Bill Lyons, aka DJ Bill Lyons, lives in Bangor, Maine and DJs at wedding receptions, clubs, holiday parties and school dances from Bar harbor to Millinocket. Read on and get to know more about your fellow DJ.
1. How did you get started as a DJ?
Back in 1980, we hosted a school dance to raise money for our high school class. With the help of friends, we put together a sound system, setup a few lights and DJ’d the dance. It’s been almost 32 years and I still get people that remember those dances.
2. Is this a full-time job or something you do on the side?
I am the general manager at an airport retail company where I put in more than 40 hours per week. However, I always put full-time hours into my DJ business.
3. What fixtures are included in your setup?
My setup keeps growing as I get new ideas and new lights become available. My light show consists of two Intimidator Spot LED 150 moving heads, 12 SlimPAR 64 wash lights, two LED Pinspot 360 fixtures and two Hurricane F-800 fog machines. To create effects, I also have a Cubix, two Derby X, two Obsession LED and two Slasher effect lights. I use an Obey 10 DMX controller to control all my fixtures, but I would love to have the ShowXpress software. I would also like to add some of the completely wireless Freedom fixtures as well as a couple more SlimPAR 64 wash lights.
4. What is your favorite fixture?
Intimidator Spot LED 150 is by far my favorite fixture. I am new to DMX and these lights have so much to offer — I learn something new about them each time I use them. Great product.
5. Best advice you can give someone just getting started in the DJ industry?
Pay attention to your client and give them 110 percent every time. The music is for their listening and dancing enjoyment, not yours. Keep in mind that anyone can play music, but it’s what you do for your client (before and while you are playing) that sets the professionals apart from the others. Be a professional.