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Old School Mirror Ball Lighting For Mobile DJs

November 20, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
So recently I've done a couple of videos on mirror balls and some people have asked me this question. Where do you put the lights? And I thought it was kind of an odd question at first until I realized that there's a whole generation of DJs out there who never used one of these. These have kind of fallen out of fashion, but they're back in a big way. They're cool again. So this is a little more tricky than if you have the ball in the middle of a room like you would in a ballroom or a skating rink or something like that. You can have lights coming in from several different directions hitting the mirror ball and illuminating the entire space, but as a mobile DJ, you're kind of stuck against a wall. You don't have a lot of room to put lights. So this is how we used to do it back in the old days with three pin spots. We'll start off by having a look at this light tree. I'm going to use ... [read more]
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Wedding MC welcome speech

How to Deliver a Wedding Reception Welcome Speech

November 18, 2017 by Staci Nichols
Of course, there is no "black & white" right or wrong way to deliver a welcome speech (or even the requirement that you do a welcome speech). However, after studying some of the greats in the mobile DJ industry like Mark Ferrell and Randy Bartlett, I learned that welcome speeches are an important ingredient. Why? Nobody wants to hear the DJ blathering on, right? True, but you can deliver a welcome speech to build rapport with the crowd...and do it without blabbing.   [caption id="attachment_110982" align="alignleft" width="200"]Wedding MC welcome speech (c) Anna Delores Photography[/caption] WHY DO A WELCOME SPEECH You'll be the captain for the night. Introducing yourself is much like the courtesy and professiona ... [read more]
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Is your daily routine moving towards, or away from your goal? (1 of 3)

November 17, 2017 by Terry Lewis
This month you’re going to discover if you will ever achieve the goals you’ve set. Print the ‘activity’ column on the table on the below, list your typical daily routine. To get the most value and insight from this exercise, it is essential that you are completely honest and open about what it is you do with your time, for example, if you are: •Waking at 7.00am. •Opening emails at 8.00am. •Doing the school run at around 8.15am and 3.00pm. •Speaking to potential clients around 4.00pm. •On Facebook hourly. Put ink to paper and list your daily habits truthfully in the activity column. Remember these are things you would do on a typical day when you are not at a wedding T ... [read more]
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Austin's Best DJs Blog

What Makes You the Best DJ? Part 1

November 16, 2017 by Jason Rubio
In the DJ business, many DJs and DJ companies say they're the "best," "favorite,"or they're "voted #1," etc. In fact, our own DJ business is named Austin's Best DJs. We purposely named our business this, but not because we believe that we're better than every DJ or DJ company out there; it was mainly due to me knowing a little about marketing and SEO (I took business classes in my undergraduate and graduate programs). The issue with being "the best" is that it's very subjective, and sometimes, hard to prove. I even recently heard about a DJ who claimed to be "the world's best wedding DJ!" Really? When were the polls taken around the world? Why weren't we aware of the contest? Where is the proof? :) (Yes, I really heard this, last month). Even the wedding websites give out ... [read more]
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ADJ Heads to LDI 2017 With Two Innovative New Video and Lighting Product Ranges

November 16, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Since 1988 Live Design International (LDI) has welcomed lighting and video professionals from around the globe to its annual trade show and conference. ADJ will once again have a significant presence at the 2017 show, debuting two pioneering new product ranges as well as showcasing other exciting new recent additions to the company’s expansive portfolio of lighting, video and effects equipment. Having enjoyed huge success with the AV Series of LED video panels over the last few years, ADJ will use this year’s LDI to launch a brand new video panel range, the Design Series. This innovative system comprises four modular panels of different shapes that can be combined together to create video screens of almost any conceivable shape. The DS4 (square), DS4T (triangle), DS4QC (quarter circle) and DS4HC (rectangle) can be easily linked together, ... [read more]
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The Most Important Gear You Own Part 2

November 16, 2017 by Mitch Taylor
Alright….I looked in the mirror….now what???  Well…what do you see?  Be cautious here.  This is the time to reflect.  To really think about where you are at, what you want to be and where you want to go moving forward.  If you see positivity give yourself a pat on the back.  Too often we get caught up in the daily grind of everything and don’t get a chance to even stop and share or soak in our successes.  Be careful here too.  Too much celebrating and some person with more drive and ambition is bound to steal your spot. ... [read more]
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First Look: Denon DJ SC5000 Prime Player

November 16, 2017 by DJcity
Mojaxx takes a first look at Denon DJ's new SC5000 Prime player. It is the first time any manufacturer made a contrahent to Pioneer DJ's Club Standard. Check out how it performs here: (more…) ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: My Time Line That Goes To Every Wedding.

November 16, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, this is a timeline. Every meeting I have I write out notes and I run by the bride and groom what their schedule is and a lot of times I integrate with them what they want, do they want to have a grand entrance, do they want to have themselves join the cocktail hour, are we doing father/daughter, mother/son? This is an early one, this would be copy two. Every time I update it, I make a new copy. Even if I have an onsite or an outside coordinator, I think it's imperative that the DJ knows what's going on. Once these are finished, they get the music put in them. So that way if there's any questions, if something were to happen to me, I could hand this off to another DJ in the file and say, here you go, here's their timeline. This would also have another piece that would give the names for the grand entrance, but all of the information that I'll need fo ... [read more]
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Event Nightmares: The Mummy That Ate My DJ Gig

November 16, 2017 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani
I made a huge, embarrassing mistake in our first year as DJs. It’s so bad I still cringe thinking about it.Event Nightmare Here’s the story: A friend of a friend had “connections” at a local summer camp and they were auditioning new talent. The hours were short, the pay was good, and we had an in. The catch: we needed to audition to get the job. The Big Audition for camp entertainment fell on a work day and Jeff couldn’t go. I was on my own. I would have 10 minutes to perform for a group of kids and prove myself worthy of hiring. My brilliant plan: Bring only a boom box and mic, since I didn’t have time to set up ... [read more]
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Are You Willing to Go Out of Your Way?

November 15, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
It is remarkably easy to blend in with the crowd, and too many of us do it unconsciously. With dozens and possibly hundreds of DJs in most markets today, what can be done to give you or I the edge needed to shine above the rest? Is it buying the newest gear, mastering the smoothest song transition, or designing the slickest business card? Or is it something else? I contend that more important than all the skills you an acquire or all the gear you can own is your willingness to go out of your way to be different. If where you live is anything like where I live, "DJs" are a dime a dozen and without knowing it the majority of them act the same; they all make similar promises to clients, boast the same way to venues, and treat other vendors in a predictable manner. "We've got 20 years of experience and a fog machine!" "If you have a preferred vendor list we'd love to be ... [read more]
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Blizzard Lighting’s 8-Bit LDI Appearance

November 15, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Waukesha, WI. - PRESS START! LDI 2017 is here and Blizzard is back with another epic booth design. They’ve also “levelled up” with a load of new fixtures to match. Plus, it’s all wrapped in plenty of 8-bit nostalgia including an ENORMOUS 26-foot tall, video wall covered 3-D “Q-Bert” style pyramid! Get your game off to a great start with WINK™, a slick and powerful moving head with blazing fast 540°/270°+infinite pan and tilt! This mover comes loaded with a 60W 4-in-1 RGBW main LED with motorized 5-45° zoom. A four segment pixel-mappable LED ring with a total of 8x 0.5W RGB LEDs adds even more personality and flair, just like your favorite 8-bit console heroes. If you’ve got quarters left in your pocket, Blizzard’s brand new Aria™ Profile series deserves a look. ETL listed and available with RGB ... [read more]