Mobile DJ Misc

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

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Smart DJ Tips: 6 Tips for Being a Great Master of Ceremonies (MC)

September 6, 2018 by Jason Rubio
What is an MC? Ask any DJ and you'll get a variety of answers. First, let's start with what an "MC" even means. Some will say it's for a "Master of Ceremonies," others may say "Mic Controller," and others may say "Mic Chief." In a way, these are all correct. For me, however, I believe an MC is a Master of Ceremonies. An MC is not only a host, but also controls the event flow and timeline. Yes, a coordinator may be present, and you may have the timeline, ahead of time, but it is up to the DJ/MC to ensure that the event flows as the client wants it to, especially if there is not a wedding planner or day-of-coordinator, present. So do all DJs also serve as an MC? It depends on the DJ or DJ company. Some DJs will say "I don't MC" and I don't make any announcements, at all." This is quite surprising to me, as a... [read more]
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More DJ Studio Organization Ideas – Tool Boxes And Cable Hooks

August 27, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
Good morning everybody. I wanted to show you some of the things I'm doing for organization. I've been working on this for a long time, trying to get all my DJ stuff in places where I can actually find it. Here are one of several toolboxes I've picked up. I got this one at a rummage sale. It's a snap on. It's missing some parts, but it's a cool little box. Drawers slide real nice and easy. Paid $15 for it. And I've incorporated it into one of my baker's racks here in the dungeon. Got all of my hard drives in here. Remember that pace maker? That was a long time again. SD cards, flash drives. Those kind of things are going to go in this top drawer. Down here I got one remote in here. But this is going to be all of my little remote controls. They're all over the house. They're even in the living room side table ... [read more]
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It’s a love affair – DJs and card games

August 16, 2018 by Mobile Beat
[caption id="attachment_117148" align="alignleft" width="468"]Photo by lasvegasvegas.com / CC BY SA-2.0 Vanessa Rousso is one of many DJs with a passion for poker[/caption] I’ve noticed a real connection developing recently between DJs and that good ol’ card game - Poker. Whether they’re cropping up in professional tournaments or indulging in a good game or two on tour, there’s no doubt in my mind the DJ’s are really drawn to this classic form of entertainment.  So who are the players that wind down from the decks by playing a hand of Texas Hold ‘Em?      Steve Aoki Steve Aoki is definitely up there as being one of the... [read more]
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Don’t Wait, Act Now

August 15, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
As I wrote the title of this article, I realized it sounded like an overly loud used-car-lot radio advertisement. Annoying spokesman voice aside, the call to "act now" has important consequences beyond its use in marketing. Whether we are setting goals for our company, choosing a training or education, or even just taking a quick note at an event, deciding to act now in lieu of procrastinating and potentially forgetting something is an important skill to learn. It's happened to all of us. We are at an event and suddenly a brilliant idea comes to us. Perhaps it's a song that we realize would fit perfectly with a certain playlist. Maybe it's a new way of phrasing an announcement or preparing for our next event. Whatever it is, the idea comes and, instead of acting on it immediately, we attempt to store it in... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: Why Your Google Business Page Ranking Matters, A LOT!

August 8, 2018 by Jason Rubio
When it comes to the rules of just about any business, there are three things to remember: Location Location Location For every business, location matters, a lot! Just a few years ago, brick and mortar stores were dominant and your actual physical location mattered a lot. Now, it's all about online presence. Particularly with Google, which has about 75% of the search engine traffic. Others such as Yahoo, Bing, and Baidu (search engine in China), hold a large audience at around 5-10% of the search engine traffic. Baidu is actually gaining ground, too! For now, let's just focus on Google and Yahoo/Bing. For the most part, Google is very dominant in the U.S. You have to give it to Google for their marketing and branding campaign. When your brand becomes a "verb" in the English language, you're d... [read more]
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How to define success in your business

August 2, 2018 by Vanessa Joy
I believe, when you’re not taking the time to identify your why and where, you’re setting yourself up to waste time running in circles and ultimately chase the wind. It truly is different for everyone. We all have a different vision for our life long-term. Some kind of idea of what we’d like our lives to look like, even if it’s only in small pockets of clarity. If you want to start a business, I don’t think you need to make a business plan. Business plans can take too long to create, stifle creativity, and get outdated too often. But, you need business goals to know what you’re working toward. To find out where you want to go, you have to figure out for yourself what success looks like to you. To YOU. Not to the DJ you admire. Not to your friends. Definitely not to your family. I love family... [read more]
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Being an Optimistic DJ

August 1, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
The world abounds with negativity. The news, for example, is a constant stream of information that is mostly centered around murders, fires, and scandals. Another place you'll find a seemingly infinite supply of negativity are Facebook DJ groups. Just two days ago I posted what I considered to be an extremely happy post centered on the growth of my company and the powerful impact the Mobile Beat DJ conference has made on my life. Sure enough, within a few comments, a DJ began to attack the credibility of certain trainers and conferences, and without provocation. I can't consider myself immune to being negative at times. When I first moved into my market, like many DJs I exclaimed multiple times "There's just no way I can earn (insert large sum of money) here!" Why does this happen? Why are some people so q... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: Considering Quinceaneras

August 1, 2018 by Jason Rubio
When it comes to DJing, not all DJ gigs are the same. I'm pretty sure you're already aware of the huge differences in pay and expectations between club/bar DJs and wedding & private event DJs. Bars versus private events are literally night and day! Today, I want to discuss a private event that is similar to a wedding, in many ways, which are Quinceaneras. First of all, you may not be aware of what a Quinceanera even is. Basically, it's a special celebration for when a girl (usually of Latino or Hispanic origin) turns 15 years old. There are ceremonies that take place, a church mass (usually Catholic), and of course a fun party with dinner and music! That's where a DJ comes in! If you want more details about the ceremonies of a Quinceanera, check out my article What is a Quinceanera? So now you may ... [read more]
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Quit Hesitating

July 25, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
If you're like the majority of the DJs I know (myself included), you hesitate when it comes to making certain purchases or steps in your career. Whether it's a new set of speakers or a pass to Mobile Beat, you like to wait until the moment is just right before pulling the trigger. In your head, you say "I'll buy those as soon as I do 3 more events" or "I'm going to get started as soon as I get this other aspect of my business taken care of." Don't feel bad, it's human nature. There have been countless times I've put off taking a significant step in my business because I was nervous, hesitant, or just plain lazy. My plea to all of you today is to stop waiting to take the next step! A perfect example comes from my own business. A year and a half ago, I purchased the 1% Solution DVDs from Randy Bartlett. I'm ... [read more]
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Pledging Allegiance – By Joe Bunn

July 23, 2018 by Joe Bunn
One of the things that I am going to be talking about at Mobile Beat Las Vegas is the concept of loyalty amongst the DJs that you hire. The word “loyal” is defined as “giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution.” That is exactly what you want from your staff. You want them to support your mission, your goals, your way of doing business. You want them to embrace it as if the company is their own. If they’re not on board in that way, cut them loose. Team players are crucial to the success of any business, not just a DJ company. Continue reading the rest of this article and find the full issue... [read more]