Digital DJ Expo, presented by DJ Times, is set to run Nov. 16-19 at www.thedjexpo.com. The online experience will roll out new content each day – education, exhibits, entertainment and giveaways – and it will be totally free for all visitors.
Although the flesh-and-blood DJ Expo ’20 in Atlantic City, N.J., was another COVID casualty and had to be cancelled, its digital version will offer DJs an online experience that will put a final cap on 2020 and offer tips and tidbits for those optimistic DJs looking for a big 2021. (ALSO: The 2021 DJ Expo will run Aug. 9-12 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.)
On the site, show exhibitor/sponsors will present their featured wares via product videos and dedicated spec info, plus sponsored seminars and performances. And for those looking for discussions and tutorials tackling the hottest topics and trends, Digital DJ Expo will offer a stout slate of video seminars and keynotes that touch on all ends of the DJ spectrum – mobile, club, studio and more.
The Digital DJ Expo’s video-seminar schedule goes as follows:
The State of Mobile DJ Industry: A Multi-Op Panel
Moderated by industry leader Mike Walter of New Jersey’s Elite Entertainment, this informational and inspiration panel will tackle the topics of the day – from COVID and its impact to survival methods and the industry’s immediate future. Featuring a panel of multi-operators that stretches from coast to coast, the seminar includes: Kristen Wilson of Our DJs Rocks in Orlando Fla.; Glenn Roush of LeForce Entertainment in Dallas Texas; Jorge Lopez of J&M Entertainment in Los Angeles, Calif.; and Howard Wallach of A-Z Entertainment in Chicago, Ill.
Book More Business in 2021: Strategies & Differentiators
Regular DJ Times contributor Joshua Volpe of Kalifornia Entertainment in Rochester, N.Y., presents this solution-filled tutorial for those jocks looking for better business in the near-future. As a successful solo operator, Volpe offers unique perspectives that appeal to a large number of North American mobile entertainers. From implementing effective marketing strategies to eventually improving your business outcomes, Volpe offers tried-and-true approaches, while also acknowledging and adapting to the market’s new realities. If you’re looking forward to a fresh, new start in 2021, Volpe will help show you the way.
Gear: New DJ Tech & What It Means to You
As anyone who attended the Winter NAMM show this past January knows, the industry was awash with new technologies set to roll out during the year. While things certainly went sideways for a variety of industry-related outfits, the new innovations remain and they’re ready to be implemented. Whether it’s discussing software, control options, audio, lighting, video or studio products, this seminar will give you the straight dope and the latest tips – and it’ll explain how you benefit from these new technologies. Moderated by DJ Times Editor Jim Tremayne, this session includes Randy White of Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center in Wheaton, Md., and Wesley Bryant-King, DJ Times’ principal tech reviewer. Don’t miss out on this vital tech-talk.
TUESDAY, NOV. 17
Sponsored Seminar: Roland DJ-707M Digital Workshop
Join Roland for an under-the-hood look at the DJ-707M, a compact and versatile DJ controller perfect for mobile and home DJing alike. Get tips on an array of applications including how to stream audio directly from a DJ-707M to an iOS device, customize and recall user scenes for any event situation, and how to get nasty with the on-board drum machine. We’ll also walk you through the current STREAMpack deal that bundles the controller with a full version of Serato DJ Suite and an invite to the Cloud Academy, Roland’s online learning platform (U.S. customers only). Hosted by DJ/producer and Roland Product Manager Matthew “Recloose” Chicoine.
Pandemic-Era Games for Mobile DJs
Are you one of the many entertainers who like to incorporate games into your mobile-DJ celebrations? But now you feel like you are completely lost because of social-distancing restrictions? Never fear, Georgia-based DJ vet Jake Jacobsen of A2R Entertainment (along with a pair of surprise guests) will show you some games that your guests can play while sticking to social-distancing protocols. If you use your imagination, you can create social-distanced games or modify pre-existing games to make them compliant with the current world. And when the world gets back to normal, you’ll still have all these cool games in your arsenal.
Live-Streaming: The Basics & More on the DJ’s New Platform
Longtime DJs Tony Fernandez and David Spoorn will offer a deep-dive into the platform that DJs of all stripes have been embracing. From audio to video, hardware to software, plus tips and tricks, the pair of Richmond, Va.-based jocks will cover it all for DJs looking to latch onto the newest DJ trend.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18
Keynote Q&A: Disco Fries
For more than a decade, Disco Fries (Nick Ditri and Danny Boselovic) have been one of America’s most prolific and versatile DJ/production duos. Working with superstars like Tiësto and underground talents like Tommie Sunshine, Disco Fries have made every kind of electronic record. Additionally, they’ve traveled the world as a DJ team, rocking dancefloors from Manhattan to Hong Kong. Now, in an exclusive interview for Digital DJ Expo, Jim Tremayne from DJ Times connects with Nick and Danny to discuss their career and new endeavors like FinishMyTrack.com – plus, they offer advice for upstart DJ/producers looking for similar success.
Search Marketing in the COVID-19 Era
Users on Social Media make billions of posts a day on networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, etc. Every day, they qualify themselves as being likely buyers of goods and services – like those provided by your DJ company! Are you listening? On this exclusive session, digital marketing maven Jordan St. Jacques of Canada’s Digitera will show you how it’s done.
Remixes: The State of the Art
Virginia-based DJ vet Tony Fernandez will touch on the basics of remixing – inspiration, preparation, creation – then he’ll explain how and why remixes can set you apart from your competition. Includes bonus instructional content.
Sponsored Seminar: DAS Audio
The Director of Business Development for DAS Audio of America, Darrin “B-SIDE” Young shows us the power of DASlink, DASlink Group Manager and other Wireless Features for many of DAS Audio’s professional lineup of speakers. DAS Audio features the first-to-market wireless technology that allows High-Definition Audio Streaming in Stereo while seamlessly allowing FULL control of all DAScontrol DSP features and system options of the Vantec and Altea-700 full range speakers.
THURSDAY, NOV. 19
Social Listening: How to Identify Potential Clients on Social Media
As we all know, COVID-19 has completely changed the world of search – so, how do mobile DJs react? If you want to jump right back into the DJ game and hit the ground running, here’s your blueprint. Presented by Digitera’s Jordan St. Jacques, this SEO session for do-it-yourselfers will put you on the right path from the jump. Get the very latest in the new era’s Search Engine Optimization efforts. Listen, learn and, ultimately, thrive.
How I Pivoted During the Pandemic with Bubble Parties
How does a DJ turn the negative of the pandemic into a positive? Answer: Creating mid-week work. Looking for a creative and profitable outlet to pursue during the historically frenetic year, veteran mobile Mike Wieder took action: He pivoted with Bubble Parties and expanded further into a new and different market. In this quick-hitting session, the New Jersey-based jock from Ultimate Sounds Entertainment explains how his move helped save his 2020 – and he’s booked hundreds of these parties since then. Learn how you can add a profitable element to your party repertoire.
What to Be Thankful For: Moving Beyond 2020
Mobile vets Sean “Big Daddy” McKee (Connecticut’s James Daniel Entertainment) and Jordan Marshall (New Jersey’s Xplosive Entertainment) co-host a forum featuring Jeffrey Scott Gould (New Jersey’s SCE Event Group) and Michael Langsner (Xplosive Entertainment), and they discuss how they’ve been making their business better during the pandemic, and ways in which they’re preparing for 2021’s pent-up demand.
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