Mobile DJ Misc

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

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19 Things You Can Do This Fall To Improve Your Business

September 1, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
September in New England usually means wedding season is starting to wind down, school dances are back in full swing and it's time to think about Holiday parties. After a busy summer season it's a good idea to look around your office and catch up some things you've let slide. There's equipment to be fixed, things to be cleaned, social media and marketing to catch up on, etc. Time to switch gears a little. Here is a really spot on list of ideas from a marketing website I follow. I firmly believe that to truly grow your business, you need to digest content from a variety of sources. I came across Josh Pather on Instagram a few months ago. Not all of h... [read more]
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I’ve Never Really Been a PC Guy

August 26, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
I'll bet that at least half of the people that read the title of this blog thought I was writing about computers and the other half thought I was writing about political correctness. The previous statement clearly demonstrates two important miscommunication principles. 1. Misinterpretation and 2. Not saying what you mean. The folks that guessed political correctness would be right (I've never owned a Mac, but I do have an iPad, iPhone and two iPods). I admit I swear like a sailor on shore leave and I'm sarcastic to a fault. Ask my wife. Maybe it's the generation I grew up in or maybe I'm just getting old and grumpy (more likely) but I was rais... [read more]
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Do DJ’s Make Great Lawyers?

August 16, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
First, I would like to apologize to any disc jockeys that actually are lawyers. This blog isn't really about you, but it does pertain to you. There was a good discussion on one of the several thousand DJ forums I belong to about DJs offering legal advice or stating something is against the law without offering any proof. These strands start off innocently enough with someone posting a question about the rules on using a particular piece of gear at an event or about music, files, streaming or sharing. The strands quickly devolve into regional DJs stating how one can or can't do that in their market. A good example: cold sparklers. These things are re... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute:second Laptop And Drive As An Aux Player

August 15, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. It's me, DJ Jay here, DJ tips in under a minute, going a little long today. We've got a situation here, we have laptop, we have hard drive, but while this is being used with the two USB ports, you have a controller, I realized I have another track and another hard drive. So I'm going to show you what I do to get around the issue of how do I hook up another hard drive to that laptop? Because for me, if I'm in the middle of mixing and playing music, I don't want to stop. So one of the best cables I've ever bought is that one, it's RCA's to mini. If you do not have this, you need this. So I'm going to plug it into the other computer here and what I'm going to do is I'm going to take the song, I'm going to bring it up to the player and then I'm going to play it from there. So there's the track. What'l... [read more]
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Being a DJ: It’s About More Than Just Beats

July 26, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
What qualifies someone to give themselves a title? A degree, a diploma, a certificate of training? If I can change the oil, change a tire and give my car a tuneup, can I call myself a mechanic? Not really. If I can replace an outlet in my house or wire up a new connection, does that make me an electrician? Probably not. If I buy a set of speakers, a microphone, a controller and hook them up to a laptop full of music; am I a DJ? Apparently so. It's no secret that our industry has a ridiculously low barrier to entry. Many people would argue that there is no formal training to become a DJ. Those people would be partially correct. There is no Un... [read more]
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Is this Funny, Creepy or Just Plain Wrong?

July 20, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
One of the many unwanted hats we wear at events is that of lost and found manager. It's not enough to be the host, entertainer, DJ, lighting designer, photo booth operator, babysitter, the "Your lights are on" and "It's last call" guy and whatever else a venue throws at us. Now we have to make endless announcements about lost wallets, shoes, hats, gloves, false teeth and phones. There always is a certain question of ethics and responsibility to do the right thing with other people's property. Sometimes it might be a little too easy to cross the line, especially when technology is involved. A good question was posted on one of the private... [read more]
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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]