2014

This selected articles from Mobile Beat issues in 2014

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Safe Songs for Sweet 16s, Mitzvahs, weddings, family parties

June 18, 2015 by Ric Hansen
School Dance Network hangingThe School Dance Network provides a list of safe songs even after the school year.  There are plenty of kid and family-friendly events during the summer.  Here are the current 20 top safe songs that won't embarrass Mom and Dad.  A warm welcome to our new DJ members:  Jose Drilling, Nick Lamberti, Robert Kunkel, Thomas Tucker and Michael Fusco.  It is Easy to join and get all of the member benefits: http://schooldancenetwork.com/membership-account/membership-levels/ LW TW ARTIST TITLE 3 1 Wiz Kalifa/Charlie Puth See You Again 1 2 Walk the Moon ... [read more]
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MBLV EXTRA! – Issue #160

December 20, 2014 by Dan Walsh
MB 160 cvr - smMOBILE BEAT  #160 ONLINE NOW!   Hitting Mailboxes Soon! Well, yes, December—and the year—are drawing to a close. And that “most wonderful time of the year,” as it often does, threw some unexpected obstacles at our production team as we worked to get our big, extra Mobile Beat Las Vegas Issue out the door. But this truly is a case of “better late than never.” This issue focuses on some of the great content you will experience at the upcoming, game-changing MBLV event in February 2015. And, as producer Mike Buonaccorso says in his guest Track One, “No one shares a time slot with filler, because it’s all ... [read more]
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Don’t Eat Your Tip – By Joe Bunn, MBLV Presenter

December 20, 2014 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
Don't miss Joe Bunn's presentation, "Every Little Thing You Do Is Magic" at MBLV in February. Click here for more info. EatingMoneyHopefully the title of this article grabbed your attention enough for you to stop drooling over the ads for new DJ gear, and read this instead! I promise you, it will be worth your time. Do you know how often I hear stories of “nightmare DJs” coming to my favorite venues and doing dumb stuff? Every weekend. Literally, every weekend a vendor comes up to me and says “Oh man Joe, you won’t believe with DJ Soandso did here last week.” And guess what the number one dumb thing is that these guys do: They fl... [read more]
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3 Wedding Blogs You Should Be Reading

December 20, 2014 by Staci Nichols
WedBlogsI know, I know... like you're not busy enough downloading new music, dealing with clients and coordinators, figuring out why that one button on your mixer isn't doing what it is supposed to do, etc, etc... Now I'm going to suggest squeezing in a few extra minutes per week to keep up with wedding blogs. Sigh! To start, over 90% of wedding blog readers are female. Since (and I'm guessing here), about 90% of wedding DJs are not female, wedding blogs are a great place to get in touch with your Venus side. You have no idea how much this sentence will help you during sales meetings: “I just read about that the other day on Rustic Wedding Ch... [read more]
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Asking For Help

December 20, 2014 by Jason Weldon
HelpingHandWhen I was in college, I took a scuba diving class; partly because I needed to fill some elective classes and partly because it seemed like a really cool class. It turned out to be one of the best classes I ever took: I actually learned a lot about a lot of different things, like physics, the human body, air—all kinds of fun facts, which made the class really interesting. During one of the classes, in the middle of the semester, there was a night that really stood out to me. It was a night that I still remember very clearly and I don’t think I will ever forget. The instructor had brought the class as a group to the pool. He t... [read more]
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How to Create an Iron-Clad Wedding Agenda – By Staci Nichols

November 6, 2014 by Staci Nichols
WHEN IT COMES TO INFO, MORE IS ALWAYS BETTER   A quick online search of DJ questionnaires would show that many of us are getting nothing more than song titles, times, and names from our clients before stepping into our crucial roles on their big days. Yet a better wedding agenda clearly equals a better wedding DJ. This is good for our reputations as a whole. ironcladHere are a few ways to make your agendas more “iron-clad”—and your performances stronger. 1. DON’T JUST RELY ON DJ PROGRAMS I have DJ Event Planner and can’t imagine life without it, and I know many swear by DJ Intelligence. However, I encourage you to... [read more]
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DJ Preparedness: What’s Your Plan? – By Joe Bunn

November 6, 2014 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
You know how you go into a large building and blow off those signs that tell you where to go in case of an emergency? Or how about the flight attendants that you ignore when you travel? Well, you should probably pay attention to them (or at least pretend to) because, they are telling you what to do in case of an EMERGENCY! I’m not here to chastise you though, I’m here to help you. As a DJ company owner, whether you have one DJ or twenty, you MUST have an emergency plan. DJemergencyI won’t go into all of the details, but I have spoken about my biggest nightmare gig before at a couple of DJ conferences. To sum it up, I was picked up in a golf cart on an ... [read more]
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Why a Line Array? – By Jake Feldman

November 6, 2014 by Jake Feldman
A NEW APPROACH IS NEEDED FOR LARGE-SCALE DJ SOUND line-arraySo many times, we hear of DJs bringing in the wrong sound system for the situation at hand. I’ve been guilty of it a time or two based upon availability, truck space, and budget of client. What, you might ask, is the wrong sound system for an application? For example, if you have to use 12 full-range cabinets in a stacked configuration aimed at being loud in a hanger-type space, you might just have the wrong system for the application. But there’s a solution, which comes from the realm of large-event sound production: the line-array. WHAT IS IT? A line-array system is d... [read more]
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MOBILE BEAT, SEPTEMBER 2014, ISSUE #158

August 27, 2014 by Dan Walsh
Holiday Party Fun – Corporate Event Success MB 158 cover - sm Even though the last blazing day of summer has yet to hit, for entertainers everywhere, it is high time to consider the holiday season. If you're still trying to fill those autumn/winter slots we have some great ideas inside this issue of Mobile Beat, along with a lot of other great content! – Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief CORPORATE / HOLIDAY PARTIES: How to Land Holiday Parties - Joe Bunn What's the Company's Story? - Mike Ficher Corporate Party Success Secrets - Rob Peters & Keith Alan It’s Always About the Outcome / Holiday Tune Alternatives - Jay Maxwell... [read more]
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Corporate Party Success Secrets

August 27, 2014 by Rob Peters
THE WEEKDAY GAME: How to Fill Your Calendar with CashWeekdayGame_whisper By Rob Peters & Keith Alan Let’s turn the clocks back for a minute: It’s the mid 1990s and the economy is going strong. Companies are going gang busters on holiday parties! There are parties Sunday through Saturday and it seems that no matter the size of the company, they're throwing a party. Then comes 2001: The bubble bursts, due to a variety of factors...resulting in company cutbacks, and a general change in certain corporate cultures. Fast-forward to 2014. The corporate scene has improved over the last few years and companies are doing better.... [read more]