Dave Petry, aka DJ Dave, owns DJ Dave Productions in Houston and specializes in providing DJ & entertainment services for weddings, corporate events and birthday parties. He started playing the guitar at age 7 and his love and passion for music led him down a natural path to becoming a DJ. Read on and get to know more about your fellow DJ.
1. How and when did you get started as a DJ?
After playing in bands and recording several albums (“Behind the Scene” and “Colourful Freedom” by The Rafters currently on iTunes), I finally decided to become a professional DJ. I had experience entertaining and DJing for family and friends so the transition was a natural for me because I already knew sound equipment and lighting gear. My wife and I started DJ Dave Productions about six years ago and together we make a dynamic team for our clients.
2. Is this a full-time job or something you do on the side?
This is a full-time job for me.
3. What fixtures are included in your setup?
We use a multitude of fixtures including Intimidator Spot LED 250 moving heads, Scorpion Storm lasers, LED Followspot 75, COLORpalette wash lights, and 4BAR Tri and 4Play CL effect lights. We’re looking into truss to bring the added “wow” factor to our events.
5. Best advice you can give someone just getting started in the DJ industry?
Be patient, invest in a professional website, join a professional DJ association like the American Disc Jockey Association, and attend trade shows and seminars to become a better DJ. Your income and future depends solely on this. Raise your rates so you can make a good living in this awesome and fantastic profession. Be proud to be a professional DJ and always set high standards and a great example for the industry.