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  1. g-man

    New mics

    I'm looking for new microphones specifically for ceremonies. I currently use a wireless stand mic that works but can be unsightly. I've been thinking about wireless lavaliers, but I would like a handheld in case 1. I need to make announcements 2. There's a problem with one of the lavs. I like...
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    Ecstatic Dance

    Has anyone ever spun at one of these (http://ecstaticdance.org/guidelines)? Any tips? It's a little on the granola/hippy side of things, started with something called the 5rhythms movement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5Rhythms) and evolved into a free-form dance ... thing. Starts slow with...
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    Song Help?

    Hi all, I was at an event called ecstatic dance last weekend and I heard a song the DJ could only name from her notes, which listed it by the refrain: "Hey Hey Gonna Rock This Place," which has a female singer repeating that line over and over. It's techno style, and NOT the one all over the...
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    Insurance...

    Hi all, Good to be back after a long hiatus and a cross-country move to sunny CA. For the past few years, I've been doing 99.9% of my events as an independent contractor with a firm that provides liability insurance for me. I recently picked up an event for some at-risk kids, only to find...
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    My poor bride from last weekend...

    Long story short, I was hired at my usual rate to play band breaks for an Armenian wedding. I arranged with the bride to play a set of mainstream for the first break. Filled the floor. Band comes back on after dinner and WON'T GET OFF. The banquet manager had to go out on the floor to get...
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    Latin music needed

    Turns out I need some Latin music for an upcoming event. I have plenty of older stuff (Latin music for Gringos is my favorite collection), but I wonder if anyone can suggest a general collection of must-have songs, new and old. I know Latin is a bit like country - that is, stuff goes up and...
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    Problem with B-52 Matrix AND the company (please excuse the length!)

    Two weeks ago I lost the left channel of my Matrix B-1000 v.2. It had worked fine the night before, but didn't come on at all for my event. I performed the following procedures to determine the source of the problem: 1. I turned the volume off, powered down the unit and switched the...
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    buying two mixed songs together?

    I've been using Walmart.com to buy "legal" downloads (I know, I know...) but my bride next weekend wants two songs from "Basement Bhangra" that are mixed on the CD. Walmart wants me to buy the entire CD for about $10. Not a problem, but I habe a couple questions. 1. If I buy the album, will...
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    What is the best DJ software?

    I'm looking to integrate software DJing into what I do for several reasons, so I'd like some advice on which is the best software. Here's what I want to do: 1. Create playlists (ie cocktail hour music); 2. Edit out odd or choppy starts on specific songs (ie spoken words or vocals); 3...
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    Hot country music?

    Hi y'all, I've been asked to pick up a Thursday night country event at a local club. until my order of Promo Only back issues arrives, I need some seriously hot country to get me through. This is supposed to be a line dance night, but I think for the first night, anyway, I'll need a bigger...
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    How did YOU become a DJ?

    Reading another post gave me this question, so I'll throw it out for everyone. I came into this business by the kind of quirks that convince me that a loving God exists and is working in my life. In the late 80s, I was working afternoons in an AM daytimer (a really small radio station) and two...
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    Neighborhood Ball songs

    Was anyone esle here as blown away as I was by the performances on the Neighborhood Ball? I think every performance was amazing, with the exception of Jay-Z's. Keeping it clean is just not his strong suit. Other than that, I was stunned. Beyonce did a great version of "At Last," and I even...
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    Has anyone thought of volunteering to do a USO show overseas?

    I've talked this idea over with a few fellow DJs from the NY area and all I got was negative reactions. Has anyone here either thought about or done a USO show for our servicemen? Reactions, anyone?
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    Help! This song is stuck in my head!

    All I can think of is the lyric "to the left, boy, to the left," or maybe it's "to the left, now to the left." That lyric just repeats, so I can't really say anything else about it. I did a quick Google search but all that came up were line dance songs (and Soldja Boy)... It's driving me nuts.
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    At the risk of offending half the people here...

    ... I wonder, given how much we strive to be professional, how often many of us are incredibly poor spellers and are often worse at grammar and punctuation. I'm not saying this as a slur or to bad mouth anyone who posts here, but I've recently been looking over websites with an eye toward...
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    The backstory...

    Steve Z's thread about a wedding for a couple with cancer got me motivated to write this thread - something I've been meaning to do since I began posting here again. So: In 2004, I got a call from my brother who basically said, "Mom and Dad are too sick for me to take care of any more."...
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    yikes! i need a dedication RIGHT NOW!

    Hi all, I'm at a wedding RIGHT NOW and the bride just told me a couple of her friends have been shipped off to iraq. She asked for a dedication that won;t kill the party... any suggestions???
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    Problem burning MP3 CDs???

    I can't seem to make MP3 CDs that'll play on an MP3 compatible CD player... They read fine on my laptop and other computers, but just show up as "reading" when I try them in any compatible CD player. What am I doing wrong??? BTW, I just got a new Toshiba laptop which I'm using to burn...
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    Slow school dance songs?

    I'm looking for a few fill-the-floor slow dance songs for a school dance I'm doing in the not-too-distant future. Fortunately, these kids are well behaved (AND well chaperoned, which I think accounts for the well-behaved part) and the faculty is cool if I throw in a few. So, What are the best...
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    Hard Vinyl CD cases?

    I recently saw thses CD cases that looked like the old Samsonite luggage bags. They were suitcase style and held about 300+ CDs in sleeves. Any idea where I could find these?
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