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Rise and Fall Part 3

September 18, 2018 by Mitch Taylor
Ryan Leaf was able to use some of the same strategies he was taught to move from civilian life to celebrity status in the NFL to move him from being a convict to being a contributing member of society in a positive way. The strategy required for both of these paths is persistence. Persistence is never giving up. Persistence is keeping your eye on the ball and the goal at hand when the whole world around you is trying to distract you from your goal or keep you from achieving it. I can think of no better song to embody this than “Tubthumping” by Chumbawumba from 1997. “I get knocked down…but I get up again…and you’... [read more]
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Wedding DJ Marketing Tips Made Easy By Terry Lewis #10

September 15, 2018 by Terry Lewis
Cont. from last week… 2: I don’t need to collect data, if they like me, they’ll get in touch and book me I use to think like this, but the reality is, most won’t. Yes, it happened a few times, but I soon realised the truth that brides may well have liked me at the fair and taken my marketing material home with all the others, but what if my card or brochure got lost and could not be found when the bride was ready to contact me? I’d have no choice but to say goodbye to my lead even if the bride was intent on booking because what I effectively did was abdicate the responsibility of the booking to the bride when I should ... [read more]
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Ego and Advancement Part 2

September 13, 2018 by Mitch Taylor
Ego Advancement Mitch Taylor Taylored SalesThis is continued from last week's article of Ego and Advancement Part 1. After our workshop I reached out to this young man to get feedback on the training he had received.  He raved about his experience, was very satisfied and one statement he said was very telling of many of us in the DJ industry when it comes to advanced level training.  When asked why he chose to take the workshop after the initial backlash on Facebook he told me that he took the workshop because he realized he had to humble himself and admitted he needed help in this area and that's why he took the worksho... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Stay Off Facebook/Twitter During Your Wedding Or Events.

September 13, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. I've got about 30 minutes before I begin and I wanted to bring up social media at your wedding. It is totally cool to do check-ins. In fact, you should. You should let people know what's going on, you should let people know that you're busy, you should let people know that you have a wedding and where, but during the wedding, stay off Facebook. Don't tweet the bride looks goofy, don't tweet the groom is drunk. At the end of the night, if you took pictures, post them, put a review of your wedding, let people know things went really well, this was a challenge or that was a challenge or I played this song and it was a really good song. Be helpful to DJ's, clients, whoever sees your social media connection, especially clients, because they probably follow you or find you an... [read more]
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Why You Should Master Your Mixing Fundamentals

September 12, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
If you've ever watched a DMC DJ competition you've most likely been as blown away as I have by the crazy amounts of talent that the participants possess. From behind-the-back scratching to intense tone-play routines, the DJs seem to always have fresh new ways to mix, transition, and blend the tracks they use in their sets. As mobile DJs, we may not have as many opportunities to utilize such radical mixing techniques in our dance sets, but I contend that the fundamentals, such as beat-matching and understanding phrasing, are some of the most important skills to master. In most circles, it goes without saying that for someone to be considered... [read more]
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Rise and Fall Part 2

September 11, 2018 by Mitch Taylor
Some may call this a girly girl song – but the lyrics help put things into perspective. The song is “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera. “You are beautiful in every single way…words can’t bring me down.” In life, in sales, in our businesses we can be seemingly crushed by just one rejection from a potential client, a tense contract situation or even worse a lawsuit. In times like these you will certainly feel the fall of your business and sometimes possibly your life. In times like these it’s important to have perspective.   First, take stock of where you are. As one of the more infamous Internet memes... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: 6 Tips for Being a Great Master of Ceremonies (MC)

September 6, 2018 by Jason Rubio
What is an MC? Ask any DJ and you'll get a variety of answers. First, let's start with what an "MC" even means. Some will say it's for a "Master of Ceremonies," others may say "Mic Controller," and others may say "Mic Chief." In a way, these are all correct. For me, however, I believe an MC is a Master of Ceremonies. An MC is not only a host, but also controls the event flow and timeline. Yes, a coordinator may be present, and you may have the timeline, ahead of time, but it is up to the DJ/MC to ensure that the event flows as the client wants it to, especially if there is not a wedding planner or day-of-coordinator, present. So do all DJs also serve as an MC? It depends on the DJ or DJ company. Some DJs will say "I don't MC" and I don't make any announcements, at all." This is quite surprising to me, as a... [read more]
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Ego and Advancement Part 1

September 6, 2018 by Mitch Taylor
Ego Advancement Mitch Taylor Taylored SalesEgo and Advancement Are you letting your ego get in the way of advancing in your DJ career or business? Are you struggling in a certain area of your business?  Every professional that I know from athletes to business moguls have had a coach or mentor at some point in their life who has helped them get to a certain goal.  Our industry is permeated with people who feel they don't need coaching and I hope, dear reader, that you are not one of them. Maybe you're at a crossroads in your business and this will be the catalyst to help you take action.   Recently I began providing a... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Check The Seating Chart And Arrangement For Your Events.

September 6, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. Ask your clients to send you the seating arrangement. Why? Because you see way back there the cake, there's a good 25 feet between the tables and the cake. So today, even though I'm not a fan of it, and I can explain that in another video if you want, I have speaker over here with a light for safety and a speaker over there and guess where my table is, that's right, I'm right there. Maybe you noticed the table right there; maybe you noticed this table right here. What you're noticing is the photographs that aren't going to happen, because that speaker's now in the way of that table. Again, speaker, table. So if they had sent me the seating arrangement, and I had asked, my own fault, I would've known to say, is it possible to give me 5, 10 feet in front of me? So future,... [read more]
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Unfamiliar With A Music Genre? Here Are Some Music Discovery Tips

September 5, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
Whether you're a new DJ who is just starting to build his library and musical knowledge or a veteran baffled by a client's music requests, music discovery is a large part of our job. A lot of my events (mostly weddings) involve the same general styles of music, and I'm able to dip into the same playlists repeatedly to fill out my dance and background sets. A fair amount of my clients, however, have completely unique tastes in music that I'm not nearly as comfortable with. Here are a few ways that I've learned to fill out playlists for artists and genres that I'm not as familiar with. Spotify The streaming king, Spotify has a pretty a... [read more]
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Pioneer DJ Announces New Portable XDJ-RR Controller

September 5, 2018 by Dan Walsh
TORRANCE, CA, (September 5, 2018):  If you want to make the transition from playing at home to performing at parties, bars and eventually clubs, our new XDJ-RR 2-channel all-in-one DJ system for rekordboxTM is the ideal solution for you. The system inherits all the basic features from our club-standard NXS2 set-up and packs them into a lightweight, portable body that’s easy to take to parties and gigs as you progress through the DJ ranks. The XDJ-RR offers you flexibility, so you can practice and perform however you prefer. It’s compatible with our professional performance application rekordbox dj (license included) but if you don’t wan... [read more]