Mobile DJ Misc

Articles on miscellaneous mobile DJ topics ranging from DJ attire to contracts.

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Making Smart DJ Purchases

January 17, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
The season of new products is upon us. Manufacturers are already rolling out new product announcements for the latest and greatest gear that will hit the shelves in 2018. NAMM, the largest trade show for the music business, is taking place in under 2 weeks. While many DJs rush to purchase needed gear in December to take advantage of available tax breaks, many wait until the new year in hopes of new products that will make our jobs easier, more efficient, and dare I say more fun. If you're anything like me and the scores of other DJs I know, you have an addiction (whether large or small) to the gear aspect of our job. Crystal clear loudspeakers, bright LEDs, and wireless microphones are all tempting toys (I mean tools) that are equally useful and enjoyable. I'm just as eager as the next guy to empty my wall... [read more]
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GoPro or not to GoPro

January 10, 2018 by Trevor West
What is so great about GoPro's? First, they are small and easy to hide, and depending on the model, all it takes is one button to start filming. Attach them to your speaker stands for some good shots of the dance floor—perfect for your marketing videos or YouTube channel. Aim one at your DJ position and get that great shot as well. Second, you can setup different types of shots, such as, time lapse for when your doing your setup. During the ceremony you can get a wide shot. The downside is the audio quality isn't always the best, especially if you're trying to record people talking. The best software for editing videos is either Microsoft DVD Maker or (the one I use) Filmora by Wondershare. It's fairly inexpensive with lots of features and you can upload to You Tube, facebook, or save it to y... [read more]
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Care For Your Gear: Winter Cleaning & Organizing

January 3, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
I have an odd obsession with organizing, rearranging, and sorting just about everything in my life. Whether I'm alphabetizing my vinyl or moving my studio furniture I feel some sort of peculiar comfort from changing things up. With the start of the new year, this strange habit becomes helpful as I participate in one of my yearly rituals; a complete gear cleanup and reorganization that gets me ready for a successful year of DJ events. Over the course of a year of gigs, our gear can get used and abused. Spilled drinks, crumbs of food, scuffs and scratches, dust, and a host of other things can make our gear look less than stellar. On top of that, in our hurry to get home to our beds after a long event our cable boxes, road cases, and bags can become a rats nest of cables, adapters, and clamps that become incr... [read more]
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6 Silly rock and roll music themed games that you can play online

December 22, 2017 by Mobile Beat
We got together with friends and fans who enjoy rock ‘n roll-style games to share their favourite music-themed online games. Here are some of the amazing responses we received. The music-themed online games we are recommending are but a small sampling of the many exciting attractions that are currently available. This selection listed below has won praise from a swath of players across the board, and we are proud to present these top titles to you. Take a look around, and enjoy these rock ‘n roll themed games with some of the most iconic superstars ever. We’re counting down from #6 to #1. Get ready to rock out like never before with the ultimate compilation of music-themed online games. #6 - Rock ‘n Roll Racing (Sega Genesis) Online  read more]
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I Probably Shouldn’t Have Taken The Gig

December 6, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
I learned a very valuable lesson over the weekend. Last Tuesday, I received a call from a semi-panicked man who explained in broken English "Are you by chance available this Saturday morning for a small wedding reception?" "Saturday..." I said in disbelief "As in 4 days from now?" "Yes!" he replied, "for my daughter's wedding!" Now I didn't think to ask him why he hadn't hired a DJ to this point, but red flags began to pop up as soon as he explained to me that his daughter (from an Argentinian family) was marrying a Russian man. You see, I know nothing about Russia and speak Spanish only to the extent that I can have a [slow] conversation. However, he assured me that his daughter and her fiance mainly wanted American music and that the announcements could be done in English without any issue. Not wa... [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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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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An Interview With “The King of 808,” the Egyptian Lover!

November 9, 2017 by Jason Rubio
If you're a DJ and you've ever done an 80s Night, chances are, you've played "Egypt, Egypt" or another one of Greg Broussard's (known as "The Eyptian Lover") classic hits! "Egypt, Egypt" has over 5.4 MILLION views on YouTube. When I became a DJ in the early 90s, I definitely had the Egyptian Lover's hits on vinyl! Many turntablists continue to use the Egyptian Lover's tracks for scratching! Check out our interview, below.   Jason: "First of all, let me say it's an honor to be able to interview the legendary, Egyptian Lover! I'm a long time fan of your work and I'm glad you were able to take some time to do a quick interview with me. You're a very talented musician, vocalist, producer and DJ! How did you get started in music?" Egyptian Lover: "I got started into music watching my younger b... [read more]
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Be Competitive, Not Complacent

November 8, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
It can be a tough world out there for a mobile DJ. An over saturated market, a society that often parodies our job, and the ignorance of many of our potential clients. Running a business, let alone one that provides you with a viable income, is no easy task. Many DJs claim it can't be done; to them, DJing is nothing more than a hobby, side job, or "passion" and not a true way of earning a living. But yet, examples abound of DJs who are doing just that; making a very respectable life for themselves through mixing music, entertaining others, and creating memories. In my mind, one of the things that separates the pessimists from the achievers is complacency. The good ol' Merriam-Webster defines complacency as "self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies." It'... [read more]
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The Benefits of a DJ “Practice Area”

November 1, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
DJing, like any skill, requires consistent practice. While we may be able to easily retain our ability to beat mix between two songs of the same tempo without much effort, being able to craft creative, unique, and exciting music sets is something we should be constantly working on. And let's face it, whipping out our mixers or controllers away from the pressure of a live audience allows our creative juices to flow more freely and gives us the opportunity to try out novel mixes, combinations, and transitions. But sometimes the hassle of preparing all of our gear for a practice session can dissuade us from forming a stable routine. Before I created a "practice area" for myself, I would have to take my speakers (usually my main DJ pair) and carry them to whichever part of the house I planned to practice in, w... [read more]