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June’s Mobile Beat Pure Digital Monthly Comes Out Just In Time!

June 30, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Welcome to the first all-digital Mobile Beat issue, coming to you twice and often—monthly—from now on. We hope you’ll continue to enjoy each issue as you read on your computer screen or mobile device. (See below for info on how to access this magazine on any of your devices.)MB171-01 This time we’re taking a look at a few notable trends in DJ technology. Rob Johnson gets us rolling with a good set of arguments for using the latest in software and hardware game show technology, while Arnoldo Offermann shares some of his hard-won knowledge on the ins and outs of lasers. We’ve also included Scott Jarema’s description of the Arria.Live sy ... [read more]
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Joe Bunn

One or Two Staffers?

June 30, 2016 by Joe Bunn
Whenever I meet DJs from across the country (currently I’m writing this while attending ARM DJs in Tennessee), I often ask them, “Do you guys run or two people per show?” I’m always curious about what other companies or other markets do. At Bunn DJ Company, we have always run a one-man show. I’m not saying that’s right or wrong. There are certainly advantages and disadvantages to both. Let’s dig in deeper. I have always done the one-man show thing in North Carolina at my company because from day one, as a 13 year old DJ, that’s what I did. I loaded in the gear, I set it up, I rocked the party, and I loaded it out. If there was an announcement that needed to be made, I made it. When I train my guys, I train them on everything. We start with the basics like how to set up the gear to look its best. Next, we work on music history, what to play when, and some basic mixing. ... [read more]
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9 Secrets of Success

June 30, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Only “9 Secrets” led to the building (and selling) of our first multi-system DJ company. Yes, we sold it on our terms, got paid in full at the closing, and made a lot of money along the way. I’ve also at-martindaleapplied these secrets personally and professionally in different industries. (In fact, we have another business under contract to sell at the time of writing this article!) Sharing these 9 Secrets of Success is truly my passion. Here I’m offering a brief glimpse into my personal journal of success. Before I begin, I want you to know that I believe in you. I do. You are capable of far more than you've ever imagined. A lot more. We all are. We are blessed to be in an industry with the opportunity to “move” people. ... [read more]
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Make your next Grad Party a breeze….

June 30, 2016 by Randy Lehrman
After the craziest May & June in my company's history, I can now take a breath as July simmers down a bit. This was the first time I had seen Bar-Mitzvah season, Wedding season, School Dance-Mania, and Grad Season all crash together, making us not only busy on the typical Saturdays & Sundays, but all the weekdays too... All I preached to my crew this year is that: Grad Parties are a completely different animal than School Dances. Ever think about that?? Sometimes a school dance can be as tough as it gets. You're given your 3-4 hour time slot and you have to get kids dancing the whole time without a break. Just straight music. These are kids who maybe pay $5-$10 to come to a dance, but maybe it's just to socialize; maybe it's to Snapchat the party or maybe, if you're lucky, they came to dance. In my opinion Grad parties can be way easier if you help yourself and your clie ... [read more]
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Simple-Email

How to Book More Weddings With a Simple Email

June 30, 2016 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani
Book Weddings With Email It’s the little things that make a big difference. Especially with EMAIL. It’s incredibly frustrating to get wedding leads by email because it’s like you’re working with your hands tied behind your back. You don’t have your winning smile, that engaging voice, or the gorgeous photos on your website to win them over. It’s just a bunch of black and white text. Blah. But wait… In the black and white boring world of email, a few simple but powerful actions make you stand out from the competition FAST. Wat ... [read more]
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The Psychedelic Wedding Cocktail Hour

June 29, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann
lennon_psychedeliaPsychedelic music is mind-bending, entrancing and perhaps even hallucinogenic. The following playlist emphasizes the Sixties and Seventies with musical acts like the Beatles, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Grateful Dead, the Doors and Pink Floyd, but also includes modern artists including Beck and Bon Iver. We eliminated any tracks that were too dense/long for a private party setting. Ambient DJ continues its tradition of selecting a signature drink for each wedding cocktail hour playlist. Absinthe, aka "the Green Fairy" - a spirit once banned in the United States for its reputed hallucinogenic properties is now legal. Accordingly, we've selected an absinthe-based cocktail invented by author Er ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Try to forecast the weather

June 29, 2016 by Jay Brannan
DJ tips in under a minute, try to forecast the weather. That's the sun, that's my setup. When I started, I was in the shade and as you can see now, I am dead-on in the sun. So don't look at where you're going to be setting up for the time being, look at where it's going to lead to, because as you can see, even though you've got this cover right here, the sun is dropping and the sun will eventually drop right over there. So I'm going to keep the sun going for quite a while. It is 5:20, I expect another couple hours of this at least. So forecast your location for where the sun will hit you later. DJ tips in well under a minute this time. ... [read more]
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Bringing Your A-Game To Anniversary Parties

June 29, 2016 by Staci Nichols
Y ou no doubt perfrom at a lot more weddings than you do anniversary parties. Maybe it’s time for a refresher course? In honor of MB’s anniversary, I’m going to get us all up to speed on DJing odyssey-nicholsanniversary parties! ANNIVERSARY PARTY BASICS A lot of couples celebrating big milestones today (30th, 40th, 50th anniversaries) missed out on 90% of all the hoopla we bring to wedding celebrations today. Most were on tiny budgets and have a lot more change to throw around now. A great way to approach a big anniversary bash is thinking of it as “the wedding they never had.” First, you’ll want to figure out if the couple is hosting the party or their children are (it’s typically one or the other). If the couple ... [read more]
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WeddingHorror

Wedding Horror Story: Pass The Potatoes Please

June 29, 2016 by Tony Barthel
Ron Ruth of Ron Ruth Weddings in Blue Springs Missouri was just at the start of his WeddingHorrorcareer as a mobile DJ when he faced one of the challenges no DJ, party guest or other vendor wishes to face. After the bride and groom had a glorious grand entrance and the best man celebrated them with a brilliant toast it was time to enjoy the meal. Being a buffet, Ron released the wedding party and then the immediate family to enjoy the meal they had been planning for so long. It is customary to invite older guests, particularly grandparents, to a celebration such as a wedding and it’s something they really look forward to. If your days are not as full as they were in your working years, a wedding celebration is an exciting ... [read more]
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Mike Buonaccorso Has Left the Building—Sort of…

June 28, 2016 by Robert Lindquist
In this interview, Mike Buonaccorso, co-founder of Mobile Beat and architect of twenty Mobile Beat odyssey-buonaccorsoLas Vegas Shows, reflects back on the last 25-plus years in a discussion with the other original co-founder, Robert Lindquist. Between the two of them, they have seen and shaped much of the history of the mobile DJ industry during the magazine’s two- and-a-half decades and the two decades of the trade show / conference. Mike gave up his “official” show producer position following the 2016 MBLV event, having spent 15 years as co-owner, and another 10 as an employee of the new management when the magazine changed hands in 2006. B L : How did you first get involved with Mobile Beat? M B : As you know, in t ... [read more]
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Mobile Beat Digital Editions Downloadable

June 28, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Available exclusively to Digital Plus subscribers who get the option of downloading the digital editions of Mobile Beat Magazine.  All other Djs have the option of seeing them within the Mobile Beat App (http://www.mobilebeat.com/app) or accessing them online in Digital Editions (http://www.mobilebeat.com/digital-edition). (more…) ... [read more]