Mobile DJ Performance Tips

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

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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]
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The Impact of Small Business Ownership on Your Physical & Mental Health

June 8, 2018 by Jason Rubio
This week has been a tough week in the news, lately. Two celebrities committed suicide, this week. Kate Spade, and today, we learned that Anthony Bourdain also was found dead, by suicide. Both of these celebrities seemingly had it all. To be honest, I have always said that my dream job would be to have Anthony Bourdain's job! When thinking about suicide, or mental health issues, most people don't consider very successful celebrities in the "at-risk" category. Everyone wants to be successful and "make it to the top." So when people who have made it, commit suicide, it's hard for many people to understand. We often think how can someone who had everything, do this? We have to understand that mental health issues can affect everyone and no one is immune to these issues. Owning your own small business, s... [read more]
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Serve, Don’t Sell – By Matt Martindale

May 26, 2018 by Matt Martindale
Every DJ can be great if they remember one simple thing: Life is a performance—just like your actual performance at an event—and YOU are in charge! You have a role to play, and if you are true to yourself, and you know who you are, then that role becomes second nature. You know what you want. That allows you to tap into an inner resolve because you never have to change who you are. In Mark Sanborn’s book, The Encore Effect, he talks about what it takes to ensure a consistently fantastic performance in every aspect of your life. In fact, “every remarkable performance: • Moves us to act. • Makes us feel good. • Causes us to laugh. ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: How To Find Your Next Phrase Point To Mix.

May 24, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, mixing. I'm going to link a video from Bobby [sic] Blends, Blends Gone Wild that I just watched. In the description on this one, that's the one you really want to watch. This is just getting you into it. If you're new to mixing, you've got to deal with 32 beats, 8 bars equal 1 phrase and you mix on phrases or begin your mixes on phrases. So what I did was I set cue points. I simply got to the very beginning of the song, set a cue point and then in Serato, ITCH or Scratch Live, I hit this button that says 32. That's a 32-beat loop. At the end of it, I set another cue point and it's just so I could listen through and see what it sounds like in each phrase. So if you're new and you can't find the phrase, can't find the spot to mix on, try this as a trick, start setting 32-be... [read more]
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It’s OK, I’m Portuguese

April 26, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
Recently a post on a DJ page caught my attention. A younger DJ was looking for music ideas for a Portuguese wedding he had coming up. The bride and groom were of Portuguese heritage, but not really familiar with the traditional types of music. So the DJ figured he would reach out for some input. What he got was a ton of misinformation. Many of the replies suggested playing Latin or Brazilian music. Others suggested Reggaeton or Caribbean music. All wrong. It was obvious that none of the people posting suggestions knew anything about the Portuguese culture. This is where we fail. If you are going to do ethnic or culturally diverse weddings, you... [read more]
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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]