Testa Communications today announced that the International DJ Expo, sponsored by DJ Times magazine, held August 21-24 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, was a huge success. Nearly 5,000 DJs from beginner jocks to mobiles to club DJs to remixer/producers enjoyed the 30 seminars and workshops, an exhibit hall jammed with the latest gear from 100 top DJ manufacturers and service providers as well as unforgettable parties and DJ showcases. One lucky attendee, ChrisAnn Perdomo of North Arlington, NJ, was the winner of the $25,000 Ultimate DJ System giveaway.
“With more than twice the number of DJs in attendance than at any other US show, the DJ Expo is the place DJs go to network, make purchasing decisions and build their skills,” said Vinny Testa, publisher and show director. “Manufacturers and end-users alike benefit from synergies that exist only at the DJ Expo.”
The DJ Expo expanded in all areas. Exhibit space was up 6% over last year with 17 first time exhibitors.
It attracted 4,864 professional DJs from the United States and abroad, a 2% increase over last year’s show. Equipment sales on the show floor were estimated at more than $1.5 million.
New at the International DJ Expo
Keynote speaker Bryan Dodge presented his program, “How to Build a Better You,” which left Expo attendees inspired and motivated; the Pacha Lounge, sponsored by HPNOTIQ, brought hot DJs and dancers from the international nightclub brand to the Convention Center; and La Revoluçion Tour and Media Services NYC brought Latin music-related seminars to the Expo and offered a showcase at Club Tru on Wednesday night that included top reggaeton acts like La Bruja and DJ Creme.
Plenty of DJ-related products made their industry debuts at DJ Expo, including Pioneer’s DVJ-1000 audio/video player, M-Audio’s Torq DJ software and American Audio’s MCD-710 MP3/CD player. Chauvet debuted lighting products that include the LEd Colorbank, Colortube EQ, Led Colorsplash, The Scrambler and the Extreme 300. Martin Professional released four lighting products from its Mania Series—the SCX600 and SCX700 scanners and the EFX500 and EFX600 effects. Numark Industries debuted a slew of new harddrive-oriented gear, including the Hd Mix playback system, the HdX tabletop Hd/ Cd/MP3 player and the iCdX Cd/Hd media player.
DJ Expo Testimonials
“This has been a very successful DJ Expo once again. The mixture of manufacturers, dealers and distributors along with a host of club DJs, bedroom DJs and mobile DJs makes this show one of the most, if not the most, successful trade shows we do all year. It’s definitely the most profitable.”
—Nick Hahn, Marketing Director, Promo Only
“This is the show to come to see when you want to find what to purchase for the next year in the market. Everyone recreates their rig every couple of years anyway and you can walk into a music store but that store is limited to what they have in stock. It’s good to hear feedback from DJs that come. It helped create better products for the DJs, it helps our entire company decide better what we need to do and where we need to do it.”
—Chris Roman, Product Development Manager, Numark
“This is our first time at DJ Expo and we are excited to reach all these DJs in one big environment. For us, it’s a great show because it’s mainly DJs. A lot of the other trade shows [we do] are mostly producers and we are a service for DJs. It is great for there to be one focus at the show, All DJs. Everyone is really into it. A lot of professionals too. The professionals like to spend money.”
— Shawn Sabo, Beatport.com
“This is our first time exhibiting here and it’s been a great experience. We’re an online DJ community, so what we are trying to do is just meet as many kinds of DJs as possible whether it is mobile, hip hop, turntablists, scratch DJs, dance DJs. They’re all under our roof, all under one community, and they are all here.”
— Aaron Eng, Mix Revolution.com
About the International DJ Expo
The International DJ Expo—which debuted in 1990—is America’s longest running and most successful DJ conference and exhibition. The Expo is hosted DJ Times magazine. Since 1988, DJ Times has covered the entire DJ industry and the evolving DJ, including club, mobile, scratch, remixer/producer and bedroom DJs.
In addition to hosting The International DJ Expo, Testa Communications publishes DJ Times, Club Systems International, The Music & Sound Retailer, and Sound & Communications magazines and produces Convention TV News at trade shows.