What It Means To Be A Mobile DJ|
Posted on Monday, March 04 @ 22:25:48 EST by DJAdvantage
Topic: How To DJ
As it sounds, a mobile DJ is a DJ that has his own DJ equipment and brings it to the party, dance or wedding. There are many other kinds of disc jockeys, but they usually don't need to bring their own gear to the gig like the mobile DJ. For example, a club DJ may need to bring some music to the club, but that's about it. The turntables, cd players and rest of the DJ equipment is already at the club. Same goes for the radio DJ. Typically, they'll bring their own headphones, but the music and gear is all located in the radio studio.
Mobile DJs also can play at a variety of events: school dances, weddings, birthday parties, class reunions, retirement parties, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, Christmas parties, engagement parties, dances, holiday parties and more. Some of these mobile DJs may even go so far as to call themselves Wedding DJs or say that they specialize in school dances, class reunions or whatever.
In addition to playing music at the event, the mobile DJ will often act as the Master of Ceremony (MC) and make all of the formal announcements. Many consider the DJ to be the “life of the party” since they are primarily responsible for entertaining the guests. They also take on the role of the event coordinator by making sure that any timelines are followed and that important events are not missed. The other wedding professionals (caterer, photographer, videographer, etc..) often take their cues based on the DJ.
It’s not all fun and games, however. There’s also quite a bit of work that goes into each event to make it a fun and enjoyable experience for all. Before the event, the mobile DJ may spend hours practicing, purchasing or researching music, confirming details, testing equipment, etc..). On the day of the party, the gear and music must be loaded into the truck or van and transported to the event location. It then has to be unloaded, set up and tested to make sure everything is functioning properly. Depending on the length of the party, the mobile DJ could be on his/her feet for a good 4 hours. After the event, the equipment has to be disassembled, loaded and transported back home. Keep in mind, moving DJ equipment can be pretty physically demanding as speakers may weigh 100 lbs. each and a fully loaded DJ coffin could be just as heavy. Some venues may include stairs or a bit of a hike to get to the setup location. Add music, lights and other accessories and you’re in for quite a workout.
Overall, being a mobile DJ can be a fun and lucrative business. In a lot of ways, it’s like being paid to go to the party. Often times, the DJ is even provided with free drinks and food throughout the night. What could be better?