Event DJ Tips

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Smart DJ Tips: 5 Essential Tips for Wedding/Event Success

December 7, 2017 by Jason Rubio
As a long-time DJ, I've certainly learned a lot over the years. In the last 6 years, I started to solely focus on private events and got away from bars/clubs. My wife and I own and manage Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths. We are one of the busiest DJ companies in our market and we've definitely learned a lot along the way. So here are some of the top 5 tips that are essential for wedding/private event DJs. Be Prepared - You can never be too prepared. Preparation for your wedding or event is the biggest determining factor of how successful you will be at your events. If it's a wedding, be sure that you have every single detail covered. Key moments, genres of music that they want, lighting, where you'll set up, etc. We usually triple-check our documents. We ask for documents well in advance of events,... [read more]
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The best places to DJ in the UK

December 1, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Picking up DJing jobs where you live may seem ideal as you don’t have as far to travel after you’ve finished your set (or finished partying after your set), but where’s the fun in that? As well as getting bored of seeing the same old faces, you won’t experience the different reactions from different crowds and getting to play a wider range of sound systems and room setups. If you’re looking to take the next step in your DJ career or just want to experience something than the same old local cars and nightclubs, then why not plan a tour, or at least a night away every once in a while. As long as you’re getting paid to DJ, then the hotel and travel costs will be paid for, plus it’s a great excuse for a weekend way We’ve put together a list of places in the UK that have great nightlife and p... [read more]
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December: The Perfect Month to Evaluate Your Business

November 29, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
December brings with it cold weather, holiday shopping, and for mobile DJs the chance to once again evaluate our business before we head into a new year. As we come up on this year's final month we can begin to look back over the events we performed at throughout the course of the year and ask ourselves a few critical questions. Did I perform at as many events as I wanted to this year? Did I earn the amount of money (per event or over the year) that I was aiming for? Did I follow my business plan closely or stray away from it? Was I in need of any equipment repeatedly? Did I invest in any training this year? The questions that each business owner will ask his or herself are different, but the theme is the same; has my company progressed in its goals or remained stagnant? The market that mobile DJs wo... [read more]
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A Beginner’s Guide To Electronic Music

November 28, 2017 by Jeff Heidelberg
The landscape of music has changed. The barriers have been broken down and anyone with a computer is able to create or remix music. Some may argue that this breakthrough is destroying modern music while others say this low barrier to entry allows for those who may not have access to musical instruments a chance to make their mark on pop culture. Whether you like it or not, electronic music is in the mainstream and it’s terminology may be confusing. Have no fear, DJ JeffyJ is here to help breakdown it’s many subgenres and popular terminology. EDM EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music and could arguably be the most popular subgenre in current electronic music. EDM songs are typically, but limited to, 126-130 BPMs (Beats Per Minute) and follow a similar song structure. Intro | Verse | Build | Drop... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: What Makes You the Best DJ? Part II

November 26, 2017 by Jason Rubio
Let me preface this by saying, even though my advice is based on my experience as a DJ for over 25 years and on my business, Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths, experience, located in the Austin/central Texas area, these factors are relevant to DJs and DJ companies, everywhere! Last week, we discussed the different aspects of the DJ business, such as social media, equipment, and even mixing abilities. All of these factors matter, but just how much they matter, depends on the type of DJ you are and who your target audience/market is. Now, let's discuss a few more factors that matter, especially in the private events sector. Here are a few more, very important factors that really matter to clients, and therefore, should really matter to you and your business! Reviews - For private events, good reviews are... [read more]
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Using Your “Downtime” For Good

November 22, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
Managing your own business can be a hectic affair; running to client meetings, finding time to program music lists,  networking, and a host of other jobs can keep us constantly busy. Amidst all of the chaos, however, are plenty of "downtime" moments where we aren't actively performing, planning, or coordinating. These small windows of time can be phenomenal opportunities to grow, rehearse, and improve. Here are a couple of my favorite uses of this time. Driving in the Car Here in Utah, a large number of the weddings I perform at are located close to an hour away at the ski resorts in the canyons and mountains surrounding the city. I love to listen to music in the car as much as the next guy and have found that cranking the volume and rocking out on the way to my events is pretty common practice for me.... [read more]
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Event Nightmares: The Mummy That Ate My DJ Gig

November 16, 2017 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani
I made a huge, embarrassing mistake in our first year as DJs. It’s so bad I still cringe thinking about it.Event Nightmare Here’s the story: A friend of a friend had “connections” at a local summer camp and they were auditioning new talent. The hours were short, the pay was good, and we had an in. The catch: we needed to audition to get the job. The Big Audition for camp entertainment fell on a work day and Jeff couldn’t go. I was on my own. I would have 10 minutes to perform for a group of kids and prove myself worthy of hiring. My brilliant plan: Bring only a boom box and mic, since I didn’t have time to set up our equipmen... [read more]
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Are You Willing to Go Out of Your Way?

November 15, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
It is remarkably easy to blend in with the crowd, and too many of us do it unconsciously. With dozens and possibly hundreds of DJs in most markets today, what can be done to give you or I the edge needed to shine above the rest? Is it buying the newest gear, mastering the smoothest song transition, or designing the slickest business card? Or is it something else? I contend that more important than all the skills you an acquire or all the gear you can own is your willingness to go out of your way to be different. If where you live is anything like where I live, "DJs" are a dime a dozen and without knowing it the majority of them act the same; they all make similar promises to clients, boast the same way to venues, and treat other vendors in a predictable manner. "We've got 20 years of experience and ... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: 6 Reasons Why Competition is Good for Your Business

November 2, 2017 by Jason Rubio
In today's DJ world, there is an ever-growing amount of competition. It seems as if new DJs and DJ companies pop up every month. Additionally, the wedding and private event business in general, seems to attract new people, every year, too. It seems as if every month, we work with a new photographer, a new planner, or we hear of a new venue. Although we are in the Austin/central Texas market, which is a huge wedding market. Today, becoming a DJ, is much easier than it was when I started (before DJ software, and even before laptops, in 1991). The more DJs there are, the competitive it becomes to book your events. This is great for consumers, of course, but it can also be good for your business, too! Here's how. Room for Growth - If you feel as though you're the "best" out there and have no room to grow... [read more]
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Do Clients REALLY Care About Your DJ Lighting?

October 26, 2017 by Jason Rubio
As a DJ, we have tons of equipment to buy, maintain, and replace. Of all those things, DJ lighting is at the top of the list for maintaining and replacing. How often, is up to you, of course. As a DJ you always want to present your product as best as possible. You, personally, have to be professional in how you look, dress, communicate, etc. Your equipment has to look and sound great, too. However, how far must you go to look and sound good? Do you absolutely have to have the best equipment in the business for every piece of equipment you own? There is no easy answer to these questions, but the simplest answer is, it depends.  What does it depend on? First, it depends on your level of business. If you're DJing as a hobby, and rarely do paid events, then it doesn't matter quite as much. You can even simply... [read more]