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Professional DJ. Started DJ'ing in 1988, owner of Millennial-X Entertainment and Light the Spot Lighting.

Fleet DJ's Manager of the DMV Fleet DJ's and the Gospel Division
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'Blurred Lines' Verdict Upheld by Appeals Court

   

'Blurred Lines' Verdict Upheld by Appeals Court

'Blurred Lines' Verdict Upheld byAppeals Court in Win for MarvinGaye Family

BY ERIQ GARDNER for BILLBOARD BULLETIN

The 9th Circuit won't order a new trial and affirmsdamage awards against Robin Thicke and PharrellWilliams, while reversing an award against rapper T.I.A jury's 2015 verdict punishing Robin Thicke andPharrell Williams for infringing Marvin Gaye›s "Gotto Give It Up" to create the international charttopper"Blurred Lines" was a controversial one in themusical community with some believing that the $5.3million judgment would chill musical creativity. ButWednesday, a divided panel at the 9th Circuit Courtof Appeals largely affirmed the verdict in a lengthydecision that provides a huge win for Gaye›s family.The majority opinion from Circuit Judge MilanD. Smith Jr. rejects the Thicke camp›s argumentthat Gaye›s copyright is only entitled to "thin"protection, commenting, "Musical compositions arenot confined to a narrow range of expression."Smith looks at the 1909 Copyright Act, whichwas the law until the mid-1970s and didn›t protectsound recordings. "Got to Give It Up" was one of thelast songs created before the law was amended, and as such, the trial judge decided that only the sheetmusic deposited with the U.S. Copyright Office wasentitled to protection. The 9th Circuit, however,decides not to resolve the question of whether thescope of Gaye›s copyrights was limited to the sheetmusic.Nor will the appeals court disrupt the trial judge›sdecision not to allow the jury to hear the actualsound recording with cowbells and party noises.Additionally, the appeals court affirms the trialjudge›s discretion in allowing testimony from Gaye›smusic experts, which the defendants assertedillegitimately incorporated opinions about thesimilarity of the sound recordings.Ultimately, the majority opinion (read here) statesthat the verdict wasn›t against the clear weightof evidence and won›t disturb fact-finding at trialand second-guess the jury. The affirmation of whathappened three years ago is on narrow grounds."We conclude that the district court did not abuseits discretion in denying the Thicke Parties' motionfor a new trial," writes Smith.A good part of the appellate discussionis directed at damages where the juryawarded 50 percent of publishing revenuefor "Blurred Lines" as actual damages.That amounted to nearly $3.2 millionand the appeals court says that testimonyfrom an expert regarding this wasn›tspeculative. Additionally, the trial judgeand jury awarded profits in the amountof $1.8 million against Thicke and $357Kagainst Williams, and the conclusion by the9th Circuit is that the award wasn›t clearlyerroneous. The Gayes also will be able toget a running royalty rate of 50 percent.Where the appeals court differs fromthe trial court›s judgment is with respectto some of the lesser players, includingrapper T.I (aka Clifford Harris Jr.), who wascleared by a jury before being punished byU.S. District Judge John Kronstadt."Harris and the Interscope Partiescontend that the district court erred inoverturning the jury's general verdictsfinding in their favor," writes Smith."We agree. First, the Gayes waived anychallenge to the consistency of the jury'sgeneral verdicts. Second, even had theGayes preserved their challenge, neitherFederal Rule of Civil Procedure 50(b) norour decisions in Westinghouse and El-Hakemv. BJY Inc., conferred authority on thedistrict court to upset the jury's verdicts inthis case. Third, as to Harris specifically,the district court erred for the additionalreason that no evidence showed Harris wasvicariously liable."Thus, T.I. gets a win today.The decision offered a sharp dissentfrom Judge Jacqueline Nguyen and arebuttal from Smith and Judge MaryMurguia.Nguyen blasts the outcome."The majority allows the Gayes toaccomplish what no one has before:copyright a musical style," she writes."›Blurred Lines› and ‹Got to Give It Up›are not objectively similar. They differin melody, harmony, and rhythm. Yet byrefusing to compare the two works, themajority establishes a dangerous precedentthat strikes a devastating blow to futuremusicians and composers everywhere."She continues by addressing the experts."While juries are entitled to rely onproperly supported expert opinion indetermining substantial similarity, expertsmust be able to articulate facts uponwhich their conclusions - and thus thejury's findings - logically rely," statesthe dissent. "Here, the Gayes' expert,musicologist Judith Finell, cherry-pickedbrief snippets to opine that a ‹constellation›of individually unprotectable elementsin both pieces of music made themsubstantially similar. That might bereasonable if the two constellations boreany resemblance. But Big and Little Dipperthey are not. The only similarity betweenthese ‹constellations› is that they're bothcompositions of stars."Nguyen then runs through guidingprinciples for copyright law - thatexpressions are protected but ideas arenot, and how this gets applied underthe intrinsic and extrinsic tests used tomeasure similarity."The majority begins its analysis bysuggesting that the Gayes enjoy broadcopyright protection because, as acategory, ‹[m]usical compositions are notconfined to a narrow range of expression,›"she writes. "But the majority then contraststhis protected category as a whole withspecific applications of other protectedcategories - the ‹page-shaped computerdesktop icon› in Apple Computer (anaudiovisual work) and the ‹glass-in-glassjellyfish sculpture› in Satava (a pictorial,graphic, and sculptural work) - that wereentitled only to thin copyright protectiondue to the limited number of ways inwhich they could be expressed. That's afalse comparison. Under the majority'sreasoning, the copyrights in the desktopicon and glass jellyfish should have beenbroad. Like musical compositions, bothaudiovisual works and pictorial, graphic,and sculptural works can be expressed inmyriad ways." The dissenting judge thinks the majorityshould explain which elements of "Got toGive It Up" were protectable and doesn›tthink that just because Gaye›s song waswidely available, there was a lesser burdento show similarity.This all picks a fight with Smith and hercolleague about procedure given the caseis being reviewed de novo (basically withfresh eyes) but without particular trialmotions the majority feels are necessary."The dissent's position violates everycontrolling procedural rule involved inthis case," states the majority opinion."The dissent improperly tries, after a fulljury trial has concluded, to act as judge,jury, and executioner, but there is no therethere, and the attempt fails."Essentially, Smith thinks the appealscourt is handcuffed from doing muchabout what the jury found after resolvingfactual disputes, especially because thedefendants failed to make a motion forjudgment as a matter of law at trial."Two barriers block entry of judgmentas a matter of law for the Thicke Parties,"writes Smith. "The dissent attempts tosidestep these obstacles: It finds that theThicke Parties are entitled to judgmentas a matter of law, but fails to explain theprocedural mechanism by which this couldbe achieved."But eventually, the majority gets tothe discussion that many in the musicalcommunity begged the appeals court totake up given the rash of copyright lawsuitsover musical compositions in the timesince the verdict. Smith isn›t impressed."[T]he dissent prophesies that ourdecision will shake the foundations ofcopyright law, imperil the music industry,and stifle creativity," comments the judge."It even suggests that the Gayes' victorywill come back to haunt them, as theGayes' musical compositions may now befound to infringe any number of famoussongs preceding them. Respectfully, theseconjectures are unfounded hyperbole.Our decision does not grant license tocopyright a musical style or ‹groove.›Nor does it upset the balance Congressstruck between the freedom of artisticexpression, on the one hand, and copyrightprotection of the fruits of that expression,on the other hand. Rather, our decisionhinges on settled procedural principlesand the limited nature of our appellatereview, dictated by the particular postureof this case and controlling copyright law.Far from heralding the end of musicalcreativity as we know it, our decision, evenconstrued broadly, reads more accuratelyas a cautionary tale for future trial counselwishing to maximize their odds ofsuccess."This post was originally published by TheHollywood Reporter


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DJ Danny T on Fleet DJ's Gospel Radio

   

DJ Danny T on Fleet DJ's Gospel Radio

Check me out on Fleet Gospel Radio every Sunday at 12 PM. Click the radio button button below and select Fleet Gospel Radio. Thanks for tuning in! 


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DMV POWER RADIO 24/7 WEEKLY SCHEDULE

   

DMV POWER RADIO 24/7 WEEKLY SCHEDULE

The best variety in music. DMV POWER RADIO. Home of the DMV Fleet DJ's.  

3 way to listen. 
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1) On your computer or phone, go to http://www.DMVPradio.com. 
2) Download the TuneIn app and search for DMV Power Radio. 
3) Download the DMV FLEET DJ'S APP for your iPhone, Android or Blackberry. 

Sunday 
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12 AM - 5 AM Old School R&B
3   AM - 7 PM Gospel/Christian Music
7   AM -8  AM DJ Danny Gospel Rhythm Mix
9   AM-10 AM The Diamond HD Gospel Show
10 AM-11 AM DJ ConverZION
11 AM-12 PM           The Stylish DJ
12 PM - 1 PM INDIE HOUR
1 PM - 2 PM DJ MsEclectic 
2 PM - 3 PM DJ NextOfKin
3 PM - 4 PM DJ I Rock Jesus
4 PM - 5 PM DJ Danny T
5 PM - 6 PM Old School Hip Hop
6 PM - 8 PM DJ 20/20 Time Machine
8 PM -10 PM Old School D.C. Go-Go
10 PM-12AM Smooth Groove Sunday
 
Monday 
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12 AM - 6 AM Various Music
6 AM - 10 AM Smooth Grooves R&B
10 AM-11 AM R&B Old School
11 AM-12 PM Old School R&B 
12 PM- 1 PM Old School Hip Hop
1 PM - 3 PM Latest Top R&B and Rap tracks
3 PM - 5 PM Independent Artist Promo
5 PM-10 PM 90's & 00's & Latest Urban
10 PM -11 PM     DJ 7 Mix 
11 PM -12 AM Smooth R&B Grooves

Tuesday 
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12 AM - 6 AM Various Music
6 AM - 10 AM Smooth Grooves R&B
10 AM-11 AM R&B Old School
11 AM-12 PM Old School R&B 
12 PM- 1 PM Old School Hip Hop
1 PM - 3 PM Latest Top R&B and Rap tracks
3 PM - 5 PM Independent Artist Promo
5 PM-  8 PM 90's & 00's & Latest Urban
8 PM - 9 PM   DJ Cook Blaze Sessions 
9 PM-10 PM   DJ Dink Live In The MixDJ 
10 PM -11 PM     KROWN 360 Replay 
11 PM -12 AM Smooth R&B Grooves

Wednesday 
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12 AM - 6 AM Various Music
6 AM - 10 AM Smooth Grooves R&B
10 AM-11 AM R&B Old School
11 AM-12 PM Old School R&B 
12 PM- 1 PM Old School Hip Hop
1 PM - 3 PM Latest Top R&B and Rap tracks
3 PM - 5 PM Independent Artist Promo
5 PM-10 PM 90's & 00's & Latest Urban
10 PM -11 PM     DJ 7 Mix 
11 PM -12 AM Smooth R&B Grooves

Thursday 
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12 AM - 6 AM Various Music
6 AM - 10 AM Smooth Grooves R&B
10 AM-11 AM R&B Old School
11 AM-12 PM Old School R&B 
12 PM- 1 PM Old School Hip Hop
1 PM - 3 PM Latest Top R&B and Rap tracks
3 PM - 5 PM Independent Artist Promo
5 PM - 6 PM Old School Hip Hop
6 PM - 8 PM DJ 20/20 Time Machine
9 PM -10 PM DJ NextOfKin
10 PM -11 PM     KROWN 360 Replay 
11 PM -12 AM Smooth R&B Grooves

Friday
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12 AM - 6 AM Various Music
6 AM - 10 AM Smooth Grooves R&B
10 AM-11 AM R&B Old School
11 AM-12 PM Old School R&B 
12 PM- 1 PM Old School Hip Hop
1 PM - 3 PM Latest Top R&B and Rap
3 PM - 5 PM Independent Artist Promo
5 PM-10 PM 90's & 00's & Latest Urban
10 PM -11 PM     Old School Hip Hop
11 PM -12 AM Smooth R&B Grooves

Saturday 
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12 AM -6 AM Various Music
6 AM -10 AM Smooth Grooves R&B
10 AM-12 PM Old School Hip Hop
12 PM -1 PM DJ Jonny Blaze
1 PM - 2 PM DJ Next of Kin
2 PM - 3 PM DJ Joe Storm
3 PM - 4 PM DJ Danny T
4 PM - 5 PM DJ FM Frequency
5 PM - 6 PM DJ Danny
6 PM - 7 PM DJ Benny Stixx
7 PM - 8 PM DJ OS
8 PM - 9 PM DJ Cook 
9 PM-11 PM Latest Top R&B and Rap
11 PM -12 AM Smooth R&B Grooves


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UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS 2018

   

UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS 2018

American Diabetes Tour De Cure 2018
Sunday June 3rd, 2018 - 7 AM to 1 PM
Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Rd. 
Baltimore, Md. 21204
Registration Link

The Cave (Christian Club)
1st Friday every month @ 7:00pm
The Cave in Columbia, Maryland
www.thecavelive.com

BOOK US TODAY FOR YOUR EVENT
www.millennialxent.com
WEDDINGS
PARTIES
FUND RAISERS
CHURCH EVENT


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10 Mistakes That Reduce Profitability

   

10 Mistakes That Reduce Profitability

10 Mistakes That Reduce Profitability
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by Dr. Rachna D. Jain
Are you finding it hard to keep your business in the black? Then you might be making one or more of these 10 mistakes that have a negative impact on your bottom line. Find out what they are and get the solutions.

Mistake #1: They fail to market or market inconsistently.
Once you have committed to owning and running a business you must be equally committed to marketing and selling the products and services of that business. It is difficult, if not impossible, to stay and remain profitable without a commitment to ongoing concerted marketing.
Solution: Market all the time, every time.

Mistake #2: They hesitate to "ask for the sale".
Rather than seeming pushy or obnoxious they let profit-producing opportunities pass them by. They worry more about what someone thinks of them than they do about bringing more money into their business. If you find it difficult to "ask for the sale", you can be sure that you're not bringing in as much money as you could be.
Solution: Practice asking for the sale.

Mistake #3: They don't ask for help or assistance in the aspects of the business where they most need it.
Most business owners possess strengths in a particular area but whether by necessity or ignorance they often end up working in areas that aren't part of their strengths. When business is not going as it should they delay or procrastinate in asking for help. Each day that goes by with your business running at less than maximum efficiency means dollars lost from your pocket.
Solution: Get expert advice from an attorney, accountant, or other service professional before you really need it.

Mistake #4: They don't follow up with past customers.
It is usually much easier to reactivate a former customer than it is to attract a new one. If you are not following up with past customers on a regular basis you are reducing your profitability potential.
Solution: Develop and implement a regular method for customer follow up.

Mistake #5: They don't take regular stock of their expenses.
Savvy business owners regularly appraise their business expenses and find ways to reduce costs without sacrificing quality. If you haven't completed a cost analysis lately, you might be paying more than you need to be, which will reduce your profitability.
Solution: At least once per quarter review expenses and negotiate for adjustments as appropriate.

Mistake #6: They spend large amounts on glossy, slick marketing materials and expect business to pour in without any additional effort.
Glossy brochures and slick marketing materials are a nice addition to more active forms of marketing such as meeting people, calling people and speaking to people. Brochures and business cards, no matter how beautiful, do not replace direct contact. If you are spending money on flashy marketing materials rather than marketing directly you will be less profitable than you could be.
Solution: Take those glossy brochures and hand them out directly to people at the next possible opportunity.

Mistake #7: They spend a significant amount of time in low-return activities (as measured by dollars and personal satisfaction).
If you are spending the majority of your day completing tasks which are administrative in nature and/or which can be easily completed by other people you are reducing your profitability.
Solution: Track your time and figure out how much you're making per hour. Hire an assistant if you are spending the bulk of your time in administrative work.

Mistake #8: They charge less than they desire.
This challenge seems to arise especially for consultants, coaches and solo entrepreneurs who sell services. It is often tempting to accept less money than you need - so you get "some money" rather than "no money". After time, working for too little can leave you exhausted and resentful and it takes a deep cut out of your profitability.
Solution: Commit that, at the next opportunity, you will ask for full fee. And then do it.

Mistake #9: They make infrequent or no use of technology which could save them time and effort.
As a business owner, you have a fixed amount of time and energy within which you must maximize your profits. Technology can help you do this in the form of autoresponders, voicemail, wireless internet connections, speech recognition software and the like. All of these tools are designed to save you time and effort. If you are not making consistent use of technology in your business you are likely not as profitable as you could be.
Solution: Look for ways that you can make your business processes more efficient by using inexpensive technology.

Mistake #10: They adhere to outdated business models or plans.
If you do not stay up with the trends in your business you will notice a steady decline in your profitability.
Solution: Attend meetings and conferences that will keep you on target with your market. Implement new means of doing business and update your business plan at least every couple of years.
If you are serious about improving your business' profitability, start by implementing the suggested solutions to these ten common mistakes. Together, these solutions will help you make more money and have more fun in your business. Try them and see.


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BIO DJ Danny T

   

BIO DJ Danny T

My love for music began at a very young age. I recall listening to my father's records when only five. My father gave me my first component system. I was 10 then. Dad probably did so because he was tired of me monopolizing his stereo all the time.

Around the age of 11, my father bought me a drum set. As time progressed word of my skills with sticks traveled. After getting pretty good I started playing in a couple of bands with a few friends; one Rock, the other R&B. I loved playing drums to Rock, known as Classic Rock today; R&B and Pop favorites.

I enjoyed music so much, as artists introduced genres, I would consume myself with mastering the top songs. Around 1981 D.C. Go-Go emerged as the hottest sound on the scene. I had those beats down. I could not wait to get to the concerts. Rap-music emerged on to the music scene and quickly grew to popularity.

The next level of music exposure, thus natural transition was spinning the "wheels of steel". I remember being captivated watching Run DMC perform his lyrics while DJ Jam Master Jay worked it out on the turntables. From that point, I was convinced that I wanted to become a DJ. I had found my calling....so I thought.

A few years later, Christmas 1987, I secured my first Gemini turntables complement by my first from Radio Shack mixer. I practiced scratching and mixing every day, hours at a time. I soon began performing at small house parties for friends and family to hone my craft. Igniting the crowd pumped me up. I got off on the dancing, the noise, the excitement...DJ Danny T came to be!

Another one of my early ventures involved starting a rap group with one of the young guys in my neighborhood. Like everyone else with the dream of rap fame and fortune, I traveled back and forth to NYC, buying records, equipment, learning beats and styles from New York. We went on to perform at various talent shows. We were committed to getting into the Hip Hop business. After realizing I may have to put that dream on the shelf, I refocused my energy and love of music to help others.

My new hobby and talent were born. I built a home studio then started producing music for local R&B and Rappers who were trying to get their first break. That's when I started Wheels of Steel Productions. A few years later, I started my mobile DJ business, Millennial-X Entertainment

Today, many years later, my hobby and love of music has become a business that I share with my wife Sandi. She brings her electric personality as the company's MC at weddings, large parties, cabarets, and corporate events. She leaves the kids' gigs to me. My wife says she's a mom first. Therefore some dances are a little too racy for her. (haha) Overall, we have a great time together and with our clients. We are grateful for the opportunity to share our talents and expertise with your companies, families, and friends. In addition to our DJ business, we added uplighting, monogram projection and Dancing on the Clouds effect with our new company, Light The Spot Lighting. We offer these services in addtion to our DJ services. I am currently the manager of the DMV Fleet DJ's, and the Gospel Fleet DJ's. We are a division of the worldwide Fleet DJ coalition. We promote music artists in various genre's. I am also one me the resident DJ's at the Cave Live, a Christian Club.   

Thank you for your business and your trust,

DJ Danny


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