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3 Client Communications Lessons From a Dog Trainer

January 19, 2017 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani
The other day Jeff decided to teach our dogs to drag their doggie beds from my office to the living room on command. This is a regular nightly activity, and Jeff was tired of doing the moving. “Chili, get your bed,” he said, pointing to her dog bed. She wiggled with excitement and looked around the room. It was obvious she was enjoying the attention without a clue about what he was asking. “Chili, get the bed!” Jeff repeated again, louder this time. He repeated it ag... [read more]
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Mixing, Remixing & More by Brad Feingold

January 18, 2017 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
DJ controllers: No matter what type you use, they’ve become the norm for the majority of DJs. Maybe not for vinyl DJs, but certainly for the wedding DJs and many others, the controller has become something that this industry can’t live without. But the question is, what do you really get? There are hundreds of different controllers to choose from, and new ones come out almost every month. So you have to choose between Pioneer, Numark and even American DJ, just to name a few. And when it comes down to choosing, the bells and whistles can make all the difference. Looking to another brand—one that’s not as well known to a lot of DJ—one controlle... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: Dealing With Drunk Clients – Learn From Our Experience!

January 18, 2017 by Jason Rubio
If you provide services for public or private events, chances are, you've had to deal with drunk clients. We run a DJ and photo booth business and we've dealt with plenty of drunk clients. Normally, it's not a problem, but every now and then, we have clients who are very drunk and become belligerent! We've dealt with these clients a handful of times, but several months ago, we had an incident that made us finally change our approach. We did a wedding and when we arrived to setup, we noticed that the entire wedding party was already pretty drunk, BEFORE the wedding even started! We've seen this numerous times and it usually means trouble! By the end of the event, most of the wedding party were stumbling and slurring their speech. Bad news! At the end of the night, the groom came over to the photo booth and... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Is That Rain On Your Parade?

January 18, 2017 by Tony Barthel
My friends Lisa and Aubrey Miller in Arizona had a very an interesting story to tell about a particular wedding celebration. As DJs, one of the things we absolutely treasure is an ebullient group who just are positive and upbeat andWeddingHorror thoroughly enjoy the celebration. Every once in a while it seems that every single guest at a function is just on top of the world at the same time and really love celebrating that fact. Such was the case at this particular wedding reception that Lisa describes as “possibly the best wedding reception we ever did.” No matter what was played or what happened, the audience gleefully responded by dancing lik... [read more]
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Digital Security

January 17, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Odyssey Innovative Designs recently released their Remix Mk2 series of bags. It has started out as three different bags made for different levels of usage. DJs invest thousands of dollars in their laptops, controllers and other tools of the trade. So why do so many NOT invest in the best gear to carry their important tech from gig to gig—even when they aren’t gigging with a full DJ rig? I have always recom- mended strong, ATA cases for your gear, but if you are a DJ who wants a soft case just for your “cockpit” items of DJ hardware, or a traveling DJ who needs ... [read more]
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Increasing Wedding Profits with JammText Text To Screen Software

January 17, 2017 by Mixcity Inc JammText
If you’re stuck in that “just a DJ” stereotype, your wedding clients will view you as such and pay you accordingly (which is usually not well). On the other hand, if you're able to offer them more than the “typical DJ” fanfare, and create additional value for them, you can command a higher fee.

The Search For the Latest Wedding Upsell

A few years ago, when uplighting started to gain momentum as a hot new wedding trend, DJs were able to substantially increase their bottom line by offering it to venues and clients. Now, supply has caught up with demand, and many venues are throwing in uplighting for free as an incentive for the couple to reserve the room. Some wedding clients even choose to go the DIY route and purchase the fixtures themselves. A friend of the groom sets them up the day of ... [read more]
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How Do You Represent Your DJ & Entertainment Company?

January 17, 2017 by Brian Lawrence
Whether you’re a one-man show juggling wedding bookings along with marketing and sales or a big entertainment company that has hired employees to take care of these tasks for you, you need to monitor how you and/or your employees are representing your company. social-media-1430512_960_720In a perfect world, all of your customers would be treated with utmost kindness and respect and would rate your company positively. But the reality is that many of us tend to forget about the most important things when we get caught up in our daily tasks and projects. Whether it’s an email, phone conversation, or face-to-face ... [read more]
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Sunlight: Party Killer or Money Maker

January 17, 2017 by RandyLehrman
Ever dreaded the idea of a day party???  People draggin' at that 12 noon Bar-Mitzvah; 1000 windows in the room, streaming in sunlight, and you're working your butt off to get people up...Why?  Sunlight. Proven by science, people are less likely to dance or lose their inhibitions in the daytime, sometimes turning a party into a luncheon. Mobile DJs want to CREATE A PARTY!  Not have a bunch of people staring out a window at the duck filled pond.  I've figured out the solution...and you can make money off of it. If your clients DO pick a daytime venue with windows (especially for a Bar/Bat-Mitzvah) and they want a dance party but LOVE their outside view, you can do a few things do make everyone happy and your wallet a little thicker. #1. Black out the windows.  Lose the sunlight in the room.  I... [read more]
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Applying Array Technology to Portable Sound, Part 3

January 16, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
In this three-part series, we’re exploring the benefits of line array loudspeaker design—when applied to large arena concert PA systems as well as when it’s scaled down to fit in an average size vehicle or small SUV. Bose has been at the fore front of developing portable line array systems for DJs and live performers since 2003. As a case study, we focused first on the L1 system, which features multiple small drivers in a tall, vertical column with a separate sub-woofer. In this final installment on line arrays, we’ll look at the Bose F1 systems. With the F1, Bose has placed a 12” driver behind an eight speaker line array in the same cabine... [read more]
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Electro-Voice celebrates 90 years, starts off New Year with a LOUD & CLEAR message at NAMM 2017

January 16, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Electro-Voice is kicking off its 90th birthday year with a LOUD & CLEAR pledge to portable speaker customers at the upcoming NAMM show in Anaheim, California: Big wattage is fine, but clarity is key – whatever sound you make, sound your best with EV. Under the LOUD & CLEAR banner, EV's new NAMM booth will serve as a live performance venue to showcase talent playing through EV’s best-selling family of portable loudspeakers and new ND Series microphones. Nine different artists spanning a broad scope of genres will perform through various system setups at the booth over the course of the four-day show, including ZLX, ELX, EKX and ETX mo... [read more]