Pelonkey Advisory Board Member Spotlight: Charles Koch (aka: DJ Dirty Hands)

Written by Ciera Gallub, Pelonkey COO

His name is certainly popular around DC, known by his night time role as DJ Dirty Hands! Our awesome Pelonkey Advisory Board member, Charles (Chuck) Koch is a hard-spinning disk jockey as well as a savvy business man. He is a partner at Heist Lounge in DuPont, which he generously allows us to use for Pelonkey events.

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Chuck has the great ability to connect people together and is an excellent networker. He believes that Pelonkey will help to stabilize the industry, especially pertaining to nightlife. The growing trend of becoming a DJ has been increasingly prominent in the DC nightclub scene, and Chuck feels Pelonkey will really help both the entertainers and the clients navigate the growing industry. Dirty Hands plans to use his awesome DJ network and connection skills to help Pelonkey scale and continue to grow, offering great insight from the DJ world, nightlife scene, and venue owner perspectives.

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Heist has been doing so well this summer that Chuck is excited to see what the cooler months will bring! I asked him what one of the most ratchet moments DJing was like. One time while he was spinning at a club, six girls got into a huge fight behind him at the booth! Good beats can make people go bananas sometimes.

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Outside of his Advisor role and his other occupations, Chuck enjoys flying (planes!), golf (FORE), and snowboarding (watch out for the yeti!). He rolls out to Cabo every year for vacation and says he could live on a beach, easily.

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We love having Chuck on our Pelonkey Advisory Board! He gives us great insight, excellent advice, and graciously opens his venue to us for Pelonkey events, which is the perfect atmosphere for getting up close and personal with the DC DJ scene. Thank you, Chuck!

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#Tips on How to be a Great DJ #DJTips #PelonkeyDJs

We’ve been doing some research and gathering survey data from our awesome Pelonkey DJ pool, and here are some of the best tips we’ve compiled from the Pelonkey pros on how to really stand out as a performer and bring your DJ biz to the next level.

1. Always stay professional. By all means, have fun and be interactive with your client/crowd, but always be mindful and respectful of your surroundings and the people. Always maintain that excellent reputation for taking your art seriously.

2. Maintain composure, even in a stressful situation. There will be times where the equipment starts to malfunction, people with requests are up in arms about the music, etc. Just remember to keep calm, and look at the situation logically. This will help you be quick on your feet and let the negativity roll off your shoulders, ultimately producing a successful customer experience.

3. Keep the coals hot! In other words, don’t let your name fade – constantly be promoting your events and marketing yourself on your social media handles. Keep the most popular ones updated: Facebook (events, weekly line-up, cover photos, event flyers, tag your clients when appropriate to promote, etc.), Twitter (smart use of hashtags, similar to Facebook), Instagram (post your event flyers here as well as pics from the event, tagging places and people as much as possible). Link all these accounts to save yourself some time. Keep your professional profile on Linked In up to date as well – scored a big, high-end gig? List it as an achievement!

4. Be known in the industry. Go to other awesome DJ’s events, introduce yourself, snap a shot for Instagram, and make friends. These are great people to surround yourself with – not only are they into the same thing as you (music!), they vibe with all the people booking them and will help you become known (or for an experienced DJ, remain known) as awesome and worth hiring. These people are also your competition – learn from them. Constantly look for ways to boost your familiarity with the venues, promoters, events, and people in your industry. Never EVER put another DJ down.

5. Enjoy yourself! This is a fun lifestyle to rock, and your attitude about your DJing will reflect in your performance. So have fun, and don’t be afraid to try new things!

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Want to add some input? Feel free to comment or email Ciera@Pelonkey.com with your ideas!