Mobile DJ Misc

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

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What I Learned At Aliencon

November 16, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
I've always been fascinated by shows like Ancient Aliens, Oak Island and Expedition Unknown. These shows demonstrate that history isn't written in stone and the world is still full of wonder and new discoveries. When I found out that Aliencon was coming to the east coast I just had to go. Luckily, my 50th birthday was in September and my wife got me a Gold Pass as a birthday present (she's a keeper). I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived. Would the convention be about exploring new ideas and learning about new discoveries? Would it be a big tin foil hat parade? Fortunately it was more about the former and less about the latter; although ... [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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Have You Found Your Mentor?

November 7, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
I first learned to DJ as a high school sophomore. Responding to an ad on Facebook for some old par cans, I became connected with one of the most well-established DJs in my small town. Wanting to learn how to run a mobile DJ business, I offered to haul his equipment at his school dances and community parties in exchange for looking over his shoulder during the event. As time went on, I received more and more responsibilities and training, eventually reaching the point where I was working for this DJ weekly. He taught me so many things; how to beat-match, how to program great music, how to set up a sound system, and much more. While I was supplementing that learning with dozens of Youtube videos and articles, it was his hands-on training that really locked in my fundamentals. He was my first mentor, and my busi... [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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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Carry Hand Sanitizer And Mints To Your Events.

November 1, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. Check it out, mints, hand sanitizer, two things that I keep in my control at all times, because throughout the night I may shake hands with people, I might drink or eat something and I think two parts of this job is not only good appearance, but also covering yourself. The biggest thing with this one is the fact that I'm paranoid about getting sick. So I'm one of those who always has hand sanitizer with them, guys and it seems to work. Knock on wood, I don't really get sick. So go to your gigs, bring some mints, bring some hand sanitizer, bring whatever you need to keep you fresh and composed. You know, I think we all bring an extra shirt, we all bring an extra t-shirt, we bring this, this and this, but the basic little stuff we forget. So hand sanitizer and mints, DJ ti... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Comfortable And Reliable Dr. Marten Shoes.

October 25, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, proper footwear. Believe it or not, that -- those are my Doc Marten oxfords. I've been wearing Doc Marten shoes to events for about 16 years now. Some of you may or may not know before I started my own company, I was lead DJ for a yacht company. Boats are made of steel, steel vibrates and that's what we stood on. So I would do just about five to seven events a week standing on steel vibrating for four to five hours and I found that I, fortunately, don't have any back issues. So I credit it with these bad boys. I don't know how well you can see them, but the Doc Martens. They don't go great with suits, but they're very comfortable with the aerosol and I think it helps dramatically. So DJ tips in under a minute.   ... [read more]
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DJ Spen And Genesis Jones New Music

October 23, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
This month I interviewed House legend Sean Spencer (DJ SPEN) about Hip Hop, House, Gospel and his new track "Love Sensation".  Growing up in Baltimore Sean started spinning in the early 1980's at age 13. By the time he was twenty, Sean had already been in several groups, released a few albums and recorded the original version of the hit " Girl You Know it's True". He currently owns several record labels including Spiritually Sound and Quantize. Look for my full interview with Sean in Mobile Beat Magazine and check out his new track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld5sKxIv5y4   Next month look for my interview with rising po... [read more]
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The Power of Suggestion: Are You Creating Your Own Problems?

October 17, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
Humans are very susceptible to suggestions and first impressions. The way we meet a new person can create a lasting thought in their mind that can be difficult to alter or remove. Our own perceptions can be changed by the slightest mention of a subject that triggers a negative memory, and the same can be said for our clients. In fact, there are many ways we can influence our clients without even realizing it, and in doing so we create problems for ourselves that never existed in the beginning. One of the most prominent examples in my mind is during the music-planning portion of our consultations. Everyone has seen a bad DJ at work and no... [read more]
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I’m Still Cool, Right?

October 4, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
Time has a way of creeping up on you. One day you're out rocking events, living life and "BAM", you're 50. A half century is a blip on the cosmic scale, but for humans it's a milestone. When I was small, my parents had a black and white TV and we used to listen to Wolf Man Jack on AM radio. Car seats were optional and we played with toys instead of video games. Atari came out when I was a in the eighth grade and I learned to drive on a 5 speed.    Reaching a milestone like fifty makes you think and reflect a lot. Not so much on where I've been, but where I still want to go and the things I want to accomplish. The clock is ticking , always ti... [read more]
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Digging For Nuggets: Finding Great Information in a Sea of Content

October 3, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
There is so much amazing, free educational content available nowadays. Whether you want to learn how to replace your vehicle's alternator or unclog your kitchen sink, there is undoubtedly a YouTube tutorial or online article addressing the problem. When we talk about becoming a better DJ, MC, and business owner, there is an equally impressive and overwhelming amount of information available for us to enjoy. With so many topics being covered repeatedly, how do you continue to improve and learn from these resources? Let me give you an example. One of my favorite podcasts is the PHDJ podcast with Joe Bunn and Mike Walter; I listen to it re... [read more]