Dj Equipment Highlight: Numark DJ2FGO2

 

 Every time after an event, I think about what would make it better. Often I would think what other songs would have been appropriate and what equipment would be better to make the set up faster. I like the fact that I believe in having back ups to my back ups. I always bring my main Pioneer controller.  It is a work-horse and I can use it without fail. Earlier this year, I would bring another Pioneer controller just in case. Just in case never happened but it was peace of mind and there was no worry since I had my back up. 

  I learned of a mini controller that would fit on the laptop. Maybe it was too good to be true but I looked into it. Many folks thought it was a nice piece of equipment.  The Numark DJ2GO2 is a matter a fact to go equipment that can be set up in minutes. There was no learning curve and it was easy to mix music. If there is a fear that someone can not mix with it, but one can actually beat-match and throw in a song at the appropriate time.  One of the only downsides is one cannot get down with the scratching on this equipment. It is a simple controller to manage your music. Also if one is going on a trip, he or she can prepare their set since its very mobile. This piece of equipment is a good back up and can rock any party if needed.

December Playlist 2018

SILK CITY FT DUA LIPA ELECTRICITY

ARIANA GRANDE  THANK U, NEXT

BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY AND KHALID  EASTSIDE

LIL DUVAL FT SNOOP DOGG AND BALL GREEZY  SMILE

BAD  BUNNY FT DRAKE  MIA

HALSEY  WITHOUT ME

DJ SNAKE  TAKI TAKI

PANIC! AT THE DISCO HIGH HOPES

MEEK MILL FT DRAKE GOING BAD

POST MALONE AND SWAE LEE SUNFLOWER

TRAVIS SCOTT SICKO MODE

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER YOUNGBLOOD

GUCCI MANE, BRUNO MARS AND KODAK BLACK  WAKE UP IN THE SKY

MARSHMELLO AND BASTILLE HAPPIER

LIL BABY AND GUNNA DRIP TOO HARD

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Wedding Entrance Songs to get the Party Started (Grand Entrance)

Happy by Pharrel Williams

Crazy in Love by Beyonce

One More Time by Daft Punk

Let Me Clear My Throat DJ Kool

This is How We Do It Montell Jordan

Hip Hop Hooray by Naughty by Nature

I Got A Feeling by Black Eyed Peas

Turn Down for What  by Lil Jon

We Found Love by Rihanna and Calvin Harris

Hey Ya by OutKast

Celebration  by Kool and the Gang

All I Do is Win  by Dj Khalid

Uptown Funk  by Bruno Mars

Bitter Sweet Symphony by the Verve

You Can’t Hurry Love by the Supremes

Don’t Stop Believing by Journey

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What I am Thankful This Year in my DJ Business

2018 Has been a great year. I have to be thankful for many blessings during this past year. 2017 was a good year but 2018 blew it out of the water. The people that I have connected with made it beautiful year for me and I appreciate all that I met and all that I have learned. 

 

 I would like to thank my fabulous clients and are so easy to work with. They gave me phenomenal playlists to keep the party going and gave awesome suggestions during the event. They are quick to respond and are good people in general. 

 

Also I would thank my preferred vendors who do great work and I do work with them on different events. It is a beautiful partnership. They inspire me to always be on top of my game since they are always on top of theirs. 

 

I do want to thank the schools I work with. It amazes me to see students with so much energy and enthusiasm. I do appreciate that the leadership teachers are classy folks and do great jobs providing a festive environment. I know it is not easy to set up multiple events per year but they keep on working hard to make the magic happen.

 

I really want to thank a few mentors who have given me wonderful suggestions. I would meet with them regularly and they would open up my eyes to work on my business savvy and also give tips on different dj set ups and equipment. Often times, we learn one way and stick to that way but I was able to see different set ups and pick and choose what I liked. 

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High School and Junior High Dances Requests

  At some functions, I have an assistant with me who can get requests from students of a song they have to hear. Typically I have a list a week before that I follow, but I do take requests. Sometimes, I am doing the event solo so there is no one to take requests. Most often than not, a student will approach me right in the middle of a transition so they don’t have my all my attention. But when I m able to focus on their requests I will look it up and put it on my prepare list to have it close by so I can include it in the mix.

   I try to give all the students the attention that they want but it makes it difficult since I’m trying to keep the dance floor filled with paying attention to the lighting and the volume control. I have put down a notebook for students to put down their requests.  In the notebook, students are able to put the song name and artists.  Songs that have profanity or inappropriate I cross off since I cannot play them at a school dance. Once I see a song written a few times in different handwriting then I can slip it in. There were a few times students wrote their song in really big handwriting. Those ones are not played! This past week a student wrote please play this song and I will give you 10 dollars. Of course there was no student name but I thought it was funny so I played the song because the student was creative. I knew no one was going to be giving 10 dollars but it stood out.

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NOVEMBER PLAYLIST 2018

BENNY BLANCO, HALSEY, AND KHALID  EASTSIDE

KHALID AND NORMANI  LOVE LIES

TRAVIS SCOTT SICKO MODE

SILK CITY AND DUA LIPA  ELECTRICITY

DJ SNAKE  TAKI TAKI

BEBE REXHA I’M A MESS

CALVIN HARRIS AND SAM SMITH  PROMISES

ARRIANA GRANDE  BREATHIN

MEEK MILL  DANGEROUS

DRAKE  NONSTOP

BAZZI  BEAUTIFUL

JUICE WRLD  LUCID DREAMS

KODAK BLACK  ZEZE

SHECK WES  MO BAMBA

BAD BUNNY  AND DRAKE  MIA

CARDI B  I LIKE IT

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Creative and Talented Wedding in Santa Clara October 20th

 Typically at a wedding, I am the only source of music. There are some instances when that is not the case. On October 20th, I did a wedding with talented guests and it was one to remember. I brought my typical equipment plus an extra mixer with cabling. The young musicians delighted the crowd with their vocals and their keyboard and guitar skills. It did not take them long to set up since it was running through my system. For this set up, I included a Mackie 1402 analogue mixer. It had 14 channels  (and it was not complicated to work) so I can easily add 2 more microphones, 2 guitars and 1 keyboard. Also I had my own wireless microphone connected and with my controller was connected to the mixer. From the mixer out, the videographer was able to record everything that took place at the wedding with a recording device. 

   The best man told me he was nervous and wanted to do the second toast after the maid of honor. With that information, I introduced the toast and gave the microphone to the maid of honor. Later I was told that the best man would be doing the toast while a guitar was strummed and I relayed the information to him and he had a shocked look on his face. The best man started serenading the bride and groom and it surprised everyone. In reality, the best man was not nervous but it was an act. He had a good voice and sang a good song. Weddings can be creative especially when you have talented people. 

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Halloween Playlist 2018

Halloween Playlist 2018

 

Some of the best Halloween songs come from movie soundtracks.  When people do hear these songs from the movies, they think of the goosebumps they hand during the movie.

 

Micheal Jackon Thriller

Tubular Bells

Gerard McMann Cry, Little Sister

Oingo Boingo Dead Man’s Party

Blue Oyster Cult Don’t Fear the Reaper

Nine Inch Nails  Dead Souls

Ray Parker JR Ghostbusters

Warren Zevon Werevolves of London

Rockwell  Somebody’s Watching Me

Mc Hammer  Addams Groove

Bobby Pickett  Monster Mash

John Carpenter Halloween Theme Song

Rob Zombie  Dragula

Marilyn Manson  This is Halloween

Dj Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince  Nightmare on my Street

Creedence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising

AC/DC  Hells Bells

Radiohead Creep

Ella Henderson  Ghost

 AC/DC  Highway to Hell

Little Mix  Black Magic

Eminem and Rihanna The Monster

Imagine Dragons Demons

Nina Simone  I Put a Spell on You  

Evanescence  Bring Me to Life

Katy Perry ft Kanye West E.T.  

Rihanna  Disturbia

Marilyn Manson  Sweet Dreams are Made of These

Lady Gaga  Monster

The Smiths  How Soon is Now

Dusty Springfield Spooky

Alice Cooper Feed My Frankenstein

Metallica  Enter Sandman

Primus  The Devil Went Down to Georgia

The Ramones  Pet Sematary

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