Robert Lindquist


Robert Lindquist

Robert Lindquist has been involved in the DJ profession since 1967, when he built a make-shift sound system from spare parts in order to provide music for a birthday party. From that point on, he supplemented his day-jobs in radio, TV and advertising by DJ’ing in clubs and for weddings and corporate events. In 1987, he was encouraged to share his DJ experience in writing, which led to the release of “Spinnin'” at the initial DJ Times Expo in Atlantic City.Recognizing the need for a publication dedicated to Mobile DJs, he created Mobile Beat "The DJ magazine" in 1990. In addition to still being a sound tech and DJ/MC for weddings, he is a producer of video content writes for several audio publications and blogs. He is also a partner in Las Vegas based Level 11 Media, which maintains several Web sites and digital publications for musicians and touring sound engineers and is an IMDb listed actor and voice talent.




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Your Computer Is Not Your Friend—Don’t Trust It – By Robert Lindquist

June 11, 2018 by Robert Lindquist
Acouple of summers ago, I was asked to help out a local DJ who was running late getting to his assigned ceremony/reception. As it turned out, he really didn’t need any help, but I hung around for a bit. As the bridal party began assembling, he grabbed his laptop and headed for the ceremony site. Unable to locate a convenient AC outlet, I suggested he just run it off the battery. He couldn’t. There wasn’t one. Not only that, the hinge was broken to the point he had to prop up the screen. My guess was that it had been dropped—probably more than once. There was also a dis- gusting layer of grime on the keyboard and screen. Was this an extreme c... [read more]
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Redesign Your Website…or Your Routine? by Robert Lindquist

May 25, 2018 by Robert Lindquist
We live in a time of accelerating rate of change. We can’t assume that the marketing strategies that worked a year, or even six months ago, will produce the same results today. Technology is constantly revealing new opportunities in social and online marketing, and each one merits consideration. While it often seems like we’re fighting a losing battle to stay ahead of the game, one online marketing rule has remained consistent: Functionality trumps fancy. The most effective websites are not about animation and interactivity; they provide useful information. An extreme example is Craigslist. While I doubt anyone reading this would take such a brutal... [read more]
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Keeping the Heat on When Wedding Season Goes Cold – By Robert Lindquist

April 12, 2018 by Robert Lindquist
There’s no way around it. For most DJs, wedding are the holy grail. The rub is, most wedding couples prefer to have and to hold their ceremony when it’s sunny and nice—so they can follow their Pinterest inspired exchange of vows with a friendly game of cocktail hour Cornhole. That’s fine if you live in an area where it’s all good news when you turn on the Weather Channel. Unfortunately, the vast majority of North Americans experience four seasons, and at least one of those involves ice scrapers and snow shovels.
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Why Go On The MB/PBX Cruise?

April 3, 2018 by Robert Lindquist
While I make no claims to being a world traveler, I have scuffed my soles in several European and Asian countries—and all but a few of these United States. I mean no offense to Frankie Ford (if he were alive to offended), but a Sea Cruise? Nope. Having heard tales of cruise ships adrift in open waters while some unidentifiable virus works its way from stem to stern was reason enough for me to cross cruising off my bucket list. [caption id="attachment_114690" align="alignleft" width="300"] Rob Savickis, Producer of Photo Booth Expo with Mobile Beat's Ryan Burger on the 2017 Cruise[/caption] Then my wife Barbara, and I, were invited to go on the MB/P... [read more]
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Mobile Beat Las Vegas Overlaps Photo Booth Expo. Everyone Wins!

December 12, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
With the Mobile Beat Las Vegas show just a couple of months away, the news just keeps getting better. For the first time ever, the Photo Booth Expo and Mobile Beat Las Vegas will share the same week, creating an exceptional business-building and networking opportunity for DJs who are also Photo Booth Operators. Each show runs four days—the Photo Booth Expo starts March 11th at the Westgate with Mobile Beat Las Vegas opening a day later at the Tropicana. The Las Vegas Monorail, which stops at the Westgate and MGM makes getting from one event to the other easy peasy. To encourage attendees to visit the exhibits at both shows, Mobile Beat's Ryan Burger and his PBX counter part, Rob Savickis, have agreed to honor each others exhibit and full show badg... [read more]
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If DJs Charged Like Well Drillers…

December 12, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
When you live outside the service area of the municipal water supplier (as I do), having a well is an accepted part of life. Without good water, life in the country can begin to quickly lose it’s charm. So, where am I going this is? Long story-short: We have a piece of land that we’re thinking of developing, I needed a well, so I called a local driller to scope it out and give me an estimate. As this particular company has sunk most of the wells in our area, they have a thick log book with all sorts of well depth and water quality data. It took him less than 10 minutes t... [read more]
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Beyond The Beat: From DJ To Expo Producer

August 18, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
While attending the Mobile Beat DJ Show in March, 2016, I had the pleasure of sharing some chat time with Mike Anthony Mireles, a Mobile DJ/MC/Entertainer from Houston, TX. Our conversation was essentially a volley of random thoughts about to how DJs can expand beyond operating a DJ service. At one point, Mike referred to DJ’ing as an “entrepreneurial playground.” How true. When I think of all the people I have met during the years that I’ve been associated with the international DJ community—I am consistently impressed by those who have taken a giant leap of faith and have landed in a position that they themselves may not have realized as possible.

The Force Behind The Photo Booth Expo

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An Organic Approach to Better Sound

May 30, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
In a perfect world, these tips would be strictly for beginners. Novices. The newbies in the room. But this is not a perfect world and while most Mobiles have figured out how to get passible sound quality out of their travelin’ gear (most of the time), there are still those who wrestle with painful distortion, wompy bass, and needle sharp highs. So that’s why we’re having this little chat—I’m not here to be critical, but to help. I personally have no particular problems with processing or equalization—truth be told, I have a passion for compression that borders on insanity. But everything in moderation. I call this the organic approach beca... [read more]
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Exceeding Expectations?

May 22, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
Meaningless marketing expressions and phrases are everywhere, and the two I see to see the most lately are “jaw-dropping” and “We exceed your expectations.” The copywriters at Yahoo have had a steamy love-affair going with “jaw-dropping” for about the last year. It seems to show up in their cheesy click-bait headlines at least a dozen times a week. Then there’s this “Exceeding Expectations” thing—which appears not only online, but on the sides of vans, on business cards and in so many print ads that it’s well...jaw-dropping. It’s one of those marketing claims that just makes me cringe, whether it’s being used by a DJ, house pa... [read more]
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A Primer on Digital Signal Processing

May 14, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
In the days of analog, loudspeaker cabinets contained two or three drivers, some baffles and a “carpet” covering. The amplifiers were mounted in a separate rack or built into the mixer, and the signal went straight from the outputs on the amp(s) to the inputs on the speakers. Signal processing was accomplished using separate, rackmounted EQs, compressor/limiters and other processing devices injected into the signal chain prior to the main amplification. It’s not like that anymore—at least not for most DJs. Coincident with the advent of powered speakers, Digital Signal Processing (DSP) has taken over the task of EQing or “tuning” loudspeakers to prov... [read more]