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Wedding Horror Story: Pass The Potatoes Please

June 29, 2016 by Tony Barthel
Ron Ruth of Ron Ruth Weddings in Blue Springs Missouri was just at the start of his WeddingHorrorcareer as a mobile DJ when he faced one of the challenges no DJ, party guest or other vendor wishes to face. After the bride and groom had a glorious grand entrance and the best man celebrated them with a brilliant toast it was time to enjoy the meal. Being a buffet, Ron released the wedding party and then the immediate family to enjoy the meal they had been planning for so long. It is customary to invite older guests, particularly grandparents, to a celebration such as a wedding and it’s something they really look forward to. If your days are not as full as they were in your working years, a wedding celebration is an exciting ... [read more]
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Mike Buonaccorso Has Left the Building—Sort of…

June 28, 2016 by Robert Lindquist
In this interview, Mike Buonaccorso, co-founder of Mobile Beat and architect of twenty Mobile Beat odyssey-buonaccorsoLas Vegas Shows, reflects back on the last 25-plus years in a discussion with the other original co-founder, Robert Lindquist. Between the two of them, they have seen and shaped much of the history of the mobile DJ industry during the magazine’s two- and-a-half decades and the two decades of the trade show / conference. Mike gave up his “official” show producer position following the 2016 MBLV event, having spent 15 years as co-owner, and another 10 as an employee of the new management when the magazine changed hands in 2006. B L : How did you first get involved with Mobile Beat? M B : As you know, in t ... [read more]
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Mobile Beat Digital Editions Downloadable

June 28, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Available exclusively to Digital Plus subscribers who get the option of downloading the digital editions of Mobile Beat Magazine.  All other Djs have the option of seeing them within the Mobile Beat App (http://www.mobilebeat.com/app) or accessing them online in Digital Editions (http://www.mobilebeat.com/digital-edition). (more…) ... [read more]
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How to Rewire Your Brain Using The 90% Rule

June 28, 2016 by Anthony Conklin
Have you heard of the 90% rule? Before we get into this post, let me be completely transparent. I did research on this neurons-1428454_1920-610x407topic and it’s very interesting and actually exciting! However, I stumbled across (well watching a video) from Tia Lopez and he spun it as his “rule”. That said, here is my take on the 90% rule. The “90%” rule created by Tai Lopez, (TaiLopez.com) basically states that most people spend their lives living in the 10%. They think about, “Well, here comes Friday night”, “Here comes Memorial Day”, “Here comes the 4th of July”, “Here comes…” one night to celebrate. And they don’t really focus on what’s important, which is the 90%. Everything ha ... [read more]
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GigBAR-2.0

New GigBar 2 Includes UV to Take Lighting Convenience to New Levels

June 28, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Sunrise, Fla.-  When CHAUVET DJ introduced the original GigBAR IRC, mobile entertainers enthusiastically GigBAR-2.0embraced the ultimate pack-n-go portable lighting system that met the demand for a quick, convenient all-in-one lighting solution.  Now CHAUVET DJ introduces the new GigBAR 2 that adds to the original by including UV in its pars and strobes for increased color mixing and effects. GigBAR 2 includes a pair of LED Derby fixtures, LED pars, a laser, and 4 high-power, LED strobe lights all mounted on one bar.  Four individually adjustable and interchangeable heads let you cover any room or stage. GigBAR 2 strobes allow you to create exciting chase and slow motion effects and the adjustable red and green laser scatters h ... [read more]
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How Secure Is YOUR Website?

June 28, 2016 by Robert Lindquist
Stich, Abbildung, gravure, engraving from E. Mas & Desire : 1881-82 When you started your DJ business, your primary objective, no doubt, was to profit from your time, talent and experience. A few years ago, when I started FLXWebDesign, I did so with that same mindset—hoping to turn years of hardknocks experience into something spendable. Being that nothing is as easy as it appears, it wasn’t long before it became painfully apparent that there were some essential chunks of data missing from my resumé. Meeting The Real Scrooge A few days before Christmas, 2014, I was chatting with a client about some simple updates he needed made to his website. During the conversatio ... [read more]
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The More Things Change…

June 27, 2016 by Randy Bartlett
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Over the last 20 years, the mobile DJ es-bartlettprofession has changed in some pretty significant ways, but in others, it’s very much the same. Certainly the technology has changed from when I first started in 1988. My first sound system had a cassette deck, two CD players and a single Technics 1200 turntable. (Pretty dumb for me to buy one of those, with no earthly idea of how to beatmix or even what that was, but that’s the “record player” they told me to buy, so I did.) I powered my EV speakers with the old Soundcraftmen shoebox amps I was using in my home system. I was carrying with me crates of records, cassettes, cassingles, and CDs. Today, of course, everything is on ... [read more]
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Back…to the Future

June 26, 2016 by Ben Stowe
It was more than 20 years ago that I first set up a sound system with the expectation of a paycheck at the end of the night. In fact, my career very closely mirrors the life of the print edition of Mobile Beat Magazine. As a young, starry-eyed DJ it would have never occurred to me that today I would be writing an article for the last print edition of the magazine. It would have been difficult to stoweunderstand how the emerging internet of the ‘90s would change the way we consume information and effect the existence of magazines. Likewise, it would be difficult to have predicted the evolution of technology that we use as DJs. Ironic, perhaps, that during the past few days as I was researching this article I spent time at Chicago’s Museum of ... [read more]
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Cut Your Set-up/Break-Down Time in Half!

June 26, 2016 by Jason Rubio
Problem: Tough loading/unloading. Whether you're new to the DJ business, or a veteran, one thing is for sure: loading and unloading equipment is hard work, especially for mobile DJs, who bring so much equipment! For the last few years, we used a traditional dolly that converted from a vertical, standing (44" tall), 2-wheeled dolly, to a flat, 4-wheeled dolly. We still had to make 2-3 trips to bring all of the DJ equipment, and 2-3 more trips, for photo booth equipment (we bring two SUV vehicles). Solution: A better dolly and a "GripnGaff" bag to go with it! Three weeks ago, we acquired the "R-16 RockNRoller Multi-Cart" and a "GripNGaff" bag! Wow, these were truly a godsend! Here are the details, below. The RockNRoller: The R16 is the perfect solution for DJs, musicians, photo booth staff, etc. This dolly is easily transporte ... [read more]
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Meet the MRS – Multiple Revenue Streams

June 25, 2016 by Stu Chisholm
When I wrote my book, The Complete Disc Jockey, back in 2008, the economy was in a shambles. nlfx-stuEconomic recovery was slow, and hadn’t even begun in most areas, and a good many DJ companies simply flickered out of business. Those who remained were barely holding on. Things looked dire. I had originally started my project to write about all of the different jobs a DJ could do beyond the “big three” of mobile, club and radio. Including those, I detailed over a dozen fields open to a professional disc jockey, along with some things that an existing entertainment company could add to their roster of services in order to maintain a healthy bottom line ... [read more]
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Reality TV Lessons, Part 3

June 24, 2016 by Arnoldo Offermann
Hey there, boys and girls! You’ve been keeping up with these articles, right? If not, you’re going to be a bit confused on what this is about. I could spend some time and recap, but... No! I refuse to reward you for NOT reading past issues. In all seriousness, go read them. Then tune in below. I’ll wait.arnoldo Perfect. What took so long? I get it, your head exploded and you were all “wow.” It happens. Now, let’s dive head first into Part 3. It’s going to be so HOT it’s almost like Mobile Beat plugged in my mixtape. CHEAPER ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER & UNDERSTANDING ROI Well duhhh. We know this. We harp on this to brides and grooms, corporate clients, schools, and that $395 DJ on the forums. So why the heck do DJs get ... [read more]