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Networking Beyond Mixers

August 21, 2017 by Stephen J Clayton
We’ve allllll been there; we want to make connections and create meaningful relationships within our industry, but we don’t know where to start. So we go to mixers and various networking events. If you’re new to business, you’re probably feeling a whole lot of anxiety and nervousness before walking into that mixer. If mixers aren’t your cup of tea, that’s ok! There are other ways to make long lasting meaningful connections that go beyond handing out your business card.
  1. Attend seminars: Seminars are a great alternative to mixers because not only are you going to be learning valuable inf... [read more]
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Dealing with D-Bags

August 21, 2017 by Joe Bunn
I truly believe that, as DJs, we have one of the best jobs in the world. I love my job, and if you don’t love doing this, I suggest you seek another form of making a living. But, there are times when we have to deal with certain things that say a bank teller might not have to. In this blog, I want to talk about dealing with three types of folks that we will simply classify as “d-bags” since they told me I couldn’t cuss in these post Drunks. I’m not going to lie, I love to see an open bar at an event that I’m DJing. I think “social lubricant” truly helps people drop their guard and get out on that dance floor. However, it can also lead to dealing with jerks. The best way I’ve found to handle these people is to first address them directly. If they are in your face, requesting bad songs o... [read more]
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DJ Lighting Help – Why Most Fixtures Don’t Come On Right Away

August 21, 2017 by Brian S. Redd
So I got a real good question on Facebook the other day. Somebody who is brand new to DJ'ing and lighting is asking me, how come my light fixtures don't come on right away when I power them up? So every fixture acts a little different. I'll try to give you a little explanation on this. For demonstration purposes today, we're going to use this 18J PS1000 [ph] controller, probably from the late '80s, early '90s, because it's a simple on and off switch. It's basically hit the switch. The outlet in the back powers up and the fixture comes on. I used one of these for quite a few years. So let me show you a fixture that comes on right away when you power it up. It's this little 80J effects beam [ph]. Oops, there we go. Look at that. I hit the switch, it comes on immediately. Now, this thing can strobe and do all ki... [read more]
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Over the Top!

August 21, 2017 by Arnoldo Offermann
You want big money? Seriously. Do you want to make big money as a DJ? You need big gear! So buy buy buy! Ok, I gotta be honest with you; that sounded like the worst sales pitch ever, but it's also the worst advice ever.. Kinda. Buying gear nonstop is a bad idea, especially without a business plan. However, gear really can be a big key to making more money. Sure, everyone's case is different, so I'll tell you my story and hopefully you can apply these principles to your business. When 4SchoolsOnly first started, we barely had any gear compared to now. Three 10' sticks of truss, some ADJ Pocket Scans, the ADJ Color Pod 250s and we had a badass show. We added two 5x7 video screens and we had a whole new market. Sure, there were other companies in Florida hitting schools with similar gear, but we h... [read more]
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The Element of Surprise

August 20, 2017 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
The “unknowns” at the events are terrifying. From a microphone suddenly failing, to the one drunk interrupting guest at an event, these unexpected situations can cause a nightmare for even the most seasoned professional DJ. But the question is, what can you do as a DJ to better prepare for these unknown circumstances and what can you do to turn each circumstance into a powerful and positive situation or what I call a “tool?” In this next part of my series, I will discuss the three steps in taking a problem, any problem and turning it into a valuable tool that will enhance your event. Before we get into the steps of this process, it is imperative that you understand a critical component of this discus- sion, NONE of the circumstances that surprise you are genuine surprises. That’s right, your m... [read more]
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Beyond The Beat: From DJ To Expo Producer

August 18, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
While attending the Mobile Beat DJ Show in March, 2016, I had the pleasure of sharing some chat time with Mike Anthony Mireles, a Mobile DJ/MC/Entertainer from Houston, TX. Our conversation was essentially a volley of random thoughts about to how DJs can expand beyond operating a DJ service. At one point, Mike referred to DJ’ing as an “entrepreneurial playground.” How true. When I think of all the people I have met during the years that I’ve been associated with the international DJ community—I am consistently impressed by those who have taken a giant leap of faith and have landed in a position that they themselves may not have realized as possible. The Force Behind The Photo Booth Expo read more]
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Finding A Record Pool: RPM Top Hits USA

August 18, 2017 by Eric Rhodes
In this series of weekly articles, I take a look at some of the more popular record pools, or music pools, available to DJs. There are plenty to choose from. Knowing the different features and personality types of each pool will help you decide where to get your music. This week’s pool is RPM Top Hits USA. Check it out: (Note: I am not an employee of RPM Top Hits USA or any other pool service that I review. I am simply a professional DJ giving an honest and positive assessment of these companies with the goal of helping out my peers. Also, I’m not a VJ, so don’t dive too deep into that aspect of these services, but will definitely mention if a particular pool offers video services.) About RPM Top Hits USA RPM has been in the record pool industry since 1970. They provide music, not only for r... [read more]
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Mackie Thump Comes Out Redesigned and Redone!

August 18, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Atlantic City, NJ – August 14, 2017…  Mackie today launches the all-new completely redesigned Thump Series Powered Loudspeakers – Thump12A, Thump15A, Thump12BST, Thump15BST and Thump18S. The new 13000W Thump Series delivers more power and reliability than ever, plus a host of convenient features like built-in mixers, speaker modes and much more. Totally new for the Thump Series are two Thump Boosted™ models, the 12″ Thump12BST and 15″ Thump15BST. Equipped with advanced digital mixers, wireless control, streaming, and linking capabilities, Thump Boosted offers more versatility and configuration options than ever before at such an affordable price. “Redesigned from the ground up, the new Thump Series speakers are our most flexible and powerful Thumps ever,” remarked John Boudreau, Mackie VP of... [read more]
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Mega Sound & Lighting – Over The Top with Mobile Beat – Free Issue Online Now

August 17, 2017 by Mobile Beat
This issue hits popular subject from a bunch of angles: How much is too much? Be over-prepared or lean and mean? We look at how to scale your offerings and your productions to the right spot for you and your clients. Enjoy, Ryan Burger Publisher - Mobile Beat In this Issue   The Element of Surprise - Todd Mitchem Over the Top! - Arnoldo Offermann How to Avoid Overkill - Trevor West Multifaceted Music Man: Curtis Whipple - Michael Cordeiro Managing Cyber Security Risks - Mark Battersby Size Matters: To Scale Up or Pare Down? - Stu Chisholm Networking: All About Giving - Matt Martindale On-the-Spot Networking Skills... [read more]
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Roland Corporation U.S. Partners with BPM Supreme on Exclusive Membership Offer

August 17, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Los Angeles, CA, August 14, 2017 — Roland Corporation U.S. today announced its exclusive new membership offer in partnership with the fast-growing digital record pool BPM Supreme. U.S. customers who register their newly purchased Roland DJ-808, DJ-505 or DJ-202 controllers are now eligible to also register for three free months of BPM SupremeStandard (typically $19.99 per month). BPM Supreme Artist Relations and Partnerships Manager Raj Thomas said, “Our objective is to provide top-quality music for professional DJs, and we're eager to work with partners like Roland to help bridge the divide between beginner, working, and professional DJs t... [read more]
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Artistry Part 2

August 17, 2017 by Mitch Taylor
This week we continue the second part of our article on Artistry with the 3rd and 4th of our words, Props and Inspiration Your props are your microphone, sound equipment, lighting, photo booth...whatever you can use to your advantage to help create whatever  it is you want to create.  Your script once again is time.  The finite time that a couple has that evening in which to tell their story and the days that you and they have leading up from after they hire me until the day they say I do.   Your inspiration should be your why.  Why do you do what you do?  Love of people, music, money (evil necessity and certainly IMO should NOT... [read more]