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  1. DJ Ricky B

    Thoughts?

    What a way to end the wedding reception! Go out with a bang during the first dance, and tear the roof down! :)
  2. DJ Ricky B

    Need help in picking a new mp3 player

    Check these options out. These seem to be low prices too...
  3. DJ Ricky B

    Would you DJ a kids party and Facilitate games?

    I use to do them all the time in my 20s. Still did them in my early 30s, but as time went on I booked less and less of them each year. I think the last Bat Mitzvah I did was in 2018, and my son and I did a friend's 5 year old birthday party in 2019. Perhaps this is something that just comes...
  4. DJ Ricky B

    Would you DJ a kids party and Facilitate games?

    I had two calls that I have not responded to yet. One came in Friday afternoon, and one came in yesterday. One is for a Barmitzvah next April for 3 hours. Wants a DJ to play games with the kids. Wants a price quote. She was referred by someone to me, and I did not recognize the name she...
  5. DJ Ricky B

    Would you DJ a kids party and Facilitate games?

    At this point in your career as a DJ would you DJ a kids party where they want the DJ to be interactive, and facilitate games with the kids? Coke/Pepsi, Limbo, Hula Hoop Toss style games as an example.
  6. DJ Ricky B

    Drinking the Bose kool-aid (again)

    That wouldn't fly at 95% of the venues I work at. Most of them don't have ceremony areas where you can just pull the car right up and park out of the way and to the side. The venues will require the car to be parked in the parking area. ...Also, and wedding with a wedding planner involved...
  7. DJ Ricky B

    My first gig... sort of!

    That is basically how I feel. I believe in my current position/feelings about deejaying and life in general I can go more than 2 more years, probably another 5 or 6, but the joy of deejaying is diminished a good bit. I also don't have it in me any more for working so many weekends or 45+ events...
  8. DJ Ricky B

    My first gig... sort of!

    I think that Chief Wiggum would be an excellent MC! Especially if he is in uniform 🤓 🤪
  9. DJ Ricky B

    When to transition...?

    This is a good question. I am sure Taso does this, but does anyone else actually discuss mixing style with their clients prior to the event? For the longest time I did not discuss it, and it only came up in discussion when the bride or groom said that they "Don't like Remixes" or "We don't...
  10. DJ Ricky B

    Would you DJ a wedding for $550 in 2021?

    If I never improved past the $300 Event Range as a DJ, I would have quit doing this a long time ago. Anybody who is heading out to do $250 and below events today are simply doing it for love of deejaying and treating it as a paid hobby, OR they are simply desperate to make money. Nobody...
  11. DJ Ricky B

    Weddings Do you have your wedding clients fill out a planning form?

    A thousand dollars for a planning portal to me is a lot of money. DJ Event Planner is $120/year. I don't need to see a picture of my couples, especially if I had a skype meeting with them. There is also Face book if I wanted to snoop around to see what they look like, but I don't...
  12. DJ Ricky B

    Anyone still use mirrored balls?

    My sister still has her Mirror Ball. She had to buy a replacement motor like 6 years ago. She still has her old stand for it where you put two lights on the floor base and supposed to point up at the mirror ball. Last time I used it, I C Clamped a Chauvet White LED pin light to the stand...
  13. DJ Ricky B

    Lighting

    That is basically where I am at now that I am working 5 days a week/40 hours. I don't have time to chase events any more, so I find myself accepting more work from another DJ and I don't mind it. I'm also at a point to where I feel like I don't want to work more than 30 events a year, and I...
  14. DJ Ricky B

    Lighting

    I agree that 2/3rds is fair. However, pertaining to myself...it depends the quality of the events. If another DJ says they have a wedding they would like to book me on, and they are only charging their customer $600, and wants to pay me a lousy $400...I am going to tell them to go kick...
  15. DJ Ricky B

    Lighting

    As far as I know in the DC area, there is no DJ company, or agency willing to pay more than 67% NET to their sub contractors right now. There is literally no negotiation on it as far as I know and most want DJs to take 50% to 60%. Take the work, and agree to their terms, or they will go find...
  16. DJ Ricky B

    Lighting

    Not to mention that I am sure that Teen Events are either greatly reduced, or essentially non existent due to the pandemic. From what I understand, no school systems are going to have a home coming dance or any dances at all planned for this fall/winter. There were no proms in 2021 or 2020, and...
  17. DJ Ricky B

    Would you DJ a wedding for $550 in 2021?

    Unfortunately, the Micro Chip shortage is now projected to continue until mid 2023. The car makers that would pay Net 90 to these Microchip manufacturers have basically been put on the back burner. That includes Ford and GM. That is their own fault for making the producer wait so long to...
  18. DJ Ricky B

    Would you DJ a wedding for $550 in 2021?

    But how much has DJ equipment really advanced over the past 5 years? All the good quality mixers and Controllers were around in 2016. As far as Speakers, there are some newer line ups, but honestly the cream of the crop stuff was out and available in 2016 as well. Now if we were talking 10...
  19. DJ Ricky B

    Would you DJ a wedding for $550 in 2021?

    I would say no. Except on principal, the buyer ALWAYS loses some value the moment they drive it from the dealer, and pass the 5 day return law. Most new vehicles depreciate 20% to 25% from the purchase price the moment the buyer drove it home lol. Then after that these vehicles depreciate...
  20. DJ Ricky B

    Barn weddings in my area becoming over priced

    It was a weak lead. What intrigued me is that it's at a hotel and conference center, so you know they are spending at least $70 per person on the catering, and it's on a Saturday in wedding season...and the pandemic is still going on. I believe any DJ that is willing to go do a 100+ guest...
  21. DJ Ricky B

    Barn weddings in my area becoming over priced

    The only venues left that are under $2,000 out there in my service area are Fire Halls, VFWs, American Legions, and Elks Lodges. There are some low end catering halls out there where the venue fee might be like $1,500 or so, but they also require catering through the venue, and usually a minimum...
  22. DJ Ricky B

    Barn weddings in my area becoming over priced

    Covid hasn't changed things much in terms of customer's view point/expectations with a DJ budget, and the willingness of some DJs to book a $500 OR LESS wedding though. Had this request just yesterday. My lowest tier package is more than double their maximum budget so I know I won't hear back...
  23. DJ Ricky B

    What is your preferred screen size for your laptop?

    ALL of my Laptops have ALWAYS been 15.6" screen size. However, I am changing it up with my next laptop. It will be a 17" laptop
  24. DJ Ricky B

    Barn weddings in my area becoming over priced

    The price has increased on literally everything, and we will continue to see increasing prices. We have entered a period where nothing is cheap any more. Major Supply Chain Issues, Food distribution shortages, and shortage on supplies, parts, equipment etc. EVERYTHING is affected! Not to...
  25. DJ Ricky B

    This is a good sign

    You CAN do more...It's just that you don't want to do it, but if you did you would stand out even more as a DJ! :) You would be able to market yourself as 100% Covid Ready, and Safer than other DJs