Brian S. Redd


Brian S. Redd

Although he can be seen Djing in places like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, or even the UK & Europe, DJ Brian Redd is proud to call Milwaukee home. Brian specializes in mobile events such as wedding receptions, corporate events, quinceañeras, parties and special occasions. He has also been a resident DJ at several major Milwaukee night clubs and also performs at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival. From the beginning Brian has had a passion for music. His talent emerged at the young age of 13 when he was asked to DJ at a local skating rink. After realizing his calling he progressed on to weddings and mobile gigs and by age 18 he was DJing regularly at nightclubs. He understands people & what motivates them music wise, which helps keep them on the dance floor. Brian has been recognized for his work in various DJ publications both domestic and abroad. He has made a name for himself in the DJ community where he is known and respected as an industry consultant. This recognition has led to his contributions as a writer for Disc Jockey News. A true international DJ, Brian travels worldwide to not only perform but to educate and share industry ideas and concepts with DJs everywhere. His career has gone to the next level working with industry leading manufactures bringing new products and services to his peers helping them become better DJs.




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Creative Lighting Ideas – A Disco Christmas Tree For DJs

January 15, 2018 by Brian S. Redd

Hello, everybody. Today, we're going to build a Christmas tree out of a light stand and micro Scrims and some cool lights to put underneath it. This is a silly lighting video. If you don't like my silly lighting videos, please turn this off right now and go -- I don't know -- watch something else. Watch some Star Wars trailers or something.

Anyway, this was inspired by my daughter. Our tree that we have over here is about six and a half feet tall. And the reason we have a tree that tall is because that's about how tall our picture window was and we like the tree to be visible from the picture window the whole thing. But we do have nine foot ceilings in here and my daughter's, like, "What would a nine foot tree look like?" Let's see. Let's make a tree out of this 10 foot tall l... [read more]

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DJ Help – Slipping Light Clamp Fix

January 8, 2018 by Brian S. Redd

Here's a quick tip video for any of you who have problems with slipping clamps, especially when you have a clamp on some kind of overhead truss, be it a single pipe, 1.5 inch, 2 inch, ladder truss painted aluminum, doesn't matter. If you're hooking a light onto a truss, you put it in the position you want and it starts to slip because of movement or whatever, how do you fix that? Had a DJ with that problem today. They contacted me with an Inno Pocket Spot clamp problem.

Everything hooks up fine. They kind of put it at an angle coming off of the truss, but after the light starts moving around, the clamp starts slipping a little bit. And this can happen depending on what kind of trussing you're using and how much your light weighs. There's a quick way around this. All you need i... [read more]

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Layering Lighting Effects – LED Wash, GoBos & Lasers

January 1, 2018 by Brian S. Redd

A question I get all the time is what kind of cool effect can I produce where I don't have to use any fog or haze. Most places where we play these days as mobile DJs don't allow us to have fog and haze. Very rarely do we go to. So yeah. What can you do? This is a cool, I don't know, effect you can use either on a ceiling or on a wall and we're going to use a few different fixtures to make this happen.

First off, we need a pretty bright hex LED fixture. Now, for my purposes today, I'm going to use one these, Ultra Hex Bar 6. This is six hex LEDs inside, which produce red, green, blue, white, amber, and UV. I'm going use the blue and the UV. We'll also be using this Micro Galaxian II. This is a cluster laser; it produces red and green lasers. We're going to use only the green la... [read more]

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What is an Omega Clamp? DJ Lighting Help

December 25, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
I'm doing this video for a friend of mine today. This is an omega clamp. It comes with certain lighting fixtures -- moving heads and other things. This particular one is off of an 80J Starburst. Now, the term omega clamp is a little misleading. It's actually more like an omega bracket, because it's a bracket that quickly attaches and detaches from light fixtures, which could really come in handy when it comes to everything from packing a light to rigging. Say you want to leave a clamp on a fixture to save some time. You can absolutely do that, but sometimes the problem is when you have a clamp on a fixture like this, you can't set it down flat anywhere and it doesn't fit in your bag very well. With the omega clamp, that's not a problem. You can easily just detach it from the base by twisting these keys and... [read more]
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Blinded By The Light – Room & Stage Par Placement Help By Request

December 18, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
A DJ friend of ours from the Netherlands put this together for the teens in his area. This is a really cool looking rave hall. You notice he has some subs and some tops, a lot of trussing. He has some moving heads way up front above the stage. Above that, he's got some pars. Along the side, he has suspended truss and he also has pars shining at the audience. Here's his problem. He doesn't feel like anyone can see the DJ and he wants to know if I have any suggestions on how to light up the DJ. Well, I do have a couple suggestions for you, but here's what I think your biggest problem is. Here, check this out. See, you can't really see me very well. You're blinding the audience with these pars that are above the DJ. Now, I have a suggestion. One of the things you can do is move these pars to the truss bar you... [read more]
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DJ Lighting Ideas – Moving Heads Inside of Your Glow Totems – Warp Totems

December 11, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
Hello everybody. We're down in the dungeon doing some experiments today. If you saw my video last week where I took a glow totem and instead of putting an LED par fixture in it, I went ahead and put an NO pocket wash inside of it, which is a moving head, wash fixture and it turned out pretty cool. So this week, I thought, let's go ahead and set up two of these totems, [inaudible] pocket wash it and see what it looks like. Now, I got a lot of positive feedback on this. Some people said, hey, that's a really cool idea. I want to do it. Some people said, well, congratulations doofus, you put a light inside of a totem. We're not going to worry about those people. Anyway, some people said, hey, wouldn't it be cool if instead of having the NO pocket wash on the bottom of the totem, what if you mounted it to the ... [read more]
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DJ Lighting Help – Cool White LED Vs Warm White LED

December 4, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
Here are two Gobos being projected in both cool white and warm white. What's the difference? Cool white is between 5500 and 6500 kelvin. It's an artificially bright light, kind of like halogen. If you have LED in your refrigerator and you open it up, you can see everything in your fridge with cool white LED. Warm white is between 2700 and 3000 kelvin. This is more intimate lighting like your living room or your bedroom or a cozy restaurant. So given the option, what's going to work best for you? For large public events or just big parties, cool light might be a great option. It's very bold. It's very eye catching. On the other hand, if you're doing a more intimate event like most wedding receptions, warm white might be the perfect option for you. Of course as a lighting designer, this choice is really up t... [read more]
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DJ Lighting Tips – Add Stock Gobos To Weddings & Other Events

November 27, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
So a really cool accident happened at last Saturday's gig. I had every intention to do a video on the Icon Profile warm white, which is a little different from the cool white, as you can see in this picture. I wanted to show how bright the warm light was. I was going to shoot the Gobo across the room onto a wall or something, but every wall either had something on it or was black or it was a window. The dance floor was checkered. I didn't have a choice. I could only shoot the Gobo behind me. I didn't have a Gobo for the client specifically, but the Icon Profile LED and the Icon Profile warm white come with four steel Gobos and one glass Gobo. Now, three of the steel Gobos are patterns, but the fourth one is a heart with wedding bands intertwined inside of it. I decided to use this, because it had a wedding... [read more]
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Old School Mirror Ball Lighting For Mobile DJs

November 20, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
So recently I've done a couple of videos on mirror balls and some people have asked me this question. Where do you put the lights? And I thought it was kind of an odd question at first until I realized that there's a whole generation of DJs out there who never used one of these. These have kind of fallen out of fashion, but they're back in a big way. They're cool again. So this is a little more tricky than if you have the ball in the middle of a room like you would in a ballroom or a skating rink or something like that. You can have lights coming in from several different directions hitting the mirror ball and illuminating the entire space, but as a mobile DJ, you're kind of stuck against a wall. You don't have a lot of room to put lights. So this is how we used to do it back in the old days with three ... [read more]
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Lighting Ideas – Mirror Ball Tight Set Up Solutions

November 13, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
So I've been thinking. What if you're really tight on space at a gig and you didn't have a lot of room to set up lights and things, but you wanted to run a mirror ball? You were using something like the eliminator decor MBSK, but you needed to illuminate your mirror ball. How could you do it? So here's some ideas for you, just some stuff I was playing around with. I'll show you some stuff that works, some stuff that didn't work and some stuff that I like. Check it out. So my first thought was to use something like this [pinpoint Gobo]. It's battery powered and it has a magnetic bracket on it, so you could do something like stick it right here, which you can absolutely do. But the thing is, this is only a three watt light. It's not very bright and the dots that I'm spreading around the room aren't really ey... [read more]