Steve Sharp


Steve Sharp

Steve Sharp is a veteran of mobile D.J.ing, clubs, and radio in Southern California. He's driven to deliver for his clients, both his private clients, and business clients, which also include representative stints for D.J. manufacturers, such as Hercules, Denon, and Virtual D.J.




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What Do I Do with These Screens?

June 11, 2017 by Steve Sharp
As if DJs didn’t have enough to keep them busy, there’s always more: music videos! Music video can be: the “edge” that puts you above and beyond your competition; or some other dumb thing everyone does that no one pays much attention to; or...BOTH. Based on my experiences, I have ideas to share about how to make it more of the former and less of the latter. But first let’s look at how we got to today, in terms of music video’s development. The age of music video EXPLODED in the early 1980s, parallel to the explosion of cable television. Did you know: that p... [read more]
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The Singing Thing

May 6, 2017 by Steve Sharp
I had no intention of becoming a karaoke host. I've been in the D.J. business since before anyone really even thought of it as a business, and have done a lot of different things, along the way. In 2004, I was brought in to do product rep work for Hercules brand of D.J. controllers, at a time when there were very few controllers in the marketplace. Through this, I got familiar with Virtual D.J. One of the most remarkable things about Virtual D.J is that it plays not only almost all of the major types of audio files, but also almost all the major types of video files AND MP3+G ka... [read more]
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How to buy a laptop for DJing

November 1, 2012 by Steve Sharp
How to buy a laptop for DJing: This is a topic that comes up regularly on forums and Facebook groups, and the conversations sometimes turn heated, as there is a lot of information (and misinformation) about brands and types of computers. It's good to be a fan of something you like, but if your affinity makes you blindly biased, you're not helping people by spreading your bias, you're simply stroking your own ego. So, how do you get help, and how do you know what to buy? Certainly, you should talk to as many credible people as you can, both online and better still offline. People you might meet in person could SHOW you what they use, and the hows and whys. DJ conferences and other local meetings are GREAT for this as well, as you can get "hands on" with systems you're considering. Youtube channels are... [read more]
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The Records Keep Spinnin’

March 10, 2008 by Steve Sharp
The records keep spinnin' In no particular order, let's sift through the files on the desktop, and see what's going to be burning ‘em up this summer. Our first two are both reggae-fueled: Sean Kingston - "Beautiful Girl". Built around a sample of "Stand By Me," this is a cute, bouncy pop gem that should connect well on a radio near you. Kat Deluna with Elephant Man "Whine Up". An agressive club jam, based in both dancehall and deep house sonically, with the drive to be this summer's answer to "Culo", and like that song from a couple summers ago, is also bilingual. Elephant Man adds his rap flair and reggae credibility, making it extra hot. Dance crazes? Cupid - "Cupid Shuffle." Hailing from the south, Cupid has a novelty hit on his hands with a simple dance that appears to be on the rise. ... [read more]
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Music In The Corporate Mix

February 26, 2008 by Steve Sharp
With limited song choices, more creative energy is needed to propel company partiesThe focus of my writings for Mobile Beat is the very foundation upon which most events are built, as I see it: the MUSIC. My angle has been specifically: new music. More than ever, music permeates everything around us. Because music truly is everywhere now, the ability to program it well and somehow make the music WE play more engaging than something automated is more important than ever before. It's my belief that too many DJs rely too heavily on the tried and true, making their events bland and probably forgettable, at best. It's with this as the backdrop that my editor suggested that for this issue, I examine corporate parties...but, with a focus on new music. This might have been the shortest article ever to appear in Mo... [read more]
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Remix It!

February 26, 2008 by Steve Sharp
He can claim it all he wants, but Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, or (just) Diddy can claim he invented the remix all he wants, but he didn't. I believe that remixing first began when stereo was introduced in the early 1960s, and soon the single versions deliberately sounded "hotter" than the album versions of the same songs - with stereo and mono versions differing considerably sometimes. In the meantime, reggae producers in Jamaica were experimenting with "dub" versions for the "B" sides of singles. Flash forward towards the disco revolution of the 1970s, and the rise of the DJ along with it, the concepts of beatmixing and scratching, and remixes began to be commissioned to feed this market.Remixes run the gamut from simply extending a song or portions of a song to completely new versions of a song, with few, if any,... [read more]
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Remix, Part 2 (But Not The Remix)

January 26, 2008 by Steve Sharp
This week, I'll highlight more of the best of the current group of American remix labels - remixes made by DJs for DJs: a great way to perform better beat mixes, and enhance your performance! Full Tilt The newest of the services in this discussion, Full Tilt remix was founded by members of the original Select Mix team, including T.J. Hess, and Ben McMillan. The formula of what gets the Full Tilt remix treatment is similar to which tracks make it to Select Mix - danceable songs (at least when they're done with it) that you might hear on the radio: be they clubby, or top 40ish, or even rock. Sometimes there is duplication in track selections among the services (and not just between Select and Full Tilt). Best bet: visit the websites of the services you're interested in, and listen to samples before orderi... [read more]
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Save Money, Learn More

December 26, 2007 by Steve Sharp
Last week, we went through some "pick hit" new releases, and this week for fun, here are some opposites: Hits and misses - the misses The following are examples of "what were they thinking" and (in my view), won't be of interest for any demographic, and perhaps a study of what sort of artists and/or songs NOT to invest in. I challenge any who disagree to email me a compelling counter-argument. LaToya Jackson "I Don't Play That". And you shouldn't either. In a pointless attempt to be relevant, LaToya sing/raps about her "glock" in this rock/rap song that succeeds neither as rock or rap, complete with blanked out profanities. Let me try to be positive (this is hard). She looks pretty on the promo shot. Jay-Z... um, pick a single! I think I'm happy to see that the "keep it real" ethic of hip hop appe... [read more]
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Spice Up Dinner

November 26, 2007 by Steve Sharp
Spice Up Your Dinner MusicIt's my belief that almost all really great ideas are revolutionary because of their simplicity. An idea that I've used over the years has recently come back to forefront of my mind, used in a new analogy that made it much clearer to me what a great idea this is. And we've touched on it in this column before: more variety in "dinner music". Last week, I saw (for the second time) Peter Merry's presentation "The Best Wedding Reception... Ever". The first time I saw this presentation was over a year ago, and prior to his publication of his book of the same name, and Peter's Wedding Entertainment DirectorTM guild. The topic of expanding dinner music selections was one small idea among those covered in this book, primarily aimed at brides. I won't be quoting from the present... [read more]
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New Music You Might Also Love

October 26, 2007 by Steve Sharp
Just this morning I read a post at Start.ProDJ.com bemoaning the quality of music so far in 2007. While there is a seasonality to "blockbuster" releases (summer and Christmas holidays), I truly believe the quality remains the same pretty much year-round. Sometimes the good stuff is handed to you, and other times you have to "dig" more for it. Here are some new releases I think you should consider. The tracks I mention may not always be the song(s) that just came out this week, but being "to the minute" current is rarely what makes a great mobile D.J. These are current songs to be aware of, if you're not already aware of them: quick cuts (in no order whatsoever) Chamilionaire with Kelis "Not A Criminal". The more I hear this, the more I like it. It challenges the stereotypes in hip-hop, and is at a decen... [read more]