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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Help With And Or Always Check The Floor Plan For Your Events.

February 8, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, imagine this is the room you're going to be working, this big square in the middle is the dance floor. As you can see, we have tables all the way around the room and right over there look everyone, the DJ. So I guess you could put a speaker here and shoot through and one here and then point them straight, I guess so you'd hit these tables or you could crisscross them and kind of miss this table or you could put one over here and then maybe you could put one over here. Or you could somehow convince the bride and groom to move a little bit, just a little. Maybe this table comes here, this table goes there, then you have a straight shot. Go over the seating plan with the coordinator, the bride and groom, the planner, the onsite, whoever you need to and try to make sure you'r... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Don’t Set Lights To Strobe At A Wedding

February 1, 2018 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute, I just heard a story about a DJ who had some strobe lights going on around his booth and a parent came over and said, is there any way to kill the strobe lights? I have a child here who's epileptic and it could cause a seizure. And apparently, it's due to photosensitivity. And it's not the majority of kids who are epileptic, but according to the other DJ that told me the story, the DJ with the strobe lights instructed the parent to remove the child from the reception. My weddings, the bride and groom invite people they want. If I went up to a bride and groom and said, no more strobes, because someone could have a seizure, trust me, they'd go along with it. In fact, I tell my clients that I don't have strobing on my Revo-3 or on my atmospheric because of that reason. So if you want... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Make A Gear Wish List And See What You Need Versus Want.

January 25, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, what's your wish list? What gear would you have if you had to go out today and replace all of your gear with new gear? Would you go to vinyl, would you stick with CDs, would you stick with the same controllers, same speakers, same lights? What would you do? Try to get a wish list together and then establish what you need. Not so much what you want, but what you need, then determine if there's money in it. It's about ROI, Return on Investment. You want to buy light, get uplights, you can sell them. You want to buy a bunch of lasers. If you can't sell lasers to clients, I don't know, seems kind of goofy, but change up your setup, pretend you need to buy all new gear. You don't have to spend thousands; you can spend a few hundred, a hundred. I just bought an AC-3 controller ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Fake It Till You Make It.

January 18, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute from Psychology Today. Seems weird, but it's about this expression if you're not familiar with it, fake it until you make it. You need the confidence. It's something that most DJs don't talk about, most DJs don't address, but I think it's one of the biggest things that separates the great DJs from the not great DJs. The great ones believe everything they do is correct and believe everything they do is for the betterment of their business and themselves. If you're not there yet, you need to start getting there. Start believing the way you do things is right, but be open-minded to changing things too, but fake it until you make it. You want the big wedding market, you want the big club market, practice, earn it, work for it, but believe it's yours already. This is somethin... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Check Out Brian S Redd On YouTube.

January 11, 2018 by DJ Jay
I don't know that I've ever done this one, but this is a very good friend of mine, Mr. Brian S. Redd, the BSR. Most of you that subscribe to my channel or watch my channel probably came from his channel or have seen it, but if you have not, you need to check him out. Brian's whole point is that he puts up videos to help you, me, him, everyone in the industry. It's about bettering the DJ, it's about improving the perception, the skills and the talent. So if you are not subscribed to Brian's channel, please head over there and subscribe. So DJ tips in under a minute, get onboard the BSR train. Thank you. ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Measure And Mark Off Your Speaker Stands.

January 4, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, speaker stands, we all have them, we all use them, but I took out this and then this, a silver sharpie today and decided I'm sick of these things, guess working where they're supposed to be. So I measured out where I would normally have them on my events and just put markings every foot. So I don't know if you can really make that one out, but there is -- yeah, there it is and then down here. And that way next time I do an event, I'll know that the stands are the exact same height, exact same size. Maybe your speaker stands come with sort of markings throughout, mine didn't and don't and I just want them to look the same. So DJ tips in under a minute, measure and mark out your stands every foot or so that you can always have them be the same height. In under a minute. read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Use Your Back-up Gear To Make Sure It’s In Good Shape.

December 29, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This is my backup laptop and just finished a gig. Here's the end of my gig. Here are the peeps, that's the groom, that's the bride over there and I used it for the entire gig. So the tip is simply use your backup gear. It's no point in leaving it in the bag at your gig if you don't know it's going to run. So I take it out and run it occasionally. You've probably seen most of my gig logs and most of my things on a MacBook Pro, but this is my HP that I use as my backup. And I dawned on me about a week ago, what if the backup doesn't work at a gig. So I decided I would use my backup this week and verify that everything was copasetic. So the point of this video is simply take your backup rig and run it, check it and make sure it works, make sure everything's good to go so yo... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Ceiling Lighting As A New Add On.

December 21, 2017 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute, I've heard about this from about four different DJs and I have yet to do it myself, but I'm going to try it soon. This is ceiling lighting. We do uplighting around the room, but this is actually purposeful lighting on the ceiling. So what I'm going to end up doing is taking a T-bar and probably putting between six and eight Par cans on it and just send it up to the ceiling, angle each one, try to get as much light out of the ceiling as I can, either play off the bride and groom's colors or do kind of a sky effect. Maybe do some blues, throw an amber in there, just different colors and make it look cool. People do look up. I mean, I send my Revo 3 on the ceiling all the time for dancing and I want more, I want something a little bit different. So this is just an example I found onli... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Sell The Add On Before You Buy It.

December 14, 2017 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute. Had a conversation this morning with my man Pulse at Tall Music, DJ Pulse, Christian, another demonstrator with Pioneer, the man and we were talking about uplighting and selling and one of the things that I found works really well is not only doing a site inspection towards the actual day, but you know what, contact clients in front, meaning clients that you have in the next four months, five months, six months a year and see where they are with lighting. If you want to get into uplighting, you need to know that you can sell it and the best way to know you can sell it is to have clients in the future buy it already. So let's say you want to buy 10 lights, it's going to cost you $1,000 for numbers, call your clients and offer them a now special. You're going to offer them 10 uplights... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Group Dance After The First Dance With A Fast Song.

December 7, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, this is a group dance. The way I do my group dances, I do them right after the first dance, if I do the first dance up front. So the secret of success with this is simply to have the group invited out on the dance floor about three-quarters of the way through the first dance. So start the first dance, bride and groom come out, they dance. If the song is three minutes long and about 2:30, invite the group out to join them. Once the group comes out, they'll dance to the slow song, then start mixing in your fast song, works about 99.9 percent of the time for me. And you do it early enough so the group leaves thinking, wow, we already danced, we haven't even eaten yet. So it's a great little trick to do at weddings to kind of motivate people, get people going and also make yo... [read more]