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DJ Entertainment at The Lodge at Malibou Lake + Mix Transitions + 5-Star Review!

On January 19, 2019, I had the pleasure to DJ for Joey & Katie at the Lodge at Malibou Lake. I was in charge of their ceremony, cocktail, and reception. They were such a fun couple! They had amazing friends and family who love to party! We even had a live mariachi band to serenade us during the cocktail hour and dinner. Throughout the night, we filled the dance floor with happy feet and we partied till the very end. Thank you, Joey & Katie, for having me as your DJ!

▶ Check out my gear on Kit: https://kit.com/djmojoe

The Venue:

https://www.maliboulakelodge.com/

Photographer:

http://www.weddingsbytim.com.au/

Videographer:

https://www.socaldreamweddings.com/

DJ:

https://www.djmojoe.com

For bookings, please contact info@djmojoe.com

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Flash Mob at Hilton Hotel Universal Studios!

On January 11, 2019, I assisted one of my friend's events at the Hilton Universal Hotel for a 600-person event. We had a full production and we were in charge of the entertainment aspect of the show. The event took place in the morning, so we were keeping everybody's spirits and energy up high. There were many activities going on such as virtual golf, a rock climbing area, photobooth, 4 different food stations, bars, and more! As for music goes, DJ Knuera/MC Evan held it down as the main DJ & MC and I assisted him as DJ when he led and danced with the crowd. We even had a flash mob as a surprise to kick off the morning! Then throughout the event, we had people dancing from all backgrounds. We played some Latin, Indian, Top 40, 80s and Hip Hop to name a few. The event was a success and super fun to be a part of! Also, special shout out to James at Vertigo Sound & Entertainment for the awesome DJ setup! Thanks, Evan/DJ Knuera for bringing me on board for your event!

▶ Check out my gear on Kit: https://kit.com/djmojoe

For any questions, bookings, inquiries, please contact:

info@djmojoe.com

Venue: Hilton Universal City Hotel

https://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-los-angeles-universal-city-BURUCHF/index.html

DJ Knuera/MC Evan:

http://mcevancali.com

Vertigo Sound & Entertainment:

https://www.vertigo-entertainment.org/

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Best Custom In-Ear Monitors for DJs! | Ultimate Ears 11 Pro | My Process at NAMM 2019

I went to NAMM 2019 in Anaheim, California and stopped by at the Ultimate Ears booth. They offered free demos of their Ultimate Ears in-ear monitors and got to listen to some of the high-end models. I enjoyed the UE 11 Pro the most and they are also designed for Drummers, Bass Players, and DJs. I got my ears scanned for free at the booth and decided to get mine even branded with my logo. They offer to ship it to you or you can pick it up at their headquarters. I decided to pick it up at the headquarters in Irvine. Chris at UE HQ was helpful and showed me how to put the in-ears on. He also gave me a quick tour of the lab and showed me a bit behind the scenes.

Benefits of Custom In-Ears:

- Protect your ears from loud sound

- Fit only your ears

- No one else can use it

- High quality sound while blocking other noise

- Can be used as earplugs (for traveling, sleeping, etc.)

UE 11 PRO:

https://pro.ultimateears.com/ue-11-quad-4-driver-custom-stage-iem.html

UE Custom In-Ears:

https://custom.ultimateears.com/

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Wedding DJ

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Choosing the music for a wedding is different for every couple. And not all DJs are created equal but you can structure your wedding playlist in a way that makes your wedding flow smoothly.

To get the most out of your wedding DJ, here are some tips to help you set things up so that you can relax and enjoy the music you want to hear on your big day!

1. BE IN CHARGE

2. BE SPECIFIC ABOUT YOUR PLAYLIST

3. DECIDE WHETHER YOU'RE GOING TO LET THE DJ TAKE REQUESTS OR NOT

4. BE VERY SPECIFIC ABOUT YOUR DO NOT PLAY LIST

5. GET YOUR PLAYLIST TO YOUR DJ EARLY

Read the full article here: Click here

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When your couple are the stars of their wedding!

Had the pleasure DJing and hosting Carly & Harry's fun wedding at Mon Amour Banquet in Anaheim, CA! This video captures some amazing times that night.

Carly and I have worked together at 2 previous weddings when she was coordinating and I was the DJ. Now it was her turn to have her love story told and celebrated with her friends and family.

On December 21, 2019, we held Carly & Harry's celebration at Mon Amour Banquet in Anaheim, California. The venue was great at accommodating all 220 guests for their cocktail and reception.

We kicked things off with an energetic grand entrance which set the tone for the night. We then had their first dance, family introductions, champagne toast, delicious dinner, parents dances, toasts, table visits, Joe's Italian Ice (btw, best shaved ice ever!), cake cutting, then we had their special surprise wedding party dance!

The special dance kicked off the party which we jumped into a group photo, then some traditional Khmer/Cambodian dances. After that, it was party mode for the rest of the night!

That evening I was placed on stage to set the vibe and energy of the night. When I played some EDM towards the end of the night, we had Carly and Harry up on the stage with their friends jumping and cheering for them. We made Carly & Harry the stars of the night.

Overall, this was an absolutely fun wedding and Carly & Harry had an amazing time. Thank you for having me as your DJ!

Check out the team below!

VENUE:

http://monamourbanquet.com/

PHOTOGRAPHY:

https://tnkphoto.com/

DJ:

https:/www.djmojoe.com

DJ Assistant:

@dgoletsgo

▶ Check out my gear on Kit: DJ MOJOE’s Kit

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Best Wedding Songs for 2019

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Music sets the overall mood for your wedding - from ceremony and speeches to getting the party started.

In choosing a wedding song, most, if not all, couples want to pick something that reflects them as a couple.

Here, Easy Weddings surveyed 4100+ couples in their Annual Wedding Industry Report.

Which songs have made it on the top 10 list?

Here’s a clue:

"Romantic ballads are up there with the most popular wedding songs, with every song on this list keeping the tempo slow and steady. Solo artists are also more popular than bands."

If you are getting married this year, you might want to add these songs to your wedding playlist.

Check out the article for the list: https://www.easyweddings.com.au/articles/popular-wedding-songs-2019/

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Wedding Trends 2019: What’s In and What’s Out, According to Experts

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I'm sure our new brides-to-be are excited about the wedding trends and creative ideas that will dominate in 2019.

In this article, Brides.com asked some of the country's top wedding planners to see what they're predicting the new year.

Here's a few insights:

The year's biggest trend according to Jesse Tombs of Alison Events:

"2019 is all about embracing color and new color combinations that have never been done before," Jesse says. "We see the trend veering away from soft classic colors and heading in a more fun, pumped up direction." Case in point: "Living Coral," the Pantone Color of the Year. "We see 2019 clients leaning more towards younger, fresher palettes with pops of bright and bold color that is fun, youthful and often somewhat daring," he adds.

Trend to do away with according to Michelle Rago of Michelle Rago Destinations:

"The doughnut wall—and right behind that, the 'naked' wedding cake," she says. And wedding favors! "We encourage more meaningful communications such as handwritten notes to each guest upon arrival or spending a bit more with your photographer and videographer to send photo and video keepsakes when the wedding is over," she says.

Dive into the world of weddings for 2019! Read the article for all the exciting, modern and on-trend ideas and advice from wedding experts: https://www.brides.com/story/2017-wedding-trend-predictions

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Colony House Wedding for Dean & Josephine!

In this video, I capture some fun highlights from Dean and Josephine's wedding at the Colony House in Anaheim! I wish I had more time to record myself, but I was busy working! Let me know what else you would like me to cover in future videos! Enjoy!

▶ Check out my gear on Kit: https://kit.com/djmojoe

We held their wedding ceremony inside using the venue's speaker setup! Afterward, people enjoyed the cocktail hour at the patio and upstairs area while we transformed the space for the dinner reception. For the reception, we hyped up the bridal party for the grand entrance, led the night's formalities, enjoyed the food, and danced the night away!

I love their music selection as some songs were remixes and covers from today's popular hits. At the venue, we even used their built-in dance floor lights! They recently added some controls for the lights so with a touch of a button, the DJ can set the mood for the evening when it's time to dance.

This was a fun wedding with their family and friends!

Thanks, Jo and Dean, for having me!

To book DJ MOJOE for your next special event, please visit https://www.djmojoe.com

Venue: https://colonyhouseanaheim.com/

Planner & Coordinator: Naydia Chantarasompoth

Photographer: https://www.dezandtam.com/

Videographer: http://www.shimazuvideo.com/

Caterer: https://24carrots.com/

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Twin Oaks House & Garden Estate Wedding | Club-style DJ!

On September 27, 2018, I had the pleasure to DJ and host Linda and Craig's wedding. That day marked their 10th year anniversary being together and we made it a celebration!

As a preferred vendor at Twin Oaks House & Garden Estate, I took care of their ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Although the day landed on a Thursday, we made it feel like it was a Saturday! The day was full of surprises and fun, unforgettable moments that majority of the people stayed.. on a weekday night!

That evening I played a mixture of Top 40, Hip Hop, Classics, Soca, and EDM! I loved how they had me in the middle of the room so I have more control of the dance floor. We collaborated together for the surprises and they raised the bar and set the tone of the night!

Linda & Craig are such a fun couple to work with and have such great loving friends. It was a pleasure making their 10th year anniversary and 1st time as husband and wife an absolutely amazing time.

Thanks for having me as your DJ!

#thehippestwedding

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VENUE: Twin Oaks House & Garden Estate

https://twinoaksweddings.com/

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DJ MOJOE is a professional party DJ serving Southern California and destination events.

For bookings: https://www.djmojoe.com/contact

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This video captures the fun surprises and energetic highlights from Linda & Craig's wedding at the Twin Oaks House & Garden Estate!

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Hartley Botanica Wedding

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Sarah & Michael

September 16, 2018
Hartley Botanica

Photo: Gina & Ryan Photography

On September 16, 2018, I had the pleasure to DJ and host Sarah and Mike's wedding at Hartley Botanica in Somis, CA. I was in charge of their ceremony, cocktail, and reception. This was a beautiful outdoor wedding venue where the guests experience the natural and class of this place.

We kicked things off with a grand entrance, first dance, and some dinner. We heard some toasts, witness the parent dances, and started to dance the night away! They were a fun crowd and I played a mixture of Top 40, Latin beats, Hip Hop, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s.

What's amazing about this couple was that they met at a nightclub in Miami! We brought that vibe back in Southern California and created a fun dance party.

Everybody had an amazing time. Thank you, Sarah & Mike, for having us!

View the amazing pictures captured by Gina & Ryan Photography
and my YouTube vlog from the wedding below!

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Fun Wedding Vibes at Knollwood Country Club

This video captures some fun highlights from Mary & Jay's wedding at the Knollwood Country Club!

On September 8, 2018, I had the pleasure to DJ and host Mary and Jay's wedding at the Knollwood Country Club. As one of the preferred vendors at the venue, I can say that this is a great place to host an event. That evening, I was in charge of playing music during the cocktail hour and entertaining their guests during the reception.

As for equipment goes, I used my RCF EVOX 8 speakers with my LED Moving Heads and ADJ Dotz Tpar for lighting. My couple also requested uplights and I set up 18 Ape Labs Maxi uplights around the room. All of my lights are synced to my lighting software SoundSwitch which really created a fun party vibe throughout the room. I was also able to connect my secondary laptop to the venue's in-house TV system, so I played their Proposal video on there, and when it's time to dance, I had my own background dance video that I play.

For the reception itself, we kicked things off with a fun grand entrance. Then we heard a Jonny Z original song called "The Happiest Man" which he performed live for their First Dance. We went through the formalities such as the parent dances, bouquet and garter toss.

There were a few things that really made this wedding popping. One, when it was time for them to do their cake cutting, I had the guests form a tunnel as Mary and Jay go under as they make their way to the cake table. This was spontaneous and was my first time doing this! It worked out really well because instead of guests leaving the dance floor, we had them involved for the cake cutting. Second, Jay and Mary had organized a dance-off and this was something that we discussed earlier during the planning stages. We pulled it off and the dancers showed off their amazing dance moves!

For music, I played a mixture of everything that would get their guests dancing and they mainly left the music up to me. I played music such as Latin, group dances, 90s, 00s, and some EDM!

Overall, this was such a great wedding and a super fun and sweet couple. It was a pleasure being their DJ and MC.

Congrats, Jay & Mary!

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To book DJ MOJOE for your event, please visit his website:

https://www.djmojoe.com

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Venue: Knollwood Country Club

https://www.knollwoodgc.com/

Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Perfectly Events with Jessell

https://www.perfectlyevents.com/

Jonny Z:

https://www.jonnyzmusic.com/

Photography: Erin Shimazu

https://erinshimazuphotography.com/

DJ & Host: DJ MOJOE

https://www.djmojoe.com

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New Mix! Top 40 // EDM (2018)

I love EDM and this mix showcases my style in the EDM arena.

This 30-minute mix is inspired by Hip Hop, Latin, Moombahton, and EDM influences.

I made this mix in contribution to my friend's podcast Alienation Radio.

Thanks, DJ Alb, for bringing me on board and being your guest DJ!

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How to Use SoundSwitch? (Part 1)

In this video, I answer some questions about SoundSwitch and go a bit in-depth with the software's features. I'm not a lighting expert, and that's why I use SoundSwitch to help me with my lighting game. Hope this video is helpful for all the people who are considering getting SoundSwitch or for those people who are already using it. I believe that we need to up our performance when we DJ and stand out. Learning something new isn't easy, but once you realize the benefit from it, it'll be worth it. This is my take on SoundSwitch. Enjoy!

Let's help each other out.

If you have any questions or thoughts, leave in the comments section below!

I'll make a Part 2 depending on the kind of responses I get.

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TIMELINE:

0:00 Intro

1:00 Gear I'm Using

2:07 Q&A from previous video comments

6:45 Adding fixtures to SoundSwitch

8:11 Setting up DMX Addresses in SoundSwitch

9:25 Demo with autoloops

9:49 Controlling individual fixtures/Overriding master track

11:52 Static Looks

14:20 Setup & Assign position markers for moving heads

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RESOURCES:

SoundSwitch YouTube Channel-

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTzSCjRzz-zYbdR82Voacrg

Brian Smith YouTube Channel-

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ7_cfUYjkPjdXv_wVTXfYA

SoundSwitch User Group-

https://www.facebook.com/groups/171593393400494/?ref=br_rs

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OTHER VIDEOS TO WATCH:

SoundSwitch with Brian Smith at DJ EXPO 2018-

https://youtu.be/fx00Fv1czHg?t=10m16s

What SoundSwitch can do for you-

https://youtu.be/Aih0BgsCbW8

How to Have an Easy Lighting Setup-

https://youtu.be/gLZuT6SfcOw

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GEAR USED:

SoundSwitch - https://amzn.to/2CA2iCr

Midi Controller: APC Mini - http://amzn.to/2hZWhSI

Dance Lights: ADJ Dotz TPar - http://amzn.to/2kSKll7

Wireless DMX: Donner Dongles - https://amzn.to/2ImJYLn

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SUBSCRIBE TO CHANNEL:

http://www.youtube.com/djmojoeofficial

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Why Choose Hummingbird Nest Ranch?

In this video, I give 5 reasons why I love working at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch! This video is for newlyweds, couples, and event industry professionals who are looking for a venue space to host their event.

Watch Recent Wedding Highlights: https://youtu.be/IwJZTDp1sBY

There are many factors to consider when choosing a venue to host your event. As a DJ, my goal is to entertain your guests, make sure the event runs smoothly, make my clients happy, and pack the dance floor! It is important to become familiar with the venue space and know any challenges one may face to make it an ideal night.

Everyone will have their own reasons to what makes a venue an ideal place to work or to host an event. From my perspective as a DJ, and after working here 3 times, here are my 5 reasons why the Hummingbird Nest Ranch is great!

1. It has a beautiful, warm, romantic, luxurious personality

2. DJ & bar are near the dance floor!

3. There are options to where you can host your event.

4. You can have a late party! Great for party people!

5. Easy load-in for vendors!

Hope this information is helpful for everyone involved in the event industry to understand what's important to vendors and to help make the client's event a success. By knowing what's important, we can understand and help each other as a team.

What important factors do you consider when working or selecting a wedding/event venue?

Leave your comments below!

(Name, Instagram, Type of Vendor, Important Factors, and Favorite Venue)

Watch Wedding Highlight at this Venue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uK0uHnkK2g

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Millennium Bilmore Hotel Wedding

Wedding of Christine & Peter

June 30, 2018

Photo by Koman Photography

This video shows some highlights and the beautiful wedding setup at the Millennium Biltmore Emerald Room for Christine & Peter!

On June 30, 2018, I had the pleasure to DJ and host for Christine and Peter's wedding. I worked with Modern LA Weddings to bring their wedding into a reality. I took care of their cocktail hour and reception. 

For the cocktail hour, I just used 1 QSC K8.2 speaker at the Bernard Room and played a mixture of upbeat music.

For the reception, I used my 2 RCF EVOX 8 speakers, Ape Labs Maxi Uplights, and LED mini moving heads. 

It was a fun and intimate wedding with their friends and family. The whole wedding reception was so elegant and when it was time to get down and party, they definitely lived it up! I played some Top 40, 00s, and booty shaking music to get them up on their feet. Christine and Peter had an amazing time and all of their friends were so great!

Thank you for having me as your DJ!

Venue:
http://www.millenniumhotels.com

Planner:
http://www.modernlaweddings.com/

Photographer:
http://komanphotography.com/

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North Pavilion | Calamigos Ranch Wedding

This video captures some highlights from Amie & Jose's wedding at the Calamigos Ranch The North Pavilion Room!

On June 24, 2018, I DJed and hosted Amie & Jose's wedding. I was in charge of their ceremony, cocktail, and reception. Since it was my first time to DJ at that particular area, I scouted the venue a couple of weeks before the wedding to figure out my setup.

For the ceremony, I used 2-QSC K8.2 speakers with my Wireless Sennheiser Speaker system to cover the wide seating space. It was a beautiful ceremony and sounded wonderful! Everyone could hear what was happening from both sides of the ceremony and I didn't have to set up a wired XLR to daisy chain the speakers!

For the cocktail hour, I set up 1 RCF EVOX 8 Speaker on the deck. It's super low profile and has a great wide sound coverage.

For the reception, I have a setup crew who put all the trusses, lighting and sound together for me. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to put any speakers underneath the tent due to sound restrictions, so I had my speakers under the building and point my speakers outwards. My assistant was great and he helped me figure out my sound levels so the people in the back can hear me. 

I also had a custom monogram for the client. I used my ADJ Ikon Profile WW and got my gobo done from www.progobo.com

As for entertainment, we started off with a grand entrance, first dance, surprise dance with the bridal party, dinner, speeches, and dancing! While the couple was taking pictures outside, I kept the guests entertained and opened up the dance floor for people to dance. I started playing some jams and later that night cranked up the energy. I mixed a mixture of 80s, 90s, Hip Hop, 00s, and Top 40.

Overall, it was a great night and Amie and Jose had a wonderful time!
Thanks for having me as your DJ!

Venue:
http://www.calamigosranch.com

Florist:
http://www.exoticgreengarden.com

Photographer:
http://rebeccatheresa.com/

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