The More Things Change…

June 27, 2016 by Randy Bartlett

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Over the last 20 years, the mobile DJ es-bartlettprofession has changed in some pretty significant ways, but in others, it’s very much the same.

Certainly the technology has changed from when I first started in 1988. My first sound system had a cassette deck, two CD players and a single Technics 1200 turntable. (Pretty dumb for me to buy one of those, with no earthly idea of how to beatmix or even what that was, but that’s the “record player” they told me to buy, so I did.) I powered my EV speakers with the old Soundcraftmen shoebox amps I was using in my home system. I was carrying with me crates of records, cassettes, cassingles, and CDs.

Today, of course, everything is on MP3, but the concepts remain the same. It’s easier to find music, even at the event, as well as prior to the event, but it still goes through a mixer (or con- troller for most of us) and goes into speakers, most of which now have the amplifiers built into them, although I only switched to powered speakers a year ago. Over the last 20 years, we’ve used cassettes, CDs, consumer CD players, Discmans, mini-discs, DAT, MP3 and even iPods.

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Randy Bartlett has been a full-time mobile DJ since 1989. Since then, he has performed at thousands of events, specializing in weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs and corporate parties. He regularly commands a fee two or three times higher than his market’s average, making him one of the highest paid wedding DJs in the country. His business has been self-sustaining with no advertising for several years. He is a regular presenter at all the major DJ conferences and for many local groups. He is best known for his powerful series, The 1% Solution, where he applies the idea that “very small, easy to implement changes which will result in a vastly improved performance” to all aspects of DJing. (

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