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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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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Spotify For On And Off Line Music

July 18, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This one is a new service -- not too new, but new to some of you, maybe -- called Spotify. Now, Spotify is a music service. You can go on and play songs, pick out music, play them, make a playlist, do whatever you want, but the big thing is this, it's this $10 per month program, their premium service. It not only lets you play songs off your playlist whenever you want, but the big thing is right here, you can even listen when you're offline. So you put together a playlist of music, you go to a gig, you've got music in an offline player, you can now pull it up if you had to. And certain programs will run this, i.e., DJ 2 uses this. So if you have an iPad, iPhone, you have DJ 2 on it or you have a DJ 2 controller, you can now use Spotify offline. So check it out, Spotify, i... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Back Up Folder From An External Drive Serato

July 11, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This one is about Serato and drives and music. If you look down here, you see I have a crate called backup. I always use external drives. Every time I do a gig, it's on one of these bad boys, an external drive. So I decided that if the drive goes down, I need something internally. And since I don't carry really any music on my laptops that go to gigs, because it's all external, I'm going to make a backup file, I'm going to fill it with probably 2,000 to 3,000 songs and put it onto my desktop so that when I'm out in a gig, if the drive should go down -- hopefully it won't, but if it did, I'd have music immediately ready and going. Now, a lot of people will say, I only use internal, that's cool, I only use external. So it's not a give and take, it's really what you prefer. ... [read more]
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5 Reasons To Get Your Kids Into Music

July 10, 2019 by Mobile Beat
You might hear one of the other moms rant and rave about their kid’s music program. They are watching their kid learn and grow as they progress through the basics, and the future looks so bright. I’m sure this sounds at least somewhat familiar, but you need to know something. It’s never too late to get your kids involved in a music program and they are generally easy to find. Say you live in New York city and your kid is showing an interest in playing the saxophone. How can you help your kid learn the saxophone? By going to google and typing in,  “Saxophone Lessons NYC,” and finding them a program. Now that you know how to find your kid lessons for their musical instrument of choice, let’s look at 5 reasons you should make that search and get your kids into music. 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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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Mark Ferrell Com

July 4, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This is Mark Ferrell. There's his name. He has a program called the MarBecca Method. It's a training method, comes in, I believe, gold, bronze, silver, might even have platinum different levels DJs go and attend this. They learn all the intricacies and ins and outs of being a better DJ, a better speaker, a better MC and most importantly, a better entertainer. I saw him speak in Las Vegas in 2000 and it was captivating. It has to do with being a respected professional individual and being a great entertainer as a DJ. So his technique and his thoughts are a little bit different than what you might be accustomed to, but it is well worth going over his website, reading it and maybe signing up to get something like his Getting Your Worth seminar. I am going to, because I need ... [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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The Top Music Festivals in Maine for Summer 2019

July 2, 2019 by Mobile Beat
Summer is upon us once again and so are music festivals that are meant to draw big crowds and give everyone the time of their lives. While Maine isn’t usually thought of as the best place to go for music, the fact is that it is a hidden gem in the world of entertainment. That’s why we’re going to check out the top music festivals for Maine coming in Summer 2019 so you know where to go and what to expect. Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival The first musical festival that you might want to see if you’re in Maine this summer is the Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival. This one features the Bluegrass genre of music, so it might not be for everyone. Even if the music is not your cup of tea, there is plenty to do for all the people that come. Arts, crafts and food typically appear in the crowd and you ... [read more]
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How to Choose the Right DJ For Your Wedding

July 2, 2019 by Mobile Beat
What do you think your guests will remember most when your wedding is over? The first thing most guests say when asked about a wedding is whether they had fun or not. That means the atmosphere of your wedding is what will impact yours and your guests’ memory of your big day. Guess who controls the environment? The DJ!! Choosing the right DJ can make or break your wedding. Hiring the first DJ available for your wedding is far from the best way to choose the right DJ for your wedding. Once you have the right DJ booked for your wedding, you can really have some fun focusing on other parts of your wedding planning. Pr... [read more]
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DJ SEO Tip: Do Paid Ads Help SEO?

July 1, 2019 by Matthew Campbell
Ahhh.  I have your attention!  After more than a year of SEO tips, my articles will be moving toward PPC tips.  However, as I test new SEO strategies, I will definitely update you on what works for better search results in Google.  Getting back to the original question, does PPC help SEO?  The answer is - YES!       [caption id="attachment_125069" align="aligncenter" width="777"]PPC ads example PPC ads example[/caption] Side note: you may notice that the paid ad at the top of the screenshot above is Thumbtack.  FYI, Thumbtack is owned by Google. How can PPC help your brand in search results? First and foremost, you need to unders... [read more]