How long have you been a DJ and what are your likes and dislikes about this business?

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MIXMASTERMACHOM

DJ Extraordinaire
Oct 16, 2011
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This is my 34th year all together. I love that I now use a laptop, DJ software program and all my music is on a 2 TB portable HD. I fought for a long time to stop using CD's and become a computer DJ. That part is great for me. The problem is when someone becomes a DJ thinking being a DJ is super easy today and it's easy money to be made.

A big dislike of mine is that today you have to seriously look for clean versions of songs. Some DJs don't see it as a big deal. I certainly do! I look to do classy events instead of trashy ones. Another thing is those guest at an event who keep coming up to you repeatedly to make request or try to tell you what to do. I don't have a problem with people making request. I just hatr the ones that are over bearing. They keep bugging you even though they are not the one paying you.
 
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Dj Jimmy D

DJ Extraordinaire
Oct 5, 2012
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33 years. I love to entertain people and make people enjoy their nights. Now I dislike the loading in and out so I pay people to do it. Doing is easy if you listen and learn. If you dont I guess it can be hard.
 
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MIXMASTERMACHOM

DJ Extraordinaire
Oct 16, 2011
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Let me tell a little funny story. Well over at least 12 years ago I was doing an event and some guy that had been drinking came up to me to ask if they could play some music on my setup. I was using CDs then and only have the amp I bought when I first started from that setup. I politely told them I got it and kept doing my job.
 

So Cal Hugh

DJ Extraordinaire
Mar 8, 2008
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From 1987 to about one year ago - willing to work, just moved to a very small town in a very sparsely populated county - but worked a lot.

I love the entertainer part. I am known for my MC skills and humor. I hate modern music (content being offensive mostly), and what the net has done to deeply splinter music genres and preferences. I also can't stand the attitude of too many young couples. Way too entitled.

Also can't stand how too many DJs today won't help other DJs, but talk down to them. Not so much on ODJT, but on FB, Twitter, etc.

I actually have one more wedding on contract for an older couple, and one more promised to a coworker who really shouldn't marry the girl. Then, it's just free or low paying community events for me.
 
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Bob Kreider

DJ Extraordinaire
Feb 12, 2016
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Kennewick WA
43 years and still like everything about the business. I have my business for sale and hope to find someone as eager and enthusiastic as me to take over. I don't really have a good reason to get out, except it's time to slow down a bit. Really isn't anything I dislike.
 

sawdust123

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Nov 10, 2006
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I began in radio around '78 while still in HS. I then did fraternity parties all through college. I started doing house parties after college and this led to my first wedding for a friend. That wedding led to four more and soon I made a small business out of it. Nearly all of my business was referral based. I had no interest in being a full-time operator. I was picky about the clientele I would work for. As a result, I never had any of those problem clients that make people hate their work. I never minded situational problems. Those came with the territory. I just didn't want to deal with assholes.

I prefer reunions or weddings for older couples. Mitzvahs, teen events and college crowds would be in my no-go zone. A lot of that has to do with the fact that I've become an old codger that dislikes much of the new music that is popular.

I never much cared for hauling gear but I have got to say, that has only gotten easier with age. The gear has gotten smaller and lighter and my vehicles have gotten bigger.
 

DJ Ricky B

DJ Extraordinaire
Mar 9, 2015
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Man, the members of ODJT are really showing their age. It's obvious that DJs are an aging group.

I'm one of the younger ones and I did my first gig along with my Dad in 1995 at the age of 13. Didn't technically start deejaying mobile events until 99, and did my first wedding in 2000. So, 22 years in the game now. I'm 39, and not sure if I will still be doing this when I am 59 years old. I feel there will be so many more changes between now and then in the industry. I can't be sure about another 10 years down the road. So much is likely to happen in the events industry. I'll post my dislikes and likes later on.
 
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ProDJ Jose

DJ For Life!
Apr 19, 2016
73
166
Tampa Bay Area
I started the art of mixing records back in 1979. While living in Washington Heights, a very young George Morel introduced me to mixing records. He took me to his apartment located right next to the school yard where I played softball and showed me his 1200s. I was hooked!

What I love about the Mobile DJ profession is that there's a lot to learn and you can get rich if you become a successful EDM producer.

What I despise most, is the attitude of some Mobile DJs that I've come in contact with over the decades. They had no desire to improve, lacked integrity, and yet claimed to love being a DJ.

This forum is the one place where there are a few DJs that I admire & respect. They are willing to share freely and for that I say, "thank you!"
 

Ausumm

Gold Plated Productions
Oct 21, 2008
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Started in radio in 1981 at the age of 17, and became a mobile DJ a short time later.
I love EVERYTHING about the business, even the manual labor.
The only thing I don't like is having a crowd that has NO interest in having a good time.
 

DJ Ricky B

DJ Extraordinaire
Mar 9, 2015
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What I like:
- Earning over $50 per hour of my total time on each event doing what I love
-Being the person in charge of the music! :)
- Continuous learning about things. Always learn something new every year it seems
- Performing and Completing Events provides a HUGE Feeling of Accomplishment! - We as the DJ earned that money, provide a valued service to our clients, and do it our own way without a boss managing us

What I dislike:
- Weddings that start at like 4:00 p.m. or earlier like 3 or 2 p.m. For me, they basically take up my entire day because I usually have to leave so early for them. I wouldn't mind a 1 p.m. wedding assuming it ends at like 6 p.m. That gives me time to load back into storage, and maybe do something at night time if I Wanted to. But a 2 to 8 p.m. or a 3 to 9 p.m. kinda just sucks IMO. It just takes up my entire day, and can't even go grab a quick lunch before heading out.
-LONG load in locations
-Lots of Stairs, No Elevator...THAT SUCKS!
-Dealing with Bad Planners (Thankfully I have had all good ones over the last few years! )
-Dealing with a group not interested in dancing at all. Have not done one of those kinds of events in a long time thankfully.
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

DJ Extraordinaire
Oct 16, 2011
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One other thing I love is an event went very well with people giving great compliments and sometimes a tip. I learned a valuable lesson. Don't go crazy when doing an event and there's not a lot of dancing. It happens occasionally. I'm just glad it hasn't happened in a very long time.