Meet DJ Ed Elizondo, owner of Punalu’u Productions DJ Service in San Antonio, Texas.
1. How and when did you get started as a DJ? What types of events do you do?
I have been in the musical entertainment business for 27 years, since the summer of 1984. I have played in seven different bands and DJed off and on in-between each band. I started my latest venture, Punalu’u Productions, four years ago when we dis-banded the last band. I mostly DJ at weddings and Sweet 16 parties. Occasionally, I get hired to do house parties and an occasional bar. I’ve done some pretty crazy house parties.
2. Is this a full-time job or something you do on the side? If it’s a side job, please let us know what you do full time.
I work full time as a supervisor for a police department here in San Antonio. I’m going on my 25th year in the police business. The DJ Service is something I do on the side, but it has actually taken off quite well and I am booked pretty solid.
3. What fixtures are included in your setup? What are you looking to add?
I have a 15-foot light truss and 22 CHAUVET® fixtures. All together when I use the large setup I have these effect lights: two O-Beast, two Swarm 4, three Circus, three Derby X, four Double Derby X, four Kinta X, two J-Five and two Trident fixtures. I’m looking to add a pair of Cubix effect lights, three Sweeper LED fixtures and one or two Eclipse RGB lasers.
4. What is your favorite fixture and why?
Right now, it has to be the Circus fixtures hands down. Love the LED patterns and the look and synchronization when you slave them.
5. Best advice you can give someone just getting started in the DJ industry?
To be successful as a wedding DJ customer service is key. It should be an honor for you to be part of their special day or event. Not the other way around. You must treat your customers as if they are the stars of the show, not you. You must remember that it’s all about the bride/groom or debutante. Unless you are a club DJ, you must keep all the attention on catering to the hosting party.
6. What are your top three most requested songs?
1. V.I.C. – “Wobble Wobble.” 2. Cupid – “Cupid Shuffle” (still) 3. Cali Swag District – “Teach Me How to Dougie.”