DJing School Dances

Articles on DJing school dances ranging from clean music to warming up the crowd.

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Improve Your Lighting in 2018

December 20, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
A little over a year ago, I set out to do something I had never done before. I decided to write a book. The topic I chose to write this book about was one I am extremely passionate about; lighting for the Mobile DJ. Always a hot topic in the forums and facebook groups, lighting is a subject that few DJs can resist chatting about. For someone new to the DJ or lighting game, the sheer amount of information available on the internet can be overwhelming. Hundreds of articles and thousands of videos are available to read and view, but where does the DJ who has never done more than plug in an effect light start? Which fixtures should they add to their inventory? How do they choose a DMX controller? What are the best lighting upsells for weddings? Over the years of obsessively learning about lighting myself, I... [read more]
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Old School Mirror Ball Lighting For Mobile DJs

November 20, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
So recently I've done a couple of videos on mirror balls and some people have asked me this question. Where do you put the lights? And I thought it was kind of an odd question at first until I realized that there's a whole generation of DJs out there who never used one of these. These have kind of fallen out of fashion, but they're back in a big way. They're cool again. So this is a little more tricky than if you have the ball in the middle of a room like you would in a ballroom or a skating rink or something like that. You can have lights coming in from several different directions hitting the mirror ball and illuminating the entire space, but as a mobile DJ, you're kind of stuck against a wall. You don't have a lot of room to put lights. So this is how we used to do it back in the old days with three ... [read more]
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Back to School: Part 1 – Podcasts and Audiobooks

September 12, 2017 by Justin Reid
Just like that, summer is winding down and it’s back to school time. In our society we focus so much on “getting a good education” which got me thinking. Why do we expect our children and youth to learn about so many different facts, formulas, and equations, but how often do adults take the opportunity to further their education? How often do we, as DJ’s and event professionals, seek more knowledge to better our service and abilities. In our line of work, we have a wide range of areas which we can learn about i.e. sales, performance, business skills, networking, and more. We live in a time where we have so many sources of educatio... [read more]
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Building Your First Light Show Part Three (Moving Heads)

August 2, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
This article is part three in the author's mini series on building your first light show. Week one covered using wash lighting and week two covered effect lighting. Make sure to give those a read! Alright, so by now you've started to build up an effective and professional looking light show. You began by creating your rig around a solid base of wash/flood lighting and followed that up with an effect light or two to add some movement and excitement. For many DJs, this is the extent of the lighting they need or want. But what if you want more? Where do you go after  you've added wash and effect lighting to your light show? One way to greatly expand the capabilities and options available to you and your clients is to add moving head lights. Moving heads are, as their name implies, made up of some type of ... [read more]
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Building Your First Light Show Part One (Wash Lighting)

July 19, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
DJ lights; a seemingly never-ending stream of new technology that can both help to fill (and empty) your wallet. With the hundreds and thousands of choices available across dozens of websites, it's easy for anyone (let alone a new DJ) to get confused about where to start. Lux? Watts? Power Linking? LASERS?!? Never fear my friend, because in this series of posts on building an effective light show I plan to (briefly) break down some of the many types of DJ lights, their uses, and how to incorporate them together for maximum impact. Wash Lighting Today's topic of discussion is wash lighting. Whenever a new DJ asks me for a recommendation for their first DJ light, I always steer them in the direction of wash lighting. A wash light serves to literally "wash" an area (be it a wall, ceiling, or dance floor) with ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: The Morality Police And A DJ, Extended Version

June 29, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. It's sort of a statement video. I got into a discussion with a DJ the other day about this song, because I've seen it in a bunch of middle school videos, sweet 16s and all that and this is the part I have a problem with. And I've got a thing about having 16-year-olds, 12-year-olds, 14-year-olds that are yelling when the DJ plays the track that says, "Where are my alcoholics, let me see your hands up." I know it's fun, I know it's a party song, I just personally think it's a bit inappropriate. Now, after everything that's gone on in the world, this one I don't know that I'll ever play this one again when it comes to doing an event. This is "Pumped Up Kicks." It might be a great song, the kids might like it, the kids might know it, but talking about somebody with a gun and... [read more]
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BOOM On School Dances – Jordan Neuhauser

April 5, 2017 by Mobile Beat
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BOOM On School Dances – Jordan Neuhauser

March 25, 2017 by Digital Plus
Jordan Neuhauser, Chief Experience Officer, and Founder of BOOM Entertainment, myBOOMtour,WinterFest, and Photobooths.com, is a proud leader in the high school event industry. An avid loud music lover, festival goer, and creative brain, Jordan finds inspiration in the world around him. Thriving when confronted with an empty space, Jordan has been able to convert over […]To access this post, you must purchase Digital Plus.... [read more]
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Mastering Mitzvahs by Howard Wallach

January 24, 2017 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
T here is a big, lucrative market for your services out there—and many of you are under represented in the action. Curious, overwhelmed, unsure about “the hows” to providing your services to Mitzvah Parties in a way that ignites the word of mouth network within your reach? Well, Mazel Tov (congratulations/good luck)... Welcome to the party! The energy and excitement at these events, and the opportunities for scale are real. The good news: You don’t have to be Jewish! You do need to appreciate the context these events have for the families planning them. These celebrations are a pinnacle of Jewish life. Bar/bat mitzvah (Son/daughter of the command- ment) commemorates this religious and spiritual rite of passage connecting one generation to another. The event date is often chosen based on their birth... [read more]
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Fun Fairs And School Carnival Marketing

January 4, 2017 by Rick Hardesty
January is just around the corner. The busy holiday season is ending and I hope everyone had a great holiday. My holiday was amazing we kept all 32 employees working around the clock this holiday season. The beginning of January is a perfect time to start marketing to your elementary schools for their upcoming fun fairs and indoor carnivals. Planet DJs Entertainment is based in Michigan and we have found over the years that the PTO and school faculty start planning their upcoming events in January. Typically, in the beginning of the month we send out postcards to all the elementary schools in the counties we cover adve... [read more]