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The Art of the Pre-Gig Pump Up

July 26, 2017 by Jeff Heidelberg
I have played countless songs in my career as a mobile DJ. I have had gigs that have been dead and I have had gigs that in my mind, have shook the world. Yes there are plenty of factors that play into the success of the gig but I want to focus on you, the DJ who is playing the songs. If your energy is not up, then you have no right to complain about a dead gig. In the world of self-improvement, the first hour of being awake is often called “The Golden Hour” This is the hour they say to work towards your dreams and be inspired to set your day in motion. Well as a DJ, I say the time we have before our gig is “The Golden Song”. The time with ourselves that can put us in the best mindset before arriving to a venue. The difficult aspect of a Pre-Gig Pump Up is that everyone’s pump up will look d... [read more]
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The Zen DJ

July 12, 2017 by Jeff Heidelberg
Air traffic controllers, Super Bowl Referees, DJs. What do these have in common? They are some of the coolest jobs in the world but they all carry stress. Strangers and friends often comment that I have the best job in the world as a mobile DJ. Yes without a doubt I can say I am very fortunate to play in some of the most beautiful venues and work with some of the most inspiring people in the city but these friends and strangers don’t see the stress that comes with our profession. Hopefully most of you have some way of relieving stress. Whether it is fitness, vacations or just yelling into a pillow, a simple action can help us gain clarity and calm ourselves down. Although I am not a psychic, I have a feeling that some of us have unhealthy forms of stress relief. Alcohol, cigarettes, social media or ev... [read more]
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The Gear I Wish I Would Have Bought Earlier

July 5, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
When I first began to DJ, I knew that I was going to be investing some hefty money into the equipment I was going to use. What I wasn't counting on, however, was becoming a total gearhead, blowing way more dough than I should have on every cool light, cable, and gadget that popped into my Google searches (don't deny it, you've got the bug too). Looking back now, I've come to realize that many of those purchases, while fun and interesting, have spent more time on their shelves than at events. However, there are some pieces of gear that, while less glamorous, have given me so much utility that I wonder why they weren't the first things I bought when starting out. In no particular order, here's some gear that I think every DJ should buy as soon as possible. A Rock N Roller Cart If you buy nothing else on ... [read more]
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Cruise Expose Part 3- The Cruise Director

June 30, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
The November DJ cruise is coming up quick. If you haven't booked already, why? This cruise on board the Carnival Sensation is going to provide the perfect mix of seminars, networking and relaxation. What could be better than sneaking off to the Caribbean for a week and writing it off as a business expense (talk to your accountant of course)? In this segment of our cruise ship entertainment expose I go behind the scenes with Carnival's most requested Cruise Director Reverend Doc E (Eversen Bevelle). Carnival Cruise lines has several different size ships in it's fleet. On the smaller ships the roles of cruise director and entertai... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: The Morality Police And A DJ, Extended Version

June 29, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. It's sort of a statement video. I got into a discussion with a DJ the other day about this song, because I've seen it in a bunch of middle school videos, sweet 16s and all that and this is the part I have a problem with. And I've got a thing about having 16-year-olds, 12-year-olds, 14-year-olds that are yelling when the DJ plays the track that says, "Where are my alcoholics, let me see your hands up." I know it's fun, I know it's a party song, I just personally think it's a bit inappropriate. Now, after everything that's gone on in the world, this one I don't know that I'll ever play this one again when it comes to doing an event. This is "Pumped Up Kicks." It might be a great song, the kids might like it, the kids might know it, but talking about somebody with a gun and... [read more]
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Ready to Play, Come Rain or Come Shine

June 17, 2017 by Stu Chisholm
So, this happened: A banquet facility here in Michigan built a gorgeous, landscaped outdoor pavilion specifically for wedding ceremonies. When my helper and I arrived to provide PA, I was impressed by the thought that went into it. There was a bar-like area that served as a DJ booth for weddings, or an actual bar for, say, an evening outdoor patio party for the golfers at the club. With a pergola overhead and a two- circuit outdoor electrical box close by, it seemed like an ideal situation. But then the dark clouds rolled in. HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN...AND AGAIN Setting up my outdoor ceremony rig for the wedding scheduled in a half an hour, I ... [read more]
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Keep On Trucking?

June 16, 2017 by Mike Ryan
In the movie Forrest Gump the title character says (shortening the common phrase), “It happens!” Well, “it” happened to me back in March, while traveling to and from Las Vegas to exhibit at the Mobile Beat show with my company, Frankenstand. I rented a 24-foot Penske cargo truck, this being the “smallest” truck with a lift gate for moving pallets. After loading my show product, I headed to Los Angeles to pick up three pallets of Wade Novin’s speakers for his Novin Audio booth and continued my trip to Sin City and the Tropicana hotel-casino. Halfway through the Mojave Desert I stopped to fill up the truck’s fuel tank with diesel. ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Thank You!!!

June 15, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. This is video number 101, I believe, 102 maybe. So this is a thank you video. Back in June 2012 I had spoken to Christian BanKy, DJ Pulse and Brian S. Redd and said, I think true professionals try to give back, but I also am hungry and thirsty for knowledge. So if I post things on YouTube, I might get comments that I can learn from and I certainly have. So this is a big thank you. This was just going to be a few videos and it has turned into over 100 "DJ Tips in under a Minute" videos and I want to thank all my subscribers and viewers and everyone that has checked them out and I am just going to continue on. I think being a DJ, in my opinion, is something that you're constantly learning, you're constantly improving, you're finding new ways to do things, new ways to appro... [read more]
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Why You Should Be Sub-Renting

June 12, 2017 by Stephen J Clayton
In my last blog, I discussed how to identify which equipment is smart for you invest in and how sub-renting that equipment can help supplement your income. But what exactly is sub-renting and why do we talk about it so much? Today I will be breaking down what sub-renting is and how it can be beneficial to everyone, from beginning DJ’s to fully staffed production companies. Sub-renting is when one company rents equipment from a colleague or competitor company to facilitate a client's request. Why is it smart to sub-rent our equipment? Sub-renting makes a smart decision when you don’t have the upfront capital to invest in the necessary equipment needed to facilitate a client’s request.  Or, maybe you don’t have enough confirmed events or rentals on the books to justify spending the upfront ... [read more]
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Cruise Ship Entertainment Pt. 2 – An Interview with DJ Dawkness

June 5, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
In the first installment of Mobile Beat Magazine's expose on cruise ship entertainment I spoke with Music Operations Supervisor Alex Dena about what it takes to become a Carnival Cruise ship DJ. For this edition I will take you behind the scenes on board the Carnival Magic as I shadow DJ Dawkness (real name Sean), one of Carnival's premier ship DJ's. The life of a cruise ship DJ is equal parts relaxation and craziness. DJ Dawkness helps me beak it all down. MikeC: Sean, my first question is how did you come up with the name "Dawkness"? It's gotta be a good story. Dawkness: I get asked that a lot, which I guess is a good thing because it gets pe... [read more]