VIDEO! CHAUVET DJ & The Mobile Beat Entertainment Experience!

Mobile Beat 2015 promises to be the most dynamic edition of this popular DJ trade show and conference! The Entertainment Experience is the reason why. It’s edu-tainment at its finest and will change the way seminars and learning are presented at trade shows! Here CHAUVET DJ‘s Geoff Short talks with the creators of the EE, Bill Hermann, Jason Jones and Jeremy Brech about why they created the Entertainment Experience and what Mobile Beat attendees can expect from this massive presentation.

CHAUVET DJ Gig Lab: The Value of Trade Shows from NAMM 2015

The Gig Lab goes to Anaheim, California for the NAMM 2015 to talk to industry experts John Young of Disc Jockey News, Ryan Burger of Mobile Beat Magazine, DJ Mikey Mike and CHAUVET DJ Senior Product Development Manager Allan Reiss about what trade shows like NAMM can mean to your DJ business.

CHAUVET DJ Wins MMR Dealer’s Choice Awards at NAMM 2015

It’s been a great NAMM 2015 for CHAUVET DJ in Anaheim this week as MMR Magazine presented the 2014 Dealer’s Choice Awards for both DJ Line of the Year AND Lighting Line of the Year!

CHAUVET DJ's Allan Reiss (l.), Ana Jaramillo and Albert Chauvet accept the MMR Dealer's Choice Awards at NAMM 2015.

CHAUVET DJ’s Allan Reiss (l.), Ana Jaramillo and Albert Chauvet accept the MMR Dealer’s Choice Awards at NAMM 2015.

Dinner Time with DJ Ryan of Tah-Dah Productions & CHAUVET DJ

DJ Ryan of Tah-Dah Productions used some of the CHAUVET DJ products in his arsenal to add color and excitement to a recent city employee recognition dinner in Eureka, California. The gear he used included:
(2) CHAUVET DJ COLORpalettes
(2) CHAUVET DJ Intimidator Spot LED 150’s
CHAUVET DJ Intimidator Wave IRC
(10) CHAUVET DJ SlimPAR 56
CHAUVET DJ Hurricane Haze 2D
CHAUVET DJ MotionDrape
CHAUVET DJ Motion Facade

Check out the results!


The CHAUVET® DJ GigBAR™ IRC combines 4 essential lighting fixtures mounted onto a single control bar. The 4-in-1 GigBAR™ IRC maximizes convenience and ease of set-up and take-down for mobile entertainers who want to create a dynamic lighting experience for any event. The system includes a pair of LED Derby-style effect lights, a pair of LED pars, a laser and a strobe effect. Get in and out quickly with the included tripod, footswitch controller, IRC-6 remote and carry bags. The GigBAR™ IRC features phenomenal built-in automated and sound-activated programs that include all 4 effects to make one complete show. Easily control the GigBAR™ IRC from the display, IRC-6 remote control, wireless footswitch or DMX to take your gig to a higher level. Save time running cables and extension cords by power linking multiple units.


vip_logo_768_326Earn FREE New Gear in this new year with CHAUVET DJ’s VIP Rewards Program!

And here’s an easy way to get you started. Just comment on today’s New Year, Near Gear Facebook post: with the correct answer to this question by 5p today – Friday, January 16th. If you’re randomly selected from the correct answers, you’ll receive 25 VIP Points! (Must be eligible for VIP Rewards Program).

Name the 3 new Intimidator products CHAUVET DJ is introducing at NAMM next week.

(Hint: We posted about this earlier this week)

Tah-Dah Productions Rocks New Year’s Eve with CHAUVET DJ

In this gig log Tah-Dah Productions & DJ Ryan teams up with DJ JHO and CHAUVET DJ for a new years eve party at Duffy’s in Chico Ca. We ran a single t-bar for this event but still packed it full of intense lights. On top was a CHAUVET DJ Intimidator Wave IRC and a Chauvet DJ Swarm 5 FX. Just to brighten up the DJ area they ran 4 CHAUVET DJ SlimPAR 56‘s across the back wall. Make it a great 2015!

“Flare” For Excitement!

Light Up The Crowd With CHAUVET DJ’s
Firebird LED Multi-Color Simulated Flame Effect

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SUNRISE, Fla. – Nothing fires up a crowd more than . . . fire itself! Now you can instantly add the drama of a leaping column of flames to your show or performance, safely and easily, with CHAUVET DJ’s new Firebird LED multi-color simulated fire effect.

FireBird LED-RIGHTFeaturing a built-in flicker effect that perfectly imitates a real flame, which is colorized by RGBA LEDs, the Firebird LED creates authentic-looking “fire” in a rainbow of hues — with no heat. Majestic and mystical, the flare-like blaze rises 6.5 feet (2M) high, making it visible from long distances – and ideal for everything from stage shows and music concerts, to outdoor parties and special events.

Rich flame colors can be created by blending the unit’s 4-in-1 Quad-Color red, green, blue and amber LEDs, using a wireless remote controller that comes included with the Firebird LED. Colors and other features can also be controlled manually from a display panel on the unit, or digitally via DMX using a 9-channel profile. An infinite spectrum of RGBA shades can be produced, allowing the Firebird LED’s towering flames to be color-coordinated to match any theme or décor, adding a personalized look to your performance or event.

Firebird-IN ACTIONLightweight and packable, the Firebird LED is perfect for DJs, bands, mobile entertainers and event producers who want a mesmerizing effect that will transform the ambience at any show or venue. “There are so many exciting things you can do with the Firebird LED to wow a crowd,” said Nick Airriess, Product Manager for CHAUVET DJ. “Use this torch-like effect to set an exotic mood at a party or wedding, or fire it up at the end of your music concert and have the stage ‘go up in flames.’DSC_8712

“One of the best things about the Firebird LED is that for all the mystique and raw force associated with fire, it’s completely safe and easy to use,” added Airriess. “Its flicker effect is so realistic that it allows you to create an exact replica of raging flames — with no heat or hazards to worry about.”
Bright and powerful, the Firebird LED utilizes four 5-watt 50,000-hour Quad-Color RGBA LEDs, which emit an illuminance of 1,109 lux at 2 meters. It features a variable strobe effect (0 to 12 Hz) and includes 3-pin DMX connectors and a wireless remote.

Easy to transport, the Firebird LED unit weighs 22.2 pounds (10.1 kg) and measures 20.4 x 8.9 x 12.8 inches (518 x 228 x 325 mm). These dimensions make it a perfect fit for Chauvet’s CHS-50 VIP Gear Bag (sold separately), which offers ideal protection during travel and storage.

CHAUVET DJ Thursday Vids: Trying (and Failing) to be Infallible DJs

In this edition of Thursday Vids, Geoff remembers a particularly tough gig where a disgruntled party guest illuminated just how hard – and just maybe unnecessary – it can be to try to be all things musical to everyone.

CHAUVET DJ: DJ of the Month – DJ Brent Schmidt

10606289_708338432576297_1173361820093133702_nIt’s easy to assume that the youngest people in a profession should be relegated to being perpetual students, always playing the role of apprentice to their older colleagues. But more often than not it’s the teachers who need to be taught and we all can learn so much from our younger counterparts. Such is the case with 20 year-old Brent Schmidt from Cleveland, Ohio who has packed more DJing and special event lighting into his years than many DJs twice his age. As one of the busy DJs on the roster at Cleveland Music Group, Brent hosts many special events and as a member of the CMG staff, is also called on to design and set up lighting for events as well. Meet DJ Brent!

CHAUVET DJ: How did you get started DJing?

DJ Brent:
I started DJ’ing about 8 years ago (12 years old). I started helping my brother when he first started DJ’ing. I would go to gigs and carry gear in and plug stuff in. I had no idea what an XLR cable was or what 1/4 cables were. (But I do now!) It wasn’t until I was in high school IMG_4917that I started working on my own and buying my own sound and lighting gear. I have to give my brother all the credit for getting me involved in DJ’ing. Now, we do some jobs together and it brings back all the fun memories we had back in the day. And hey, who doesn’t love spending a night with your brother and have some bonding time! I currently work at 1779183_1452897234925804_1535888318_nCleveland Music Group formerly Jerry Bruno Productions as a DJ, lighting technician and also their talent coordinator in their day to day operations. Working with Scott Jones (President & Owner), in the office and on jobs has made me a better DJ, MC and also a business person in the entertainment industry. The amount of information I gained from him, well lets just say I could write a novel on the information. I have to say it’s a blessing in disguise working with Scott and all the DJ’s involved with CMG.

CDJ: How would you describe a DJ’s role at a special event?

I would describe a DJ’s role at a special event as a stage manager. For those theatre performers, you know that the stage manager is in charge of everything and anything that happens on stage, off stage and in the house. This goes the same for the DJ. I take this same approach for every wedding and event I DJ. I need to make sure that the other vendors are in the right place. Talking with the photographers/videographers and informing them when certain events will take place so that they can capture those special moments. Knowing where certain people are, keeping events on time and informing the clients of where they need to be will make you a true professional.

CDJ: How do you think lighting effects a party?

Lighting is like food. When you go to a party, there is some kind of food present. This same analogy explains how important lighting can be to a party. If there is no food at a IMG_4264party, the party is lame. Plain and simple. I love food, and if I go to a party without it, well then it’s a lame party. I must say, lighting is something that attracts the eye, grabs the attention of guests and makes them want to dance. Uplighting is a great effect to enhance the atmosphere of the party. Moving lights and wash lights combine together to create a story to the song that is playing. We humans are more visually entertained then we are auditory. If we hear an EDM song with no lighting, it’s like no food at a party. If we have lighting mixed in with our EDM song, then not only are we listening to the song, we are experiencing the visual emotion. This is why I love lighting! Express emotion through color! Maybe that’s why I love Blue Man Group so much. (That’s a whole other story.)

IMG_4258CDJ: What CHAUVET DJ products do you use?

I’ve used so many fixtures over the years in so many applications and ways it’ll be hard to remember them all!

Chauvet DJ Geyser
Chauvet DJ Slim par 56 & 64s
Chauvet DJ Intimidators Spot LED 150s & 350s
Chauvet DJ Freedom Par Quad-4
Chauvet DJ Intimidator Wave IRC
Obey 70 DMX Controller
Obey 3 DMX Controller
CHAUVET DJ Mini 4Bar 2.0
Freedom Cases
DJ Bank
CHAUVET DJ Freedom Strips Mini Quad
CHAUVET DJ Freedom Par Quad-5

CDJ: What advice would you give other Djs who are new to lighting but want to find out more about it?

Ask questions! Watch videos online. Do your research. Gain as much information as you can from professionals in the lighting industry. Every time I meet someone in the lighting industry, I start to pick their brain and soak up all the information that they are giving to me. Don’t be afraid to ask! All they can say is no! There are so many professionals I turn to when I have a question or want a professional opinion on something. Network with other professionals either in your local area, or use social media.

See DJ Brent’s video using Freedom Par Quad 4’s and FlareCON Air at a recent holiday wedding: