Mobile DJ Performance Tips

Articles of Mobile DJ Performance Tips ranging from microphone techniques to music selection.

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5 Tips for 5-Star Service – By Doug Sandler

August 10, 2018 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
In order to grow your business and add depth to your client list, your goal should be to create a lasting, memorable, very positive experience for your customer. Not just on event day, but all the way through your journey to get there.  It’s not just about showing up and playing four or five hours of great music and packing a dance floor. There is way too much competition out there to be less than stellar or exemplary when it comes to delivering A+, 5-star customer service every step of the way. Whether you are a single operator or multi-DJ business, service, support, sales, operations and every other department within your organizatio... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: PRACTICE.

July 26, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. I've already done record yourself and I've already done record your voice. It's just practicing. You should be practicing. How much, completely up to you. How often, completely up to you. But it's a balmy Tuesday night here and I wanted to start doing some mixes. I've got some time. So I'm messing around, but I'm recording it, playing it back. It's a little time consuming, but after you listen to it, you start to pick up where your break should've been, I could've transitioned this mix right here a lot better. So that's something I'll go back and practice over. But you know what, a couple hours a week, 20 hours a week, whatever you feel comfortable with, but actually record your mix, listen to it back and see where your mistakes are or see if it's great and if it's great,... [read more]
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Think Before You Speak

July 23, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
Arguably the most important piece of equipment we have is our voice. We use it to lead, guide, inform and coordinate at our events. Knowing what to say and when and how to say it is tantamount to a successful event. Each word choice instantly affects the mood and vibe of the guests and room. Do you always know the right thing to say at the right moment? Do you struggle at your events or second guess yourself on the microphone? What if there was a simple acronym or quick little guide rule you could use when deciding what to say? I'm a fan of Jay Shetty, former monk and internet wisdom guru. He's the quieter version of Gary Vaynerchuk. Jay's vid... [read more]
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Mobile DJ Help – Alternatives to Saying “Ladies and Gentlemen”

July 16, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
I did a video on editing your speech last night and I mentioned that I don't use the phrases, ladies and gentlemen or, at this time. And there are a lot of reasons for it. If you use these phrases, I'm not picking on you. Ladies and gentlemen is kind of big. And when you're doing a more intimate event like a wedding reception, I like it to be a little more personal, a little more friendly. So one big question is, what can you say in place of ladies and gentlemen on the microphone? I'm going to give you one example. There's a point in the evening sometimes at weddings where you have a first dance, and then immediately following, what I like to do is have another slow dance. And I invite everybody onto the floor for it, so I have a full dance floor. After that slow dance, I play a big tune, everybody dances, I... [read more]
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Proper Equipment Needed – By Jason Weldon

July 12, 2018 by Jason Weldon
A big mistake I see with DJs who are trying to get into A/V rental is the type of equipment they are using. As a DJ, sometimes the less expensive equipment is perfectly acceptable. However, to the corporate client, you will need to make sure you are using industry-standard equipment. The most noticeable will be microphones, computers and projectors. Your microphone needs to be able to sound good and be clear from interference. Some of the cheaper microphones just don’t have the strength to cut through a lot of the RF noise from, what seems to be, a constant barrage of interference. Spending the money on a solid wireless combo unit will make ... [read more]
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Scaling Up – By Byron Gunter

July 11, 2018 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
Most of you reading this probably think that you are one of the top wedding DJs, if not the best, in your market. In most markets there is plenty of room for growth—but there’s only one you and only so many weekend dates a year. So, the question is, how do you duplicate yourself? How do you build a multi-op with an arsenal of DJs who bring the same level of professionalism and experience that you do? How do you maintain your brand consistency and quality-of-product as you scale? As a multi-op that does well over 400 weddings a year, I could spend hours explaining how, for example, we do all those weddings with little to no advertising, how ... [read more]
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The 1% Solution Misconception – By Randy Bartlett

July 10, 2018 by Randy Bartlett
In 2001, I produced a DJ Training DVD called The 1% Solution. Over the years, we’ve added more releases and more in-depth subjects and I’m proud to say that the phrase “1%” has become a part of the DJ lexicon. But I’m dismayed at how often it’s misunderstood. The 1% Solution came about as a result of our in-house training methods for our staff DJs. While working on improving performances, I often made the point that I didn’t want to change anything our DJs did by 100%, but that I wanted to change 100 things by 1%—thus the name. The misconception has arisen, however, that this concept is often seen as being “1% better.” The... [read more]
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Rocking Referrals – By Mike Walter

July 9, 2018 by Mike Walter
I assume you throw great parties. Why do I assume that? Because you're reading Mobile Beat, which makes you one of the few members of our industry who cares about further education. So I assume that when you DJ and MC events you not only bring experience but all this knowledge from the great contributors here at Mobile Beat, and you rock your events. But here's what I don't know. When the guests at your events leave, do they say “that was a great party!” or do they say “that DJ threw a great party!”? There's a very subtle difference between those two statements but they can make a world of difference in the success of your career. Here's... [read more]
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Whatever Happens, Don’t Panic! – By Mike “Dr. Frankenstand” Ryan

June 15, 2018 by Mike Ryan
I recently had a chance meeting with Moby at a restaurant in Los Angeles. He was beyond kind to chat with me for a few moments. After eating I purchased his book, Porcelain, and powered through it in a week. It’s a candid telling of his hard life before fame, living in an abandoned warehouse, dashing about through Gotham City’s sordid and dangerous street life. One of the things that stuck me was his honesty about a couple of mistakes he made while performing in night clubs—mistakes that would have destroyed any normal DJ. We all make mistakes; how we respond to them tests our mettle as professional entertainers. It is inevitable that yo... [read more]
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The Big Set Up – By Ben Stowe, CTS

June 12, 2018 by Ben Stowe, CTS
These days computers are a core part of most DJ rigs, so smooth, reliable performance is essential. In most cases the computer is running a DJ application like Virtual DJ, Serato, rekordbox or the like, and is also the media source. Any glitch in the system can result in a stoppage of music...and the party! This article has been crafted after consultation with computer experts, as well as DJ hardware software manu- facturers. These tips are likely to ensure a stable, powerful system; however, neither I, Mobile Beat, nor these experts can guarantee performance and cannot be held liable for any issues you may encounter. We strongly recommended that you maintain a backup of all data.read more]