This past weekend I was able to be a part of the Birthday Party Project Turns 7 event held at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. To help with the festivities, I put together a pre-party mix. Knowing a lot of the party-goers are a part of the event industry, this couldn’t be just a playlist. It needed to be fresh and have a DJ Brian B spin to it. A lot of the latest tracks trending on the charts with a large focus on Ariana Grande who has been killing it lately. Click on to the samples page of this site to snag a listen and if you’re feeling it, please leave a comment AND favorite the mix. Thanks in advance!
In an effort to help with those who travel (especially DJs), I’m starting a new series of posts with videos giving out some advice on things I’ve learned in my years on the road – the series is called “Travel Tips with DJ Brian B”. Everything from apps I use to tricks to maximize your budget to what and how I pack and beyond will be covered here. In this first video, I break down what bags I use and why as well as how I pack those bags. Check it out here.
In an effort to give back to the DJ Community, I’m hosting monthly webinar style series with various successful colleagues in the DJ industry for the Disc Jockey News. This month the series is Hiring and Retaining DJ Staff. My co-host for this January series is none other than Chris Romero from Cutmaster Music out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. We’ll be covering the following topics:
episode 1: When is the right time to hire
episode 2: Where to find candidates
episode 3: What to look for in staff members
episode 4: How to set-up the interview
episode 5: Interview questions to ask
episode 6: First Interview – things to look for and Second interviews – what do these look like
episode 7: training overview
episode 8: Employee manual and company training materials
episode 9: Retaining staff
episode 10: Incentives for staff advancement
episode 11: Evaluating staff
episode 12: How to remove a staff member
We just dropped the first 4 episodes today. We’ll have 4 more next week and then conclude the series with the final 4 at the end of the month. You can view the entire playlist here.
At the end of 2018, I had an incredible opportunity to partner with Le Sereno Hotel in St Barths and play during Festive for some VIP events (both public and private). Over the course of the next few weeks, I’m going to release a few volumes of my “St Barths Festive Mix”. These are actual mixes done at the resort. I had full creative license over the feel and vibe of the musical content played so I made a point to mix it up daily so it wouldn’t get stale. Keeping people wondering what to expect every day was a highlight for me – I even surprised myself because so many factors would affect the mix – guest count, time of day, the weather, etc. In Volume 1, it’s more of a lounge/house vibe with a few signature Brian B twists. Be sure to give this a listen. You can visit the samples page of this website to hear it. Be sure to leave a comment and give it a heart. Also, feel free to share with others. The goal with releasing so many mixes this year is to show the diversity of events I’m DJ’ing. It’s rare to find a DJ with such a wide musical range. Hope you enjoy!
Guys, it is here – The Travel DJ Blend Podcast is officially live! I’ve been wanting to do this for no joke 2 or 3 years!!! Seriously, can’t believe I finally am doing this. That old nemesis of mine – “fear of perception” had a stranglehold on me but 2019 is the year I bust through that. The “blend” is a what I do when I DJ. That is, mixing songs together. I hope to do this on this podcast – not only with the type of episodes but the content as well. I’ll have mixes here (hoping to post 52 of them – once a week) as well as interviews, my takes on life and business, travel tips, etc. The audience this is intended for is pretty broad as well – obviously DJs will be get a lot of it, industry colleagues, clients, family and friends. It is available in 2 places – iTunes and Spotify. My goal here is to show transparency and realness but also help others and give you a 20 minute weekly dose of inspiration. If you walk away with those things, this will have all been worth it. Be sure to give it a listen to see if it’s your cup of tea. If it is, give me a rating and a comment. Enjoy!
Looking for a fresh update to your music library? I got you. Just made my Winter 2019 Spotify Playlist public. This is updated just about every week so be sure to subscribe to and check back often. So far I’ve got one of my favorite artists I’m digging right now “Tom Misch” kicking off the playlist and then some signature Chromeo as well as an artist you will soon love – Funk LeBlanc. Some cool 80s covers are in the mix here as well a band that was my favorite find of 2018 – Outlya. I’m going to go listen right now! You should too.
No rest for the weary – just the way I like it. Here’s my DJ Brian B January 2019 Schedule. It may seem a bit light on the event side but that just means I’ve got some projects in the works that will soon be released (hint: podcast, new mixes, video series, etc.) as well as being able to connect with some of the my colleagues, site visits and writing for some industry publications.
As far as events, I’m flying back now from St Barths where I spent 2 weeks for Festive performing for a ton of super exclusive VIP parties (sorry, I’m under a NDA) and some public resort events for Le Sereno. Then I leave tomorrow morning for Naples, FL to DJ a wedding at the Ritz Carlton. Next week I’ll be at Bloomindale’s for the annual wedding event at the 59th Street flagship store. I’ve got another wedding in Monticello FL and then corporate and non-profit events the rest of the month. As always, be sure to check my schedule here as new events pop up all the time within the month.
Some fantastic events on tap in the September 2018 DJ Brian B Schedule as we head into the Fall.
I start with the Knot Pro Workshop in Dallas, TX at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. The event is being planned by Jacqueline Events. Then it’s time to prep for 6,000 New Yorkers who will be partying at the infamous Le Dîner en Blanc – New York event. If you aren’t familiar with this, you need to be. It’s one of the most unique events I’ve ever been a part of. Following that is the Studio 241 Launch Party at the Norwood Club. The monthly “Birthday Party Project” is on September 20th. I finish the month with 2 weddings – one at the White Room in St. Augustine, FL and the very next night I’ll be at the Nassau Inn in Princeton, NJ.
When the e-mail officially came across yesterday and the subject line read “DJ Brian B The Knot Pro Ambassador 2018”, I’m not going to lie, I stared at it for a few minutes. I was really moved by the recognition.
My DJ journey has not been easy by any stretch. I’ve always held firm to the belief if I continually work hard with integrity, stay humble and look for every opportunity to be generous, that things will work themselves out. I’ve been in this game for a while and have taken note of those that have made it to the top. Those traits are in each of them. This validation – being picked as 1 of 25 wedding professionals out of the entire US – is a testament to the type of discipline it takes, the amazing clients who have entrusted me, professionals who have referred me and willingness to do it the right way. Shortcuts will only get you so far. To read the full article from The Knot, click here.
This Thursday the New York Junior League “Savor the Spring” features DJ Brian B. This event is one of the biggest for the non-profit. Brian B will be providing the soundtrack by mixing all the tracks for the expected 400 people in attendance. There is still a chance for you to be a part of it. Get your tickets here to support an amazing organization.
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