Mobile DJ Misc

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

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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]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Power Cable With Light.

April 4, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under 60 seconds, AKA one minute. This is a yellow power cord. A lot of times I get events where I'm outside or I have to go over grass or sidewalks or something. And even inside if it's too far and it's going to get in the way of people, I love this cord, because black and yellow is caution and I use black Gaff tape. Now, the beauty of this cord is this, and I'll move into a little bit of the darkness so you'll see, when this cord gets power, this lights up. So if I'm outside and I plug into some weird power supply behind someplace through the bushes, through the trees, I know immediately if I have power. Then I can start stringing. So my initial cable I love having this, again, because it's yellow and because it's my power check. So get a yellow cable with power check. Thank you for wa... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Buy Speaker Covers To Protect Your Speakers.

March 14, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under 60 seconds. This is my speaker, trying to show you all the sides of it. Show you the shape it's in, because it looks absolutely brand new and it's not, it's two years old. If you look up close, you don't see any marks or anything. That's because I spent money on these. These are bags. They didn't have bags when I bought my speakers. So I had these made by a company called Tuki. They zip, they're water resistant, they're padded and the speakers go in them at every event. So they go from the garage to the van, out of the van, into the gig, out of the bag and back in the bag, back in the van, back in the garage. So if you don't have bags, get bags for speakers, they'll thank you for it, they will look good and new and people will be impressed with your appearance, under 60 seconds.... [read more]
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BPM Supreme Launches BPM Supply, a New Online Store for DJs

March 13, 2019 by Dan Walsh
BPM Supreme Launches BPM Supply, a New Online Store for DJs BPM Supply is a new online boutique created by BPM Supreme offering exclusive apparel and essential DJ accessories. Austin, TX, March 13, 2019 – BPM Supreme, a leading music delivery website for professional DJs, has announced the launch of their new online store, BPM Supply at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals. Offering both BPM Supreme-branded merchandise and DJ accessories, BPM Supply aims to offer the DJ community a one-of-a-kind, boutique inspired online shopping experience. “The idea for Supply began because of the popularity of the... [read more]
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MBLV23 Checklist – Are You Really Ready To Go?

March 9, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
Mobile Beat Las Vegas 23 is less than a week away. Time to start packing and finalizing all your travel details. At my house we all sit down and make a travel list before we leave on any vacation. I'm one of those people that start packing two weeks early. My wife and daughter usually wait until the night before, which always means last minute runs to Walmart to get something before we go. Hopefully you enjoyed my article in the January issue of Mobile Beat Magazine for first time attendees. Here is a quick packing and planning list to help get you on your way. Travel documents, hotel reservation, Plane tickets, boarding passes, confirmation numbers Credit cards, drivers license, cash ( large and small bills) TSA approved carry on bag and items Rental car reservation and copy of your personal ca... [read more]