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The Chainsmokers Principle and Building Your Craft

July 21, 2017 by Jeff Heidelberg
I stand there with my DJ controller in front of me. The buttons flash an array of colors all pulsating as if they are breathing in and out. A small wave of nervous energy comes over me. Today is “Make A Mix” day. “Make A Mix” day is a holiday I celebrate once a month. The day consists of making a DJ mix and posting it to Mixcloud. Like any one showcasing their work, I want the mix to be the best one yet. However I do understand that perfectionism and procrastination go hand in hand so I take a deep breath and hit record. This past March at Mobile Beat Las Vegas 2017, we had the honor to hear legendary trance DJ Paul Oakenfold perform and speak. The details escape me but while being interviewed he began talking about the success of the DJ duo known as The Chainsmokers. He explained that a reason the... [read more]
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Father Daughter Dance from Ambient DJ

July 18, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
Father & Daughter – Paul Simon (folk rock) Daddy Dance With Me – Krystal Keith (country) (for alternate version, try Krystal’s duet with Christopher Keith) I Loved Her First – Heartland (country) Cinderella – Steven Curtis Chapman (vocalist) Tupelo Honey – Van Morrison (singer songwriter) Walk With You – Edwin McCain (acoustic rock) My Little Girl – Tim McGraw (country) Stealing Cinderella – Chuck Wicks (country) Mom – Garth Brooks (country) Ready, Set, Don’t Go – Billy Ray Cyrus (country) Just Fishin’ – Trace Adkins (country) Daddy’s Angel – T. Carter (Wedding/Country) Dad, You’re My Hero – Teresa James (Wedding) Daddy’s Little Girl – Michael Buble or Al Martino (vocalists) When You Need Me – Bruce Springsteen (singer... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: How to Handle “Bad” Requests

July 15, 2017 by Jason Rubio
As a DJ, one thing is for sure: you'll always get requests! For bar/club DJs, you can handle them pretty much any way you like. You can have a tip jar, which actually deters requests (I've done it) or you can just take the request and let them know if you'll have time to play it or not. If it's a bad song, that doesn't fit at all with what you're playing, just tell the customer this. I've had customers offer me a great tip to play something, but I knew it would totally kill the vibe, so I didn't take their tip and didn't play it (I explained why). Other times, I knew it would kill the vibe, but the customer's tip was too good to pass up, so I made an announcement about the song request, who it was for and then played it. It's hard to pass up amazing tips! :) This is the easy part about handling song requests.... [read more]
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DJ Mix Tips: DJ Intro/Outro Edits

July 12, 2017 by Eric Rhodes
In my previous post, I described the importance of counting beats and how to match two songs together. One thing I didn’t mention is how difficult it can be to find songs in the pop and classic hits genres that have 4 or 8 bar intros. Take a listen to Calvin Harris “This Is What You Came For” on Spotify. It immediately starts with Rihanna’s vocal. A talented DJ can creatively mix that in, but will likely have to wait until the previous song doesn’t have a vocal. That’s just one example, but there are plenty more. That’s why DJs and record pool companies have created DJ edits. There are different types of DJ edits, but today I’ll just describe the intro & outros. read more]
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Mother-Son Dance

July 11, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
Never Alone – Jim Brickman f/ Lady Antebellum w/ Hillary Scott Mama – Lunchmoney Lewis (upbeat pop, fun song!) All to You – DJ Keo (country) My Wish – Rascal Flatts (country) Stand By Me – Ben E. King (soul) A Mother’s Song- T. Carter Music (wedding/country) On This Day – Christian Barnes (wedding) Mom – Garth Brooks (country) Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw (country) Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney (country) I’ll Always Love My Mama – The Intruders (R&B/Soul) There You’ll Be – Faith Hill (country) Singing a Song for My Mother – Bohannon (R&B/Soul) A Song for Mama – Boyz II Men (R&B/Soul) You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban (classical) I Wish You Love – Luke Higgins (acoustic) Close to You – The Carpenters (soft rock) ... [read more]
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DJ Mix Tips: Counting Beats

July 5, 2017 by Eric Rhodes
Counting beats is essential to being a great DJ. It’s one of the first things you should learn and understand before starting to mix. Counting beats is actually very simple. (Hopefully, you read my previous post about “Beats, Bars and Phrases,” in which I break down the basic components of a song.) The idea is to count your beats in a “One-Two-Three-Four” pattern starting with the first beat of a phrase. Most phrases are 4 bars (16 beats) or 8 bars (32 beats), so you’ll be counting in either of those patterns. *Since most dance music is written in 8 bar phrases, I will show you what counting beats for an 8 bar pattern looks like. Check it out: read more]
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DJ Mix Tips: Beats, Bars & Phrases

June 29, 2017 by Eric Rhodes
If you’re just starting out as a DJ or want to revisit the basics, then this post will get you on the right track to understanding the music you play. The first concepts you need to know when learning to understand your music are “Beats,” “Bars” and “Phrases.” I’ll define each of them and explain how they are related to each other. Beats Beats are simply a measurement of time in music. Usually expressed as a drum beat (kick, snare, etc.), the typical beat pattern (or time signature) in EDM, Hip- Hop and other popular music is 4x4. That means the entire song is in a 4 beat pattern. Pick any popular song an... [read more]
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Tips to Build Your Following & Your Business, Part 2

June 29, 2017 by Jason Rubio
Thanks for checking out part 2 of "Tips to Build Your Following & Your Business!" Now that you've done your research, marketing and created a website and social media sites, it's time to learn more about what to do while you're on the job! Yes, there is more to being a great DJ than simply showing up and playing music! Build Rapport & Relationships Building a rapport and relationships is key to success as a bar/club DJ and as a mobile DJ, too! It all starts with putting your ego aside! You can't be the typical DJ with the ego, who just mixes all night, doesn't say a word to anyone (other than necessary announcements), and doesn't want to be bothered (ego). Put your ego aside, and go talk to EVERY guest at the bar and get to know the staff. The guests may or may not be there because they follow ... [read more]
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Cake Cutting Songs

June 27, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
Sugar, Sugar – The Archies (oldies) Chapel of Love – The Dixie Cups (oldies) Sugar – Maroon 5 (pop) Cake by the Ocean – DNCE (pop) Everlasting Love (This Must Be) – Natalie Cole (R&B/soul) L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole (R&B/soul) Theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Ennio Morricone (soundtracks) Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar (80s) I Want Candy – The Bow Wow Wow (80s) Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard (80s rock) Lips Like Sugar – Echo & the Bunnymen (80s/New Wave) Silly Love Songs – Paul McCartney & Wings (pop) I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher (60s) How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) – Marvin Gaye or James Taylor (R&B/soft rock) For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder (Soul) I Can’t Help Myself (Su... [read more]
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Bouquet & Garter Ceremony

June 27, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
Single Ladies – Beyonce (Bouquet Toss) Dear Future Husband – Meghan Trainor (Bouquet Toss) Country Girl, Shake It – Luke Bryan (Bouquet Toss) Little White Church – Little Big Town (Bouquet Toss or Grand Finale) Haven’t Met You Yet – Michael Buble (Bouquet Toss) Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper (Bouquet Toss) Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison (Bouquet Toss) Girls, Girls, Girls – Motley Crue (Bouquet Toss) Where Them Girls At – Flo Rida, David Guetta and Nicki Minaj (Bouquet Toss) Holding Out for a Hero – Bonnie Tyler (Bouquet Toss) American Woman – Lenny Kravitz (Bouquet Toss) Chapel of Love – The Dixie Cups (Bouquet Toss) Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani (Bouquet Toss) Theme from Mission Impossible (Garter Removal) Don’t You Feel My Leg... [read more]