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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: The mix out point with DJ Lars

May 17, 2017 by DJ Jay
Jay: All right. DJ tips in under a minute this time with DJ Lars. Lars: Hey, everybody. What's up? Quick tip, how to mix out of a record properly. Find your [inaudible]. Find the spot where you want to mix out of it. Let's say you track -- you have an [inaudible] that begins a minute before the track ends, set a cue point 16 bars before your [inaudible] begins just as a visual representation and then that means that's where you start playback on your next track. That gives you 16 bars to mix into it and then 16 bars or even 32 bars to mix out of it. And that way you have your visual representation of where to begin your mix and makes it real easy. Jay: Awesome. DJ tips in under a minute from Miami with my boy, DJ Lars. ... [read more]
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10 Songs Not to Play at a Wedding

May 16, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
Hello – Adele. Despite being an emotionally powerful song, this hit single off Adele’s recent album is a break-up song. Substitute with her cover version of the Cure’s “Lovesong” or Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love.” Stay With Me – Sam Smith. In this song, the emotionally tortured protagonist is a master of “one night stands” and proclaims “this ain’t love it’s clear to see, but darling, stay with me” and “deep down I know this never works, but you can lay with me so it doesn’t hurt.” Hardly appropriate wedding fare!  Substitute with “Latch” (Disclosure with Sam Smith) or Smith’s fun cover version of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” set to a house beat. You’ll Never Find a Love Like Mine – Lou Rawls. This song oozes sex appeal with Rawl’s baritone voi... [read more]
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Music Playlist for Candyland Themed Party

May 9, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
Inspired by yesterday’s “Candyland” themed birthday party for cousins Anthony and Madison, we’ve compiled one hour of sweet tunes.  The oldies selections on this playlist are particularly fun and whimsical.  Many of these tracks would also make great song choices for a wedding cake cutting ceremony.. or to open a Viennese dessert room. Immediately below the playlist is a Spotify player embedded where you can listen to all 20 songs.  Enjoy, and please comment with your own song picks within the theme.  For more information about Ambient DJ Service, visit our website at www.ambientdj.com The Candyland Playlist – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient Main Title (Golden Ticket/Pure Imagination) from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley Lollipop – The Chordet... [read more]
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The Doo-Wop Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist

May 2, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
Doo-wop is a genre of music that was developed in African-Americans communities of New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, Newark, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Detroit, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles in the 1940s, achieving mainstream popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s. During the late 1950s many Italian-American groups contributed a significant part in the doo-wop scene.  Built upon vocal harmony, doo-wop was one of the most mainstream, pop-oriented R&B styles of the time.  The term “doo-wop” was believed to be coined in 1961 by radio disc jockey Gus Gossert. Mike Bacon, aka DJ Iron Mike, has compiled the following doo-wop wedding cocktail hour playlist (the 80th in our wedding cocktail hour series!).  Given the shorter song durations of the day (2 minutes or so), 25 songs were requi... [read more]
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The International Excursions Cocktail Hour (Volume 2)

April 25, 2017 by Mobile Beat
In this 85th installment of the wedding cocktail hour series, we’ve brushed off our passports to explore exotic musical offerings from abroad.  The inspiration for this playlist was the song “Tuyo” – a sultry tango and the opening track from Netflix series “Narcos” that explores the life and times of Pablo Escobar.  The playlist expanded from this selection to feature other South American artists from Colombia, Argentina and Brazil.  Then we embark on side trips to France, the Caribbean and finishing in Mother Africa. Representative artists include the Buena Vista Social Club, Federico Aubele, Juanes, Carlos Vives, Celia Cruz, Beres Hammond, Manu Dibango and Femi Kuti.  This playlist is designed to impart a tropical beach feel.read more]
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The 80s Power Ballad Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

April 18, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
In this 86th installment of the wedding cocktail hour series, we’ve set our sights on the power ballads of the 80s.  Think big hair with lots of hairspray, big drum kits, big vocal buildups and high drama!  Representative bands include Journey, Motley Crue, Poison, Firehouse, Whitesnake, KISS, Foreigner, Bon Jovi and Van Halen.  Besides cocktail hour, any of these tracks would represent an interesting surprise for dinner music or a slow dance. Our selections span from 1978 to 1990, with most tracks being released in the mid-1980s.  Take a trip down memory lane by viewing any of these songs’ music videos on YouTube. For an accompanying signature drink, we’ve selected a popular beverage of the Eighties – a  Bartyles & James Wine Cooler.   Lights – Journey More Than Words ... [read more]
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Why You Should Always Back Up Your Music/Videos!

April 6, 2017 by Jason Rubio
If you ask any DJ or DJ company, what the most important aspect of their business is, you may get different answers. Some people will say the turntables or controller, others may say speakers, most companies will say great employees, but in my opinion, though all of those are important, even more important than all of these things, is the music! Without your great music library, you're out of business! You can have a great sound system and great DJs on your team, but without music, DJs simply cannot perform! I've heard of many fellow DJs having a hard drive crash, or external drive crash, and they have no music for a gig that's in a few days! This is a huge problem, of course! So ALWAYS back up your music files! How you back up your music is up to you. I, personally, do a combination of things to backup my... [read more]
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Your Reputation Is Everything Part 3

March 20, 2017 by Stephen J Clayton
Welcome to the 3rd and final part of “Your Reputation is Everything!” Series! So far we have covered some of the basics on why having a good reputation is important, and how to set the foundation for a long lasting client relationship from the very beginning. Now we will discuss out of the box ways to to maintain client relationships! Yes, an email follow up after the event you worked is always a good idea. But let’s go deeper! There are so many different kinds of activities and fun gestures you can do for your clients that will make sure you are always first in their mind when it comes to their next event. Open House BBQ! If you just got new equipment that you’re dying to show off, consider throwing a BBQ and inviting current and past clients. It will encourage networking and you’ll have t... [read more]
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Your Reputation is Everything Part 2

March 13, 2017 by Stephen J Clayton
Welcome to Part 2 of "Your Reputation is Everything!" Series. Part 1 covered why it's important to have strong client relationships, now we'll discuss how to take your client relationship from ordinary to extraordinary. Our first topic of discussion will be: Building Client Relationships. You must first get clients, but after obtaining clients you want to keep them! You need to have a good reputation in order to keep them coming to you for future needs. Start with your first impression. Believe it or not, you make your first impression before you meet your client in person. Your first impression is actually made when they visit your... [read more]
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Growing Your DJ Company – My Journey & Lessons Learned Pt. 1

March 10, 2017 by Jason Rubio
Over the last several years, I've learned a lot of lessons with our growing DJ and photo booth business. I learned much more than all my college classes (I have a Master's degree) ever taught me! I had been a solo DJ for years and I loved it! I even opened up my own bar in 1999 and had it for a few years. However, the hours began to wear on me and it was much more work than I expected. I sold it to my partner, a few years later and went to college and resumed DJing, again, when I had time. In 2008, I came across an ad for a well-know DJ company (franchise). I sent them my resume and started working with them. I did mostly weddings and the pay was still terrible. I realized just how much they were charging and how much profit they were making off of my hard work! I realized that since I was even more exper... [read more]