Hosted by Alan Marshall
Alan Marshall will act as the host of the Mobile DJ Learning Hub, not only making sure sessions runs on time (no pressure there then!) but also ensuring that everything flows smoothly, creating an informative, fun, interactive and entertaining environment for attendees. Alan is the Education & Training Officer for the National Association of DJs, 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.
11:30 – 12:00
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.
12:15 – 13:00
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!
13:15 – 13:45
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 turn 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.
14:00 – 14:45
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.
15:00 – 15:30
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.
15:45 – 16:30
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.
16:45 – 17:30
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.