Jordan Nelson


Jordan Nelson

Jordan Nelson is the owner of SLC Mobile DJ in Salt Lake City, UT. A native of the tiny southern Utah town of St. George, Jordan began his mobile DJ journey as a junior in high school in a similar fashion to many other DJs, with a pair of cheap speakers, a dual CD mixer, and a few sound-activated lights. After traveling to Salt Lake to attend the University of Utah, Jordan completely revamped his business and invested heavily in sales and master of ceremonies training, turning his $400/event company into a $1,200/event company in under a year at 22 years old. Jordan is currently a pre-med student at the U while he continues to run his successful business delivering high-quality entertainment to couples, schools, and corporations along the Wasatch Front. He developed a strong passion for lighting and lighting programming during his early years and has written 2 books for mobile DJs on the subjects. When he is not spending his weekends at weddings and events, you can find him at the local gun range or hiking with his beautiful wife.




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Building Your First Light Show Part Two (Effect Lighting)

July 26, 2017 by Jordan Nelson

This article is the second in that author's mini series on building a beginner light show. Make sure to check out last week's article on wash lighting if you haven't yet!

Last week we dove into the subject of wash lighting as we began this mini series on building your first light show. We discussed how wash lighting forms a great base to build your light show on, choosing the right fixtures, and why starting your light show with quality wash lights will give you the most bang for your buck. So where do we go from there? To the DJ that is just starting out in lighting, I recommend adding an effect light or two to your show. So what are effect lights? Effect lights are ... [read more]
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Building Your First Light Show Part One (Wash Lighting)

July 19, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
DJ lights; a seemingly never-ending stream of new technology that can both help to fill (and empty) your wallet. With the hundreds and thousands of choices available across dozens of websites, it's easy for anyone (let alone a new DJ) to get confused about where to start. Lux? Watts? Power Linking? LASERS?!? Never fear my friend, because in this series of posts on building an effective light show I plan to (briefly) break down some of the many types of DJ lights, their uses, and how to incorporate them together for maximum impact.

Wash Lighting

Today's topic of discussion is wash lighting. Whenever a new DJ asks me for a recommendation for their first DJ light, I always steer them in the direction of read more]
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Easy on the Eyes: Symmetry and Your Light Show

July 12, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
"This article contains excerpts from the author's books The Essential Guide to Building a Mobile DJ Light Show and DMX for Mobile DJs. For more great info on lighting for the mobile DJ, be sure to check them out!" The quest to have the greatest light show is never ending for some DJs. Month after month, year after year they pour hundreds and thousands of dollars into the newest fixtures, trussing, and controllers in an effort to blow their client's (or maybe just other DJs') minds. But is bigger always better? Sometimes a simple rearranging of ... [read more]
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The Gear I Wish I Would Have Bought Earlier

July 5, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
When I first began to DJ, I knew that I was going to be investing some hefty money into the equipment I was going to use. What I wasn't counting on, however, was becoming a total gearhead, blowing way more dough than I should have on every cool light, cable, and gadget that popped into my Google searches (don't deny it, you've got the bug too). Looking back now, I've come to realize that many of those purchases, while fun and interesting, have spent more time on their shelves than at events. However, there are some pieces of gear that, while less glamorous, have given me so much utility that I wonder why they weren't the first things I bought when starting out. In no particular order, here's some gear that I think every DJ should buy as soon as possible. A Rock N Roller Cartread more]
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Developing the Characteristics of a True Professional

June 28, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
While many mobile DJs boldly display the claim "professional DJ" on their website and social media, do they actually live up to this self-bestowed title? In our industry, the word professional is a hard one to quantify; there is no defined standard that sets a "professional" DJ apart from a "hobbyist" or "amateur" other than whichever word a DJ chooses to use. Many mobile DJs deliver a high value and high quality service, even though their business isn't their only source of income, so we can't use that metric to define professionalism. Instead, I prefer to think of a professional DJ as one that displays characteristics, attitudes, and habits that are indicative of a well-managed, sophisticated, and polished business. A professional DJ is forward thinking; he or she is constantly setting goals for i... [read more]
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Keeping Your Dance Floor Packed: The Bride & Groom

June 21, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
There are a lot of factors that go into keeping the dance floor hoppin' at a wedding; the interactivity of the MC, the mixing ability of the DJ, and of course the family dynamics among the relatives of the happy couple. One aspect of keeping the dance floor packed from start to end that is often overlooked, however, is the role that the bride and groom play. If you take the time to learn how to educate your couples in this regard, you can have larger dance floor crowds and greater energy at every wedding. So when does this process start? For me, it begins in the consultation. I always begin by talking to the couple about their impact on the entire evening. Every guests will be watching and observing them, and they can use that to their advantage to ramp up the energy from the start. I encourage them to beg... [read more]
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Should I Make the Leap to DMX?

June 14, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
Spend any length of time in a DJ-related Facebook group and you're bound to quickly find a post in which some DJ says "I've wanted to learn DMX, I just haven't done it yet." At first, it would appear that procrastination has struck once again, but in reality it may simply be that this DJ (and many, many others like him) is unsure if he is willing to invest the time and expense in learning DMX programming. Have you wrestled with that question yourself? If so, you're not alone. DMX programming adds a whole new dimension to the services you are able to offer to your clients, but spending the time to learn how to program your lights may not be the best option for your business. DMX programming can be a great skill to acquire for the avid school dance or party DJ, but may not offer the same returns to the w... [read more]
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How Learning to Say No was the Best Thing I Ever Did

June 7, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
There are a lot of things in life that are easy to say no to; visiting your in-laws, going to the dentist, and participating in those annoying telephone surveys, to name a few. For many mobile DJs, however, there is one thing that is extremely hard to say no to, and that is giving a massive discount on their services to fill a date. Listen, I get it. A little over a year ago, I found myself in the same situation that many DJs find themselves in. I was new to my current market, had little connections, and was desperate to just be out DJing. Even though I knew I had worked significantly harder to improve my skills and talents and own professional equipment, I was repeatedly lowering my quoted price in an effort to book as many events as possible. It was a terrible spiral; I would try and raise my price to a ... [read more]