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  • #2187
    DJ Crysix
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    I Have 15 GB worth of music which is roughly about 1500 songs, I’d say since I do a whole bunch of different sub-genres of Electronica I’d use about 60% of those track are good for mixing.

    I also have some reggae, top 40’s and my own mixes in their aswell :S

    #1000738
    Phil Morse
    Keymaster

    DJ Crysix, post: 2176 wrote: I Have 15 GB worth of music which is roughly about 1500 songs, I’d say since I do a whole bunch of different sub-genres of Electronica I’d use about 60% of those track are good for mixing.

    I also have some reggae, top 40’s and my own mixes in their aswell :S

    DJ Crysix, post: 2176 wrote: I Have 15 GB worth of music which is roughly about 1500 songs, I’d say since I do a whole bunch of different sub-genres of Electronica I’d use about 60% of those track are good for mixing.

    I also have some reggae, top 40’s and my own mixes in their aswell :S

    I reckon 2,000 songs and you can DJ any party, anywhere, for life. One in, one out…

    #2305
    Emma Partnow
    Member

    Liambo, post: 1615 wrote: Can you explain more of this conversation please 🙂

    I don’t know what the conversation was about; but this may give you some more information on the Subject 🙂

    Q) What Licenses do I need to become a Mobile DJ?

    A) If you are a Mobile Disco intending to use original CD’s or Vinyl in order to provide the music at private functions within venues and to carry out Weddings, Children’s Parties, Anniversaries, Family Functions etc or any other event where guests are by invitation only, then no license will need to be purchased, as you will be fully covered for this performance by the venue, who should already have obtained an annual valid music license, for the playback of music and dancing within their premises.
    The only exception to this rule, are Office Parties and Functions which are either open air or open to the general public, such as Fete’s, Carnivals, Sports Days’ etc where music will be played. This also includes events where a hall is hired for a public event and then tickets sold / admission charged for entry to that venue. An example of this would be a Soul Night or an Under 16’s function which is open to any member of the public, rather than invited guests. In these instances then it is up to the promoter / organiser of the event or the actual DJ to obtain a PPL License. These can be purchased either as a one-off occasion or a block annual license for regular weekly events.
    Remember this PPL license is ONLY required, if the function is either open air or where an admission fee is charged. If the function is a private one, where the guests are invited friends and family of the client, then you will not need one!.
    One thing to remember however, is that it will always remain the responsibility of the DJ to check that the venue you are working in, is correctly licensed for music before working there. If the venue is not licensed, and if it happens to be visited by the license enforcement team or an inspector then you may find yourself being held jointly liable with the venue owner should a prosecution be considered, so its always wise to ask, if their music license is not visible in the premises or above the door.
    A PPL License, and further information can be obtained by calling the PPL Licensing team on:- 020 7534 1070
    THE PRO-DUB LICENSE
    If you are a Mobile DJ who uses MP3 or other digital media to provide the music as part of your set, then you will need to obtain a license which will enable you to convert music from one format to another (Called Format Shifting). This means that if you choose to ‘rip’ original music from CD to MP3, OGG, WAV or any other digital format, then you will need to pay a fee in order to license the process and make the music licensed. However, you cannot license digital tracks which are converted from CD’s which are borrowed or not owned by you and neither can you use the original CD’s and the digital tracks at the same time
    Please note that this ‘Pro-Dub License’ is the name given to a fee applied to the actual conversion process and effectively gives permission to legally rip the music from a physical means to a digital file. It does not license the actual playback of the music once it is ripped, which means that the same requirements apply to the playback of the music once it is ripped, as generally applies to the use of CD’s or Vinyl.
    At the time this article was written, the cost of the Pro-Dub License is £250 for a first year license to convert upto 5000 tracks. If you convert more than 5000 tracks then existing subscribers (license holders) can buy ‘top up’s to license tracks at a cost of £100 per 1000 additional tracks converted. However you should check the current pricing on the Pro-Dub website
    More advice on the Pro-Dub license can be found here:-
    The Pro-Dub License Website
    License Requirement Examples
    (Q) I am a DJ using original CD material which I have purchased

    (A) You DO NOT NEED ANY PPL LICENSE if you intend to work as a Mobile DJ within venues providing entertainment for private functions where the guests are friends and family of the client and there by personal invitation.
    (Q) I am a DJ using a Laptop which contains music ripped from a private CD and Vinyl Collection
    (A) You will need to obtain a Pro-Dub license which licenses the actual conversion process you did to convert the CD’s to digital format. If you work private functions such as Weddings and Family occasions then the same rules apply to the playback of the digital files as apply to general CD use.
    (Q) I’m a DJ using Legal Downloads directly from my Laptop / Ipod
    (A) This is currently a grey area and some major download companies may simply forbid DJ’s using their music commercially as part of a business. We advise that you contact the source(s) of the downloaded music to obtain written permission to use the material for DJ purposes. We also suggest that you contact the Pro-Dub team for further advice.
    (Q) I generally do private functions, but Xmas is coming and i’ve got a lot of office parties.
    (A) For reasons which many DJ’s still don’t understand, PPL licenses are required for these types of functions. We suggest either informing the client in order to obtain one, or apply for one yourself and pass on any cost within your fee. Contact the PPL on 020 7534 1070 for further advice. If you are doing more than one, then it may be cost effective to apply for a block license.
    (Q) I do a residency at a members only sports club, do I need to apply for a license?
    (A) Private members’ clubs are essentially treated the same as general private functions, and no DJ License is required where the club is only open to private members and their guests. However the club itself should still be licensed for music and have the relevant PPL documents in place. However, If the DJ uses music from a laptop / PC / Hard Disc based digital system and a conversion process from original CD or Vinyl has taken place, then a PRO-DUB license will still need to be obtained.
    (Q) I’m planning on holding an Under 16’s disco for the local kids within the community using music from my laptop.
    (A) You will need to obtain a PPL license for any public event where an admission is charged or where the function is freely open to members of the general public. You will also need to obtain a Pro Dub license which covers the use of music converted from CD to digital format.
    (Q) I’m a Wedding Specialist who uses a mixture of CD and digital music from a Denon HD-2500, its not a laptop so I don’t need a pro-dub license?.
    (A) If you only do private functions (Weddings) then no actual PPL license is required, and neither is any license required for the CD aspect of your disco!. However you will need to obtain a Pro-Dub license regardless of whether the digital music is stored on a laptop, ipod or Denon HD-2500!. The pro-dub covers the conversion aspect of the music not the playback means or medium and makes no discrimination between laptop users and hard drive based players.
    (Q) I’ve just read on another Mobile Disco website, that a Pro-Dub License is required by ALL Mobile Disco’s, is this correct?.
    (A) No, this is highly misleading scaremongering and incorrect. These type of rumours are spread around by DJ’s who either have not taken their industry serious enough to do the proper research or are highly inexperienced or operate unprofessionally. You should immediately report any offending business who is using this statement to the Pro-Dub team, and any DJ Association which the business is a member of. DJ’s who use original CD or Vinyl material do not need to apply for, or purchase a Pro-Dub license, only those who convert music to digital means will need to buy the Pro-Dub license.
    (Q) I’ve bought a hard drive full off music off an auction site, can I buy a Pro-Dub license in order to use it?
    (A) Currently there is no way of using copied music legally in the UK and harsh financial and criminal penalties exist for those providing / selling the illegal music as well as those found to be using it commercially. A Pro-Dub license only covers the transfer of music from CD’s which YOU already own to digital means, it does not cover music which is borrowed or loaned from other people or purchased illegally.

    #1000784

    I’ve only got a few hundred songs I would use live, a few different playlists for different genres. But since I normally only do it in y room, I don’ get to figure out what people really like and what they want to hear, so my collection for live use is limited. But for listening, I have about 3.5 thousand songs, many of them from CD and mix cd’s so I pay less per song on average.

    #2393
    U31
    Member

    Phil, do you keep back ups of, or delete the music you “Out” in your one in one out policy?
    There is no way i would permanently delete a choon unless it was rubbish and downloaded / ripped in a moment of insanity or corrupted ( having to delete a corrupted Spooky – Schmoo nearly made me cry :lol )

    #2401
    Sascha Wesseler
    Participant

    U31, post: 2382 wrote: Phil, do you keep back ups of, or delete the music you “Out” in your one in one out policy?
    There is no way i would permanently delete a choon unless it was rubbish and downloaded / ripped in a moment of insanity or corrupted ( having to delete a corrupted Spooky – Schmoo nearly made me cry :lol )

    yeah, I could never do that as well. that is why my Itunes contains about 26.000 Songs which is everything from Hip-Hop to Electro,Dubstep,DnB but then again back to experimental stuff, alternative, rock, pop as well as classic and jazz.

    My Traktor Library is lot smaller though then mainly containing the hip-hop, electro, dubstep and dnb stuff.

    #2402
    U31
    Member

    Innit, the stuff i have D/L or ripped is there because i absolutely love it, from Judas Preist /Led zep, Motley crue / Ratt, all manor of Northern soul, Funk, Classical, Dub, and of course EDM of all flavours apart from Hardcore… no way i could have time to listen to it all back to back.. but sometimes some tune just pops in to your head and you just have to play it

    #2405
    Sascha Wesseler
    Participant

    yeah, I love that too. something pops in your head and you just type it into itunes and there it is.

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