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An Unexpected Surprise

July 18, 2017 by Dave Ternier
About a year ago, during dinner with some good friends, I was introduced to a husband and wife couple that my friends (past weddings clients, actually) brought with them. After our initial exchange of pleasantries, we moved on to topics around work, family, etc. At one point, the woman mentioned that she’d just joined a Toastmasters club at work. This was a brand new club just getting going and she was excited to help get it started. After a few questions about her Toastmasters group, I enthusiastically asked if I could come to a meeting as her guest. I’d always wanted to try out Toastmasters, but hadn’t yet done so. Almost immediately, I began to recognize the possible benefits for me professionally, as both a business owner and performer. Little did I know then, one of the greatest discoveries woul... [read more]
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Building an Event Team

July 18, 2017 by Jason Weldon
Building a team to help you on events, as well as to potentially grow your company, should be something that at least crosses your mind at certain points throughout the year. And if you are finding yourself thinking about it more often than not, here are some of my thoughts on getting started with finding, training, retaining and growing a great group of people. Before you bring anybody on board, even if it is just a roadie to help move gear, figure out what you want out of a team. Everything counts. The more you know what YOU expect, the easier it will be to communicate it with a potential employee; things like appearance, uniforms, clockin... [read more]
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Intelligent DJing

July 17, 2017 by Mike Ryan
These days, the word “genius” might conjure up images of real people like Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking, or fictional ones like The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper. But even the DJ world has some highly intelligent members, like Mensa member Dennis Jones, a leading mobile DJ in Southern California. To join Mensa, your intellect must be tested to fall in the top two percent of the general population. Known as “The Creative Music DJ,” Dennis has presided over the San Diego Chapter of the ADJA for half a decade, is a member of the San Diego DJ Association and serves as the assistant organizer of the San Diego Wedding Professionals. More tha... [read more]
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Digitizing the Mobile Game Show Experience

July 16, 2017 by Mobile Beat
DigiGames has been an important part of Mobile Beat ever since 2004 when they burst onto the national scene at Mobile Beat Las Vegas. They have revolutionized the way DJs and other entertainers have brought game shows and trivia to private events and have even provided gear for game shows in the national media. Known first for their stylish game show stations (a la TV's Jeopardy), they were pioneers in the combination of physical game show stations with computer software. And it all started with Tom Dorscher up in North Dakota traveling the state with his unique game show system and all the other DJs asking where he got it! Tom describes getting ... [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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Planning For Success

July 15, 2017 by Dave Ternier
Great events seldom just “happen.” Study, planning and organization are all key components to creating exceptional parties. And weddings, even from the DJ and MC point of view, are no exception. Now is the time of year when I find myself fully immersed in first planning sessions for my weddings to come later this year. My wedding couples and I are in full swing, brainstorming, outlining, and putting together the pieces for the great weddings that each of them will be hosting this year. With the significant number of details that come with planning the average wedding today, it is imperative that I insert myself into the conversation of the wedding planning details many months in advance. I do that in a variety of ways such as communicating with all vendors involved in that wedding and doing venue si... [read more]
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Tom Macari: Master of Manhattan

July 15, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
The most common and widely used (basic) definition of a mobile DJ is a person who plays music and makes announcements at an event while having to bring all the gear necessary to do so. Those events generally run the gamut from weddings to proms to milestone events and corporate gigs. Skill levels and add-ons aside (photo booths, lighting, etc.) this is what we DJs do. But suppose I told you there are DJs who travel the world, work really cool events and don’t have to lug a truck full of gear everywhere? Would you believe me? You should. DJ Tom Macari (mah-car-ee) is one of those people in our industry that has carved out a very unique niche. I met up ... [read more]
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18P Hex: ADJ’s Most Powerful Par Features 6-in-1 LEDs and All-Metal Construction

July 14, 2017 by Mobile Beat
The new 18P Hex is ADJ’s most potent LED-powered Par fixture to date, a professional-grade unit designed for use in fixed installations as well as for one-off events and touring productions. Utilizing eighteen 12-Watt Hex LEDs, the 18P Hex produces extremely vibrant and far-reaching color washes, while it’s robust construction makes it ideal for use on professional production projects. Each of the unit’s eighteen LEDs incorporate red, green, blue, amber, white, and UV elements, allowing for an unbeatable level of color mixing. Not only can the fixture be used to generate rich primary colors, it can also be used to provide warm amber or cool white washes.... [read more]
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Branding vs. Booking?

July 14, 2017 by Stu Chisholm
On these pages back in August of 2009, Jeffrey Gitomer made an analogy between our entertainment services and various high-end products and venues at a Charlotte shopping mall. The bottom line seems to be that the guys running sales had empty stores, while high-end stores like Starbuck’s, Louis Vuitton and Apple had tons of customers lining up to hand over their hard-earned money. I’ve seen variations of this theme in social media recently, so let’s take a moment to unpack this idea a bit more fully. To begin with, my very first thought was that Apple, Louis Vuitton and Starbuck’s have MASSIVE advertising budgets that dwarf anything that even... [read more]
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Peavey® Introduces PVXp DSP Powered Enclosures

July 13, 2017 by Mobile Beat
MERIDIAN, MS — Whether you’re a musician longing for a reliable PA, a DJ ready to rock the house, or a contractor needing a flexible, flyable speaker for a variety of installations, the new PVXp™ DSP powered enclosures from Peavey Electronics® provide an ideal solution with clarity, ease of use, and sophistication. Offering ADSP (Advanced Digital Signal Processing) technology, a larger box for better bass, and three times the power of the competition, the PVXp DSP series takes the standard PA to the next level. Moving all that air and delivering powerful bass, the PVXp DSP series has an astounding 128 dB SPL with a rug... [read more]