Jul
27

This week Facebook put the smack down on my personal profile, saying I was “representing a brand”.  Guess what?  I actually AM DJ Zimmie.  I had heard rumors of friends having to change their profile names to their government names.  I got no such offer.  When I was mysteriously logged out on all my devices, I knew something was up.  I lost all my posts, photos, friends, messages, etc.  They give you the option to download an archive of your photos but it’s not really in any particular order and I had all of them anyways.  They also converted all my friends to “fans”, not even of my existing fan page, of a new fan page with no content.

 

Facebook Disabled web

 

So what now?

 

My website will never go anywhere.  I keep backups of it and, well, it’s mine.  I’ve had friends get their Facebook pages shut down, their SoundCloud accounts terminated and their Instagram profiles flagged.  There’s not much you can do.  Options:

 

Join my mailing list in the box on the right side of this page.  I send out 6-12 newsletters a year, each one with free music, show info and more.  I won’t share your email address.

 

LIKE my Facebook fan page.  If you’re unaware of how fan pages work, Facebook wants page owners to pay to get their posts seen.  (When you’re a publicly traded company and nobody buys ads, you have to make money somehow).  To increase my visibility in your feed, click the LIKE button, wait a second then click it again to show a menu to “Add to Interest Lists”.  You can also click “Get Notifications” and you will get notified whenever I post.

 
FB Interest List web
 

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram as @DJZimmie and follow my SoundCloud.

 

I can’t thank everyone enough for their support.  Every year it gets harder and harder to be seen in the fog of the internet and social media.  There’s a key message at 1:33…
 



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Jul
26

I don’t know who thought it was a good idea to just have the drums disappear in the middle of a rap song, but, they’re not a DJ.  To keep the party moving, I added the drums back in.  I swear you’ll get a much better reaction now when you play these for your trap queen.  (Click the image for the free download)

 

Zimmie Fetty Wap Trap Queen Art



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Jul
24

(Start infomercial music)

 

I know right now you’re saying “DJ Zimmie, we love your articles about DJing but this doesn’t sound like it’s about DJing…”  Au contraire, mon frère!  Any successful DJ career is chock-full of email work.  In fact, it’s not uncommon for me to spend more time each week doing email work than actually DJing (laughs and cries at same time).  Any DJ making moves will tell you that they might easily receive 50-100 emails a day.  But regardless of how many emails you do or don’t receive a day, knowing what do with those emails and how to create new ones is key to your business, whatever that business may be.  Also, if your emails aren’t business-related, handling personal emails properly is really just the right thing to do and will make everyone pull their hair out less.

 

“But DJ Zimmie, WHY are you writing an article about email?”  Great question.  Despite email being one of the most common forms of personal and business communication for the last two decades, many people have absolutely no idea how to use it properly.  In this article I’ll discuss some common misconceptions about email as well as tips to use it properly and things to avoid.  Even if you’re not a DJ, using email properly can help grow your business or at least let people know you have the most basic levels of common human courtesy.
 
(Slowly fade out infomercial music)

 

Step One: Checking Your Email

 

Rule numero uno:  Check your email once a day.  Stop.  Read that again.  Check your email once a day. (at least) Do you have a phone?  Do you ever go a day without checking it?  JUST PRETEND THAT IT’S THE SAME THING!  Email is a form of communication.  If you checked your email as obsessively as you checked Facebook, I wouldn’t be writing this.  Even on Sundays, when I do zero work, I still skim email subject lines just in case there’s some kind of emergency.  There rarely is one and I usually don’t open any emails.  That doesn’t mean I didn’t see them and they won’t get answered first thing Monday.  (I don’t roll on Shabbas.)

 

Now that you’ve opened your Inbox, actually read each email.

 

Remember when you got your first email?  Holy shit.  You couldn’t believe the technology existed for your aunt to tell you about her cat from 3 states away AND enclose a photo of said cat.  You read each email like it was a love letter from a girl in 8th grade.  As you got more emails, you read them less and less until eventually you just skimmed them and barely responded.  If you did respond, it was one sentence and minimal effort.  (We’ll get to replying in just a minute.)

 

Why read each email?  Because someone took the time to write it and had a reason to do so.  Don’t read it like it’s the credits in a Marvel movie and you’re looking for funny names, actually read it.  Now comes the work…

 

(This is how I picture you acting when you see emails…)

 

 

Step Two: Replying To Emails

 

This is THE key part of this article.  You have to reply to emails.  I know, it’s hard to believe that other people are trying to get things done (Portland, I’m staring right at you), but, some of those people are waiting for your reply to advance their projects (and probably their lives).  It’s like someone said “Knock Knock”, you made eye contact and then just walked away.  They’re on hold until you come back and say “Who’s there?!”

 

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Jul
22

(more DJ News posts here)

 

This is a very visual DJ news.  Lots happening with videos to match.

 

We Are Not Your Friends:  If you haven’t seen it, disbelieved it and mocked it yourself yet, Zac Efron “stars” in a movie about a guy fed who is up with fixing houses and decides he’s going to make the big leap to becoming an EDM DJ.  (Before watching the trailer, hide all sharp objects just in case you get the urge to kill yourself.)  Then watch my favorite parody HERE.

 

 

DJ Shot Dead for Not Playing Request:  To be honest, I’m surprised there hasn’t been a headline yet of “DJ shoots someone dead for requesting song”.  via UKF

 

Steve Aoki Being Sued for Breaking a Girl’s Neck:  Unfortunately it’s for jumping on a raft on top of her head, not from headnod beats.  via Billboard

 

“Grandmaster” Jay Fails at Redemption:  Remember the guy who faked that he could DJ to represent the shit DJ product Beamz?  Neither do I.  After receiving a ton of hate, he decided to set the record straight and show off his skills, which proved to be minimal.  Watch the video via Complex.

 

Skrillex Academy:  If you haven’t seen Whiplash, check it out, it’s a good flick.  (This isn’t really news, it’s just funny and I enjoy busting on space bar pushers.)

 



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Jun
29

DJ Zimmie - Grill 7 Art

 

7 years strong, “You Gots To Grill” is the essential soundtrack for your backyard BBQs. Inspired by the cookout in Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin’ But A G Thang” video, it delivers a perfectly marinated mix of hip-hop, funk, soul, samples and a few new flavors to keep the party on till the break of dawn. Put a fresh crease in your khaki suit and make yourself a plate.

 

Shout out to my ace Dave Fogg and the Mad Decent crew for releasing this mix on their Mad Decent World Wide Radio podcast.

 

Sign up for MDWWR On iTunes here: smarturl.it/MDWWRPodcast / MixCrate Link

 



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Jun
15

Saturday 6.20.2015

Diamonds & Denim

7 pm / Market Square / Pittsburgh, PA

 

For the second year in a row I’m DJing this great fundraiser to help the work of the Children’s Miracle Network.  If you’d like to have a great time and support an excellent cause, please join me for this celebration.

 

The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Transplantation Surgery Auxiliary is excited to announce its second annual celebration, Diamonds & Denim on Market Square, Saturday evening, June 20, 2015, in Market Square. Proceeds from Diamonds & Denim on Market Square benefit the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation at Children’s Hospital.
 
This event will feature a unique mix of casual sophistication and support for pediatric transplant patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Diamonds & Denim on Market Square will sparkle with good friends, delectable food, and captivating entertainment as the Transplantation Surgery Auxiliary turns on all of its charm with the help of downtown Pittsburgh. Your participation will help make it all the more significant and special. This is sure to be the event of the summer and you have the opportunity to help make it one of the region’s crown jewels.  More information HERE

 

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Jun
8

I had an idea for a new logo but unfortunately I can’t draw a circle.  Luckily, my man Matt Gondek is ace on the design tip so he was able to help out.  (He’s got some fresh stuff, check him out.)  I printed some fresh mini stickers through StickerApp and I’ll have some shirts on the way soon.  I’m not retiring the old one, just adding a new flavor.  If you see me out, ask for some!

 

New DJ Zimmie stickers web



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Jun
4

ZIMMIE GRILL 7 30 DAY COUNTDOWN



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May
28

I’m in Pittsburgh this weekend for a long weekend of gigs.  Holler at your mans.  More details in the sidebar.  Hit me if you need more info.

 

DJ Zimmie FLATS ART

Tiny Giant Twins



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May
14

5.22.2015
Insert Coins
Game Over Fridays – The Throwback Edition
DJ Zimmie x DJ 88 x Adam 12
512 Fremont St. – Las Vegas, NV

 

This is going to be a fun one.  Not only am I going to get to play music I love (house, disco, funk, soul, classic hip-hop) but, I’m playing it with 2 people who know how to play it.  88 is the music director at Insert Coins and has a music resume for days while Adam is the President’s DJ and the host of various dope music parties in LA like Giorgio’s.  Leave your twerking pants at home and bring your roller skates.

 

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