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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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]
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What’s That Moving Head Clicking Sound On Start Up?

November 6, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
So a friend of ours asked me a question the other day. I thought it was a good question and I don't think I've ever answered it before. He has a set of [NO ?] pocket spots and every time he turns them on, they start making this clicking sound like this. It's kind of loud. He's like, what's wrong with my NO pocket spot? Absolutely nothing. What's happening is the fixture is self-calibrating so it can find its start position. The fixture starts at the same place every time you turn it on that way, and in this case, NO pocket spot, and on most moving heads it's forward. You'll see that in just a minute. Right here, here we go. Bam, there it is, that's the start position. Every time this fixture turns on, this is where it's going to start. Now, why do we care that it has this specific start position? All right... [read more]
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Basic Uplighting FAQ – Is It Worth It?

October 30, 2017 by Brian S. Redd

So I get a lot of questions on uplighting. Some of these questions are pretty basic, so I thought I'd start a new video series called Basic Uplighting. There's going to be three or four videos in this series, so check them out if you want to. This is the first video. Before I even get into the first question, please understand that these are my ideas and opinions. They're not gospel, so you can take this or leave it. It's really up to you.

So the first question is this. Is it worth it? I'm thinking about getting into it, but is it really worth it to make the investment? The short answer is yes. Let's break that down into three different parts. First part, customer perception. If you get a call from a wedding client and they ask you all kinds of questions about your services an... [read more]

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Basic Uplighting FAQ – What Type of Fixtures Should I Start With?

October 16, 2017 by Brian S. Redd

So in our third video on basic uplighting, I want to talk about which fixtures you should buy. Before we even get into that, please keep in mind these are only my thoughts, ideas and opinions. You can take it or leave it, it's up to you. So I'm going to break this down into two parts. The first part, I don't want to dwell on it too much, but what brand should you buy? It's my opinion, in this case, especially in this case, you should avoid the generics and go with the good name brand you trust.

There are a couple of different reasons for this. The first reason is the build quality is typically better. The reason it's better is because the good name brand stuff comes with warranty. What these companies don't want to do is have you turn anything in for warranty work, because thi... [read more]

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DJ Help – Gobos and Gobo Projectors 101

October 9, 2017 by Brian S. Redd

Now, lately I've had a few people ask me about Gobos and Gobo projectors. They have clients who want monograms or something on the wall. They don't know where to start. What do you do? What are the Gobo projectors available to you out there? Well, there's a lot to this, but I'm going to try to break this down to you in a reader's digest version today. The first thing you have to do is select your Gobo projector and to do that, you have to figure out what exactly you want to do with your Gobo.

Here's the first style we're going to look at. This is for stationary Gobos. They don't rotate. They don't move in any way, but you can definitely shine a Gobo on a wall with something like the icon profile or the icon profile WW, which stands for warm white. This is pretty robust. It wor... [read more]

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DJ Ideas – My New Battery Powered Par Fixture Charging Station

October 2, 2017 by Brian S. Redd

So here's a project I've been working on for a while. I finally wrapped it up this morning. This is my workbench, which also doubles as an LED battery powered fixture charging station. What I've done is I put a three inch tall backsplash on the back of my workbench and then I attached this 48 inch long diamond plate 10 outlet power bar onto it. I can plug IEC cables into here and throw it behind the workbench when I'm not using them, so I don't even have to unplug them if I don't want to. Just throw them behind the bench and turn off the power strip.

Now, the bench is 54 inches long and of course I've got 10 outlets on here, so I can do 10 fixtures no problem. If I want to do more, I can just add some extra power strips and put some fast set tables in front of the bench and ch... [read more]

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Triangular Truss Warming SOLVED! – ADJ Saber Spot RGBW FITS Great

September 25, 2017 by Brian S. Redd

Hey, Brian S. Redd, thanks for your post on the video for the Saber Spot RGBW and it turns out, Jack Wilson is right. You can put a Saber Spot RGBW in an F33 triangle truss as you see here. You can also put it in an F23 triangle truss by removing the brackets and stands. So there you have it, an RGBW fixture inside a triangle truss and that is the Saber Spot RGBW.

That of course was Jose Heredia at ADJ and wow, really formal with that Brian S. Redd thing. But anyway, there you go. If you're looking to warm up your triangular truss, here's the perfect solution for you. It fits right inside. Its quad LED and I think you'd be real happy with it at MAP $139.99. So there's video for you; how to [warm ?] your triangular truss. There's your answer.

Thanks for watch... [read more]

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DJ Help – Light Tree Cable Management Ideas

September 18, 2017 by Brian S. Redd

One question that comes up a lot is how can I warm up my triangular truss? Meaning what kind of light fixture can I put inside of a triangular truss to illuminate it? There's all kinds of cool stuff out there for box trussing, but for the triangular stuff, you're kind of limited. The other day, I did a video on this light right here, the Saber Spot RGBW and I showed how you could use it as a really cool mirror ball pin spot or a wash fixture or an uplight. Jack Wilson, from FPTUK, popped in and said, well, how about putting it inside of a triangular truss? Great idea.

But to test this, I need [a stick of triangular truss ?] and I don't have one, but I know someone who does.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_HmmM-2HNU... [read more]
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DJ Lighting – Name Brand Fixtures Vs Direct From China

September 11, 2017 by Brian S. Redd

Sometimes I see videos or pictures on social media where I'll see something like this. You'll have a beautiful façade in front of the DJ booth. Maybe even Scrim speaker stands and a light tree that has some fixtures on it that do the job. This may not be your style or what you would choose and I just kind of threw this together, but it gives you an idea; a light tree with some effects on it.

One thing that people still tend to skip, and I wanted to just point this out today, is cable management. Let me turn a light on. You can see a little better now. Nothing was done with these cables. And if you're saying to yourself, well, yeah, this is 101, great, but you know you may be missing some things on your setup as well and I'll pick on you another day. But I wanted to help. I wa... [read more]

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CSL XLR Cable Tester – For DMX or Audio 3 Pin XLR Cables

September 4, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
Now, here's something that I've been meaning to show you guys for a long time, I just haven't had the opportunity. The opportunity came up this weekend. Check this out. This is the CSL XLR cable tester. It tests XLR cables, DMX and audio. Here's how it works. Here's your female end. Looks just like an XLR end. And here's your male end. Now, on the end of the male end, you've got two little LEDs up here; an amber and a red. Let's have a look at a DMX cable. This is an Accu-Cable, 10 foot XLR cable. We'll do this one first. Going to go ahead and plug the female end here and then here's the male end of our cable tester. When I do that, look, we have an amber and a red LED that comes on. That means that this cable is fine, no problem. Next up, we're going to do this [inaudible] cable and go ahead and do the sa... [read more]