Prairie View HS Prom @ Sherman Street

A classic building for a landmark event for these kids. Rumor has it that the Sherman Street complex was one of the first buildings in Denver to have electricity. We were lucky that it was built to last; the kids put the floor to the test during the ‘stomp’ section of the Cha Cha Slide.

The crowd ranged from bachata to hip-hop, country to dubstep. At least one couple arrived by horse and carriage! The highlight of the entire night was when crowd bonded around their prom king in a truly inspirational display of friendship inclusion.


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Mashup App | Mobile mixing for pro DJs [Waves]

Mashup App by Waves

A lot of hype to go with a steep price in comparison to most of the already established, tested & respected iPad DJ apps. The competition in this arena is fierce and I am guessing that they plan to use their name recognition to leap ahead of the pack. Unfortunately, it appears that they focused so much on being mobile that they didn’t consider making the app MIDI-compatible. That mistake gives the upper hand to apps like Algoriddim’s ‘djay’ and PCDJ’s ‘DJ Dex’.

Since there is no mentioning of the output connection method, I will assume that the standard headphone jack or Apple iOS device output connectors are needed to send the sound to club/PA systems. This isn’t a step forward in technology, it’s just more of the status quo. Bluetooth and wifi are the path to salvation for mobile DJing with an iPad.

Waves did at least try to address the cueing problem present in most iPad DJ apps by using a synching/cueing feature with an iPhone/iTouch. From what I gathered in the video [link], you would connect your headphones to the iPhone rather than trying to spilt the sound out of the iPad to the speakers AND the headphones. Sounds great in theory, but DJs will have to remember to put their iPhones into airplane mode and then re-enable wifi or bluetooth in order to avoid phone calls interrupting their monitor.

The on-board effects options definitely provide a reason to consider this app. The precise control shown in the video has me considering laying down the $40 necessary to play with these features. However, I already own no less than 8 DJing apps and I am firmly in the waiting line for Numark’s iDJ Pro controller that is specifically designed for use with the iPad and djay software.

Again, here is the video link for Mashup in action w/ features list

Beckett Bat Mitzvah @ Infinity Park Events Center – Dance Trax Entertainment

An enjoyable and informative event; the theme was important/successful/inspirational Jewish women in history. LOTS of vendors in attendance; barely any room for me! This was a Dance Trax Entertainment event, so there was more lighting, dancers, and an emcee involved in the festivities…

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Niwot HS Prom @ Folsom Field Clubhouse

SOTR sent me with one of their big sound packages and lights. The setup seemed massive, but it was necessary to cut through the mass of kids- the dance floor stayed packed all night. It appears that dubstep is falling out of favor with the younger crowd: only 2 requests, plus one written demand for NO MORE!

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There was a sorority formal in the other club level banquet hall, but our sound left them speechless…

My new fav music website: Hype Machine!

Learn to DJ #22: Digital Cratedigging Tips – YouTube.

Digital DJ Tips posted a new YouTube tutorial episode entitled “Digital Cratedigging Tips”. I had never heard of Hype Machine, but I checked it out due to their suggestion. Suffice it to say that it is now my go-to site for reviewing the latest music…

Check them out if you need to stay up on the latest or most popular music floating around!

My new method of finding new/popular music: Hype Machine

A popular DJ blog I subscribe to called Digital DJ Tips posted a new YouTube tutorial entitled “Digital Crate-digging Tips”. As a DJ with a full-time day job, it is almost impossible to stay up on new and popular music unless you stay attached to a radio. Radio DJs can often influence your style to the point where you lose unique ideas for mixes and miss out on non-commercial music. Commercial radio is not the only place to find popular music; however, reliable sources are hard to find.

I had never heard of Hype Machine, but I checked it out due to Digital DJ Tips’ suggestion. Suffice it to say that it is now my go-to site for reviewing the latest music. Check them out if you need to stay up on the latest or most popular music floating around!