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Every Waffle Needs Syrup

June 26, 2019 by Jay Maxwell
One of my favorite breakfast treats is a waffle. When I order breakfast at a restaurant, I often order waffles. If there isn’t syrup on the table, the server will usually ask what flavor I’d like. It would be silly for me to order just syrup, but a waffle without syrup is downright bland. It’s the syrup, sometimes maple, perhaps raspberry, or my favorite, blueberry, that brings the waffle to a higher level of enjoyment. Taste buds rejoice when the sweetness of the syrup embraces the tongue. The child in me resurfaces when I pour the syrup on the waffle, because I always ensure that every square indentation of the batter receives its fair share of... [read more]
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Getting There, Part 2: Beyond the Basics

June 26, 2019 by Stu Chisholm
In the first part of this mini-series on mobility (MB #202, Jan 2019, p.26), I discussed the many options that DJs have for bringing their shows to event locations. As I hinted near the end, once you’ve got that great ride, you need to consider what other items you’ll be needing beside your lighting and audio gear. Most are common sense, but I also include some based on real-life (often bitter) experience. Here’s the rundown... VEHICLE SUPPORT Aside from the usual complement of emergency gear that comes with most vehicles, such as a spare tire, jack and lug wrench (although when purchasing a commercial vehicle you may have to buy these items se... [read more]
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Top 5 Songs that Every DJ Can Play to Bring a Crowd to Tears

June 25, 2019 by Mobile Beat
DJs have a lot of power when they are in front of the crowd and making people hang on every note of a song. That’s why DJs need to have a great repertoire of songs that they can bring out to work the crowd. For those musical artists that are going to be employed at a wedding or other place where tender dating is happening, there is a need to have some really weepy songs. Here are five modern songs that any DJ can play to bring the room to a standstill, make people speed-dial their exes, or long for a hug. “Hello” by Adele The first song has to go to the queen of breakup music herself, Adele. The song “Hello” is so famous for its ability to make people stop what they’re doing and reminisce about lost love that there are memes and videos about it. Even SNL had a go at the song to show the pote... [read more]
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State of the DJ Industry 2018 + 2019 Forecast

June 24, 2019 by Matt Martindale
Mobile Beat is proud to present the third annual “State of the DJ Industry” survey, with questions created by, and 2018 data compiled, analyzed and scribed by marketing guru, in-house economics nerd, and Mobile Beat presenter, Matt Martindale (Matt@MattMartindale.com). You may have seen it at MBLV live too! There were a total of 1,016 surveys were completed providing a tremendous amount of data to analyze and interpret. As of press time hard copies of the report are still available. Click here for more info. If you completed the full DJ survey and included your email address, you will receive a free digital copy of the full 21-page report and forec... [read more]
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Platinum People: Turning MBLV Up to 11

June 23, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
This year marked my ninth year coming to Mobile Beat Las Vegas and my first as a staff member. What an incredible experience, to be on the inside and go behind the scenes of the production and execution of the conference. The amount of hours, staff dedication and planning that go into MBLV each year is staggering. This conference really is a labor of love to give the DJ industry a solid, positive platform that helps us grow individually and collectively. Not everyone is going to have the opportunity to be a staff member (thank you Ryan and Dan), but the next best way to maximize your learning experience at MBLV is through the Platinum Pass. Two years ... [read more]
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New MBLV23 People: DJs Rock Vegas

June 22, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
Another successful and enlightening Mobile Beat Las Vegas conference is in the books. Even though preparations for MBLV24 are already in the works, we wanted to get some feedback from first-time Mobile Beat Las Vegas attendees. The number one priority of the Mobile Beat staff is to build upon the success of the previous conference. The goal each year is to load MBLV with fresh ideas and informational content that will help DJs take their performances and businesses to the next level. A big part of that mission is to listen to attendees and add the seminars and workshops that are most valuable to their education. This year the content was exceptional. ... [read more]
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Controlling Considerations

June 21, 2019 by Joe Bunn
I don’t consider myself a “control freak”, but I do like to have a lot of control over my DJ business. However, even I realize there are times when you have to let some of your tasks go and assign them to other people within your company that you trust. Today I want to talk about what you should probably continue handling yourself, and what you can possibly delegate. MONEY I’m going to be honest with you, you have to keep an eye on your money. What do I mean by this? I’m not saying that you have to be the one that sends out every contract and counts every dollar that comes in, but make sure that if you are NOT doing this, you are getting a... [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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The BPM Supreme Mobile App

June 17, 2019 by Staci Nichols
I am genuinely excited about the new BPM Supreme mobile app for a number of reasons. I’m just going to say my one complaint about the app right off the bat, and then I’ll discuss all the stuff I can’t believe I ever lived without! No surprise with a brand new app, but it has been glitchy for me on my phone. You know you really love an app when you power through the glitches to keep using it. Definitely true in my case...and I’m sure BPM Supreme will be rolling out updates quickly to get the app running smoothly. So when you open the BPM Supreme app, you see seven sections: Top Downloads, New Releases, News, Exclusives, Curated Sets, Radio Char... [read more]
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BPM Supreme’s Raj Thomas: “Every DJ Is a Mobile DJ”

June 17, 2019 by Staci Nichols
I had the chance to sit down at the NAMM show with Director of Operations for BPM Supreme, Siraji “Raj” Thomas, and pick his brain. We first met at a ground-breaking event hosted by the online record pool called the Female DJ & Producer Forum. As one of the female DJ panelists for the event, I was given three months of free access to their DJ pool. I quickly fell in love with BPM Supreme and switched over from Digital DJ Pool. Still in recovery from the roof-blazin' industry party BPM Supreme hosted at Rumba Room Live the first night of NAMM, Raj (also known as DJ Raji Rabbit) and I mixed a bottle of orange juice with a travel bottle of white wi... [read more]