How many DJs are there? Only me, Michael Pircio.
Do you belong to a DJ Association? Yes, I am a member of the Canadian Disc Jockey Association (CDJA). I also belong to the School Dance Network.
What music genres do you specialize in? Dance, electronic, hip hop, country, oldies, pop, rock, top 40, and Italian.
What services do you offer? DJ, Master of Ceremonies, consultations, site visits, rehearsals, must-play list, do-not-play list, online guest requests, dry ice for first dance, karaoke, music video parties, and bubbles.
What additional equipment do you offer? Disco ball, microphones, projectors, up-lighting, intelligent lighting, scrims, gobo projection, gas generator, fog machines, bubble machines, lasers, and black lights.
Do you travel? Yes
Do you have liability insurance? Yes
Do you have licensed music? Yes
What is your typical process when working with a new client? I answer any questions right away. A signed contract and a deposit are required to book the date.
What educational background and/or professional qualifications do you have? I attend DJ conferences. I am on the executive of the Hamilton Chapter of the CDJA. I have a Honours BA from McMaster University in Multimedia. I am also a Certified Responsible DJ with the School Dance Network.
How did you get started doing this type of work? I have always been interested in collecting records, CDs, cassettes, music, and radios. I would DJ at family parties, and I would MC at school events. I was also involved in high school and university radio stations. I would DJ in the cafeteria, and I was involved in events, theatre, stage crew, studio, and AV clubs.
What types of clients have you worked with? Engaged couples, schools, businesses, associations, families, teams, daycares, and organizations.
Describe a recent wedding you enjoyed. How long did it take? I had a wedding at a brewery. The ceremony was outside, the reception was in a tent, and the dancing was indoors. I supplied sound equipment for each of the areas. I was there about 14 hours on the day of the wedding. I also spent countless hours before the wedding preparing music, answering client emails, and visiting the venue.
What advice would you give a client looking to hire a professional DJ? When you see a vendor you like, book them right away!
What questions should clients think through before talking to professional DJs? What will be my experience with this DJ? Is the DJ responsive? Does the DJ care about my wedding, party, or event? Is the DJ fun and friendly? Can the DJ read a crowd?
Describe the work you do most often for your customers: I create a fun memories and provide personalized music at every celebration using a DJ Planner and Online Guest Requests. I read the crowd and play music for the group of people. I play music that is fun and appropriate for small or large groups of people. I provide sound equipment, light shows, MC services, ceremony music, dry ice for first dances, digital video projectors, and portable video screens.
What advice do you give a customer looking to hire a professional like you? Meet the DJ that will be at your event or party. Ask yourself, is the DJ friendly? Fun? Does the DJ care about the music at my wedding or event? Can the DJ read a crowd?
If you were a customer, what insight would you like to know about your business ? Any secret to share? At Mr. Productions DJ Service, I meet with every client and DJ at every event. That means you will be able to contact me directly while in the planning stages of your celebration!
What questions does a customer need to ask before hiring a good professional?
- What type of music do you play?
- How do you personalize the music played?
- How many similar events have you done?
- What type of equipment do you have?
- Do you have insurance?
- Do you have licensed music?
- How do you dress for the event?
What important information should customers have in mind before hiring a good professional? A DJ will need to know the event date, location, layout, the approximate number of guests, the start and end times, and the type of music you are looking for.
Do you take requests? Yes, requests are always welcome!
What do you wear to an event? I always dress appropriately for the occasion. Suit and tie for weddings.
What is the cost? Every party is different. It depends on the location, number of guests, time, date, and equipment required.
DJ prices are all over the place, and I found a DJ that costs less than you. What's the difference? I understand what you mean. There are some DJs that charge less than I do. I have clients ask for a quote, and they decide to shop. The clients that come back tell me it was easy to find a lower price, but it is people that make the difference, and for that reason they decided to book with me.
Do you have a story to tell us about your work? I was DJ'n a wedding where there was no dancing due to COVID-19. I DJ'd until the end. The bar stayed open and the vibe was great. Some guests left early, however those that stayed had an awesome time!