Creative Dance DJ in Cambridge

Last Friday Night I had the opportunity to be the creative dance DJ at Dance Friday in Cambridge, MA. After four years as creative dance DJ at Barefoot Boogie in NYC, I miss providing great and eclectic music for movement and dance at a venue like Dance Friday.

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Creative Dance DJ at Dance Friday in Cambridge

Dance Friday is an event where people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities can express themselves through movement to music. We offer an atmosphere of acceptance, friendship, and trust. We guide our freedom of Expression by a committed respect for the physical and psychological safety of others. Dance Friday is a community drawn together by a shared delight in dance and the recognition and respect for the value of life. We are the only Boston-area dance to welcome children. Dance Friday is a member dance of Dance New England.

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Creative Dance DJ Musical Styles at Dance Friday in Cambridge

All kinds of musical are played by our creative dance DJs! Contemporary, World music, Pop, Hip Hop, Reggae and Reggaeton, Classic Rock, Disco, Funk, Ska, Latin, Swing, R&B, Blues…. Our Creative Dance DJs’ goals are to please everyone and keep the dance floor jumping. our DJ’s scour playlists to provide an evening full of wonderful beats, tempos and melodies to move your body with. If there’s something you’d like to hear, please suggest it; there is a Comments Book for sharing helpful suggestions regarding the evening’s music and atmosphere. All the music is provided by volunteer Creative Dance DJ’s.

Dance New England brings together a community of member dances and dancers. We are united by our love of dance as an empowering community activity.

We believe that everyone can dance and that dance provides us with the opportunity to enrich ourselves and the greater community. We use dance as a medium to communicate and to demonstrate our unity. At Dance Camp and Weekends we come together to dance, express our caring, exchange ideas; and organize ways to communicate and understand each other.

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We seek to explore ways to show our commitment to the acceptance of and respect for all people and cultures, the empowerment of children, and the acknowledgement that our bodies and our environment are sacred. We recognize the need for each of us to be able to safely express who we are and be acknowledged for the value of the contributions that each of us brings to this community. These include a cooperative spirit, interdependence, and sustainable volunteerism.

We recognize that how we accomplish our aim is important. Consensus decision-making, non-violent conflict resolution, collective work, personal responsibility, educational inreach and outreach, and flexibility in the face of the need to change are tenets of our organizational democracy. We believe that the conservation of our planet’s resources and the fair distribution of the fruits of our labor and play create a positive example for the worl

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How to book a wedding DJ

I found this simple blog post on How To Book A Wedding DJ from a U.K. Entertainment Company, English wedding. I am including only a short piece of a larger post, if you would like to read the entire piece, please read How To Book A Wedding DJ.

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How to book a wedding DJ

It’s free to subscribe to English Wedding – I’d love you to sign up for daily wedding ideas – just click here!. A warm welcome from me. Claire xxx

Some facts about booking wedding entertainment:

92% of brides say that the evening entertainment is one the 3 most important elements of their wedding day.

When asked 81% of guests say the thing they remember most about a wedding is the entertainment.

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How to book a wedding DJ

By all means look on Google and in your Yellow Pages to find a Wedding DJ first of all. But it’s important to get testimonials… even better – speak to past clients… the best thing to do is go with a recommendation from someone you trust.

It’s the role of your Wedding DJ to create the atmosphere at your wedding reception. It’s what they’re paid for. A good Wedding DJ should be an expert in their field and should know what music is relevant for the audience and atmosphere they’re in.

Find a wedding DJ who will act as entertainment consultant and take you through the process to ensure you’re 100% happy and comfortable with what you’re paying for.

Is it a proper company – rather than a guy with a hobby – have they got insurance ?

via How to book a wedding DJ | The English Wedding Blog & Calligraphy for Weddings.

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As many other similar blog posts have neglected too, I think a Wedding DJ who offers a Guarantee is paramount to your peace of mind and safety for your wedding.

 

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Rhode Island DJ Music Chart – Week of 1/6

This week being the first week of the new year feels like an important DJ Music Chart, although in reality, it is just another week. Eminem Featuring Rihanna “Monster” is number one again this week. OneRepublic is number two again with “Counting Stars” with Piitbull, Avicii and Imagine Dragons filling out the top five.

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Rhode Island DJ Music Chart – Week of 1/6

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Rhode Island DJ Music Chart Review – Eminem “Monster”

The Monster” is a song by American hip hop recording artist Eminem, featuring guest vocals from Barbadian singer Rihanna, taken from Eminem’s eighth studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The song was written by Marshall Mathers, Jon Bellion and Bebe Rexha, with production handled by Frequency. “The Monster” marks the fourth collaboration between Eminem and Rihanna, following “Love the Way You Lie” and its sequel (2010), and “Numb” (2012). “The Monster” was released on October 29, 2013, as the fourth single from the album. The song’s lyrics present Rihanna coming to grips with her inner demons, while Eminem ponders the negative effects of his fame.

“The Monster” has successfully charted worldwide, topping the charts in twelve countries including Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States’ Billboard Hot 100. It also marks Eminem’s first number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and has reached the top ten in Austria, Belgium, Italy and Spain. The song’s accompanying music video depicts Rihanna as Eminem’s therapist in a session, as previous videos from his career are referenced.

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The song was generally received well by critics. Writing for the IBTimes, Tarun Mazumdar reacted positively to it, praising its “memorable lines” and Rihanna’s “soulful” vocals and rating it 3.5 out of 5. Amy Sciaretto of PopCrush gave it the same rating and noted that “it’s not nearly as powerful or affective as the previous partnership, but it’s not supposed to be.” Allan Raible of ABC News also enjoyed the song, calling it a “a career highlight” and a “personal rhyme about his history.” About.com‘s Bill Lamb had similar thoughts, opining that Eminem’s introspection “lends the song engaging power” while also praising Rihanna’s vocals. Idolator‘s Mike Wass noted that while it did not meet the standard of the duo’s previous collaboration, the song was still “undeniably catchy and hook-filled enough for top 40 radio success.” Keith Murphy of Vibe praised the lyrical content of the song but otherwise found the single lacklustre. Jim Farber of The New York Daily News found it inferior to Eminem’s previous single, “Rap God” and too similar to “Love the Way You Lie“, but appreciated that “at least Em gets off some good lines in the new song.” XXL positioned it at number 19 on their list of the best songs of 2013. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

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Which DJ Music Chart for this week is your current favorite?

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Most Popular Wedding Songs 2013

The Most Popular Wedding Songs for 2013 have been released! This particular list of Popular Weddings includes Most Popular First Dance, Most Popular Bouquet Toss, Most Popular Garter, Most Poplar Bridal Party Dance, Most Popular Money Dace, Most Pop;jar Cake Cutting and Most Popular Bridal Party Introductions Songs. In additional, it includes Most Popular Ceremony, Most Popular Processional and Most Popular Recessional Songs.

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Most Popular Wedding Songs 2013 - Rhode Island Wedding DJ

Most Popular Wedding Songs 2013 - Rhode Island Wedding DJ

Most Popular Wedding Songs 2013 – DJ Intelligence

These comprehensive charts are compiled by analyzing millions of actual client requests made through the DJ Intelligence music request system at weddings and parties around the world in 2013. These PDFs may be distributed to other DJs and shared with your clients with our compliments. The charts are copyright 2014 by Intelligence, Inc. and may not be republished without our express written consent. Intelligence, Inc. is not responsible for errors or omissions.

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I did not think Jason Mraz ” I Won’t Give Up” would be the most requested Wedding First Dance Song of 2013. In fact, I do not think any of  my Brides and Grooms have chosen it as their First Dance Songs. With that said, my Brides and Grooms are rarely following the most popular trends and choose songs very personal to them, often unique and alternative. It would be interesting to determine what are the Most Popular Weddings Songs that my Brides and Grooms chose this year.

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I am impressed with how many Country Songs are near the top of the list of Most Popular Wedding Songs of 2013. Each year the under of crossover Country Songs included by Brides and Grooms that are not primarily Country Music listeners grows. They seem to work well for First Dance Songs and other Wedding Traditional Songs.

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Here are other posts that may be helpful to you Top 50 DJ Wedding Last Dance SongsHow To Hire The Best Wedding DJ,  Popular Garter Toss Songs, Wedding DJ Father-Daughter Dance SongsWedding DJ Mother Son Dance SongsTop 50 Wedding Cake Cutting SongsPopular Bridal Party Introduction Songs for Wedding DJs and Popular Bouquet Toss Songs.

 

What do you think are the most popular Wedding Songs of 2013?

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Rhode Island DJ Music Chart – 2013 Year End Alternative

This years ending DJ Music Chart for the genre Alternative has Imagine Dragons on top with “Radioactive” in addition to “Demons” at number ten! The top five are rounded out with Capital Cities, Neighborhood, Muse and Of Monsters and Men. If you are looking for the DJ Music Chart for Top 40/ACH 2013 Year End Chart, I have that posted as well.

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Rhode Island DJ Music Chart – 2013 Year End Alternative

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Rhode Island DJ Music Chart Year End Review – Muse Madness

Madness” is a song by English alternative rock band Muse. It is the second track on the band’s sixth studio album, The 2nd Lawand is the second and lead single to be released from the album. It has spent 19 weeks on the summit of Billboard‘s Alternative chart, making it the longest running #1 on the chart, and beating out the previous record by Foo Fighters‘ “The Pretender“.

The song was released on 20 August 2012 after its premiere on BBC Radio 1 and NRJ. The music video premiered on 5 September 2012. The song earned a nomination in the Best Rock Song category at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

The band performed the song on Turner Broadcasting‘s promotions for the 2013 March Madness games on TBS and TNT.

“Madness” has been featured in several television programs including CSI: NY and Criminal Minds.

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Rhode Island DJ Music Chart – Muse “Madness” Music Video

This video saw the second collaboration between the band and director Anthony Mandler, who previously directed the music video for “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)“. It was edited by Jacquelyn London. The director of photography was David Devlin. Devlin’s work on “Madness” was nominated for a 2012 Best Cinematography Award at Plus Camerimage. The video was filmed on the Red Line platform at Los Angeles Union Station. The two main characters are played by models Erin Wasson and Max Silberman.

The video begins with Wasson and Silberman sitting behind each other smoking cigarettes while authorities and dogs swarming outside their train attempt to stop a riot in full swing. Throughout the video, the camera flashes to the band playing outdoors at night, among many strobelights and psychedelic effects. Though the chronological order is unclear, Wasson and Silberman are then seen walking through and then wandering among the subway station, at first alone and then amid a violent riot (though it seems they are untouched by the violence occurring around them). The physicality of the models (Wasson occasionally standing above or walking away from Silberman; other times following him and reaching for him) could suggest a parallel to the subject matter of the song: the emotional phases of conflict in a relationship. Eventually, as the song builds to a climax with the lines I have finally realized (realized) / I need your love / I need your love, Wasson grabs Silberman forcefully by his collar and shakes him, screaming soundlessly. This again parallels the simultaneous emotional release and musical catharsis in the song, as well as the long-awaited progression and revelation in the lyrics as Bellamy at last sings of what he has realized. The characters then kiss and end up seated on the train, seemingly back to their original positions. This could also signify that this emotional exchange is repetitive.

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What song or songs did you think would be represented in the Rhode Island DJ Music Chart  2013 Year End Alternative Chart and which did you think were left out?

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Rhode Island DJ Music Chart – 2013 Year End

Every year all professional Music DJs wait for the year end DJ Music Chart to see which song was played on more radio stations than any other song. This year somewhat surprisingly is Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven”! I know, you thought it was gong to be Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines”. The thing about this DJ Music Chart is the fact that it is what song is played the most during the whole year, not at any given time. Since “Locked Out of Heaven” was a hit during the beginning of 2013 and “Blurred Lines” was big during the summer, Bruno are had many more months for his song to be played on the radio than Robin Thicke.

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I am so surprised that Swedish House Mafia “Don’t You Worry Child” is number 2. I do not think I had one request for it the whole year.

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Don’t You Worry Child” is a song by Swedish electronic dance group Swedish House Mafia. It is the sixth and final single released before the group broke up, featuring vocals from Swedish singer John Martin. In the United States, it is the act’s second number-one single on Billboard’s Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, following “Save the World“. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording in the 2013 Grammy Awards, as did its predecessor, “Save the World”, the previous year. The song is written in the key of D major.

In addition to its success on both critical and commercial levels, “Don’t You Worry Child” is the first song by a Swedish act to break into the Top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 since 1997 when Robyn‘s “Show Me Love” peaked at number 7. It remains the highest-peaking hit by a Swedish act since “The Sign” by Ace of Base topped the Hot 100 in 1994.

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What song do you think you heard the most this year? Is there any song(s) on the list that you didn’t expect and some you though would be included?

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Quitting Your Job to Be Full-Time DJ

I found this really interesting and thoughtful article on DJ Tech Tools. I think you will appreciate it as well. It does not apply solely to full-time DJs, it is applicable to anyone wanting to follow their passion and natural gifts made to share with others. Mine happen to be fun Full-time DJ and Life Coach & Counselor.
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The part that appeals to me most is the aspect of getting your mind right first, before making the leap. His take on having a true business plan and not thinking talent is enough to be a successful Full-time DJ. I think we are generally poor at assessing our own talent level; fear, ego and ambition can cloud reality easily. Also, many folks can be wanting an easy out from the 9-5 grind and think artistic and creative work like being a full-time DJ will be easier. My experience in promoting and marketing my full-time DJ business, often takes up more hours than working at a job over a year. I enjoy the work and it allows me to do what I do best and share my gifts with others, one of them is being a full-time DJ.
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Quitting Your Job to Be Full-Time DJ

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DJ Stories: Quitting A Day Job To DJ Full Time

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Almost every DJ who has had a taste of success has considered it – the idea of dropping everything and trying to make a full-time go of it. Today we’ve got a great story by one of our contributing writers on how he made the decision to quit his job to DJ more. Learn some of the biggest obstacles involved in such a decision and how modeling a DJ career like a company helped him achieve success in today’s article.

LEAVING A JOB TO Full-Time DJ?

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It all began with a simple question that no one could answer.

“DJing?” my then-girlfriend exclaimed, “Is that all you want to do?” I surprised her with a statement that any ambitious DJ might say: “I’ve decided to take this thing full time.” (This conversation came after gigging 4 times a week for a full year straight!)

Three years later I was dealing with a tech startup, pilates instructors, and a recovering cocaine addict with a severe anxiety attack. I met the woman of my dreams who thought I was a crazy Afro-Arab lost in the world of DC misfits, and a Goldman Sachs executive who I mentored, only later to know I was his mentee. In the end, I got my answer, but only after I found myself hesitating in front of a send button of an resignation email that took three hours to write.

And all because in October 2007 I asked myself this:

“How can I earn a living full time doing what I love? Can I really sustain a living by just DJing and producing records?”

Clearly I was love-drunk with music and the industry. Quite honestly, I didn’t want to sober up.

Here’s the cold truth: deciding you want to quit is usually just the first move in a long and cerebral chess match you’ll play with yourself. I’ve found that people’s inability to quit their current day jobs had little to do with the perceived riskiness of their new professions, their financial situation, or general economic conditions. The real barrier for most of us is not external. It’s our own psychology – we:

So how are the brave, smart, and savvy DJs able to break free? How those individuals were able to overcome the psychological barriers and finally quit with conviction? It’s all in the preparations and it starts with your psychology.

GET YOUR MIND RIGHT: QUIT FOR A BETTER LONG-TERM, NOT A QUICK FIX

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The first step in making the leap is to recount your career goals and visualize a life-changing leap forward, not an incremental hop. Stop being a serial quitter, become focused on the long-term goodness of fit.

Why the emphasis on a long arc? If you’re looking to quit your job just so you can avoid that micromanaging boss or break free of a tedious daily task, you may be shooting too low. Quitting your job for the life of the party and for minor improvements could leave you equally dissatisfied a year in. To avoid this potential cognitive dissonance, take a longer term (5 years+) view of the mountain you actually want to climb. Map out what the journey might look like, and make sure you’ll value its rewards. You get an average of 10 chances to quit in your lifetime, and each career step should bring you significantly closer to your true passions.

For me, a producer at SiriusXM Radio working with music technology and plenty of DJs coming in and out of the building, I was miserable. I had a sexy, ego-stroking career that made for great bragging material. But I was being eaten alive by all the work, and drained by the politics of working in a large company.

I had an insight at the launch of a huge project that our team successfully completed despite impossible expectations and long hours. Everyone was gathered together and the division President said ‘Thanks to the team, we made this happen!’ All I could think was, ‘Here’s an empty recognition for a product I didn’t care about.

At the time I was gigging three times a week, producing 4 tracks/remixes per month and building a music production school in Washington DC. I had a challenging schedule.

FINDING INSPIRATION

I had an “a-ha!” moment after reading the quote: “Life is too short to be in a boring company”. I started researching local DJs and entrepreneurs who took a leap of faith towards their dreams. I thought, ‘These people are really enjoying themselves!’ In my job, I was having fun, but not experiencing real meaning. The people I researched had great fulfillment and continuously hungry to move forward in their lives, the opposite of what I saw in the stagnant corporate environment. I thought ‘If they can do it, maybe I can too!’.

I consumed hundreds of articles a week on entrepreneurship, financial planning and marketing. At home, I was building a project studio with high-end analog gear and producing like an automated assembly line. I found myriad resources on the science of innovation, success and business. I think I earned an MBA in two months by just reading. My mind was finally in the right place.

PREPARATION

 

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“Good luck is a residue of preparation” – Jack Youngblood

I made a firm commitment to quit my day job in four years. Anxiety about losing a steady paycheck was horrifying and gigging three times a week wasn’t enough to pay the rent and bills; I needed to find another income stream.  I needed to land more local gigs, remix projects, improve my production skills and grow my fan base.

The easiest way to organize all of these activities was to visualize myself as a mini-startup. After reading so much about entrepreneurship and startups; operating like a company made sense. Here’s how I organized my activities:

  • Business Development: Getting Gigs + Remix Work: I dedicated two days out of the week (if I’m not gigging) on just networking, contacting labels and helping other DJs with their gigs. I constantly emailed indie House music labels. Didn’t get any response 8/10 times. Early on I knew everything was a sale and email wasn’t a good medium to build relationships. So I started traveling to NY and Miami to meet label execs face to face until I landed a remix project. The rest was history.
  • Product Development: Improving My Production Skills: I spent over 20 hours a week producing music. It’s the best way to get better.
  • Marketing + Promotion: Growing A Fan Base: I learned the art of inbound marketing (Blogging, SEO, website optimization, social media, building back links, lead nurturing, email campaigns and analytics). Tuesdays and Wednesdays were my dedicated days for any marketing activity. I compiled an email list of over 2500 people in three months and continuously engaged my list with funny and informative emails. Building genuine relationships with my fans was a rewarding experience and still is.
  • Financials: Paying Off Debt/Saving: Crunching numbers, making projections and understanding my spending habits was an amusing ordeal. Using mint.com, I analyzed my spending for the past twelve months and I knew what I needed to eliminate. You’d be surprised how much stuff we don’t need in our life. I had to pay off my car, credit cards and other loose ends in two years. I then saved 50% of my income for another two years. My goal was to have 18 months of cash (rent, bills, food and party monies) until I generated more income.
  • Revenue + Income: The idea of getting a part time job to generate another source of income was ludicrous. One of my many passions is mentoring, so I started teaching music production in one of DC’s popular clubs. The owner was generous enough to have me use his dancefloor as a classroom on Sundays from 4pm to 7pm. I rented a projector & screen and plugged to the club’s sound system. The class was a success! I moved out of the club and started hosting workshops around the city until I created DC’s first music production school.

CUTTING THE CORD

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Four years later, I had 16 months of cash in the bank, paid off my debt, grew my fanbase, acquired more students and was releasing three tracks per month on reputable labels. I just needed the right moment to draft a resignation letter. I was afraid for a long time to pull the plug. Finally I did and it was the most liberating feeling.

It hasn’t always been easy. I definitely made mistakes, especially around some financial decisions for myself. But I practice being gentle with myself when I make blunders. It’s a natural part of the learning curve. Success can bring challenges as well. I found out that 60% of my students wanted to learn music production just to get more DJ gigs, and not for the love of music. I had to re-align my strategy and founded Gigturn.

No two full-time DJ stories of making the transition are the same, which is what makes entrepreneurship so interesting! But my story certainly illustrates a couple of important points about deciding when to quit workin’ for the “man”. My initial goal was to DJ and produce full time, but now I found a bigger and more meaningful goal. I’ve learned flexibility and adaptability are important to keep the passion alive.

Making sure that there truly is interest in the market for your skills as a full-time DJ and producer before you cut the strings is vital. But perhaps even more importantly, listen to that little voice in your head and make a choice that’s in line with your long-term health and well-being. Starting a full-time DJ career that you’re passionate about can only do great things for your mental and physical health. Maybe you’ll be able to take a leave from your job to have some time to plan your full-time DJ career, or maybe you’ll need to start your transition part-time while still working your job full-time. No matter which path you take, there’s no better time than now to start your dream career!

Editor’s Note: Mohamed Kamal is an ex SiriusXM DJ/Producer turned entrepreneur from Washington DC. He is the Founder and CEO of Gigturn, a platform that connects DJs with fans and gigs.

Header photo credit: Marina Gondra and a bit of Photoshop.

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What do you think of Mohamd Kamal’s experiences and insight? Do you have a profession leap you are ending inspiration to make, whether it be full-time DJ or chef or painter?

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Rhode Island DJ Music Chart – Week of 12/23

Christmas has passed and time to get back to posting the MediaBase weekly DJ Music Chart again. This week we have Eminem with Rihanna on top with “The Monster”.  The number two spot has OneRepublic “Counting Stars” followed by Imagine Dragons “Demons”, Pitbull & Kesha “Timber” and Avicii “Wake Me Up”.

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THIS WEEK LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG SPINS*
1 1 EMINEM The Monster f/Rihanna 16,330
2 2 ONEREPUBLIC Counting Stars 15,595
3 3 IMAGINE DRAGONS Demons 14,246
4 4 PITBULL Timber f/Ke$ha 14,135
5 5 AVICII Wake Me Up 10,494
6 7 ZEDD Stay The Night f/H. Williams 9,152
7 10 LADY GAGA Do What U Want f/R. Kelly 8,060
8 6 MILEY CYRUS Wrecking Ball 8,002
9 11 NEIGHBOURHOOD Sweater Weather 8,000
10 14 ELLIE GOULDING Burn 7,877
11 8 LORDE Royals 7,792
12 13 PASSENGER Let Her Go 7,597
13 15 ONE DIRECTION Story Of My Life 7,325
14 16 MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS White Walls f/ScHoolboy Q 6,355
15 9 KATY PERRY Unconditionally 6,331
16 12 DRAKE F/MAJID JORDAN Hold On We’re Going Home 6,287
17 18 LADY GAGA Applause 5,004
18 23 LORDE Team 4,890
19 22 A GREAT BIG WORLD Say Something w/C. Aguilera 4,851
20 20 KATY PERRY Roar 4,494
21 17 SELENA GOMEZ Slow Down 4,040
22 28 BASTILLE Pompeii 3,969
23 19 JASON DERULO Marry Me 3,845
24 26 JOHN NEWMAN Love Me Again 3,581
25 24 BRITNEY SPEARS Perfume 3,518
26 27 ZENDAYA Replay 3,347
27 25 FALL OUT BOY Alone Together 3,282
28 33 KATY PERRY Dark Horse 3,220
29 29 SARA BAREILLES Brave 3,095
30 21 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TKO

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These weekly DJ Music Charts are compiled weekly by MediaBase.

 

Mediabase DJ Music Charts

Mediabase monitors the airplay of over 1,800 radio stations, updated continuously 24 hours daily. Mediabase produces historic and current airplay data for U.S. and Canadian radio stations, satellite radio, and music television.

Formats monitored include Mainstream Top 40, Rhythmic, Mainstream Rock, Active Rock, Modern Rock, Classic Rock, Triple A, Country, Oldies, AC, Hot AC, Urban, Urban AC, Smooth AC, Christian AC, Gospel and Latin.

In addition to providing vital airplay information to radio stations in the U.S. and Canada, Mediabase provides information to every major record label and distributor, as well as concert promoters, artists, managers, music publishers, movie studios, video game developers and more.

Mediabase DJ Music Charts are published weekly in USA Today, and are used on nearly all radio countdown shows and dozens of websites and magazines.

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I invite you to follow the DJ Music Charts each week for your favorite songs and updates.

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Rhode Island DJ Music Mix – Songs of Home DJ Music Mix

After posting yesterday’s blog posting of Rhode Island DJ Songs of Home, I made a Rhode Island DJ Music Mix including some of the songs in the collection. This collection followed  Rhode Island DJ Songs of JoyRhode Island DJ Songs of Peace and Rhode Island DJ Songs of Thanks earlier this week. I may produce a DJ Mix of them as well soon. The DJ Mix is over an hour but you can listen to parts of it and still enjoy it.

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Rhode Island DJ Mix – Songs of Home DJ Mix

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Storytelling In A DJ Music Mix

POSTED BY  ON JULY 10, 2013
Stories are a staple of the human experience – from Homer to Dr. Seuss, the greatest storytellers have inspired us, taught us, and even pushed us into action. DJs often want to become something more than just a request-based party-rocker, but as musicians and artists in their own right. Today we dig deeper into the art of DJing and explore how being a better storyteller can dramatically enhance your sets.

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WHY TELL STORIES? 

It’s important to first understand the difference between what a story is and what a story does. The most gripping stories aren’t just written or told, they are throughly designed with the audience at its forefront.

 “Stories are how we think. They are how we make meaning of life…Stories are how we explain how things work, how we make decisions, how we justify our decisions, how we persuade others, how we understand our place in the world, create our identities, and define and teach social values.”

– Pamela Rutledge, Psychology Today

The key word here is meaning. A good story is designed in such a way to make us empathize with certain point of views and thus change the way we perceive the world around us. Stories, as a result, are merely mechanisms of delivery, crafted in such a way to develop an intrinsic sense of meaning through emotion and metaphors.

We can look to the world of advertising as an industry perfecting the power of the story. Advertisers and marketers use stories to inspire emotions and ultimately bring wallets out:

This tearjerker of an ad not only displays Google’s search feature set (e.g. instant search, query auto-correction, integration with other Google services), but it also works to establish an emotional connection with the viewer through a carefully constructed narrative on love.

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WHAT’S IN A STORY?

Now that we understand the power and weight of stories, how exactly can we, as DJ’s, harness it? Mechanically, a story can be described as a byproduct of the following narrative elements.

Plot
Characterization
Dialogue
Time / Pace
Setting / Context
These building blocks are used by storytellers to add depth and meaning to their stories. They don’t stand alone – these elements influence and feed off of each other. The characters in your story, for instance, are influenced by their setting in the same way that your story’s overall pace is determined by it’s underlying plot.

The complete post Storytelling In A DJ Mix for further details on DJ Music Mixing as an art form, more than just throwing songs together that match beats and tempo.

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Rhode Island DJ Songs of Home

This is so much fun! It started as one simple list and now it keeps expanding to new titles and uploads. Today I offer you Rhode Island DJ Songs of Home. Rhode Island DJ Songs of Home are songs that have “Home” in the tittle. Like the other collections, I am not including Christmas songs in this collection. This collection joins Rhode Island DJ Songs of JoyRhode Island DJ Songs of Peace and Rhode Island DJ Songs of Thanks. Who knows where it will stop?

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Rhode Island DJ Songs of Home

      Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home

Home” is a song written and recorded by American group Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. It was released in January 2010 as the second single from the album, Up from Below. The song came in at number 73 on Australian radio station Triple J’s 100 hottest songs of the past 20 years

      Hometown Glory - Adele - Adele
      Call Me (Come Back Home) - Al Green - Al Green
      She's Leaving Home - The Beatles - The Beatles
      You're My Home - Billy Joel - Billy Joel
      Phillip Phillips - Home

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      My Hometown - Bruce Springsteen - Bruce Springsteen

My Hometown” is a single by Bruce Springsteen off his Born in the U.S.A. album, that was the record-tying seventh and last top 10 single to come from it, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It also topped the U.S. adult contemporary chart, making the song Springsteen’s only #1 song on this chart to date. The song is a synthesizer-based, low-tempo number that features Springsteen on vocals.

      Take Me Home - Cash Cash Feat. Beba Rexha - Cash Cash Feat. Bebe Rexha
      You Remind Me Of Home Death Cab for Cutie - Death Cab For Cutie
      Hold On We're Going Home - Drake Feat. Majid Jordan - Drake Feat. Majid Jordan
      Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money - Eddie Money

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      Can't Find My Way Home (Live 1971) - Eric Clapton w/George Harrison - Eric Clapton
      Home - Jack Johnson - Jack Johnson
      Don't Wanna Go Home - Jason Derulo - Jason Derülo
      You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To - Julie London - Julie London
      Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan - The Essential
      Bring It On Home - Led Zeppelin
      Home Again - Carole King - Carole King

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      Going Home - Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen
      Back Home Again [Live] - John Denver - John Denver
      Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd - Lynyrd Skynyrd
      Home - Michael Buble - Michael Bublé
      Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue - Mötley Crüe

Home Sweet Home” is a power ballad by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. It was originally released in 1985 on the album Theatre of Pain, and again in 1991 for the Decade of Decadence compilation album. It has been recorded as a cover versionby several artists, and was released as a single by Carrie Underwood in 2009. The 1991 version had a new music video, different from the original version.

Along with “Wild Side“, “Home Sweet Home” is one of the rare Mötley Crüe hits to have Vince Neil credited with the songwriting, though he did play a part in writing many of their non-hit songs.

      Walking My Baby Back Home - Nat King Cole - Nat King Cole
      Mama I'm Comin' Home - Ozzy Osbourne - Ozzy Osbourne

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      Take Me Home - Phil Collins - Phil Colins
      Home - Phillip Phillips - Phillip Phillips
      Nobody Home - Pink Floyd - Pink Floyd
      Home Sweet Home [Album Version] - Russell Howard - Russell Howard

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      Bring It On Home To Me - Sam Cooke - Sam Cooke
      Take The Long Way Home - Supertramp - Supertramp
      Take Me Home, Country Roads - Toots and the Maytals - Toots and the Maytals
      Feels Like Home - LeAnn Rimes - LeAnn Rimes

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      Homeward Bound - Simon And Garfunkel - Simon And Garfunkel

Homeward Bound” is an American folk song written by Paul Simon, performed by Simon and Garfunkel, produced by Bob Johnston and recorded on December 14, 1965. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart on February 12, 1966, peaking at #5 and remained on the charts for 12 weeks. It describes Simon’s longing to return home to his then girlfriend, Kathy Chitty, who was in London. It is uncertain exactly where the song was written: in an interview with Paul Zollo for SongTalk Magazine, Art Garfunkel says that Simon wrote the song in a railway station “around Manchester” while in an earlier interview for Playboy Magazine Simon stated that the railway station was in Liverpool. It is likely, however, that it was written at Widnes railway station during a long wait for a train, when traveling back from Widnes, where he had been playing; a commemorative plaque is displayed on the wall of the Liverpool-bound waiting room

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