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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Pay For Light Rentals With A Replacement Bulb.

November 22, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This, as you can see, is a Source Four Junior. Use it to do Gobos, monograms, whatever you have to show. I borrowed this from a local DJ and this is what I traded for the borrow. This is a brand new replacement light that cost me $22. So I borrow his light, I get the Gobo cut, I take it to the event, I use it, I replace the bulb with a brand new bulb just in case I need it at the event, I do my event. So instead of renting the light from a service, I just called around, found a DJ I knew had one, said, can I borrow your light? I'll give you a brand new lightbulb when I return it. He said, yeah, that sounds like a good deal. So the DJ tip in under a minute today is if you need something specialized, like a Gobo light, special dance light, see about borrowing it, see about ... [read more]
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ADJ Expands Popular AV Series With New ‘AV2’ High Resolution LED Video Panel

November 21, 2018 by Mobile Beat
ADJ has expanding the extremely popular AV Series of LED video panels with a new model that offers the highest resolution in the range so far. Each of the flexible AV2 panels features a configuration of 3-in-1 RGB SMD2121 LEDs with a dense pixel pitch of 2.97mm (0.17”) allowing for vivid video display and a low minimum viewing distance. With a brightness of 1000NITS and black face LEDs for outstanding contrast, the AV2 features a pixel density of 168 x 168, which is equivalent to 112,896 per square meter. It offers a wide viewing angle of 160-degrees (horizontal) and 60-degrees (vertical – up and down) from a minimum viewing distance of just 9.75ft. (2.97m). This makes it ideal for use in situations where impactful large screen displays are required but that can be viewed from close up as well as over ... [read more]
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How To Handle A Bad Review Part 2

November 20, 2018 by Mitch Taylor
how to handle a bad reviewThis week we’re covering specifically what I should have done differently from a bad review I received in the past about an employee. I should have listened before I spoke. I got one side of the story and did my own research and went off half cocked on the client when I should have just calmly invited them into the office to have a conversation about things in a peaceful way after both parties had calmed down. My team member had her side, the bride and groom had their side of the story, and the truth of it all lied somewhere in the middle. I didn’t give an option for the real truth to come out, and it became a ... [read more]
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What I Learned At Aliencon

November 16, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
I've always been fascinated by shows like Ancient Aliens, Oak Island and Expedition Unknown. These shows demonstrate that history isn't written in stone and the world is still full of wonder and new discoveries. When I found out that Aliencon was coming to the east coast I just had to go. Luckily, my 50th birthday was in September and my wife got me a Gold Pass as a birthday present (she's a keeper). I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived. Would the convention be about exploring new ideas and learning about new discoveries? Would it be a big tin foil hat parade? Fortunately it was more about the former and less about the latter; although ... [read more]
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Competitors or Friends Part 2

November 15, 2018 by Mitch Taylor
Looking back I was cocky and arrogant...which was probably why Lee gave me the time of day (because that's exactly how he is :) )  We chatted that day on the phone and arranged a meeting for when I came to the UP in about a month for some other job interviews. We met, became fast friends and Lee was my agent for the first several years of Taylored Entertainment's existence while I got my feet underneath me in the area.  There are quiet leaders and there are leaders who are a bit more noticeable. Lee is, in regards to this industry, a quiet leader. But what about those who write/speak/blog/create content for the DJ indust... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Where I Get My Liability Insurance.

November 15, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This is WeDJ. People have asked me where I get things, this is where I get my insurance. I have a listing. You can get a free listing, it doesn't allow for insurance or you can upgrade to the -- I think the least expensive is bronze. I pay $40, $49 a year and that allows me to get discount insurance. So I use my liability insurance for all the venues that ask for it through WeDJ. I've had the account on WeDJ for probably 10 years and I've been using it for my insurance for probably three or four years. No problems, give me the $1 million liability insurance. It varies, because you can add gear to it. So I'll say rough estimate you're paying about $200 to $300 a year for your insurance. Some sites demand it. So it is invaluable. If you're a professional, you get insurance ... [read more]
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Deviating From The Plan

November 14, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
Last night I had an amazing wedding. The bride and groom were super fun-loving and had invited well over 250 guests to their celebration. The ceremony was held outside in the courtyard, with the guests standing "in-the-round." When I first met with this couple, I went through my normal planning process, asking about their favorite and least favorite songs and artists. They simply told me "We trust you to do what you do best. The only thing we don't want is for a song to go on longer than a minute or two." I was super happy with that - I love quick mixing and consider couples like this to be my "golden couples." As we got closer to the wedding, they ended up gathering a sizable list of potential song suggestions from their many guests, with they shared with me. Many of them were great songs that I would be... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: How Much Should You Charge to DJ New Year’s Eve Events?

November 13, 2018 by Jason Rubio
A question that often comes up is "how much should I charge for New Year's Eve gigs?" This is a very common question, and not a question that is easy to answer. The real answer is, it ultimately depends on you and how much you want to charge. A lot of DJs that are brand new will DJ for next to nothing, just to get gigs and get their name out there. I get it, you've got to get your name out there to get more experience, but to be honest, doing gigs for next to nothing gets old, very quickly. We've all been there at one point, but my advice is, don't stay there. Walmart has made a huge business out of being the lowest priced option. Everyone knows that you can save money buying from Walmart, but now, even Walmart is suffering since someone beat them at their own game. Ever heard of Amazon? :) These business... [read more]
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Peavey Electronics® Celebrates 2018 Ahhyeah AMPLIFY DJ Champions

November 13, 2018 by Mobile Beat
MERIDIAN, MS — Peavey Electronics® celebrates the winners of the 2018 Ahhyeah AMPLIFY DJ Championships. The winners were crowned on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 in front of a packed house at GoldBar night club in Lower Manhattan. This year, Unkle Chip successfully defended his reign as DJ Champion, and walked away with a prize pack worth more than $3,000. Philadelphia’s DJ Domino came in second place and New York City Champion FIINEST placed third. Ahhyeah AMPLIFY gives highly skilled DJs a platform to showcase their skills, battle and gain notoriety. Unlike other DJ battles, Ahhyeah has a creative format that seeks to find the DJ that has pe... [read more]
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How To Handle A Bad Review

November 13, 2018 by Mitch Taylor
how to handle a bad reviewHow To Handle A Bad Review People say the best teacher is experience. This is true, and especially true for dealing with a bad review. I think if you’ve been in business for any length of time you’re bound to have one or two. It’s not about getting one although there’s something to be said for the level of preparation one can take to avoid a bad review. It’s about how you respond to it both publicly and privately. I’ve had a bad review of an employee before and I wouldn’t say that I handled it in the best way possible. Now hindsight is always 20/20, and I certainly would have handled it differently.... [read more]
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Competitors or Friends What Do You Want Part 1

November 8, 2018 by Mitch Taylor
Competitors or Friends - What Do You Want? The year was 2002.  My wife and I had just had our first born, a son named Hunter.  At that point I took stock of my life and made the (hard at the time) decision to move our family from where we had built a life in Metro Detroit to drop roots in either the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or my home state of Maine.  It took a LOT of discussion with her and I together to make the decision and was a hard choice but IMO in the end it was the RIGHT choice for us. I LOVE Maine...but more as a place to say where I'm from and visit. So the U.P. of Michigan it was.   After that decis... [read more]