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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!
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.
This image is First Dance Perfection. Rosemary Beach Weddings are some of my favorites. This was from a wedding I did this past Spring on the Western Lawn. Destination weddings – there is just something about them that makes them feel so special and different from your local wedding.
This was an intimate wedding and the bride/groom were so captivating. I always encourage my clients to invest in our production style lighting. It really makes the pictures pop not to mention the dance floor experience so much better once we get into the party. Fantastic capture by Lauren Kinsey. Looking forward to getting back out there in the Fall.
About a month ago, I was introduced to The Birthday Party Project. Their mission is to bring joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays. Every month, they put together a themed birthday celebration. All of the kids are invited to the party and those that have a birthday that specific month get a few special gifts. This is such a big deal because 75% of homeless children never get a chance to experience a birthday party. This non-profit has been around just 15 months and has been expanding like crazy. They’ve produced over 500 parties in that time frame.
I’ve been looking for a charity to partner with within the event space. Although I’ve done everything from cancer walks to galas to animal causes, I never felt a true connection to any of them. Being a part of a party though is right in my wheelhouse. I do it just about every weekend so it makes for a perfect fit. Seeing industry powerhouses Ed Libby & Co. Events and Ceci New York made it a no brainer. Now, when you book me, 5% of my booking fee will go towards this charity unless you specify a qualified 501(c)3 that you have a passion for.
Last night, I had an opportunity to volunteer at my first party in NYC. Along with Win NYC, the NYC based partner agency for the Birthday Project, it was an incredible experience. To see the joy on these kids’ faces when we arrived and sense their anticipation of a party was very rewarding. One boy commented to me, “I’ve been waiting for this all month.” I’m looking forward to sharing this project with my fellow DJ community and seeing others, like me, support such a phenomenal cause. Here’s a quick picture from the party. #joychangeslives
I don’t know why I was looking so serious but I appreciate the DJ Brian B official Instagram wedding love I received from some guests at my wedding this past weekend at the Queens County Farm Museum.
When your couple chooses Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” as the exit song to their CEREMONY, that’s a good indication that the night is going to be off the hook. It did not disappoint. From the first song of cocktail hour through the last song of the night, this crowd was amped! Seriously, one of the best crowds of the year. They genuinely had a lot of love for the bride and groom and they wanted to make sure this was a party for the ages. Non-stop dancing the entire night.
The Engage Conference at the Breakers Day 2 kicked off in amazing fashion. Breakfast had a New Orleans flair with beignets and all kinds of amazing looking breakfast foods. Of course, we were serenaded by a jazz band who ended the breakfast with the 2nd line. Once breakfast concluded, We all moved to the a different ballroom than day 1 for for the main sessions. Let me just tell you that the room set-up was incredible!
World renowned event designer Preston Bailey opened day 2’s sessions and he was followed by heavy hitters like Cindy Novotny, Mindy Weiss, Lynn Easton and many others. The breaks were full of surprises – a choir, cool looking foods, etc. I met some amazing people at lunch who I hope to remain in contact with well after the conference. That evening we went to dinner and were randomly assigned seats based on our badges. The nightcap was a fun dessert party. I wish I could say I stayed for the late night festivities but I had to get back to the room and knock out some work before a full day 3 of Engage.
So when you get on your flight to the elite Engage Conference at The Breakers, you know you’re in for a good week when you have Marcy Blum sitting next to you. This was my first time to The Breakers after hearing amazing things about this particular property. Wow, it did not disappoint. Great first impressions – from having one of the managers greet you at the door, to the lobby decor, to the small little service details. As usual, Engage had a stellar first day of general session speakers. For me, however, the best part was reconnecting with all of the best of the best in this wedding industry. It’s rare that you find an industry of trend-setters who are so humble, gracious and willing to help one another. That is what you find here.
The evening pool event was fantastic. This shot above is from those festivities. Amazing decor, fantastic food, jaw dropping entertainment and the best of the best in the wedding industry in attendance. I can’t wait to see what day 2 holds. It is allowing me to recharge a bit and re-think how I can continue to bring the best in excellence to my amazing clients.
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