[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]Ever since I made the decision to go full-time with Cutmaster Music in 2014, I also said I would do whatever I can to grow and make Cutmaster Music one of the top DJ companies in the state of New Mexico. One of the things I promised I’d do is make my way to some of the industries top trade shows and rub elbows with some of the nations top mobile DJ entertainers and companies. We are committed to bringing fresh new ideas and improving upon our reputation as a DJ company that is progressing the scene in Albuquerque. So in February, I made it to my second show, Mobile Beat Las Vegas 2015.
I arrived on Monday morning and went straight to the Rivera hotel and met DJ Toad of Cincinnati Ohio and DJ Terry Moran of Boston, MA at the Wicked Vicky Tavern. I’ve been networking with these guys since my first days as a mobile DJ over ten years ago and starting off this convention with them was awesome. I learn something new with each conversation we have. Networking with quality industry leaders like Toad and Terry are why I love these shows.
So what is a DJ convention like? In a nutshell, we listen to talks and seminars from other DJs and innovators and attend various activities in the evenings including parties and networking events. There was also a showroom displaying the latest and greatest in gear, technology, and other industry related tools. I found the talks at this show to be more motivational as I listened to various DJs,lawyers, industry icons and even Penn Jillette (of the Penn & Teller Las Vegas Show). Overall, I took a bunch of notes and can’t wait to implement what I’ve learned. Quote of the day from Penn Jillette:
“It’s ok to be well rehearsed.”
I’m a part of a few online networking groups and finally had the chance to meet a lot of my DJ ‘Friends’ in person. I hung out with a few at the club nights, went to dinner with some, chatted in the halls with others, and reached out to the ones that were on my “must talk to” list. It’s a goal to always meet and speak to new people.
- At the end of the first night, Mobile Beat showcased various DJs at the ‘DJ Throwdown’ at the Wicked Vicky Tavern. Every 20 minutes a new DJ would rotate on the decks and play a set. Getting the chance to listen to peers like Chris Hintz and Dayna Solomon capped off a great first day.
Checkout Dayna’s set from the DJ Throwdown
- Watching DJ Jason Jani of SCE Event Group run the decks and mix in between the seminars in the main room. I found myself really enjoying his song selection and his mashups. I was shazamming songs right and left.
The Legends night was epic! On Tuesday evening there was a party at the Havana Room at the Tropicana dedicated to the show attendees. On the bill were DJ Jazzy Jeff and Sir-Mix-A-Lot! DJ Jazzy Jeff already had my respect, but to watch him take us through a musical journey spinning EVERYTHING from jazz, to hip-hop, to Daryl Hall & Oats, to Marvin Gaye, to Lil John, was simply AMAZING! One of my favorite DJs of all time and he absolutely killed it!
Something New From The Show
I went to watch my good friend DJ Terry Moran spin music for the Digigames night in the main room and after participating in the seminar, I walked away as the owner of Extreme Bingo, a super fun game of bingo with music, videos and trivia. It’s bingo on steroids! We will be incorporating this into our birthday, Mitzvah, and corporate packages.
This was my first time attending the Mobile Beat convention and have to say I walked away feeling glad that I went. The show itself was great, the showroom was fun, and I made bunch of new friends in the business. The show ended for me on Wednesday night with an amazing dinner at Andreas at Encore and Surrender nightclub. A week of Vegas is always a great time and exhausting, but I can’t wait until the next show in September, the Las Vegas DJ Show.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]