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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

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ORALE & SONIDO CLASH event in Oakland

Posted in Live Music, Music, Photography, Ritmo Unido, Sonido Clash with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2017 by djlive408

Got a chance to represent Ritmo Undo at one of the events that Sonido Clash and Orale put together and I’m very happy I went. Got to see some really dope female Djs and a live act called “Locura” which were amazin!!! Here are some pics from the event.

Ritmo Unido at SOFA 2017

Posted in Djlive408, Live Music, Music, New Event, Photography, Ritmo Unido with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2017 by djlive408

We had the pleasure of assisting the SOFA musical festival downtown San Jose and it was very fun!!!! A huge shout out to Sonido Clash for letting DJ Ozzy get down on the tables! Here are some shots.

Break Time Mix Vol.56 (Romeo Santos Vs Prince Royce Edition)

Posted in Flesh Designz, Music, New Mix, New Music, Ritmo Unido with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2017 by djlive408

I’m a music lover at heart and I’ve grown a custom to lots of great genres. Bachata has really grown on me during the past few years and these two artist have been a staple in this genre. Here is a mix of some of the best of both artist fighting for the throne. Enjoy 🙂

Escolta05 playing at a party near you

Posted in Flesh Designz, Music with tags , , , , , on May 27, 2017 by djlive408

I’ve been fortunate enough to have another musician in the family that’s pursing their dreams as an artist and he’s also in group called Escolta05. Make sure you check them out https://www.facebook.com/Escolta05/

New Single from Christian Solorio!

Posted in Exclusive Tracks, Music, New Music with tags , , , , on February 24, 2017 by djlive408

Here’s what me and my nephew been working on lately, the release of his new single. Please give it a listen and give it a like and a share; we would greatly appreciate it.  Thank You

New Single Dropping Tomorrow at Noon!

Posted in Coming Soon, Dj Live, Djlive408, Flesh Designz, Music, New Music, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2017 by djlive408

–The past few months I’ve had the please to work with my nephew which has been developing his solo career as a singer/song writer. We’ve been working on his branding and all visuals related and we’re proud to announce that tomorrow we will be dropping the first single from Christian Solorio titled “Que Tonto de Mi”. Please like and share the link once released as it will help us keep making good music for your ears. Thank you all and have a nice day 🙂
–Los últimos meses he tenido la oportunidad de trabajar con mi sobrino que ha estado desarrollando su carrera como cantante y compositor. Hemos estado trabajando en su marca y todos los visuales relacionados y estamos orgullosos de anunciar que mañana lanzamos el primer sencillo de Christian Solorio titulado “Que Tonto de Mi”. Por favor de hacer like y compartir el enlace de mañana, ya que nos ayudará seguir motivados. Gracias a todos y tengan un buen día 🙂

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