Mobile DJ Performance Tips

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

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Working in The Background

April 18, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
A lot of the work and development we do for our businesses is directly in the client's view. New gear, clothes, marketing materials, and performance techniques are all things that are directly seen by the guests at our events. At my event last night, however, I learned about the importance of the things we do in the background in creating an unforgettable experience. For as long as I've been in business, I've always used a single wireless microphone during the reception for announcements and toasts. Whether I was too cheap to buy a second or just didn't see the need I'm not sure, but a few weeks ago I finally invested in a dual microphone unit. In the past, I was forced to run between my DJ booth and wherever else someone was speaking to hand off the microphone at multiple points during the night. It work... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: Dressing Appropriately For Every Event

April 11, 2018 by Jason Rubio
Dress codes are everywhere. Every job has a dress code; schools have dress codes, even businesses such as a restaurant or bar, have a dress code - door guys love to be the enforcers of the dress code. :) So the question is, should DJs or DJ companies have a dress code, too? As a DJ & Photo Booth company owner (Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths) my answer is yes, absolutely! We have a company dress code policy, but our dress code depends on the event. Every staff member should dress appropriately. We don't want our DJs or photo booth staff showing up to a formal event, dressed like a bar/club DJ. No jeans, no baseball cap, no t-shirts, etc. I know our staff may not completely agree with it, but they get it, and, they have a choice. They don't have to follow our dress code at all, but they also won't ... [read more]
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Mobile Beat Magazine – Traps – By Todd Mitchem

April 9, 2018 by BradFeingold
THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE ALL DJS HAVE AND MOST REFUSE TO ADDRESS I have worked hard for years to understand the audience and what makes them tick. While a particular DJ or MC may have a great personality or energy, they most likely lack an understanding of the one deficit this article will help to solve. They choose to put themselves in bondage at the onset of an event in a way they don’t realize, while destroying any chances that the audience will indeed respond they way intended. In other words, the DJ becomes trapped. I define a trap as a question you ask to the audience or a throwaway comment that does not deliver maximum audience participation. For example, you may walk in front of an audience and ask, “Who is ready to have a good time tonight?” While you innocently think yo... [read more]
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Get More Referrals: What Wedding Planners Look for in a DJ

April 3, 2018 by Martina Selvagi
The mood, feel, and ambiance in a wedding reception are everything when it comes to making sure guests have a great time and couples are happy with the end result. And as a destination wedding planner for Malta, Croatia and France who has experienced a lot of great receptions, I definitely consider the DJ to be a critical part of creating the right atmosphere. DJs and MCs are some of the most underrated all stars of any good wedding. Regardless of whether the couple wants to bring in a band, string quartet, or other musicians, I always emphasize the importance of including a professional DJ and MC to turn the rece... [read more]
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To Beatmix or Not to Beatmix 3

March 19, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
Today, we're going to talk about mixing at breaks. Breaks can be challenging. Sometimes they're very cool. Sometimes they're jive and they break the continuity in what could be a negative fashion, depending on how hot the track is. So here, I'm going start out by showing you what I don't like and what I hear a lot. I talked about it in the last video. Sometimes I go to a club and I'm dancing or whatever and the DJ is spinning and these long transitions after every track really get distracting for me and the other dancers. We're looking at -- let's see. The time dirty bit. It's the White Boys remix of this. And Hello by Martin Slovak. Now, these tracks are about five minutes and 30 seconds each. So they're long tracks. You can definitely do long mixes. So check it out. I hear this a lot. [Inaudible]. Okay. W... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: How People Should Use The Microphone.

March 15, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, microphone. At a gig right now and I will have two people later on toasting. And what I will do is I will -- as I say at every wedding, please hold the microphone here or here or here or here. Please don't hold the microphone down here like a pointer or over there showing people in the crowd. Do this at your weddings, do this at your events, go over to whoever's going to speak on your microphone and just simply say to them, let me give you a heads-up, it's this kind of microphone, it's already turned on, this one has the power button right there if you can see that at the base, doesn't have anything on the side. The other thing is please don't tap the microphone. Don't sit here, is this on? It is on, I gave it to you on, hold it about an inch and a half, two inches from y... [read more]
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To Beatmix or Not to Beatmix 2

March 12, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
Welcome to another "To Beatmix or Not to Beatmix" video. Got a good response from the last one we put up yesterday. So we'll do another one and expand a little bit on some of my personal philosophy on this. This is not gospel. This is just how I feel about things and what I've observed from my audiences over the past years. Long time. Anyhow, what I'm suggesting is is that it's not enough to know how to beatmix. You need to know when to do it and why to do it, how to do it, obviously. But just because you can doesn't mean you should. If you're doing the same beatmix all night long, whether it be two, four, or eight measure transitions, it gets repetitive after a while. I've been on the dance floor and I've seen it happen from my -- from a crowd perspective. When I first hear it, I'm, like, "Oh. Something's ... [read more]
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To Beatmix or Not to Beatmix

March 5, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
What's up? Happy Memorial Day to all of you. I talk a lot about programming on my Facebook and even here on my YouTube channel, but what we don't talk a lot about is mixing. Mixing is part of programming. Programming is knowing what to play, when to play it, how to play it, and why to play it. Today, we're going to talk about how and why. So that goes to the mixing bay. I'm going to show you a couple of different transitions, if you will; some are beatmix, some are not. And I'm going to tell you why sometimes you want a beatmix and sometimes you don't. Because some people want to beatmix all night long and that could get real repetitive if you're not careful. Mixing and beatmixing, especially, is all about continuity. Continuity with beatmixing and breaking continuity when you don't beatmix and sometimes tha... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Use A Movie Intro Song To Get Your Crowds Attention Before Speaking.

March 1, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. You're about to speak at a wedding, you're about to speak at an event, people are chit-chatting, it's cocktail hour, whatever the case might be. It's not always enough to get on the mike and start to speak, because people traditionally don't hear the first 10 seconds of what you say, it's just human nature. So I saw this in Las Vegas at a seminar and if I remember who gave the seminar, I will credit them. I think it was Peter Merry, though, but he said, how about starting off with a song that elicits that sort of response from people? And he mentioned this one. So next time you're doing a wedding or an event, try this, right before you have to speak on the mike, play the THX jet sound effect. People know it means something is happening, something's coming and they're liab... [read more]
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Homework Pt.1

February 5, 2018 by Mike Wieder
As a child I always dreaded homework.  So, when the time comes for homework I understand the pleasure my teachers derived from handing out the assignments.  The answers to the homework that I disperse aren't found in a book, they are actually found by asking questions.  If you take the time to ask the questions and assign the homework, the event itself will run a lot smoother.  The things that are taken for granted are usually the ones that require the most research. The moment has arrived, the newly married couple are introduced into the room and invited to share their first dance.  As the two of them take cent... [read more]