2018 DJ Expo Seminar, Panel & Keynote Schedule
Monday, August 13
(There Are No Exhibits Today)
10:30-11:00, Room 16
Intro, Kick-Off & Networking Session
Connect with your fellow attendees at this annual DJ Expo kick-off session. With MC Jake Jacobsen at the helm, this meet-and-greet session will encourage each attendee to put his or her best foot forward. Mix and mingle, exchange business cards, and tap into your inner curiosity about DJs from other markets. Get ready to listen and share, so that you return to your hometown inspired to have your greatest year ever!
11:00-12:30, Room 16
All-Star MCs—Hosted by Adam Weitz
Popular Pennsylvania DJ Adam Weitz will gather some of the country’s best MCs to share unique tips that will take your events to another level.
12:30 – 2:00, Room 24
Intro to SEO: How to Rank Your DJ Services on Google
Are you unhappy that your competition ranks on Page 1 of Google – and your company doesn’t? Reverse the trend! Take in this nuts-and-bolts Search-Engine-Optimization session with Digitera’s Jordan St. Jacques and learn how to boost your Google rankings – and get to Page 1! Bring your laptop & take notes.
1:00 – 2:00, Room 16
10.10.10 – 10 Years of DJ Expo Lessons
Ideas delivered at DJ Expo will blow your mind and increase your business! Presented by Mark M. Brenneisen of Adirondack Weddings & Events, the seminar will discuss how DJ Expo has turned middling businesses into success stories. Included in this entertaining session: Video clips submitted from attendees, describing how DJ Expo has helped bolster their bottom line.
2:00 – 3:00, Room 20
Creating Unique Moments for Weddings that Last a Lifetime
Every wedding DJ says, “I make them dance!” All DJs do that. This seminar, helmed by Fox Feltman of BTA Entertainment, talks about the unique things that happen between the dancing to create magical moments.
2:30 – 3:30, Room 24
New Tech: The Latest Gear for DJs
Featuring top retailers like Randy White of Washington Music Center (Maryland), Kevin Famoso of IDJNow (Long Island) and Frank Garcia of Mainline Lighting & Sound (NYC), this seminar will give the straight dope and the latest tips on all the new technology for club, mobile and studio DJs. Moderated by DJ Times’ Jim Tremayne.
3:00 – 4:00, Room 16
Going Full-Time: Making the Transition/Taking the Plunge
Are you a part-time DJ looking to go full-time? Seeking bigger, greener pastures? Well, almost all DJs start as part-time DJs – Jason Klock certainly did. But now he’s a successful full-timer and, in this informative DJ Expo session, the Klock Entertainment founder will reveal the tactics he employed – and the mistakes he made – in making his full-time DJ dream come true.
4:00 – 5:00, Room 20
Pioneer DJ Seminar: rekordbox dj Lighting mode & rekordbox lyric
Want to spend less time running your lights and more time being a DJ? Pioneer DJ brings you the newest version of rekordbox, now with rekordbox Lighting mode and rekordbox lyric. rekordbox Lighting creates light show patterns from your tracks, while rekordbox lyric plays the lyrics of a song on a monitor or through a projector. Giveaways at this in-depth seminar include one DDJ-1000 rekordbox DJ controller, one RB-DMX1 interface, and rekordbox licenses. Be there early to register for valuable Pioneer DJ prizes!
4:30 – 5:30, Room 24
Music Programming: Tips, Tricks & Reading the Room
What’s the best way for a DJ to musically approach a gig? Do you ever have trouble figuring which song to play next? Which songs mix best with others? What are the do’s & don’ts? In this revealing session, veteran DJ Tony Fernandez will offer the tips and tricks for programming a variety of events
5:00 – 6:00, Room 16
10 Things You Can Do TOMORROW to Improve Your DJ Business
In this seminar, Massachusetts mobile DJ Rob Peters will introduce 10 ideas that most DJs can implement to improve their businesses in a quick, easy and cost effective manner. Learn simple steps to improve customer service, networking, business practices, marketing, and more to implement quickly – and get results!
Tuesday, August 14
(Exhibits run from Noon to 6 pm)
10:00 – 11:45, Room 16
Chauvet DJ Presents Lighting Strategies for Winning Events – Moderated by Jeremy Brech
In this informative seminar, Jeremy Brech (Owner of DJ Jer Lighting and Events) helps you understand lighting concepts – from simple events to some of the most over-the-top lighting designs. Learn how to paint with light, create design concepts, and produce breathtaking events with your lighting. Brech will share ideas on how to get the best bang for your buck when it comes to lighting and building a lighting business at any level.
12:30 – 1:30, Room 20
Country Music & Dance Seminar
Returning with a favorite Expo session, Connecticut DJ Alan Kohn will explain how DJs can make big bucks spinning Country & Western music. This informative seminar will include important market and genre info and, as always, will offer an energetic dance lesson from Kohn’s crack dance team. Bring your dancing boots!
1:00 – 2:00, Room 24
Roland DJ Workshop: DJ-202, DJ-505 & DJ-808 Controllers
Join Roland for an in-depth workshop on the DJ-202, DJ-505, and DJ-808 – the first controllers to incorporate a TR-drum machine and sequencer – and supporting platforms like the new-look Serato DJ Pro. OP Miller & Matthew “Recloose” Chicoine will show how this potent combination can be used for a variety of creative and functional applications – from live performances to studio creation, to corporate and social events. All workshop attendees will be in the draw for Roland/Serato swag and giveaways!
1:00 – 2:30, Room 16
Party Games with Jake
In this all-new high-energy session, New Jersey mobile Jake Jacobsen will help showcase the best, new party-starting games that’ll be sure to help you win business in your market.
2:00 – 3:00, Room 20
Digital DJ Tips Keynote: The DJ Website Is Not Dead – How to Make Yours Work for You
Let’s face it: Our potential customers are spending most of their time on Facebook and Instagram. With the average DJ’s website being dated, poorly maintained, and not fit for modern devices, it may seem like maintaining a web presence is yesterday’s game. But done right, a DJ website in 2018 can be a great tool for attracting business – a secret weapon that helps to secure more and higher paying bookings. Phil Morse of Digital DJ Tips shows how to get it right in today’s online world.
3:00 – 4:30, Room 16
Mitzvah Massive with Big Daddy and Special Guests
Every year Sean “Big Daddy” McKee does his Mitzvah by wowing Expo attendees with his annual marquee massive. This year, the mock Mitzvah will help attendees understand the ins and outs of Mitzvah performance. Also, Adam Weitz will present an innovative way to market yourself to the mitzvah community.
3:00 – 4:00, Room 24
Intro to Socials: How to Use Social Media to Generate Qualified Leads
DJs, are you tired of your unproductive social-media profiles? Every day, social-media users are qualifying themselves as possible customers of your business – but you have to go in there and get them! Learn social-media lead generation, community building and groups marketing from Digitera’s Jordan St. Jacques and supercharge your business!
4:00 – 5:00, Room 20
Mashups: Playing & Producing
Need to freshen up your live performance set? Do you have an idea for two songs that go well together, something that other DJs need to play? This seminar will teach you how to integrate pre-existing mash-ups into sets, as well as composing live mash-ups using different material. Helmed by Maryland-based DJ/mash-up artist Adam Dutch, this session will discuss production techniques, where to find source material, music theory, song-construction concepts, and a workshop-style improvised mashup production.
5:00 – 6:30, Room 16
Weddings & More: Tips to Help You Crush Your Next Event
Nick Spinelli of SCE Event Group and the author of “Wedding DJ Tips” will deliver a slew of useful advice on rocking the party. Topics include: How to organize requests; Why a live mix during dinner works; First-dance sets; Special dance cues; Dispensing with gimmicks & more.
5:30 – 6:30, Room 24
2018 Video DJ Symposium
Hosted by Massachusetts DJ Joshua Carl, this annual DJ Expo panel of veteran Video DJs will handle all related topics. What’s the latest in the world of video? What can Video DJs expect to encounter in the near future? All the newest technologies will be discussed & all the best tips will be revealed. Nothing is out of bounds, so bring your questions to the video-DJ pros.
Wednesday, August 15
(Exhibits run from Noon to 6 pm)
10:00 – 11:30, Room 16
New Jersey Disc Jockey Network Meeting
12:30 – 2:00, Room 16
Tech Innovations for Mobiles
Have you used drone photography & videography? How about video voiceovers, SoundSwitch, JAMMText, or smartphone trivia? New York mobile Mick Uranko has, and he’ll teach you how you can make more money using them, too.
1:00 – 2:00, Room 20
Intro to Paid Digital Ads: How to Best Use Facebook & Google Paid-Ads Products
Need a quick fix to boost your DJ bookings? If you’re pressed for time, there’s only one digital solution – paid ads. Learn the advantages of paid digital advertising from Digitera’s Jordan St. Jacques and learn how to navigate the confusing aspects of Facebook Ads, Google AdWords and Retargeting. Does your bottom line need a quick jolt? Look no further – attend this session and see how.
1:30 – 2:30, Room 24
Keynote Q&A: Rob Swift & Mista Sinista of The X-Ecutioners, Plus Grand Wizzard Theodore – Real DJs & The State of Turntablism
The pioneering Grand Wizzard Theodore invented the scratch technique and became an early adopter of the needle drop. Rob Swift and Mista Sinista are two founding members of The X-Ecutioners, NYC’s legendary turntablist crew. Theirs is a deep heritage of authentic hip-hop, fresh vinyl and outrageous turntable tricks. But with the digital revolution, DJing and turntablism have evolved – so, what’s a “real DJ” anymore? In this DJ Expo exclusive, Rob, Sin and Theodore will take a look back at the turntable craft’s rich history, discuss its revival and predict its future.
2:30 – 3:30, Room 16
Be the Difference Maker
In his 35-plus years DJing, Mike Weider from Ultimate Sounds Entertainment has performed at thousands of events and created a lot of moments and made tons of memories. Along with all the successes, he’s also made just about every mistake possible. In this seminar, Weider will present a blueprint for transforming DJs into entertainers. “I look at things that have always been done a certain way,” he says, “and I try to put a creative spin on them.”
3:00 – 4:00, Room 20
Digital DJ Tips Keynote: The Pivot to Streaming: How DJs Can Capitalize on New Music Services
Streaming isn’t the future of music, it’s the present, with streaming now accounting for more than half of the music industry’s income. How can DJs turn this these new technologies to their advantage? What services are out there aimed at DJs? Phil Morse of Digital DJ Tips shares the latest thinking and actionable ideas.
3:30 – 4:30, Room 24
ADJ Seminar: Raise Your Profile with Video Panel Systems
YouTube sensation DJ Barr will join ADJ’s Edgar Bernal in a Q&A/demo session on how to integrate Video Panel Systems with current light shows – for temporary use by mobile entertainers or for installations into nightclubs. Bernal will explain indoor and outdoor use, video-system terminology and equipment needed, setting-up a video system, how to configure it with software and a video processor, and discuss different uses such as: integrating as an added effect with lighting, live feeds, television broadcasts and corporate power point presentations. Bernal will also discuss the benefits of video-panel systems by bringing added business to your company and raising your profile.
4:00 – 5:00, Room 16
Music Theory for DJs
Are you struggling with counting beats, phrasing, and making songs sound harmonically consistent? Are you due for some next-level musical education? In this unique Expo session, Adam Dutch will explain and demonstrate how to use rhythms, key signatures, musical notes, melodies, and other music-theory concepts to improve the way you listen to music and, ultimately, how you play music. Dutch will show you how to incorporate these concepts into your toolbox of mixing skills. Some audience participation is encouraged in this workshop-style seminar.
4:30 – 5:30, Room 20
Networking for DJs (aka Schmoozing 101)
For DJs, or any other professional who’s “running their own show,” career growth often relies on finding new gigs – and effective networking is probably the best path towards finding & cultivating those enriching opportunities. Join Philly DJ Linda Leigh & a panel of club and mobile DJs who’ll explain the fine art of schmoozing – i.e., knowing how, where and when to effectively tout your offerings – and how to cash in!
5:30 – 6:30, Room 24
Remixer/Producer Panel: ClubWorld’s Hitmakers
At this point, every DJ knows that the path to the top begins in the studio. By creating remixes, edits, collaborations and original productions, DJs can raise their profiles and become in-demand for gigs – clubs, festivals, private events. Hear a panel of DJs, producers and artists discuss the gear, the process, the business and the strategies that made them successful. Moderated by DJ Times’ Jim Tremayne, the panel will feature Lee Dagger of Bimbo Jones, Howard “HK” Kessler of “In the Mix with HK,” DJ Skribble of MTV fame, Jürgen Korduletsch of Radikal Records, John Hohman of MetroMix, with more to be announced.
Thursday, August 16
(Exhibits run 11 am – 3 pm)
12:30—1:30, Room 24
Bitcoin & More: How to Earn More Per Gig by Taking Cryptocurrency as Payment
Want to earn up to 50-percent more per DJ gig? Learn how to clock more coin by accepting new cryptocurrencies as payment for your services. Digitera’s Jordan St. Jacques will demonstrate out how to work with Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and more, and he’ll explain why clients are willing to pay more if they have the ability to pay with Crypto. Don’t leave coin on the table!
2:45 pm, EXHIBIT HALL
Ultimate DJ System Giveaway:
You must be present in the exhibit hall at the time of the drawing to win.
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