Coming up on August 13 the 27th annual DJ Expo will once again take over the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Produced by DJ Times magazine and its publisher Testa Communications, the Expo last year drew nearly 5,300 attendees and hosted the largest exhibit floor it had ever seen. Being the 26th show in 21 years, the Expo presented a solid slate of exhibits, seminars and parties that saw participation from most every DJ related company out there including, American DJ, Pioneer DJ, Denon DJ, Peavey, Hercules and many others.
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).
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.
“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?”
We give the DJ Expo five out of five stars and rank it as the must attend show of the year for DJs of all genres. There is something for bedroom, mobile and club. Even producers and artists like Lil Jon and Africa Boombada were walking the exhibits floor last year. Check out this years Expo here!