Mobile Disc Jockey|dj BJoRN
Mobile disc jockeys (or mobile DJs), are disc jockeys that travel or tour with portable sound systems and play from an extensive collection of pre-recorded music for a targeted audience. There are a variety of mobile djs, including mobile beach djs, mobile wedding djs, mobile event djs, mobile birthday djs, mobile charity event djs, mobile party djs and many more.
• BJoRN or bj0rn = a multi-media artist and dancer/choreographer. I am mostly an EDM DJ (Electronic Dance Music) so the tracks I spin are usually one of the following : Dubstep, Trap, Breakbeat, Drum and Bass, Tech House, Electro House, Techno, Trip Hop, Glitch, Hardstyle and other heavy bass genres.
BJoRN likes to dance.
Best known for my dubstep dancing style, which incorporates a pop and lock technique blended with a wave style. I like to dance to any kind of EDM tracks, but my favorite music to dance to would have to be dubstep and trap.
• DJBJoRN or bj0rn = a European based club/party/beach discjockey now living in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Vancouver DJ performances
Having held a DJ residency at Oasis Sound Lounge in Vancouver, gave me the opportunity to be a Pride Parade DJ 2 years in a row, on the Oasis Pride Parade float during the summer months. I also have DJed many bars, clubs, pubs and lounges around Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, Delta, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, Abbotsford, Port Moody and White Rock.
Best known as the English Bay resident dj during the summer months in Vancouver where I am found djing and dancing at English Bay beach parties, Spanish Banks beach parties, Sunset Beach parties, Kits beach parties, Second Beach parties, Third beach parties and Wreck Beach parties. I have also performed in venues across the world including Stockholm – Sodertalje – Jarna, Sweden / Paris – Cannes – Nice, France / Lausanne – Geneva – Zurich, Switzerland / Barcelona – Calella – Ibiza, Spain / Miami – New York – San Diego, USA and of course Vancouver – Victoria – Whistler – Toronto, Canada
• Bjorx = the EDM composer/producer and remixer
In the not so distant past, mobile DJs used media formats such as records or cassettes. The idea originally started in the England in 1966 when Roger Squire started an entertainment service in North London calling it Roger Squire’s “Mobile Discotheques”. (NB: the word “discotheque” means “record library” in French ). He is the very first to coin the label “Mobile Discotheque”. Within a couple years, he had fifteen mobile discothèques performing at over sixty functions weekly. His mobile discos performed at events attended by movie stars and royalty as well as playing at countless numbers of college and university dances, wedding receptions and other kinds of social events. Over the following few years, huge numbers of copycat “Mobile Discos” then started up to copy Roger Squire’s successful idea. This was the swinging sixties, so these parties would contain many young people dancing to the beat of such artists as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. It was the time when London got its “Swinging London” title. Squire went on to set up a disco equipment supply store and sold disco sound and lighting systems to over thousands of emerging DJs, both in the UK and around the world.
During the disco era of the 70s, demand for mobile DJs sky rocketed. Top DJs in this time would have tons of vinyl records and cassette tapes. The equipment used in this era was gigantic and usually required the assistance of people called “roadies” (like those who work for bands) to set up all the equipment. While many club disc jockeys still use vinyl records today, most mobile DJs currently use compact discs, computer-based files (such as MP3s), or a combination of digital formats. Also, professional-grade disc jockey equipment created by several companies exclusively for mobile DJing has allowed for faster set-up and break-down of all equipment, as well as improved performance quality.
Mobile DJs usually perform at several types of events which include wedding receptions, bars, bat mitzvah receptions, corporate parties, school dances, anniversaries and birthday parties, etc. Mobile DJs also perform in public at taverns, nightclubs, bars, clubs, lounges, beaches, house parties and block parties.
In the 80s and 90s, mobile DJs started to form and expand associations and make professional business networks, which now include annual trade shows and internet forums. Today, many mobile DJs are also event planners, organizers, and MCs (Master of Ceremonies). Working together with their customers, their guests, and other similar vendors (such as venue staff and photographers/videographers). Today’s professional mobile DJs try to provide quality entertainment that fits whatever event in question in terms of their style and their performance.
Nowadays, a large selection of music, professional-grade audio equipment, good organizational skills, vocal talent as a master of ceremonies, dj mixing skills, some quality lighting, and on-site back-up equipment are typical customer requirements when purchasing mobile DJ services.
Since the early 90s, mobile DJs have raised the bar with professional trade shows such as the Mobile Beat Show in Las Vegas, NV and DJ Times Expo in Atlantic City, NJ. Talks by many experienced DJs such as John Rozz, Ray “Ray Mar” Martinez, Stacy Zemon, Mark Ferrell, Peter Merry, Randy Bartlett, Steve Moody, Mike Walter, and many more have helped Disc Jockeys to better understand their chosen profession as well as running their mobile DJ businesses more professionally rather than treating it as a hobby.
By furthering their understanding at these trade shows combined with several books that have been written about this legitimate form of trade, the poor perception that mobile DJs have had by their clientele has improved dramatically. Mobile DJs who once were getting anywhere from $350–$500 per four hour event in the 1970s, now on a national average for a wedding can command from $1,200-2,500 per four hour event. With the average amount being approx $800.
The American Disc Jockey Awards Show was created and held in Las Vegas; since then 13 mobile DJs have been elected and recognized in the American Disc Jockey Hall of Fame. The thirteen members include: John Rozz, Al Lampkin, Joe Martin, Robert A. Lindquist, Jon Michaels, Mike Buonaccorso, Sid Vanderpool, Bobby Morganstein, John Roberts, Ken Knotts, Ray “Ray Mar” Martinez, Cesar Cosio and Bernie Howard-Fryman.
The ‘DJ of the Year’ winners at the DJ Times Expo include 3 time winner Marcello Pedalino, Roxanna Greene, K.C. KoKoruz, Shawn “Big Daddy” McKee, Marz Lawhorn, Gerry Siracusa, Adam Weitz and Steve Moody.
“A Different Spin”, a riveting, behind the scenes movie about the history of the Mobile DJ industry was made available in September 2011. The author, Michael Buonaccorso, co-founded Mobile Beat Magazine back in 1991, and started the Mobile Beat DJ Show and Conferences in 1997. The information and ideas put forward in the book are the result of the author’s day by day, year by year plugging away at molding a career in the Disc Jockey world, first as a DJ himself, then as a media and trade show pro with a higher vantage point than most on the entire DJing industry.
Vancouver EDM DJ
I LOVE ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC. Which includes, house music, dubstep, breakbeats, electro, nudisco, trap, trip hop, jungle, drum and bass and whatever new kinds of music that come out.