Mobile DJ Performance Tips

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

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Portuguese Weddings – A Different Kind of Latin

December 2, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
The 200th edition of Mobile Beat Magazine just dropped. That's amazing in itself. The articles on cultural wedding music are spot on. Although, one area I believe needs a little more clarification is the genre of Latin music. This genre seems to encompass everything from Spanish, Reggaeton, Caribbean, Tex Mex and Brazilian. The truth is that they are all very different in origin, tradition and cultural influence. Although the Portuguese language is Latin based, traditional Portuguese music is very different from what is considered "Latin". Culturally, old style Portuguese music or Fados sounds more Italian or Greek than Latin. Mo... [read more]
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MILESTONE: MOBILE BEAT #200

December 1, 2018 by Dan Walsh
MOBILE BEAT #200 - NOVEMBER 2018 This Is How WE Do It: Events from All Over Inside this milestone 200th issue of Mobile Beat you'll find a helpful collection of ideas, advice and observations on the topic of multicultural or intercultural or ethnic wedding receptions. We've packed a lot of practical tips into this one, so take a close look to see if there's something you can use in service of your next client looking to celebrate their heritage. We also profile DJ Whit Taylor, who has blazed her own unique path as a leading DJ in the Middle Eastern party capital of Doha, Qatar. And back in North America, Kevin Freese takes a virtual "road trip" a... [read more]
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Cyber Monday – 3 Items That Will Improve Your DJ Skills

November 25, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
Now that you've recovered from the orgy of food on Thanksgiving Day and survived the malls on Black Friday; it's time to set your sights on Cyber Monday. Arguably the busiest shopping day of the year. Most of us are probably hunting for specials on audio and lighting. Those shiny new pieces of equipment meant to dazzle our clients and make us look like the best DJ in the world. Don't be distracted by the squirrels! Invest in something that will last you longer than a fifty foot XLR cable or new LED bar. Your education. What new training manuals, books or DVDs are you planning on getting to improve your knowledge and skill as a DJ? Did that thought even cross your mind? I've put together a list of three training tools you should definitely add to your library this holiday season.   read more]
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If You Book It, You Own It

November 7, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
No one likes to be taken advantage of, right? Have you ever booked a gig only to have the client want to change what is expected without changing the price? How often have you received these messages: "We're extending the event an hour, you don't mind staying do you?" Or "Do you mind bringing microphones and sound for the musicians?" How do you handle a repeat client that suddenly wants to rearrange their event but pay the same price as last year? Many of us fail miserably in these situations due to one simple error. Lack of ownership. I still get surprised by how many DJ's do not complete an in depth contract with their clients for each event. I re... [read more]
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MOBILE BEAT #199 – OCTOBER 2018

November 2, 2018 by Dan Walsh
MOBILE BEAT #199 - OCTOBER 2018 What's In Your Toolbox? So, my nightmare is over... OK, that may be an overly dramatic way of saying that this issue is out AFTER Halloween due to difficult circumstances for this one-man magazine production team. It's no reflection on my great freelance writers, who work very hard to hit the deadlines I give them and do their best to make my job of editing a lot easier than it could be. If only I had a personal clone or two in MY toolbox... In this issue, some of those writers answer the cover question, with either actual physical implements or tools of the more metaphorical kind. I'm sure that, despite its tardi... [read more]
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Want to Improve? Being Coddled Isn’t The Answer

October 24, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
Happy Wednesday friends and welcome to another edition of "This article was inspired by a Facebook post!" In today's story, we examine a local post by a new member of a DJ group who shares a photo of his ceremony setup and asks to be critiqued. Now, this takes a lot of guts, and in reality, the DJ definitely needed some guidance to tidy up his work area a little. But what struck me as strange, however, was a DJ who began commenting on the photo saying things like "You guys make me laugh! Leave him alone!" and "You do you man, don't listen to DJs!" Listen, the internet is a tough place as it is, and I'm all about increasing the overall le... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: Find Your Niche & Find Success!

October 11, 2018 by Jason Rubio
When it comes to the DJ & wedding/event business, there is certainly no shortage of vendors! It seems as though every month, new wedding/event vendors are popping up, ready to begin their journey into the wedding world! In our area, the Austin Wedding DJ market certainly has no shortage of DJs and DJ companies. In the Austin, Texas area, there are over 150 professional DJ companies! Factor in all the DJ companies and solo DJs who do not advertise as much, or are on Facebook only, Craigslist, etc., and there are hundreds of more DJs in the business, right here in our area! On top of that, the Austin photo booth rentals market is increasing in competition, as well. It goes without saying, this is the same for just about every wedding market! So how do you stand out in a crowded market, full of new compet... [read more]
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How To Make Use Of Torrent Sites As A DJ And Why VPNs Can Help

October 8, 2018 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
The Potential Advantages Of A Torrent Tracker It is common knowledge that most torrent sites are associated with illegal content sharing, which determines entertainment media producing companies and governments to hunt them relentlessly. On the other hand, these can also be viewed as free sharing platforms that can be used for granting fast and convenient access to your artwork to a large group of people (and potentially even for advertising by using samples from your tracks). Indeed, there are examples of torrent services enabling, for instance, sharing of scientific data or other types of bulky data. Additionally, torrent websites can serve as an online place for collaboration between DJs, where they could share primary material needed to assemble or enhance their tracks or to create their mixes. Anyone ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Stay Off Facebook/Twitter During Your Wedding Or Events.

September 13, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. I've got about 30 minutes before I begin and I wanted to bring up social media at your wedding. It is totally cool to do check-ins. In fact, you should. You should let people know what's going on, you should let people know that you're busy, you should let people know that you have a wedding and where, but during the wedding, stay off Facebook. Don't tweet the bride looks goofy, don't tweet the groom is drunk. At the end of the night, if you took pictures, post them, put a review of your wedding, let people know things went really well, this was a challenge or that was a challenge or I played this song and it was a really good song. Be helpful to DJ's, clients, whoever sees your social media connection, especially clients, because they probably follow you or find you an... [read more]
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Why You Should Master Your Mixing Fundamentals

September 12, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
If you've ever watched a DMC DJ competition you've most likely been as blown away as I have by the crazy amounts of talent that the participants possess. From behind-the-back scratching to intense tone-play routines, the DJs seem to always have fresh new ways to mix, transition, and blend the tracks they use in their sets. As mobile DJs, we may not have as many opportunities to utilize such radical mixing techniques in our dance sets, but I contend that the fundamentals, such as beat-matching and understanding phrasing, are some of the most important skills to master. In most circles, it goes without saying that for someone to be considered... [read more]