Are you planning to attend DJ EXPO in Atlantic City this year?

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Are you going to the DJ Expo in Atlantic City this year?

  • I am 100% going this year!

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I want to go, and am making a strong effort to get there this year

    Votes: 1 25.0%
  • Eww, No! I won't bother going to that show again!

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it :(

    Votes: 2 50.0%
  • I would like to, but it's jut too far/too expensive of a trip to attempt for me

    Votes: 1 25.0%

  • Total voters
    4

DJ Ricky B

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I registered myself and my son two weeks ago. Also registered my older brother as he says he will try to go this year too.

Are you planning to go to the DJ Expo in Atlantic City this year? I haven't been since pre pandemic now, and kinda have the itch to go this year. It is the week after my family vacation, so the only real issue is having time off from work that week. I only have 10 hours of PTO right now, which is enough for one shift off at work. However, I work night shifts, and feel the trip up is going to require taking two nights off. Either that, or I take one night off and drive up with no sleep after working all night, get a hotel room zonk out in the hotel room after the expo, and drive back the next morning. I will have to figure that one out!
 
What are the dates for the show Ricky?
 
It's august 5-8th

I'll actually be around this year... so there's a 25% chance I'll go. For me it's more of a spontaneous decision, and just for the exhibits/demo rooms and to mingle. I always get a free exhibit pass at the least when they go on sale just in case, and because I get free rooms at a couple of the casinos, including hard rock it's really not much of a hassle or planned out as others have it. It's just a matter of what my workload is looking like and if I'm up for the 2hr drive. So yea... we'll see.
 
I will be there again this year, I’ve made it to each Expo since the first one. Usually I meetup with others who have been coming since the beginning too. Last year I won the Pioneer Digital Turntable and my friend won the grand prize so it was a pretty good year. Previous years I won a Photo Booth and Headphone case. A lot has changed at show, you will see families now plus kids who DJ. There a program now for DJs starting out and I just got a email about a wedding lounge for wedding DJs to network & take a break. I can’t say how the evenings parties are as I am not out late anymore. But there is a complete lack of any recording artists. That was to me was one of the high points of the Expo. When Promo Only left that was the end of the artists showcases. Personally I like the DJ show up in Boston better, it’s smaller for better networking & they have the speaker shootouts. Left year there was also lunch & a night with an open bar & appetizers, never seen that before at a DJ. So I have my tickets for both shows. January it will either CES or NAMM a little bit later as I have been meaning to get back to LA.
 
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I will be there again this year, I’ve made it to each Expo since the first one. Usually I meetup with others who have been coming since the beginning too. Last year I won the Pioneer Digital Turntable and my friend won the grand prize so it was a pretty good year. Previous years I won a Photo Booth and Headphone case. A lot has changed at show, you will see families now plus kids who DJ. There a program now for DJs starting out and I just got a email about a wedding lounge for wedding DJs to network & take a break. I can’t say how the evenings parties are as I am not out late anymore. But there is a complete lack of any recording artists. That was to me was one of the high points of the Expo. When Promo Only left that was the end of the artists showcases. Personally I like the DJ show up in Boston better, it’s smaller for better networking & they have the speaker shootouts. Left year there was also lunch & a night with an open bar & appetizers, never seen that before at a DJ. So I have my tickets for both shows. January it will either CES or NAMM a little bit later as I have been meaning to get back to LA.

I have never been a Regular of multiple shows. I don't have the time or money to dedicate for that, and likely never will. The only show I have ever gone to is the DJ Expo in Atlantic City. They have it at a good time in the year too. Summer time, and for most people the DJ business is slow in August, at least those first 3 weeks are usually very slow with events so they picked a great time to have the show. Previous years I have been on vacation the same week which is the main reason I have not been going to the show. 2020 was the Pandemic. I didn't go the year they moved it to the convention center because I was dissapointed in the show and AC in general the prior year. We went in 2019, that was the last time I attended, the first year the show was at Harrah's.

If I don't make it down this year, honestly I probably won't make it down next year or perhaps any year moving forward. As time has marched on, I have less interest in DJ equipment, the business itself etc. Still currently have enough interest to make a trip to the show this year though. I also would like to walk the boardwalk and see what has gotten worse since 2019. Perhaps get some boardwalk Pizza.
 
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If I remember correctly, more of the shops on the boardwalk are back open now. But it still looks like Atlantic City & that’s not a good thing. It kind of reminds me of Times Square. I prefer Virginia Beach over AC, there is a much nice clientele, stores & food Next time I’m down there I’m going to rental a bike to cover more ground. There are concerts and movies on the beach but our timing is always off so we miss them.
The expos aren't for everyone but ability to network & meet so many people/contracts can not be underestimated. Many major changes in my business were directly related to a contacts met or information I picked up at a show or conference.
 
I have not been to a DJ Expo in years. I'm surprised that they are still doing them when you consider that every new gear can be showcased on YT and bought from a website. Knowledge can easily be acquired via the internet or AI.

If you have the time, desire, and money, then go and enjoy! Have fun!
 
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