Brian S. Redd


Brian S. Redd

Although he can be seen Djing in places like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, or even the UK & Europe, DJ Brian Redd is proud to call Milwaukee home. Brian specializes in mobile events such as wedding receptions, corporate events, quinceañeras, parties and special occasions. He has also been a resident DJ at several major Milwaukee night clubs and also performs at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival. From the beginning Brian has had a passion for music. His talent emerged at the young age of 13 when he was asked to DJ at a local skating rink. After realizing his calling he progressed on to weddings and mobile gigs and by age 18 he was DJing regularly at nightclubs. He understands people & what motivates them music wise, which helps keep them on the dance floor. Brian has been recognized for his work in various DJ publications both domestic and abroad. He has made a name for himself in the DJ community where he is known and respected as an industry consultant. This recognition has led to his contributions as a writer for Disc Jockey News. A true international DJ, Brian travels worldwide to not only perform but to educate and share industry ideas and concepts with DJs everywhere. His career has gone to the next level working with industry leading manufactures bringing new products and services to his peers helping them become better DJs.




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DJ Lighting Ideas – Moving Heads Inside of Your Glow Totems – Warp Totems

December 11, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
Hello everybody. We're down in the dungeon doing some experiments today. If you saw my video last week where I took a glow totem and instead of putting an LED par fixture in it, I went ahead and put an NO pocket wash inside of it, which is a moving head, wash fixture and it turned out pretty cool. So this week, I thought, let's go ahead and set up two of these totems, [inaudible] pocket wash it and see what it looks like. Now, I got a lot of positive feedback on this. Some people said, hey, that's a really cool idea. I want to do it. Some people said, well, congratulations doofus, you put a light inside of a totem. We're not going to worry about those people. Anyway, some people said, hey, wouldn't it be cool if instead of having the NO pocket wash on the bottom of the totem, what if you mounted it to the ... [read more]
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DJ Lighting Help – Cool White LED Vs Warm White LED

December 4, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
Here are two Gobos being projected in both cool white and warm white. What's the difference? Cool white is between 5500 and 6500 kelvin. It's an artificially bright light, kind of like halogen. If you have LED in your refrigerator and you open it up, you can see everything in your fridge with cool white LED. Warm white is between 2700 and 3000 kelvin. This is more intimate lighting like your living room or your bedroom or a cozy restaurant. So given the option, what's going to work best for you? For large public events or just big parties, cool light might be a great option. It's very bold. It's very eye catching. On the other hand, if you're doing a more intimate event like most wedding receptions, warm white might be the perfect option for you. Of course as a lighting designer, this choice is really up t... [read more]
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DJ Lighting Tips – Add Stock Gobos To Weddings & Other Events

November 27, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
So a really cool accident happened at last Saturday's gig. I had every intention to do a video on the Icon Profile warm white, which is a little different from the cool white, as you can see in this picture. I wanted to show how bright the warm light was. I was going to shoot the Gobo across the room onto a wall or something, but every wall either had something on it or was black or it was a window. The dance floor was checkered. I didn't have a choice. I could only shoot the Gobo behind me. I didn't have a Gobo for the client specifically, but the Icon Profile LED and the Icon Profile warm white come with four steel Gobos and one glass Gobo. Now, three of the steel Gobos are patterns, but the fourth one is a heart with wedding bands intertwined inside of it. I decided to use this, because it had a wedding... [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 ... [read more]
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Lighting Ideas – Mirror Ball Tight Set Up Solutions

November 13, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
So I've been thinking. What if you're really tight on space at a gig and you didn't have a lot of room to set up lights and things, but you wanted to run a mirror ball? You were using something like the eliminator decor MBSK, but you needed to illuminate your mirror ball. How could you do it? So here's some ideas for you, just some stuff I was playing around with. I'll show you some stuff that works, some stuff that didn't work and some stuff that I like. Check it out. So my first thought was to use something like this [pinpoint Gobo]. It's battery powered and it has a magnetic bracket on it, so you could do something like stick it right here, which you can absolutely do. But the thing is, this is only a three watt light. It's not very bright and the dots that I'm spreading around the room aren't really ey... [read more]
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What’s That Moving Head Clicking Sound On Start Up?

November 6, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
So a friend of ours asked me a question the other day. I thought it was a good question and I don't think I've ever answered it before. He has a set of [NO ?] pocket spots and every time he turns them on, they start making this clicking sound like this. It's kind of loud. He's like, what's wrong with my NO pocket spot? Absolutely nothing. What's happening is the fixture is self-calibrating so it can find its start position. The fixture starts at the same place every time you turn it on that way, and in this case, NO pocket spot, and on most moving heads it's forward. You'll see that in just a minute. Right here, here we go. Bam, there it is, that's the start position. Every time this fixture turns on, this is where it's going to start. Now, why do we care that it has this specific start position? All right... [read more]
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Basic Uplighting FAQ – Is It Worth It?

October 30, 2017 by Brian S. Redd

So I get a lot of questions on uplighting. Some of these questions are pretty basic, so I thought I'd start a new video series called Basic Uplighting. There's going to be three or four videos in this series, so check them out if you want to. This is the first video. Before I even get into the first question, please understand that these are my ideas and opinions. They're not gospel, so you can take this or leave it. It's really up to you.

So the first question is this. Is it worth it? I'm thinking about getting into it, but is it really worth it to make the investment? The short answer is yes. Let's break that down into three different parts. First part, customer perception. If you get a call from a wedding client and they ask you all kinds of questions about your services an... [read more]

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Basic Uplighting FAQ – What Type of Fixtures Should I Start With?

October 16, 2017 by Brian S. Redd

So in our third video on basic uplighting, I want to talk about which fixtures you should buy. Before we even get into that, please keep in mind these are only my thoughts, ideas and opinions. You can take it or leave it, it's up to you. So I'm going to break this down into two parts. The first part, I don't want to dwell on it too much, but what brand should you buy? It's my opinion, in this case, especially in this case, you should avoid the generics and go with the good name brand you trust.

There are a couple of different reasons for this. The first reason is the build quality is typically better. The reason it's better is because the good name brand stuff comes with warranty. What these companies don't want to do is have you turn anything in for warranty work, because thi... [read more]

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DJ Help – Gobos and Gobo Projectors 101

October 9, 2017 by Brian S. Redd

Now, lately I've had a few people ask me about Gobos and Gobo projectors. They have clients who want monograms or something on the wall. They don't know where to start. What do you do? What are the Gobo projectors available to you out there? Well, there's a lot to this, but I'm going to try to break this down to you in a reader's digest version today. The first thing you have to do is select your Gobo projector and to do that, you have to figure out what exactly you want to do with your Gobo.

Here's the first style we're going to look at. This is for stationary Gobos. They don't rotate. They don't move in any way, but you can definitely shine a Gobo on a wall with something like the icon profile or the icon profile WW, which stands for warm white. This is pretty robust. It wor... [read more]

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DJ Ideas – My New Battery Powered Par Fixture Charging Station

October 2, 2017 by Brian S. Redd

So here's a project I've been working on for a while. I finally wrapped it up this morning. This is my workbench, which also doubles as an LED battery powered fixture charging station. What I've done is I put a three inch tall backsplash on the back of my workbench and then I attached this 48 inch long diamond plate 10 outlet power bar onto it. I can plug IEC cables into here and throw it behind the workbench when I'm not using them, so I don't even have to unplug them if I don't want to. Just throw them behind the bench and turn off the power strip.

Now, the bench is 54 inches long and of course I've got 10 outlets on here, so I can do 10 fixtures no problem. If I want to do more, I can just add some extra power strips and put some fast set tables in front of the bench and ch... [read more]