ASK THE DJ: Moving to a Bigger Town

Dear DJ Ron:

I’ve been professionally DJing here in Grand Rapids, Michigan for 3-4 years and I’m in the process of moving to a big market (San Francisco). I’m aching to know how a big market will differ both in promotion and getting gigs; do I need a massive twitter following and friends over a killer demo?

Signed,
DJ JDV

Dear DJ JDV:

Remember when you started in Grand Rapids – no one knew who you are, no one wanted to give you a chance, and everything was against you?
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ASK THE DJ: How Do I Get Press or Writers to Write About Me

I am the Manager for ARTIST NAME. He has been nominated in the Dance catagories on the Grammy Ballots two years in a row. He has also hit #1 on some charts as well. How can he get listed in your guide and is there a way to put an article out about him?

Signed,

Manager

I get variations of this question very often – so here is a response to this one manager. I used the word ARTIST to protect the privacy of the manager’s client.

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ASK THE DJ: DJing with MP3s

Dear DJ,

I am learning to DJ for myself and friends. I purchased a package of two used Technics SL1200m3d turntables and a new Behringer vmx 300 mixer. The turntables came with about 50-60 records which I am using to learn to beat match. But I do not want to make a big investment in vinyl. I have a Mac computer with approximately 5000 songs in the mp3 (iTunes) format. I am at the point where I would like to start spinning using my computer and all the songs contained therein. Do
you have suggestions for a particular software(s) that would work for me? Also, what do you think is the perception of mp3 DJs?

Signed,
DJ David

Dear David,

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