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DJ2C, DJ²C, what’s with the name?

I get asked a lot, “why is your name ‘DJ2C’ and why is the ‘2’ sometimes small?”

Well, to begin with, I needed a DJ name when I first started doing the DJ gig. I did not want to make it cheesy by using ‘DJ’ and either my last name or some funky pet name so I gave it a lot of thought and came up with DJ²C. That reads: “DJ Squared C”

The day I decided on the name, I was bouncing ideas off of my friend and he said that I should just call myself “DJ JC” since those are my initials. I liked the sound of it but I didn’t like the two “J”s being so together. It felt like it was stutter.

That’s when I figured it out.

Since I’m a nerd and like to sometimes share my useless knowledge (I’m a great trivia-night partner), I joined both “J”s and used the exponent of 2 since J²= JxJ (who thought this blog was going to turn into a math class?).

The end result was DJ²C. Although the name is read “DJ Squared C”, the “2” exponent is hard for some systems to type and in the case with this font, be read. I wasn’t able to register an exponent in the business name so the full size ‘2’ remained.

I am now known as DJ2C on paper which is also a nice play on words if you think about it. It almost sounds like the name is telling you that this is a DJ to see…and I surely am.

Karaoke!

I am proud to announce that DJ2C now offers Karaoke! If you want to have a private party in your house, want to have ‘Karaoke Night’ at your bar or place of business or perhaps just want to bring some people together for the fun of it, give me a call! I offer true HD graphics, lyrics, and high quality sound. Don’t sing to some old video game-looking graphics, hire the best!

You Get What You Pay For

If you’re looking for a cheap DJ, you’ll find a cheap DJ almost anywhere; but, if you’re looking for experience, passion, dedication and professionalism, it won’t come cheap and not everyone can pull it off.

This is where DJ2C comes in.  With 10 years of experience and fine-tuned detailed planning, you won’t just be hiring a DJ, you’ll be hiring the glue that’ll bring your event together.

When you decide to have an event of any sort, consider the DJ and how much of a role they will have in your event.  Do you really want to trust the lowest bidder with your special day after your hard work dealing with planning, directing, and last minute details only for it to come apart from incompetence? or would you rather rest assured that you’ve hired a professional who’s keen on ensuring your event is successful and sees it through?

-DJ2C

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Ever thought on becoming a DJ?

Have you ever thought about becoming a DJ? Have you ever NOT thought about it? When I first started as a DJ, there was an ad that was sent out in our work center’s intranet and it asked for anyone that was interested to apply for the position of DJ. The duties included being a Master of Ceremonies, people-oriented and flexible. As I read through the announcement, it did not sound like something I was going to be good at and I kept thinking that I was under qualified since I had never done DJ work; but I did wonder, “what if?”

Then I read the last line: “No experience needed”.

It took me a day or two to finally call the company and I was invited to an interview. I sat in a chair and filled out some paperwork. I was then called. We were doing microphone announcements and I was completely unprepared. I took the mic and after having received my instructions, I set about doing the best I could. Two of the three of us got hired.

The two of us became trainees and neither of us had prior experience. If I remember correctly, the other person was a mechanic, and I, a firefighter. The training developed us as DJs and Master of Ceremonies and we both went on to perform at various weddings, corporate events and parties throughout the Las Vegas (Nevada) area and included some of the big casinos and prestigious businesses in town.

I never thought about becoming a DJ, in fact, I never even thought about visiting the 20 countries I’ve been to either. I took some chances as the opportunities arose and now I’m extending the opportunity. Would you be interested in being a DJ in the Clovis, NM area? -No experience required.

The Wedding Disaster

I have been torn up about this and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to even say anything but I figured that since I’m in the business of educating the public, making sure you’re exposed to all aspects of the industry, and not just looking to make money, I’d make the effort to both educate the public and save face to the DJ while pointing out the importance of doing your due diligence and researching your DJ.

This Saturday I was invited to attend a wedding with my friend in a town that’s located about an hour and a half away. I said sure and I was excited that I’d not only be a guest to a wedding but that I was fortunate enough to see how their DJ performed.

As soon as we got there I noticed that the DJ had a very basic set up (speakers on the floor and not on stands), only a laptop and two light systems. The person who invited me is a good friend of the bride and groom and she told me that perhaps they went with the cheapest option so they could concentrate on spending money on other items which I thought was fair so I sat and watched what was going on, hoping to get my socks blown away by a DJ who seemed competent and seemed like he knew what he was doing.

Shortly after we found our seats, it was obvious that the recessional was supposed to be happening but there was nothing going on. We looked around and it was apparent that the DJ was having issues. Finally, the song played and the singer that was there to do his thing started singing. The song suddenly stopped and the singer paused for the split second. The bridal party continued into the room and took their places. After the couple was officially married, there was supposed to be an outro (recessional) with the same singer but nothing happened. Everyone was waiting for the cue (the singer) but the singer was waiting for the DJ to play the song. I’m not kidding when I say we all waited 10 minutes in total silence waiting for the DJ. I later found out that the DJ told the singer “uh, it’s not going to play” and the singer (a teenager) was quick on his feet and sang acappella (very nicely, too!). The recessional happened and we went into a quick break before going into the dinner portion.

Dinner had some low-volume Spanish music that was more for dancing than for eating but that might have been a request from the bride and groom so nothing of note there.

The interesting part was when dinner was over and the first dance happened. Not only did the DJ botch the names but the bride and groom were standing on the dance floor for five minutes before their song started. Ok, so mistakes happen and so far this guy has shown that he’s not prepared just based on the frequent issues he is having (speakers buzzing, music not playing, popping sounds from the speakers, etc.) and his gear is not up to par with one that is meant to be used to perform. Well, the music is finally playing, the bride and groom are about a minute into their dance and then the music abruptly stops. Like, it just stopped. It was not accidentally stopped, it was not purposefully stopped, this guy’s gear just quit on him. About 30 seconds pass by and the music resumes. The bride and groom continue to dance and just as soon as they go back to dancing, it stops again! The crowd is upset and start to boo. The bride and groom are looking at their guests and it is obvious that they are embarrassed. About a minute passes by and the music resumes again for about 5 seconds and just as the bride and groom grab each other to dance again, the song suddenly starts from the beginning and then stops! We start singing to help finish the song and the groom announces to us to go back for seconds (dinner) and to continue enjoying ourselves as they walk off stage visibly annoyed and frustrated.

I later found out that this DJ stemmed from the same place that I am currently at and does gigs around town with similar results.

-Out of professionalism, I will not reveal this person’s name-

The points here are many:

  • Ask the DJ if his or her gear is up to par and if they have any issues they’re currently dealing with
  • Ask what the back up plan is in the case something unexpected happens
  • Research the DJ’s experience and skill (this DJ does not have a web presence nor was he found when searching him by name online)
  • Do a ‘system check’ with your DJ before you start, if possible, or assign someone to do so
  • Ensure you review your agenda BEFORE your event starts (I was sitting next to the door when he asked the Bride and Groom what song they wanted him to play for their first dance).

I did not talk to the DJ and in fact, the person that took me decided we should leave the event early because of his awful performance and the embarrassment he was causing for the bride, groom and their guests. This event reminded me of the time that I had to step in as a DJ in my friend’s Mom’s wedding in Iowa because the DJ was being awful at his job. She literally told him to give me the Mic and I conducted the grand entrance, cake cutting, and announced the first dances before releasing people for the dance/fun portion.

I’m not saying ‘Hire me’, what I am saying is do your research, pay attention to whom you hire and the last thing to remember is you get what you pay for!

…but if you want to hire me, that’s cool too.

What is an MC and why is one important?

An MC, EMCEE, or Master of Ceremonies is a completely different thing than a DJ. You may know the term ‘MC’ from the artist, MC Hammer, and from the Hip-Hop genre but in reality, it is not all inclusive to the genre.

A Master of Ceremonies is someone that runs your event and is basically a ‘host’ that ensures the program goes as planned and makes changes accordingly.

With that said, not all DJs are MCs just how not all people are good public speakers. An MC is typically charismatic, witty, and able to think on his or her feet while maintaining microphone presence. Someone that is performing MC duties prepares ahead of time and even seeks additional training to ensure the skill of mic handling is effortless. The last thing you want as an MC is to stutter, lose your train of thought, or make an awkward situation even more awkward; therefore, a competent MC does not rely on their ‘ability to speak’ but rather seeks out ways to make their experience better so that they can deliver it to their customers.

If you are looking for a DJ and/or a Master of Ceremonies, it is best to ask your potential candidate if they do both, charge additional fees for the service, and if they have any experience and formal training.

Remember that there are great salespeople out there that can promise the world but can they put their money where their mouth is? You might want to make sure.

2017 Bark for Life

We had a lot of fun at this year’s Bark for Life.  I’m still not sure on specifics but there was a good crowd and even those that hadn’t heard about the event joined in when they saw what we were doing .  The military police showed up with their K9s and put on an awesome display of their skill.  I had a lot of fun Dj’ing the event and am thankful for having been invited to be a part of it.  I will update this blog with further info once I receive it regarding total raised and where you can donate to help fight cancer.

Taboo Question #2: Why shouldn’t my cousin or brother be my DJ?

There’s nothing wrong with hiring a family member to be your DJ.   One thing to remember is that time is money and a lot of people appreciate their time (and money).

A few pitfalls that people encounter when hiring their own family range from awkwardness at charging/paying; all the way to the DJ potentially leaving his post to celebrate with the rest of the family during the event.  Don’t get me wrong, maybe that’s ok with you and as long as the DJ is experienced enough, he or she can pull it off  (and as long as you’re ok with it!) but a lot of the time when the DJ gets side-tracked, the event gets side-tracked. What if your DJ isn’t experienced enough and the event becomes awkward due to it?  Would that be okay for you and your guests?

Ultimately, there’s nothing wrong with hiring your family.  Know the common issues with hiring family and if you have a new DJ remember that they need exposure as well so if it’s something to let them get their feet wet without too much of an impact if they mess up then let them..  At the end of the day you know that whomever you choose for your event will be exactly who you wanted.

One thing to keep in mind is that a professional DJ has a stake invested in doing a good job where a family member may end up only ‘doing a favor’ or doing something for ‘easy money’ but also understand that everyone is different so the situation you’re confronted with may be different and your family member DJ does an exemplary job.

…but, are you willing to take the chance?