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The Fall/Winter 2016 Dance Playlist by DJ Gregg Ambient

December 10, 2016 by GreggHollmann
Give it Up – Nathan Sykes f/ G-Eazy (pop) – enjoy this glittery Jamiroquai-esque production Let Me Love You – DJ Snake w/ Justin Bieber  (dance) Closer – The Chainsmokers w/  Halsey (EDM) Girls Like – Tinie Tempah f/ Zara Larsson (dance) Bailar – Deorro w/ Elvis Crespo (a great EDM / Merengue track) 24K Magic – Bruno Mars (pop/funk) The Greatest – Sia (pop) Millionaire – Cash Cash & Digital Farm Animals f/ Nelly (performed live at the recent DJ Times DJ Expo in Atlantic City!) (dance) This Girl (Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners) – Kungs (dance) Fade – Kanye West (R&B / House) Starboy – The Weeknd w/ Daft Punk (pop / electronic) One Dance – Drake (R&B) Safari – J Balvin f/ Pharrell Williams, BI ... [read more]
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The night I was blown away by another DJ

December 10, 2016 by AaronDemarest
After 23 years and hundreds of events later, you would think that I would have all of the experience I would ever need to be successful. But then, 6 years ago I met some of the best mentors a DJ could ever have. It wasn't at a convention or in a DJ chatroom. It was right in my own backyard and I was blown away by all of them. You see, I started DJing when I was 14 years old. As the story goes, I had a rock band in high school and my father was kind enough to finance a sound system for us. And as it is with many high school bands, we broke up not long after. So I was left with this 800 watt Peavey powered mixer and 2 monster speakers and noone to play for. My father had given me an ultimatum. He said you've got ... [read more]
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The Blues Wedding Cocktail Hour (Volume One)

December 9, 2016 by GreggHollmann
blues_cover_photoBlues is a genre and musical form that originated in African-American communities in the "Deep South" of the United States around the end of the 19th century. While there's no reason for you to be singing the blues at a wedding celebration, blues is a distinctive and pleasing musical genre. It's also the foundation for many modern musical styles including rock n' roll and jazz. Our DJ Marti Gras (Martin Valcin) recently performed at a wedding where the couple requested a generous portion of deep blues music. Marti Gras brushed up on the genre and compiled over 400 tracks. In this playlist, he shares some of his favorites. Representative artists include Howlin' Wolf, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker. ... [read more]
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Have you met Blizzard’s HotStik™ 5 COB Mini

December 9, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Waukesha, WI. - Have you met Blizzard’s HotStik™ 5 COB Mini? It’s everything you love about the original HotStik™ 5 COB in a smaller, ½-meter package! HotStik™ 5 COB Mini is a baton style 5-in-1 RGBAW LED fixture powered by 6x 25-watt high output RGBAW COB LEDs. You know what that means? Insanely bright, super rich colors! This fixtures 5-in-1 RGBAW LED’s provide a vastly increased color gamut and drastically reduced multicolored shadowing versus conventional LEDs. Programming is a breeze with the HotStik™ 5 COB Mini’s large LED control panel. Other features of this fixture include PowerCON®  compatible power in/out connectors, 3-pin DMX connectors, an awesome array of built-in color macros ... [read more]
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Increase Your Response Time to Increase Sales!

December 9, 2016 by Jason Rubio
In today's world, everything is immediate. We have instant messaging, chat, text messaging, smart phone apps to make everything faster (cabs, reservations, purchases), drive thrus, same-day delivery, and many other tools that create the culture of immediate, instant gratification. This also creates a culture of impatience. Think about it, when you're at home, or even at a coffee shop, and you're using wifi, and the internet is slow, it feels like forever, waiting more than 3 seconds for a website to load! After 3 seconds of waiting, most people will stop and try another website! Don't believe me? Look at the picture below, which is from a study by Ramesh Sitaraman, a computer science professor at UMass Amherst.  After just 2 seconds, the abandonment rate phenomenally increases! ... [read more]
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Have Fun While Working for Yourself and Your Family

December 8, 2016 by DigiGames
Iam writing this article from the Carnival Conquest. My wife and I sail today for the next eight 175-10-11days. I have had a lot of conversations with my friends who have “real jobs” lately about holiday travel, vacation, days off, kids off from school, and all of the FUN things associated with the next few months. There is a common theme: Many of my friends are stressed out. They don’t have enough time off. They can’t visit all their family. They don’t have anyone to watch their kids during break. They don’t have enough money for the extra things that come with the holidays. No bonus this year and times are tough. You get the point. As we boarded the cruise ship today my wife said, “We sure are lucky.” I quickly reminded her ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Have you taken an Improv class, or thought of it

December 8, 2016 by DJJay
DJ tips in under a minute, I spoke with somebody today and they mentioned something about training as a DJ. And I asked them, do you mean about music or crowds or reading? And they said, no. Have you ever thought of improv? And I'm like, why? And they're like, they just took a business course for their MBA that included improv and they said it really helped a lot as far as them running the show when speaking in public and being able to think on their feet and have quick responses. And I thought, wow, as a DJ, I'm always put in a position where I have to think quick, I've got a mike in my hand, this probably wouldn't be the worst thing to look into. So I just did a quick Google search and I see it's offered in business courses at MIT, Duke, UCLA and Stanford and that's kind of a cool thing. So I'm going to do a little more digging, but if you've done something, please comment down here. ... [read more]
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Creative Bridal Show Strategies

December 8, 2016 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani

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If you go to a wedding show and do simply do what everyone else does, you’re not going to stand out.

That’s how you blend in. That kind of defeats the purpose, right?

WARNING: if you really want to get noticed, it means being different. It means taking a chance on something that might not work and ... [read more]

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Mini High Output LED Linear Wash with Pixel Mapping Effects

December 7, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Waukesha, WI. - Have you met the smaller, cuter version of Blizzard’s PixelStorm™ COB? We call this one the PixelStorm™ COB pixelstorm-cob-mini-1Mini.At just ½ -meter long, the PixelStorm COB Mini is powered by 6x 25-watt high RGBAW COB LEDs that make for a super powerful wash with pixel mapping effect capabilities. This fixture’s 5-in-1 RGBAW LEDs provide vastly increased color gamut and drastically multicolored shadowing compared to conventional LEDs. However, the best thing about this mini fixture is it’s individually controlled LEDs that produce mind-blowing chase effects! At just ½ -meter long, the PixelStorm COB Mini is powered by 6x 25-watt high RGBAW COB LEDs that make for a super powerful wash wi ... [read more]
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The Photo Booth Phenomenon – Rob Savickis

December 7, 2016 by Mobile Beat
175-6-7The last 10 years have been an exciting time for the photo booth industry. In 2006 photo booths at weddings were a novelty, if not a rarity. Some people had them, but one did not expect to go to a wedding as a guest and walk away with a photo booth strip. Fast-forward to 2016 and by some reports, the majority of weddings now have photo booths. Photo booths are now an essential part of the whole wedding experience. Without them it would feel like something is missing. Some people say that photo booths are a fad, but that could not be farther from the truth. The continuing growth of the photo booth phenomena can be traced to four main factors that transformed the industry: 1) Advancements in computer, software and printer technologi ... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Horsing Around

December 7, 2016 by Tony Barthel
It is not uncommon for a bride to have Cinderella dreams of her wedding. After all, you get to wear the big dress, theoretically the guy in the rented tux is Prince Charming and all the guests certainly dote upon the bride. It’s probably the WeddingHorrorclosest any of the majority of the world ever get to feeling like a celebrity. So with those Cinderella dreams come some very interesting implementations. A good friend of mine was the DJ for a wedding where the bride’s big dream was to arrive at the wedding ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage. Doing so would certainly evoke images in the minds of guests of the young lady with the glass slipper and this was one of the big dreams our bride had in her mind. Of course she ch ... [read more]