MB 149 – May 2013 – Available Online Now…

May 27, 2013 by Dan Walsh

MB 149 cover sm…and hitting mailboxes soon.  [With apologies for production problems that have delayed the release of this issue.]

It’s All About the Music…

…isn’t it? Although music is covered in some way in every Mobile Beat, we take a whole issue every year to focus primarily on this foundation of what DJs do.

In “Making the Cut” Stu Chisholm talks about the latest in mixing styles and also the apparently timeless musical elements of the parties DJs facilitate. Mike Ficher muses on what keeps many songs solidly planted in the public consciousness even from generation to gen- eration, in his column, “Magical Music.”

The centerpiece of our yearly music issue is the Mobile Beat Top 200, provided by DJ Intelligence® (www.djintelligence.com). It is pretty amazing to compare the earliest Top 200s, which were compiled from playlists sent in (mailed or faxed!) by DJs and our current, uber-accurate list based on the millions of choices made by clients using the DJ Intelligence song list tools on thousands of DJs’ websites. Seeing so many of the same party hits confirmed in their popularity after decades of dance floor service, it seems clear that this classic music is the “raw material” that talented DJs use to “build” a solid party experience.

(By the way, if you’re interested in actually looking at those early lists, check out the killer deal we’re running right now on our Mobile Beat’s Greatest Hits DVD archive, which contains searchable PDFs of every issue from the magazine’s first two decades. Regularly $20 for each disc [The First 10 Years and The Second 10 Years], we’re letting them go as a two-for-one package deal—$20 for BOTH together.)

Other music-related pieces in this issue include Mike “Dr. Frankenstand” Ryan’s question, “What’s in Your Library?” wherein he shares his method for staying on top of the latest music; Arnoldo Offermann provides practical guidance on how to deal with the large chunk of said current music that is problematic for youth events (“An Ounce of Perception”); DJ Coach Paul Kida shows how you can help attendees set out on the “Sentimental Journey” of the wedding reception as soon as they walk into the banquet hall; and tech expert Rich McCoy recounts the changes in the media and playback methods DJs have used over the years, noting the Top 200 list as a thread connecting each generation of technology.

Along with all the music stuff there’s also plenty of other useful info on technology, business and new products, along with interviews and inspiration:

MIDWEEK MONEY
Not in MY Market By Rob Johnson
PLAY SOMETHING WE CAN DANCE TO
The 3 Essential “E’s” of DJing By Jay Maxwell
WEISZ ON THE WEB
Business Computer Tech, Pt 1: Best of the Web By Jim Weisz

PRODJFILES
DJ Kelly E. Dances into DJing

INSIDE THE INDUSTRY
Mark Wilkins & DJ Trivia

FEATURE
Infected with EntreLeadership By Ryan Burger

EYE CANDY
ProGobo Review
SCOOP
Bose L1 Model 1S, B2 Bass Module
By Arnoldo Offermann

E-BEAT
Pioneer DDJ-SX: Unleash Your Inner Artist By Jason Weldon
CARVING YOUR NICHE
Marketing Multiple Skill Sets By Jim Papa

BOOK MORE BRIDES
Brides… Hate Your Tweets! By Stephanie Padovani

DAVE SAYS…ON DJ BUSINESS By Dave Ramsey

NEXT LEVEL SALES
Keys to Successful Consultations By Joe Bunn

GITOMER ON SALES
Daily Routine By Jeffrey Gitomer

BUSINESS CHOPS™
Keys to Optimized Branding By John Stiernberg

THE LAST WORD
The Right Stuff By Jason Weldon

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