Atlantic City, N.J. – The 2014 DJ Expo returned to the Boardwalk with a sold-out exhibit hall, a record 6,500 attendees and plenty of good vibes for the still-exploding DJ industry.
Produced by DJ Times magazine and its publisher Testa Communications at AC’s Trump Taj Mahal this past Aug. 11-14, DJ Expo offered attendees more than 200 exhibitor booths from nearly 100 companies, showing hardware, software and specialty DJ products. With its 29th show in 24 years, DJ Expo presented a full schedule of exhibits, seminars and parties that saw participation from exhibitor/sponsors like ADJ, Chauvet, inMusic Brands, Mackie, Peavey, Pioneer DJ, Rane, Serato, QSC Audio and Yamaha, among many others.
Musical legends (hitmaker Lil Jon and global jock Skribble) and industry insiders (NYC DJ/promoters Sleepy & Boo and NYC radio jock DJ Creme) offered useful information to attendees during Expo keynotes and seminar panels, while sponsored events entertained Expo-goers. They included top-notch performances from Adventure Club, 3lau and others (during the Summer Sessions Finale at Borgata’s Mixx), Public Enemy’s Keith Shockley (spinning on the exhibit hall’s stage), Jade Starling (performing at the Black Box Cabaret in Scores) and America’s Best DJ nominee Skribble (at Ego Lounge during the Expo’s annual afterparty).
The Winners: Vinny Liotta of Events by Cool Cat in Clifton Park, N.Y., took the top prize in the “DJ of the Year” competition. Hosted by Mike Walter, the annual event bestowed awards in a variety of categories to the best of America’s mobile entertainers. Also, Jeiris Ferrer of Teaneck, N.J., won the annual Ultimate DJ Giveaway. Her haul included: ADJ lighting (Mega Flat TRI Pak); Fastset gear (The Fastset musicians/DJ utility table); Global Truss gear (Arch System); Mackie PA system (Thump system); Pioneer DJ gear (HDJ-2000 headphones, CDJ-2000 Nexus players, DJM-900SRT mixer); and Virtual DJ software (all-in-one DJ solution).
“On behalf of everyone at DJ Expo and DJ Times, we want to thank our exhibitors, panelists and attendees for making this year’s show so memorable,” said Vinny Testa, Publisher/President of Testa Communications. “It’s true that we’ve been producing DJ Expo for 24 years now, so expect to hear some exciting developments in the near future about how we will celebrate the show’s Silver Anniversary in 2015.”
Response from Expo exhibitors and attendees was upbeat:
“I’ve been attending DJ Expo now for 19 years—some years there’s a big push on the panels, and in other years it seems the products lead the conversation. This year it seemed to be a powerful and effective mix of both. Attendance, in my opinion, was active and up. As a manufacturer, I can say DJ Expo is one of the most important shows our industry has to offer for the DJ community. I’m quite excited about how this show went and can guarantee our brands—Numark, Akai, M-Audio, Alto and Denon—will return next bigger and better with more new innovative products to move the needle.”
– Christopher Roman, inMusic Brands, Cumberland, RI
“The DJ Expo never disappoints. It has provided me with new opportunities to advance my career, and let me help others take theirs to the next level. Each year I come looking to network and further my business relationships, but I find so much more and always leave feeling more like part of a big family”
– Derrick “DJ Primary Instinct” Cram, Killington, VT
“To say the Expo went awesomely for us would be a gross understatement. As an exhibitor, I made so much money that I had to check the numbers twice to make sure I wasn’t making a mistake! The connections I made and the media attention I received were stellar. Since I got back, I’ve seen a tremendous increase in website sales and an even more tremendous increase in Amazon.com sales. I’d never been to a DJ Expo and I must say this was hands-down one of the best times I’ve had at a convention.”
– Kirk Abrigo, The Fray Fix, Brooklyn, NY
“Congratulations on a well-run event. I’ll happily say that we had a great experience at the show. We were able to meet a great number of professional DJs and entertainers, which was really encouraging. We’ll be back!”
– Mark Ravenhill, German Light Products, Sun Valley, CA
“As they say, ‘Anything worth doing is worth doing right.’ The crew at DJ Times fully encompasses this mantra. We are all in the entertainment industry. We all recognize the intense commitment required to organize a successful event. But imagine your audience being a collection of critical event professionals from around the United States… for the DJ Times team, it’s another day at the office. I’ve had nothing but positive experiences, both personally and professionally, during my five years exhibiting at the DJ Expo. We are given a fantastic platform to grow our businesses, but the most value can be found in networking with my colleagues and peers.”
– George F. Sutherland III, EventChitChat, Hackensack, NJ
“Every year I wonder: How will the DJ Expo improve on the prior year’s show? And every year I think the same thing: They did it again, seemingly effortlessly. With constantly evolving vendors, attendees and panelists, the Expo has its finger on so many facets of the DJ world, from the young, budding turntablist, to the seasoned, mobile performer. There is never a stone left unturned by the administrators of the Expo in seeking the best way to educate and stimulate attendees. The networking opportunities are endless, new friendships are made, and I leave every year looking forward to next year’s event.”
– DJ Joshua Carl, Boston, Mass.
“Couldn’t be more pleased or grateful for this wonderful DJ Expo—great crowd, great vibes, great to connect with so many people that make the industry run. Thank you, DJ Times!”
– DJ Nutritious, SpinSpinNYC, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Photos by ArtChick