Mobile DJ Performance Tips

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

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VirtualDJ 2020 – the Smarter Choice

September 22, 2019 by Mobile Beat
Miami, Florida September 22, 2019 — Atomix Productions has released the latest version of their flagship DJ software: VirtualDJ 2020. VirtualDJ 2020 continues to build upon the excellent reputation of VirtualDJ as having the most innovative features, and introduces a new workflow and layouts to cater to all sorts of DJs, from beginners to skilled professionals. While VirtualDJ has historically been the uncontested leader on the mobile DJ market, VirtualDJ 2020 reaffirms being a serious contender for the club DJs and producers market. Its fresh look and new intuitive workflow will help users from all backgrounds to perform better, while some innovative features also cater to all groups: From the new powerful Event Scheduler that mobile DJs and radio DJs will love, to the unique Advanced Harmonic... [read more]
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MOBILE BEAT #209 – ONLINE NOW

August 31, 2019 by Dan Walsh
Comparison / Contrast for DJs Way back when, as a freshman in college, my first writing prof introduced me to the wonders of the "comparison/contrast" essay: It's where you take a look at the similarities and/or differences between two things or subjects as a way to express some interesting truth about them. This Mobile Beat issue, which I originally thought would be a bunch of unrelated articles, actually offers a pretty good helping of comparisons and contrasts: competition/teamwork, cutting-edge quick mixing/crowd-pleasing classic song lists, how to build company culture/how NOT to build company culture, and so on. We even profile a solo operator... [read more]
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I’ve Never Really Been a PC Guy

August 26, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
I'll bet that at least half of the people that read the title of this blog thought I was writing about computers and the other half thought I was writing about political correctness. The previous statement clearly demonstrates two important miscommunication principles. 1. Misinterpretation and 2. Not saying what you mean. The folks that guessed political correctness would be right (I've never owned a Mac, but I do have an iPad, iPhone and two iPods). I admit I swear like a sailor on shore leave and I'm sarcastic to a fault. Ask my wife. Maybe it's the generation I grew up in or maybe I'm just getting old and grumpy (more likely) but I was rais... [read more]
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Being a DJ: It’s About More Than Just Beats

July 26, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
What qualifies someone to give themselves a title? A degree, a diploma, a certificate of training? If I can change the oil, change a tire and give my car a tuneup, can I call myself a mechanic? Not really. If I can replace an outlet in my house or wire up a new connection, does that make me an electrician? Probably not. If I buy a set of speakers, a microphone, a controller and hook them up to a laptop full of music; am I a DJ? Apparently so. It's no secret that our industry has a ridiculously low barrier to entry. Many people would argue that there is no formal training to become a DJ. Those people would be partially correct. There is no Un... [read more]
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Is this Funny, Creepy or Just Plain Wrong?

July 20, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
One of the many unwanted hats we wear at events is that of lost and found manager. It's not enough to be the host, entertainer, DJ, lighting designer, photo booth operator, babysitter, the "Your lights are on" and "It's last call" guy and whatever else a venue throws at us. Now we have to make endless announcements about lost wallets, shoes, hats, gloves, false teeth and phones. There always is a certain question of ethics and responsibility to do the right thing with other people's property. Sometimes it might be a little too easy to cross the line, especially when technology is involved. A good question was posted on one of the private... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute Class Time With DJ Hapa And Serato DJ

June 27, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. Quick DJ tips. I get this a lot, where can I go to learn more about Serato DJ? And of course, you have the Serato website with their forms, you have some of my videos and other videos, but my boy, DJ Hapa here at Skratch DJ Academy in L.A. has a four-part series right now that you can sign up for on learning Serato DJ. It's got everything from introduction to stuff a little bit more involved and it looks really cool. I know a lot of people are always asking, where can I go, where can I learn more, where can I buy something or get in a program? And Skratch DJ Academy here with my boy Hapa is a great place to look and a great place to start. So I'll put the URL down here, give you a little link, but seriously a great way to get going with Serato DJ outside of just the tutorial videos that myself and ... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: Add-Ons Really Add Up!

June 5, 2019 by Jason Alexander
In the DJ business, things are constantly evolving. My wife and I own/manage our business Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths, and have run it since 2012. We were both long-time DJs before we even met! I'm approaching 3 decades (yes, decades, since I started when I was a kid) and my wife is approaching nearly 2 decades! We've seen a lot of trends come and go. As business owners, we have to stop and consider the trends and evaluate whether or not we want to be a part of them. DJs seem to always want the latest, greatest new turntable or controller, or light, that just came out. It seems as if DJing has turned into another way of "keeping up with the Jones." DJs like to constantly buy new equipment, and understandably so. Sure, you have to keep up with the trends or get left behind. This brings me to the to... [read more]
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Trans Humanism and Cyborg DJ’s

May 3, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
I've always been a big fan of science fiction and weird stuff. Recently I was hooked on a Netflix series called "Altered Carbon". In the future our "bodies" were nothing more than interchangeable meat suits because we had discovered how to down load the human conscious and transfer it from one shell to another. A new form of immortality. Instead of having a mortgage on a house and car payments, people would pay for "skins" to continue their existence.   Does that sound too far fetched? The Trans Humanist movement has grown tremendously over the last two decades. Their goal is the integration of technology with the human body. Scientists have... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: Prepping for Prom Season

April 6, 2019 by Jason Alexander
Prom season is here and it's about to be very busy, everywhere. We provide Austin/San Antonio prom DJs, Austin/San Antonio photo booth rentals, lighting, games, and much more. Prom season is always very busy for us and for DJs and DJ companies everywhere. With that being said, it's time to prep for the upcoming rush of proms and events. Although you should prep all year long, to stay on top of your game. Whether you're a DJ only, or if you provide many other options for your clients, preparation is always the key to your success. We recently hired a new DJ and I contracted him to work his first prom with us. He had a few questions and it made me realize that it's probably a great topic to write about, since many DJs may be in his shoes, too. He asked several great questions, so I thought I'd write the ques... [read more]
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MBLV23 Checklist – Are You Really Ready To Go?

March 9, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
Mobile Beat Las Vegas 23 is less than a week away. Time to start packing and finalizing all your travel details. At my house we all sit down and make a travel list before we leave on any vacation. I'm one of those people that start packing two weeks early. My wife and daughter usually wait until the night before, which always means last minute runs to Walmart to get something before we go. Hopefully you enjoyed my article in the January issue of Mobile Beat Magazine for first time attendees. Here is a quick packing and planning list to help get you on your way. Travel documents, hotel reservation, Plane tickets, boarding passes, confirmation numbers Credit cards, drivers license, cash ( large and small bills) TSA approved carry on bag and items Rental car reservation and copy of your personal ca... [read more]