September 2, 2014

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Are You an Entrepreneur—or Simply Bat-Sh** Crazy?

A thin line separates the temperament of an entrepreneur from a person who could use psychiatric help. Many successful entrepreneurs possess personality quirks that, if expressed in great amounts, would qualify as full-on mental illness. How ...

Tough Times = Rare Opportunities

Despite claims to the contrary, more bumps are expected on the long and winding road to economic recovery, more bumps than a classroom of first-graders with chicken pox. The conventional wisdom says that tough times like these are an opportunity ...

Confessions of a Runway DJ

“Hands off the models!” So says DJ “Rock” Spitale about the first rule of spinning at fashion shows. “Womanizers (or man-eaters) do not get re-hired,” he adds. On the closing day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, New York City, ...

Why Airlines Hate You

What are the implications if the new Ultra-Compact Airline Seat idea actually, um, flies? In addition to spreading empathy for veal calves, and the possibility of Kevin Smith never traveling again, global DJs will feel the sting more than most. ...

Back to School = Dirty Dancing

When he’s not spinning in clubs or broadcasting his mix show on local Top 40 radio, DJ Sticky Boots, a nominee for America’s Best DJ, uses his brand to book gigs at school dances. For any DJ, especially one who thinks ...

How to "Do the Right Thing" In 'Bama

DJ Steve Metz moved from Chicagoland to in Hampton Cove , Alabama, in 2002 to find a console he could call home. A club DJ by trade, he soon discovered a need for high-end weddings, and Metropolitan Disc Jockey Service was soon launched. ...

If Only Jet Blue's Slater Dealt Exclusively with DJs

Steve Slater, the Jet Blue flight attendant who popped a circuit and generated national empathy (we like the fact that he grabbed two beers before hitting the chute), might be the hero of the moment to millions of dissatisfied employees, many of ...

Do You Want Out of the "Commodity Trap"? Here's How

For many DJs, price is more of an issue than ever. And so it is for DJ Paul Evans, who offers a solution: DJs who generate positive reviews and unique offerings can nonetheless do well, even in a sluggish economy. “There are still plenty of ...

Are You a Jolly Roger DJ? The Perils of Piracy

Music piracy continues its thorny climb into popular consciousness, what with the recent court case awarding damages to the RIAA to the tune of $675,000 from an illegal down-loader in Massachusetts. We asked entertainment lawyer and DJ Times ...