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You Too Can YouTube!
Reaching a global audience
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It's no secret that a hit YouTube video can launch a career (two words: Justin Bieber). But what you may have yet to hear is that YouTube is rapidly becoming the media of choice for DJs, too; a global stage where any DJ can perform, promote, or just have some fun sharing spins with anyone who cares to watch. And a lot of people are watching...

A YouTube video makes it easy for potential employers – from brides to clubs to promoters – to see what you have to offer.
The question is, then, how do you go about making a video? We got the answers...

Jumping into the world of video requires some basic tools, but gear these days can be surprisingly inexpensive and easy to use. A top-of-the-line HD webcam ($100) can offer sophisticated lighting control, zooming and even the ability to follow you around as you move. Just make sure the cam you choose is compatible with your hardware and software; you may have issues if your computer is more than a few years old.

For better results, you may want to check out the new breed of small HD cameras, such as the ZoomQ3, Alesis Video Track or the ubiquitous Flip camera, all of which record to flash memory cards and allow files to be easily copied to your computer for editing. You'll find these cameras are optimized for online video and provide a premium picture for relatively little dough ($100 -$250).

Worth knowing: YouTube offers the best quality when video is uploaded in HD formats (720p or 1080p), giving inexpensive HD cameras the edge over so-called higher quality non-HD cameras.

Good lighting is crucial for video quality and especially critical when it comes to YouTube. Although you can use normal household lighting (lamps, ceiling lights, etc.), dedicated lights that can be moved and aimed are more versatile and effective. Those inexpensive utility work lights found at any hardware store can lend a surprising amount of depth and definition to your video.

The standard approach for shooting video is three-point lighting: Place one strong light 45 degrees to the left of the subject, a weaker light 45 degrees to the right, and another light above and behind the subject. Three-point lighting will provide you with a natural look that translates well to the computer screen, but don't be afraid to exercise your creativity.

Worth knowing: When choosing bulbs pay attention to the bulb's color temperature. You'll want to steer straight to 2700 Kelvin (or higher) CFL bulbs for best color tone as well as for their energy-saving, strong-light/less-heat features.

Camera microphones aren't going to give you the audio quality you need; nor is it likely that the best camera location for video will provide the optimal spot for audio. Likewise, you should pass on cameras that offer external microphone inputs as most are not intended for high-quality audio and tend to offer low sampling rates and bit depth.

A better solution is to record your audio on a separate device. Portable audio recorders like the popular Zoom H2 offer the same portability as a video camera, allowing you to record in any location, but you can use any digital recording setup – your computer, for example, to capture studio-quality audio. A simple clap at the beginning of the video will provide a synchronization point to tie the audio and video together. To use this approach, you'll need a video editor that supports individually moveable tracks.

Suggested video editing software? Adobe's Premier Elements and Apple's Final Cut Express.

Load the video and audio tracks into the editor. Move the audio track until the clap is aligned. Done.

Worth knowing: If you're using multiple cameras make sure the clap is visible on all your cameras. And be certain to begin with a clap every time you restart your audio and video recorders!

Next month: Putting it all together: Edit and publish your video!!!!

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Island Sounds v2 Music Videos Island Sounds Music Videos Volume 2

Nothing says summer time like the island sounds of Reggae. And nothing says Reggae like the hits we've assembled on Island Sounds Volume 2.

Peaceful, chilling and thrilling sounds abound on this essential collection of Reggae's all-time greatest hits. From the Roots Reggae of Bob Marley to the Lovers Rock of UB 40, Island Sounds Volume 2 captures the best Reggae has to offer.

For complete tracklistings, click here.
NOTE: Available as DVD and DFF (drag & drop MPEG4!)

Your feedback on what video content you need for your venue/events is not only appreciated but very important to our programmers. Please email us at to request older material and at for newer releases you feel are relevant.

For more information on our Hot Video Classics and Specialty dvds, call 407-331-3600 or click here to email Customer Service today!

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Can I See Your License, Please?
Before you get pulled over – what you need to know about music licensing

Confused about music licensing? Don't blame yourself. Sudoku's a Sunday walk in the park compared to the maze music licensing presents to most DJs. Even club owners don't always get it right.

Here's what you need to know...

Music licensing come in two flavors: public play and performance royalties. They are two very different things...

The music you receive from Promo Only is licensed for public play. Unlike iTunes, Amazon and other similar sites that offer music for personal use only, our content is licensed by the artists and labels we represent for public performance. You have, in effect, the artist's permission to play our content in pursuit of your profession.

Promo Only does not, however, cover performance royalties (those fees ASCAP, BMI and SESAC collect for the public play of the artists' work they represent) for the simple reason that 99.9% of DJs will never have to pay them. Weddings, birthday parties, corporate parties – any of a number of events you might book that is not open to the general public -- are not considered public play. They are regarded as private events and are, therefore, exempt from performance royalties.

Nor are DJs working clubs, skating rinks and other entertainment venues responsible for performance royalties. Many people mistakenly assume that DJs must obtain a license to perform copyrighted music or that businesses where music is performed can shift their responsibility to DJs. Not so: The law expressly states that since it is the venue owner who obtains the ultimate benefit from the performance of copyrighted works, it is the venue owner who must pay the performance fees.

The single exception? If you're producing a public event yourself, a 4th of July celebration, for example, even though you're the DJ, you're also the promoter and you'll need to contact ASCAP, BMI and SESAC for a one-time special events license.

Performance royalty fees are one of the many costs of doing business.

For more info on performance royalties our recommended reading list includes the ASCAP FAQ, BMI FAQ, and SESAC FAQ.

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American Audio VMS4
The VMS4 Velocity MIDI Station
The Ultimate DJ Performance Tool is coming July 2010

Short of retrofitting a DeLorean with a flux capacitor and harnessing 1.21 gigawatts of power, the new VMS4 Velocity MIDI Station is about as close to time travel as you're going to get. So futuristic is the VMS4, in fact, that the folks at American Audio have had to trademark a new word just to describe it...

1 a : of, relating to, or being a groundbreaking unit that allows for use as a MIDI-controller or a stand-alone analog mixer b : or any combination of both

The VMS4's adaptability extends to software, too. The unit comes bundled with the popular and easy to use Virtual DJ LE software. But if you're using another software program, no worries -- you'll find downloads of MIDI drivers for all the most popular DJ software titles available on American Audio's VMS4 website ( free of charge, allowing the VMS4 to dovetail with most any DJ program out there.

The VMS4 is not only versatile -- it's affordable. Packed with features, it has a street price of under $500. Not bad for a 4-channel unit that comes fully equipped with software,  2 jog wheels, a built-in mouse pad, Innofader cross-fader option, and 2 microphone channels with gain/treble/mid/bass EQs.

Other features include: 50 LED illuminated buttons (including 18 with dual blue/red LEDs), 34 assignable rotary controllers, 5 assignable linear fader controllers, 4 assignable rotary encoders, long-life MIDI-assignable touch strips, two 10-bit resolution pitch sliders, 62 assignable MIDI buttons and switches, dual MIDI controls on all buttons and switches, and dual 2000 point resolution touch-sensitive turntable search controllers.

Our fave feature? When the worst happens and your computer crashes the VMS4 kicks automatically into analog mode, giving instant preference to your standby CD player or turntable and you a seamless transition with no dead air.

The VMS4 Velocity MIDI Station. Express yourself.
Coming July 2010.

For more information, contact American Audio at 1-800-322-6337, or visit the company's website at

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Artists to Watch…
The Real DJ Red Tells All
The Real Dj Red

We're catching up this month with Houston-based DJ/producer DJ Red (aka Ryan McKay) as his newest release, Zombies On The Dancefloor, sits comfortably at # 15 on Beatport's electro-house chart.

PO: Beatport's Top 20. Not a bad place to park a track, Ryan.  How'd you manage that?
DJ Red:  Well, DJing kind of fell in my lap. I had spent the mid-90s playing in punk/ska bands when I saw a DJ documentary called Scratch and got invited to the after-party where I saw Mix Master Mike, Qbert, and Z-Trip perform. I bought turntables the next day.

PO: And that led you to house?
DJ Red: I had always enjoyed electronic music; I was always into the Dallas rave scene.  I was supposed to go into the aviation industry but I graduated the year of 9/11, so I said screw it, made the move to Houston and tried to make the DJ thing work.

PO: Seems like it's working pretty well. You were voted Houston's best DJ three years running; you're currently nominated for a best producer award by the Houston Press; and you've certainly had no lack of top 20 releases on iTunes and Beatport. What was the turning point?
DJ Red: What put me ahead in the Houston market was putting a lot of time and effort in making a really good CD. Because I came from a band background, I wouldn't play around in my room for an hour, put a bunch of tracks together and hand it out to people. I'd spend months collecting the right tracks and put a lot of money into the production -- cover, insert jacket, the whole deal -- and then market it within my entire fan base. That's how I won those Best titles.

PO: Which led to your first big gig...
DJ Red: Yeah, back in 2003 I got to open up here in Houston for DJ Tiesto.  And that was because I'd been a big supporter of the guy who was running the Houston scene at the time. He had an open slot and he gave me the nod. 2000 people. That was all I needed.

PO: What's keeping you busy these days?
DJ Red: The past two years I've switched gears. I'm still DJing, obviously, but my focus is on production. And that's like starting all over.  It's just like going into a new city as a new DJ -- you've got to climb that social ladder.

PO: You're working with DJ Scotty Boy...
DJ Red:  Yeah. It's a lot of concept-driven stuff.  I'm very concept oriented; you give me a concept and I'll run with it. So I work on what he's got in his head and send it back to him; he'll change this or that – he's got a great ear for what he wants and what the final product should be. He's a promotional monster.

PO: And where is production taking you?
DJ Red:  It's opened up a lot of gigs outside of Houston for me. Pretty much every gig I've got now is a result of producing. Used to be I'd have to hustle to get anything outside of Houston. Now the production is getting me more and more contacts. Once I get my name out there a little more, I'd like to jump on a bigger agency roster. Playing internationally is a goal, for sure.

PO: So going from DJ to producer has been key.
DJ Red:  It really is. Plus there's nothing like a crowd rocking out to your own stuff.  I get massive joy when I get a video or a tracklist sent to me of a DJ playing my track. I love people playing my tracks...

DJ Red at a glance…

Specialty:  Electronic House
Known whereabouts: Houston
Current track: Zombies On The Dancefloor, Movement Music, available now on Beatport. Pick up DJ Red & DJ Scotty Boy's 4am In Vegas on July 2010 Alternative Club.

For more info on our House and Club selections… 407-331-3600

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Have iPad Will DJ
Trendy Tech or Savvy Marketing? You decide.
We admit to being on the fence when it comes to tech for tech's sake. Gear is a tool for talent, right? Or can the latest gear give your reputation a cutting-edge sheen that far outshines the herd of laptop-toting DJs?

This month we let you make that call as we turn things over to DJ Rana Sobhany – the world's first iPad DJ – for a detailed look at how incorporating the latest trendy tech can add views to your YouTube video  (Rana's YouTube video is at 538,000 hits and counting) and maybe a few bookings to your calendar...

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The Hitlist -- Find all the hottest top 40, hip-hop, country, rock, dance and Latin hits -- and where they appear on your Promo Only series -- [click here]

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Useless Information! - Fun facts, trivia, or just plain silly stuff!

CLASSIC SONGS That Stalled At #2 On The Charts -
And What Beat Them To The Top!

  • "Start Me Up" (Rolling Stones) - beaten by "Private Eyes" (Hall & Oates)
  • "Proud Mary" (CCR) - beaten by "Dizzy" (Tommy Roe)
  • "Bad Moon Rising" (CCR) - beaten by "Love Theme Romeo & Juliet" (Henry Mancini & Orchestra)
  • "Dancing In The Street" (Martha & The Vandellas) - beaten by "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" (Manfred Mann)
  • "The Twist" (Chubby Checker) - beaten by "Peppermint Twist-Part 1" (Joey Dee & the Starlighters)
  • "Another Brick In The Wall" (Pink Floyd) - beaten by "Call Me" (Blondie)
  • "Return To Sender" (Elvis Presley) - beaten by "Big Girls Don't Cry" (The Four Seasons)
  • "Wild Thing" (The Troggs) - beaten by "Hanky Panky" (Tommy James & the Shondells)
  • "Light My Fire" (The Doors) - beaten by "All You Need Is Love" (The Beatles)
  • "Be My Baby" (The Ronettes) - beaten by "Sugar Shack" (Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs)
  • "What's Going On" (Marvin Gaye) - beaten by "Joy To The World" (Three Dog Night)
  • "Like A Rolling Stone" (Bob Dylan) - beaten by "Help!" (The Beatles)
  • "Dancing In The Dark" (Bruce Springsteen) - beaten by "When Doves Cry" (Prince)
  • "Louie Louie" (The Kingsmen) - beaten by "There! I've Said It Again" (Bobby Vinton)

Famous Folks And What They Originally Intended To Be :
  • Whitney Houston - Veterinarian
  • Mel Gibson - Chef
  • Angelina Jolie - Funeral Director
  • Alec Baldwin - Lawyer
  • Marilyn Monroe - School Teacher
  • Dennis Quaid - Musician
  • Pope John Paul II - Actor
  • Julio Iglesias - Lawyer
  • Dustin Hoffman - Concert Pianist
  • Lisa Kudrow - Doctor
  • Morgan Freeman - Fighter Pilot
  • Janet Jackson - Lawyer
  • Eminem - Comic-Book Artist
  • Claudia Schiffer - Lawyer
  • Colin Farrell - Soccer Player
  • Julia Roberts - Veterinarian

Famous Folks And What Their Names Used To Be!
  • Elton John (Reginald Dwight)
  • Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier)
  • Ricky Martin (Enrique Morales)
  • Meg Ryan (Margaret Hyra)
  • Macy Gray (Natalie McIntyre)
  • Engelbert Humperdinck (Gerry Dorsey)
  • David Bowie (David Jones)
  • Pat Benatar (Patricia Andrejewski)
  • Barry Manilow (Barry Pincus)
  • Carmen Electra (Tara Leigh Patrick)
  • Eminem (Marshall Mathers III)
  • Queen Latifah (Dana Owens)
  • Tom Cruise (Thomas Cruise Mapother IV)
  • Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson)
  • Spike Lee (Shelton Lee)
  • Courtney Love (Courtney Menely)
  • Ozzy Osbourne (John Michael Osbourne)
  • Courtney Love (Courtney Menely)
  • Snoop Dogg (Cordozar Broadus)
  • Wynonna Judd (Christina Ciminella)
  • Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner)
  • Tina Turner (Annie Mae Bullock)
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Caryn Johnson)
  • Meatloaf (Marvin Aday)
  • Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler)
  • Jay-Z (Shawn Carter
  • Axl Rose (William Bailey)
  • Shaggy (Orville Burrell)
  • Billy Idol (William Broad)
  • Stevie Wonder (Steveland Judkins)
  • Tammy Wynette (Virginia Pugh)
  • Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea)
  • Donna Summer (Donna Gaines)
  • Pink (Alecia Moore)

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