Ten Truths About the Life of a Disc Jockey That You May Not Know – Brian’s Blog
A few years ago a DJ friend of mine, Bruce, who was working in California wrote a piece about the secrets of the life of a DJ. I decided I would follow his lead and show you what it is like behind the microphone and share with you some truths you may not know. I am meant to do this job and there is nothing I would rather do. I am so grateful that I get to earn a living goofing around with Susan and Todd each day and share our lives with you. Thank you for being there with us. Here are ten things you may not know about the job we get to do each day.
10. We do not pick all the music we play, most of it is already programmed into a computer and we just follow along. There are exceptions to this, like request hours and so forth.
9. We do not like every song we play and get tired of them sometimes too.
8. We do make fun of you to each other if you say something stupid on the phone.
7. We know that we don't look anything like you thought we would.
6. We get to go backstage to some shows but I can tell you backstage is not a fun or glamorous place to be if you are a DJ. Most artists are very nice but there have been a few jerks here and there and most road managers are unpleasant to deal with.
5. We strongly dislike when people ask us for free tickets. We do not walk around with bundles of tickets to pass out.
4. We want you to sound super excited if you win a prize on the air. Nothing is worse than giving a cool prize to someone who sounds like they are still sleeping. Fake it if you have to but please get excited.
3. We don’t always have time for small talk on the phone when you call. We don’t mean to be rude and would like to spend more time chatting but we are also planning our next break on the air or blogging or tending to social media. We do a lot more than just play music these days.
2. We don’t make much money. There are exceptions to this in major markets but most of us need to use our change jars every other month or so.
1. We are very passionate people who love what we get to do for a living and know how lucky we are to do it. Thank you for making it possible for us to live out our dreams.