Mr. Productions DJ Service
How many DJs are there? Only me, Michael Pircio.
How many weddings do you DJ in a year? 20
How many parties and events in a year? Lots.
Do you work on mostly weekends? Yes. Schools, corporate events, and less often weddings are during the week.
When are you busy seasons? Wedding season, June graduations, and December for Christmas parties.
Do you DJ at any clubs, bars, or pubs? Not often.
How many months do you book in advance? 1-24 months for weddings, 1-12 months for Christmas and New Years Eve, and 0-8 months for schools and social events.
Did you receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine? Yes
Do you belong to a DJ Association? Yes, I am a member of the Canadian Disc Jockey Association (CDJA). I'm on the executive of the Hamilton Chapter. I also belong to the School Dance Network.
What music genres do you specialize in? Top 40, dance, hip hop, house, alternative, country, 80s, 90s, 00s, oldies, pop, rock, and Italian. I also have a great collection of big room, funky groove jackin house, trap and future bass, dubstep, drum and bass, techno, and melodic deep house.
What services do you offer? DJ, Master of Ceremonies, consultations, site visits, 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. I arrange a phone meeting if required. 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 (CDJA). I have a Honours BA from McMaster University in Multimedia. I have a Human Resources Post-Graduate Certificate from Mohawk College. 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, stereos, computers, cameras, electronics, video projectors, microphones, AV equipment, and radios. From a young age, I was often asked to be in charge of music at family functions. I would MC at talent shows, organize coffee houses, and introduce bands. I was involved in both the high school, and university radio stations. In high school, I would DJ in the cafeteria, at sporting events, and at tail gate parties. I was on the stage crew, and I spent countless hours volunteering in the theatre, and in the television studio. I was also involved in community theater as a lighting technician, and setting up the stage at Bayfront Park in Hamilton. While attending McMaster University, I worked for campus events. We would set up the stage, sound, and lights, at locations like Faculty Hollow, the Hamilton Convention Center, the student center, and the Phoenix. When I attended Mohawk College I worked in the Audio Visual department. I opened my DJ business in June 2004 when I graduated from Mcmaster University. At that time, my main clients were other DJ companies. Therefore when I started, I was hired as a DJ on the large boats at Toronto's Harbourfront, and working for in-house DJs at the large banquet halls in Hamilton. In 2009, I left my Human Resources job, and I became a full-time DJ. I love what I do. My proudest achievement is that Mr. Productions DJ Service is a 6 time winner of #1 Best DJ Service in the Hamilton Spectator Readers Choice (2012-2016, 2020-2021).
Do you remember your first record, cassette, and CD? Yes I do!
- First 45s: The Twist by Fat Boys & Chubby Checker, and I Can't Wait by Nu Shooz.
- First Cassette: Hot, Sexy, Cool by Salt'n Pepa.
- First CD: Dookie by Green Day.
What types of clients have you worked with? Engaged couples, married couples, schools, businesses, associations, families, teams, child care centers, before and after programs, foundations, campgrounds, 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 15 hours on the day of the wedding. I also spent countless hours before their wedding, preparing music, communicating with them, and also visiting the venue.
What advice would you give a client looking to hire a professional DJ? There are only 22 prime weekends in a year. Sometimes over a dozen different vendors are required for an event. If you see a vendor you like, book them right away. That's why clients like you book me as right away. It's one additional thing you can check off your list.
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 clients: I provide personalized music at every celebration using a DJ Planner and Online Guest Requests. I read the crowd, and I play music that is fun. I can also be your MC. I provide sound equipment, light shows, 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? Look at the DJ's talent. Know the DJ that will be at your event or party, that way you can reach them directly during your planning stages. Ask yourself, is the DJ friendly? Fun? Does the DJ care about the music at my wedding or event?
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 perform as your DJ, and I personalize the music to whatever your favourite songs are, and whatever your guests' favourite songs are. Even though things were closed during the pandemic, I was still buying lots of music! I'm also the DJ for the Glanbrook Rangers Junior C Hockey Club.
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 types 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? You should have some ideas regarding the event date, location, approximate number of guests, 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 (is it indoors, outdoors, or both).
- The city (including traffic, travel time, and parking).
- The approximate number of guests.
- Amount of time required to setup and pack up the equipment (including stairs vs elevators).
- The start and end times.
- The popularity of the date (including the day of the week, the month, the holiday, or the long weekend).
- The cost of fuel.
- The number of meetings required (including site visits and rehearsals)
- The planning time (including updating new music, organizing personalized music, and creating back ups)
- The equipment required
Do you have a story to tell us about your work? Due to covid-19, many couples decided to get married outside. This wedding happened to be in a backyard at a rural home. The house belonged to a friend of the bride and groom. Unfortunately, it was raining when guests arrived. Therefore everyone gathered in the reception tent while they waited for the ceremony to begin. Earlier that morning, the couple and the wedding party worked very hard to decorate a ceremony area with flowers. Unfortunately, the ceremony area was not covered. We were lucky though, and it stopped raining just in time. When the groom indicated it was time to begin, I invited everyone to the ceremony area. I brought a sound system, and the bride walked down the aisle to her favourite song. I also had a wireless handheld microphone, and everyone heard their loving vows. After the ceremony, it was time for photos. Friends were invited back to the tent for drinks and hors d'oeuvres. There was a bathtub full of drinks ready to go! After their photos, the bride and groom returned to the tent to join their guests. I asked everyone to welcome back the newlyweds. They were greeted with cheers! I then announced it was time for their first dance as husband and wife. I followed that with announcing the tables for dinner. Next it was time to introduce the family members and friends giving speeches. They shared countless stories. I then invited the bride to join her father, and the groom to join his mother on the dance floor for the parent dances. Finally, it was time to DJ the dance party. The vibe was great, and guests stayed until the end. Everyone had an awesome time!