School Dances

Mobile Beat readers are interested in information about how to get more school dances and how to perform at them. This is the location to find such articles.

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Building Your First Light Show Part One (Wash Lighting)

July 19, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
DJ lights; a seemingly never-ending stream of new technology that can both help to fill (and empty) your wallet. With the hundreds and thousands of choices available across dozens of websites, it's easy for anyone (let alone a new DJ) to get confused about where to start. Lux? Watts? Power Linking? LASERS?!? Never fear my friend, because in this series of posts on building an effective light show I plan to (briefly) break down some of the many types of DJ lights, their uses, and how to incorporate them together for maximum impact. Wash Lighting Today's topic of discussion is wash lighting. Whenever a new DJ asks me for a recommendation for their first DJ light, I always steer them in the direction of wash lighting. A wash light serves to literally "wash" an area (be it a wall, ceiling, or dance floor) with ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: The Morality Police And A DJ, Extended Version

June 29, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. It's sort of a statement video. I got into a discussion with a DJ the other day about this song, because I've seen it in a bunch of middle school videos, sweet 16s and all that and this is the part I have a problem with. And I've got a thing about having 16-year-olds, 12-year-olds, 14-year-olds that are yelling when the DJ plays the track that says, "Where are my alcoholics, let me see your hands up." I know it's fun, I know it's a party song, I just personally think it's a bit inappropriate. Now, after everything that's gone on in the world, this one I don't know that I'll ever play this one again when it comes to doing an event. This is "Pumped Up Kicks." It might be a great song, the kids might like it, the kids might know it, but talking about somebody with a gun and... [read more]
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Mastering Mitzvahs by Howard Wallach

January 24, 2017 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
T here is a big, lucrative market for your services out there—and many of you are under represented in the action. Curious, overwhelmed, unsure about “the hows” to providing your services to Mitzvah Parties in a way that ignites the word of mouth network within your reach? Well, Mazel Tov (congratulations/good luck)... Welcome to the party! The energy and excitement at these events, and the opportunities for scale are real. The good news: You don’t have to be Jewish! You do need to appreciate the context these events have for the families planning them. These celebrations are a pinnacle of Jewish life. Bar/bat mitzvah (Son/daughter of the command- ment) commemorates this religious and spiritual rite of passage connecting one generation to another. The event date is often chosen based on their birth... [read more]
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Fun Fairs And School Carnival Marketing

January 4, 2017 by Rick Hardesty
January is just around the corner. The busy holiday season is ending and I hope everyone had a great holiday. My holiday was amazing we kept all 32 employees working around the clock this holiday season. The beginning of January is a perfect time to start marketing to your elementary schools for their upcoming fun fairs and indoor carnivals. Planet DJs Entertainment is based in Michigan and we have found over the years that the PTO and school faculty start planning their upcoming events in January. Typically, in the beginning of the month we send out postcards to all the elementary schools in the counties we cover adver... [read more]
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Kicking Your School Gigs into High Gear

September 9, 2016 by Arnoldo Offermann
Ok, I lied. July's article promised another multi- part series, but we're going to hit pause on that to talk about a very important part of your business. This may very well be the MOST important part of DJ service: your gear. Wait—what? I thought talent was the important thing for a successful business. Well, if that's 100% true, why does Aerosmith need a multi-million dollar lighting rig to complement their rockin' selves?173-20-21 I mean it's Aerosmith for crying out loud. If they wanted to perform at my house They don't need all that stuff. BUT...the brand Aerosmith, the performance and show need it. Get it? It's a show. Are you a show or just a service... [read more]
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DJ School Daze

September 7, 2016 by Rob Ferre
T he new school year is quickly arriving and that means you have many opportunities to take advantage of events that come your way. For high schools, it’s a shoe-in for homecoming or tailgate parties, but are you looking to do even more school events? I suggest looking into elementary schools. I have often advised DJs to start marketing and looking to PTAs, PTOs, or principals of schools to see what events they are hosting.173-10-11 Here are a few of the different types of events schools are ramping up for in the fall: Fall Carnivals. Sometimes these events go by different names—back-to-school night, fall carnival, family night— but they are all the same... [read more]
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How To Break Into Schools

September 6, 2016 by Geoff Carlisle
So you may have thought about getting into the school dance market. Or you might have tried... but ran into a dead end making the connection? You may even question whether providing entertainment to schools is even worth the effort. 173-6-7I'm here to say, YES it is! I have a passion for providing entertainment for the school market because that's where I started over 33 years ago. I've had the opportunity to speak at several DJ expos about my experi- ence including Mobile Beat. Let look at five specific areas that will help you break into the market or pave the way toward business with schools. 1. Determine what type of events the schools in your area hav... [read more]
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The Perfect Mate for Ceremonies

August 12, 2016 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
Ihave found a new favorite sound system for ceremonies: the S600B by Carvin. To put it simply, two of them, with or without tripods, are nearly the perfect sound system for a 100-150 person outdoor ceremony.172-3435 On the back of the Carvin S600 is a 6-channel mixer, with inputs ranging from XLR to 1/4”. It also features Bluetooth connectivity. For ceremony sound, I was using the pre/post music from my iPhone connected via Bluetooth (channel 6), taking a CD player into channel 5, using the optional UX-600 built-in wireless mic, along with a regular microphone in the first channel as a backup. The UX-600 worked very smoothly. We used the handheld microphone, but... [read more]
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New Options for After-Proms

June 19, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Prom season has just ended and although you probably made some good money doing a bunch of galaxy-burgerproms, don’t forget an area where more and more DJs are finding extra school gigs: the “after-prom.” Dozens of DJs go after every school to get their prom gigs on Friday or Saturday nights in April and May, but hardly any of them pursue a related and potentially lucrative event, the after-prom. These casual gatherings after the formal prom, usually running from after midnight until 4:00 or 5:00 AM provide the setting where things like karaoke, inflatables, game shows, carnival games, casino nights, photo booths and yes, even DJs spinning music, can be i... [read more]
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Games: They’re Not Just For Kids Anymore!

June 8, 2016 by Randy Lehrman
For years, the prototypical Mobile DJ has always offered games as something “just for kids.” After 25 years in the DJ business you have to adapt and evolve. It’s 2016, and while kids definitely are controlling more of the music that we play (because all those millennials love hearing “Apple-bottom jeans, boots with the fur…”) adults can’t be left behind. So not only have I added a game or two that adults get to play with the kids. Now, I try thinking out loud with my clients to suggest that games aren’t just for kids, but entertainment for the adults. For more than two decades, I’ve played a game called ‘Musical Chair Scavenger Hunt.’ ... [read more]