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Sunset Corvette Shoot

Posted in Djlive408, New Fliks, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2017 by djlive408

Had a good time taking pictures of my good friend’s Corvette up in the hills along with a nice Sunset as the background.

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About the most recent gig I deejayed at

Posted in Djlive408, Let's Talk DJ, Music, New Fliks, Photography with tags , , , on December 4, 2017 by djlive408

So I just deejayed at a Company Xmas event and this time I want to talk a little about it. First of all it went very well and since this is the 2nd time they have booked me they loved me and want me again for a 3rd time next year. This does not happen just because I’m lucky, it happens because I am prepared and very have done my homework.

Let’s talk about preparation for an event like this. My client sent me an email with music she wants for dinner and dance. I reply with “ok I will definitely have that music and more with similar taste” of course not in that manner but similarly put together. My research is vast, I start to dig into the crates I already have and start adding more. One way I have managed to get similar sounds is by using Pandora or Spotify to check related artist to the artist they already have. Using services like Spotify also let’s me listen to the song before I commit to purchasing it, this is very helpful because in the past I’ve always purchased lots of music in a wholesale manner. The downside with buying soo much music is that you then have to sort and go through all of the music which can take weeks or months even! Now that I have music, it’s time to organize and categorize!

Categorizing music is a hell of a thing to do but you have to do it to be organized! I have my stuff organized by Genres such as Urban, Spanish, Holidays, Etc. Then I start adding subcrates winch genres under that parent genre. I have recently started working on doing custom set crates which I have never really done since I’m the type of DJ that likes to mix on the fly, hence the name “Dj Live”. I do believe that curating special sets help me establish a more unique sound and cater to a more refined mix overall for the audience.  After all prep is done you obviously want to go over all the equipment you have and do a double check on wires, hard drives, back-ups, make sure controller is working right, double check ETA for the venue, what’s the earliest I can get there, etc.

Now it’s time for the day of the gig. One day prior to the day of the party I always make sure all my clothes is ironed or pressed (whichever is needed) and I make sure I have my setup clothes ready as well. The day of the gig is usually blocked out completely from my schedule as I like to dedicate the whole day to make sure I have everything ready. For this gig I had to start at 6pm so I knew I would like to be there at least 2.5 hrs earlier and getting to this place from my house was going to take about 30 mins. One thing to note is that you must always account for anything that can happen such as traffic, accidents, etc. I left the house around 2:15pm and got there with enough time so that I can start as early as 5:30pm. This is how it goes when I get there, I park right outside on the curb where they have unloading parking and I greet the employees inside and ask to speak to the person in charge of the place so I can see where to setup. I get the location and then ask for a 6ft table since that’s what I usually need from the venue. I then start unloading and setting up.

My setup is done and now I’m ready to work! I’m not scheduled to start until 6pm but I start to see people show up around 5:45pm so I start playing some soft background music which is some Christmas music. I’m constantly checking to make sure the sound is not overpowering people conversations and you can do this by watching body gestures. If you see people leaning into each other to hear what their saying you can tell it’s too loud and if they seem to be talking just fine then you know you’re in the sweet spot! I also like to walk around to double check the sound is nice and clear; also not too loud. So people are greeting each other and they get to their tables to start getting ready for dinner.

Dinner is starting and at this moment I’m still monitoring the levels and making sure it’s not too loud. This gig was only 4 hours but I did a lot to prepare for this client, it’s just the way I like to be with everything. It’s already 8:30pm and my client approaches me to get the mic and start speaking to the guest. He is then done with the speech and turns the attention to me and I let the people know that I’m ready to play some good dance music so everybody enjoy themselves and so on. I start with some dance tunes and read the crowd to see what they like. This crowd was mainly top 40 stuff and some oldies but goodies that are dance able. Overall the event went very well and I was pleased with the compliments of the guest, at every moment of the day you must always be kind and always be aware of the client and how they are reacting to your music. Sometimes you don’t have to wait to see if they like it, you just need to pay attention to your reactions and body language.

I hope this helped for something! Please feel free to contact me on all social media if you have any questions. Thank You

Photography for your special event or project

Posted in Djlive408, Flesh Designz, New Fliks, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2017 by djlive408

Contact me for rates on your upcoming event or project.
bayareadesigns@gmail.com

New Gig Log 8! Wedding in Arizona!

Posted in Dj Live, dj video, Djlive408, Gig Log, New Video, Videos with tags , , , , , on October 19, 2017 by djlive408

New exciting gig log in Arizona!

Djn along with my boy Dj Sharkie at the 10th Annual Bike Party Event in San Jose!!

Posted in Dj Live, Djlive408, Flyer, GIDM, New Event, Ritmo Unido, San Jose Bike Party with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2017 by djlive408

Don’t miss a chance to be a part of one of the biggest events of the year!

Dj Speedy Productions

Posted in dj video, Djlive408, Photography, Ritmo Unido with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2017 by djlive408

Grabbed a few shots of my guy Dj Speedy (IG: DjSpeedy408)

 

For those that don’t know a little about me.

Posted in dj video, Djlive408 with tags , , , on October 10, 2017 by djlive408

I’ve always loved good food ever since I can remember my parents whipin up some seafood dishes. I remember getting served for 7 Mares which is a seafood soup that contains all the good stuff like shrimp, scallops, mussels, crab, etc. I would finish my plate then go to the pot where the soup was and dig in for all the shrimp I can find or any other goodie, basically leaving the soup without goodies; then I would hard my dad yell “Samuel!!!!! ven para aca” (Samuel, Come over here!) I would honestly not mind the ass whoopin I got sometimes because I would always eat all the good stuff from the soups or dishes my parents made but I couldn’t help but to devour it in minutes. Now I’m 29, about to be 30 in a few months and I’m always thinking of what I want to cook next. Now this is something I have thought of for a long time but I was thinking to myself the other day “Would I consider owning a Restaurant or cooking at one ever?” and even though it’s always been closer to a “yes” I’ve come to a realization that I think I just want to cook for close friends and family than to cook for the public. Why is this you may ask? Well for those who don’t know me that well, I’m facing long days with my company and other ventures trying to make it in the bay area so cooking was always when I had a few extra hours in the week to make something delicious. I’ve also thought to myself that why don’t people cook good food at home; yes I know there’s many factors but really all you have to do is check out a few recipes and practice. The more you cook the more you understand how ingredients can work together, at least coming from a person that never went to culinary school, and while I’m sure I probably wouldn’t last in a real restaurant environment, I still love the art of cooking. It’s definitely a stress reliever for me as I’m always on the computer or dealing with clients. I believe the best advice I can give someone that wants to learn that if they want it to be the best, all you have to do is cook with love.