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Sunlight: Party Killer or Money Maker

January 17, 2017 by Randy Lehrman
Ever dreaded the idea of a day party???  People draggin' at that 12 noon Bar-Mitzvah; 1000 windows in the room, streaming in sunlight, and you're working your butt off to get people up...Why?  Sunlight. Proven by science, people are less likely to dance or lose their inhibitions in the daytime, sometimes turning a party into a luncheon. Mobile DJs want to CREATE A PARTY!  Not have a bunch of people staring out a window at the duck filled pond.  I've figured out the solution...and you can make money off of it. If your clients DO pick a daytime venue with windows (especially for a Bar/Bat-Mitzvah) and they want a dance party but LOVE their outside view, you can do a few things do make everyone happy and your wallet a little thicker. #1. Black out the windows.  Lose the sunlight in the room.  I... [read more]
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Standalone Music Production Center goes back to the future to deliver the most powerful beat production machine to date

January 12, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Cumberland, RI USA (January 9, 2017) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the newest addition to the iconic MPC line, the MPC X. In creating the X, Akai Professional has taken the lessons from every MPC that preceded it to engineer a production centerpiece truly fit to be the flagship Music Production Center of the future. The new MPC X is a standalone MPC featuring a beautiful, full-color 10.1” multi-touch screen and 16 amazingly responsive, velocity- and pressure-sensitive RG... [read more]
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Austin's Best DJs blog

DJ Event Gone Wrong: Using Mixes at Events

January 7, 2017 by Jason Rubio
I recently heard about an incident involving a colleague, who’s a DJ, who had an upset customer. Apparently, the customer was upset that this DJ played some mixes he already made, and then went to the bar to get a drink. This customer went on a rant about my DJ friend, on Facebook, bashing him and really degrading him. I’m not too sure how long the mixes were or how many he played, but apparently, the customer had a problem with this. Surprisingly, the client refused to pay the DJ, stating that he wasn’t going to pay a DJ who played already-made mixes. I was astonished to hear this, and surprised that this situation even occurred. I can understand that the client may have been bothered that perhaps the DJ wasn’t always mixing live, but in my opinion, you hire a DJ to play music for an event and kee... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Trap music time

December 29, 2016 by DJJay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. I'm in Wikipedia looking up trap music. I've had a few people approach me about it and I had heard about it a while back. Even though now when I do my research, I find out that this goes back to the early 2000s hip hop, especially the southern stuff, TI, actually and now called trap music 10 years ago. But the reason it's coming up more and more is because people are doing trap remixes and you have a producer who's got a big track record now and this is trap. So this is a form of trap music. So when someone says, do you have anything trap, you at least can base it off this and it's a lot of [inaudible] snare and bass sampling and you'll see the repeats coming here in one second when you get that rapid fire, right there and then repeat it and repeat it. So that's trap. ... [read more]
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The Far East Wedding Cocktail Hour – by DJ Gregg Ambient

December 28, 2016 by GreggHollmann
This DJ had the fortunate experience to live and work in Japan during the 1990s. The following cocktail hour playlist is inspired by my time spent in the Far East, reflecting the complex fabric of life in Japan that combines traditional and modern elements. The playlist is deliberately heavy on ambient electronica, but takes on a more pop feel later in the set. While the selections are focused on Japan, the list includes a delightful R&B track from the Thai artist “Groove Rider” – you don’t need to speak Thai to feel the good vibes. For a signature drink, we’ve selected a glass of Suntory whiskey on the rocks. This is a salute to actor Bill Murray who promoted Suntory in the movie “Lost in Translation” set in Japan. Following the track list below is a link to a Spotify playlist. Since ... [read more]
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The New Years Eve Style Wedding Cocktail Hour

December 28, 2016 by Mobile Beat
djga_lowres_winter_2013-2While New Years Eve is nearly a week past, this fun party atmosphere can be re-created any night of the year. New Years Eve is a time to reflect upon the year gone by - with all of its memories good and bad. New Years Eve is a time to get sentimental. It's also a time to look forward with hope for the coming year. The tracks on this playlist compiled by our DJ Gregg Ambient reflect the sentimental, flamboyant and festive nature of a New Years Eve celebration. Representative selections include tracks from the late 70s and early 80s (Herb Alpert, Chuck Mangione, George Benson), dramatic sax players (Kenny... [read more]
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Soulja Boy Is the OG Growth Hacker from Entrepreneur

December 28, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Growth hacking is an interesting concept and has helped many startups surpass initial hurdles and become successful. Some people love growth hacking. Others hate it. All of your favorite tech titans have growth teams, from Facebook to Instagram to Snapchat. The term was supposedly first coined by Sean Ellis back in 2010, but people have been growth hacking long before the term was coined. In fact, one of the most well-known growth hackers is Soulja Boy, who built his career from scratch through clever digital strategies. Traditional “corporate” marketing is focused on building on what’s already there. Mar... [read more]
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Organizing Your Digital Library

December 27, 2016 by Mixcity Inc JammText
Vinyl library A DJ’s music library can be his personal stamp on his craft and business. Exclusives remixes, rare finds and extensive collections of current and classic songs can make or break any dance floor crowd or event experience. Having a large library is great, but if you don’t know how to organize your digital music, it really won’t mean anything. Mixing is all about the right song played in the moment, and that means you need to have your tracks organized and available to load up. Here are some tips to ensure that you can easily access the right song at the right time. This is a perfect task for the DJ "off-season", as we tal... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: iTunes value discs for DJs

December 26, 2016 by DJJay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. People are always asking me about music and where I secure my tracks from, because I get everything, to the best of my ability, from really reputable sources. This is iTunes, of course, but I also use Top Hits Direct, Full Tilt Remix, Promo Only POOL, Beat Port, Traxsource. There's a few different places I go to. But one of the things today is finding a lot of music for inexpensive money. As you can see up here, this is 50 electro house tracks for the price of $7.99. So what I've done is I've gone in looking for different artists and then found compilations they're on and as you can see, there are 50 tracks on this and it's a really good disk. So if you need to get good music and get a lot of it for not a ton of money, try iTunes and look for artists under comps. Good luc... [read more]
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Austin's Best DJs blog

Making the Most of the “Slow” Season

December 23, 2016 by Jason Rubio
Winter is finally here and for most DJs/DJ companies, this means it's "slow season." Now, you finally get to take a break, right? In my opinion, wrong! Sure, you can enjoy the break, but you should also take the time to make any necessary improvements to your business. Improvements and changes should never stop, because your competitors and the brand new "hungry" DJs out there are all scouting out their competition, sending you the fake inquiries that we all know and hate, trying to find out exactly what you're doing and how you're doing it, so they can do it for less!  So again, use this slow time to step up your game! Though we don't have a slow season (we only get about 2-3 weekends per year, where we're actually off), we still take the time to make improvements. Here ar... [read more]