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Vinyl DJ taking you back to the 90's!

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Hi all. Signed up to this forum a couple of weeks ago in the hope of getting some advice/guidance from all you fellow DJs out there. Let me introduce myself:

My name is Pete (DJ name is Kick Ass). While not brand new to DJ'ing (I've had my Numark Direct Drive decks for about 12 years!) it's only been the last couple of years when I've started to properly "learn the art" of being a DJ. I've been quite lucky in that my brother's friend organises regular DJ nights at a local pub, and have done a couple of DJ sets there (first one was ok, second was much better!). Competition for spots is high, so only get 1 gig a year though.

The music I DJ'd at those events was my true love: 90's happy hardcore! I also have many other records covering 90's dance, piano classics, rave, italian house, and old skool. All 90's and all awesome!

I have recently purchased some equipment to start up as a mobile DJ - business cards being handed out whenever I can!

I'd be interested to hear from DJs with similar music tastes who maybe need extra DJ's for events or might want a DJ such as myself to play at a party, but also to get help/advice from those in a similar position.

Cheers for reading.

Pete (DJ Kick Ass)          

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Welcome along Pete,

 

One of my observations about your post is that you are into your mixing - do you have a website with demo mixes?

This will give you an opportunity to advertise your skills and score nights... other ways to get work could be djing at your local fashion shops, normally for free, but a huge opportunity to hand out some cards if/when people come over to you.

 

i love all the sounds you mention and have dj'd thru most of those genre's. Happy hardcore i left to my cousin tho (dj dougal aka paul clarke)...

 

For you to actually get anywhere in the mobile business would be to score some private bookings - aiming for the 18ths, and hope its the first 18th of all the friends.. (this works for all milestone birthdays ie 21 & 40 etc) then if you do a good job you will get a bunch of calls asking you to dj the rest of the clan... With the 90s being a popular genre for 40 year olds... you could try and corner the market and specialize in that area, but you will limit your booking ability to a very select market.

 

word & mouth is my biggest mode of bookings, however i do have a website for my dj business and a podcast page where i exercise my passion for music.. i dont actually use the podcast page to promote my dj business as the music i love is nothing like the music i play at parties.

 

its a fine line between us djs being a club or mobile joc... most club djs will do a 1hr set in one specific genre (and be type cast), while  a mobile joc will be playing all the hits form across the decades... something i debate frequently amongst my dj friends - im regarded as a dj hoe round my way as i play to the crowd and dont exercise my passion for house music... but im an entertainer and earn a good living from my dj work... while they scratch around for opportunities to dj their passion - and normally unpaid.

having a vast array of music is a good start for a mobile joc. Family parties can be so random... you may get asked to play some ska or swinging 60s.. all the way thru to current RnB / chart music.... So building up your music library is paramount.  To overcome some of these issues you can always ask for the type of music when you get a booking, have a chat with the client... you're not looking for precise track names (unless they want one or two specifics - ie a first dance at a wedding), but more for indication of what to be prepared for than anything else.

 

You are way off my area so no point me offering you some work, Bishopstoke is a good 2hr drive on a good day to Essex via the m25 & the dartford crossing.

 

I quite often use a dj shop in Eversley (back up the m3 from you) called RSD music... run by David Reed... he is very helpful, knows the business inside out and holds lots of dj goodies in stock, certainly worth a visit as those direct drive decks will be a complete pain to set up / knock down at every gig!

 

I think that covers it from me... info overload ;)

 

best wishes and good luck!

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I quite often use a dj shop in Eversley (back up the m3 from you) called RSD music... run by David Reed... he is very helpful, knows the business inside out and holds lots of dj goodies in stock, certainly worth a visit as those direct drive decks will be a complete pain to set up / knock down at every gig!

 

 

another vote for dave reed. great guy... and if youre considering how much to charge for gigs, go have a chat with him about how much you think you should charge :)

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Welcome along, Pete!

 

Happy hardcore is not my thing at all so looking forward to seeing some playlists for inspiration!!

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I find its often the case that when someone asks for a specific genre,be it happy house ,hardcore,garage,indie,or basically anything that isnt pop,I find it hard to know exactly what they want.What is it that defines these particular genre?

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Anyone care to give a list of genres and explain their idea of what each means

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I find its often the case that when someone asks for a specific genre,be it happy house ,hardcore,garage,indie,or basically anything that isnt pop,I find it hard to know exactly what they want.What is it that defines these particular genre?

 

 

Anyone care to give a list of genres and explain their idea of what each means

There’s no definitive answer as people’s definitions of music genres and styles can be totally different.

 

That’s what customer consultations are for (be it in person, via email or phone) - it all comes back to ‘ask the client’ like so many DJ questions do.

 

And it’s also the reason why a specialist music DJ can command a higher fee.

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I can accept there is no definitive answer but there has to be an answer of some sort.Customer consultations are about choice not particularly genre.If they want hard house by all means one would ask for examples of what they would suggest but I am asking what in the music world constitutes hard house,garage etc.As for your last sentence,I can see where you are coming from but from a client point of view I am not looking for a specialist,just someone to play what I,the client,wants and that is.............

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Trev - I see where you are coming from - maybe start a topic in the relevant section for it and more members will read it.

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Welcome Pete, I made a similar move, from a 90's hard house and trance vinyl DJ to mobile. Not much call for my old music styles at the gigs I get but the buzz of making people dance is reward enough. You've had plenty of advice above from much more experienced mobile djs so I'll leave this post with just a note saying stick with it and enjoy ????

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