Profiles

Mobile Beat readers are interested in information about industry members, and other Djs. This is the location to find such articles.

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Sunlight: Party Killer or Money Maker

January 17, 2017 by Randy Lehrman
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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N.A.M.E. Acquires ProMobileDJ.com to Bring More Resources to Your Business

December 6, 2016 by Mobile Beat
unnamed-20The National Association of Mobile Entertainers (N.A.M.E.) has proudly acquired ProMobileDJ.com. N.A.M.E.'s recent acquisition of ProMobileDJ.com means increased online resources for our members. Over the past seven years, founder, publisher, editor, and esteemed author Stacy Zemon has turned ProMobileDJ.com into the #1 source for free DJ education in the world. Going forward, N.A.M.E. will continue to work with Stacy Zemon's team of expert contributing writers and video-makers to provide weekly articles and videos for mobile entertainers around the globe. In addition, we will cultivate new content sources to address our wider mobil... [read more]
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DJ with Double Vision

December 2, 2016 by Mike Ryan
Using top-of-the-line sound equipment won’t automatically make you a great DJ...but it sure would be fun. Tom Capo of KPODJ literally gets his pick of the best pro audio products our industry has to offer. But don’t be jealous; it wasn’t just handed to him on a silver record platter. He’s been working hard building his screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-12-51-26-pmMobile DJ and retail businesses since he was 14-year- old. Capo shares his unique insight into our industry. Mike Ryan: You started your Mobile DJ business as a teenager. That’s not that unusual these days but before you were an adult you actually had a thriving ret... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Stories: Get Personal

August 31, 2016 by Randy Lehrman
Just when you thought it was safe to DJ a wedding...You hear about the horror stories, the crazy Youtube moments, and of course..."He said WHAT???!!!!!!" Now, we'll get to the 'He said, she said' in a moment.  First, I wanted to address how adding a little bit of extra detective work can avoid problems down the road. You've probably asked a million questions of brides and grooms; mostly you've asked about music, timing, food, bouquet, etc.  But have you ever asked a wedding couple if everyone gets along???  Have you ever asked about who is toasting as opposed to just the names???  It might help to alleviate crazy things happening at an event if you get a little bit personal and get to know a couple and their wedding party more than just who is coming u... [read more]
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Todd Mitchem’s Journey to Leadership

August 20, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Todd Mitchem has been part of the national DJ industry for over 15 years, with a club and mobile DJ career even before that. He made his big return to the industry at MBLV20 this past March and has now been announced as the week-long MC for MBLV21, coming up next March (mobilebeatlasvegas.com). “I wanted to get into DJing back when I was probably about 16 or 17 years old back in the ‘80s,” says Todd, “but it was a much different time than it is now. Of course, when I started in ‘89, right before I graduated high school, it was a different world. You were carrying records and cassettes and it was a different universe with big speakers and equipment.172-1213read more]
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Worlds Fastest Man from Olympics also a DJ?

August 19, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Last night in Rio, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt made history when he became the first person to win the 100-meter title three Olympics in a row. Since then, the world has been experiencing peak Boltmania, with the athlete's mid-stride smile already the subject of countless memes. While various publications are taking the opportunity to delve deep into Bolt's various athletic accolades, some have overlooked another important part of his usain-bolt-dj-set-youtube-retrospective-olympics-rio-body-image-1471296906legendary lineage—the guy absolutely loves to DJ, and has so for many years. THU... [read more]
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Million Dollar DJs

August 13, 2016 by Stu Chisholm
Someone caused quite a ruckus on the DJ forums when they posted about Texas DJ Louis Grell of LG Entertainment. Seems he broke the million-dollar mark for a gig. DJs pounced on the author in disbelief, while a handful of others defended him. Grell, meanwhile, was caught in the middle; one day he’s talking to a guy doing a podcast, and the next thing he knows, he’s got guys dragging his name through the muck.172-3233 But yes, he did cash that big paycheck. It’s just didn’t happen like guys on the forum thought. Unlike the vast majority of “weekend warriors” headed off to a wedding reception, LG Entertainment does huge mega-events, sometimes spanning a w... [read more]
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DJ Month at Full Compass

August 1, 2016 by Mobile Beat
In August our BPMs go way up for DJ Month at Full Compass! All month long we’ll be giving out DJ-focused advice and news to improve your cross fade, helping you connect with audiences and advice on refining your entire set. You can find all of that right here on FCL with articles from our DJ pros and friends at Mobile Beat! Full Compass also has great deals all month long on our full lines of DJ gear like controllers, mixers and turntables. For all of the details on the DJ specials happening, hit our special DJ page! If you’re an EDM, wedding or arena-style DJ, August is your month! This is going to be fun……stay tuned! Check out all the fun at http://www.fullcompass.com/dj/... [read more]
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Mike Buonaccorso Has Left the Building—Sort of…

June 28, 2016 by Robert Lindquist
In this interview, Mike Buonaccorso, co-founder of Mobile Beat and architect of twenty Mobile Beat odyssey-buonaccorsoLas Vegas Shows, reflects back on the last 25-plus years in a discussion with the other original co-founder, Robert Lindquist. Between the two of them, they have seen and shaped much of the history of the mobile DJ industry during the magazine’s two- and-a-half decades and the two decades of the trade show / conference. Mike gave up his “official” show producer position following the 2016 MBLV event, having spent 15 years as co-owner, and another 10 as an employee of the new management when the magazine changed hands in 2006. B... [read more]
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SmithsonMartin Will Now Be Known As Touch Innovations

June 22, 2016 by Mobile Beat
MIAMI, FL, June 21st, 2016 – SmithsonMartin,  – a global leader in touch technologies for DJs –Chosen One (1) B&W announced today that due to a corporate reorganization SmithsonMartin will cease to exist. Touch Innovations, LLC. reflects the company's broader touch technology commitment and its expertise in driving the innovations needed to shape the future of all markets through touch technology solutions. "The new Brand, – Touch Innovations – allows us to emphasize our wide-ranging business objective around other vertical markets who have not yet embraced touch solutions." said Michael Shvartsman the CEO of Touch Innovations.  "As a com... [read more]