Mobile DJ Misc

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

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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]
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What If Tragedy Strikes at Your Gig?

October 13, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
Imagine it's 330am and you are sound asleep in your hotel room. Suddenly your phone starts going crazy. You jump out of bed thinking something bad happened back home and your spouse is on the other end yelling "are you OK, are you OK?" over and over. You reassure them that you're fine and notice the million messages on your phone from friends and family. Your spouse informs you that there has been a horrible shooting and you should turn on the news. The scene was utter chaos. The strip was shut down from Mandalay Bay to MGM for several days. This situation happened to myself and the thousands of other wedding professionals attending the Weddin... [read more]
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You Can Do This. If You Want To.

October 10, 2017 by Dave Ternier
I am still on a high from the incredible trip to Mobile Beat Las Vegas last March. This was my 7th consecutive trip to that conference and it was easily the best experience yet. Would you like to (one day) attend a DJ conference such as Mobile Beat Las Vegas, the CDJ Show, Midwest DJs Live, ARMDJs or DJ Expo? Here are a few quick words of advice: Stop hoping. Quit wishing. Enough with the daydreams. None of those things are going to get you there. These thoughts and ideas represent stories we tell ourselves to stave off the un-comfort of admitting we do not want to actually put in the effort to accomplish, in this case, attending a DJ conference. These stories are a waste of your time and they are stunting your business potential and next level success as a mobile DJ. (some of you have... [read more]
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Part Of My “Why”

October 3, 2017 by Dave Ternier
Even though a DJ often performs in front of large crowds of people, the work of a mobile DJ can be oddly isolating some days. A lot of our time is spent solitary — prepping playlists, crafting introductions and scripts, setting up and striking equipment early in the morning or late, late at night, fixing and organizing gear, rehearsing what we’re going to say and what we’re going to play, replying to the never ending stream of emails and messages, etc. But when showtime hits, we’re thrust into the public eye in a larger way then most of the population would care for. It’s a strange transition going from quiet solitary work to the complete opposite in often just a matter of minutes. Having said that, the DJ community is connected today in ways that have never existed before. And every day, each... [read more]
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Going Through the Motions or Emotions?

September 21, 2017 by Trevor West
Are you going through the motions or are you going through the emotions at your events? Does it feel like your events are just another gig or do you feel that each event is spectacular and the best you've ever done? What's the difference you ask? Well I'm glad you did, going through the motions would feel like you've done this before, can't wait for it to end and collect your check and be gone. Going through the emotions would be more like, being at a concert, everyone ha... [read more]
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The Unstoppable Mix Master Mike

September 20, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
  In this age of Rock Star DJ's selling out stadiums, few have achieved the level of success and recognition as Mix Master Mike. His accomplishments are already legendary. Three consecutive DMC World Championship DJ titles, Grammy Awards, the first DJ Turntablist to perform at the Kennedy Center and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The list goes on. What impressed me most about Mix Master Mike is that none of those awards really define him as an artist and musician. I caught up with Mix Master Mike in Manhattan. He was there to perform a show with A$AP Rocky that night at the Highline Ballroom, but earlier in the... [read more]
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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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DJ Like a Boxer Dog

September 7, 2017 by Bernie Lehman
I realize that is a really weird title for a DJ blog.  You see, I am an owner of a two year old American Boxer named Molly.  One of my favorite things to do in the evenings is to watch her run around the back yard.  As I watched her over the past few nights I realized that we all should be more like Boxers, in our lives, and as we DJ.  You see Boxers have amazing personalities and display the attributes we all should.  They don’t mind digging in and getting their paws dirty and they can’t help but wiggle their butts.  So why wouldn’t we be more like them? Molly was prancing around and all of a sudden stopped in a spot I had seen her frequent many times before.  This was her favorite spot, it’s the spot where she buries all of her bones.  Once again she started digging, getting her paws comp... [read more]