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From our 2011 Coffee Talk interview:
Coffee Talk with Chris Johnson of CJ’s Disc Jockey Service
WC: What prompted you to start CJs Disc Jockey Service and how long have you been in business?
CJ: From a very early age I was introduced to music and the art of entertainment by of all people, my mother. She owned a roller skating rink while I was growing up and I was fascinated with all the variables of music, from charting the top 40 songs each week, to which songs were requested more frequently, to which songs were losing popularity. In 1992 I began to DJ semi-private events by request, but I wasn’t mature enough to dedicate myself to the commitment just yet. I officially launched CJs Disc Jockey Service in January of 1994, when I realized there was a market for a mature, young DJ who understood that being a DJ wasn’t about being the entertainment, it was about being the entertainer who through music provided the entertainment to the party.
WC: What is your favorite atmosphere to work in (Clubs, Parties, Weddings, etc.)?
CJ: Each atmosphere is entirely different, but also provides its own unique rewards. Today as we speak, I love my Weddings. Each wedding contains its own set of unique challenges and customizations which keeps my drive and focus strong. Looking back 10 to 12 years ago, I would have said clubs then weddings and lastly other private events. Times were different in the early and mid 1990’s. Most people didn’t really hit the club’s or lounges as they are called today. Most people went to the “Party Bar” and you heard such a variety of music that everyone regardless of age had a great time.
WC: Why do you think most brides hire a DJ for their wedding, and at times do it in conjunction with live entertainment?
CJ: Great question. First, no DJ in the world can replace live entertainment! Can you imagine going to a concert to see the Black Eyed Peas feat. Lady Gaga and when you get to your seats at the venue you see a DJ playing the greatest hits collection. Wedding Entertainment is extremely personal. With that said, many couples hire a DJ to provide the entertainment at their reception because of flexibility, personality and comfort. I believe many couples hire a DJ as well as live entertainment for peace of mind. I don’t know of 1 band in the Metro area that enjoys the formal obligations (wedding party introduction, toast, blessings, ethnic traditions, etc) of a reception.
WC: What advice can you offer a bride looking to hire a DJ?
CJ: That one is easy, CALL ME!! Just kidding. I have a couple small pieces of advice I would like to offer. First, meet YOUR DJ in person, if possible prior to signing a contract. This allows you to put a name with a face and also provides you the opportunity to make sure you like the personality of your DJ. Second, and just as important, remember your DJ is an investment in your reception. A qualified, professional DJ will keep the reception running stress free and on time, all while they enjoy their guests and create memories that will last a lifetime.
WC: What is the most common misconception brides tend to have regarding DJ’s & how do you get past it?
CJ: The most common misconception about DJs is they are all the same. They are in your face with crazy props (i.e. – YMCA outfits), they are on the dance floor most of the night, they don’t follow the direction of the bride and groom (i.e. – must play and Do-Not- Play songs) & they are unprofessional. Getting past misconception is pretty easy. I have a one on one consultation with the couple and ask them a few simple questions to show I am truly interested in their reception and their ideas and concepts. Once they realize all DJs are not the same and that I truly care about the success of their reception they are generally relieved.
WC: In your experience, what has been your most memorable situation at a wedding?
CJ: This one is really hard, because I have so many memories. If I have to choose one and I can’t choose my own wedding, I am going to say Tony & Danielle’s wedding on September 1st, 2010. I belong to a Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding, which is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. It was my opportunity to give back to someone, at the time they needed it the most. Little did I know I personally would take more from this wedding than any financial compensation could provide. Sadly, Dani passed away peacefully on September 30, just 29 days after her wedding.
WC: Do you strictly work in the St. Louis Area?
CJ: Although a large majority of the wedding and events I DJ are in the St. Louis Area, I have traveled in the past and I am always willing to travel to provide my services. I have been as far north as Wisconsin and as far south as Mexico. I am still looking for that special couple that wants me to be a part of their wedding in Hawaii.
CJ’s Disc Jockey Service