Full Line-Up For Mobile DJ Learning Hub At BPM | PRO
Pro Mobile is teaming up with the NADJ (National Association of DJs) to present the Mobile DJ Learning Hub at BPM | PRO 2017. This will involve a continuous interactive programme of inspiring and informative sessions running throughout the two days of the show (Sunday the 22nd and Monday the 23rd of October).

Throughout the two days, Alan Marshall will act as the host of the Mobile DJ Learning Hub. His role will not only be to make sure that everything runs on time (no pressure there then!) but also to make sure everything flows smoothly, creating an informative, fun, interactive and entertaining environment for attendees. Alan is the Education & Training Officer for the NADJ, having previously served as both a Branch and National Chairman. A full-time wedding DJ and master of ceremonies based in Hampshire, Alan has nearly 40 years of experience, and is currently focused on creating wedding entertainment that is engaging and driven by emotion.

Full details of all the sessions making up the two day educational programme are listed below:

Event Lighting: Cables Not Included
By Toby Freeman
Sunday 22nd | 11:30am

In this exciting seminar CHAUVET DJ’s European Product Specialist, Toby Freeman, will discuss the integration of wireless DMX systems into existing setups as well as the ideal of a completely wireless system. Toby will show how you can use wireless technology to save time, even if not all of your units are wireless. The session will go through how wireless systems work, what challenges may arise from using a wireless system and how to avoid them.

Do You REALLY Want To Be An Elderly DJ?
By Robin Kershaw
Sunday 22nd | 12:15pm

Social time, weekends, ear drums… just some of the things DJs sacrifice in the name of their craft. But you don’t want to be gigging week-in, week-out forever, right? Join Robin Kershaw, Managing Director of North West wedding entertainment company, DFC, for this insightful seminar on how you can grow your DJ business. In less than 10 years Robin went from ‘one man band’ to the leader of a thriving business. DFC now looks after the entertainment needs of over 800 weddings each year, serviced by a talented team of 15+ professional DJs. Learn how to upscale your business from ‘side-line to squad’ – utilising talent in the sector to free up your valuable time and ensure a ‘pension plan’ is in place that will allow you to reclaim your weekends well before retirement age!

Making A Living As A DJ
Hosted By Eddie Short
Sunday 22nd | 1:15pm

According to the magazine’s most recent reader survey, 30% of Pro Mobile readers are full-time DJs, while for 70% their DJ business provides a supplementary income to another career. Many part-time DJs are happy with this arrangement, but there are also lots of them who would love to make their passion for DJing into a full-time occupation. This panel discussion session is for those DJs. Pro Mobile’s Editor, Eddie Short, will be joined by a panel of successful full-time DJs who will share their experiences and tips for ‘giving up the day job’ and becoming a full-time professional mobile DJ.

The Evolution Of DJs
By Richard Lee
Sunday 22nd | 2:00pm

Join Mastermix label manager Richard Lee as he takes you on a unique journey from the 1950s to the present day to look at how DJs have evolved through the years. Presented in his own inimitable style this seminar is guaranteed to evoke plenty of memories and create an audio-visual experience that DJs of all kinds are sure to enjoy. Not only is Richard the Label Manager for Mastermix, Europe's leading supplier of DJ only music, he is also a DJ, radio presenter, host, stadium announcer, event manager, music producer, husband and daddy! He even manages to find time to be part of the creative team behind Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers.

From DJ to VJ – Using Video To Enhance Your Events
By Phil Bearman
Sunday 22nd | 3:00pm

Over the last 13 years, motion graphics designer Phil Bearman has carved a niche producing video content specifically for professional mobile DJs and events professionals. In this fast-paced presentation Phil will demonstrate that video screens and projection are a versatile addition to any DJ's rig — enhancing your light show, impressing clients and increasing your profit. Whether you're already using video or just considering it, this presentation promises to be packed with inspiration and useful information. Topics will include: using video to enhance your light show; using video for messaging; adding value to your disco and up-selling using video; using music videos; video playback options — from beginner to advanced; synchronising visuals to music; and display options — choosing and using screens and projectors.

Success By Association
By Derek Pengelly
Sunday 22nd | 3:45pm

This presentation will seek to demonstrate that success as a mobile DJ requires extensive commitment to best practise, highest standards and outstanding customer service. Keeping abreast of, or ahead of, developing trends and being able to react quickly to customer demands is paramount to establishing yourself as the ‘Expert Professional’ in your market. The people and organisations you associate with will help you achieve your ambitions and goals. The DJ business has many talented and knowledgeable people who have achieved great success in their business models. In this seminar, experienced DJ educator Derek Pengelly will talk about where to find these people and how developing your personal support network will result in a seismic shift in your business.

Sunday 22nd | 4:45pm

For the second year running the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the National Association of Disc Jockeys (NADJ) will take place at BPM|PRO in 2017. All members are welcome to attend the meeting which will be an opportunity to meet and network with association colleagues and committee members from England, Wales and Scotland. Come and support your National Executive Committee (NEC) and give a warm welcome to the new NEC voted in by you.

A Young DJ's Guide To Business... And Being A DJ!
By Josh Clarke
Monday 23rd | 11:00am

Join Josh Clarke for a light-hearted presentation of relatable tales, discussion, anecdotes, games and more about being a young DJ and setting out your stall in the industry. The session will also feature tips and tricks for starting and running your own enterprise using new and transferable skills. Josh works in design and marketing for the Music Factory Entertainment Group and DJ-only music service Mastermix, whilst also finding time to DJ at selected events across the country. He has also been involved in business since the age of 13 and now runs two companies of his own as well as offering tour management services to ‘80s chart-topping act Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers.

“I Can’t Get That Money Round Here”… Now What?
By Fabio Capozzi
Monday 23rd | 11:45pm

Competitor-based fee strategies in the DJ industry are essentially false advertising. Price matching has become a ‘knee jerk’ reaction to how we value our services which causes cost confusion with customers. Through this eye-opening presentation, discover your true worth and price yourself properly, honestly and fairly. Owner and Principal DJ at Funktion DJs, Fabio Capozzi has been in the industry since 1983 with a background in both club and mobile work. In his third term as National Secretary for the National Association of Disc Jockeys (NADJ), his commitment to the industry continues to drive Fabio to share his knowledge and experience with progressive DJs of all ages.

The DJ Debate
Hosted By Tony Winyard
Monday 23rd | 12:45pm

There are certain topics that can cause serious disagreements in the DJ industry with many DJs taking completely opposite viewpoints. ‘The DJ Debate’ is an opportunity for two teams of DJs to intelligently put forward their arguments with the aim of convincing the audience that their perspective is the right one before the audience has an opportunity to vote for who they thought was the most convincing. This session will be hosted by Tony Winyard, a former international club DJ and now specialist wedding DJ. Do you have strong views on certain issues? Do you feel you could sway an audience with your well-chosen words? Maybe you’ll be taking part in the debate!

Supercharge Your Wedding Receptions
By Gary Evans
Monday 23rd | 1:30pm

In this practical presentation, full-time Wedding DJ Gary Evans will share the ‘art of the grand entrance’. During his talk Gary will break down the formula he uses for creating engaging, fun and exciting entrances for his brides and grooms. Not only is this a great way to kick off a wedding breakfast, a Grand Entrance can also be used for evening-only receptions. Gary is the owner of Gary Evans Weddings. He is a solo operator based in Hampshire who specialises in full day wedding entertainment with a twist. He was recently voted DJ of the Year in the prestigious Wedding Industry Awards 2017.

Customer Service… What You Can Do To Get Referrals
By Euan Bass
Monday 23rd | 2:30pm

All DJs like a referral booking, so in this session Euan Bass will show how you can get more just by making small changes to what you do. 95% of Euan’s bookings are from referrals, and he will share some of the things that he does to turn his past clients into his greatest sales people, while also getting almost 100% positive testimonials from his customers. All it takes is one simple change, find out what’s the ONE THING that you can do to quickly pick up more referrals from this entertaining and informative seminar. Euan is originally from Essex, but now lives in Stevenage, and has been a full-time professional DJ for over 30 years. Having worked in clubs and bars, at festivals, on the radio, and even on TV, he now mainly concentrates on the wedding sector.

The Next Evolution Of Sound To Light
By Matthew Watkins
Monday 23rd | 3:30pm

Mobile DJs frequently rely on automated sound-to-light features to synchronise their lightshows to the music they play, but this often doesn’t use the lighting equipment to its full potential. In this seminar Matthew Watkins, Co-Founder of SoundSwitch, will showcase the latest innovations in sound-to-light found in software-based DMX programmes. Learn how to use this next generation sound-to-light technology to put together a show that not only reacts to the music perfectly but also reacts to your actions as the DJ, creating a far greater immersive experience for audiences. The session will also explore the future of sound-to-light and how it is reaching a high level of precision control without the need for hours of programming and constant interaction from an operator.

Managing Your Music Library
By Pete Hawkins
Monday 23rd | 4:15pm

In this information session Pete Hawkins will take a look at the some of the programs on the market that can help you manage your digital music library and guide you through how best to create a working structure to make finding your music quick and easy. Pete is the current National Chairman of the NADJ and has also run a successful DJ business for over 30 years. He has been involved in the music industry since leaving school, firstly as a sound engineer, then working in music production, and finally as a tour manager for a number of high-profile artists.

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Published: 13 September 2017