High School DJ
Being late June we come to the time of year for Middle School Grads and High School Proms. It got me to reminiscing about my venture into the DJ business. The first booking GTADJ ever got was a middle school dance. Like most DJ’S I honed my skills at school dances. They are a good place to learn beat mixing and microphone work. I used to do up to 100 school dances a year before expanding into Wedding’s and Corporate events. Those dances gave me the experience I needed to read a dance floor and how to interact with guests.
Middle School Dance
As I got older and began hiring DJS, I would train the younger disc jockeys and send them out to DJ Middle School dances; then High Schools. They would do all types of dances; from grade 8 graduations, to high school dances, proms, semi formals and dance-a-thons. I believe that a younger DJ between the ages of 19 and 25 works best for teen dances. They often go out in pairs taking turns DJing and MCing; especially when first starting out, an assistant gives that extra courage required for all new dj’s.
Some middle and high schools have been with us for a long time and prefer having the same DJ. As such, I have schools that still request me personally even though I’m not in my 20’s anymore. The young DJ has the advantage of peer bonding with the students and seem to know all the specialty dances having watched the latest music videos. In general though, I prefer to send an age appropriate Disc Jockey to DJ school dances.
This brings me to my final thought: there was a day when the DJ had the latest music and the students were in awe of the DJ because they had the latest remix’s of songs before anyone else could get them. Now, with downloads and YouTube the kids know and have all the music sometimes before the DJ even. Still, the professional DJ will be able to play sets of music that flow effortlessly and use the microphone to move the students in a way that plugging in an iPod just can’t!