Jason Rubio


Jason Rubio

Jason Rubio is the co-owner and founder of Austin’s Best DJs, a professional DJ & photo booth company that provides music and entertainment for hundreds of weddings and events in the Austin and central Texas area. Jason started his DJ career as a mobile DJ, at age 13, and has since DJ'ed thousands of events, providing music and entertainment for clubs, bars, radio, concerts, festivals and various other events. In addition to writing for Mobile Beat, Jason also writes "The DJ Insider," and has been featured in Canadian Special Events Magazine, Wedding Planner Magazine, and numerous other sites and publications. Jason is also a graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Education, as well as a Master's of Public Administration, from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Contact Jason Rubio at www.AustinsBestDJs.com




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What Makes You the Best DJ? Part 1

November 16, 2017 by Jason Rubio
In the DJ business, many DJs and DJ companies say they're the "best," "favorite,"or they're "voted #1," etc. In fact, our own DJ business is named Austin's Best DJs. We purposely named our business this, but not because we believe that we're better than every DJ or DJ company out there; it was mainly due to me knowing a little about marketing and SEO (I took business classes in my undergraduate and graduate programs). The issue with being "the best" is that it's very subjective, and sometimes, hard to prove. I even recently heard about a DJ who claimed to be "the world's best wedding DJ!" Really? When were the polls taken around the world? Why weren't we aware of the contest? Where is the proof? :... [read more]
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An Interview With “The King of 808,” the Egyptian Lover!

November 9, 2017 by Jason Rubio
If you're a DJ and you've ever done an 80s Night, chances are, you've played "Egypt, Egypt" or another one of Greg Broussard's (known as "The Eyptian Lover") classic hits! "Egypt, Egypt" has over 5.4 MILLION views on YouTube. When I became a DJ in the early 90s, I definitely had the Egyptian Lover's hits on vinyl! Many turntablists continue to use the Egyptian Lover's tracks for scratching! Check out our interview, below.   Jason: "First of all, let me say it's an honor to be able to interview the legendary, Egyptian Lover! I'm a long time fan of your work and I'm glad you were able to take some time to do a quick interview with me. You're a very talented musician, vocalist, producer and DJ! How did you get started in music?" read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: 6 Reasons Why Competition is Good for Your Business

November 2, 2017 by Jason Rubio
In today's DJ world, there is an ever-growing amount of competition. It seems as if new DJs and DJ companies pop up every month. Additionally, the wedding and private event business in general, seems to attract new people, every year, too. It seems as if every month, we work with a new photographer, a new planner, or we hear of a new venue. Although we are in the Austin/central Texas market, which is a huge wedding market. Today, becoming a DJ, is much easier than it was when I started (before DJ software, and even before laptops, in 1991). The more DJs there are, the competitive it becomes to book your events. This is great for consumers, of course, but it can also be good for your business, too! Here's how.
  1. Room for Growth - If you feel as though you're the "best" out there... [read more]
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Do Clients REALLY Care About Your DJ Lighting?

October 26, 2017 by Jason Rubio
As a DJ, we have tons of equipment to buy, maintain, and replace. Of all those things, DJ lighting is at the top of the list for maintaining and replacing. How often, is up to you, of course. As a DJ you always want to present your product as best as possible. You, personally, have to be professional in how you look, dress, communicate, etc. Your equipment has to look and sound great, too. However, how far must you go to look and sound good? Do you absolutely have to have the best equipment in the business for every piece of equipment you own? There is no easy answer to these questions, but the simplest answer is, it depends.  What does it depend on? First, it depends on your level of business. If you're DJing as a hobby, and rarely do paid events, then it doesn't matter quite a... [read more]
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Taking it Back to the “Old School,” With Old School Nation!

October 19, 2017 by Jason Rubio
This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing fellow Austin entrepreneurs & friends, from Old School Nation. OSN offers great apparel and does event promotions, as well. Here's a few words from the business owners, Kayla & her husband, Joseph. I've had the pleasure of working with you guys on several occasions. We've done concerts and other events. You guys are a great team, with unique products that you can't find anywhere else! I, personally, own many of your shirts! Tell us about Old School Nation. What do you do? We are an online apparel store but offer Screen Printing and Promotional Services as well. This includes LIVE Screen Printing for local concerts or non-profit events. How long have you been in business? We’ve been in busi... [read more]
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Pc or Mac for Djing? - Austin's Best DJs

PC or Mac for DJing?

October 12, 2017 by Jason Rubio
In today's DJ business, using a laptop computer is almost essential. Gone are the days of having to carry around heavy crates of records (thank God). Now, laptops store all your music and whatever DJ software you choose to use. Sure, there are now ways to put all your music on a flash and plug your flash into your player and go "laptop free." However, you most likely still have your laptop full of music, along with backup drives, cloud storage, etc. So the ever-lasting question remains, "which type of laptop should I use for DJing? A PC or Mac?" The answer isn't easy, but basically, it depends on your preferences. It's timeless argument. DJs argue "my Mac is better," or "my PC is better, faster," etc. One thing is for sure, when it comes to Mac versus PC, Mac has managed to create an amazing bran... [read more]
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The Perfect Cocktail Hour Playlist!

October 7, 2017 by Jason Rubio
When it comes to weddings and events, there are literally hundreds of thousands of songs to choose from. A frequently asked question that we get is: "What type of music do I play for the cocktail hour?" The answer isn't always easy since everyone has their own unique taste and preferences, but most of the time, our clients will choose from our genre list, on our wedding planning form. If you're a new DJ, you may not know what Cocktail Hour is. Usually, Cocktail Hour is the time where the couples will take their pictures. Most of the time, Cocktail Hour is after the ceremony, but we also have done the Cocktail Hour before the ceremony, as well. So usually, the couple isn't even in the same area where the cocktail hour is occurring, which means they rarely hear the mu... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: How to Respond to Negative Reviews

September 28, 2017 by Jason Rubio
Last week I discussed many statistics and how much of an impact online reviews have on every business. This affects all businesses that provide services to the public, not just DJs! Every business has to "play the game" of online reviews and not only play, but "win." Last week I also discussed what some businesses do in response to having a not so favorable business rating. I've done enough research to see various things. One thing is for sure, if you do have a bad review, it's not the end of the world. How you respond is very important. If you do happen to have a negative review or angry client, my advice to you (learned by experience)  is simply send your client an email thanking them for their important feedback, apologize for the less than amazing experience and state that you'll lo... [read more]
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The Truth About Reviews in the Wedding Business - Austins' Best DJs

The Dirty Little Secret About Reviews in the Wedding/Event Business Part 1

September 21, 2017 by Jason Rubio
Let me be honest. I realize that I may be touching a nerve by writing this article, but I believe people should know the truth. In no way am I trying to say that what my business does is better or worse than other businesses; it's simply what we choose to do. I came across some statistics that you need to know about! So let's discuss online reviews and the major impact they have on businesses, as well as what some businesses do with the review system. That being said, there's a dirty little secret with wedding vendors and really, many businesses out there. The online reviews aren't always what they seem.  When people are trying to pick the right DJ, photo booth, planner, or any vendor for their wedding, party or ev... [read more]
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Pioneer DDJ SR2 Finally Hits the Market!

September 11, 2017 by Jason Rubio
Every DJ has his/her own preferences. Some DJs prefer turntables, using vinyl control, while others may prefer controllers, and some may prefer just using analog turntables and vinyl! I love turntables and spinning vinyl, but as a mobile DJ, I prefer to use my Pioneer DDJ SR. Both my wife and I have this controller (she's a DJ, too). It's portable, but still has all the things you need. I did have a few things that I wished they would add or change to the controller, but today, I no longer have to wish! The Pioneer DDJ SR2 has made some recent changes and upgrades, that make it even better and more appealing! Now, it's much more similar to its big brothers, the DDJ SX & DDJ SZ, now. A few key features they've added to the new DDJ SR2 are: Harmonic Control - this allows you to contro... [read more]
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