How to be a DJ: Things to know when purchasing a DJ Controller. Do I need a computer?

When you’re deciding on what DJ controller to purchase, it can be a tough decision. In this DJ Quick Tip, I cover a few things you want to think about when purchasing your first one.

What you want to keep in mind when purchasing any new piece of DJ equipment is what you can use as a back up. S*%$ happens! Computers get loopy! One of the reasons I purchased the Numark MixDeck Express, was because it gave me numerous ways to play music in the event my computer decided to freeze up, or shut down, unexpectedly. You can solve this problem by bringing a back up computer. Yet, what if you don’t have this option? The Numark Mix Deck Express has two CD decks and USB Thumb drives for alternative ways to play music. This means, you don’t necessarily even need to have a computer to use this controller. This is also very helpful if you want to start DJing, yet don’t have the funds to purchase both a controller and computer at the same time. You can start DJing with the controller until you have the funds to buy a good computer. What’s more? You’ll need a good computer to run most DJ softwares.

Not all controllers offer these different options to play music. So, when you are in the market to purchase a DJ controller, you’ll want to check out the different alternatives the controller offers to play music, in the event you can’t play from your MAC or PC.

Lastly, most controllers do have an auxiliary channel. You can use this channel to play from your iPhone, iPod, or smart phone.

Hope this DJ quick tip helped! If you have any topics you’d like me to cover please post them in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to Subscribe to the SBS channel. This way, I can keep bringing you DJ tips so you can do what you love – play music! Thanks everyone! DeeJay Shelly

Tuesday’s DJ Tip! How to Grow Your DJ Business. Beginner DJ Marketing Tips & Advice.

Female DJ with Red HeadphonesTuesday’s DJ Tip: Wear Red Headphones, especially if their DeeJay Shelly’s! Ok, ok, while the quick tip today does talk about my red headphones, it’s really advice for beginner DJs on how they can grow their mobile DJ business. In this short video, Bertos and I discuss how to stand out from the crowd.

Looks like the team may be headed back to DC this month! Can’t wait!

Check out the video below for today’s tip!




Scratch Chat. Our first episode! How to Read a Crowd.

Welcome to the first Scratch Chat! Where you’ll hear all things DJ! In this first episode DJ Eddie G (Edward Gaittins) and I talk Song Selection and How to Read a Crowd. Check it out and tell us what you think.Do you like listening to audio clips?

Important DJ TIp: Song Selection is one of the most important parts of DJing. If no one likes the songs you’re mixing, no one is getting on the dance floor. How do you read a crowd? As a beginner DJ, you may have no idea what it means to “Read the crowd”. I didn’t really know what it meant when I started DJing years ago. So DJ Ed and I break it down with a few ways you can become an expert crowd reader! 1) What’s the demographic? Age groups? Really scope out the guests at your event and take mental notes. Once you have a better idea of who is attending, you’ll have a better idea of what to play. 2) Body language is key. Do you see hips shaking and feet tapping to what you are playing? Do you see smiles? Or, are you getting the stink eye? More importantly, are you smiling??!! Watch the body language of your guests. If their body language is telling you their happy, then most likely you’re on the right track. If you’re getting the stink eye you may want to head in another direction – or music genre.

How did we get here??? Originally, Ed and I set out to make some Dj videos. However, as you may know, things don’t always go as planned! We had some technically difficulties during the video. So…. we decided to just record us chatting about DJ stuff instead. Then I text Bert (our video guy who LOVES podcasts) and I said maybe we should start a DJ podcast too? He said call it, “Scratch Chat”. Love it! So we’re going to try this out on the channel. Curious to hear what you guys & gals think. Thanks! DJ DeeJay Shelly

Song used in the “scratching” intro: Icona Pop “I don’t care”

How to Start a DJ Business: Business Strategies. Why Specialize?

GET SHELL SHOCKED! How can you grow your mobile DJ business? One way, is to specialize in a certain service.

Why specialize?
When you specialize in something it makes you stand out and makes you different. With so many great DJs and DJ/Entertainment businesses out there, you want to make sure your business is more memorable.

I decided to specialize in unique events. As a female DJ, I like to dress up! What’s more? Not only do I dress up for our unique events, my DJs, DJ assistants and dancers do as well. Sometimes, our dancers even choreograph dances especially for an event.

What are your talents and/or interests? How can you incorporate these traits into your DJ mixes, DJ personality, or business? Once you begin to specialize in something, you’ll stand out from the crowd. Your business will become more memorable, in turn helping your business to become a success. Of course, keep in mind there’s also a lot of HARD WORK! But hey, you’ll get to do what you love all the time… PLAY MUSIC! Hope you enjoyed today’s tip! I really also hope you enjoy the video from our Philadelphia Jingle Jam 2014 event! Bertos and I teamed up to offer video services. With Bertos behind the camera grabbing great footage, I was able to produce this great video. Hope you like it! Stay tuned next Tuesday for a new DJ video. Thank you for all your support!!! DeeJay Shelly

Special thanks to DJ Nathan Barta, Samantha Overstreet, Kim Sargent and of course my adorable sister Marcella McAdams for all their help!!! And special, special thanks to Kevin Albert (aka Bertos) and Mike for capturing all the amazing shots!!! What an amazing event!

Thank you to Christine Angeline Photography and Rachael Conlan Photography for capturing most of our photos from these unique events (some featured in this video!) Thank you Christine!!!

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DJ Quick Tip. How to grow your Mobile DJ Business. How to become a Club DJ.

Here’s my coffee talk on the best DJ Quick tip I have for those who are trying to grow their mobile DJ business, or trying to get into a club. If you like the quick tip please don’t forget to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel where I’ll bring you a new DJ tip on everything DJ – every Tuesday!

So you know you’re a great DJ. You know you have what it takes. The problem is you can’t get your foot in the door of the night club, or event venue, where you want to DJ. This video is a quick tip to help you get your foot in the door. Believe it or not, this simple, nice gesture has gotten me on a number of preferred vendor lists.

What is it? Buy them a cup of coffee! Why?
1) It shows you are not thinking just about yourself! You are a team player. This will let them know you’re also a team player when you work an event.
2) It lets them know you understand they are busy – you are considerate of their time – and you appreciate their time. Event planners, club owners, event managers are extremely busy. Most of us in the events industry work all week planning and booking events, then we’re working the events on the weekend. Sometimes they may not even have a minute to grab lunch let alone coffee. I can’t tell you how many managers said, “You’re a life saver! Thank you for bringing me this coffee. I so needed it! Tell me a little more about your DJ company.”
3) In a way it also shows them you are interested in building a long term relationship. Most of these people are so busy, they don’t want to constantly spend time finding good DJs. They want to find one or a few they like to work with and keep them on their roster so they have one last thing to worry about. They want to feel confident not only are you a great DJ, but also you’ll be around for a while. By bringing them something like a cup of coffee you are starting the relationship and you are starting it off on a good note.

Many of you may think this is a silly DJ Tip. I can assure you this simple gesture has gotten my foot in the door to numerous venues. Mostly because these people can’t believe someone did something nice for THEM! The biggest way to become successful in any business is to put the shoe on the other foot.

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Tuesday’s DJ Tip! How to Adapt! Quick Tip on RCA connectors and adapters.

Have you ever wondered what adpaters you need to correctly set up DJ equipment? Well, I’ve been DJing for over 15 years and I’m still learning new things! Since I LOVE MUSIC, on this Valentine’s Day, I decided to talk DJ with one of my good friends, DJ Nickels. In this short quick tip from DJ Nickels, I learned about a new adapter I could use to improve the balance of my sound.

When hooking up from my controller to my JBL Self Powered (Active) Speaker, I was using a single Male RCA to Male XLR. While the normal ear may not be able to tell the difference, I learned I was missing half the signal. What DJ Nickels explained, is in order to have balanced sound, you want to make sure you are plugging into both the left and right signals on your controller. If you only have one Male RCA to XLR, you can use a RCA adapter with one Female and two Male RCA to split the signal into two.

A belated Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! We hope you spent this weekend doing what you love! I know I did – playing music!

Thanks DJ Nickels! If you enjoyed our quick tip today on DJ equipment adapters, then Get Shell Shocked and Subscribe to the Sounds By Shelly YouTube Channel! What’s more, sign up for my email notifications. This way, you’ll get alerted each time I post a new video. Hope to see you back here next Tuesday where I’ll show you how I get a little LOOPY! Thanks everyone! DJ DeeJay Shelly.

How to Buy a DJ Controller. Review of the Numark Mix Deck Express.

A lot of beginner DJs ask me about controllers. What is the best controller to purchase? In this short video, I tell you why I purchased the Numark MixDeck Express. I also give you some questions to ask yourself before you purchase a controller. Hopefully these questions will help you select the best one for you.

Numark MixDeck Express Quick Overview:
1) Great for the beginner DJ
2) Great for the mobile DJ
3) Great for your wallet!
Do you want to DJ full time? Or, is this just a hobby for you?

As a business owner, I have to look at every piece of equipment as an investment. The Numark MixDeck Express is great for DJs who are just getting started. So, I purchased the MixDeck so that I could teach my DJ assistants how to use a controller. Which is what I did. Now, when I book them their own jobs the MixDeck Express is the controller they use.

What is your budget?

Controllers are expensive! Usually bundled with software, controllers average around $800 and can go as high as thousands. At $500, I feel the MixDeck with Serato DJ Intro is a steal! While I think this is a great controller for any Mobile DJ, the price makes it a great buy for the beginner DJ who is just getting started.

What kind of DJ are you?

While this controller does allow you to do many of the same things other controllers offer; Cue, Brake, Reverse, Scratch and Loop. The one downfall is you don’t have the convenience of the special effects buttons being right on the controller. You have to use your software. Yet, for the types of events I DJ, this is not a deal breaker for me. I DJ all types of events from corporate Gallas, weddings, fashion shows to teen events. I don’t use the special effects at every event, as apposed to a club DJ, who needs to have the convenience of these buttons on the actual controller. (As with anything, the more bells & whistles and the more convenient something is usually means more $$$).

Great for the mobile DJ.
I’m a female DJ. Plus I’m a Mobile DJ. I need equipment which is easy and light weight for me to transport around. The MixDeck Express is so easy to pack up and take with me anywhere to any type of event. So if you’re a DJ who is always on the go this may be a great DJ controller for you.

Hopefully this helps you out if you are a beginner DJ, or any DJ in the market to purchase a new DJ Controller. Hope to see you back here every Tuesday, when I launch a new video. If you found this video helpful, please don’t forget to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel and sign up for email notifications. This way, you’ll get notified each time I launch a new video. Thanks everyone! DeeJay Shelly