Bazata says his favorite bits from the show were the Speed Quizzing seminar and the unveiling of new products from Chauvet Lighting and American Audio.
“Speed Quizzing, which was originally developed in London, has penetrated the U.S. market, integrating smartphone technology to efficiently run trivia games at any venue,” he explains. “Bill Adams and his team provided a great hands-on seminar on Monday to introduce attendees to what will surely become the gold standard for trivia nights along with an additional source of income.
“Chauvet featured their new products, and the hits of the show for me were the Pin Spots and GigBar 2.0—both of which are a definite must for any mobile DJ. I understand these sold out in the first day of the show, and then the orders were stacking up quickly.
“The Pin Spots are battery-operated, with a magnet on the base so they can be placed easily in any location—perfect for accenting the bridal table, wedding cake, an ice sculpture or lighting accents around the room when traditional uplighting may not work. The GigBar 2.0 adds the best of lighting with par wash lighting, moonflowers, strobes and a two-color laser. Both are offered at very reasonable price points and affordability.
“And American Audio has developed a very affordable, but powerful battery-operated speaker for PA, wedding ceremonies or small off-site events. I’ve struggled with finding the right battery-operated speaker—based on sound quality, portability and reliability—and the new American Audio EIS-Go-EBT seems to be the perfect solution.”
As for purchases, Bazata says the duct tape no longer does the trick on his old set of headphones, so this year he bought a pair of the Audio Technica M50 headphones due to their sound quality, comfortability and noise suppression.
“Overall, the investment of my time and money was a positive for the continued growth of my DJ business,” he says, “and will definitely benefit my bottom line going into the future.”