Being a DJ is not just someone who is pushing buttons and playing whatever they want. As a DJ I have learned that your job is to create the party. If there are 2 people or 2000 people in the room, your job is to make sure they have a good time. Whether they are sitting on a bar stool, playing pool in the corner or out on the dance floor, they need to be having a good time. Music is what controls the atmosphere of the room. You do not just walk into a room and throw up music, it is a good idea to plan ahead with an idea, but allow room for change if it is needed.
I began working in clubs out in Tucson, Arizona when I was 19 years old. I knew the current DJ wanted to go back to beer tubing and she recommended that I talk to the general manager. I spoke on the microphone after work and the rest is history. I took over as the DJ for a country nightclub called “Wild Wild West”. A club that held over 2300 people and in a college town like Tucson, it was always packed. I ran the music and worked with the incoming headliners who were going to perform there. For 2 years I was able to learn more about the music, dances, lighting and sound systems. During my time in Tucson, I was voted DJ Of The Year for the West Coast - Pacific Region by CCE.
I returned to my home of Dallas, Texas and went to work for the world famous Cowboys. I went to Cowboys Arlington and worked on music. From there I helped to open “Red River Dance Hall & Saloon” in Dallas, a club that held over 2500. I worked there for over a year and half with the management staff on the music, marketing, promotions, and lighting. Once the club was sold, I was invited to return to my original club as a manager and music director in Tucson. I was the head programmer, lighting director, and assistant manager. The club called “Stampede” was an interesting experience. I was a part of a whole group of clubs that took me around the country to deal with production. I was in St. Louis, Wichita, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis and of course Tucson. It was a great experience but family health issues brought me back home to Dallas.
While in Dallas, I was asked to come back to Cowboys who now owned Red River. I took over all the music aspects for Red River but also floated back to Arlington as well. From there, I was with the Cowboys family for 3 years. I took only a small pause for 9 months but back in control again at Cowboys, but this time, running all their production and lighting as well. Many times I was running sound for the bands, or running lighting. I was a key part of the clubs for Cowboys. I was over all production for both clubs, (Cowboys Red River & Cowboys Arlington). I had the pleasure of working for them for 8 years and got to work with many many great artists, and many who you know today.
I decided to take my leave from Cowboys after New Year’s Eve one year to peruse other ventures, but the clubs were calling me home. I began working with the Dallas Stars of the NHL. I ran their music the 2nd year after the NHL lockout and learned a lot there. I also called some pre-skate games, and ran off ice promos and contests in front of 19,000+ screaming Stars fans. I worked a few Dallas Stars playoff games and it was exciting to work the NHL All Star game in Dallas. This was something completely different from the club experience but also I learned even more how to keep the crowd “pumped up” during time-outs and plays during the season. I worked for the Stars for several years.
Also during that time I joined up with a new club with new owners called “Ranch House” in Sachse. I was able to run the music, lighting and work hand in hand on the bands with the owners. It was only when I had to have major back surgery did I slow down. After I recovered I left the clubs but did make some special appearances working for a club off Lake Texoma called “Last Call” and working with the MMA in Dallas for “Art of War”.
No matter what has happened in my life, music has been a HUGE part of it. I always was at ease and comfortable behind the microphone or on the sound board. I have worked rooms as big as 4000 people in capacity, down to 300 people in capacity. No room was ever too big or too small for me. In my time with many of these clubs, I ran multiple contests, from “Tight Fittin’ Jeans”, numerous “Bikini Contests”, “Sexy Silhouette”, “Teen Talent Contest”, and others. I have introduces dozens of bands on stage and the biggest was in front of 110,000 people at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. On my links photos page you will see some of the autographs of just a few artists. I have rang in New Year’s Eve in front of a packed house of 3000+ for many years with huge acts, Blake Shelton and I did that for 3 out of 4 years at Cowboys.
Hopefully what you have read will give you a little background to what I have been doing before you have me bring your wedding or party together with you.
DJ & Owner of DJ Chris Brown
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