Mobile Me

A lot of my readers only know me from the different gigs that I do. Some may only know me as a battle or competition DJ while others may be familiar with my work in the club/bar scene. An often overlooked aspect of DJing is that of the mobile entertainer. This strikes me as odd since I got my start in the game as a mobile DJ and I have always done mobile DJ events as long I have been a DJ. Most of my mobile gigs are for weddings and receptions but I can also do house parties, corporate events and any type of event that requires quality and dependable sound.

Lately, I’ve been trying to refocus primarily on mobile gigs.  I had forgotten how much I enjoy setting up at a location and providing the kind of entertainment that makes an event a success. Clubs and bars are fun and easy gigs, but I like the challenge of showing a diverse group of people a good time.  My weddings have always been top notch performances and I take pride in that. My corporate events are always professional and clean and I leave the audiences entertained and satisfied. With all of that considered, I decided that 2015 will be focused on continuing that tradition of excellent events.

This year I’ve totally revamped my sound system.  I’ve gotten rid of all of my older equipment and replaced it with newer, more powerful gear that reflects my commitment to quality. Everything was swapped out down to the wires. Lights were also upgraded and I’m looking to add a video element to my show over the course of the next 6 months. One thing I felt I was lacking was a uniform look to my sound system. No more mismatched gear, or worn out looking cases and accessories. While I’ve never been one to half do a job or use poor equipment, I always knew I could do better, look better, and sound better.  I think I’ve finally managed to achieve that.

Along with the new look and equipment comes some other changes to my business model as well. From now on I am using contracts for ALL booking engagements. I used to be a lot less formal with my bookings and only used contracts for weddings and corporate events. Now I’ll be using some form of written agreement for all engagements. I’ve taken the steps to have the documents stored on my phone so I can readily send a prospective client the necessary paperwork to finalize a booking right there on the spot. I also now take Credit Cards and Debit cards. I’ve signed up with square and have the app on my phone which allows me to email or text receipts and invoices to customers. I’m also using companies like GigSalad to book events as well. Gig Salad has been very helpful in generating leads from people looking for a mobile entertainer.

The final change in my business model is pricing. Often, the first question people ask me is how much I charge. I usually try to explain the cost as I quote my prices in an effort to soften the blow or to avoid sticker shock. This would sometimes have me under bidding for my services or just giving an inaccurate price. I’ve had to take a lo hard look at my goals for my company and the amount of time and effort that it takes for me to do an event. This had led to some changes in my prices and it gives me a more realistic price that I can confidently give to my customers without wondering if I am bidding too low or if I am too expensive. With all of that considered, here are my basic rates for services. Keep in mind that these are basic rates for the service listed. I understand that not all events are the same so there is some flexibility and customization for the different packages I offer.

Ceremony Sound System rental (1 speaker on a stand with 1 wireless microphone and mixer)……………………100.00

Small Sound System Rental (2 speakers on stands with a mixer and 1 wireless microphone)………………………150.00

Medium Sound System Rental (2 speakers on stands with a Subwoofer, mixer, 2 wireless microphones)……..200.00

DJ Performance …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..75.00 pr/hr

These are the basic services that I provide and their costs.  While this means I can no longer do the $200 wedding anymore , it also means that I am able to stay competitive and in line with what other professionals are charging for similar services. If you would compare my pricing with other professional DJs you will find that I am actually very reasonably priced. I won’t empty your pockets with my prices. As I mentioned earlier, these are just the basic prices and the package you decide on can be a hybrid of these services and can also be expanded upon with lights and other services.

With all of the above said, I look forward to a very busy new year and hope to hear from anyone that is looking to book a talented DJ for their events!

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It’s been a long time…

It’s been months (almost a a year!) since I’ve updated this blog so I should have plenty to write about. There’s been a lot of changes behind the scenes and I performed at several battles and a huge music festival also.

I was an artist at the A3C Hip-Hop Festival’s Needle To The Record showcase, which was sponsored in part by Digiwaxx and SMS Audio. I made some good connections while there and managed to secure a pair of the SMS Audio by 50 headphones. I’m also now an official Brand Ambassador for SMS Audio as a result of that. I got to kick it with reps from Guitar Center and Rane as well and they hooked me up with some cool swag.

A few months ago I was a participant in the Respect The DJ competition help at Opera night club. It was a dope experience where I got to meet up with a lot of new and old faces in the Atlanta DJ scene. This was a mixing competition and I feel like I did well enough but I know I could have done better if I focused strictly on mixing and not putting any time into scratching. I learned that there are different kinds of DJ “battles” or “competitions” and you have to cater to the rules and judging if you want to be successful. There’s going to be another Respect The DJ next month and hopefully I will re-enter.

During the Summer I was also involved in the Master of the Mix DJ competitions at Metro Fuxion night club. I made it through the first round but I didn’t place in the finals. This competition was based solely on crowd reaction and the winner was the person that brought the most people to the club, plain and simple. I left with a big gift bag including a big ‘ole bottle of Smirnoff vodka and some other goodies. I know my skills had me in the lead for this battle, but this was nothing more than a popularity contest. My participation in this battle led to an offer to come back to the club and spin, but the money wasn’t right and the crowd was not what I’m used to.

I entered the Guitar Center DJ battle in Marietta and dropped a dope routine that included way more beat juggling than I am used to doing. It seems like the battle circuit is more interested in juggling than scratching so I have to adapt my set a bit. I still intend to get my cut on but you have to please the masses. I came in 4th place but this was my best performance yet. I’m going to continue to refine and fine tune this routine. I got a lot of compliments on my set and some people even had me chosen to win. This shows me that I’m on to something with my sets. I don’t have to win the contest as long as I win the people.

Another thing I’m looking to do is increase my brand awareness. I’m still working on the DJ Logic show and am using every gig as a chance to refine my performances. Expect to see more advertising and marketing from me in the near future.

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Jimmy and Rashida’s Wedding

I had the pleasure of DJing one of my best friend’s wedding reception. They enjoyed it and everybody had a good time as you can see in the pictures.

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Just Press Play Productions keeps the party going.
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Line dances always get them.

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Mission Control

Set up at Snap's wedding

DJ Logic keeps ’em moving…
Snap and Laurie again

Snap and his sisters dancing

This was my last wedding of the year. It was fun to do it for a close personal friend. I provided sound and lights for the event. They used their own M.C. The reception was held at the Hunter Rd community center in Douglasville, GA.

What’s New With Logic

     It’s been a while since my last post on this blog, so I’ve decided to give an update on what’s new in the world of DJ Logic.  Over the past couple of months I’ve been working on DJ battles and upgrading my equipment.  The most recent additions since this past May are the NS7 with Serato Itch, and I finally upgraded my computer to a Mac. I just wrapped up a series of DJ battles for Mountain Dew and V-103. Unfortunately I didn’t win, but I did put on a good performance and I got my name back out there as a force to be reckoned with. 

Here is the video from my first attempt.

http://youtu.be/zpa3FciZE2E   

Here is the video of my second attempt.

http://youtu.be/QNeqn_6RW2E

I was much happier with my second set, but I think both were pretty good.  I’ve finally realized why I’ll probably never win one of these battles.  I’m too serious when I’m on the decks. I stay so focused on accomplishing what I prepared that I don’t have enough, or SHOW enough personality in my performance.  Sonically everything is there, but my focus is too intense I think.  When I listened to the other DJ’s sets I could point out lot’s of sloppy mixes or failed attempts at beat juggling, but they were all smiling and pointing out the crowd while performing.  I’m not really into that kind of thing and honestly I don’t feel that comfortable with my routine to be improvising and not paying attention to my decks.  I think if I continue to stick with these same routines and practice them until they become second nature to me then I’ll be able to loosen up and crack a smile when battling.  Until then, oh well.

Also, since my last few posts, I’ve become the resident DJ on Tuesday nights at The Uptown Comedy Corner in Atlanta (once again).  Tuesday nights are cool for this kind of gig because I can get to the club from work, and don’t have to bring much gear other than my Serato box and my laptop.  Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s are the nights that they bring the big name comedians to town, so I get to watch a good show , practice and advertise in front of a good crowd and make some extra cash while doing it. It only gets monotonous when there’s two shows in one night. Now that I think about it, I need to get some more pics with the comedians to spice up the blog and my Facebook page.

I’ve also recently signed up with a new music licensing company called Vidiots.  They have a very impressive business and they reached out to me to add my music to their catalog.  This has caused me to start working on new material, and begin getting ready to even perform a set on a show here in Atlanta. I’ll be performing my own original material alongside some dope MC’s from the local scene. I’m still picking out which 4 songs I plan on doing. I’m thinking I’ll start out doing something on the hip-hop tip and then segue into one or two of my dance tunes.  Stay tuned for more details. In fact, take a listen to my Soundcloud page and let me know which songs of mine you would like to see performed at a live show.

Here’s the link to my Soundcloud page:  http://soundcloud.com/user8242115