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Articles on mobile DJ playlists, song ideas, and music charts ranging from country and rap to oldies and current Top 40.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Electronic Music

November 28, 2017 by Jeff Heidelberg
The landscape of music has changed. The barriers have been broken down and anyone with a computer is able to create or remix music. Some may argue that this breakthrough is destroying modern music while others say this low barrier to entry allows for those who may not have access to musical instruments a chance to make their mark on pop culture. Whether you like it or not, electronic music is in the mainstream and it’s terminology may be confusing. Have no fear, DJ JeffyJ is here to help breakdown it’s many subgenres and popular terminology. EDM EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music and could arguably be the most popular subgenre in current electronic music. EDM songs are typically, but limited to, 126-130 BPMs (Beats Per Minute) and follow a similar song structure. Intro | Verse | Build | Drop... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Dj Intelligence For Your Clients Music Requests.

November 23, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, this is something I use. This is DJ Intelligence and I actually have to update my account, nine days. I have been using this now for about seven years and the big aspect of it for me is here, this is client log-ins and this allows me to open up an account for all of my clients, send an email to them and let them pick their music online. So it has a lot of cool features. The biggest one I use is the planning, the availability checker and the music site. So again, this is something that you can integrate into your business. I know there's some other ones, GigBuilder and I think DJweb and Pro. I haven't used those and I don't know much about them. So I'm not going to really speak about them, but this is one I have been using for a long time. It's a good tool and it's DJ Int... [read more]
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Simple DJ Mixes - Mobile Beat Magazine

5 Simple Song Remixes Any DJ Can Do – Pt 2 of 2

October 14, 2017 by Staci Nichols
To review the first two super simple song remix ideas, check out Part One. Simple Song Remix #3 - Acapella Version + Instrumental Version You'll find that it's not too hard to locate studio acapella versions of songs from singers that can really sing (Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, etc). Acapella versions of songs will not have any beats, so matching them up to "the one" on an instrumental version can be tricky. Do your research and use your ear as a guide. Check out the “Rather Be” (Clean Bandit) v. “September” (Earth, Wind, & Fire) mash-up by oneboredjea on YouTube for an example. Simple Song Remix #4 – Cut Out the Boring Parts You know the slow verse in the Isley Brothers' “Shout” (“I want you to know/I said I want you to know right now/You been good to me baby/Bett... [read more]
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Pc or Mac for Djing? - Austin's Best DJs

PC or Mac for DJing?

October 12, 2017 by Jason Rubio
In today's DJ business, using a laptop computer is almost essential. Gone are the days of having to carry around heavy crates of records (thank God). Now, laptops store all your music and whatever DJ software you choose to use. Sure, there are now ways to put all your music on a flash and plug your flash into your player and go "laptop free." However, you most likely still have your laptop full of music, along with backup drives, cloud storage, etc. So the ever-lasting question remains, "which type of laptop should I use for DJing? A PC or Mac?" The answer isn't easy, but basically, it depends on your preferences. It's timeless argument. DJs argue "my Mac is better," or "my PC is better, faster," etc. One thing is for sure, when it comes to Mac versus PC, Mac has managed to create an amazing brand campaig... [read more]
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5 Simple DJ Mixes - Mobile Beat Magazine

5 Simple Song Remixes Any DJ Can Do – Pt 1 of 2

October 7, 2017 by Staci Nichols
Having more tools in the DJ toolbox is always helpful, and—believe it or not—there are some really simple song remixes that even the most beginner level DJs can do to improve their sets. Pre-recording custom song remixes is great for beginners because you can stay focused on beatmatching and mixing while working the event but still deliver a few crowd-pleasing surprises. Simple Song Remix #1 – Instrumental Version Mash-Up If you are not a member of a DJ pool, you'll want to start there. I use and recommend DigitalDJPool.com. Yes, there are some instrumental versions of songs on YouTube but proper DJ pools are legal and have better selection at higher quality. read more]
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The Perfect Cocktail Hour Playlist!

October 7, 2017 by Jason Rubio
When it comes to weddings and events, there are literally hundreds of thousands of songs to choose from. A frequently asked question that we get is: "What type of music do I play for the cocktail hour?" The answer isn't always easy since everyone has their own unique taste and preferences, but most of the time, our clients will choose from our genre list, on our wedding planning form. If you're a new DJ, you may not know what Cocktail Hour is. Usually, Cocktail Hour is the time where the couples will take their pictures. Most of the time, Cocktail Hour is after the ceremony, but we also have done the Cocktail Hour before the ceremony, as well. So usually, the couple isn't even in the same area where the cocktail hour is occurring, which means they rarely hear the music. So clients usually just ask us fo... [read more]
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A Fine Day to Say “I Do” Wedding Cocktail Hour

October 3, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
Ambient DJ is thrilled to showcase a new playlist and mix by the super-talented DJ Linda Leigh who joined our wedding team in 2016.  A native of Philadelphia, Linda Leigh is a DJ/Musical Curator who has performed in a variety of settings – including raves, lounges, retail stores, forests, radio (FCC license), clubs, rooftops, coffee houses and art exhibits. The Fine Day to Say “I Do” Cocktail Hour features electronic sounds, including remixes of R&B and 60s classics.  Standout selections include Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day” Sunshine Remix and Peter Zohdy’s deft rework of the Turtles’ “You Showed Me.” read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: A Must Have Christmas Collection.

September 28, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute here, it's holiday time, Christmas time and one of the staples that I use is this, Gary Hoey, Ho-Ho-Hoey, the complete collection, 15 tracks, all covers, all instrumental style by Gary Hoey, an amazing guitar player who I've had the pleasure of hanging out with at NAMM a couple times and seeing in concert, just amazing guy. But it switches gears up a little up a little bit, changes the traditional kind of almost tired Christmas music and brings a little life to it. So I highly recommend this one, along with some other ones that I'll show, but this is a staple of mine. It's got upbeat tracks like this, this is "Jingle Bell Rock" and then it's got other tracks that are not quite as rockin'. So if you need to get your hands on some good holiday Christmas music for your partie... [read more]
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The Trumpet Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

September 26, 2017 by Gregg Hollmann
The trumpet – whether muted or unmuted or in its flugelhorn variation – offers one of the coolest sounds in music.  In that spirit, we’ve compiled an all trumpet wedding cocktail hour featuring jazz greats like Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard and Chet Baker; upcoming trumpet players like Wayne Tucker who we recently experienced at Duane Park in Manhattan; to 90s dance compositions like “Cool Like Dat” (Digable Planets) and “Flip Fantasia” (Us3) which is based off Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island.” For a signature drink, we’ve selected a decadent Sparkling French Martini (vodka, Chambord (raspberry liqueur), pineapple juice and champagne) – Ambient DJs’ resident French Martini specialist recommends Ketel One vodka. The Trumpet Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled... [read more]
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DJ Challenges: How To Up Your Game

September 25, 2017 by Jeff Heidelberg
I recently listened to the audiobook Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness. One of the principles discussed is the coexistence of stress and rest. Stress wears down the body and mind however when balanced with rest, we come back stronger given that we have recovered from stress. I feel like most of us know how to rest and relax pretty well so I want to talk about stress. Let’s call the stress I’ll suggest to you “Intended Stress”. In no way shape or form am I suggesting we all start showing up later than normal to gigs with less than needed equipment or jeopardizing the satisfaction of us customers. Here are some DJ Challenges you can do or implement with your staff in order to help your business grow to ... [read more]