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    So... I feel prepared for this event, been practicing in the bedroom for bout 10-11 months and have officially accumulated enough gear and practice to get it on! So my first gig is going to be a relatively small sweet 16 party and im scheduled to be mixing for 4 hrs from 7 to 11. ive done several 1 hr mixes but no more after that usually stopping due to time constraints. May be a dumb question but im guessing that the vibes on the dance floor should make it easy to continue feeding there hungry hears......but am i wrong my library is fairly larrge with top 40's BS for the event..so that part shouldnt be an issue..i guess im just worried about getting burnt out or something..... any tips of any kind are greatly appreciated. oh yea what would you think is a fair price for that? located in the US

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    In my opinion you are too much prepared

    What i can add is stay calm and do it simple ( people just want music so they can dance and... )

    cheers and good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Dj View Post
    In my opinion you are too much prepared

    What i can add is stay calm and do it simple ( people just want music so they can dance and... )

    cheers and good luck
    +1. i played at some frat parties and its pretty simple. drop a big hit everyone knows and run the whole song if you need a breather...

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    beers help too...

    typically i charge about $200 for 3hours (play time) so that covers setup and takedown.

    holidays you can charge more. float $50 an hr and you should get it nbd.
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    Thanks for the responses guys, its for an ex co worker of my girlfriends and i have no lighting effects so i let it ride for $150. figured its my first gig and it seemed a bit reasonable. and thats the one thing ill do differently then my typical mix i think is let the songs play out fairly longer then i normally would. thanks again guys should be a fun time

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    Mix top 40's with club for the first and last hours and the middle to let songs play out and mix em in. Just don't cut the songs up too much
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    Fair enough if it's for a mate and all that, but as a general rule don't undervalue yourself, it's almost impossible to raise your prices, so start charging what you think you're worth from the start!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Wild View Post
    Fair enough if it's for a mate and all that, but as a general rule don't undervalue yourself, it's almost impossible to raise your prices, so start charging what you think you're worth from the start!
    I agree. That's very very cheap for a 4 hr party. The cheapest you want to go with all your gigs would be 200$. In this case I'd charge 250$
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    but in a situtation where you need a first gig, you cant charge alot or else some other better DJ will undermine you with better skills.
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    yea I asked what she had in mind and she said she heard 100 from one and 150 from the other...and i wasnt trying to lose my opportunity by telling her i was thinking like 200, so i went with 150 especially keeping in mind i have no lighting equipment yet.

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