DJing Can Help You Succeed as an Entrepreneur (Here’s How)

This just in from the MIT Sloan School of Management:

“It allows you to take those risks, whether it’s creatively, whether entrepreneurially, whether financially, that you wouldn’t normally take, because I have a belief that overall everything is going to work out,” Batyske said.

“The best opportunities for me have come from stuff that completely went the wrong way at the beginning or something that I missed out on.”

Learn more of Mick’s secrets over at the MIT Sloan Newsroom.

According to mick.co: Known for his social media influence, MICK is now collaborating with Absolut as a brand ambassador. His fashion clients include: Adidas, Audemars Piguet, Bally, Bergdorf Goodman, Coach, Esquire Magazine, GQ, IWC, Jeremy Scott, Kanye West, Master & Dynamic, Public School, Ralph Lauren and W Magazine.

Want to learn how to DJ and improve your skillset? That is literally what we do. New classes start soon! Schedule an appointment today!

Seeking: Video Production Intern

Mmmmaven is a Boston based Music Production & DJ School, as well as a talent agency and area concert promoter. We are a young company, and we’re seeking enthusiastic videographers.

Interested candidates should either have experience making videos, or should be current art students. Since we are such a new company, there are a ton of opportunities to make your impact felt. While this internship is unpaid, there are possibilities to receive compensation on your work with us!

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Please include a brief introduction of yourself along with your resume and portfolio. Please visit mmmmaven.com or visit our “Mmmmaven” Facebook page for more info!

 

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:

— Collaborate with the marketing team on pre-and post-production
planning activities
— Work in conjunction with the marketing team to determine video content
— Carry out field-based video production that includes interaction with company employees or customers
— Manage the video editing process, which may include voice-overs and background scores, to maximize the use of each video segment produced
— Deliver high-quality, finished video segments that can be
integrated on the company’s website and social media channels
— Operate and maintain all professional video, audio and lighting equipment

REQUIRED HOURS: 1-2 days, 10-15 hours per week
QUALIFICATIONS:

— Motivated videographer not afraid to work independently or in a
group/collaborative dynamic.
Enrolled in B.A. program focused on media communications, video
production, cinematography or related field
— Preferably own or have access to high-quality video equipment,
including professional HD camera, on-board lighting, tripod and video
editing software.
— Must submit a portfolio of work to demonstrate experience in
creative storytelling, lighting and sound skills, and editing ability
— Experience with creating animated video and/or graphic design skills a plus

REQUIREMENTS:

— Experience using Final Cut Pro / Adobe Premier/ or a comparable
editing software
— Strong organizational skills and creativity
Detail-oriented
— Verbal and written communications skills
— Some video production/post-production experience preferred

OPPORTUNITIES:

— Portfolio building and commercial video experience
— Receive a strong letter of recommendation upon completion of the internship
— Develop creative video marketing and social media strategies

PORTFOLIO REQUIRED

Compensation: Unpaid. Access to events throughout the year and lots
and lots of great music. Experience with a dynamic team of producers, DJs and creatives. Applicants may receive credit, subject to school approval. Opportunity to expand your design portfolio. There is potential for this to become a full-time job.

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Make It New Residents Night [11/10]

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You want free? We got free. Every so often we keep a night open for our local residents (Baltimoroder and Coralcola) to flap their wings and fly. Sometimes playing requests, viagra Ministry? Depeche Mode? … who knows what all.

As an audience, view you deserve it. Coming week after week, this is an opportunity to let your freak flag fly, invite the homies that might not usually come through, and, of course, have a great time.

After letting some astonishing guests control the booth all night, our resident DJs Coralcola and Baltimoroder are back at it. Flexing what they got, Mikey and Erik can drop a wide array from their immense collection of crates.

They know exactly what you want, and they are going to give it to you.

Free before 11pm. See you there.

Make It New Residents Night Thursday November 10th
Middlesex Lounge
315 Massachusetts Ave.
Central Square Cultural District
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Free before 11pm

Want to know more about the DJ Program at MMMMAVEN? Drop us a line below and get a free introductory DJ lesson.

How to Create Smart Crates in Serato

This tutorial will guide you through the process of creating crates and smart crates in Serato DJ

Being prepared for a gig is crucial to being a successful DJ. Having the proper equipment, the right software (Serato DJ in our case), and a colorful song list will make you look nice and professional, and set the right tone for your night. People will know you mean business and came to set the party off. Something most beginning DJs overlook is creating a crate before a gig. A crate is a digital box to organize your music in Serato, essentially like Serato playlists. Using a crate allows you to plan ahead to cater to the type of party you are DJing. The point of having a crate is so you do not end up frantically foraging through your massive music library trying to find similar songs that fit your party’s tone during the party. That just looks bad and people can inevitably tell when you end up rushing transitions. Planning ahead goes a long way!

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So, how do you set up a crate in Serato? Very easily!

Normal Crates

1. Click the ‘Add Crate’ button.

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2. Right click the crate to rename it.

Give it a good name that encompasses the type of music you want in the crate. It can be as convoluted as “HIP-HOP, BPM 100-130, KEYS 1-5,” or as simple as “HIP-HOP”

3. Click the ‘File’ button to add music

To go through your music library in Serato, click the File button located on the top right of the song section. Now search for the songs you want in the crate, and click and drag.
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4. Locate your music

Usually found along this path:
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5. Add music to crate

Now, click and drag songs to update your crates! Look at this example to see how to efficiently organize your crates:
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Smart Crates

To take your crate game to the next level, try using Smart Crates. Smart Crates are created with a set of rules that automatically updates and curates the crate so you don’t have to keep adding new songs as you get them.

1. Click the ‘Add Smart Crate’ button next to the ‘Add Crate’ button.

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2. Click the ‘Add Rule’ button to add rules.

Rules are what separate smart crates from crates. With rules, Serato will automatically know what songs to add to the smart crate and do it for you.
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You will find that there are all types of rules you can set, from “song added before 12/31/2012,” to “bpm equal to 128,” to “artist contains Major Lazer,” etc. Pay attention to the ‘Match All of the Following Rules’ checkbox; check it if you want songs that follow all the rules for the crate, leave it unchecked if you want all the songs that follow all the rules.
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3. Finish Smart Crate

Once you finish making all your rules, hit ‘OK’ and watch Serato do its magic! Look over your new smart crate and make sure your rules encompasses all the songs you want to include. Additionally, you can manually add songs to your smart crate if they do not follow the crate’s rules.

Now that you created your crates and smart crates in Serato, it is time to put them to the test and be one step ahead of the game for the next gig you play!

If you want to learn more about live DJing with Serato, hit us up for more information on our DJ classes.

Contact

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