Enter DJ Expo’s Entertainer of the Year — With Tips From a Judge
DJ Expo 2020 is ramping up to be the biggest and best ever.
Do you have what it takes to compete at DJ Expo’s Entertainer of the Year?
This year, it’ll be held Wednesday, August 12.
Here’s how to enter:
If you’ve got a dance or game, send a headshot, with your name and company information, and a description of what your entry is — game, dance, or otherwise, in written or video outline. If it’s your first time competing, organizers Jake Jacobsen and Mike Alevras request you send a 30-second or longer video of yourself performing at a private event. “Just so we can get a feel for their performing style,” said Jacobsen.
Email your entry to: Eotycontest@gmail.com
Want some insider info on how to score points? We spoke to Pascal Levesque, of Pascal Party in Quebec, who won the competition in 2013 and has been judging for the last several years — and drives 30 hours by car to do it.
He gave us some inside scoop that can help anyone to navigate the prospect of competing.
DJ Times: When judging, what elements are you looking for in a performer?
Pascal Levesque: I like to be surprised, but I’m looking at the technical aspect first. The way a performer holds his microphone, the body language, facial expression, the way they involve people. I want to see a smile, I don’t like when they hide their microphone like a rapper!
As for body language, I like when they move their arms as they talk. Walking around, moving their body to show confidence. I watch they eyes. I want the performer to have eye contact with people. This is what I call “technical aspect”
What’s after technical aspect?
I look for “Efficacy.” A lot of EOTY spectators are DJs and they will have an event a few days after the competition. Are we able to use your routine at our next event? Sometimes, easy stuff are the best. By the way, I use a few myself! When I can affirm “I wish I had this idea first,” I will give a good score.”