Trevor West


Trevor West

Fell into the DJ business by accident back in early 1990 when I agreed to DJ a local dance for a friend, using CD’s and 2 cd players and the biggest dual 18” subs to ever break someone’s back. Started country dancing right around the same time when my sister dragged me out to a local country dance club and I’ve never stopped since. 27 years later, still learning dancing and DJing and love running the photobooth at events. My hobbies include reading Sherlock holmes books, skiing, practicing taking pictures and videos with my GoPros, and occasionally kick criminal’s butts with the Batman video games.




>
Read

Capturing video at your event: GoPro vs Cell Phone

July 19, 2018 by Trevor West
Greetings all, its been awhile since i've posted since i'm in the middle of wedding season but i had a few minutes and thought i'd go over an interesting subject that you may or may not have approached yet. using a GoPro or your cell phone for taking pictures and videos, there are pros and cons to using both so I thought i'd cover a little of both. first is to decide whether you want to use a GoPro for filming or using your cell phone, the big issue with the gopro, depending on what model you have, is they tend to have a fisheye view versus a normal flat view with your cell camera. Also, the onboard microphone tends to pickup wind sound really terrible versus your mic on your phone which may or may not pick up any sound at all. remember, this all does depend on what model of phone or GoPro you are... [read more]
>
Read

GoPro or not to GoPro

January 10, 2018 by Trevor West
What is so great about GoPro's? First, they are small and easy to hide, and depending on the model, all it takes is one button to start filming. Attach them to your speaker stands for some good shots of the dance floor—perfect for your marketing videos or YouTube channel. Aim one at your DJ position and get that great shot as well. Second, you can setup different types of shots, such as, time lapse for when your doing your setup. During the ceremony you can get a wide shot. The downside is the audio quality isn't always the best, especially if you're trying to record people talking. The best software for editing videos is either Microsoft DVD Maker or (the one I use) Filmora by Wondershare. It's fairly inexpensive with lots of features and you can upload to You Tube, facebook, or save it to y... [read more]
>
Read

Flipbooks – FLIP or FLOP?

October 6, 2017 by Trevor West
Ever done a Flipbook? Do you even know what a flipbook is? Basically, a flipbook is a series of smaller pictures taken in a certain order and then stapled together and when you flip through them, they look like the pictures are moving. It can be a great add-on to your photobooth business but before you start offering it, let me tell you a few things that I've ran into when offering this up-sell. First and foremost, it is a labor intensive endeavor, which means you're going to need some help. 1 person cannot do this all by themselves, I found that it takes at least 3 people to do a flipbook session. 1 person to run the booth, 2 people to... [read more]
>
Read

Going Through the Motions or Emotions?

September 21, 2017 by Trevor West
Are you going through the motions or are you going through the emotions at your events? Does it feel like your events are just another gig or do you feel that each event is spectacular and the best you've ever done? What's the difference you ask? Well I'm glad you did, going through the motions would feel like you've done this before, can't wait for it to end and collect your check and be gone. Going through the emotions would be more like, being at a c... [read more]
>
Read

Say Cheese!

September 14, 2017 by Trevor West
Getting your crowd to have fun in your photobooth can sometimes take alot of work, but thankfully most times it doesn't. But if you don't look like you're having fun running the booth, do you think your clients are going to have as much or more fun than they could have? standing around looking like your cat just died can send a negative image to your crowd and may actually make them not to want to come back again and again. I can't tell you how many times i've seen other vendors stand around at their booth looking like they just woke up, don't care, and certainly are not having any fun. I've seen the same with a lot of DJs as well, dressi... [read more]
>
Read

To Dance or not to Dance

September 2, 2017 by Trevor West
This short article will start off being brutally honest so if you get offended easily then let me apologize now but I’m going to throw this out there. If you’re overweight or have no rhythm/2 left feet then how can you motivate others to dance (as a DJ) if you can’t/won’t join them or lead them? Remember, we are their entertainment, not just music!! Most people are self-conscious of how they dance until they’ve had some liquid encouragement to help them along so when they see the DJ get out on the dancefloor and lead them, they will be more willing to come join you sooner rather than later. Its kind of like when you announce that the buffet line is open and no one moves, a lot of people are afraid to be the first one in line, now myself, I come from a large family so when they say food is read... [read more]
>
Read

How to Avoid Overkill

August 22, 2017 by Trevor West
Imagine standing next to a jet airplane with the engine running and trying to have a conversation with someone. Now imagine that’s how your clients and their guests feel when your music is too loud. Now imagine that you have to set up that plane by yourself, run the engines for a 100 people, then tear it all down and pack it away afterwards. If that’s how it feels at the end of the night once you’re done DJing a wedding, then it might be time to rethink your setup. Think of this scenario, you’re at a wedding and there are two tables three feet from your system. Who is going to complain the most that it’s too loud all night long? And worse, who do they always seem to put at those two tables? That’s right, grandma and grandpa. Don’t you think they’re going to feel that its like sitting nex... [read more]
>
Read

Photobooths: Trials and Tribulations

May 1, 2017 by Trevor West
You may or may not already own a photo booth, but if you haven’t taken the plunge yet, then this seminar will be for you. If you do own one or many, it may also help you with many aspects that are giving you problems.
Photobooths can be just as much work as DJing in some cases, sometimes we were busier than the dance floor because people do love their pictures. I know you’ve probably seen other articles telling you you need to buy a photobooth for your DJ business but they don’t always t... [read more]