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Mobile Beat readers are interested in information about how to improve everything. This is a place we put articles that we don’t have another place for.

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Ready to Play, Come Rain or Come Shine

June 17, 2017 by Stu Chisholm
So, this happened: A banquet facility here in Michigan built a gorgeous, landscaped outdoor pavilion specifically for wedding ceremonies. When my helper and I arrived to provide PA, I was impressed by the thought that went into it. There was a bar-like area that served as a DJ booth for weddings, or an actual bar for, say, an evening outdoor patio party for the golfers at the club. With a pergola overhead and a two- circuit outdoor electrical box close by, it seemed like an ideal situation. But then the dark clouds rolled in. HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN...AND AGAIN Setting up my outdoor ceremony rig for the wedding scheduled in a half an hour, I ... [read more]
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Keep On Trucking?

June 16, 2017 by Mike Ryan
In the movie Forrest Gump the title character says (shortening the common phrase), “It happens!” Well, “it” happened to me back in March, while traveling to and from Las Vegas to exhibit at the Mobile Beat show with my company, Frankenstand. I rented a 24-foot Penske cargo truck, this being the “smallest” truck with a lift gate for moving pallets. After loading my show product, I headed to Los Angeles to pick up three pallets of Wade Novin’s speakers for his Novin Audio booth and continued my trip to Sin City and the Tropicana hotel-casino. Halfway through the Mojave Desert I stopped to fill up the truck’s fuel tank with diesel. ... [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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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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Cruise Ship Entertainment Pt. 2 – An Interview with DJ Dawkness

June 5, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
In the first installment of Mobile Beat Magazine's expose on cruise ship entertainment I spoke with Music Operations Supervisor Alex Dena about what it takes to become a Carnival Cruise ship DJ. For this edition I will take you behind the scenes on board the Carnival Magic as I shadow DJ Dawkness (real name Sean), one of Carnival's premier ship DJ's. The life of a cruise ship DJ is equal parts relaxation and craziness. DJ Dawkness helps me beak it all down. MikeC: Sean, my first question is how did you come up with the name "Dawkness"? It's gotta be a good story. Dawkness: I get asked that a lot, which I guess is a good thing because it gets pe... [read more]
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Instagram-Ready Pictures

June 4, 2017 by Staci Nichols
But Staci, Instagram is for photographers, hair stylists, and make-up artists, isn’t it?” Kindly direct your eyes to the screenshots showing how I booked Robin’s wedding by simply searching #SanDiegoWedding on Instagram, leaving a non-spammy comment on her post about venue shopping, and having a non-salesy profile that resonated with her (i.e. not a “gig log” or a bunch of promotional flyers). And did I mention she’s definitely an ideal client, her wedding is in November 2018, and I’m the first vendor she has booked? OK, so now that I have your full attention... Wedding photographers have pretty much all heard of the legendary Jasmine Star. ... [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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Getting There with Style and Efficiency

May 26, 2017 by Mark Evans
While visiting the North American International Auto Show in Detroit recently, I thought it would be fun to try and find the “ultimate DJ vehicle.” For many years I have heard of DJs using trucks, vans and SUVs from solid brands like Ford and GM, and here were plenty of big trucks and vans from many manufacturers at the show, but the one that caught my eye was the 2017 Ford Transit. This full-size van can be configured to fit just about every DJ’s needs. The Transit is newer to the American market but has been in Europe since 1965. Several years ago, Ford stopped production of the popular Econoline van to bring the Transit to the U.S. and ... [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]