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Why You Should Still Hire a DJ for a Wedding Reception

June 30, 2019 by Mobile Beat
Weddings are a time of celebration that is typically filled with love, food, and music. Yet, the modern day has seen more people opting to put on a music playlist at their reception instead of hiring a DJ. However, there are some serious benefits that you get for your wedding reception when you hire a DJ that you miss out on otherwise. That’s why we are going to take a look at the reasons you should hire a DJ for your wedding. They’re Professionals The best reason to hire a DJ for a wedding reception is that they are working professionals that have honed their art. They are going to be able to tell the bride exactly what they offer, the associated costs, and then justify their position as a part of the wedding reception production. They will instill in brides the confidence that they know what to do, ho... [read more]
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Ego, Other Vendors and What Sets Off My B.S. Meter

June 29, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
Try as we might to make sure we have all the details for our events, clients have a habit of hitting us with surprises. How many times has a client answered, "No, nothing else" after asking them during your final pre-event phone call if there was anything special or extra you should be prepared for? I love the look of sheepish surprise on their faces when you ask why Cirque Du Soleil performers are setting up in the middle of the dance floor. "Oh, we didn't tell you". Um, no, you did not. That being said, I usually do my best to roll with any surprises, bite my tongue and make sure the client and their guests have a great time. Playing well in ... [read more]
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The Top Asian Music Festivals coming in Summer 2019

June 28, 2019 by Mobile Beat
Just about any DJ that is interested in worldwide music will be thrilled to learn about the events happening in summer 2019. One of the areas of the world that is starting to get a little more recognition for music festivals is Asia. That’s why we are going to take a look into some of the top Asian music festivals that are coming out this year. The long and short of it is that this summer is going to be one to remember. We the Fest 2019 This festival is hitting its stride in the middle of July, providing people with a wide variety of music from all over the world. While the main stop will be in Indonesia, there will be a lot of different kinds of music being played. Among them include Alvvays, Anne Marie, 6Lack, and more. Any DJ that wants to be in the crowd for some live music in Jakarta will want to s... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute Class Time With DJ Hapa And Serato DJ

June 27, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. Quick DJ tips. I get this a lot, where can I go to learn more about Serato DJ? And of course, you have the Serato website with their forms, you have some of my videos and other videos, but my boy, DJ Hapa here at Skratch DJ Academy in L.A. has a four-part series right now that you can sign up for on learning Serato DJ. It's got everything from introduction to stuff a little bit more involved and it looks really cool. I know a lot of people are always asking, where can I go, where can I learn more, where can I buy something or get in a program? And Skratch DJ Academy here with my boy Hapa is a great place to look and a great place to start. So I'll put the URL down here, give you a little link, but seriously a great way to get going with Serato DJ outside of just the tutorial videos that myself and ... [read more]
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Every Waffle Needs Syrup

June 26, 2019 by Jay Maxwell
One of my favorite breakfast treats is a waffle. When I order breakfast at a restaurant, I often order waffles. If there isn’t syrup on the table, the server will usually ask what flavor I’d like. It would be silly for me to order just syrup, but a waffle without syrup is downright bland. It’s the syrup, sometimes maple, perhaps raspberry, or my favorite, blueberry, that brings the waffle to a higher level of enjoyment. Taste buds rejoice when the sweetness of the syrup embraces the tongue. The child in me resurfaces when I pour the syrup on the waffle, because I always ensure that every square indentation of the batter receives its fair share of... [read more]
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Getting There, Part 2: Beyond the Basics

June 26, 2019 by Stu Chisholm
In the first part of this mini-series on mobility (MB #202, Jan 2019, p.26), I discussed the many options that DJs have for bringing their shows to event locations. As I hinted near the end, once you’ve got that great ride, you need to consider what other items you’ll be needing beside your lighting and audio gear. Most are common sense, but I also include some based on real-life (often bitter) experience. Here’s the rundown... VEHICLE SUPPORT Aside from the usual complement of emergency gear that comes with most vehicles, such as a spare tire, jack and lug wrench (although when purchasing a commercial vehicle you may have to buy these items se... [read more]
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Top 5 Songs that Every DJ Can Play to Bring a Crowd to Tears

June 25, 2019 by Mobile Beat
DJs have a lot of power when they are in front of the crowd and making people hang on every note of a song. That’s why DJs need to have a great repertoire of songs that they can bring out to work the crowd. For those musical artists that are going to be employed at a wedding or other place where tender dating is happening, there is a need to have some really weepy songs. Here are five modern songs that any DJ can play to bring the room to a standstill, make people speed-dial their exes, or long for a hug. “Hello” by Adele The first song has to go to the queen of breakup music herself, Adele. The song “Hello” is so famous for its ability to make people stop what they’re doing and reminisce about lost love that there are memes and videos about it. Even SNL had a go at the song to show the pote... [read more]
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State of the DJ Industry 2018 + 2019 Forecast

June 24, 2019 by Matt Martindale
Mobile Beat is proud to present the third annual “State of the DJ Industry” survey, with questions created by, and 2018 data compiled, analyzed and scribed by marketing guru, in-house economics nerd, and Mobile Beat presenter, Matt Martindale (Matt@MattMartindale.com). You may have seen it at MBLV live too! There were a total of 1,016 surveys were completed providing a tremendous amount of data to analyze and interpret. As of press time hard copies of the report are still available. Click here for more info. If you completed the full DJ survey and included your email address, you will receive a free digital copy of the full 21-page report and forec... [read more]
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Platinum People: Turning MBLV Up to 11

June 23, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
This year marked my ninth year coming to Mobile Beat Las Vegas and my first as a staff member. What an incredible experience, to be on the inside and go behind the scenes of the production and execution of the conference. The amount of hours, staff dedication and planning that go into MBLV each year is staggering. This conference really is a labor of love to give the DJ industry a solid, positive platform that helps us grow individually and collectively. Not everyone is going to have the opportunity to be a staff member (thank you Ryan and Dan), but the next best way to maximize your learning experience at MBLV is through the Platinum Pass. Two years ... [read more]
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New MBLV23 People: DJs Rock Vegas

June 22, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
Another successful and enlightening Mobile Beat Las Vegas conference is in the books. Even though preparations for MBLV24 are already in the works, we wanted to get some feedback from first-time Mobile Beat Las Vegas attendees. The number one priority of the Mobile Beat staff is to build upon the success of the previous conference. The goal each year is to load MBLV with fresh ideas and informational content that will help DJs take their performances and businesses to the next level. A big part of that mission is to listen to attendees and add the seminars and workshops that are most valuable to their education. This year the content was exceptional. ... [read more]