Mobile DJ Misc

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

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Capturing video at your event: GoPro vs Cell Phone

July 19, 2018 by Trevor West
Greetings all, its been awhile since i've posted since i'm in the middle of wedding season but i had a few minutes and thought i'd go over an interesting subject that you may or may not have approached yet. using a GoPro or your cell phone for taking pictures and videos, there are pros and cons to using both so I thought i'd cover a little of both. first is to decide whether you want to use a GoPro for filming or using your cell phone, the big issue with the gopro, depending on what model you have, is they tend to have a fisheye view versus a normal flat view with your cell camera. Also, the onboard microphone tends to pickup wind sound really terrible versus your mic on your phone which may or may not pick up any sound at all. remember, this all does depend on what model of phone or GoPro you are... [read more]
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Hey, Those Are My Nuggets!

July 17, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
We are truly blessed to have so many educational resources at our fingertips. Online forums, private groups, networking chapters, Associations and all the major conferences nationwide. There really is no excuse for skipping the vast buffet of information so readily available at our fingertips. DJ education is like the food court at the mall. The choices range from fast and cheap to gourmet and swanky. Sometimes we just need a quick fix and sometimes we want a really great meal. A few major things I've noticed, though. One - everybody loves the nuggets and two - I'm always surprised at how many DJ's try to run and improve their businesses o... [read more]
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Connecting Music to Emotion

July 10, 2018 by Mobile Beat
“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Nietzsche Despite the obvious negative implication this can have for the deaf, this is generally a statement which we can get behind. We've all had moments where music has driven us to strong emotion, to tears or anger, to bring up feelings of love or loneliness, and to help us connect with our fellow man. But what is it that makes music such an effective method of manipulating the inner workings of our mind, of changing or reinforcing our moods? How is it that DJs and other musicians can take advantage of this for a greater impact? In this article, we aim to take a look. The Basics of Recognition To understand the most basic aspects of how music and sound affect our brains we need to take a look at psychology, and specifically how this plays with the ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Things You Need To Survive A DJ Show.

July 5, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. Going to the DJ expo or any show, carry a lot of this, you shake a lot of hands. The other thing is I don't want to take them out, but in my ears are earplugs and I'm going to show you why. It's actually not too loud right here and you'll see in one second that that's all about to change for the worse. So make sure you bring earplugs or else you will go deaf. It is the competition as to who can be the loudest at these shows. So bring earplugs. Come, but bring earplugs. You can get the custom ones that are really good or even the inexpensive ones, just get them. DJ tips, if you can still hear me, in under a minute. ... [read more]
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Exchanging The Good For The Better

July 4, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
Every day, we are faced with dozens of choices we have to make. Some are between good and bad options, but a lot of them are simply between a good option and a better option. Take, for example, my lacking exercise regimen. When I wake up in the morning, I have to choose between walking to my apartment complex's gym to run on the treadmill or sitting at the counter catching up on emails. For the past few months, I've unfortunately chosen the latter, and while it's always nice to have a tidy inbox, my love handles are growing. Both are good options, As the owner of a mobile DJ business, we make a lot of choices each day that impact our companies. For example, as we are driving to an event, how are we using our time? Are we throwing on the radio and tuning out for a few minutes before we have to work, or are ... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: Choosing the Right Generator for Your Outdoor, Summer Events

July 3, 2018 by Jason Rubio
Summer is here, and that means lots of fun concerts, outdoor festivals, boat parties, and more! However, that also means you'll get booked for some of these events and often times, there is no available power source for you to use! Whether you're providing a DJ, a photo booth, photography, or whatever, you'll certainly need power. Many people are completely lost when it comes to knowing which generator to choose for their needs. Luckily, most generator manufacturers know this, so they have plenty of helpful tips on their website, to help you choose the right generator for your needs. For our business, Austin's Best DJs & Photo Booths, we prefer to use a Honda 3000 Watt Generator for DJ or photo booth power. Usually, we'll need a smaller generator, if the photo booth is in a different area, which ... [read more]
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Finding Your Price Point

June 27, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
I don't hesitate to say that I believe the vast majority of DJs are charging too little. Sure, we all may know the occasional tacky DJ who is probably charging too much, but I would say most of the time we fall on the other side of the spectrum. As to what has caused this mass undervaluing of our services I can't say, but I do know that a lot of DJs could be raising their prices and aren't doing so. Once you've begun to experiment with cost, however, where do you finally settle in? I can speak from experience because when I first relocated to the Greater Salt Lake area from my small hometown of St. George, UT I wasn't charging more than $300-$500 per event. It wasn't because I was a crappy DJ, I just simply didn't know any better (and had fallen for the "no one gets $1,000 to DJ here" mentality).  Once I ... [read more]
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DJ Help – Wireless Microphone Zip Tie Hack

June 25, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
Somebody shared this hack with me at Mobile Beat; I wanted to share it with you. We're talking about microphones and how sometimes they roll and a way to prevent this from happening. Here's a wired microphone. When I set this on the table, it doesn't really go anywhere, because the cable's stiff, it's preventing it from turning around in circles. But with a wireless microphone, you got a different story, because you set it down, and it could just roll, it could fall off the table. Here's a way you can prevent this from happening. I haven't tried this yet. We're going to go into the work bench and do a little mod to this microphone. Now, according to the person I talked to, all we need is a zip tie to make this happen. I'm going to go ahead and just start the zip tie right here. Now we have a loop. Forgive me... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Scrim King Table Topper To Stop Your Table From Being A Bar.

June 21, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. Again, live here at expo. We've got totem wraps, you have speaker stand covers, doubles, singles, triples, black, white, but the cool thing here is this, this is a table topper. It goes around your six-foot table. So when people go to put their drinks, oh, I can't, because there's something in the way. I think this is awesome. I'm getting one, because I'm sick of people putting their drinks on my table. And see, you can. So you cover your table up with this beautiful item black or white, unzips from a company called Skrim King, just skrimking.com, I'll put it in the description. But again, a great way to get rid of the drinks and problems on your table, Skrim King table topper, in under a minute.   ... [read more]
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Gear-The Extras

June 14, 2018 by Joe Bunn
Everyone is familiar with the basics that we need to pull of a mobile DJ show-a couple of speakers, tripods, cables, and a coffin with a controller or turntables/mixer inside, but what we really need to be thinking about is all of the extras that you should pack to avoid any emergency/panic situations. In this blog post, I'm going to go through some of the essentials that are always going to be in my van as I head out to do each and every gig. Extension Cords. If you don't have a TON of black extension cords in your vehicle as you leave for a show, shame on you. You NEVER know where you are going to be set up or what the power situation is (unless you have been to that venue a lot and seen the room diagram). I have arrived to do a ceremony way out in a field nowhere near the venue before! Luckily I had two... [read more]