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ISSUE: 101(MAY/JUN 2020)
The May/June Edition of Pro Mobile is packed with the usual mix of articles, news, views and reviews all linked to the wonderful world of mobile DJing.

The cover image is courtesy of Scene My Event and was taken during a live-streamed broadcast from their warehouse, meanwhile the Profile this issue shines a spotlight on David Hamilton. Many of the articles in this edition focus on the current coronavirus situation, with advice from Euan Bass, Julian Little, Rob Ferre and Brian Buonassissi on staying strong during this difficult period, making good use of time during lockdown and being prepared to make the most of business opportunities when events are able to happen again. Meanwhile, Greg Cartwright shares 10 music documentaries he recommends for filling extra time at home and Richard Lee provides a bit of light relief in the form of an article recounting his toughest gig to date! There's also business planning advice from Peter Holding and a Dialogue interview with The Music Factory Entertainment Group's new Chairman Andy Pickles. Add this to detailed reviews of the BeamZ Fuze75S Spot moving head, LD Systems ICOA 12 A BT active speaker, Kam KWM11PRO & KWM1920 wireless mic kits, CHAUVET DJ UK GigBAR Move all-in-one lighting system and the new QSC UK Ireland KS118 sub and you have a must-read publication for mobile DJs at all levels.

You can read all of the reviews and the first part of every article by following the links below, but to read the articles in full and get the complete Pro Mobile experience you’ll need a copy of the physical magazine – click ‘Subscriptions -> Magazine’ above to get hold of one!

Until next time, keep ‘em dancing!

Eddie Short, Pro Mobile Editor
I Did It My Way!
40 years of DJing by DJ Hammy
May 1980 to May 2020
... But You Can Control Your Response!

I never thought I would ever have to produce an article like this one. As I am writing, it’s Thursday the 26th of March and we are a few days into lockdown. We have all had to deal with postponements, cancellations and refunding clients. It’s important to remember that you are not alone here, and neither are we as an industry.
I've performed at 100s of events across the UK and Europe, including weddings, private parties, a string of major events on the French Riviera and a healthy dose of celebrity bashes. And let me assure you, I've had my fair share of demanding clients and wild audiences often resulting in some very tough gigs... But all of that was to pale in to insignificance compared to an event I performed at earlier this year that was to be my toughest gig ever!
Whilst I had initially planned to write about something completely different for this issue (it will keep for a future edition), I thought that I would instead give an insight into how the current health crisis has impacted me here, what I am doing about it, and also how we can all use our inherent skillsets to our advantage in these troubled times. I am aware that the advice may change between writing and print, so please excuse any anomalies regarding the situation at the time of reading.
Greg Cartwright picks out some must-watch documentaries from Netflix, Amazon Prime and the BBC…
Let’s be real here, we all have a lot of free time on our hands now! This COVID-19 situation has put the majority of us out of work for the time being. Our job requires an audience and right now we can’t play to those audiences. So what are we going to do instead?
So last issue Pro Mobile hit the 100th edition milestone - what a fantastic achievement! I wonder if back in 2003, when issue one appeared with a handy guide to ‘Digital DJing’, there was even an inkling that readers of issue 100, published in the third decade of the magazine’s existence, would be almost exclusively digital DJs in one form or another? This industry changes so rapidly, it must have been hard to imagine what the future of the mobile DJ would look like.
There are two quotes that have become life mantras for me. The first is an English-language proverb that says, “Necessity is the mother of invention”. We’re all in this weird spot where the world has seemingly stopped. How do we produce revenue right now during COVID-19?
With mobile DJ businesses experiencing unprecedented challenges and the widespread cancellation of events due to COVID-19, Greg Cartwright suggests carrying out those digital housekeeping tasks that you never usually have time for...
Following the announcement that Andy Pickles is returning to the Music Factory Entertainment group to take on the role of Chairman, Dave Evans chats to him about everything that has led to this point in his career.
ACS, Adam Hall, Alan Berg, American DJ, Bishopsound, Bose, BPM DJ Show, CRS1,
Cumbria Sound & Lighting, Discotechnology, DJ Dealer, DJ Event Planner, DJ Superstore,
DJ Supplies Sound and Light,, ElectroMarket, FBT, Glasgow Sound Centre,
Headstock Distribution (H|H), Humpter, Inspiration Sound & Light, JHS (Kam & HK Audio),
Light and Sound Centre, Lotronic, Mastermix, Mobile DJ Network, Monacor UK Ltd., Nicolaudie, NovoPro, Odyssey Cases, Ohm, Peavey (Barnes & Mullins), Phase One DJ Store, Pioneer, QSC, RCF, Rock n'n Roller, RSD Music, Simply Sound & Lighting, TechforMusic, Terralec,
The DJ Shop, Tronios BV (Beamz Lighting), WestEnd DJ, Yamaha