What does Essex mobile disco hire cost?
You can charge upwards of £500 for decent mobile gigs so it needn’t take you long to recoup. You’ll have to do a lot of networking and “shoe-leather” marketing / getting your cards out there / setting up Facebook, Twitter, website etc / getting bookings through anyone you know to start with, but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work if you live in a big enough community. You could always rent gear for the first few gigs until you’ve got a feel for the market and saved enough to buy. Be friendly, reliable and carry a wider choice of music than anyone else (making you more versatile), and you should see the gigs start to come your way.
Mobile DJing can be immensely satisfying for the right kind of person, as long as you throw yourself into in wholeheartedly and take it for what it is.
It’s crucial to take it seriously too, both as a business and as an art: Don’t treat it as a poor cousin to “real” DJing. There is true skill and technique in playing foxtrots and waltzes for older folk at the start of a wedding and ending up with a floor-full of 12 year olds going mad to dubstep by the end, believe me! It’s something to respect and learn just like anything else worth doing. Gear-wise, you can of course use the set-up you describe, but you could just as easily have an MP3 player with an emergency 10-minute mix on it ready on the “emergency through” on a DJ Midi controller – most apart from the very cheapest have this facility. I think timecoded vinyl etc is overkill for mobile myself, but whatever floats your boat! It’ll be you setting it all up and hulking it around! One more thing regarding your set-up: Try and think about how it appears from the front to your audience, and keep it neat and preferably branded so you give a good impression and get remembered for future bookings. Have you made a success of a mobile DJing business? Have you made mistakes trying to be successful doing this? Please ben kind enough to share your experiences with Stuart in the comments below.