Digital DJing

Articles on digital DJing topics ranging from mp3 management to DJ software.

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Dealing With Criticism

March 6, 2020 by Michael Cordeiro
No one wants it. Nobody likes it. We all dread it but everyone needs it now and then. Criticism. Is it a litany of stinging words that knock you right off your pedestal of awesomeness or just a dose of reality? That depends mainly on you and your tolerance for hard truth. Many of us send out those cute little performance sheets after an event because we want some "real feedback". Seriously though, do you actually ever think you're going to recieve anything back other than a "nice" review? I'm sure more than a few of you read that last paragraph and thought,"Well, I value constructive criticism. That's why I send out those forms." The big pr... [read more]
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What Is Your Role At Events?

February 28, 2020 by Michael Cordeiro
Imagine your in charge of an event with over 800 people. The event is outdoors and you have multiple things happening at once. You need 200 people to play their part on cue and the other 600 to cheer them on enthusiastically at the right moment. Suddenly one of your 200 forgets what they're doing and throws everything off. What do you do? Can you reset? I was in this exact situation last weekend while working on a new Disney movie in Boston. I've been doing back ground work for almost ten years now. This particular scene was a holiday parade. We were shooting over night on a few shutdown streets in the middle of Boston. We started rehearsing the sc... [read more]
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Taking In Vegas At MBLV24

February 20, 2020 by Michael Cordeiro
MBLV24 is less than 30 days away. Time to double check your plane, hotel and car reservations. Make sure you have your show passes ordered and air out your suitcase. Besides having a ton of networking and learning opportunities jammed into four and a half days (Sunday night pool party), the after hours scene is off the hook this year. Not only does your badge get you into the big show on Tuesday night, it gets you access to some of the hottest clubs and shows on the strip (Including Steve Aoki at Hakkasan on Thursday night). If you're not a big night club person or you are bringing family along, here are my reccommendations for some fun alter... [read more]
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MB #214 – ONLINE NOW

February 3, 2020 by Dan Walsh
In It for the Long Haul After the obligatory look into the future offered in the previous issue, we pause to consider what it means to have "staying power." We'll look at how to develop stamina in business, how to make your gear last longer, and much more! ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief CLICK HERE OR ON THE COVER TO THE RIGHT TO READ NOW ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PLAYLIST: TECHNOLOGY Protecting Your Tech - Stu Chisholm Music Tech Extravaganza: NAMM 2020 - Staci Nichols NAMM 2020: Back to the Future? - Mike Buonaccorso PEOPLE AROCK and BPM Supreme - Mike Cordeiro Reflecting on a Decade - Mike “Dr. Frankenstand” Ryan BUSINESS ... [read more]
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2020 The Year of No Resolutions

December 31, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
As the final hours of 2019 count down many of you are preparing to rock in the New Year at a club or private event. God bless ya. For the second time in twenty years I'm actually off. I don't really mind at all. December was crazy and after 29 years in the industry I'm happy to be able to kiss my wife in person at midnight instead of phoning it in from some venue. I'll be comfortably sitting at home in my PJ's enjoying munchies and a nice scotch on the rocks watching the ball drop. That being said, I'm happy 2019 is almost over. Business wise it was a solid year. On a personal level 2019 was challenging to say the least. No love lost whe... [read more]
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Last Minute Gift Ideas for the DJ in Your Life

December 20, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
            Only five more shopping days until Christmas and you're scratching your head trying to figure out what to get your favorite DJ. No worries. I have a few ideas for you. It's no secret that DJ's love gear. Equally important is education. I recommend a "mix" of... [read more]
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MB #212 – ONLINE NOW

December 5, 2019 by Dan Walsh
DJ Branding: Basics and Beyond You'll find some great advice on building your brand in this issue. Plus some great pieces about and by female DJs, including a review of the new VirtualDJ 2020 release by Rachel Lynch. Check it now... ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief CLICK HERE OR ON THE COVER TO THE RIGHT TO READ NOW ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PLAYLIST: DJ BRANDING... Branding vs. Standing Out: What's the Difference? - Staci Nichols Building Your DJ Brand: The Bare Bones - Stu Chisholm Building a Brand... Part 2 of 3 - Matt Martindale PEOPLE DJ Dayna, aka Ms. Sunshine... - Mike “Dr. Frankenstand” Ryan Jayli: Spinning the BesT - Mik... [read more]
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Thankful Thanksgiving or How to Avoid the Grinchies

November 27, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
Thank you. Thank you for reading my blog posts. Thank you for letting me interview you and share your stories. Thank you for letting me into your lives. Thank you for your comments and feedback. Thank you for reading my articles. Thank you for saying hi to me at conventions and sharing lunch or a cup of coffee. Thank you for accepting me into your world on social media. Thank you for being my friend. It's no secret that the next four weeks are some of the busiest in the DJ world. Many of us are doing events daily right up to New Years Eve and a ton of after parties in January. We're so busy making sure that everyone else has a great Holiday s... [read more]
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How Authentic is your Business?

November 20, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
Advertising models are constantly changing. What worked ten years ago is no longer valid and what was working last week is old news. In a world where content is king, how do you sort through the fluff to be seen and heard? What's the new "buzz" word that will magically get you clients and referrals? I have one for you: Authenticity. This was a huge topic at the Wedding MBA in Vegas this past October. All of the social media and marketing seminars had the same message: Be authentic. So, what exactly does that mean? I'll skip the Webster's definition (you can google that) and get to the meat. Authenticity in your business is about communicat... [read more]
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Stay Tuned for some Great New Interviews

September 26, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
I've been working hard all summer to nail down some interviews with people that have not only impacted music and culture but are also changing our industry. Sharing, learning and listening to the stories from these amazing people has been incredible. We cover music, life, travel, working with legends and much more. I wish I could share every word they said with you. Suffice it to say that I've captured the best stuff and put all together for you. Is Disco dead? Not according to Jason Weintraub (AKA Disco Twitter). Jason has been traveling the world promoting disco goodness. In our September issue interview he reveals how he makes old disco tunes so... [read more]