This summer I wanted to share some of my favorite DJ and party gear for all you music lovers.
Being a DJ, you want to save all of your money for new music and equipment. So looking good on a budget is key. And times are tough all over so here are some of my secret weapons.
This Dickies checkered backpack is great for hauling a laptop in any weather. Much better balance for heavy stuff than a messenger bag. It also adds visual interest to what you’re wearing, while matching almost everything. Good for females and males of the species.
I spend a lot of hours in headphones. The Sonys have lasted 4 years and are still kicking. After some use they fold up easily into an almost flat space.
These silver beauties swivel to my every move. They are DJ quality – great for gigs. Perfect for a commute or busy office since they couch your ears away from reality and noise. The sound’s superb.
An Iphone wallet cover only costs a few dollars. It covers the phone screen completely when it’s not in use. The case doesn’t interfere with the camera. And the inside of the case has a wallet-type slit for your credit card and ID.
If you’re throwing a dance party this summer and you want your friends to fill the dance floor all night it’s a good investment to have the right strobe light. I’ve used this one (with a few others) on my radio show. I use them for my own enjoyment during the sets. This one also adds kinetic energy to a club. Strobes take the whole musical experience of up a notch.
The biggest mistake most party hosts make is they forget to turn the lights down and add a visual pulse. This inexpensive flickering strobe and a good mix is all you need to make it work. Turn it toward the wall for the best reflective effect, throw on your uptempo set and the party is on.
Here’s a vid of the strobes in action during my Saturday afternoon radio show at KEXP.[wpvideo RPvNN6mz]
Michele Myers is a Seattle club DJ and hosts a radio show Saturdays 3-6pm on KEXP90.3FM in Seattle – kexp.org. She’s a music historian, has produced over 200 radio stories for KEXP Documentaries and written scripts and features for NPR, Experience Music Project and the University of Washington.