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).
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 dances and entertainer.
What additional equipment do you offer? Disco ball, microphones, projectors, uplighting, 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 would meet with you to answer any questions you may have. 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 Canadian Disc Jockey Association. I have a 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 was interested in collecting records, CDs, cassettes, music, and radios from a young age. In school, I was an MC for events, and I was involved school's radio stations, DJ'n in the high school cafeteria, event staff, stage crew, and AV clubs.
What types of clients have you worked with? Engaged couples, schools, businesses, associations, families, teams, day cares, and organizations.
Describe a recent wedding you enjoyed. How long did it take? I DJ'd 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 locations. It took 14 hours on the day of the wedding. Plus hours of preparation and a site visit.
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 he/she responsive? Does he/she care about my wedding, party, or event? Is he/she fun and friendly? Can he/she 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 large groups of people. I provide sound equipment, light shows, music for dancing, MC services, sound and music for wedding ceremonies, dry ice for first dances, digital 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 he/she friendly? Fun? Does the DJ care about the music at my wedding or event? Can he/she 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.
Do you have a story to tell us about your work? I was playing music at an wedding ceremony when it started raining. Luckily I brought a canopy. Guests used their umbrellas and the wedding went on!