August 24, 2016
If you’ve been in the DJ game for a number of years, you probably feel that you have the basics of DJing pretty much mastered. You can beatmix, blend, bust a few scratches, and know how to read the crowd. But sometimes, it feels like this in no longer enough to keep everyone engaged and interactive at the club or at a private event. As times change, it’s important to stay up to date with the latest trends in interactive DJ tools. It may be time to consider adding an interactive social media wall to your DJ arsenal.
It’s no secret that social media is huge. In fact, there are over 2.3 billion active social media users that browse, share, or post almost every day. No matter where you live, a large percentage of the population uses this media daily. Wouldn’t it be great to harness this power and put it to use building your DJ brand? A social media wall can do just that. In a nutshell, this technology involves using software to stream social media posts, texts, and pictures to a TV, screen, or digital display in real time. Imagine you’re hosting a large monthly nightclub party. Wouldn’t it be great to create a custom hashtag for the event (ie #LitParty), and include that in your promotional efforts? Then, at the party, if someone snaps a pic and tags it with that hashtag, it will stream live to the screens. Additional members of the crowd can comment, or send their own posts or pics to the display as well. As this continues throughout the night, the crowd will feel more engaged and involved. Your social media wall has done it’s job. Everyone had a great time, and they’ll definitely return to your party’s next monthly installment. (more…)//php comments_template(); ?>
August 18, 2016
Much like traditional, audio only DJing, video DJing is all about rocking the party and moving the crowd. However, as a VJ (video jockey), you have the advantage of tapping into your audience’s visual senses as well as auditory. This extra dimension can definitely take your sets to the next level, but you’ll need to do some research and pre-planning before you get behind the decks at your first video DJing gig.
Years ago, to pursue DJing with videos, the initial cost of the equipment was an insurmountable barrier for many. Fortunately, with today’s technology, you can start spinning videos for a few hundred dollars. Even less if you already use some of the more popular DJ programs and hardware. Let’s start by taking a look at what you’ll need to get started. (more…)//php comments_template(); ?>
August 10, 2016
If you’re a wedding DJ, you know how important it is to stay up to date on the latest wedding trends and upsells. Gone are the days of the standard, “show up and play music” wedding gigs. Now, you’re responsible for MCing, transforming the venue with uplighting, keeping guests entertained with a photo booth, and of course, playing music. Sure, upsells like these are a great way to improve your bottom line, but it’s dangerously easy to become a commodity when offering the same services and add-ons as the 12 other professional wedding DJs in your immediate area. (more…)//php comments_template(); ?>
August 2, 2016
If you’re like most DJs, you like watching DJ videos. Specifically, real DJ videos like Thre3style competitions, DMC battles, and mixshows. Sometimes, while watching another DJ murder the turntables, you might see them bust a scratch or juggle that leaves you thinking, “whoa, what was that”?! DJ videos are a great way to get ideas for new scratch combos and juggles, but most of the time, everything move so quickly, it’s extremely difficult for our minds to break it all down. Luckily, with some internet magic and some iMovie tricks, you can break down any scratch to make it easier to replicate and learn! (more…)//php comments_template(); ?>