Below are links to my recommendations for vendors, services, parties and other resources you may find useful. I work hard to stay on top on my game so I only support and work with others who do the same. Whoever is on this list of links I have personally found to either the best or very exceptional in what they do.
AUDIO GEAR REPAIR
DJ HENRAY CUSTOMS
DJ Henray Customs repairs turntables and mixers. They also make tons of custom modifications for your gear at fair prices with super fast turnaround.
GENE’S SOUND SERVICE
Gene’s Sound Service offers in-home component level stereo repair with convenient day, evening, or Saturday appointments available. G.S.S. also provides Audio, Video, and Home Theater setups as well as Audio and A/V Troubleshooting. I’ve found that Gene is exceptional when you want to repair vintage equipment like cassette players, old amps, turntables. He’s an electronics wizard! Have patience though as he is always booked.
ONLINE DJ GEAR STORES
PRO SOUND STAGE AND LIGHTING
PSSL has great deals every day on all kinds of gear (subscribe to get their daily “Killer Deals” emailed to you). They also have free tech support and great customer service.
Sweetwater has everything DJs, producers and musicians. They also have excellent customer service and send you gear right away. It’s also fun to subscribe to get their catalog which is packed with all your favorite gear and and feature articles specific gear.
So these guys will work with you to make great deals and also provide zero-interest monthly payments on your own card + free shipping on every order. Gotta love that!
ONLINE TECH SUPPORT RESOURCES
Full of all the latest Serato technology and gear. Also has lots of instructional videos and community forums to help you figure out any issues you might be having with your Pioneer and Rane controllers, mixers and Serato software. You can also join whitelabel.net for free promo music.
Of course there’s tons and tons of videos on everything here but I’m directing you to a specific DJ and instructor named DJ TLM. He totally gets every aspect DJing and demonstrates countless topics in his videos. You definitely want to check him out.
WOMEN’S EVENT DIRECTORIES
The largest calendar for lesbian events in the Nation. Built and constantly updated by Stacy Poulos, Girlpages is a hub for small niche communities of women which lists events that support women gatherings, their needs, activities and interests in the different facets of their lifestyles. You can’t find a more thorough events resource for women anywhere!
Another great place to go for queer events happening from the SF Bay Area to Los Angeles in beautiful CALIFORNIA! Keep up with all the hottest parties and events. Created by the Bay’s Jenna D Simon, creator of “Queer As Fourth” annual 4th of July mega fundraiser event at El Rio in SF and the “Space” party in Oakland’s Port Bar.
PROFESSIONAL DJ/PRIVATE EVENT SERVICE COMPANIES
VERDUCCI EVENT PRODUCTIONS
Whether you have a small private event, a wedding, a sweet 16, a Bar Miztvah , school dances or a full scale corporate event, “Verducci/Level Up” will take care of you every step of the way from planning & design to full professional implementation of your audio, lighting, MCing and photo booth needs. Trust, these folks are the real deal.
Caliber DJs are service industry veterans who provide impeccable service for every client which includes timeline planning, multiple PA’s and microphones or ceremony sound. They also all play vinyl! Dedicated to the art of mixing they’re known for using turntables at every gig. No amateurs playing on a CD rack or controller. Caliber DJs are true DJ professionals dedicated to creating the party and keeping it going until the last record is played.