One Great Piece of Content Is All It Takes

When it comes to putting stuff out in the world, I am constantly investigating what it is that will strike people. Even more so, I’m often wondering if I’m striking people at all.

Two years ago when I started DJing full time, in addition to regularly DJing weddings and events, I wanted to create helpful content to share with others. Online content was one of the main reasons I took the latest path into entrepreneurship. It was the video tutorials, the inspiring Instagram posts and the Ted Talks. It was that content that made me think, “hey I too can follow my passion,” and later “I want to be able to talk about how I did it.”

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While the actual DJing part of what I was doing has been going well, I struggled on the content sharing and social media growth. I was not finding my niche and was frustrated with the minimal growth. Of course, I always preach about patience and putting in the work and that by doing those things, the rewards will come.
But still, it was frustrating. There were also the excuses to really diving into content creation.

“I don’t have the …. right camera; right lighting; proper sound set-up; proper editing tools; a large enough audience to deliver content to ...” and so on.

But it really was that that I didn’t have the guts. Who am I to try and become an authority in a crowded space? I became pre-occupied with thinking about what others would think. 

“Is he really trying to be Gary Vaynerchuk?”

“Why am I going to follow and listen to someone who’s only been doing this full time for two years?”

And then I said “whatevs, I’m doing this.” I also stopped thinking I needed to be declared an authority figure within my niche to start doing anything, because that's not what I am trying to become. I just want to pass along my knowledge and help others and the way to do that is to just start putting it out there.

I reminded myself that all it takes is one good piece of content being found by someone else.

It’s like the letter I wrote to Lululemon with zero intention or agenda. Yet that resulted in me DJing for the company for an entire week at their home base in Vancouver.

It’s like the aforementioned Vaynerchuk who says this speech is what put him on the map.

It’s Linda Raynier, a fellow colleague in the YouTube for Bosses seminar, who went from practically zero subscribers to 40k plus and counting, likely because of this valuable video about how to answer the “tell me about yourself interview question.”

And for better worse, it was “one good piece of content” that brought us the Biebs.

Great strides are being made on the business side of DJing and it made me a bit emotional.

Great strides are being made on the business side of DJing and it made me a bit emotional.

In between DJing, adulting, parental, spousal and other life duties I’ve slowly picked away at creating content on multiple social media platforms  to assist and inspire. And it’s been genuinely hard work, mostly all on my own. There is always a certain fervor I have when creating content. But nothing compares to the feeling of seeing it make an impact.

And now it I’m seeing that.

Recently I created a Facebook group, Business Coaching For DJs, and have been slowly growing its membership (like real slow; a rate of one new member per day). But it was one of those new members that reminded me why I’m putting in all that work.

He found the group because he watched a video I had produced just a few days earlier, where in the description I had a link to the group. He said “since that video I have been studying your social media tactics.”

He was one person that found me because he was searching for an online review of a storage case that I created a video for. One person that actually answered the call to action to “like, subscribe and also check me out on Facebook and Instagram.”

Once I realized that it was this crazy shot of emotion. All of my work … actually worked. And I ugly cried and started rolling my camera. 

It was honest emotion, right at the exact moment. This can be verified if you look closely at the video because I didn’t even bother to clean up behind me or properly frame the shot (sorry my head takes up 90% of your screen).

It was one person that has reinvigorated me.

There’s an inspiring script that was made famous in the decades old “Think Different" Apple campaign.

It says, in part, “Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently … You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things … Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

This is my rewritten version.

Here’s to the difference makers. The Instagram users with 10 likes on a photo. The YouTube users with 12 subscribers. The Facebook Group creators with 22 members. You can be discouraged by your minuscule numbers, quit before even getting started or make up another excuse.
Or, you can listen to the yearning inside you. Because you are a difference maker, “crazy enough to think (you) can change the world.”

Taste of Asia Event Provides Delicious Eats Along With Fine Beats - Four Points Sheraton

Tajima Ramen was just one of many restaurants at the Taste of Asia event on May 23, 2017. 

Tajima Ramen was just one of many restaurants at the Taste of Asia event on May 23, 2017. 

The San Diego Asian Business Association’s inaugural Taste of Asia took place on May 23, 2017. The event was attended by more than 250 community and business leaders and foodies looking for new eateries. Attendees enjoyed delicious sips and bites from breweries and spirit purveyors to established and up-and-coming restaurants. Samples included everything from poke, ramen, wontons, sushi, Peking duck, lumpia, rib-tips, banh mi, flavored sake, cold brewed coffee, rolled ice cream and the list goes on and on.

There was also a friendly competition among the participating restaurants, and congratulations goes to Emerald Chinese Cuisine for being awarded the People's Choice for Best Restaurant and ICMonster as runner-up.

DJ Kanoya was on hand to set the tone with a set of mostly deep house and Nu Disco tunes, with a little pop mixed in from various decades.

Here’s a look at the setlist:

  • Disclosure ft Al Green - Feel Like I Do  
  • ZHU - Generationwhy  
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (Mennska Remix)
  • Kygo & Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me (Not So Typical Remix)  
  • Drake - Passionfruit (BPM Supreme Remix)  
  • Discotron - Disco Ballin'  
  • Blackstreet - No Diggity (Figgy Remix)
  • Soul ll Soul - Back To Reality (KLATCH Remix)
  • Pockets - Come Go With Me (Joey Negro Found A Place Mix)
  • Sage The Gemini - Now & Later (Merk & Kremont Remix)  
  • Alessia Cara - Wild Things (MK Remix)  
  • Christopher Cross - Ride Like The Wind (Joey Negro Disco Mix)  
  • Joey Negro & Doug Willis - Crystal Lover
  • Giacca & Flores - Last Night A DJ Saved My Life  
  • Nelly Furtado - Say It Right (Foldcash Remix)  
  • Halsey - Colors (Blonde Remix)
  • Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling (Loud Luxury Remix)  
  • Sam Feldt & Kimberly Anne - Show Me Love (EDX Remix)  
  • Ellie Goulding - Burn (Gryffin Remix)
  • Fetty Wap ft Monty - Way You Are (Instrumental)
  • Palm Trees - Casanova
  • Destiny's Child - Jumpin' Jumpin' (Jean Tonique Remix)
  • Kygo f./Maty Noyes - Stay (Promo Only Quick Edit 2)
  • TLC - Diggin' On You (Kaytranada Edit)  
  • Wale ft Sam Sneak - My PYT (Mr. Collipark Remix)  
  • Stevie Wonder - I Wish (8b Intro Clean) (DJ Joey C Edit)
  • Robbie Nevil - C'est La Vie (Select Mix Remix)
  • Joe Public - Live and Learn
  • Keith Sweat - I Want Her (Select Mix Remix)
  • Michael Jackson - Remember The Time (Select Mix Remix)
  • Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
  • Tori Kelly - Should've Been Us (Lost Kings Remix)  
  • Wham! - Everything She Wants
  • Chainsmokers ft ROZES - Roses (Adam Foster Remix)  
  • Wanda Walden - Dont You Want My Lovin (Joey Negro Back To 81 Mix)
  • The Whispers - And The Beat Goes On (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Ellie Goulding vs Bruno Mars - I Need Your Love (Mario Santiago Treasure Blend)
  • Bruno Mars - Treasure
  • The Whispers - Rock Steady
  • Chromeo - Jealous (I Ain't With It)
  • K C & The Sunshine Band - Give It Up  
  • Run D.M.C. vs The Scene Kings vs Aylen - It's Tricky Wild Style (LOCZI Show Edit)
  • Klymaxx - Meeting In The Ladies Room (Select Mix Remix)
  • The Chainsmokers ft Halsey - Closer (Kahikko & Jespr Remix)  
  • Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean (Audio Addicts Remix)  
  • Kungs vs Cookin On 3 Burners - This Girl  
  • Latroit - Need You Tonight  
  • Clean Bandit ft Sean Paul - Rockabye (Majestic Audio Remix)  
  • Jonas Blue f./Dakota - Fast Car (Promo Only Club Edit)
  • Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You (Disco Killerz Remix)  
  • The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Like This
  • Drake - Passionfruit
  • Lost Frequencies f./Janieck Devy - Reality
  • Snakehips & MO - Don't Leave (Kue Remix)  
  • Michael Jackson - Love Never Felt So Good (MJ Only)
  • Sly & The Family Stone - Everyday People (Select Mix Remix)
  • Aretha Franklin - Respect (Select Mix Remix)
  • Sia ft Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills (Xemi Canovas & David Pateo Mambo Remix)  
  • Felix Jaehn ft Jasmine Thompson - Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)  
  • Kygo & Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me
  • Bebe Rexha - I Got You
  • Drake - Fake Love

Rustic Mountain Retreat Wedding and Dance Party in Julian, California

Kat and Scott married at the Sacred Mountain Retreat in Julian, California.

Kat and Scott married at the Sacred Mountain Retreat in Julian, California.


Nearly one year to the date of their engagement at Half Dome in Yosemite, Kat and Scott were married in another mountainous region of California (albeit a much smaller one), Sacred Mountain Resort in Julian, CA.

The rustic charm of this venue was the perfect fit for this couple, show probably spend more time outdoor then in. The ceremony took place in an area with an amazing view and then friends and family dined and danced in an area adjacent to the event space.

Here’s a look at the setlist:

Cocktail Hour

  • Jack Johnson - Never Know
  • Jonas Blue f./Dakota - Fast Car (Promo Only Club Edit)
  • Nora En Pure - On The Beach  
  • Latroit - Need You Tonight  
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - Sing A Song (Hot Classics Remix)
  • The Clash - Train In Vain (Edge Remix)
  • Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight
  • Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream
  • Jason Derulo - Kiss The Sky
  • Timeflies f./Natalie La Rose - Worse Things Than Love  
  • Naughty By Nature - Jamboree
  • Sia - The Greatest (G Duppy Remix)  
  • Gym Class Heroes - Stereo Hearts
  • Nico & Vinz - Am I Wrong
  • Stevie Wonder - Knocks Me off My Feet (8b Intro Clean) (DJ Joey C Edit)
  • Mayer Hawthorne - The Walk
  • Tori Kelly - Should've Been Us (Lost Kings Remix)  
  • Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride (Select Mix Remix)
  • Jason Derulo - Trumpets (Promo Only Clean Edit)
  • Kanye West - Good Life
  • Olly Murs - Dance With Me Tonight (U.S. Radio Edit)
  • Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
  • Andy Grammer - Fresh Eyes
  • Milky Chance - Stolen Dance

First Dance
Josef Salvat - Every night
Parents Dance
James Taylor - Shower the People

Open Dancing
Beyonce - Crazy In Love
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Usher - Yeah
Nicki Minaj ft Drake - Truffle Butter (Jester Remix)  
Juvenile ft Lil Wayne & Manny Fresh - Back That Azz Up
House of Pain - Old School Jump Off
Sam Hunt - House Party (BPM Supreme ReDrum)  
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Gwen Stefani - The Sweet Escape
Andy Grammer - Honey, I'm Good
Tupac - California Love (Original Version)
Dr Dre ft Snoop Dogg & Kurup & Nate Dogg - The Next Episode (DJCiRCLE K & DJ Jay2 Bpm Supreme West Coast Blend)
Dr. Dre ft Snoop Dogg - Nuthin’ But A G Thang
Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX - Fancy
Naughty By Nature - Hip Hop Hooray
Mariah Carey - Dreamlover
K-Ci & JoJo - All My Life
Kungs & Cookin' On 3 Burners - This Girl
Flo Rida - Low
Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning

Vendor Team
DJ and Emcee: DJ Kanoya Productions
Photographer: Studio 7 Photography**
Venue: Sacred Mountain Julian
Donuts: Nomad Donuts
Catering: Jeremy’s on the Hill

**Photo credit on all photos used in this blog post

Review of the FZGSLBM12WBL from Odyssey Cases - Turntable and Mixer Road Case

Oddyssey road cases are the perfect way to transport your gear from gig to gig. 

Oddyssey road cases are the perfect way to transport your gear from gig to gig. 

Finding the perfect flight case for your DJ gear is important. You’ve spent hundreds of dollars on your equipment and it needs to be protected. For mobile DJs, when it comes to turntable cases, there is a crucial decision that needs to be made … a single coffin style case or three separate flight cases.

Odyssey flights cases are durable cases for your equipment and I’ve owned many of their cases over the past two decades. A couple of years ago I put together a turntable set-up and had the debate on my head of going with a coffin or three cases. Here’s my video review of the Odyssey Cases FZGSLBM12WBL.

Watch this video for insight on the following:
- A complete review of the FZGSLBM12WBL Odyssey flight case
- A look at how two Reloop 8000 turntables and one Rane 64 mixer fit with this case
- The pros and cons of using a coffin style case vs. three separate road cases

For a in-depth written look at this case, read on:

This is Odyssey’s case that fits two standard DJ turntables, battle style, and one 12-inch mixer. I house two Reloop 8000 turntables and the Rane 64 mixer. My gear perfectly sits in the coffin, packed nicely with the various foam corner pieces. It is equipped with its own casters and a sliding laptop shelf. It also has access holes for your cables on the back as well as the underside speaking of cables, routing them internally is fairly easy as there are access portholes in both of the dividers. Behind the mixer, there is enough space for a powerstrip most of the mixer cabling. I do not have any custom input panels on the outside of the case, but there is space on the exterior sides for audio and power ports.

The Odyssey turntable case is perfect to transport two turntables and a mixer. 

The Odyssey turntable case is perfect to transport two turntables and a mixer. 

The Features of the FZGSLBM12WBL Case
This case has three main features: the casters, the gliding shelf and that it is part of Odyssey’s low profile series.

The casters are a nice feature to have and does enable me to drag the coffin along the floor and move it by myself. Obviously fully loaded up, this thing is heavy (more than 100 pounds). While I always have it on a cart, sometimes I need to nudge it on my table, so picking up the non-caster end and rolling in place is super easy. I also pack all my gear in a minivan, so placing the caster end of this coffin in my van, makes it easy to lift the opposite end and roll into place.

Secondly, let’s talk about the gliding shelf. The shelf is super convenient for not only your laptop but anything else you may need as part of your set up. There are models of cases out there that do not come with a shelf, and I highly recommend always getting a shelf, even if you use a laptop stand in a different part of your set-up.

You can always utilize this shelf for other things such as your microphone receiver, paperwork, sample pad and many other items.

Lastly, let’s talk about the low profile series. Typically DJ cases are about five-inches in height and while this isn’t a huge deal, it just adds to overall bulkiness look of your set-up. The low profile series is just that. The walls are just high enough to cover the top of your gear without any extra material the result is a sleek set-up, like the low profile look of a Lamborghini

The Pros and Cons
An all in one coffin isn’t without its positives and negatives. On the positive side, all the gear I need to DJ with (mixer, turntables, laptop stand, cables etc.) are all inside one case. I just need to put it on a table, connect power and speakers and I am ready to go in just a few minutes

The alternative to this would be to carry each component in its own case, amounting to three separate cases, one for the mixer and two for the turntables. This takes extra set-up time, and potentially cause wear and tear over time on the different inputs.

On the negative side, the size. The coffin itself is 47 pounds, each table is 22 pounds and my mixer is 11 pounds. Add in the weight of the cables and few other accessories and that is just over 100 pounds in gear.

I cannot move this by yourself … at least not safely. Luckily I have someone to move it of my house (thanks to my wife), and there is always someone at the gig that I can ask to take five seconds to help me lift it up to a table or back onto my dolly.

Another drawback, since essentially this is one big box, there is not much flexibility in set-up. It needs at least four feet of flat space to be set-up. If for some reason I only had less than that, I’d have to get creative. Alternatively, the modular nature of three separate cases enables for a more creative set-up.

That’s a look at this case by Odyssey case. I hope it was helpful for you if you are looking to pick one up or perhaps you are racking your brain like I was when trying to come to figure out the answer to the eternal question for mobile turntablists:  coffin or three cases?If you have specific questions about this debate or this case, please leave it in the comments below and/or let me know how you transport your mixer and turntables.

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Kristin and Andrew’s Dance Party - Hidden Meadow Wedding

Kristin and Andrew’s wedding took place at Hidden Meadows, a private estate in Rancho Santa Fe (San Diego, CA.). It was the venue’s first wedding and felt like one of those awesome backyard parties.

Other than a few speeches, Kristin and Andrew wanted a reception that was about friends and family gathering for a great meal and an even better dance party. So that’s what I delivered for them … and actually their guests starting dancing before the dance floor officially opened. Which was a little bit of a bummer, because I had to temporarily pause the excitement so we could do a few speeches.

But it was easy to get them going again. Here’s a look at the setlist.

End of Dinner Hour Dancing

  • Blue f./Dakota - Fast Car (Promo Only Club Edit)
  • Jess Glynne - Ain't Got Far To Go
  • Olly Murs - Dance With Me Tonight
  • American Authors - Best Day Of My Life
  • Bruno Mars - Marry You
  • Gym Class Heroes - Stereo Hearts
  • Andy Grammer - Fresh Eyes
  • Mariah Carey - Emotions
  • Coolio - 1-2-3-4 (Sumpin' New) [Select Mix Remix]
  • Justin Timberlake - Let The Groove Get In (Wanna Be Starting Somethin' Remix)
  • Rob Thomas - Smooth

First Dance
Patsy Cline - Walking After Midnight

Parents Dance
Ray Charles - Ain't That Love

Open Dancing

  • Al Green - Let's Stay Together
  • Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
  • K.C. & the Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes
  • Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
  • Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
  • Boyz II Men - Motownphilly
  • Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
  • Whitney Houston - How Will I Know (Select Mix Remix)
  • Andy Grammer - Honey, I'm Good (Select Mix Remix)
  • Justin Bieber - Love Yourself (RENAIR Uptempo ReDrum Edit)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - September
  • Flo Rida - Low
  • Usher - Yeah
  • Mariah Carey - Fantasy
  • Nicki Minaj f./Drake & Lil Wayne - Truffle Butter
  • Destiny's Child - Jumpin' Jumpin' (Jean Tonique Remix)
  • Jagged Edge - Where The Party At
  • Next - Too Close
  • Ginuwine - Pony
  • Drake - Started From The Bottom
  • Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
  • Rod Stewart - We're Having a Party
  • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
  • Prince - Let's Go Crazy
  • Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
  • Emotions - Best Of My Love
  • New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
  • Beyonce - Single Ladies in Black and White
  • Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
  • Kungs & Cookin' On 3 Burners - This Girl
  • Justin Bieber f./Skrillex & Blood - Sorry
  • Kanye West f./Ty Dolla $ign & Post Malone - Fade
  • Chance The Rapper f./Knox Fortune - All Night
  • Kygo & Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me (Not So Typical Remix)  
  • Migos f./Lil Uzi Vert - Bad And Boujee
  • Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body
  • Rihanna f./Drake - Work
  • Yo Gotti - Down In The DM

Last Dance
Garth Brooks - Friends in Low Places