December 30th, 2012
The Novation Twitch is a cool, modern controller with lots of performance features… but is it appropriate for a bar or wedding DJ?
Digital DJ Tips reader Scott writes: “I am looking at purchasing my first controller and although I am familiar with Ableton I am new to DJing. I have friends who are turntablists but at heart I think I am a controllerist. I would like to get out there and DJ to a crowd ASAP – maybe even bars and weddings, as I love music although it would be useful to make some extra cash.
“Originally I had thought the Denon DJ MC2000, but decided the extra input backup and levels on the Denon DJ MC3000 would be a better choice. My dilemma is that I like the idea of the Novation Twitch and its features but I am concerned that this may not be as applicable to the type of crowds I hope to entertain.
August 2nd, 2011
Get the mix of skills right and there's money to be made from DJing at weddings. Pic: Mixing Maryland
In my last instalment, I discussed why you might want to consider being a wedding DJ. But in order to do the job well, you need to possess some important qualities.
Luckily they’re all things you probably already have, or could have with a bit of effort (or money). Being aware of what’s expected of you makes it easier for you to go and fill in the gaps relatively easily, and to do the job more confidently.
July 30th, 2011
You just know that this Jamaican soundsystem rocked, don't you?
Reader DJ Malarky writes: “I was having a conversation with a couple of DJs regarding sound systems. We were at a mobile DJ jam night with several DJs mixing sets. Well I thought the best DJ was the one with what I thought was the best-sounding system, but not the best-looking: older, carpet-covered speakers and I couldn’t tell the brand or model.
“I wasn’t sure of his amps or processors, I just loved the clean, crisp sound with wonderful low end to complement his blend style of mixing wich was awesome as well. All of the other DJs had very nice looking LED facades with extremely clean speaker systems. I did see JBL and Mackie with one B-52 Matrix sound system but they just didn’t seem to sound as nice.
July 20th, 2011
Smart DJing know that weddings are the route to getting paid and getting a decent musical education. Pic: wedding-paradise.com
We all know the stereotype of the wedding DJ – decked out in a cheap, ill-fitting tux, playing nothing but five-year-old top 40 hits (and poorly mixed, at that), talking in an affected 1970s game show announcer voice while trying unsuccessfully to get everyone to do the Electric Slide.
Unfortunately, as most of you will have experienced, the stereotype is based in reality – many wedding DJs, to put it bluntly, just plain suck.