Una Cosa Más – One More Thing in Spanish.
We also want to bring to your attention the story of two extremely talented, hard working, DJs that need our help.
RemixReport.com said it best…
“If we’ve ever asked for a favor from our visitors, this is it right here! One goal to split between two awesome causes. Here’s the deal:
Two of our fellow DJs have both had some serious health issues and as you can imagine, health issues are never cheap. Your $ could make a huge difference in both of their lives.
The goal is to get 5000 DJs to each donate $20 ($10 to each cause…which will take you about 5 minutes total). Of course while we are encouraging donations of $10 a piece, all donations of any amount are gratefully accepted!
Once you donate, please send an email to 5000djs100K@gmail.com with your name and state. In some cases, it’s cool to donate anonymously, but in this case we’d like all your names to put out on a published list, just to show everyone out there how strong the DJ community is and how many of your peers are getting behind this! If you still desire to be anonymous, we definitely still appreciate the donations just as much, and will 100 % respect your wish. As if any incentive was really needed for this, a remix/bootleg pack of some goodies is in the works to give out to everyone who contributes to our goal. A lot of DJs you all know will be involved, so there should definitely be some dope stuff.”
With that being said, DONATE!
It’s been a long time, we never should’ve left you… But you know the rest. Sorry for our absence, we can feed you plenty of excuses and lies, but we won’t. To be honest with you, we just got too busy and we didn’t place the website high enough on our list of priorities. When we started the site (being two full-time DJs) it was a hobby and we never really expected it to catch on, but we were wrong. A lot of you embraced it, from all over the world, and we weren’t ready for it. Many DJ websites succeed because they have a team of DJs helping out, dealing with submissions, complaints, promotions, etc. We don’t have that luxury, we’re not trying to make a bigger name for ourselves or gain your respect. It may seem like we’re thedirty.com when it comes to DJs, but we aren’t and never intended on being negative like that, at all. When we started, we wanted to give talented DJs credit for their hard work and also put DJs or “DJs” who weren’t paying their dues or were salting the game for O.G.s in check. To elaborate, Serato is a blessing and a curse, for those of use who grew up spending our paychecks on vinyl and carrying it from gig to gig, it made our lives so much easier. It allowed us to rock our crowds like never before, we no longer had to worry about bringing crates with the absolute necessities to our gigs, we could simply walk in with our laptops and play ANYTHING from ANY genre on the fly. At the same time, it also allowed many people to skip having to buy records, skip learning how to beat match, skip learning how to properly read a crowd and cater to them. It allowed the average Joe, all in one day, to buy a laptop, download Serato, buy a hard drive loaded with music from Craigslist and then “DJ” at a bar/club that same night for a drink tab and replace another DJ who had been working on his craft for years. That’s where the “Shame” aspect of the website came into play, we simply wanted those who were taking advantage of technology to become aware of it and hopefully change their ways. The “Shame” concept of our site was never to purposely attack anyone, we even stated in our “About me” section that nothing we post is personal or should be taken seriously.
We could elaborate more, but we won’t. We simply wanted to apologize for our absence, apologize to anyone who we many have offended, let you know our intentions and inform you that you’re back.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, send us any feedback you may have. We’re in the process of redesigning the blog and would love to hear any changes you think should be made.
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“local kid being a little shit head. giving us a bad name and stealing jobs for free drinks.”
So, we tried to give this kid the benefit of the doubt, but I gave up when he said the following…
“A DJ is nothing without the crowd. You could be DJing on top of the world and if no one’s there, like, no one’s gonna hear it and no one’s really gonna care. So I mean, it doesn’t, if you could have the best technique, the best skill, the best track selection, but if no one’s there and no one’s into it, you’re not really doing your job.”
Which basically translates to: “I have no skill, I have no technique, and I have a shitty track selection, but as long as I fist pump and get drunk and shout dumb shit on the mic, I’m killin’ it.” And wtf is up with your top of the world reference!?
“I’m definitely like more of like a new school DJ, because I like to stay up on technology,” = If it weren’t for beat matching with my eyes, I’d be f*cked.
VERDICT: SHAME. You’re 21, you’re still young. Stay in school. Take some speech classes, learn how to talk properly and make sense. Stick to house parties and stop undercutting hard-working DJs for free drinks.
Fo’ real, yo!? For a video being a video DJ and editor, your production skills kind of suck. If you’re going to try and redo something that has already been done, you should try to add something to it or make yours better than the one that came before it.
VERDICT: SHAME. Feel free to call Mr. Wiplash and tell him which video you like better on his “public telephone number” 347-688-2703
BELOW. Check out the original 11 things not to say to the DJ.
The following was forwarded to us… It was written by Peeti V over at www.beezoblog.com (if you haven’t checked it out, you’re missing out on a plethora of goodies.)
With the decline of the economy being paralleled along the rise of Freejays, the pursuit of finding a way to restore the DJ scene back to a better time is a fiery subject! However, it is hard addressing this issue unless we talk about hard numbers: income. Recently a fellow Sacramento DJ, named DJ Supe, put the hard numbers to test to show the negative impact that Freejays have on the scene proving that some standardization is called for. Check it out!
If you you have been in the DJ scene for a few years now, you can’t deny the negative impact that Freejays have on the scene. As veteran DJs, we can complain all we want but without quantitative data (actual numbers), our voices go unheard. Although the cost of DJs may be different from city to city, we can all agree that a certain amount is just too low as discussed by DJ Supe here:
“It has come to my attention that many of you are not charging clients a rate that is conducive to the progression of our profession. This $200 threshold is what I am referring to. Even in the most impoverished regions in our country, no disc jockey should be charging less than $300 for any event where bringing a PA system is involved. i am proposing that all disc jockeys collectively push rates “back” up. I say “back” up because rates have steadily dropped over the 17 years I have been deejaying. I will start with some mathematical reasons and follow up with some theoretical reasons.
Many of you have existing weekly gigs at various clubs. If being a DJ is your sole source of income, you ought to be spinning every weekend, on average, about 6 events per month (1 weekly gig plus 2 mobile or special event appearances). This could be coupled with mixtape sales, speaker rentals etc. So lets say you are charging the cutthroat rate of $175 (yes deejays are even charging $100 to do an event). At six events per month you are only GROSSING $1050. Let’s make it a round $200 per event to gross $1200 per month. A living wage is the minimum hourly wage necessary to maintain a specific standard of living which is $10.43 per hour in Sacramento, CA. Minimum wage is different which is $8.00per hour. We won’t even get in to that but it is good to know. Multiplying the living wage by the typical 8 hour day equates to $83.44 per day. Multiplying that by the average number of working days per month (22) will give you $1835.68. There is a difference of $635.68 where the disc jockey is not meeting the minimum living wage. Don’t forget this is GROSS income. Not all deejays pay their taxes but all deejays have equipment repairs and maintenance, membership dues for music and video content, high speed internet fees and advertising costs.
Let’s rework these numbers. Weekly club gigs where you don’t bring more than your heart system components (laptop, records, mixer, turntables etc) and you charged $200, push that to $250 or $300. Special events like weddings should be negotiable but anything less than $500 means you ought to let them go ahead and try to do an “iPod” Wedding. Concerts and in-store appearances mean that the client wants your namesake. They want DJ “So and So” not Entertainment DJ Services. They want your style, the crowd you draw, and your likeness on their flyer. Determine what you’re worth in addition to the base amount to charge for any other event. So if you averaged $350 per event (instead of $200) and multiplied that by 6 events you would gross $2100. In this day and age, if you are not making at least $2000 a month, you are going to struggle on some level.
Something else to consider is how pushing up prices actually stimulates the economy. That may sound backwards to an individual who has not studied economics past grade school but it makes a lot of sense actually. Case scenario: A disc jockey wants to have the best equipment and the most dynamic library of music on the block. This costs money. When I decided I was going to upgrade to spinning music videos at parties, I calculated the cost of projectors, flat screens, purchasing the actual music videos, and a new laptop that could handle the memory demands. I then realized that I wanted to get some speakers as well that would compliment the new sharper and futuristic look I was planning to unleash. About $10,000 later I was thinking about what changes I needed to make to ensure I could pay it all off without it falling behind. As I pushed my rates up, I garnered less gigs. The math still made sense because I would take two $300 gigs over three $200 gigs any day. More time to be creative, do remixes, update my website and choose the most profitable events. I would pass off the other events to those willing to take them. It took time to align myself with those who would pay for quality. When I did, I started to make more money and was able to deliver a higher quality of service that my clients recognized and they consequently referred me to their associates. By constantly improving and delivering better service, my pool of clientele are stimulated to spend more…one event begets the next in an exponentially increasing manner.
My fellow disc jockeys, take the time to look at the service you provide and how you can optimize it. This is necessary to prove that you are worth the extra amount that you are asking. Naturally there will be instances where you are doing a favor for a friend or family or even a charity event or some other worthy cause. Part of your tax deductible advertising costs could very well be legally construed from a planned campaign where you could offer a discounted rate for a limited period of time. It isn’t easy at first, but you should plan it out and get very creative to figure how you will compensate for this incubation period in order to emerge better than ever before. Your loyal customers will see this and stick with you as long as you continue to show and prove. Let us hereby collectively shoot for January 1, 2011. Let all of your fan base and clientele know what to expect and if what you respectfully request is feasible. You might be surprised.”
Happy New Year everyone. Thanks again to everyone who follows us and continues to check out the site on a daily basis. It’s been a long time since we’ve posted on a regular basis, we’re sorry. Here’s to 2011, more posts, more updates, more laughs.
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Get the f*ck outta here. DJ technology is evolving way too quickly. Can’t wait to hear one of you tell me about some d-bag “DJing” at a bar on their iPad for a drink tab.