Tuesday, August 15
(Exhibits run from Noon to 6 pm)
10:00 – 11:45, Room 303
Chauvet DJ Presents: Lighting to Energize Events and Profits—Hosted by Jeremy Brech
Learn powerful lighting techniques and tools, including a SoundSwitch demo, to add new dimensions of ambience, excitement and design energy to your gigs that can increase profits and get you booked over and over.
12:30 – 2:00, Room 301
Country Music & Dance Seminar—Hosted by Alan Kohn
Along with a panel of experts, Connecticut DJ Alan Kohn will explain how the country-music market can be a unique profit center for DJs. Kohn and crew will deliver crucial information on the genre and a market that stays strong, no matter the musical trends of the day. Attendees will also be treated to an energetic dance lesson.
1:00 – 2:00, Room 322
Mashups: Playing & Producing—Hosted by Adam Dutch
For DJs tired of playing the same Top-40 and classic tracks found on radio, this session will demonstrate how mashup live performance and production can provide multiple benefits for DJs and producers. Helmed by mashup artist/DJ Adam Dutch, this session will discuss how to utilize pre-existing mashups into sets, as well as live mashups using different material. Discussion will include production techniques, where to find source material, music theory and song-construction concepts.
1:00 – 2:30, Room 304
Mitzvah Mania with Big Daddy—Hosted by Sean McKee
Sean “Big Daddy” McKee has been instilling his unique energy to Mitzvahs for many years, and attendees can expect to gain the benefit of his experience and wisdom at this always-popular interactive seminar. Come here to see the latest developments in all things Mitzvah.
2:30 – 3:30, Room 301
Keynote Q&A: Biz Markie—Hosted by Jim Tremayne
Since the early days of hip-hop, Biz Markie has always been there – as an MC, recording artist and DJ. Often called “The Clown Prince of Hip-Hop,” Biz has enjoyed memorable moments on MTV, on the biggest stages like Madison Square Garden, and on the DJ decks at the hottest parties. Presented by Roland, Biz will discuss his colorful career, including the story behind his evergreen hit “Just a Friend,” plus the new DJ technologies that excite him. Nobody beats the Biz!
3:00 – 4:30, Room 304
Let the Games Begin—Hosted by Jake Jacobsen
For weddings and all types of events, a new and exciting game can be a difference-maker. Jersey mobile Jake Jacobsen lives and breathes games, and you’ll be glad he does because you’re sure to take home something unique in your market.
3:30 – 4:30, Room 322
AmpTrack Technologies Presents: Making Music on the Cloud—Hosted by Bil Bryant
Bil Bryant is one of the early pioneers of the commercial sampling industry – producing, recording and licensing sounds and samples to Sonic Foundry/Sony Media software, Apple (Garageband/Logic/Jampacks), Ableton, Reason, Steinberg, Cakewalk, Akai, Creative Labs, MOTU, Denon, Yamaha (Vocaloids), Sound Ideas and Microsoft. His company PowerFX developed the first internet-connected VST, “Sound Shuttle,” and the most popular internet sequencer, Soundation. Now he is leading a new company called Amptrack Technologies that are developing unique web-based music creation tools, including Amped Studio. The first hybrid DAW, it’s a cloud-based music creation platform that also works offline. All your musical projects, instruments and effects are readily available to use anytime, anyplace.
4:00 – 5:15, Room 301
Audio 101 for DJs: Sound-Reinforcement Fundamentals—Hosted by Tony Fernandez
Virginia-based DJ vet Tony Fernandez will deliver the basics and more for DJs looking to perfect their approach to sound reinforcement. Topics include: Things to look for when buying speakers; Loudspeaker placement; Gain structure; Proper soundcheck; Compressor, EQ, DSP, etc.; and Tips/Tricks that’ll get you the best sound.
5:00 – 6:30, Room 304
Lessons from the Brandmakers: Branding You & Your DJ Business—Hosted by Artem Lomaz
Artem Lomaz of New Jersey’s Ninety Three Entertainment combines a gaggle of outside-the-industry experts that will help DJs better relate to potential clients, as well as develop an introspective review process. This panel will offer insights into business and performance-enhancement opportunities for all attendees.
5:30 – 6:30, Room 301
Video DJ Content Masterclass—Hosted by Joshua Carl
This panel, which includes the top-dog Video DJs, will get you started on how to create your own original content for your video shows – video remixes and editing basics, sample player files, text graphics, overlays and much more. Lots of info will be given, so be sure to bring your notepad or even your editing PC.
5:30 – 6:30, Room 322
ADJ Presents: LD on a Budget
Presented by ADJ, this session from the longtime lighting manufacturer will show DJs how to create beautiful lighting designs without breaking the bank. Make memorable and artistic presentations, while your company increases its profits!