Atlantic City, N.J.—Mark your calendars, folks, and add the newly announced dates for DJ Expo—August 12-15, 2013.
Set to run at Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal, the 28th edition of DJ Expo will bring its winning recipe of gear exhibits, educational seminars and sponsored parties to professional DJs looking to gain an edge on the competition, and enjoy themselves while they’re at it. As always, DJ Expo is produced by DJ Times and its publisher Testa Communications.
Stationed in the expansive Mark G. Etess Arena, DJ Expo’s exhibit hall routinely fills up with more than 100 companies displaying nearly 200 booths full of DJ-related wares. And that includes a wide variety of products from all the industry’s major players, including playback gear and software, pro audio, lighting, studio and specialty items.Packed Showfloor: DJs at the Chauvet booth.
DJ Expo seminars—featuring a roll call of industry experts— will tackle up to 30 topics from the club, mobile and studio worlds. Additionally, top DJ-market suppliers like Pioneer DJ and Chauvet will present sponsored seminars and workshops, giving a closer look at their technologies and providing useful information to attendees.
At night, that’s when the real fun starts, as nearby venues like Casbah, House of Blues, mur.mur, Providence, Ego Lounge and the Taj Mahal Grand Ballroom will host sponsored events featuring top talent. Attendees at the 2011 Expo had the opportunity to see DJ Craze, Paul van Dyk, Jump Smokers, DJ Skribble, DJ Enferno, Roonie G, JES, and Sean Paul, among others.
Also, the show will end with the annual Ultimate DJ Giveaway. The 2011 winner—Matt Pellettiere of East Hanover, N.J.—had his name picked from the thousands of entries and then claimed his haul, which included: American DJ lights (Double Phase LED and Galaxian Gem LED); Beamz gear (Beamz Pro Interactive Laser Controller); Pioneer DJ gear (CDJ-2000 players, DJM-900nexus mixer, RMX-1000 remix station, and HDJ-200-K headphones) and Promo Only subscription (to either Express Audio or Express Video via POOL, Promo Only’s digital delivery system).
Additionally, for mobile jocks, Mike Walter of Elite Entertainment will host the “DJ of the Year” competition, which will bestow a variety of awards to the best of America’s mobile entertainers. At the moment, Jack Bermeo of LJ Productions—a two-time champ—maintains the title.
Praise from Expo exhibitors continues to roll in. “DJ Expo 2012 was one of the best shows that we have ever participated in—period!” said Brian Dowdle, Marketing Manager, American DJ, American Audio and Global Truss America. “You could feel the energy level everywhere. It was non-stop excitement for us. Our booths were packed, our PizzaFest event was a big hit and it gave us chance to party with a lot of good people. As a ‘business’ event, of course, the show was great, but it was also a whole lot of fun.”Late-Night Action: Jump Smokers’ DJ Flipside.
Expo attendees concurred: “Wow—another great year with DJ Times in Atlantic City!” said Helen Viva of Professional Entertainment Group, Ottawa, Ont. “The DJ Expo was worth traveling from Canada for. There’s always something to keep us busy and interested—the best parts are meeting up with old friends and coming home with great new ideas. Already planning for 2013!”
After the devastation that Hurricane Sandy wreaked on the East Coast, Atlantic City is finally back to business in full, and once again DJ Times has committed to bringing much of the DJ world back to its world-famous environs. We’ll see you on The Boardwalk.
For the latest on DJ Expo, please visit www.thedjexpo.com.