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It’s Beginning to Look Like the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

July 29, 2017 by Jay Maxwell
We’ve all had the experience of someone coming up to us at an event to request that we play a particular genre of music. The person might ask for some dance music, some country music, or some rock and roll. Of course, the problem is that these categories are too broad to fully understand exactly what music the guest actually wants. If someone asks for some rock and roll, does he want a Beatles’ tune, early Madonna, or a Tupac song? All these artists have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so any of them might be considered rock and roll artists. Of course, most DJs would not categorize all three of these artists as rock and roll. Only... [read more]
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Christmas in July!

July 28, 2017 by Joe Bunn
It’s hotter than the third level of hell here in North Carolina, but we are already thinking about holiday parties. Why? Because clients are beginning to realize that they need to book them now to get the best venues and vendors for their upcoming corporate events and other celebrations. Let’s break this article down into two parts. First, marketing to get these shows, and secondly, what you need to know to make them a success once you actually get there. PART 1: SECURING YOUR HOLIDAY GIGS Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me mention this. In January of this year, as soon as I felt like everyone had recovered from Christmas and Ne... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: How Often Should You Replace Your Cables?

July 27, 2017 by Jason Rubio
As a DJ, you need cables. Every DJ needs them, and mobile DJs need a lot of them! There is different literature out there that suggest different things, about replacing your XLR cables, power cables, RCA cables, etc. I've heard some DJs say they replace cables every year, some say every 6 months, and others say only when they need to be replaced. As a long time DJ, I've learned over the years, that there's no perfect approach or timeline of when you should replace cables. When and how often you should replace your cables depends on your use of them. How often are you using your cables? Daily? A few times per week? A few times per month? Your answer will vary, of course, but as a general rule of thumb, the more often you use them, the more often you'll need to replace them. Be Nice to Your Cables How you... [read more]
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Influencers to get you booked – EXPERT STATUS

July 27, 2017 by Terry Lewis
Imagine you find yourself on the airstrip of a private runway. You urgently need to fly home, and an aeroplane is almost ready for takeoff. It’s a small jet, and the unkempt pilot and co-pilot seem quite unsure about the instruments, regularly referring to flight manuals for instructions. The cockpit looks shabby, and in need of mechanical attention, some of the dials show small but noticeable cracks unnerving you. 20 minutes before takeoff, the captain eventually ignites the engine, and a random clanking noise amplifies your concern. You have the opportunity to disembark or fly. Will you “sit back and en... [read more]
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4 Ways to Protect Your DJ Gear From Thieves

July 27, 2017 by DJcity
Did you experience theft when it comes to your DJ gear? If you did, you'll really appreciate what Mojaxx has to say about how to prevent it. And even if you were as lucky as to not get your gear stolen, make sure to watch the video so it doesn't get stolen in the future. (more…)... [read more]
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3 Social Media Hacks Inspired by the Jetsons

July 27, 2017 by Staci Nichols
Remember how “The Jetsons” had that automated kitchen? Well, that's going to be you with social media from now on! What if I told you you could do all your social media posting in just one day out of the month and spend the other 29 days not worrying about it? You just need the right tools. Please step into the Jetson's social media kitchen with me now... #1 AUTOMATE YOUR POSTS Yep! Just schedule your social media posts the same way you can with blog posts or calendar reminders. Check out, for example, one of the most popular and established social media automation platforms, Hoot Suite, to see what's up. In a nutshell, you connect your T... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Video Montage On A Monitor Instead Of A Projector

July 27, 2017 by DJ Jay
All right. Another audio/visual idea. I've got some clients coming up who want to do a video montage and my experience with video montages is that they are difficult, at best. There always seems to be an issue with the laptop, there's an issue with getting it fired up to the projector, it doesn't start right away and it's a big production to show a seven, eight-minute video. So about four years ago I had a client, who I have actually gone on to do four more events for, who I suggested, how about we just do a DVD, put it in the DVD player, hook it up to a monitor and let the monitor run all night looped and that way people can see the video montage, not worry about the music, it doesn't matter when they get to see it, but they'll see it at some point. I said this to my clients yesterday, they loved the idea, ... [read more]
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Finding A Record Pool: Promo Only

July 26, 2017 by Eric Rhodes
In this series of weekly articles, I take a look at some of the more popular record pools, or music pools, available to DJs. There are plenty to choose from. Knowing the different features and personality types of each pool will help you decide where to get your music. This week’s pool is Promo Only. Check it out: (Note: I am not an employee of, or getting paid by Promo Only or any other pool service that I review. I am simply a professional DJ giving an honest and positive assessment of these companies with the goal of helping out my peers. Also, I’m not a VJ, so I don’t dive too deep into that aspect of these services, but will definitely mention if a particular pool offers video services.) About Promo Only read more]
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Building Your First Light Show Part Two (Effect Lighting)

July 26, 2017 by Jordan Nelson
This article is the second in that author's mini series on building a beginner light show. Make sure to check out last week's article on wash lighting if you haven't yet! Last week we dove into the subject of wash lighting as we began this mini series on building your first light show. We discussed how wash lighting forms a great base to build your light show on, choosing the right fixtures, and why starting your light show with quality wash lights will give you the most bang for your buck. So where do we go from there? To the DJ that is just starting out in lighting, I recommend adding an effect light or two to your show. So what are effect lights? Effect lights are fixtures that project an "effect" (such as colored dots, patterns, or shapes) onto a dance floor or other area and normally include multip... [read more]
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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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Wye Cables….Why not?

July 26, 2017 by Ben Stowe, CTS
A DJ recently posed the following question on an industry chat board, “If it’s such a bad idea why do so many Djs do it?” I think the simplest answer to the question would be that there are a lot of things people don’t understand, and in the absence of good information they do things that shouldn’t be done. This isn’t exclusive to DJs, not even by a long shot. If it were, we wouldn’t have the Darwin Awards or those great shows on TruTV documenting poor decision making at it’s finest.   The topic that prompted him to post that question was whether or not you could/should sum the outputs of a mixer using a wye cable so... [read more]