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Posted by Porky Man on 29 September 2014 - 09:19 AM
I've been a member on here for about a century but havent posted for ages... and actually, Colin has reminded us that we ought to network more efficiently.
I too have been lured away by the fakebook devil but I'll share this with you guys who have come along since I left.
I don't work in the budget arena, the only reason I get premium rates for what I do is because of great advice I got from this very forum, sure you need to filter out the dreamers and instant experts, but you soon get to know who they are.
Most of my gigs are me, on my own, out of my car, or occasionally a big trailer and a good lump of my work comes from guys I met on this very forum who do completely different stuff to me but also operate in the quality market.
There is no correct price for a DJ, you charge what you are happy working for, there is no correct set up for a DJ, you set up what you think your customers will like. There is no correct skill set, every single one of us is the best DJ in the world for someone, unfortunately, we're the worst for someone else.
The opinion of a 14 year old bedroom jock might be just as valid for your business as that of a 54 year old 30 year DJ veteran, only you can decide.
My name is Merv, I have a thousand rubbish websites but the worst one is here
I'm old, past it, overweight, just busy enough and actually really happy with my lot.
I have a dislike of liars and constant bull5hitters, and hate the overuse of LOL for when people aren't actually laughing out loud, lol
oh yes, and to someone, I'm the best DJ in the world, however to you , probably the worst.
Posted by Stardust Weddings+Events on 20 October 2013 - 03:59 PM
Not the impression I get from the DJ's I know who have actually been on any Marbecca courses - but it's an easy target I suppose.
I'll use the obvious example here :
Started out as a £50 pub DJ, now a top wedding DJ.
Has he been on one of these courses?
He just looked into the industry he wanted to be in and what the clientel he wanted to work for wanted and well adapted to offer what they want.
You don't need to spend £1000s on a course to look at your business and how you can improve and what you need to do to get where you want.
I'd like to think over the last few years I've "upped my game" a fair bit and I'm very happy with how my business is now and the type of clients I have and I owe most of that to help and advice from people on forums like this and certain Facebook groups and some DJ meet ups which haven't been about lining people's pockets and generally having a look at how some of the sucessfull people work.
You can have that one for free.
But then it's just an opinion.
Posted by Matt Wilson on 11 January 2015 - 02:02 PM
My name's Matthew, I'm new to this forum. I was introduced by a fellow wedding DJ, Host and friend Dale B (Daley Bee).
I'm 31 and have been a paid DJ for the majority of my life (I didn't use the word professional!). I would however claim to be professional and I concentrate my businesses on pleasing the clients.
As well as being a wedding DJ, I also do a lot of corporate work for large companies and venues.
I provide entertainment in the form of DJ's, I supply hardware (speakers, truss, lighting etc.) and also provide decoration services (draping, uplighting, LED dance floors, backdrops and starcloths, centrepieces, chair covers, rustic chairs and graphic enhancements).
I cover a worldwide customer base, although over 90% of my work takes place within South Wales.
I hope I'll be able to contribute positively to this forum.
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Posted by Adam ADH on 28 September 2014 - 10:58 PM
Do you know what, it's so damn good to see all the old schoolers back on here commenting! I'm even laughing at Clives post about Soundshops profile pic exploding!….god it's odd what you can recall!
When 4 x Acme Dynamo scans on a deck stand was a common rig….(before Wizards on sticks!)
When Pee Cee had his Martin Audio rig!
When Tech had his Karaoke shows out down the local boozers….
Dion and his weekly rig setups in his boozer…and when he got those new lasers and he frickin loved em!
You don't get none of that elsewhere anymore…..on the old Facebook pages it's all LED Disco light questions and people noshing off FBT! (*joke*)
Posted by groovindj on 08 July 2013 - 10:33 AM
Hi Phil. Welcome to MDJF and welcome back to being a DJ!
It's easier than ever these days to put a little rig together for yourself that doesn't take up much room and is respectable enough to gig with.
You don't need lots of bulky expensive equipment any more*, just a laptop with some DJ software, an all-in-one controller/mixer, powered speakers and some LED lighting.
You could even have the laptop and controller set up at home for a few sessions during your leisure time....
If you're not aware, there's a big yearly DJ exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham, called BPM. It's well worth a visit. It's much more than just stands with kit.
www.visitbpm.co.uk September 14th, 15th and 16th.
(* unless you want to!)
Posted by DJDJ on 20 April 2018 - 12:27 PM
Well 2018 and still here!
Now using a OOVJ with a Denon MC6000 and Yamaha speakers.
Most of my work is based around two local hotels. One of which I have a virtually have a permanent booth set up.
I have rare trips out of Driffield but very rare I go more than twenty miles from home.
Still love the job 25 years on, My passion for dealing with drunken yobs is not what is was but still have more good gigs than bad.
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Posted by Pee Cee on 27 September 2014 - 05:13 PM
On another note, I kinda gave up DJing in Dec 2012, but the last month or so I have rebuilt my DJ Box to give it more storage and might, just might, take up the headphones again.
Still got all my gear... so can jump right back in at anytime.
Posted by christoph on 03 August 2013 - 08:42 PM
Any money you spend on mapplins stuff is simply money wasted. But, you'll do it anyway as all new djs do. It's almost like a right of passage.
So get it out of your system now, and come back in the new year and the peeps on here will help you out.
Posted by topnotch on 17 October 2013 - 08:54 PM
I may add a bit of advice here
youmay have been doing the walk in club - rave- commercial scene for a number of years... but mobile is a completely different game im afraid !!! I does not matter a jot if you are in the USA or the UK.
get some help in shadowing fellow mobile jocks, and learning the mobile trade, in turn if they know your good, they in turn will pass work onto you, as they will know you have learnt, and can be trusted to cover those gigs
experience is the key here, and if done right .. you could earn lots with the right networking
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