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Review: Pioneer DJ XDJ-1000MK2

November 23, 2017 by DJcity
Mojaxx reviews the 2nd version of the XDJ-1000  - can it hold up against the club standard CDJs? (more…) ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Dj Intelligence For Your Clients Music Requests.

November 23, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, this is something I use. This is DJ Intelligence and I actually have to update my account, nine days. I have been using this now for about seven years and the big aspect of it for me is here, this is client log-ins and this allows me to open up an account for all of my clients, send an email to them and let them pick their music online. So it has a lot of cool features. The biggest one I use is the planning, the availability checker and the music site. So again, this is something that you can integrate into your business. I know there's some other ones, GigBuilder and I think DJweb and Pro. I haven't used those and I don't know much about them. So I'm not going to really speak about them, but this is one I have been using for a long time. It's a good tool and it's DJ Intelligence. Just go to Djintelligence.com and there you go, in under a minute. ... [read more]
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3 Ways to Make Your Wedding Business a Work of Art

November 22, 2017 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani
Work of Art HuffPost today alerted me to a wedding portrait a bride’s mother had commissioned that, if you’re a pop culture/sci-fi geek, is pretty amazing. It’s like a Where’s Waldo, or, if you prefer, a Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. I see Captain America! I see Jon Snow! I see Groot! ... [read more]
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MOBILE BEAT #188 – NOVEMBER 2017

November 22, 2017 by Dan Walsh
MOBILE BEAT #188 - NOVEMBER 2017 Getting Control In this issue of Mobile Beat, we offer some thoughts on choosing your music control solution and gear buying in general, as well as good advice on taking care of that other key part of most DJs' setups these days: your laptop. Add to that some interesting perspectives on professionalism and you have an issue that will help you get control of your situation! ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief   CONTROLLERS, ETC Getting Control of the Situation - Dan Walsh Making Your Controller Choice - Arnoldo Offermann Thoughts on Hardware & Software - Joe Bunn The Pherein Principle - Stu Chisholm When ... [read more]
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Using Your “Downtime” For Good

November 22, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
Managing your own business can be a hectic affair; running to client meetings, finding time to program music lists,  networking, and a host of other jobs can keep us constantly busy. Amidst all of the chaos, however, are plenty of "downtime" moments where we aren't actively performing, planning, or coordinating. These small windows of time can be phenomenal opportunities to grow, rehearse, and improve. Here are a couple of my favorite uses of this time. Driving in the Car Here in Utah, a large number of the weddings I perform at are located close to an hour away at the ski resorts in the canyons and mountains surrounding the city. I love to listen to music in the car as much as the next guy and have found that cranking the volume and rocking out on the way to my events is pretty common practice for me. However, I recently have begun to use this driving time to low ... [read more]
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Live Audio Mixers for DJs

November 22, 2017 by Ben Stowe, CTS
An increasing number of DJs are branching out into more live audio events which leads some into unfamiliar territory. DJ controllers and mixers are highly specialized for their purpose and not well suited at all for live audio applications. This leads many DJs to wonder what the right mixing console for them would be. I can’t think of a better time in the history of audio to be looking for one. Mixing boards are more powerful, better featured and less expensive than ever before. The plethora of tools available on a modern console can be a bit overwhelming to those just beginning their search. First, it’s important to determine how many channels will be necessary. Is it just a handful, maybe 8 to 12? Is it a bit larger, maybe a small band needing 16 to 24? Or is it a larger console of 32 and up? I think this is an important place to establish current and future needs. Larger con ... [read more]
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HARMAN Professional Solutions Introduces Cost-Effective Beam Fixture with LED Ring

November 22, 2017 by Mobile Beat
New Martin by HARMAN Moving Head Fixture Offers a Superfast Beam and LED Ring With Individually-Controllable Pixels at an Affordable Price LDI (Booth #242) – LAS VEGAS – HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced the Martin RUSH MH 10 Beam FX, a compact LED Beam moving head fixture with an independent, built-in LED ring. With 24 individually-controllable LEDs surrounding a central beam lens, the RUSH MH 10 FX offers visual effect possibilities never before available at this price point. “The beam capabilities of the RUSH MH 10 FX is exactly what our touring, nightlife and house of worship customers have been asking for,” says Mark Buss, Product Manager, RUSH for HARMAN Professional Solutions. “The addition o ... [read more]
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Focus on 2018

November 21, 2017 by Joe Bunn
I can’t believe it! 2017 is almost over! Like pretty much everyone in the DJ business, the first couple of months of 2018 are slow performance wise. Sure, you are booking a lot of the brides that got rings for Christmas, on New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day, but you’re not really out there rocking gigs. That’s a good thing though, embrace it, take some time to yourself, maybe even take a vacation. But once you get back, start the hustle again! There are so many things that you can and should be doing in the so-called “off season”. One of the first things that I do after my annual New Year’s Eve gig is to start going through my equipment, cable bag and computer bag in order to assess the damage done during wedding and holiday party madness. Are you missing a cap on the foot of a speaker stand? Call the manufacturer up and order a replacement. Maybe you need to get som ... [read more]
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How To Craft Your Story Part 2

November 21, 2017 by Mitch Taylor
How To Craft Your Story Part 2   Once you have shared with them where you grew up and found a way to build trust in that aspect, share with them some world wide experience you've had.  Select world wide experience of yours that also shows benefit to why they are interested in you or how you may be able to serve them.  For myself, I share that I used to work for Carnival Cruise Lines on board ship as a club DJ, and state “If you can’t please 1600 people on a cruise ship from all over the world with all different musical tastes, you’re not a true entertainer.”   This shows to your client that this isn’t just a job ... [read more]
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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]