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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 Cart If you buy nothing else on ... [read more]
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Cruise Expose Part 3- The Cruise Director

June 30, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
The November DJ cruise is coming up quick. If you haven't booked already, why? This cruise on board the Carnival Sensation is going to provide the perfect mix of seminars, networking and relaxation. What could be better than sneaking off to the Caribbean for a week and writing it off as a business expense (talk to your accountant of course)? In this segment of our cruise ship entertainment expose I go behind the scenes with Carnival's most requested Cruise Director Reverend Doc E (Eversen Bevelle). Carnival Cruise lines has several different size ships in it's fleet. On the smaller ships the roles of cruise director and entertai... [read more]
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Rip Off The Rearview

June 29, 2017 by Mitch Taylor
Rip off the rearview mirror.  Don't look back.  Always keep improving. I got a call from a fellow DJ out of the blue the other day and his statements somewhat surprised me.  He said biz had slowed down and he was struggling a bit.  He blamed it on himself first saying he hadn't been beating the pavement as much as he had in the past but then upon my suggestion of things he could do to better his situation (after all he did call me, right), the verbal posturing began and suddenly the blame is placed upon the multi-ops who send out $500 dj's, payola in our business and everything else. Why am I sharing this with you in this space... [read more]
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Why You Should Be Sub-Renting

June 12, 2017 by Stephen J Clayton
In my last blog, I discussed how to identify which equipment is smart for you invest in and how sub-renting that equipment can help supplement your income. But what exactly is sub-renting and why do we talk about it so much? Today I will be breaking down what sub-renting is and how it can be beneficial to everyone, from beginning DJ’s to fully staffed production companies. Sub-renting is when one company rents equipment from a colleague or competitor company to facilitate a client's request. Why is it smart to sub-rent our equipment? Sub-renting makes a smart decision when you don’t have the upfront capital to invest in the necessary equipment needed to facilitate a client’s request.  Or, maybe you don’t have enough confirmed events or rentals on the books to justify spending the upfront ... [read more]
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The Devil Is In The Details

May 30, 2017 by Mitch Taylor
Devil Is In The Details Mitch Taylor Taylored SalesA long time ago I was working in Metro Detroit performing at weddings. I had a client who had a Friday night reception, and they hired a horse drawn carriage to bring them from the ceremony site to the reception. At the time, I thought that was an awesome touch.  The problem was is they didn't factor in the fact that they'd be traveling through the Detroit traffic to get to the country club and therefore arriving an hour and a half late. This caused dinner to be an hour and a half late that evening and guests were eating their rolls at the tables first.     They didn't ... [read more]
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The Thing about Forums

May 27, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
Summer is almost here and wedding season is in full swing for most of the country. The majority of us have jam packed calendars between events and meetings. When DJ's get busy, forums get even busier. I belong to several forums (public and private) that cover all sorts of DJ related topics. For the most part, these forums provide a wealth of good info and tips. Unfortunately, some of us forget that the main purpose of forums is to share ideas and help each other get better at our craft. After a spending any amount of time reading posts, strands and threads on various forums a few main personality types quickly emerge over and over. Some a... [read more]
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The Profile Page – It’s Back!

May 22, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
Mobile Beat is always thinking of new ways to bring you better content. We strive to be on the cutting edge of what is new, important and relevant to our industry. We cover the big topics of gear, music, performance and people. The first three topics are very well represented in Mobile Beat, but we felt that the "people" section needed some attention. So, resurrecting the Profile page to spotlight those impacting the DJ world in a positive and unique way was an easy decision. Each month Mobile Beat is going to interview a DJ, entertainer or artist that stands out in our industry. We need YOUR input. It's a big world. Tell us who you would li... [read more]
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Cruise Ship Entertainment – An Exclusive Mobile Beat Expose

May 18, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
Are you going through MBLV  convention withdrawals? Do you wish there was another one before March 2018? The staff at Mobile Beat listened and have responded in a big way! This November (25-30) we are taking the show from the deserts of Nevada to the high seas of the Caribbean. A fun filled cruise from sunny Miami to the Dominican Republic and Turks & Caicos Islands on board the Carnival Sensation. Five days of family fun, sun, seminars and networking. In conjunction with the November cruise, Mobile Beat wanted to know everything about ship entertainment and being a cruise ship DJ. We reached out to Alex Dena (Carnival Cruise Line Supe... [read more]
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Keep Up With Technology & Keep Up Your Profits!

May 11, 2017 by Jason Rubio
As a long time DJ, I've seen the different technology that has evolved over the years. I first started as a kid, in the early 90's and wow, DJing was completely different! Gone are the days of carrying 15 HEAVY record crates, massive speakers, amps, heavy lighting, etc. Though much of the equipment we use is similar, technology has made DJing much easier. In today's DJ world, technology is not something to hate, but is something that you should warmly embrace! Why? Simply put, technology will help your business run more efficiently! Today's clients are used to technology and expect you to keep up with it, too! Here are a few examples of how technology can help your business! Transparency Today's clients and couples grew up with the internet and technology and therefore, they want immediate informatio... [read more]
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Comedian Don Grey On The Funnier Side of Performing Better

May 10, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
We all know that engaging our audience is a crucial part of having a successful event. The ability to properly use humor is just as much a learned skill as any other in our bag of tricks. But the fact is that some of us are just not as funny as we think we are. There is hope though. I sat down with comedian Don Grey recently to get his thoughts on how to effectively use comedy to make our performances better. It's no joke: According to Don, comedy is serious business. MikeC: Hey Don, I appreciate you taking time out on the ship to sit with me. How long have you been doing comedy for Carnival? DonG: My pleasure. I started on Carnival back in 2... [read more]