Mobile DJ Misc

Articles on miscellaneous mobile DJ topics ranging from DJ attire to contracts.

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Preparing For Your Last Gig Ever: Richard Mills Go Fund Me Page

July 10, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
Have you thought about when your last DJ gig would be? Have you envisioned walking off the stage and packing up for the last time? Do you have your DJ career and retirement mapped out? What if "life" just came in and trashed all those plans and dreams? Have you and your family prepared for something like that? That dreadful scenario is happening right now for one of our DJ brothers. In 2017 Richard Mills (who hails from the kiwi nation of New Zealand) was dealing with life, marriage, kids, bills and a busy DJ schedule when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. He pressed on and with the support of his ... [read more]
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MOBILE BEAT #207 – ONLINE NOW

July 3, 2019 by Dan Walsh
An Upbeat Mix It often proves difficult to pull together enough material to bring you the themed issues that we usually produce. In this issue, however, we let go and just let the chips fall...and ended up with some interestingly related articles. While there isn't one main topic in focus, there is definitely a positive perspective evident all around. Thanks for reading, and we hope you enjoy a little lift as you do! ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief Click here or the cover to the right to read now! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PLAYLIST: GEAR, ETC. Getting There, Part 3: At the Venue - Stu Chisholm Mixware: A New Phase - Kevin Freese ED... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Tuesday Night Music Live

June 20, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. I know I've talked about these guys before, they're friends of mine, I do a lot of videos with them, it's John Young over at the Disc Jockey News. But he has this new feature on Tuesday nights live that he's doing with Brian S. Redd. They're doing a twohour chat session, I caught it tonight and it's all about music and what are you playing and tonight's was songs for your dance floor from 2001 and it's a Tuesday night live music thing. And then over here, they've got a chat session going and it's actually really, really cool. It was great to talk about old music, great to hear about this stuff and it's live and it's a different year or decade every week. And the cool thing is we do all these shows and we want to learn, we want to see things and this is just a continuatio... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Fiverr For Voice Drops And More

June 6, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This is a site called Fiverr. They've got a lot of things going on, but if you notice in the search box, I have DJ drops and that is because I can go on this site and get all these different people, men, women, accents, no accents to do drops for me. So I've got a gig coming up in the next two weeks and I need to get a couple DJ drops done. Now, I could call one of the many DJ drop companies out there and they do a good job, but $25, $35, $40, whatever probably still worth it, but I just want to get a quick voice drop. So for $5, I think I'll go for it. Now, if you look up here, you see graphics, design, digital marketing, writing, translation, video animation, all sorts of cool stuff. This is Fiverr. By the way, did I mention everything costs $5.00? So need something do... [read more]
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The Great Ice Cream Truck Music Controversy

May 17, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
It's no secret we live in a world where the "PC" culture runs amok. Everything is offensive. Everything "triggers" someone. Statues, flags and historical markers are being torn down and removed from public view at an alarming rate. Some for good reason and others for reasons a little more obscure. The music industry hasn't been exempt from scrutiny either. There has been much debate lately over playing songs from artists like Michael Jackson and R. Kelly - not because they wrote songs that are particularly offensive or racist, but because of actions in their personal lives. Whether or not they've actually been convicted of a crime in a court of law has no bearing on the court of public opinion. 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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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Towel Over The Bumper.

May 2, 2019 by DJ Jay
Hey, everybody. DJ Jay here and I am at an event. This is part of a new series I'm doing called DJ tips in under 60 seconds. So got my van here, you see that really pretty towel, the point of the towel simply because I get dirt on the back of the van. Even if I just washed the van, it doesn't matter, because underneath there's dirt. So what I do is I keep a towel in the back, every time I get to a gig, I let myself put the towel over and bingo, I load in and out that way. So this is your first under 60-second tip. And just to show you, this is the actual van, this is the actual gear, you see everything in the background, speakers and then there's cases here and it's a nice case, the whole nine yards. So I'm now going to move it all over here onto my rock-n-roll cart and off I go. Thank you for watching. &n... [read more]
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More Pub Than Club

April 25, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
Spring is here and wedding season is almost in full swing for many of us in colder climates. Time to go through all our wedding gear and test everything. It's also time for a playlist tune up. Like most of you I have a ton of crates built up with wedding playlists covering all the relevant genres and music styles. Each spring I go through and update those crates with more current song choices and weed out less popular tunes. A few years ago I wrote an article for Mobile Beat Magazine focusing on using acoustic versions or different arrangements of popular songs to shake up your playlists and create a different vibe for your weddings. I wrot... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Drinks For A Wedding

April 25, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. Sixty-seconds or less tip. This is my beverages of the evening, I've got a Rock Star sugar free, two Powerades, the reason being that I don't eat at weddings. I'm not saying that you shouldn't eat at weddings; I'm saying I don't. Because I don't. I bring things like Powerade that has electrolytes and carbs and all that good stuff with me. I find it just lets me focus, stay hydrated, the whole nine yards. Now, if you eat during your weddings, cool, go eat. I just don't, because I'm working through dinner, I'm picking different music to try to bring the crowd kind of up towards the end of the meal and it's just my thing. I'd be happy to explain the incident that happened about 10 years ago when I was eating out of the room and the music stopped. So since then, no eating for me. Do what you would like... [read more]
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Happy Easter

April 19, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
Next to Christmas and Thanksgiving, Easter is one of the biggest family holidays of the year. Religion aside, most families put on their Sunday best and spend the day celebrating with egg hunts, tons of food and desserts. Easter also means the beginning of spring and the start of a new busy DJ season (at least in New England). Soon there will be proms, weddings, field days and graduation parties. We go from zero to slammed in a weekend! The renewed busy season also brings the welcome opportunity to see industry friends you haven't worked with in a while or seen since the last bridal show you did. Sometimes those reunions can be bittersweet when you find out a colleague or banquet person you enjoyed working with passed away suddenly. I unfortunately experienced that recently. A friend of mine who helped ... [read more]