Yearly Archives: 2016
It’s that time of year. I’m working on my official DJ Brian B holiday playlist on my Spotify and want your input. What are your favorite holiday tracks of the season? They can be old or new. Comment below or send me a note on my social networks. I’ll check them out and if I like them, they just may make the cut into my annual holiday playlist.
Here it is! The Fall Back Into Summer Mix 2016 is officially released. I’ve been working on this for about 2 weeks and finally had a chance to put the finishing touches on it.
The Summer produced some fantastic tracks so I thought it would be good to start there and make our way through to some of the latest Fall hits. I’ve put together 40 mainstream pop and dance tracks in a 90 minute mix. Included in the mix are some of my custom mashups and edits along with a few throwback party classics. You can use this for anything – workouts, pre-game, house parties, commutes, or background “work” music. Let me know what you think!
After a whirlwind of an October, it’ll be nice to have a little bit of a breather in November. With that here’s my November 2016 Schedule.
I’ll be heading to Raleigh for 2.0 of the PHDJ Summit. This is with some of the finest DJs in the country and we’ll be sharing some things to help each other out. I love getting a chance to do this. From there, I’ll be headed to Destin, FL to entertain at The Henderson Beach Resort’s ribbon cutting. Staying in the panhandle, I’ll be the headliner for the Farmer wedding in Sandestin. Once it ends, I’m off to a celebrity VIP event late night. Obviously, I have to keep this under wraps until it’s over. The annual Corral 8 holiday event in SoCal kicks off my holiday party season. This non-profit does a ton for kids and I’m always grateful to be asked back year after year. Then I jet back to NYC for a Google Event.
In between all of that, I plan on working on a mix to be released later in the month. It’s been a minute since I put something out there so I’m due! Hope to see you at a party soon.
The official DJ Brian B October 2016 Schedule is inked! I kick it off tomorrow and I couldn’t be more ready to crush some events.
This always ends up being the busiest month of the year for me. For a lot of the country, the humidity is OVER (praise God!) and the weather is perfect. Tons of weddings outside, a few corporate events, South Walton Fashion Week (which is open to the public) and the Engage Conference in Italy! Let’s get this month started already.
Time to release the DJ Brian B September 2016 Schedule. Even though we’re still feeling that summer heat, I can officially say we’re in Fall!
I’ll be in the tri-state area for most of September with a few Florida wedding bookends to the month. I’ve been looking forward to these weddings for a while now and I’m excited to see them come to fruition. I’m working with some talented vendors as well. Here we go!
In just one week, I will be speaking at the DJ Expo 2016. If you are a DJ and haven’t bought your tickets to the Expo, go get them here right now. Trust me when I say, this isn’t something you should miss.
I’ve attended this show for 19 consecutive years. It’s a convention primarily for mobile DJs who specialize in private events. We get a chance to talk through some of the new things happening in the industry, see what DJs in other markets are doing and then walk the convention floor to see all the new Pro Audio products that manufacturers are releasing.
Going to industry shows like this are really what separate the amateur DJs from the professional ones. My talent and the success I’ve been blessed with wouldn’t have come to fruition without my ongoing attendance. It’s amazing to me how many DJs learn the basics yet never look to continue their learning. The entertainment industry is always evolving. I’m not just talking about gear either. The way we communicate to our clients, format the event (not just musically but when things happen) and knowing what our clients are looking for is important for us to to be aware of if we want to be a step ahead of those we compete with. That is why I’m excited to have a seminar this year.
The title of my talk is “Your Client’s Experience Matters”. I don’t want to give away too much but let’s just say if you want to increase your booking rate by 10X from where it’s at now, you need to be at this seminar. I promise you will walk out with more than a few nuggets that will improve your business. RSVP here – The Taj Mahal, Tiara Ballroom B at 4PM Wednesday, August 17th. I’m pumped to be able to give back to the industry. It’s been a long time coming and I can’t wait to share some nuggets that I’ve learned along my journey. Bring your afternoon Starbucks with you and let me help you get your business to the next level. Hope to see you there!
This week I’m giving you my top three Turkish wedding dance songs.
This came about because I recently did a destination NYC wedding where half the crowd was from Turkey and the other half was from the US. I didn’t get any song ideas from the clients but they really wanted me to incorporate some music from Turkey within the reception. In some ways, I actually enjoy having that type of blank slate. I did a ton of research and believe it or not, I hit it out the park. Part of it is just based on feel and what my gut was telling me would be a good track or not (as I had no idea what the lyrics were). The other part comes from my vast connections within the DJ industry. I’m proud to say I’m a part of an industry that supports one another. At the end of the day, it’s about making sure the client experience is amazing. So check out my picks for Turkish music that will pack your wedding dance floor.
I love ethnic weddings. If you are a having a destination wedding and want a wedding DJ who enjoys bridging cultures through music, I’d love to talk with you about your vision. Not only do I have a good feel for ethnic traditions and ethnic music, but I’m an internationally traveling DJ who specializes in luxury weddings. So no location is too far for me to help throw the type of party everyone is talking about!
Want to keep up with what I’m thinking are hot tracks? Check out my other “Music Monday” videos here. Have a great week everyone!
The DJ Brian B Official August 2016 schedule is inked!
In all of my regular markets, August is generally too hot for outdoor events. So it’s corporate event season indoors until the end of the month.
On tap this month, I start with the Promo Only Summer Sessions, an industry conference for mixshow radio DJs. It gives us a glimpse of some of the upcoming musical acts soon to break in radio. Cary Vance and the folks at Promo Only Promotions do a fantastic job with this one.
Then it’s the DJ Expo near the AC boardwalk which is geared for the private event and club DJs. I’ve been attending that show since 1997 – 19 years! It was one of my first industry shows I ever went to. This year is special because I’ll actually be speaking for the first time. I’ve put a ton of time into my presentation which I’ve titled “The Client Experience Matters”. It was important to me to put my hat in the ring as a presenter and give back to the industry that has done so much for me.
I get back to New York and will be volunteering for The Birthday Party Project. Last month was an incredible experience and I’m looking forward to increasing my presence at as many of these as I can. If you’re in NYC, join me!
I conclude the month with the Giles Wedding at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Sandestin, FL. The bride and I have been going back and forth on things for a few weeks now and I’m really looking forward to this luxury wedding. The B-Boy Productions, Inc. crew will be handling the majority of the event and I will be unveiling my latest DJ set-up. So pumped to show it off.
The late Summer music hit entries keep coming – Cold Water by Major Lazer and Justin Bieber won’t have as mass of an appeal as the Greenlight track I posted earlier this morning. However, this will be a club track staple. With some remixes already coming out and more sure to come, it could last well into the Fall.
It’s got that moombahton sound that is huge right now. Justin lends his smooth vocals to the signature Major Lazer sound that has made him so popular over the last two years. For both the club and private event world, it definitely is an early set track as far as programming is concerned. Here’s a quick 30 second preview. #musicmonday
I know “Work” is not as hot as it once was in the Spring but the Lost Kings Remix gives this Rihanna track new life. It will be included on my Summer 16 mixtape coming out soon.
I think what makes this remix stand out is the chorus. It has a thicker drum beat, the pitched down vocal in places and the heavy synths takes the pre-chorus energy to a new level. It still stays true to the original and doesn’t veer too much from it. You can play this in a dance set pretty much anywhere – early, a middle of the night transition or late night. Here’s a 30 second preview. #musicmonday
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