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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DJ Lighting Help – Train Wrecking a Light Show

February 12, 2018 by Brian S. Redd

Hey, guys. What's up? It's kind of a cool light show we got going on here. You got a table like a DJ would have. You've got some Inno Pocket Scans and some Inno Pocket fusions going on. I'm going to turn some music on and we're going to go ahead and check this out, see what it looks like in sound active. That's a pretty cool light show. A lot is happening, but it looks good. We got some atmosphere going on. We were able to use fog at this gig, but it looks good.

Now, just for fun, let's turn off the fusions and just rock the scans for a minute. I like that when it gets dramatic. Not too much going on, but the [inaudible] of the light is cool. Just needs two spots going in the air for the scanners. I think it's cool. We can ultimately turn off the scans and just rock the fusion... [read more]

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DJ Lighting – Halogen Vs LED Par Fixtures

February 5, 2018 by Brian S. Redd

Hey. What's up, guys? Today, I'm going to talk about new school versus old school DJ lighting fixtures. In particular, the halogen PAR can versus the LED par fixture. There are a few reasons that I think this is definitely the way to go for a mobile DJ, especially when it comes to dance floor. First of all, the footprint. The LED PAR fixture is much smaller than the big halogen fixture. When it comes to lifespan of your light source, the halogen bulb has about a 2,000 hour lifespan, whereas an LED can go from 50,000 to 100,000 hours.

Now, when you use LED fixtures, you use a lot less power than halogen. This is 250 watts. This is 16 watts. So the power draw is a lot less from the wall. This particular fixture, the Mega Par Profile Plus is RGB, plus it has a UV diode in it. It'... [read more]

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How to Delay LED Par Fixtures In Master / Slave Mode by Using Dimmer Settings

January 29, 2018 by Brian S. Redd

So I was talking to a friend of mine today. He has four Mega Par Profile Pluses. He's just upgraded from the halogen stuff. Yeah. Believe it or not, people are still doing that; they're upgrading from halogen. And right now, he's got them all set up in sound active mode, master slave. And when a bass hit happens, it looks something like this. So when the music's playing, you get this effect. That doesn't look bad, but he wants a change. He wants them to do something a little different. And although we cannot do cool stuff like phases with internal programming on the Mega Par Profile Plus, as far as I know, what we can do is fun stuff like play with that dimmer curve a little bit. Let me show you how it's done.

So for our demo purposes today, we have a master, then we have the ... [read more]

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DJ Lighting Help – What Is An IP Rated Fixture?

January 22, 2018 by Brian S. Redd

I was planning on going outside and doing a comparison of a couple of different LED par fixtures, but it started raining. So I decided to do a different video. So how was I able to do that?

I used an IP rated fixture. In this case, this one right here, the WiFLY EXR HEX5 IP. Now, the WiFLY EXR means it's an extended range, wireless DMX, about 2,500 feet. It is a battery powered fixture as well. The HEX5 is one, two, three, four, five LEDs and they're hex; red, green, blue, amber, white, and UV.

But what I want to talk about today is the IP part. What does that mean? IP, or ingress protection, is a rating to specify the environmental protection of an electrical fixture's enclosure. In this case, we are water resistant. You can't submerse this thing in a swimm... [read more]

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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]