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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The Naked Truth With The Naked Cowboy

September 15, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
  Sometimes the craziest ideas can make us the most money. If I told you that you could become a millionaire by standing in Times Square wearing a speedo, cowboy hat, boots and strumming a guitar; would you believe me? Robert Burck did just that 18 years ago. He took one crazy idea and turned it into a worldwide company with several different corporate divisions. Robert had humble beginnings in Cincinnati Ohio. He attended Parochial school and earned a college degree in political science. Robert moved to the west coast for a few years then found himself in The Big Apple. He was working an unfulfilling day job and got ... [read more]
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Multifaceted Multifaceted Music Man

August 23, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
At some point a prospective client has asked you this question: "What makes you different from the other guys?" It's all about personality, right? Do clients really book you based on blinky lights and big speakers? To really define who is different and unique in our industry there have to be benchmarks; those entertainers who set standards and keep raising the bar. Curtis Whipple knows all about that. I first met Curtis at a convention about five years ago. He was quiet, but moved with swagger and had a big smile. Curtis has one of those magnetic personalities and styles that make you want to hang out with him. He just exudes old school cool. His approach to events and entertaining is just as interesting. He is a DJ with a mission: Saving souls one gig at a time. Mike C: What was your first experience a... [read more]
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Intelligent DJing

July 17, 2017 by Mike Ryan
These days, the word “genius” might conjure up images of real people like Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking, or fictional ones like The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper. But even the DJ world has some highly intelligent members, like Mensa member Dennis Jones, a leading mobile DJ in Southern California. To join Mensa, your intellect must be tested to fall in the top two percent of the general population. Known as “The Creative Music DJ,” Dennis has presided over the San Diego Chapter of the ADJA for half a decade, is a member of the San Diego DJ Association and serves as the assistant organizer of the San Diego Wedding Professionals. More tha... [read more]
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Digitizing the Mobile Game Show Experience

July 16, 2017 by Mobile Beat
DigiGames has been an important part of Mobile Beat ever since 2004 when they burst onto the national scene at Mobile Beat Las Vegas. They have revolutionized the way DJs and other entertainers have brought game shows and trivia to private events and have even provided gear for game shows in the national media. Known first for their stylish game show stations (a la TV's Jeopardy), they were pioneers in the combination of physical game show stations with computer software. And it all started with Tom Dorscher up in North Dakota traveling the state with his unique game show system and all the other DJs asking where he got it! Tom describes getting ... [read more]
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Tom Macari: Master of Manhattan

July 15, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
The most common and widely used (basic) definition of a mobile DJ is a person who plays music and makes announcements at an event while having to bring all the gear necessary to do so. Those events generally run the gamut from weddings to proms to milestone events and corporate gigs. Skill levels and add-ons aside (photo booths, lighting, etc.) this is what we DJs do. But suppose I told you there are DJs who travel the world, work really cool events and don’t have to lug a truck full of gear everywhere? Would you believe me? You should. DJ Tom Macari (mah-car-ee) is one of those people in our industry that has carved out a very unique niche. I met up ... [read more]
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Social Network Marketing: Your Image

June 6, 2017 by Jesse Swanson
Social media, more specifically Facebook, can be the best thing and the worst that ever happened to the DJ industry depending on how you look at it. It’s given a platform for anyone to call themselves a business owner or professional over night. It’s also given us as wedding entertainers a very direct way to interact with our clients and build relationships. There are two sides to the coin and I know the opinions are all over the place. In this article I would just like to give some insight into how to embrace the technology and make it work for you. Facebook isn’t going anywhere so we might as well take advantage of what it has to offer.   The first things we look at when we visit someones Facebook page, read more]
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Rock Star Performance with Jason Jani

May 28, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
Do you feel stuck doing the same types of gigs for the same types of clients over and over? Do you want to play at events that are bigger, better and more fun? Do you want to party like a rock star and get paid for it? When we think of improving our performance as disc jockeys, we tend to focus on the mechanics of our events: better playlists, better transitions, better introductions, better gear, etc. But there are also mental, spiritual and family sides to achieving rock star performance. Each one of these can have a huge impact on our ability to exceed our client’s expectations and get booked for rockstar level events. More importantly, excelling i... [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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Driven to Mobile DJ (and Photo Booth) Success

May 24, 2017 by Mike Ryan
Stephanie Crooks is a DJ and photo booth operator, and to say she is also a dynamo is an understatement. When I contacted her for an interview, she got back to me with answers to my questions within a few hours—by far the fasted turnaround for all the pieces I written. The driving force behind Stephanie Crooks Premium Soundz DJ Service in Pittsburgh, PA is an inspiration, proving that we can accomplish much if we put real energy behind our creative ideas and dreams. Mike Ryan: You started DJing in the 11th grade, did your first Wedding in your senior year and today you do close to 50 weddings annually. Sounds like you have the energy of the battery bu... [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]