How many DJs are there? Only me, Michael Pircio.
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 also belong to the School Dance Network.
What music genres do you specialize in? Top 40, dance, hip hop, house, country, oldies, pop, rock, 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 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. 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 CDJA. I have a Honours 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 have always been interested in collecting records, CDs, cassettes, music, and radios. I would DJ at family parties, and I would MC at school events. I was also involved in high school and university radio stations. I would DJ in the cafeteria, and I was involved in events, theatre, stage crew, studio, and AV clubs.
What types of clients have you worked with? Engaged couples, schools, businesses, associations, families, teams, daycares, 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? When you see a vendor you like, book them 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 customers: 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 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? 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'm the talent. I work 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 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, number of guests, time, date, and equipment required.
Do you have a story to tell us about your work? Due to covid-19, many couples decided to get married outdoors this year. 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 slightly when guests arrived, and therefore everyone gathered under the tent. Luckily, it stopped raining just in time for the ceremony. Earlier that morning, the couple and their wedding party worked very hard to decorate the ceremony area with flowers. It looked beautiful! When the groom and officiant indicated it was time to begin, I invited everyone in the tent to join them at the ceremony area. I brought a sound system and the bride walked down the isle to her favourite song. I also had a wireless microphone, so 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 photos, I announced it was time to welcome back the couple. They were greeted with a cheer, and then began their first dance. After dinner, I introduced the family members and friends giving speeches. Then the couple shared their special dances with their parents. Finally, it was time to DJ their dance party. The vibe was great, and guests stayed until the end. Everyone had an awesome time!