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by Drax

ADJA is Sad to Announce the Passing of one of our oldest members.

The ADJA is saddened to announce the passing of one of our long term members and one of the oldest active DJs in the industry. Robert Wilson passed away from causes incident to age on Jul 15th 2022 at around noon local time in Phoenix. Robert was still DJing at 88 years old.

Robert was a founding member of the Phoenix Chapter of ADJA and served with distinction for many years in many positions on the local board and was a contributer to our Chapter DVD Education Series. Robert was a person that loved people and big band music and sought to bring joy to those both younger and older than himself. He worked actively right up until his passing.

Robert was more than a good DJ, he was a good friend to all that knew him. I count myself lucky to have known him these past 25 years. He is survived by his wife Phyllis and his adult children.

by Drax

ADJA Supports Education at Marquee Chicago 23

We are super pumped to be a sponsor of the Marquee DJ & Photobooth Show.  We think it’s going to be a great show and can’t wait to see everyone there.  It is going to be blast with Top talent speaking on stage, Top Talent spinning the parties and so much great Chicago Summer weather!

by Drax

ADJA Supports Education at Wedding MBA 2022!

Join us in Las Vegas for Wedding MBA Nov 7-9th 2022. ADJA will once again be sponsoring the education for DJs as well as representing the DJ Industry. We look forward to seeing you there!

by Drax

ADJA Annouces Major benefit with CUE

The ADJA is super stoked to announce an exclusive member only benefit with Cue for Event Professionals.  Look for the coming email for details and the webinar announcement.

by Drax

ADJA Announces Major New Beneift with CUE

The ADJA is super stoked to announce an exclusive member only benefit with Cue for Event Professionals.  Look for the coming email for details and the webinar announcement.

by Drax

ADJA Once again Supporting Education at Midwest DJs Live!

Join the ADJA at the Midwest DJs Live regional conference.  This year plans to be an all out awesome educational event.  Apr. 29-May 1.  Be there.  Stop by and visit our booth visit for more details.

by Drax

ADJA Responds to “Ditch the DJ” Article on USAToday!

For Immediate Release:

USA Today / Nerd Wallet
Kelsey Sheehy
7950 Jones Branch Dr.
McLean, Virginia, 22108

Dear Ms. Sheehy,

By way of introduction my name is Hugo Drax and I am the director of the American Disc Jockey Association. The ADJA supplies continued education as well as access to business needs such as insurance and consulting to its thousands of members. Our mission is to help our members supply better services to their clients which allows them to create a better living for themselves and their families.  

We also serve as a voice for our members and the DJ industry at large from time to time. I am writing you today to express how disappointed I am in the article that you wrote for nerd wallet that was published in USA Today. I realize that covering a topic about cutting expenses is going to always be subjective and not everyone will agree however I feel that you have done your readers a dis-service and a dis-service to the wedding and DJ industry.

Your article at one point even contradicts itself. Your number 2 suggestion of “Ditch the DJ is contradicted by the last paragraph where Catherine Clark says that most guests remember the food and the entertainment. If you felt that she is knowledgeable enough to publish her quote, I simply do not understand how you can publish a suggestion that a couple should consider the concept of “Ditch the DJ.”

An iPod or computer hard drive filled with music is truly no different than a musical instrument in the corner of a room. By itself, it is an inanimate object. The music doesn’t happen until someone with education, skill, and talent picks up that instrument and starts playing it. The same is true of a great DJ.

A great DJ will use their skill to create the correct mood for the cocktail and dinner hours for guests to greet each other and get more and more excited about the evening. A great DJ will also act as a wedding couple’s emcee introducing their bridal party, parents, and of course the wedding couple into the room during formal introductions. They will guide the evening introducing the honored guests who will offer a blessing, perhaps a welcome toast as well as the best man and or maid/matron of honor’s toasts. They will work together with the hosting venue, the photographer, and any other services hired by the wedding couple to ensure that the evening runs smoothly. They will incorporate any other wedding and ethnic traditions into the couple’s wedding day. They will also emcee the couple’s first dance, and highlighted parent dances. All of this is before any of the general dancing has even started in some cases.

A great DJ will not only read the room based on age, ethnicity, and other determining factors to pick the correct selection of music to fill the dance floor, but they will lead the room pushing the energy of the reception so that everyone in attendance has every opportunity to get up and dance the night away. They will mix the music in such a way that one song flows into another seamlessly. They create an energy in the room that allows everyone to be excited so that even the non-dancers enjoy the evening. This is done by an experienced professional DJ using their years of education and knowledge to create a once in a lifetime experience for a wedding couple who truly wants their guests to have an amazing time at their wedding reception.

While a wedding couple’s computer or iPod may indeed contain some music that may be suitable for dancing. It doesn’t contain the programming skill that keeps a dancefloor full at all times and creates mood that has everyone talking about how much fun they had.

I honestly believe that you owe your readers an apology for a poorly researched article. There are a ton of ways that a couple can cut their budget in a responsible way to show their invited guests a wonderful day while not needing to “Ditch the DJ” or other parts of their day that they will indeed regret after it is over.

Best Regards,

Dr. Drax
ADJA National President & Executive Director

American Disc Jockey Association
“We Help DJs Build & Grow Their Business”
20118 N. 67th Avenue
Suite 300-605
Glendale, AZ 85308
866-310-4676 Fx

by Drax

ADJA Set to Rock Las Vegas with Awesom Marquee Party!

Once again the ADJA is set to light up Las Vegas with the hottest party in town for the MBLV/PHX conferences!  Look for more details in your email this week.

by Drax

It’s Coming! An Amazing New Benefit Just for our members

We have an Amazing new benfit that we will be announcing this week!  This is going to be amazing.  It will reward you, increase your revenue, and bring your a better lifestyle.  This will be epic.  Stay Tuned for more details.

by Drax

ADJA Set to Rock Midwest DJs LIVE!

The ADJA is once again a sponsor of the Midwest DJs live event in Milwaukee, WI.  ADJA President Dr. Drax will be presenting a seminar called 42- The Power of Numbers.  This will be an exciting look at how your professional fee is determined and how you should operate your business.