New Year’s Eve 2017: Exciting DJ & Drums Rooftop Party at The Fenwick Inn Ocean City, MD!

“Hottest DJ in Ocean City” “Best DJ we’ve ever seen” “You are so much FUN!” “You’re the female DJ! We watched your YouTube Channel before you came!” – Thank you Ocean City for these great reviews from our NYE rooftop party!

Rod and I were so excited to perform our “DJ & Drums” on NYE 2017 on the rooftop of The Fenwick Inn (OC 360 Eats + Drinks) in Ocean City, MD! (PLEASE NOTE: This video footage was not taken, or edited, by a professional videographer. This was taken either by myself, or Josh (DJ tech), while at the event. Hope it shows how much fun we all had bringing in the new year!

Rod Gross, MLE’s drummer, used to tour with top names in the industry such as, Boy George and Cindy Lauper. I am so excited to have him on our team taking on the east coast with me! Last year, we performed for all types of events from DC to Philadelphia. This year? We hope to come to your city!

Are you a Mobile DJ looking to grow your business?

One of the things that has helped me to go full time as a DJ is to constantly improve and enhance my services. Last year, I launched our “DJ & Instruments.” Our most popular group is our “DJ, Drums & Electric Violin”. I always want to make sure I’m bringing my clients something different and unique. More importantly – regardless if I’m DJ’ing a NYE party, fashion show, corporate event, wedding, or even a sponsored event (where I’m donating my time), I always give it my all! Have you done something to help grow your mobile DJ business? Please share with us in the comments below. This way, we can all keep doing what we love – playing music!

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Tuesday’s DJ Tip: How to be a Mobile DJ: How to use a Generator

 

http://www.MichelleLeeEntertainment.com I don’t normally like to use generators, but when there’s no electricity near by, you may need one. If you’ve been hired to DJ an outside ceremony, you always want to find out if you’ll have electric. If not, you may need to buy, or rent a generator to power your equip. Things you’ll need to know:
1) Make sure you get one that is strong enough to power your equipment
2) Make sure you have a long extension cord (while they’re not super loud, they do make some noise. You’ll want to make sure they are a bit aways from the ceremony area.
3) Make sure it’s filled with gas
4) Turn the choke On
5) Turn the generator On
6) Pull the cord and start er’ up!
7) Once warmed up you can turn the choke off

I’m not a big fan of using generators because I’ve been told by electricians and sound guys they could put stress on your equip. So I only use them when I absolutely have to. Plus, if it’s not strong enough you can feel the electricity pulling and if this happens it can effect the sound of the music going high and low. If you need to use one just make sure you test it out before hand.

If you are a beginner DJ just starting out I hope this video helped you. If it did, please don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE so I can keep brining you DJ Tips and Advice. Also, let me know if you have any other topics you’d like me to cover. Thanks for your support! Michelle Lee aka DeeJay Shelly

 

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 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

What’s Black and Orange and Buzzes? Oh no! It’s my JBL Speaker – Run!

 

No, don’t run from the speaker! RUN a test to troubleshoot the issue!

So you have your DJ equipment set up and ready to play. You do a sound check and realize your speaker is buzzing! Yikes! What do you do? Why/how does this happen?

In this video for beginner DJs (Or any DJ) Paul and I bring you a quick tip on trouble shooting DJ equipment. What’s the quick tip? If you hear a buzzing noise coming from your speakers check your cables first.

Well, there’s a few reasons why your speakers could be buzzing. However, when this happens to me, I always troubleshoot my cables first – starting with my wireless mics and then speaker cables. In most cases, it’s a cable issue.

This happened to me a few weeks ago. I was DJing a wedding in Rehoboth Beach and my assistant (and beginner DJ), Nathan Barta, noticed one of our JBL speakers buzzing during the sound check. Oh no! You know how I feel about my JBLs. If they’re not happy, neither am I! So what’s a DJ to do?

The best thing to do when this happens it to isolate the issue. Meaning, start disconnecting different pieces of equipment and/or cables to figure out where it’s coming from. The most important thing to remember – TURN YOUR AMP OFF – before you start unplugging/plugging things. Trust me you don’t want to hear that awful noise your AMP will make when it’s not happy – and either will anyone in the room!

First, we turned our amp off and disconnected one microphone from the Numark Mix Deck Controller – turned the AMP back on. Still buzzing. Ok, it’s not that mic. So we turned the AMP off again. Unplugged the second mic from the mixdeck. No buzzing. Ok, so now we know where it’s coming from. It’s either the mic receiver or the cable. I went back to the truck and grabbed a different mic cable. Plugged it in – everything’s good! Except when we went to our next job the following weekend. UGH! Buzzing again. Since I actually used an older cable as my backup I decided time to take it to Pat’s and see what Paul thinks. I figured I’d fill you in on what Paul thinks so I took the video of our conversation.

Paul agreed. In most cases it is a bad cable. However, it could also be the mic receiver, or even the connection to the controller. If you know for a fact it’s a bad cable the fix is easy. You replace the cable. Yet if you’re not 100% sure the best thing to do is to take it to Pat’s! Or, your local music store.

While I was with Paul, I also asked him the scoop on cables. Are brand name cables better quality than generic? Cables can go bad easily and without warning. So, I wanted to get Paul’s thoughts on what’s best to buy. He said it’s not necessarily the brand name. You can buy a quality cable by looking at the thickness of the cable and the end. Usually if you have a decent thickness to the cable and the end looks good you’re ok!

(It’s a BEST PRACTICE to always have 2 mics set up and ready to go. In the event one decides to stop working for whatever reason and you’re in the middle of introducing the bride and groom, you can easily grab the second mic. Years ago this happened to me. As a rule of thumb I ALWAYS have two mics set up for every event. In addition, you should always carry back up equipment – this includes cables!)

Hey guys hope you enjoyed our video today! If there’s a topic you’d like me to cover, or something you want to learn about DJ equipment let me know! If I don’t know the answer I’ll find it out for you! Thanks! DeeJay Shelly. (Thank you to Christine Angeline for being a great sport and taking this video for me on my iPhone! Love her!)

Sound Check!

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How important is the SOUND LEVEL at an event to you? Do you care if the music is too loud – or too low? Can you tell if the music doesn’t sound crisp or clear? Starting out as a beginner DJ one of the fastest things I learned was how important the sound level of the music was at an event. If it’s too loud, it creates an uncomfortable experience for your guests. On the flip side, if it’s too low, it doesn’t create the “party” atmosphere.

How can you always ensure great sound at your event?
1) Always, always, always – Do a sound check! If something doesn’t sound right to you, most likely it’s not going to sound ok to your guests.
2) When needed, bring an assistant with you to monitor the sound throughout the entire night. As you change from cocktail to dance hour – and as more guests arrive – the sound level needs to be adjusted. If you can’t bring an assistant, then make sure you are stepping out from behind the ones and twos and doing it yourself. When I’m at a venue where I know the staff, I’ll even ask them to give me a heads up if they think it’s too loud/soft. (One thing guests may not know is how different the music sounds from behind the speakers. However it’s not their job – it’s yours!).
3) Of course great equipment always helps! I love my JBLs. I always get compliments on how great the music sounds when I use these speakers. If you’re just purchasing your first set of mobile DJ equipment speaker quality is a huge thing to consider. It may be more beneficial to purchase a not so fancy, expensive controller in order to purchase the higher quality speakers. It won’t matter how well you’re mixing if the music doesn’t sound good. Of course, it also depends on what types of events you plan on DJing.

For more information on how you can improve the sound at your events check out DeeJay Shelly’s DJ Tutorials on our YouTube Channel. There’s more to come so if you find them helpful, please SUBSCRIBE! Thanks guys!

Sound Reinforcement: Speaker Set Up:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqXOMf7PZ5A&list=TL8-f6EWEhXmfIa4jLITT5rTGkaDC4aXH9

How does that Sound? How to improve the Sound Quality at your events:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iclnkk9rdMo&list=TLvHTp5jbZCGfCLJ1y2l8gYSSyxT1_R8Ei

LASER LIGHTS

Are you a DJ looking for some big lighting effects but don’t want to spend the big bucks most lasers cost? galaxian laser 3Then check out the Micro Royal Galaxian.

Mike, the guest DJ at my event last night, was checking out my cool mini laser. He wants one! What’s great about this mini laser? The price! It can work for many types of events, yet not cost you a fortune like most laser lights.

Four reasons why DeeJay Shelly likes this:
1) Mini laser
It doesn’t over take the entire room like a “club” style laser. This doesn’t mean you can’t use it for a club or small bar – you absolutely can – and provide a great light show. What the mini laser offers is the ability to provide a tasteful laser light show effect even at an upscale venue. This way you don’t have to spend a ton of money purchasing numerous light shows for different types of events.

If you DJ kids’ parties you will thank yourself for bringing this to your next kid event! You have the option to shine it on the wall, ceiling, or dance floor. Shine the laser on a wall and the kids will keep themselves busy chasing the moving lights!!

2) Light show options are blue, red, or both.
Most people associate green lasers as “club” type light shows. Florescent green lasers provide great lighting effects for night clubs, but for a wedding they can come off as tacky (of course, unless your client wants the “club” type feel for their reception). For a few of my younger clients’ weddings, I’ve used this laser for the end of night dancing and they loved it! The blue color lights especially seem to be a favorite since they provide the laser light show type feel, but with a more subtle tone.

3) IT’S SO SMALL! If you are used to carrying around the big and bulky lights, you’ll be very happy that this light is about the size of a cable box! Especially for FEMALE DJs – considering the size and weight of this product and the fact that it provides a great light show it’s really a must have!

4) You can’t beat the price! Some lasers can cost up to $1000+. You can find this mini portable laser online – new $200.00 and used $125.00.

Are you a DJ? DJ Shelly wants to know…What lighting effects do you use at your events?