|Posted on April 29, 2015 at 7:05 PM|
How to Help Your DJ Friend, by Stephanie Rivkin
We love it when friends offer to help us unload/load or even set up our equipment; but that doesn't mean that we actually want you to touch our stuff. There are a number of reasons I've discovered over the years that you can best help your DJ friend by doing only what they ask of you or nothing at all. Please take this in the politest way possible!!!
1. Accidentally damaging my personal/business belongings
Example #1. my car - it's endured dings, scratches and dents I would have preferred to either make myself or not at all but "you" wanted to help, so at one time, I may have said yes, but now I politely decline.
Example #2. My equipment - I can't tell you how many times I've had to replace things (knobs, power cords, wires etc.) that I would not have had to replace if I didn't let "you" help me. Yes, your desire to help is appreciated - but can be somewhat expensive. It's just over all better if you don't touch anything unless the DJ asks you to.
2. Accidentally hurting yourself.
Not only is the equipment heavy, it's downright dangerous if you don't know what you are doing. Turning the knob on my air powered speaker stands could hurt you in a HUGE way. I learned that by watching a friend almost hit herself in the face because she didn't ask me what to do. So keep in mind that I'm looking out for you by politely asking you not to touch, even if you are a DJ. Even if you know what you are doing. No one should ever show up at your office or job and touch your things without asking, so keep in mind that though we may be friends, I am running a business and it's best if no one gets hurt.
If you REALLY want to help your DJ friend - REFER them as often as you can! Keep your DJ friends employed by showing up at gigs with your friends and spend a little money at the bar, if not A LOT of money That's the best advice I have to offer on how to help. If you really are trying to be helpful, consider this!