Playlists, Songs & Music Charts

Articles on mobile DJ playlists, song ideas, and music charts ranging from country and rap to oldies and current Top 40.

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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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It Brought Me Here: Music in Gaming

June 6, 2019 by Mobile Beat
If you trawl through the comments under music videos on YouTube, which can be a mind-boggling experience in itself, you’ll often come across series of comments that follow a similar pattern; namely, that a certain advert, television show, movie or video game brought the viewer to the page. Often, this is the case for forgotten artists and remixes, or those who have not hit the mainstream. The viewer has heard a snippet of something they like, then went search of the source on the internet. Video games, in particular, can pick up some bizarre licensing agreements with musicians. It probably stretches back further than you think. Ocean, a now defunct maker of games for Spectrum and Atari, licensed the music of everyone from Frankie Goes to Hollywoodto Journey in the early 1980s. Neither the games, nor the ... [read more]
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Engage your gig’s guests through RequestNow!

May 23, 2019 by Mobile Beat
Today’s DJ industry is more competitive than it has ever been. Engaging with your guests and building your own personal brand are crucial to staying successful and relevant. Traditionally, song requests were seen as a pain. Guests would come over and shove their phone in your face, perhaps spilling their drink on you in the process. People were shouting at you while other guests felt intimidated to approach the DJ booth. There had to be a better way to connect. Cue RequestNow. RequestNow is a modern engagement platform that simplifies the song requesting process while also acting as a DJ branding and marketing tool. RequestNow allows guests to tex... [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: Organizing Music For A Wedding

April 18, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. Another quick tip, I use Serato ITCH and as you can see over here, I make crates for dates, meaning today's wedding is the bottom crate, it says 6-9-12 and this is the crate. Now, the other thing I do is I set it up so I put a color next to the songs that are important. These are all songs that I know I have to play for certain things later in the night, cake, garter, bouquet, things like that. So I find it easiest so I can find them in an instant within the crate. Just a quick 60 second or less tip from me, DJ Jay. So if you find that helpful, do it. Thank you.   ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Check Your MP3 Files.

February 28, 2019 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute. You see these things scrolling past on the screen, these are songs. They are in a program called MP3 Validator. And what this is doing is it's going through and looking and if it sees a problem, it will log it. If it's not a problem, it will say okay. Then I can set it to go back in and fix, if possible, the files that it has found are corrupted. It could be anything from the title, the ID3 tags, what setup as far as the encoding was concerned. I've had issues with certain sites, buying tracks from then and then scanning them and seeing a problem and it will come up on this, because there are certain tracks I've bought on certain sites. There is no problem, just when they were encoded with LAME, it gave a problem. So MP3 Validator, go to Google, find it, it's a free software, I'll ... [read more]
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MOBILE BEAT #203 – FEBRUARY 2019

February 26, 2019 by Dan Walsh
MOBILE BEAT #203 - FEBRUARY 2019 MBLV23 in the Spotlight While we have been including material by or about Mobile Beat Las Vegas presenters in last few mags, this final issue before the event features an extra helping of MBLV23 goodness. Also, some gear news in the form of a NAMM report (part 1 of 2) and a look behind the scenes at the development of Denon DJ's Prime 4. See you in Las Vegas! ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PLAYLIST: SPOTLIGHT ON MBLV23 How to Social Media in 2019 - Vanessa Joy Phil Morse of Digital DJ Tips - Ryan Burger and Dan Walsh The Truth About DJ Prices - Matt Martindale “Ask Ben Stowe... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Free Software For Editting Music.

February 21, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This is a free program called Audacity and I use it to do edits. And what I'm doing right here is I'm cutting out the intro, I have a track. So now I've saved the track, now I'm going to go to the beginning of the track and I've cut out that intro. I can view the track, I can make the wave smaller, I can cut out different bits and pieces, I can add transitions, I can add loops and effects, I can do whatever I want. You can import your audio, you can have fadeouts, you have a bunch of different effects, you can put loops, you can have all these effects added when you put a section in, kind of hard to see. I'll put a link in the description where you can download it, but this is free. It looks similar to other programs that you can spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on,... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Great Site For All Your Music And Video Needs.

February 7, 2019 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute. I don't know where you get your music, but this is a great place to get your music, it has everything. You can get the clean edits, you can get video, you can get various series. This is some of the best money you're going to spend being a professional DJ. It's very easy to go out and get, let's say not the best quality music. The thing I love about Promo Only POOL is the fact that they allow me to download Wavs or MP3s, plus it keeps your history, plus it allows you get access to all different files and it is definitely the sweet way to go. You've got to pay for your music, you can't mess around, the days of the illegal music servers should be done, I know they're not, but just a quick tip, if you need great music, here you go, under a minute.   ... [read more]
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MOBILE BEAT #202 – JANUARY 2019

February 2, 2019 by Dan Walsh
MOBILE BEAT #202 - JANUARY 2019 Get It Started Well, here we are at the beginning of a brand new year. Seems like an appropriate time to look at the idea of "getting started." In this issue you'll find: - Key things for beginning DJs to think about - What first-time Mobile Beat Las Vegas attendees need to know - How beginning with thorough music preparation helped a DJ truly rock a major event - A look at new vehicles for mobiles - because you have to get there first - An insightful analysis of audience dance floor behavior So...let's get this party started! ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief ( PS: Yes, I appreciate the irony of an issu... [read more]