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GoPro or not to GoPro

January 10, 2018 by Trevor West
What is so great about GoPro's? First, they are small and easy to hide, and depending on the model, all it takes is one button to start filming. Attach them to your speaker stands for some good shots of the dance floor—perfect for your marketing videos or YouTube channel. Aim one at your DJ position and get that great shot as well. Second, you can setup different types of shots, such as, time lapse for when your doing your setup. During the ceremony you can get a wide shot. The downside is the audio quality isn't always the best, especially if you're trying to record people talking. The best software for editing videos is either Microsoft DVD Maker or (the one I use) Filmora by Wondershare. It's fairly inexpensive with lots of features and you can upload to You Tube, facebook, or save it to y... [read more]
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Always Performing at 100%

January 10, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
The events we perform at can vary wildly—from the amount of preparation required to the level of excitement among to the guests. Many variables are out of our control, such as whether or not alcohol will be served or if the family is full of introverts. Forming a preconceived notion of how an event will go is a common side effect of discovering details about an gig like those mentioned above. The danger in making these assumptions is letting them affect the level of performance you deliver. "Oh, there's no alcohol, there probably won't be much dancing." "The venue is a super stuffy joint, the host will probably be on me all night." While there are easy assumptions to make, things are almost never entirely what they seem. While I've made plenty of similar predictions about my events, I've been wron... [read more]
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4 Reasons Wedding Suppliers Websites Fail To Book Brides And How To Turn Them Into Your Biggest Opportunity (1 of 4)

January 10, 2018 by Terry Lewis
The wedding industry is a highly competitive marketplace worth billions globally each year. Most of us have set-up in business and created a fantastic wedding experience in the hope of getting get our share of the market only to struggle to get bookings. And when the bookings eventually come, they're from clients wanting a discount, and sometimes it's our own fault! What you'll discover in this lesson: 1. Marketing mistakes that attract 'Price Shoppers' to your business and repel better-paying clients. 2. By viewing your site through the eyes of a bride, not a wedding supplier, you’ll discover how to ge... [read more]
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How F.A.S.T. Will You Get Ahead in 2018?

January 9, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
The first week of 2018 is done. Have you already broken your New Year's Resolutions? Did you even make any? Don't feel bad if you didn't. Most people find them useless and counterproductive. What you do need is a plan of action with measurable goals and markers. Much of where you go in 2018 depends on how you ended 2017. Have you analyzed your sales data from 2017? Did you hit your business and personal goals? Now is the time to decide which new goals you want to set and the direction you want your life and business to move in. I like the acronym "F.A.S.T." which can be used a few different ways. F- Family and focus. In 2018 make time for family. Li... [read more]
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DJ Help – Slipping Light Clamp Fix

January 8, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
Here's a quick tip video for any of you who have problems with slipping clamps, especially when you have a clamp on some kind of overhead truss, be it a single pipe, 1.5 inch, 2 inch, ladder truss painted aluminum, doesn't matter. If you're hooking a light onto a truss, you put it in the position you want and it starts to slip because of movement or whatever, how do you fix that? Had a DJ with that problem today. They contacted me with an Inno Pocket Spot clamp problem. Everything hooks up fine. They kind of put it at an angle coming off of the truss, but after the light starts moving around, the clamp starts slipping a little bit. And this can happen depending on what kind of trussing you're using and how much your light weighs. There's a quick way around this. All you need is some black electric tape; the ... [read more]
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What Is the Best Turntable, Controller, Mixer, Etc?

January 4, 2018 by DJcity
What is the best turntable, controller, mixer, etc? DJ TLM discusses in the first episode of "Share the Knowledge" on DJcityTV. Check it out: (more…)... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Measure And Mark Off Your Speaker Stands.

January 4, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, speaker stands, we all have them, we all use them, but I took out this and then this, a silver sharpie today and decided I'm sick of these things, guess working where they're supposed to be. So I measured out where I would normally have them on my events and just put markings every foot. So I don't know if you can really make that one out, but there is -- yeah, there it is and then down here. And that way next time I do an event, I'll know that the stands are the exact same height, exact same size. Maybe your speaker stands come with sort of markings throughout, mine didn't and don't and I just want them to look the same. So DJ tips in under a minute, measure and mark out your stands every foot or so that you can always have them be the same height. In under a minute. ... [read more]
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3 Tips For Dealing With Mothers-of-the-Bride

January 3, 2018 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani
It’s not written about as often as it should be, but one of the dicier wild cards for wedding pros and their clients alike are the parents (usually the mother) of the bride and/or groom. How much authority and sway will she hold? If it’s not a lot, will she be okay with that? Is there a clear rift between mother and adult child? Is she a screechy, insufferable witch? I was thinking about this after reading this collection of mother-of-the-bride horror stories in this very British wedding rag, Perfect Wedding. Mothers-of-the-Bride My favorite story involves a mother who PHOTOCOPIED HER DAUGHTER’S WEDDING INVITE so she could invite people wit... [read more]
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Care For Your Gear: Winter Cleaning & Organizing

January 3, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
I have an odd obsession with organizing, rearranging, and sorting just about everything in my life. Whether I'm alphabetizing my vinyl or moving my studio furniture I feel some sort of peculiar comfort from changing things up. With the start of the new year, this strange habit becomes helpful as I participate in one of my yearly rituals; a complete gear cleanup and reorganization that gets me ready for a successful year of DJ events. Over the course of a year of gigs, our gear can get used and abused. Spilled drinks, crumbs of food, scuffs and scratches, dust, and a host of other things can make our gear look less than stellar. On top of that, in our hurry to get home to our beds after a long event our cable boxes, road cases, and bags can become a rats nest of cables, adapters, and clamps that become incr... [read more]
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Layering Lighting Effects – LED Wash, GoBos & Lasers

January 1, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
A question I get all the time is what kind of cool effect can I produce where I don't have to use any fog or haze. Most places where we play these days as mobile DJs don't allow us to have fog and haze. Very rarely do we go to. So yeah. What can you do? This is a cool, I don't know, effect you can use either on a ceiling or on a wall and we're going to use a few different fixtures to make this happen. First off, we need a pretty bright hex LED fixture. Now, for my purposes today, I'm going to use one these, Ultra Hex Bar 6. This is six hex LEDs inside, which produce red, green, blue, white, amber, and UV. I'm going use the blue and the UV. We'll also be using this Micro Galaxian II. This is a cluster laser; it produces red and green lasers. We're going to use only the green laser in this. And last, but now l... [read more]