Produced by DJ Times magazine and its publisher Testa Communications, the Expo drew nearly 5,300 attendees and grew nearly 30-percent in exhibit floor space. With its 26th show in 21 years, the Expo presented a solid slate of exhibits, seminars and parties that saw participation from exhibitor/sponsors like Pioneer DJ, Denon DJ, Peavey, Hercules and American DJ.
Music industry legends like Keith Shocklee (Public Enemy), DJ Skribble (MTV) and Robert Clivillés (C+C Music Factory) delivered keynotes and evening events included performances from chart-toppers like 50 Cent (at the Promo Only party at House of Blues) and Pete Wentz (at the Moodswing360 party at Mixx in Borgata), plus turntable talent like BT, QBert and Shiftee (at Casbah for the Pioneer DJ Official DJ Expo Closing Party).
Left to Right: Dominic Sestito CoHost, Jack Bermeo DJOTY 2011, Mike Walter Host and Producer
Additionally, Jack Bermeo of LJ Productions in Belleville, N.J., won the annual “DJ of the Year” competition, hosted by Mike Walter. Robert Velasco of New Brunswick, N.J. won the annual Ultimate DJ Giveaway, which included: American DJ lights (Royal 3D, Atmospheric RG LED, Mega Bar LED RC); Pioneer gear (a DJM-900nexus mixer, HDJ-2000 headphones and 2 CDJ-2000 media players); Promo Only subscription (to either Express Audio or Express Video via POOL, Promo Only’s new digital delivery system); and Rane’s SL4 for Serato Scratch Live.
Praise from Expo exhibitors was effusive.
“This year we raised our game at the DJ Expo and we were pleasantly surprised that DJ Expo management had done the same for their show. In the 18 years I’ve been at this show, this was the best produced and executed event. We look forward to continuing our partnership with DJ Expo next year and taking our brands to the next level. Karl Detken/Director Brand Management/Chauvet Lighting”
“DJs have been a key component of JBL’s success for years,” said Richard Ruse of JBL Professional, “and the 2011 DJ Expo was the perfect opportunity for us to get close and interact with our supporters from the DJ community. It was a fantastic few days and in every way we feel that the show for JBL was a huge success.”
“This was by far the best run, most well attended, most professional seamless DJ Expo experience I can remember,” said Karl Gustafson of D&M Professional.
DJ-attendees shared the upbeat feelings.
“DJ Times put together an incredible show,” said Eric Cunningham of Choice Entertainment in Ashland, Va. “I’ve been attending for the past five years and by far this was one of the best experiences that I have had. Thank you for embracing the DJ community as you do!”
“The DJ Expo was sick this year, awesome new products,” said Jon Kemetz of Laser DJ Company in Bethlehem, Pa. “We spent quite a bit of money.”
“Had a great time at the Expo,” Brian Henshaw of DJ Brian K Productions in Greenfield, Pa. “Hope to see everyone again next year—can’t wait. By the way, when’s next year’s show?”