DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Don’t Let The First Dance Be Ruined

July 13, 2016 by Jay Brannan

DJ tips in maybe over a minute today. I got a track right here, bought it on iTunes. Track is called “Together Forever,” it’s a Donavon Frankenreiter track album. Best thing is right here, 3 minutes and 34 seconds long. I look up here at the play bar, 3 minutes and 34 seconds long. So I get to my wedding and the song starts playing and everything seems cool. And remember, this is the first dance for the bride and groom. Now, song’s going and I step away from my gear, because they’re taking photos and I get up here to about 41 seconds and in iTunes, you’re going to see what happens, it jumps track. Let me now show you what happened in Serato. Here’s the track in Serato. Now, it’s way over here, let me bring it into the song, let me hit play and again, I have a full counter. So it never dawns on me to look at the wave, but if I had looked at the wave form, guess what, there’s the wave form. The track actually cuts out.

So I’m going to fast forward it up to that point and that’s what I got. The song still thinks it’s playing, bar is still moving, but there’s no audio and it listed as 3:33. So luckily I knew their first dance choice before the wedding was Dave Matthews’ You and Me and I happened to have that. So I put on Dave Matthews’ You and Me, I pull the bride and groom aside, tell them what happened, apologize, show them, totally were onboard with it, gave them a little extra free time at the end of the night, went to my phone and was able to pull it off the Cloud and it was intact. So I played it later on for them and they were thrilled, everything worked out great, but this is the last time I’m ever buying music from a source and not listening to the entire track. So even though I’ve broken two minutes, it’s worth it. Don’t let this happen to you. Just because you buy a song and it listed as 3:30 long, doesn’t mean it is. So save your butt. DJ tip in well over a minute.


Jay Brannan Jay Brannan (16 Posts)

National DJ Demonstrator at Pioneer DJ USA and Owner and DJ at Brannan Entertainment – You can check out Jay at or his DJ Tips In Under A Minute at

The passion for music in Jay’s life began before all else. “I don’t remember a time that there wasn’t music around me, or a moment that a song wasn’t playing”, it’s this love affair with music that ultimately brought Jay to his career as a DJ. As a husband and father of two boys, Jay has been a professional DJ for 21 years. Whether in clubs, on boats, at weddings, or in other lands; the passion has never waivered and the love of song only grown stronger. Mobile events are at the heart of Jay’s company, Brannan Entertainment, serving Southern California and beyond. He has spent the last 23 years in the San Diego, CA area now living in Temecula, CA, and life started for him in Boston MA. Boston was the place that taught Jay music was the most powerful form of sound. Working for WBCN FM104.1 in the 80’s, Jay was able to sample the life that would ultimately become his career. The California years have been spent working in clubs, 7 years as the Director of Entertainment for a yacht company, and starting and running his own award winning mobile DJ business. Since 2003, Jay has been a moderator, demonstrator, and product specialist for Pioneer DJ and spends between 5-8 weeks a year travelling for Pioneer. After a long talk with fellow DJ and close friend, Brian S Redd, at the Mobile Beat Las Vegas 2013 show, Jay decided to go after YouTube with his own channel. Helping DJs with his DJ Tips in under a minute, Jay has brought answers to often held questions in the DJ world. “If you give someone help, it will always come back to you”. The good karma practice has served Jay well with almost 2,000,000 views and over 2600 subscribers. “When Ryan Burger asked me about writing a blog, I realized this was another great way to help DJs with what I have gone through and seen”. “The chance to give back to a community that has always supported me is something that I am very excited about”. Gear and work and knowledge all meet up with DJs and their experience, Jay brings a unique perspective with his years of work and having attended over 100 DJ trade shows. The questions are welcome and the answers are free, along with the hopes that the mobile DJ world only gets better at what it does by the support of those like Jay.

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