Hope you all had a great easter BTW and you got loads of eggs.
1. What is your DJU Forum Alias?
2. What is your Real Name, Age, Location & Marital Status?
Jason Clark, 37, Living in Waltham Cross, Partnered to Carmen
3. What is the Name of your Disco?
Dance Sounds Disco
4. How long have you been a DJ?
About 1yr, but had some brief experience in a Club in the early 90's.
5. What inspired you to become a DJ?
Something I wanted to do. Big lover of music and enjoy having a good time.
Carmen needed some PA gear for a Salsa Event, and I used that as an excuse...
6. Are you a Full/Part Time DJ? If part time what else do you do?
Day job as a Senior Software/Hardware developer. Reasonably well paid, but I've been doing this stuff for 15 years so getting bored!
My other sideline is to develop online stores for clients, and the odd interesting project.
Currently I've got quite a few projects on the go - which is good as the DJ side is very quiet!
Yes... Before the Financial work came crashing down, I was looking to go Self Employed!
7. What is your favourite type of function now? (eg: Wedding, 18th Birthday party, etc)?
40th/50th birthdays. I generally have much more fun there- normally my type of music, and normally up for a good time.
I also enjoy some kids parties - being a Dad of 12 and 9yr olds, I'm happy to chat with kids and sometimes let the birthday boy/girl "be DJ".
8. What’s the worst/most embarrassing thing you've done in front of an audience?
Nothing too bad, main offence has been to drop the wrong fader.
9. If you could go back to the beginning of your DJ career is there anything that you'd do differently? (eg: The gear that you bought, the way you promoted/advertised yourself)
I don't think I made any really big mistakes along the way, and I don't have much kit gathering cobwebs!
One mistake was designing my buisiness cards myself. Black background with small white text is very hard to read. I also wasn't impressed by the quality from Vistaprint.
I've just taken delivery of some cards designed and locally, more expensive, but much better quality.
10. What do you feel you offer the public that convinces them to book you rather than "the next guy/girl"?
This is a toughie! Feedback is that other DJs in my immediate local area are not that good are getting back to clients. I offer a good level of service and put them at ease.
If I can't do a gig, I try to pass it around, or give the client some tips on picking a good DJ.
11. Have you ever bought something for your show that you wish you hadn't? and why?
12. What's your next DJ purchase likely to be?
I don't know! I've recently spent out on new mixer+subs+tops. I need to get some work in before I get much else in.
I'd love a really good laser (with kit to program via the PC)- out of my price range.
I guess I should really get a truss. My stand is currently a 4' giraffe (or 2' giraffe for small venues). I put lighting on 2 t-bars, but would like a good truss for the lighting. However, I doubt I'd get it in the car!
13. If you could get someone to invent a new piece of disco equipment for your show, what would it be?
Folding Flat Pack speakers!
14. What was the worst equipment failure suffered during a gig?
PC overheat. Mid-summer outside BBQ gig. vent holes where being covered by clipboard.
Luckily, I was providing Karaoke, so kicked off the next singer and re-booted PC.
No-one knew of the problem, and the PC was fine for the rest of the day.
15. What do you think is the best thing about DJing?
A full dancefloor!
16. What do you think is the worst thing about DJing?
Set-up/Packup, obnoxious guests.
17. What would make you stop DJing (if anything)?
Health Problems (back/joint problems)
18. How do you think DJing will change, in the next 5 years?
More red-tape and the demise of Pubs will mean challenging times ahead.
Those that offer Dry Hire may do well from iPod DJ's needing better PA/Lights, and this could also allow an upsell to providing a DJ for the night for little extra cost.
I think those that remain will need to project a clear difference between their service from budget DJ's
19. Most stupid thing anyone's ever said to you at a gig?
Can you play that Brand NEW "low" song.. (end of last year...)
20. Best advice you were ever given by a fellow DJ?
End the night on a big song.
21. And worst advice you were ever given?
Nothing specific. I'll listen on advice, but check most things out before acting.
22. How do you keep up to date with music? (eg Promo monthly CDs, Downloads, Purchase from retailer)
I have a Pro Disk subscription, but also track the charts. Legal downloads from 7Digital and Amazon, and the odd CD from Tesco.
23. Name 3 songs that 95% of the time will fill the dance floor for you!
Cha-Cha slide, 500 miles,
24. One piece of advice you'd give to someone just starting out.
Smile and enjoy yourself! :-)
25. What medium format do you mainly use eg vinyl, CD, hard-drive?
26. Have you embraced/adapted any ideas that you've read about on DJU - if so what?
I think seeing that the members here are mainly a professional bunch, and some do earn a living as a full-time DJ is pretty cool.
I think of most interest is listening to stories about gigs gone wrong (or right).
27. What is your best gig ever and your worst?
Worst was a 40th (contradicting #7), guys sitting on bar stools, women outside smoking and kids all over the dancefloor.
Best was probably a wedding last year, a nice couple who appreciated the work we did, and most guests were dancing.
28. Apart from 'Word of Mouth' what is your main (most successful) form of advertising your disco?
Website. I get good results, but it now needs a refurb. (never liked the black background!)
29. Are you a member of a DJ Association / Union and how does being a member benefit you?
I'm a full Member of DJ@, and so receive their £10M PLI cover. In addition, if/when I decide to go into VDJ, I'll also get a decent discount on the MixMash DVD's.
I may also consider joining SEDA, but need to look into benefits (other than the meet-up)
30. Have you ever had someone try to claim off you? (eg: Public Liability Insurance or other such legal action)
31. How many gigs do you do a year, how many would you like to do?
Last year was 21 (starting 1st April).
This year has been quiet, only 4 to date, I've lost 3 and had to turn away 3.
I would like to do about 30-35, I have other commitments on alternate weekends - so can't do every weekend.
32. What is your average charge for a booking?
£250 for an adult party, and £150 for a childrens party (this is now a fairly fixed price).
33. How many tracks do you have in your music collection?
34. What is your favourite venue to perform in?
My local pub. 300yds away, load/unload through a side window, and free lemonade!
Money isn't great, but its a good, fun easy night with 8pm start!
35. What is your favourite music genre?
All sorts! Currently listening the the Erasure Remix CD in the Car, but also into New Wave, Rock, House, and some oldies.
If I listen to Radio, its normally Kiss100 or Virgin.
36. Do you use a roadie?
Yes, Carmen :-)
She's gotten used to coiling cables, knowing not to turn things on etc etc.
Great Gal! x
37. How long does it take you to rig your equipment and then pack it away?
About 90mins. Set-up is about 30-60mins.
It has to look tidy, so cables neatly tied away..
38. How far do you travel from your base to perform as a DJ?
About 1hr, never been asked to go further. I would be willing to go 2-3hours if the money was right.
39. What other services do you provide (if any) on top of being a DJ?
We offer a photography service which is normally for no additional charge. Carmen has a good DSLR with various lenses/flash guns/filters etc. We post them on a CD a few days after the party. Feedback had been excellent.
40. Add any additional comments which you would like to include here...
Edited by UKHero, 14 April 2009 - 11:55 AM.