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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: When Meeting With A Client, Send The Right Message With Your Outfit

August 17, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This is a black t-shirt and it has crystals in it and as you can see, it's just a t-shirt, it's black, it's doing its thing, but if I was DJing in, let's say Miami at an exclusive club, I'd probably buy this for $400 and wear it to a meeting. You have to dress the part that you're about to play. When I meet with brides, even corporate clients, I often wear black Dickeys, black Dickey shirt and believe it or not, Converse Chuck All-Stars, black ones. There's that fine line between I'm a cool DJ, but professional and I'm a mess. I wouldn't wear a suit to a meeting. There are DJs that I know who would, because that's their image. I'm trying to portray the professional, yet cool DJ image. So when you go to your meetings, dress appropriate for the message you want to send out.... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Suggest A Great Idea To Your Brides And Grooms.

August 3, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. These are digital picture frames. And a few years ago I suggested to a bride and groom, how about you take some photos, put them on an SD card, get a digital frame and then put it on the guest book tables so that people have pictures of you that they can watch. And I hadn't suggested it for a while, because people kind of moved away from it and they just didn't seem like they were quite as popular. I met with a couple yesterday and they're doing a memorial table for their grandparents. So I suggested it to them and they thought it was a really great idea and I realized, you know what, this is an idea that maybe shouldn't have gone away. So when you meet with your clients, if you want to add a little something, and as a DJ, I think we, especially with weddings, need to ad... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Video Montage On A Monitor Instead Of A Projector

July 27, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. Another audio/visual idea. I've got some clients coming up who want to do a video montage and my experience with video montages is that they are difficult, at best. There always seems to be an issue with the laptop, there's an issue with getting it fired up to the projector, it doesn't start right away and it's a big production to show a seven, eight-minute video. So about four years ago I had a client, who I have actually gone on to do four more events for, who I suggested, how about we just do a DVD, put it in the DVD player, hook it up to a monitor and let the monitor run all night looped and that way people can see the video montage, not worry about the music, it doesn't matter when they get to see it, but they'll see it at some point. I said this to my clients yesterday, they loved the idea, ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: How To Remove The Track Name In Serato Scratch Live

July 20, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute for my Scratch Live guys that have asked me about this. I've got a track playing right here, you see I'm also going to do another tip video on this how to make these horizontal waves bigger, but up here on the top corner, you've got your BPM. On the top bar, you have your track name and you have your artist. What you do is you click on that so it says tap. You type in AM and you hit enter. What happens is the track name disappears. And this is anti-trainspotting mode, but it's also considered to be DJ AM mode where you can't see the track name. To reverse it, you go back to BPM, click on it, type in AM on the keyboard, hit enter and the track name is back. So if you are using Scratch Live and you need to protect the track, remember click on BPM, type in AM and hit enter, D... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: How To Expand The Horizontal Waveforms In Serato Scratch Live

July 13, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute here with Scratch Live today. You see this, I've got the wave forms, you've got really four displays. You've got what I call library mode, you've got the traditional vertical mode, you have the horizontal mode and then you have dex over dex mode. Well, in horizontal mode, you can actually make these wave forms bigger. What these are showing is an amount of time. So go to your setup, go to display, go right down here where it says audio cash, bring that up, bring it all the way up to 60 seconds if you want. Then when you hit setup, voila, you have these huge wave forms in the middle. Now, it might take up a little more CPU usage, but I haven't found that it does enough to worry, but this is the way I like to run mine with Scratch Live. So you need bigger wave forms, go to s... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Wireless Lighting Controller For $20.00

July 6, 2017 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute. I needed a new source of being able to turn lights on and off without having to touch them or turn on power strips, because I'll keep a light right by me or under the table and I don't want to have to reach down and turn it on, but I also don't want to go out and buy $100 controller. So I found this at my local Lowes. You'll probably find it at Home Depot too, it's a wireless Christmas light device. So this runs off a little three-volt battery and it goes to that, has two plugs, plugs into the power strip and I have three of those with one remote. So I can turn up to six lights on at a time. Now, I know you're saying, that's just for home use, that's this little thing and it is, but why can't I use it at weddings and other events to turn lights on remotely? Because that's all I wan... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: The Morality Police And A DJ, Extended Version

June 29, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. It's sort of a statement video. I got into a discussion with a DJ the other day about this song, because I've seen it in a bunch of middle school videos, sweet 16s and all that and this is the part I have a problem with. And I've got a thing about having 16-year-olds, 12-year-olds, 14-year-olds that are yelling when the DJ plays the track that says, "Where are my alcoholics, let me see your hands up." I know it's fun, I know it's a party song, I just personally think it's a bit inappropriate. Now, after everything that's gone on in the world, this one I don't know that I'll ever play this one again when it comes to doing an event. This is "Pumped Up Kicks." It might be a great song, the kids might like it, the kids might know it, but talking about somebody with a gun and... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: The DJ And Liability

June 22, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. I have a client I've been doing their party for at the holiday time for about six years and I spoke with my client who is a federal judge the other night and said, should I have a clause in my contract that states if someone falls down and gets hurt while dancing at an event I'm the DJ that I'm not liable? And without missing a beat, the judge said, yes, you should. Then he said, it's not an issue of it's your fault, it's an issue of you can get tied up in the legal proceedings because someone gets hurt and they turn around and they sue you, the DJ, they sue the hall, they sue the bride, they sue everybody. So it's the end of the year, you've made it this far with the contract you have in place. Now might be the time to turn around, get your lawyer or hire a lawyer and ju... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Thank You!!!

June 15, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This is video number 101, I believe, 102 maybe. So this is a thank you video. Back in June 2012 I had spoken to Christian BanKy, DJ Pulse and Brian S. Redd and said, I think true professionals try to give back, but I also am hungry and thirsty for knowledge. So if I post things on YouTube, I might get comments that I can learn from and I certainly have. So this is a big thank you. This was just going to be a few videos and it has turned into over 100 "DJ Tips in under a Minute" videos and I want to thank all my subscribers and viewers and everyone that has checked them out and I am just going to continue on. I think being a DJ, in my opinion, is something that you're constantly learning, you're constantly improving, you're finding new ways to do things, new ways to appro... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Chris Cox Effects Tip!!

June 8, 2017 by DJ Jay
DJ Jay here with tips in under a minute. There he is, DJ Chris Cox. Chris: What's up? How are you doing? Jay: Now we're going with our DJ tips in under a minute. One tip you think mobile DJs, wedding DJs, any DJ out there would benefit from. Chris: All right. This is having to do with effects and especially echo and delay effects. So all the [inaudible] mixers, a lot of mixers all have echo and delay. I see guys all the time, they'll have their track, they want to add echo in and they just turn the echo up and everything starts to over amplify and it sounds really, really bad on speakers. You get a lot of distortion. So one of the things I always do anytime I add the echo or a delay effect, I roll the bass off. So that way you can echo the mids and the hig... [read more]