Showdown: DJ’s vs. IPods

As a mobile DJ since 2001 I can tell you certainly a lot has changed over the years. Lately one of the biggest problems is simple: the market is full of bad DJ’s, and consumers are noticing. Why pay a so-called “DJ” when you can do it yourself? While there may not be much of a difference between an IPod party and a bad DJ; there is a MASSIVE difference between an IPod party and a truly experienced and well trained DJ.

[EXAMPLE] So you have a pre-mixed IPod with all your favorite songs ready to go; you borrowed your friends speakers; you’re all set for your wedding!
But keep in mind, your IPod setup may have a few problems:

My friend Alan Au is a DJ with 25 years of DJ’ing under his belt; he still plays out a lot today and loves his job. Alan puts the IPod argument best this way: “If you know your audience so well you can pre-program an entire night, you could be making big money; more money than a DJ you didn’t book because you thought they were too expensive. A wedding typically has the broadest age range and range of music needed to entertain your audience. Yes, if you program the whole night on an iPod, it will represent what you and your fiancé like: but that may not be what it takes to create a celebration.”

IPods do not come with a truly high quality professional sound system: You will have to rent one. Do you know how to pick properly? There is a huge difference between speakers. Playing your favorite tunes to 200 of your friends requires audio equipment that’s designed for – well – high sound volumes. A proper DJ system of quality speakers should blow your audience away, with volume to spare.

IPods cannot run a sound system: Dedicated subwoofers with proper crossovers, appropriate speaker placement, acoustic understanding of the venue, and knowledge of what to do if anything goes wrong is key to proper sound management.

IPods are not microphones: Your guests are not going to hear your wedding ceremony without a little help. Discreet, clear sounding clip-on microphones will solve this problem and allow everyone to actually hear what is going on. A handheld digital wireless microphone that limits feedback and allows your guests to speak clearly during toasts is essential for your wedding.

IPods cannot make announcements: Real DJ’s are not nervous in front of crowds and will not only get people’s attention, but will do so in a classy, elegant and appropriate way. Having a calm but confident MC will limit lags in your event and keep the party going.

IPods do not understand volume control: Song volumes differ, as does the need for certain times of the night to be loud vs. quiet. Again, a true professional DJ will manage volumes effortlessly to the point you do not even know they are doing it.

IPods cannot read a crowd: Despite your best interest, sometimes you need to deviate from a plan, or come up with a last second request, or mix quickly on the fly as the crowd responds. This is a DJ’s most important job. You can have great sound equipment, a great attitude, make wonderful announcements and play music all night – but if it is not the right music at the right time, the party will fall flat on its face. The technical aspect of playing a huge variety of music that entertains everyone’s musical tastes is a DJ’s biggest challenge, and your events greatest reward. Trying to keep dozens of peoples musical wants fulfilled at the same time is no easy task.

IPods cannot coordinate with your vendors: This is a major factor for the success of your event, yet most guests have no idea this is even happening. Well experienced DJ’s help keep the flow of the event smooth, especially at weddings. From proper timing of introductions, to coordinating with the caterer, planner, special dances, cake cutting and even the last call times, flow is important. The bride and groom should be the center of attention at a wedding, never the DJ.

IPods do not come with lighting: Some venues have a few dance lights already installed, or some string lights overhead the reception. Professional DJ’s will have advanced lighting that can be synched on the fly to their music, and color changing uplights to make literally ANY room look like The Bellagio. These atmospheric effects will wow your guests and take your party to the next level!

Hiring a truly professional DJ should not be a painful experience. It should be an exciting time that ends with you seeing your investment paying off in the form of a spectacular event. Enjoy top notch sound, happy guests and a celebration that made it all worthwhile. Do not stress about putting your music together, do not stress about a budget DJ. Relax, hire a professional and watch them do what true professionals do: perform at a high level of excellence.


The Andrew Yates Podcast, #38

It’s been a while, but here is a new podcast for you all! Featuring Bob Marley, Nirvana, Michael Jackson, Zombie Nation, Swedish House Mafia, Knife Party, iio, and some bootleg and mash-up surprises! RECORDED LIVE as the last 40 minutes from December 22 at The Auld Dubliner in Tustin, CA. Happy downloading!! Daniel, the Bob Marley is for you!

DOWNLOAD HERE, RIGHT CLICK // 37:40   36mb   128k mp3

House Standards [37]

Final set at Flaunt Fridays. Omar Goodness & I started this weekly event in January 2011 and now the final week has run. Had many great nights & parties at this venue – thanks to Omar Goodness, Twyst 1200 and all fans and supporters for all the help, ideas and great nights along the way. It was a crazy ride!

FREE weekly events and podcast will continue from (October dates TBA):
The Auld Dubliner
2497 Park Ave.
Tustin, CA 92806
(714) 259-1562

[DOWNLOAD, RIGHT CLICK “save as”] 186mb, 3 hours 14 minutes, 128k mp3

This was a live set recorded at a small venue, so I did my best no not be distracted by patrons coming up to me during the set. Imperfections aside, I love this – happy listening!!

1- marco denmark – tiny dancer [deadmau5 remix]
2- chris brown ft. benny benassi – beautiful people
3- a jay ft. anita davis – finally -big room remix]
4- pink floyd – comfortably numb [blake jarrell vs. nosmo’s lasershow bootleg]
5- daft punk – around the world ’09 [alive re-edit]
6- adam k – complicated ice [chumb4 vanilla ice bootleg]
7- deadmau5 – ghosts n stuff [andrew yates edit]
8- cee-lo – f*ck you [brass knuckles clean edit]
9- david guetta, chris willis, fergie, lmfao – getting’ over
10- pitbul ft. t-pain – hey baby
11- far east movement – rocketeer [dj lorry dirty dutch remix]
12- edward maya ft. vika gigulina vs. avicii – stereo love levels [scotty vs. george monev vs. chuckie, andrew yates live edit]
13- diddy vs. cirez d & dirty south – i’m coming on off [nick svenson bootleg]
14- martin solveig & dragonette – hello [dada life remix]
15- hard rock sofa vs. adele – blow up in the deep [bootleg]
16-  yolanda be cool & dcup – we no speak americano [porter robinson remix]
17- federico franchi vs pitbull & lil jon – krazy cream [gordon & doyle bootleg]
18- lmfao vs. dj fresh ft. sian evans – party rock louder [ricardo canturin bootleg]
19- delerium w/ sarah mclachlan – silence [dabruck & klein remix]
20- deadmau5 & kaskade – move for me
21- afrojack ft. eva simons – take over control [spencer & hill remix]
22- david guetta ft. usher [without you [nicky romero remix]
23- calvin harris ft. rihanna – we found love [mikael willis bootleg]
24- nicky romero, guetta, ne-yo – give me metropolis [dee lud bootleg]
25- adele – someone like you [ec twins, remy le due remix]
26- lmfao, deniz koyo – sexy & i anti-tung it! [bootleg]
27- jessie j vs. calvin harris – dominos feel so close [em-tee mashup]
28- swedish house mafia ft. pharrell – one
29- cedric gervais – molly
30- 2 pac ft. dr. dre – california love [dash berlin rework]
31- richard grey ft. bob marley – no deputy [dub vocal]
32- jay-z, linkin park – numb encore 2012
33- michael jackson – bad [afrojack remix]
34- calvin harris – let’s go [andrew yates mashup]
35- nicky romero – toulouse
REQUESTED TO BE REPEATED: complicated ice [chumb4 vanilla ice bootleg]
36- benny benassi vs marco v – cInema vs reaver [hardwell mashup]
37- afrojack – rock the house
38- klaas meet haddaway – what it love [bodybangers remix]
39- example vs. quintino & sandra silva – epic the way you kissed me [hardwell mashup]
40- skrillex – scary monsters & nice sprites
41- david guetta ft. wynter gordon – dirty talk [laidback luke remix]
42- dada life – feed the dada
43- tydi, black eyed peas – i gotta good dream [andrew yates mashup]
44- tiesto & hard well vs. swedish house mafia – save the world 76 [hardwell mashup]
45- avicii – sweet dreams [cazette meet at night remix]
46- coldplay, & quilinez – troll in paradise [bootleg]
47- avicii – levels [hardwelll bootleg]
48- rihanna, hard well, chuckie, dada life – who is ready to find spaceman love [bootleg]
49- flo ride – turn around
50- swedish house mafia ft john martin – don’t you worry child
51- david guetta vs. deadmau5 – i can only imagine the veldt [bootleg]
52- denis kayo vs. a vicii & the who vs afrojack – collide into baba [james illusions private version]
53- goodwill & hook n sling – take you higher
54- alesso ft. matthew coma – years
55- avicii vs nirvana – smells like song 2 [brain d’s bootleg]
56- robyn – hang with me [avicii remix]

House Standards [36]

This weeks podcast bring more new music and good tunes. Tracklisting coming in the next day or two – just wanted to get the mix up tonight for you all. Download & enjoy!

[DOWNLOAD HERE 55mb, 128k mp3, 58 minutes]

1- Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing
2- Swedish House Mafia ft John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child
3- Nicky Romero, David Guetta, Ne-Yo – Give Me Metropolis [Dee Lud Bootleg]
4- 4-Strings, Rihanna – Where Have You Rise Again [Dee Lud Bootleg]
5- Dada Life – Feed The Dada
6- Sander Van Doorn & Julian Jordan – Kangaroo
7- Topher Jones ft. The Heroes Of Old – Brohammer [Nari & Milani Remix]
8- Hoon N’ Sling ft. Nervo – Reason
9- Dirty South, Alesso, Ruben Haze – City of Dreams
10- Afrojack & Shermanology – Can’t Stop Me [Kryder & Staar Remix]
11- Eric Turner vs. Avicii – Dancing In My Head [Avicii Been Cursed Mix]
12- Hard Rock Sofa – Here We Go
13- The Temper Trap – Trembling Hands [Benny Benassi Remix]

House Standards [35] All NEW music to House Standards!!! NEW releases!

In memory of Sam, manager at the venue this recorded at, 7 Seas. Sam passed away at age 33 two days after this was recorded. Live once again, here is 14 new releases, dedicated to Sam and the last mix he heard from me.

DOWNLOAD HERE [59.7 MB   128K MP3   62:12]

1- Avicii vs Basto – I Rave Silhouettes [Mark Rowan Bootleg]
2- Paris & Simo vs. Pendilum – Nova vs. The Island [Paris & Simo vs. 3LAU Bootleg]
3- Promise Land ft. Georgi Kay – Emotions [Miami 305 Vocal Mix]
4- David Jones vs. Eurythmics – What’s The House vs. Sweet Dreams [Thomas Gold Mashup]
5- Calvin Harris ft. Example vs. Afrojack, Sandro Silva, David Guetta – We’ll Be Coming Back To Rock The House [Johnny mac Bootleg]
6- Thomas Gold, Florance + The Machine – Turn It + You’ve Got The Love [Thomas Gold Mashup]
7- Zedd ft. Matthew Koma – Spectrum [Deniz Koyu Remix]
8- Leon Bolier – US
9- Alesso ft. Matthew Koma – Years [Vocal Extended Mix]
10- Adele – Rumor has It [Matteo Pizzitola Private Bootleg]
11- Delayers – Everything Moves [Gregori Kloman Remix]
12- Clockwork vs. War – Black Lowrider [MAKJ Throwback Edit]
13- Shinedown – Unity [Matisse & Sadko Remix]
14- 2 Pac ft. Dr. Dre – California Love [Dash Berlin rework]

House Standards [34]

Here you go, live from Auld Dubliner Wednesdays, here is the last hour of my set! What a fun night with a great crowd! Played 68 tracks, and here are the last 20…enjoy & turn it up!

DOWNLOAD HERE [58.5 mb, 128k mp3, 63:54]

1. spencer & hill ft. lil jon – less go! [porter robinson mix, yates edit]
2. electrixx – tetris
3. avicii – sweet dreams [cazette meet at night mix]
4. justiin bieber – boyfriend [dada life remix]
5. tommy trash – cascade
6. tiesto, revolvr, bassjackers, adele – c’mon rolling in the mush
7. calvin harris – feel so close
8. d-jastic, wynter gordon, tom hangs – blessed, dirty & up to no good
9. chuckie – who is ready to jump [dada life remix]
10. chrizz luvly – keep me
11. dada life. sebastian ingrosso, white stripes, calvin harris – close to calling the seven nation mofo
12. miles dyson – intro
13. foster the people – pumped up kicks [dsk chk remix]
14. the wanted, axwell, michael calfan, swedish house mafia – glad you resurrected my mind
15. sandro silva & oliver twizt – gladiator
16. fatboy slim vs. avicii – rockafeller levels
17. eddie sender, mauro picotto – waked up komodo
18. miles dyson – outro [roy rosenfeld remix]
19. the naked & famous – young blood [tiesto & hardwell remix]
20. parachute youth – can’t get better than this [victims remix]