Thursday, January 5, 2017

Celebrating 10 Years In Business 2017

From The DJ Table Of Jason D. Rogers JR Productions DJ:

The last 10 years of my life have been filled with many exciting professional challenges. 2017 is not looking any different. In fact, my goals and action plans for 2017 tell me that it will be my most challenging since first establishing myself as an independent mobile DJ back in 2007. 

Back then I had just returned from Japan after 3 years living and teaching English there. I had several years of prior experience working for mobile DJ companies and I knew, even before leaving for Japan that once I moved back to the US, (if I moved back to the US), that I was VERY likely going to be going into the business for myself. 

One Of My Favorite Photos From The Past Ten Years - Taken at McC Ranch

I always wanted to keep it simple. No employees, less headaches, just me myself and I. Now, 10 years later I have to say that was one of the best decisions I have ever made. 

To all my past and future clients, THANK YOU!

These are some of my current plans to update a few things in order to make the client experience even better and propel my business into the next 10 years!

- New Mobile App
- New Website
- More Blog Articles and full Ebook
- Updated Logo
- increased Social Media presence

Friday, December 16, 2016

DJing For A Live Audience vs A Radio Audience 2016

From The DJ Table Of Jason D. Rogers at JR Productions DJ

It's always so striking to me how the energy level can vary so much from one event to the other. Some audiences will make it seem like they will dance to anything, still others can really challenge a seasoned Disc Jockey to feel like they have delivered a great performance.

The very best thing about DJing for a live audience is the real-time feedback they give you. No words need to be spoken, 50 - 500 people cannot help but let you know how the party is going. This leads to a certain trust and understanding between audience and DJ. This is called "reading a crowd" and is an absolute blast when you are good at it. I also like to encourage people to approach me throughout the night to make requests. This helps to really hone in on what the crowd might is calling for.

DJing on the radio is totally different. No crowd. No Feedback. There might be a handful of phone calls from people who are listening. They might offer a few encouraging words to go along with a question or a request here and there.

I was a DJ on a non-commercial community radio station from 2009-2015. Non-commercial community radio is very different from standard commercial radio. Instead of a computer making the decisions, it was all up to me. I had total freedom over what I play on daytime radio as long as its FCC compliant and not too aggressive. Some of the more adventurous music is reserved for shows later at night. I took my work and music selections very seriously, I tried very hard to play music you wouldn’t hear on most radio stations. This includes a lot of local music and other seldom heard tracks from more well-known artists.  

Community radio allowed me to really explore how music can go together and how to transition from one style to another. It's also a lot of fun to play one song and then play something completely different that the listening audience could not have predicted but will still enjoy. 

The biggest difference between DJing for a live audience and an unseen audience in radio land is the difference in music. DJing for a live audience typically demands that you play more recognizable dance friendly music that will appeal to a wide audience. Community radio is a much more open format in which I can play the most amazing music without any consideration to whether or not a song is danceable.

Djing both to live audiences and on community radio is to me what I believe to be the best of two closely related but different worlds. I consider myself very lucky to have had one foot in each of these two realms. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Video Is Worth A Million Words 2016

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It is VERY rare that I get to see other DJ's in action. I watch photographers, planners, videographers, caterers and venue staff at work and in action all the time. Getting to see another DJ in action is very rare for me. In the industry we do have conventions and trade publications which provide us with ideas and give us a clue as to what is trending and how DJ's might be doing certain things. The catch for this is this; I have to rely on what they tell me, I am not able to see these professionals in action. I have to apply my judgement based on my experience as to whether or not something will work for me and the clients I serve. I could always just take their word for it. I don't like that. In fact most people wouldn't like this when something as important as life long memories are at stake.

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I want to see and I want to know what these things look like when applied in the real world. I think that you should too! Trusting in advertising slogans and promises will not insure a successful event. You need to know what you are getting and you need to know that is a good fit for your personality and for the personality of the event itself. It is that simple.

 This my reasoning behind producing video clips of me in action. You get to hear my voice and get to see how events flow into one another without needing to been at an actual event. Of course it's even better if we happen to cross paths and be at a party where you get to see how much fun everyone is having with your own eyes. Until then, there is always Youtube.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Study The Film

Practice does not make perfect, practice makes permanent. That's why it is so important to make sure that you are practicing and performing the right way. Without reviewing and critiquing recordings of your performances can mean that you are unknowingly cementing the wrong habits into your work. This means you are in essence working hard to be the best at making those same small mistakes over and over again.

It has also been said by many high performance professionals that a few hours of film study can provide more benefits to learning and improving from mistakes than a year of just practice.

Making improvements are my favorite benefit to providing keepsake videos for my clients. I have found them to be very helpful for me to be able to review my performances in order to improve song selection as well as my on-mic announcing.

As a result, announcements have gotten cleaner and my timing is better making for ever more relaxed and smooth running receptions.

Reviewing recordings of my performances have been a big part of my life for a long time. I always reviewed every interview I ever did while hosting the live music and interview show Live@Lunch on KRFC Ft Collins. In the 6 years of being a host from 2009 - 2015 I was a part of well over 100 one hour shows, many of which can still be heard at noon Monday - Friday on 88.9 FM in Ft Collins or at 

Reviewing each of these shows allowed me to analyze how I as the host was pacing and framing the interview portions. Was I talking too much? Or allowing the musicians to talk for too long? Was I including the station id's and announcements correctly? Those small mistakes began to fade away and I was able to develop the right habits to where I was doing the right thing without needing to think about it. That's mastery, and that is what experience combined with critical review can create.

I see so many similarities between my experiences on community radio and MC/DJing weddings. Sometimes when working a wedding, I have that old familiar feeling of working the airwaves feeling like I nailed an announcement or an intro and feeling so happy about all that time I was able to volunteer and come to really understand how beneficial it is to "study the film."

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Is A DJ Right For Your Event?

Every now and then I will get a call from a prospective client where a DJ may not be the best entertainment option. These are usually wedding receptions where there will be no alcohol served, take place early in the day and with a low guest count (40 or less).

Chances are that there will be lots of natural light at these events due to them taking place during the day which means lighting effects will not be noticed. With such a low number of guests in attendance this means that generally the energy level will be lower and more laid back with much less focus on the dancing. In this case the volume level tends to be on the low side which lends itself to the situation much better than louder music.

Having an MC/DJ adds a certain level of direction and formality to any event which would otherwise be lacking. I believe this direction and formality is what most people are really looking for when they hire entertainment. Hiring an experienced Wedding MC/DJ in a case like this is even more important than usual. Hiring a club or hobbyist DJ would be a big mistake and an unnecessary expense leading to possible disappointment on several levels.

So, even if a pure DJ is not a great option for your event, an MC/DJ Wedding professional can be a huge asset. An MC/DJ should be anticipating what needs to be done, helping to facilitate those things and then announcing them so nobody misses a single thing.

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