This is the craziest thing I've ever had happen with the equipment.

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Got to get ready to take a shower. Got a meeting to go to at 5pm today. I'm in the basement looking to do something with the equipment as I was having trouble with it the other day. I wasn't getting any highs. Found out I had the wrong wire hooked up to the speaker. Got the right wires because we didn't have them. Got them yesterday along with a light stand from KPODJ. Go to the basement to hook things up and playing with the setup because on the left side for the controller playing a song I got nothing but highs. Played the same song on the right side and moved the fader over to the right side and had to turn it down because it was too loud! Never had that happen before.

After the meeting when we get back we will try to figure out what's wrong. weirdest thing I've ever had happen. That for me is too funny and strange. Just got to get myself together to get to the meeting in Paterson, NJ. Come back and see what's going on. My thing is not to get excited, crap happens. Just happy We're not doing a gig today and this happening. The biggie is getting everything together for the park on the 31st.
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Having a really hard time believing THIS is the weirdest thing to happen to your sound.

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Having a hard time believing you're a real DJ. Just kidding. I found out I didn't have all the night wires to hook it up the way I want to. So fix that on Monday as I got to get ready for the park event. I'm busy today. My best friend is becoming a Deacon today for his church. I had an activities meeting to attend but when I found out this was going on today that cancelled me going to the meeting. After that I got a meeting I was asked to be the speaker at 5pm in Jersey City.

Now onto the meeting yesterday. I went to the meeting to find out who the committee was going to pick to be the DJ for their event on September 14th. It was between 3 DJs including me of course. I didn't even come close to winning the bid. The one guy that voted for me was pissed off because a lot of memebers weren't there at the last meeting. I told him to relax. Don't make a big deal out of it. I thanked him for putting my name in the hat. I lost by a wide margin. I know why I didn't come close to getting the job. They don't really know me. They went with someone they already know. I only did one event for them well over a year ago. Probably over 2 years ago.

My partner was upset. I knew why I didn't get the nod and I was OK with who they picked even though I've never heard that DJ. My attitude is I get in where I fit in. When God has it for you, God will see that you get it. Of course I wanted the work. Isn't that what we all want in most cases. More work would have been great. They way I see it I don't have to worry about getting the van loaded to do the event, unload to do the event, setup and do the event. Then reload the van and then unload when we get where we're going. Since I don't have an event to do that day so far I bought a couple of tickets spending $20 to support the committee. I told my friend who voted for me to give one ticket to someone else and kept the other one for me.

So unless I get a gig to do that day I will be there. I'm wishing that this DJ do a great job and everybody attending the event has a great time at the dance portion including me. The dance is supposed to start at 10pm and end at 1am. My experience is people don't stay that long for the dance. I used to get pissed off because I wanted more people to stay for the dance so they could hear me at work. I learned to accept things as they are, get paid and look at it as you get to leave early. Which is not totally a bad thing because usually after a certain time I'm tired anyway. I just used to feel I was ripping them off. I learned 2 big things. Some people just come to hear the speakers and they are done. Then some people attending the event don't hang out but for so long. They aren't night owls any more. I remember going to Club Zanzabar back in the day and sometimes not leaving the club until 10am after being there at midnight or 1am.

Bottom line just thank them for getting you to do the event and keep it moving. Hopefully you do a good enough of a job they will want you back again and again and again.
 

scgstuff

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Check the settings on your board and in the software...sounds like you have a filter running on the left side if the right side sounds correct. having the wrong cables shouldn't make 1/2 your board sound bad. It would be an all or nothing..... Unless, your board has output for each side, which I don't think I have ever seen.....
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Nope... You probably didn’t get the job because they read your first post in this thread.
They picked the person they felt most comfortable with and the one they felt that the crowd who stayed for the dance would like. One member did say they don't like a DJ who plays house music the whole time. Some crowds are like that. Others will be upset with a DJ playing other stuff like today's hip hop and R & B. The last one I did they only wanted house music. I asked if I could play Wobble and they hollard out a big NO!

From what I got the time I did this event for them, they are a crowd that you better play line dance songs and you better not play any new house . Just do what I call stick to the script. In other words play only stuff from back in the day because that's all we know. Follow Me, When Can Our Love Begin, You Are My Friend, He Loves Me. Stuff like that. If I played that stuff for the last crowd I did an event for, they would have been pissed off. That's too old for them. Unless you play some club classics from back in the day like My Love Is Free, Love Thang. Stuff like that. The last crowd I did the event for is my kind of crowd. They are used to hearing up to date house music like Let It Fall, Wonderful, Superman and other newer stuff like that. My kind of crowd. I hope they call me back to do another event. That other crowd is boring to me. Those songs I mentioned with the exception of You Are My Friend I don't play any more unless I get a request. For a certain crowd those songs are out dated.
 

steve149

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One member did say they don't like a DJ who plays house music the whole time. Some crowds are like that.
In the regular mobile DJ world, the vast majority of crowds are like that.
 

sonic-vision

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I believe , any DJ that doesn't play to the guest taste in music will more than likely get very few paying gigs.
Mix, You proved Steve's point, The vast majority of crowds are like that.
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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I get that some crowds are stuck in back in the day. That's because radio stations I know are stuck on playing mostly the same old songs. They will introduce a new song from time to time. Their job is to play it safe. I never said I couldn't or wouldn't play those same tired old songs every DJ around here has played 100's of times for many years. It's just boring to me. Yet it's not about me. Ocassionally I get lucky and do an event for a crowd that's open minded. The ideal is to please the client and their guest so the client will possibly use you again or highly recommend you to someone else. Also having people coming up to you for a business card. The last event I was the DJ was fun for me and the crowd. A member at the meeting told me how much they loved the music I played. I gave her a business card with my picture on it.
 

djcrazychris

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Doesnt limiting yourself to a single obscure genre...that hasnt produced new music in 30 years sort of force you into playing the same old songs by proxy?

Even if you were free to play any song you want from that genre/decade ...after 30 plus years of gigs... u'd have to be stretched pretty thin coming up with a song that is "new"...

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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Doesnt limiting yourself to a single obscure genre...that hasnt produced new music in 30 years sort of force you into playing the same old songs by proxy?

Even if you were free to play any song you want from that genre/decade ...after 30 plus years of gigs... u'd have to be stretched pretty thin coming up with a song that is "new"...

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I don't understand you. The last event we did I was solely the DJ. My partner just helped with loading, unloading the van and setting up the gear. It was my event to do myself for the music. Once the dance started one song I played is Let It Fall and crowd ate it up! Look that song up on YouTube and play the first version that comes up. That's what I'm talking about when it comes to new music. Some crowds wouldn't know what that is and be lost. This crowd was more open minded and wanted to hear stuff like that. The thing is certain crowds knows what that song is and it thru the roof for them! What made it fun for me is they weren't want a call the dead head crowd. Of course I would never openly call any crowd that at an event.

As I have stated before some people find I don't like certain songs that are very popular from either back in the day or now. Not to mention some artist that I never liked and the crowd is nuts about the. My friends tell me you don't like such and such an artist or song. They find it fascinating when I tell them no. Like they can't beleive that. Again I have certain songs that either I'm tired of playing them or never liked them to begin with. Yet I know there are times I know I got to play it because it's what the crowd wants. I just have to keep my game face on like I'm enjoying playing the song. That's very tough for me. They do say practice makes perfect. So I got to practice more.

For example one artist and song I hate is Anita Baker and the song is the club version of No More Tears. I hate that song and her more then I do onions! The women eat that song up! If she was coming to town and the ticket was dollar, I would wait till a real artist came to town. I got more important things to do with my dollar.
 

wifedj

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Mar 20, 2008
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Doesnt limiting yourself to a single obscure genre...that hasnt produced new music in 30 years sort of force you into playing the same old songs by proxy?

Even if you were free to play any song you want from that genre/decade ...after 30 plus years of gigs... u'd have to be stretched pretty thin coming up with a song that is "new"...

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I don't understand you. The last event we did I was solely the DJ. My partner just helped with loading, unloading the van and setting up the gear. It was my event to do myself for the music. Once the dance started one song I played is Let It Fall and crowd ate it up! Look that song up on YouTube and play the first version that comes up. That's what I'm talking about when it comes to new music. Some crowds wouldn't know what that is and be lost. This crowd was more open minded and wanted to hear stuff like that. The thing is certain crowds knows what that song is and it thru the roof for them! What made it fun for me is they weren't want a call the dead head crowd. Of course I would never openly call any crowd that at an event.

As I have stated before some people find I don't like certain songs that are very popular from either back in the day or now. Not to mention some artist that I never liked and the crowd is nuts about the. My friends tell me you don't like such and such an artist or song. They find it fascinating when I tell them no. Like they can't beleive that. Again I have certain songs that either I'm tired of playing them or never liked them to begin with. Yet I know there are times I know I got to play it because it's what the crowd wants. I just have to keep my game face on like I'm enjoying playing the song. That's very tough for me. They do say practice makes perfect. So I got to practice more.

For example one artist and song I hate is Anita Baker and the song is the club version of No More Tears. I hate that song and her more then I do onions! The women eat that song up! If she was coming to town and the ticket was dollar, I would wait till a real artist came to town. I got more important things to do with my dollar.
Chris,

I tried to warn ya...
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B-Sharp

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No idea what i just read....i think there was a deacon meeting event at club zanzabar...
It was Mix's takeaways from a hypothetical Joel Osteen seminar at DJ Expo.
 

steve149

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Sep 26, 2011
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I don't understand you. The last event we did I was solely the DJ. My partner just helped with loading, unloading the van and setting up the gear. It was my event to do myself for the music. Once the dance started one song I played is Let It Fall and crowd ate it up! Look that song up on YouTube and play the first version that comes up. That's what I'm talking about when it comes to new music. Some crowds wouldn't know what that is and be lost. This crowd was more open minded and wanted to hear stuff like that. The thing is certain crowds knows what that song is and it thru the roof for them! What made it fun for me is they weren't want a call the dead head crowd. Of course I would never openly call any crowd that at an event.

As I have stated before some people find I don't like certain songs that are very popular from either back in the day or now. Not to mention some artist that I never liked and the crowd is nuts about the. My friends tell me you don't like such and such an artist or song. They find it fascinating when I tell them no. Like they can't beleive that. Again I have certain songs that either I'm tired of playing them or never liked them to begin with. Yet I know there are times I know I got to play it because it's what the crowd wants. I just have to keep my game face on like I'm enjoying playing the song. That's very tough for me. They do say practice makes perfect. So I got to practice more.

For example one artist and song I hate is Anita Baker and the song is the club version of No More Tears. I hate that song and her more then I do onions! The women eat that song up! If she was coming to town and the ticket was dollar, I would wait till a real artist came to town. I got more important things to do with my dollar.
Anita Baker's last top 40 hit was 25 years ago, so not really newer stuff, though I like her music. And Let It Fall, and I'm assuming the Lady Alma version even though the Lykke Li version ranked higher, is really a heavily manufactured club song. The artist is relatively obscure, so yea, most crowds won't know what it was.

But still, all the songs you mentioned .. all the artists you mentioned .. are all club house music, and the market for that as a mobile DJ is almost non-existent. If you want to sponsor dances and promote them and pay the ASCAP/BMI/... fees, then maybe you'll have a shot with it. But if you are looking to pick up actual PAYING parties, it will be difficult. You'll get the same group every time.