Thursday, January 5, 2017

Celebrating 10 Years In Business in 2017

From The DJ Table Of Jason D. Rogers JR Productions DJ:

The last 10 years of my life have been filled with many exciting professional challenges. 2017 is not looking any different. In fact, my goals and action plans for 2017 tell me that it will be my most challenging since first establishing myself as an independent mobile DJ back in 2007. 

Back then I had just returned from Japan after 3 years living and teaching English there. I had several years of prior experience working for mobile DJ companies and I knew, even before leaving for Japan that once I moved back to the US, (if I moved back to the US), that I was VERY likely going to be going into the business for myself. 

One Of My Favorite Photos From The Past Ten Years - Taken at McC Ranch

I always wanted to keep it simple. No employees, less headaches, just me myself and I. Now, 10 years later I have to say that was one of the best decisions I have ever made. 

To all my past and future clients, THANK YOU!

These are some of my current plans to update a few things in order to make the client experience even better and propel my business into the next 10 years!

- New Mobile App
- New Website
- More Blog Articles and full Ebook
- Updated Logo
- increased Social Media presence

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Your MC/DJ is your closest ally on your Wedding Day!

Every wedding service provider has their own priorities when it comes to your reception. The photographer has to get their pictures and the caterer has to serve the food and clear the tables. These and other duties are sometimes done without any consideration to how it may impact other aspects of the reception. Sure, you may need to take extra time for photos but to make your guests wait for more than an hour is a very bad idea. You need somebody there who is seeing the big picture and actively working to keep these different pieces from clashing in the timeline and potentially causing your guests to do the one thing that nobody wants; Leaving early.

Of all the vendors you may hire and work with on your big day, your MC/DJ is by far your best ally in the battle to make your reception successful. Your MC/DJ’s priorities are to keep the events flowing smoothly and to keep your guests happy while enabling all of your vendors to achieve their goals for the event. Being able to spontaneously see all of the pieces and then fitting them together is something that only an experienced MC/DJ who is tuned in to your goals can offer.

The right DJ will also be able to work with you in order to create more of a spotlight for you to shine, or to downplay that spotlight if being the center of attention is not your thing.

Choose your MC/DJ wisely as they are truly your closest ally on your wedding day.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Add Your Personal Touch To The Music Mix Of Your Reception

Hiring a professional DJ should mean that you are allowing them to choose which music to play and when. If you have chosen somebody with experience and knowledge then you should be trusting in them to draw on what they know to rock the party.

With that being said, it is also vital that you give your DJ a list of songs or artists that YOU and your family are likely to enjoy. This gives me a starting point to engineer a unique reception that is tailor made for you and your crowd. I have sections in my online planning form for 15 high priority songs (15 is about how many songs I can play in an hour) as well as space for as many other requests as you wish to make.

I pride myself on playing amazing music that is not typically heard at weddings but still fits within your plans and the dynamic of your crowd. This really draws people into the event making the energy skyrocket. Guest requests are a big part of what can make this possible.

Going from table to table during cocktail hour and dinner to introduce myself and ask for requests is key. This not only gives your guests a chance to get to know their DJ a little better but it also opens the door for great input. This is input that clues me in to what will make them rush to the dance floor.

Your guests will remember the fun they had at your reception long after every other factor is forgotten. Don't forget to add those music requests, they are what will make your reception not just fun and unique but also totally unforgettable.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Why I Like Working Weddings The Most

Weddings are known to be the most challenging and demanding of all the markets a DJ may work in. The age range of the audience is enormous, usually making for a much more musically and demographically diverse night than most club DJ’s would ever need to prepare for. 

The environment also calls for a lot more diplomacy and patience as the DJ can be made to feel like they are working for not just their clients, guests, other vendors but also the venue. These different groups will naturally not always be in agreement. This is where a good MC/DJ will step in to keep all lines of communication open and find solutions to keep your big day on track.

I find weddings to be the most fun for all of these reasons. It is much more challenging and demanding than other types of gigs. I happen to find the challenge and added demands to be very exciting and fun. 

So many things make working weddings very special to me, things like: Playing a different genre every third or fourth song, watching young and old alike dancing together and all of the “Thank Yous”” I receive from the newlywed’s family and friends. 

These are just a few reasons why weddings are the best fit for me as a DJ and why they are my favorite.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Is A DJ Right For Your Event? 

Every now and then I will get a call from a prospective client where a DJ may not be the best entertainment option. These are usually wedding receptions where there will be no alcohol served, take place early in the day and with a low guest count (40 or less).

Chances are that there will be lots of natural light at these events due to them taking place during the day which means lighting effects will not be noticed. With such a low number of guests in attendance this means that generally the energy level will be lower and more laid back with much less focus on the dancing. In this case the volume level tends to be on the low side which lends itself to the situation much better than louder music.

Having an MC/DJ adds a certain level of direction and formality to any event which would otherwise be lacking. I believe this direction and formality is what most people are really looking for when they hire entertainment. Hiring an experienced Wedding MC/DJ in a case like this is even more important than usual. Hiring a club or hobbyist DJ would be a big mistake and an unnecessary expense leading to possible disappointment on several levels.

So, even if a pure DJ is not a great option for your event, an MC/DJ Wedding professional can be a huge asset. An MC/DJ should be anticipating what needs to be done, helping to facilitate those things and then announcing them so nobody misses a single thing.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2016 will mean a much more active blog presence for JR Productions DJ. Original weekly articles covering many aspects of Special Event Planning from the perspective of a professional MC/DJ will give you a lot to think about when planning details or hiring vendors for your special event.

You may have a clear vision for your event but are you aware of the many pitfalls and common mistakes that could be likely to sabotage your best laid plans? Chances are that you have not done a great deal of event planning yourself, why not consider the professional opinion of somebody with a lot of experience?

After all, isn't experience what you are really paying for when you hire a professional? There is a lot more to any job than just having the neccessary equipment, tools and/or materials. Those things can be rented, borrowed or bought. True experience and proficiency only comes from doing something many times while striving to make constant improvements.

This blog will be an invitation to learn from my experience and in that process help you plan and execute better special events.

Jason D. Rogers
JR Productions DJ

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Estes Park DJ - Twitter Feed 2015

    Booking Season Is In Full Swing! All 2016 Booked Dates Listed At
  1. Getting set up at The Lodge At McKenzie Place in Ft Collins.
  2. Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire Were Dancing to “Uptown Funk” All Along (Video)
  3. I posted a new photo to Facebook
  4. It is definitely booking season! A few inquiries just today!!
  5. Great article for anybody who works or lives in "Sound Town"
  6. Quick sample from a ceremony video I shot and edited earlier this month ...
  7. Watch this one to the end, you won't be disappointed!
  8. @McCRanch @Coloradoweddings @
  9. Photo Booth Pics From Sunday's Wedding at McC Ranch. Sept 20th 2015
  10. What a great sign from the wedding this weekend.
  11. I posted 16 photos on Facebook in the album "Sept 12th 2015"
  12. Virtual Photo Booth Pics From Sept 12th 2015
  13. All ready and set to head out tomorrow afternoon for a really special wedding at McC Ranch.
  14. Making some changes and cleaning house over at the website. It's hard work figuring out how to make a website...
  15. These Keepsake Wedding Videos are really coming along nicely. Take a look at
  16. I posted 77 photos on Facebook in the album "Aug 1st 2015"
  17. I posted 27 photos on Facebook in the album "Darby & Wade Aug 16th 2015"
  18. I posted 27 photos on Facebook in the album "Darby & Wade Aug 16th 2015"
  19. Back up at Ranch today. So many weddings there this year, why not another one? Lots of gig and keepsake...
  20. July was a great month and I was very happy to get things started in August out at Ranch on Sat. The virtual...
  21. Been working really hard on getting some keepsake videos edited and into the hands of past clients....
  22. Just got the first deposit check for 2016. Two more weddings pending. Never too early to get a good start on next...
  23. Request Cards!!!
  24. Ask and you shall receive! Request Cards.
  25. Getting music together for this next weekend FULL of weddings! Friday, Saturday and Sunday!
  26. Fantastic night at The Garden Room!
  27. Rhapsody is easily the best streaming service out there! I really love it! Anybody else use Rhapsody?
  28. One my favorite under the radar albums.
  29. Grad party in Julesberg Colo tonight. I wonder how much snow will be waiting for me when I get home to Loveland?
  30. Going over some music for a Wedding tomorrow. I am really looking forward to this one.
  31. Sending out some emails to clients who have booked a wedding in 2015. It is time to start working on those...
  32. Just booked a wedding yesterday over at The Lodge at McKenzie Place in Ft Collins for Nov 2015. C'mon Universe,...
  33. Estes Park has to be one of the best places on earth, just saying the name makes me happy!
  34. The Hilton Ft Collins is great! I always enjoy stopping by there and saying hello to the people in the event office.
  35. Getting ready for a rare non-wedding gig at the Denver Convention Center. This is going to be a fun one for sure.
  36. Excited To Announce JR Productions DJ Has A Simple Little App For Android, Iphone and Blackberry. QR Code Reader...
  37. Pretty excited to put this simple little app out into the world. Hoping this will make things just a little...
  38. A few very cool events coming up this month and next. Very happy to be in such a great business working with such great clients
  39. Lots of fresh changes made to the site this past week. Even got to work on that wedding guide!
  40. Really happy to say that my brand new PA system for 2015 arrived yesterday. This thing BUMPS! This is going to be great year!!!
  41. A few more booked dates added this past week. Is yours taken?
  42. The phone calls, consultations and bookings just keep coming in for 2015. I love this business!
  43. Been working pretty hard on getting going on some wedding videos. Please take a look and let me know what you...
  44. Two bookings came in today! One in the mail and the other at a client meeting. Big things are happening over at
  45. is a reboot and a rebirth of a few of my passions coming together. Stay tuned for some good news!!!
  46. Quite a few changes and updates made on the website today. I have a good feeling about 2015.
  47. Thanks for all you do Hilton Ft Collins! I am looking forward to DJing some more weddings there in 2015! Just booked one yesterday!
  48. Really looking forward to DJing some great Weddings up at McC Ranch in 2015. You all are great!!!
  49. The final version of the 2014 Highlight Video is complete! Get an idea of the people and places I have had the...
  50. Had a great meeting yesterday with Bailey. I am looking forward to seeing you in July at McC Ranch!
  51. Episode 49 is now on the rack! Take a listen if you are so inclined, it's a good one!...
  52. Alive Inside is an amazing documentary about the power of music to connect us to ourselves. Watch it on Netflix!