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Going For It Early

January 21, 2017 by mikewalter
I’ve been on a campaign lately to raise everyone’s performances in our industry and to throw better parties. There are a number of people speaking and hosting workshops to improve your MCing skills and I think those are essential and very important, so I’ve taken a different angle of late, and focused on the dance floor: namely, rockin’ it! That’s why I’m so excited to be presenting a seminar in Las Vegas at MBLV21 called “10 Things You Can Do To Throw a Better Party.” The title is self-explanatory and my presentation will be loaded with great tips and suggestions along with video footage to back them all up. One of the things I’ll be discussing is the concept of “Going For It Early.” I think we can stand o ... [read more]
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Passionate Pro by Bryan Foley

January 20, 2017 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
What drives people, the very successful people in the public eye? What made Cal Ripken play 2,632 games over 16 years without taking a day off? What drove Steve Jobs to bring his vision of a phone with only one button to life? Passion. What is your passion? To many it is the drive, ambition or love of what you do and who you serve. Providing you with a special view of the world that others often can not see. What is your true passion? What makes you excited about what you are doing? Passion is the difference between those who push through difficult times and those who do not. How can you maximize your passion’s impact on your business, life and relationships? After 30 years in the DJ industry, my passions have evolved in focu ... [read more]
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Toast Health! by Tom Haibeck

January 19, 2017 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
M obile Entertainers face some unique occupational hazards in doing their jobs. From the physical demands of loading in sound equipment and being “on” all night to the mental challenges of dealing with drunken buffoons and crazed Bridezillas, it’s a tough gig. But perhaps the biggest risk of all is the stress that accrues through the nature of the work itself. Think about this: In order to do your job, you have to combine the skill sets of two of the most stressful career cat- egories on the planet: Special Event Coordinator (ranked at #5 on the “CareerCast.com List of Most Stressful Jobs”) and “Public Speaker” (ranked as the greatest fear, of the greatest number of people, on virtually every “What Are You Most A ... [read more]
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Versatile 2-in/4-out studio-quality audio and MIDI interface with touch screen control

January 19, 2017 by Mobile Beat
January 19, 2017 – iConnectivity, developer of innovative interfaces, is proud to announce ConnectAUDIO2/4TM. ConnectAUDIO2/4 is a powerful, professional, yet extremely easy to use 2-input, 4- output audio and MIDI interface for Mac, PC, and iOS*. It’s ideal for guitarists, singer-songwriters, electronic musicians, producers, DJs, and musicians of all kind. Above all, ConnectAUDIO2/4 is designed to help make music creation fast and easy. No control software is required to operate it. Every parameter on the device is controllable extremely quickly and effortlessly using its capacitive touch screen. Accommodating the diverse needs of today’s music maker, ConnectAUDIO2/4 packs substantial flexibility into its $149.99 package. Its extra assignable outputs and multi-mode direct monitoring make it ... [read more]
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Solo or Duo?

January 19, 2017 by JoeBunn
Down here in the South, at Bunn DJ Company (I'm in NC for those of you that don't know me), we pretty much always just have a one man show, regardless if it's a wedding, prom, corporate event, or whatever. I don't know if it's that way because I always started out that way and trained my guys to do it on their own, or that it's more of a Southern thing. I know my buddies up in Jersey like Jason Jani and Mike Walter usually have 2+ folks with them at their shows. Let's talk about the pros and cons of each in this blog post. The pros and cons of a one-man show: One of the best reasons to go out and do a gig solo is that you keep all the money! That's a no brainer for me. In addition, I go out alone because I simply don't trust someone to set up my gear the exact way I want it. We do some gigs 30 minutes to an hour away. I'm supposed to just show up with my laptop and ... [read more]
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3 Client Communications Lessons From a Dog Trainer

January 19, 2017 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani
The other day Jeff decided to teach our dogs to drag their doggie beds from my office to the living room on command. This is a regular nightly activity, and Jeff was tired of doing the moving. “Chili, get your bed,” he said, pointing to her dog bed. She wiggled with excitement and looked around the room. It was obvious she was enjoying the attention without a clue about what he was asking. “Chili, get the bed!” Jeff repeated again, louder this time. He repeated it again and again. ... [read more]
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Mixing, Remixing & More by Brad Feingold

January 18, 2017 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
DJ controllers: No matter what type you use, they’ve become the norm for the majority of DJs. Maybe not for vinyl DJs, but certainly for the wedding DJs and many others, the controller has become something that this industry can’t live without. But the question is, what do you really get? There are hundreds of different controllers to choose from, and new ones come out almost every month. So you have to choose between Pioneer, Numark and even American DJ, just to name a few. And when it comes down to choosing, the bells and whistles can make all the difference. Looking to another brand—one that’s not as well known to a lot of DJ—one controller that I was able to try out recently was the Roland DJ 808. Compared to the oth ... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: Dealing With Drunk Clients – Learn From Our Experience!

January 18, 2017 by Jason Rubio
If you provide services for public or private events, chances are, you've had to deal with drunk clients. We run a DJ and photo booth business and we've dealt with plenty of drunk clients. Normally, it's not a problem, but every now and then, we have clients who are very drunk and become belligerent! We've dealt with these clients a handful of times, but several months ago, we had an incident that made us finally change our approach. We did a wedding and when we arrived to setup, we noticed that the entire wedding party was already pretty drunk, BEFORE the wedding even started! We've seen this numerous times and it usually means trouble! By the end of the event, most of the wedding party were stumbling and slurring their speech. Bad news! At the end of the night, the groom came over to the photo booth and complained that the "pictures were blurry." The pictures were not blu ... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Is That Rain On Your Parade?

January 18, 2017 by Tony Barthel
My friends Lisa and Aubrey Miller in Arizona had a very an interesting story to tell about a particular wedding celebration. As DJs, one of the things we absolutely treasure is an ebullient group who just are positive and upbeat andWeddingHorror thoroughly enjoy the celebration. Every once in a while it seems that every single guest at a function is just on top of the world at the same time and really love celebrating that fact. Such was the case at this particular wedding reception that Lisa describes as “possibly the best wedding reception we ever did.” No matter what was played or what happened, the audience gleefully responded by dancing like crazy and it seemed that every guest at this reception was on the dance floor ... [read more]
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Digital Security

January 17, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Odyssey Innovative Designs recently released their Remix Mk2 series of bags. It has started out as three different bags made for different levels of usage. DJs invest thousands of dollars in their laptops, controllers and other tools of the trade. So why do so many NOT invest in the best gear to carry their important tech from gig to gig—even when they aren’t gigging with a full DJ rig? I have always recom- mended strong, ATA cases for your gear, but if you are a DJ who wants a soft case just for your “cockpit” items of DJ hardware, or a traveling DJ who needs to put these expensive tools of the trade on an airplane, Odyssey has the gear f ... [read more]
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Increasing Wedding Profits with JammText Text To Screen Software

January 17, 2017 by Mixcity Inc JammText
If you’re stuck in that “just a DJ” stereotype, your wedding clients will view you as such and pay you accordingly (which is usually not well). On the other hand, if you're able to offer them more than the “typical DJ” fanfare, and create additional value for them, you can command a higher fee. The Search For the Latest Wedding Upsell A few years ago, when uplighting started to gain momentum as a hot new wedding trend, DJs were able to substantially increase their bottom line by offering it to venues and clients. Now, supply has caught up with demand, and many venues are throwing in uplighting for free as an incentive for the couple to reserve the room. Some wedding clients even choose to go the DIY route and purchase the fixtures themselves. A friend of the groom sets them up the day of the wedding, and you're left with one less upsell opportunity. ... [read more]