money when you get other estimates. You could ask a
D.J. if he has a light show and he'll say: "sure I have lights and fog too", and the guy shows up with
lighting purchased at Walmart, made for a bedroom or living room, and cigarettes to provide the fog
LOL! GET THE DETAILS FIRST - NOT LATER!! There should be pictures of his D.J. system on the
website or facebook page. A good D.J. takes pride in his system and should be happy to show it off on
the internet with photos and or videos. If not, maybe they have something to hide.
The reason I can't do a Saturday show for you for only $200, like your next door neighbor or cousin Bill
is that I use high quality equipment with amplifiers, speakers and lighting that have high quality specs.
The speakers alone, on my Gold System which are BOSE, cost me $5,000. I don't use equipment that
was intended for home use that you can get at Radio Shack, Walmart or Spencers. That stuff is fine for
small rooms, like your bedroom or living room, but it can't begin to cut it in a large room with lots of
people in it. I also, being the fool that I am, pay taxes on my income as a D.J. so I can support all those
people on welfare out there so (hopefully) I can retire at the age of 70, if Social Security still exists then.
I pay 25%, of my profits back out in taxes every year since I'm self employed. So, I'm not getting rich,
but I can keep my music current and I can continue to improve on my entertainment packages to offer
you an awesome show.
Being that I am a full time D.J. you know I'll be there for you and I'll be there at the show. People that
hold down other full time jobs and D.J. on the side are hard to get a hold of when they are busy at work
and even worse is when they have to cancel out on your party because their full time job has a shift
change, or mandatory over time or mandatory weekend of work. Will they pick not going to work and
getting fired from their full time job or will they cancel out on you and leave you hanging with no
entertainment? It does happen a lot. You don't want to be one of those brides calling up other D.J.s
the week of your wedding trying to find entertainment cause your D.J. canceled out on you.
Most D.J.'s now use computers with songs stored in a MP3 format on hard drives. A D.J. that is using
their phone or IPOD to DJ with is guaranteed to have them ripped at a low bit rate because of the small
internal memory. My songs are ripped at 320 Kbps for higher quality sound. The internal sound cards
from phones, laptops and desktop computers are not designed for high quality sound production. I've
purchased $200 external sound cards to get the best sound possible.
I belong to a professional D.J. club that sends me over 250 monthly current music videos. These songs
have been edited of offensive lyrics and are up to FCC broadcast standards for radio play.
OF COURSE IN A NIGHT CLUB SITUATION WITH ALL ADULTS PRESENT MORE RISQUE
MUSIC IS OFTEN PLAYED.