Networking & DJ Meetings
Attending a DJ Show, meet-up or convention is an ideal way
to keep abreast of the latest developments in our industry and pick up new ideas
to continually improve your DJ business. From the latest equipment to chatting
with like minded folk, there's a wealth of ideas waiting for you.
In this issue we will take a look at the main shows and meet-ups happening
around the country over the next few weeks (in date order).
SEDA Shownight - Maidstone - 19th September
bi-monthly at The Village Hotel in Maidstone, the SEDA Shownights are a real
must for any DJs living within reach of the South East of England.
Conducted with an informal flavour, their aim is to educate, but also create
opportunities to network, learn from others and generally make some really good
contacts and friends. The evening combines opportunities for chat, listening to
guest speakers and members sharing ideas plus demonstrations of the latest
equipment from suppliers and manufacturers.
Paul Forsyth, chairman of SEDA, said "Come and see what all the fuss is about at
my personal invitation".
The next SEDA Shownight is on the 19th September. It promises to be a lively and
interesting show with an essence of fun as it falls on 'talk like a pirate day'.
The line up includes Denon, Mastermix, Kent PAT testing and Peach
Entertainments, not forgetting the regular exhibits of the second hand table,
member's show, SEDA shop and the infamous SEDA raffle. There will also be a
short seminar, 'Noise at Work', presented by Nick Main from Canterbury City
Council and what promises to be a lively debate about PLI.
For more information on this and future Shownights, visit the SEDA website at
AMPdj Meet up - Bournemouth - 28th September
the request of members, this year saw the launch of AMPdj local meet-ups. The
first four, in Peterborough, Barnsley, Greater Manchester and Glasgow were well
received with local DJs being treated to demonstrations of the new RGB LED
ShowVision Curtain, opportunities to network with colleagues, view a member's
show and set-up, enjoy presentations from various suppliers and even take a bite
to eat from the buffet (a rare opportunity to be first).
The meet-ups are going to be a regular occurrence, every two or three months,
primarily run and organised by local DJs with the support of AMPdj. Everyone is
welcome with no obligation to join and all are assured a warm welcome.
The second meet-up has already taken place in Greater Manchester with a third
being planned. The second meet-up in Glasgow will take place on
26th October at the Tavern Bar, Paisley.
Paul Smith from AMPdj said, "We have been overwhelmed by support for
meet-ups from local DJs, manufacturers and suppliers in our industry. The
main essence of the meet-ups is that they are both informal and informative, but
The next event, The
Bournemouth DJ Convention, is taking place at The Winchester, Bournemouth on the
28th September. The line up is exciting with exhibits from Prolight Concepts,
Void Acoustics, Absolute Music Solutions, Mailboxes (Printers), MixMash and
Doughty Engineering. The evening is supported by DJ Radio and there will also be
opportunity to take part in a skills workshop. This is certainly an event not to
BPM - NEC, Birmingham - 2nd - 4th October 2010
is Europe’s biggest event dedicated to DJing, electronic music production and
club culture. It is attended by DJs, producers, performers, promoters, venue
owners/managers, equipment retailers/installers, record label representatives,
students and many others who simply have an interest in DJing or dance music.
Exhibitors include manufacturers and suppliers of the leading brands in DJ,
sound and lighting equipment plus information and service providers.
Demonstrations of latest developments in our industry will be available to view
The arena area will play host to a variety of activities including DJ sets and
performances, competitions and both educational and inspirational seminars.
BPM is the ideal place to meet and network with industry professionals and
fellow DJs from all parts of the country. With a variety of performances &
seminars occurring on each of the three days, it really is the event of the year
for anyone with an interest in DJing.
For more information, visit the BPM website at
NADJ Branch Meetings
formal branch is run by local members and there is a properly formed committee
consisting of a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. The format of each meeting
differs slightly because the individual committees work towards providing what
attendees want in their area. Generally, they all provide excellent networking
opportunities with demonstrations from manufacturers/retailers, short
educational seminars, raffles and some meetings include a quiz or other
Currently, there are two established branches; one in the North West (Chester)
and the other in Wales (Newport). There is also an 'in formation' branch in
Leeds (Yorkshire) and four informal gatherings in Teddingworth (Leicestershire),
Newbury (Berkshire), the Cotswolds and the North East of England.
Each meeting takes place in a relaxed atmosphere with no pressure on DJs to join
the Association, but the hope is that people will see the benefits and make up
their own mind. Each event is free to attend and there may be fundraising
activities for the local branch to provide light refreshments or other
facilities to enhance the meetings.
The NADJ meetings are a great way to learn new skills or techniques to improve
their business, as Branch Development Officer, Paul Arnett explains: "If you
leave a branch meeting with one idea, that’s one idea you didn't have when you
To find out more about an upcoming meeting in your area, visit the NADJ website
at www.nadj.org.uk or call Paul after 6pm on 01274 792792.
All four of the featured show/meetings are open to everyone. If there isn't a DJ
show or meet-up in your backyard, contact AMPdj or NADJ to find out how you can
help get one started.