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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Elevate View Post
    You spin for typically.. what.. 5 hours? Is expecting $350 a night unreasonable?
    $70 an hour!
    Good luck with that.

    I make $25 an hour, but I'm in a small town & a low paying state.
    Since you're in San Diego, $40 or $50 an hour is probably closer to what bar DJs make.

    But I have no idea what DJs in the dance clubs make. My guess would be over a hundred dollars an hour.
    Since you live in a city that probably has a lot of dance clubs, I would try there first.
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    Thumbs up Yikes 350 for 5 Hours?

    5 Hours for me is $500 if gear is supplied, if I am bringing my own its more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SyncopatedSounds View Post
    5 Hours for me is $500 if gear is supplied, if I am bringing my own its more.
    Bar or club?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Windows 95 View Post
    $70 an hour!
    Good luck with that.

    I make $25 an hour, but I'm in a small town & a low paying state.
    Since you're in San Diego, $40 or $50 an hour is probably closer to what bar DJs make.

    But I have no idea what DJs in the dance clubs make. My guess would be over a hundred dollars an hour.
    Since you live in a city that probably has a lot of dance clubs, I would try there first.
    I've never played in a bar or as a resident in a club so I honestly don't know... and I kinda consider it a taboo question to ask my local DJ friends. I have a feeling from what I know though that it's probably too high for the random bar spot - I say this because I know a friend of mine was willing to take some Microsoft Store gig for $50 for the whole event (My wife is a friend of the event organizer so that's how I found out), and he's a full-time regular in the area who's been DJing for like 20 years (not an exaggeration). My mind was blown by that. To pull $70/hr in a bar here, it would probably have to be downtown. Those spots are always filled by entertainment groups/resident DJs though so you pretty much have zero chance of getting in unless someone retires/leaves or you're just so good they want you there anyway. Guess I'll never be doing that - I'll be damned if I eat up a possible gig night that pays way more to play in a bar.

    Which.. now I'm curious.. why do you?

    Sorry - I know I'm highjacking the thread here....

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    To some it is fun. This may be the wrong forum to ask this, but, how are people building there Karaoke libraries so fast and cheap? It seems to be a well know secrete between bar KJ's around here or the bars themselves. Even the worst dives have huge-awesome libraries on there computers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Elevate View Post
    On a side note - could you fill me in on what it's like DJing bars? I've thought about it but haven't come across an opportunity yet - and I'm wondering what the pay/environment is like compared to mobile gigs.
    It's like being a loud jukebox, 80% of the time you talk you are ignored but that other 20% makes it worth it.

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