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 MB Las Vegas



Opening Seminar


Mark Ferell


Danahue Fullhouse

The Show
Mobile Beat Magazine returned to the Tropicana in Las Vegas for their 2000 DJ show. This show featured many improvements in the previous show including many that were suggested by DJzone in it's  Feb. 1999 issue. DJzone editor Sid Vanderpool is quoted as saying he was surprised that they read his story. "It's interesting how a few suggestions from an outsider can make the show more successful.", he continued. This success could be seen in attendance numbering in the upper 900s at the opening seminar and slowly increasing through to the last day of the show. This years show was a marked improvement over 1999.

 


MP3 Seminar


More Dan


Watching the Hammer

Seminars
Like a late night infomercial, Mark Ferell captured a huge audience with hopes and dreams of DJs everywhere making $1200-$2400 for a wedding with no lights, dancers, props, singing, magic tricks, jugglers, or circus midgets. He gave three riveting seminars on how to get your price and why the DJ is worth more than a veggie platter. Drawing on his years of personal experience, he laid out a timeline of how he went from radio to one of the highest paid mobile DJs in California. His three part presentation was an expanded version of the seminar he gave three years prior in Las Vegas. Dan McKay, writer for numerous DJ publications, gave a rousing performance with his rendition of a DJ talk show. Grasping the crowd by the throat, he took no prisoners. It was a refreshing seminar with loads of promise. Various other seminars included one directed at answering MP3 questions. Moderated by Bob Linguist, publisher of MB,  and paneled by some of the industries most knowledgeable MP3 figures, it was interesting to see what exactly was going on, but you came out like you had just ate a big Chinese meal, a lot of eating and an empty feeling. Many attendees commented on the fact there were none of the usual seminars on weddings a mainstay of our business. One of the highlights of the show was the MC Hammer appearance made possible by Ray Martinez and his group Crossmix. Hammer, a lost star from the eighties, gave hope and prayers for the DJs that attended. He surprised everyone at how casual he was in visiting with each and every person that made an effort. One vendor even spoke of Hammer promising to attend a baseball game with him.

Networking
As with any show, networking abounds. From the halls to the rooms to the parties, you could find someone to network and share ideas with. Money just cannot buy the ideas you get from networking  at  DJ shows. The DJzone hospitality room was a center point for much of the networking and provided a safe haven for those tired of the convention dredge. Sid and Paige did a wonderful job of making everyone feel at home.


Pioneer Booth


Planet DJ Booth


Colorado S&L

Exhibits
The exhibit floor had a nice turnout of vendors, but the layout could have been drawn up better. Some vendors I spoke with were intimidated by the close quarters of their competitors and just gave up and left, while others enjoyed chatting and conversing with their neighbors. According to the vendors that were still licking their wounds over the dismal show in Cleveland last year, the Las Vegas show was very profitable and the attendees were treated to some great deals on the floor.

Comment
Overall this was a great show. The only questions that were brought up were why MB seemed to snub the American Disc Jockey Awards, thus forcing them to move to NAMM in 2001. The awards show was a great asset and will be sorely missed.


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