Randy Bartlett


Randy Bartlett




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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... [read more]
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The More Things Change…

June 1, 2016 by Randy Bartlett
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Over the last 20 years, the mobile DJ profession has changed in some pretty significant ways, but in others, it’s very much the same. recycle-vinylCertainly 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 carr... [read more]
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Behind The Scenes by Randy Bartlett

December 6, 2010 by Randy Bartlett
Behind The Scenes BY RANDY BARTLETT While it may seem that most of what we do as wedding entertainers is quite visible to the guests, if done correctly, most of what we do is, in fact, invisible—behind the scenes. The results of what we do are very visible, but it’s long been my goal to make everything seem as spontaneous and natural as possible. For example, I rarely ask or tell guests to applaud. Instead, I use inflection and wording, or sometime a simple body language gesture to create applause, because if guests applaud on their own, it seems much more genuine than when the MC says, “How about a nice round of applause for Steve?” With that goal in mind, there are many parts of the wedding that can be managed behind the scenes so that the proper results are achieved without becoming that ... [read more]
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Why Charge More

April 8, 2008 by Randy Bartlett
Doctors who go into medicine for the money are rarely good doctors. Lawyers who go into law for the money are rarely good lawyers. Professional athletes who play for the money are rarely the best. In fact, anyone who gets into any profession for the money will probably not be very good at it. To be great at any profession requires a passion. With passion, along with some innate talent, you can become exceptionally good at what you do. And the big bonus is that those who are the best in almost every profession are paid the most. The world of entertainment is no different. Make no mistake, if you are a mobile DJ, you are an entertainer. To be paid the most requires being better than most others at what you do. Many DJs try to charge an "average" rate for an "average" performance, which is the most difficult ki... [read more]
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Commanding A Higher Price: Not In My Back Yard

April 8, 2008 by Randy Bartlett
NIMBY. It's an acronym which stands for "Not In My Back Yard". It's usually heard in connection with some sort of social project, such as low-income housing, half-way houses, cellular towers, power lines and the like. The idea of NIMBY is that while everyone agrees that the idea itself is good, just NIMBY-Not In My Back Yard. Yes, we know we need a group foster home for troubled teens, it just won't work in my backyard.But the NIMBY principle also applies in the DJ world, as it relates to pricing. I have rarely met a DJ who wouldn't like DJ prices to increase, it's just that they think it is not practical where they live. The DJs in Idaho, Kansas, Montana, think it is a great idea if you live in California, New York or Texas, where the standard of living is higher. The Texas DJs think it's great if you live i... [read more]