Numbers Up: DJ Expo ’13 Scales New Heights

DJ Kool at ADJ’s Pizzafest. Photo: ADJ

Atlantic City, N.J. – With its sold-out exhibit hall and nearly 6,400 attendees—a new show record—the 2013 DJ Expo once again raised the stakes for an already thriving DJ industry.

Produced by DJ Times magazine and its publisher Testa Communications at the Trump Taj Mahal this past Aug. 12-15, the Expo offered attendees more than 200 exhibitor booths from more than 100 companies, showing hardware, software and specialty DJ products. With its 28th show in 23 years, DJ Expo offered a deep schedule of exhibits, seminars and parties that saw participation from exhibitors/sponsors like ADJ, Pioneer DJ, Mackie, Chauvet, Rane, Stanton DJ and QSC Audio, among many others.

Morgan Page: Expo Keynoter. Photo: MetroMix

Musical legends (DJ Premier) and industry stars (Morgan Page, Krewella) offered useful information to attendees during Expo keynotes and seminar panels, while sponsored events entertained Expo-goers. They included top-notch performances from DJ Kool (at ADJ’s Pizzafest), Biz Markie (at Stanton DJ’s booth) and Audien (at Moodswing360’s party), plus hot sets from America’s Best DJ nominees like Skribble (at Ego Lounge), Page (at Dusk club during Moodswing’s party), and Krewella (at House of Blues during Promo Only’s party).

Additionally, in winning the “DJ of the Year” competition, Jazmine of Chicago’s H.Y.P.E. Productions dethroned two-time winner Jack Bermeo, who was going for an unprecedented three-peat. Hosted by Mike Walter, the annual event bestowed awards in a variety of categories to the best of America’s mobile entertainers. Also, Evan Clark of Lake Worth, Fla., won the annual Ultimate DJ Giveaway, which included: ADJ lighting (Quad Phase HP Moonflower); Beamz gear (Beamz Pro Interactive Laser Controller); Mackie PA system (DLM Series powered loudspeakers); Pioneer DJ gear (CDJ-2000nexus players, DJM-900nexus mixer, HDJ-2000-K headphones and RMX-1000 Remix Station); and a Promo Only Subscription (to either Pool Audio Gold or Pool Video Gold via POOL, Promo Only’s Digital Delivery System).

Krewella at House of Blues. Photo: MetroMix

“On behalf of everyone at DJ Expo and DJ Times, we want to thank our exhibitors and attendees for their participation and for making this year’s show our most successful ever,” said Vinny Testa, Publisher/President of Testa Communications. “It’s hard to believe that we’ve been presenting this show for 23 years, but we’re always grateful for the DJ market’s confidence and support. And with DJ Times celebrating its 25th anniversary, we look forward to some very exciting developments into 2014.”

Response from Expo exhibitors and exhibitors was effusive:

“Over the many years, Odyssey and its partnered retailers have had nothing but success during and after the Expo—not only from the sales generated during and after the Expo, but also in gaining of valuable knowledge from the thousands of working DJs out there who graciously give us their input.”

 – Dave Lopez, Odyssey Innovative Designs

“Of all the industry seminars I’ve presented, the one at DJ Expo was my favorite. I really liked the quality of discourse and the quality of attendees.”

 – John Boudreau, Mackie Designs, Woodinville, Wash.

“This entire DJ Expo experience has helped me take my business to a level that will allow me to support my wife and children, while doing something that I love so much.”

 – Steve Moody, Entertainment Connection, Ridgely, Md.  

“DJ Expo is extremely well-produced and, for me as an artist/DJ manager, it allows me to stay informed of the newest software, equipment and trends. DJ Times does a phenomenal job putting it all together.”

 – Kelvin Taitt, stadiumred, NYC

“It was great having our client Morgan Page involved in the Expo’s Keynote Q&A. Having that direct dialog in a room full of DJs at every level made for one of the most enlightening and memorable moments of the Expo.”

 – Jared Barboza, Abbot Monroe, Los Angeles

“If you are a DJ and didn’t go to this amazing event, just remember this: Knowledge is power. And what can you do with power? Turn it into a profit! The benefits to attending DJ Expo are incredible.”

 – Rachel Lynn Oliver Donn, DJ, Brandon, Fla.

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