I like a challenge, especially when it involves getting a whole room full of mainly men up and dancing after a big lunch at 3pm on Christmas Eve. Naturally most people want to head straight home after these events, but the management of Hotcha, a rapidly expanding chain of Chinese takeaway restaurants obviously had other ideas, and it was up to me to help enforce them as best as possible.
Saturday, 29 December 2012
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Local company Films at 59 had booked me to DJ at their Christmas party and despite living in Bristol for many years I'd never visited the venue they'd booked - The Polish Club. However it's a great place with a decent sized stage, good dance floor area and really friendly staff.
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Despite what some people might think couples do get married at Christmas time. I have two weddings in December, scattered amongst the office parties. Here was the first, in a beautiful little pub in Hinton St George in Somerset. When I say little, I mean a perfect sized pub, but fill it with around 70 young adults, seriously out to party and it soon gets a little 'busy'.
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
It's been six years since I last DJ'ed upstairs at the South Bank Studios in Bristol's Southville - coincidentally at another 40th birthday party. Since then the owners may've changed but its still retained the rustic qualities that make it feel both relaxed and informal.
Monday, 19 November 2012
So here I was for the first time at Berwick Lodge near Bristol's Cribbs Causeway, and very nice it was too. The wedding reception disco was in the Mews and not the main building, but it was really nice all the same and had a lovely intimate feeling.
Monday, 5 November 2012
When I sat down with the Bride and Groom several months ago it was clear from the list of songs they loved that there was going to be a lot from the 1970's. They were both huge fans of David Essex and a lot of the rock'n'roll of that era - no problem, many of these include some great 'get up and dance' songs.
Thursday, 1 November 2012
I must admit it took me a little while to get my head around a wedding reception disco on a cold and damp Monday evening at the end of October. I was worried that it might be the same for the guests too - but as soon as I walked into the room I could tell they were up for a good night as the atmosphere was really warm and everyone was full of smiles.
Sunday, 28 October 2012
This was my second 16th birthday party disco in Burnham-on-sea in just over a month, and like the first one it went really well with lots of energetic dancing all night. Maybe its the fresh sea air?
Sunday, 7 October 2012
I must admit I was getting a little worried when it had gone a quarter to ten and we still hadn't done the first (very slow) dance. The evening was going to end up 'upside down' as I'd been keeping the younger guests amused by putting on several chart songs and people were really up for a dance. Still, we had until 1am so the night was still young.
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
This was an intimate wedding reception above the Prince of Waterloo in Winford which had been beautifully decorated to hide the fact that by day it was a sports bar. I was due to play background music until it was time for the first dance, but when I arrived the guests were hungry to get dancing so we were off before 7pm with some soul, funk and disco.
Monday, 24 September 2012
A black tie annual dinner/dance for a rowing club at The Pavilion's in Bristol Zoo. I was able to supply both the speakers for their video presentation and a disco afterwards. I tried to take as many requests from the guests as possible and it turned out that they liked a fair bit of cheese as the video below shows.
Sunday, 23 September 2012
Sweet 16th birthday parties, like school Proms seem to be really catching on thanks to MTV and the like. Yes it's good news for DJ's but it's also a great way to celebrate a special occasion.
Sunday, 16 September 2012
I'm 40 myself in a few months time, so I would've been disappointed if I didn't 'ace' this double 40th birthday party at Racks wine bar in Clifton, Bristol. I'm pleased to say however it was a great night with loads of energetic dancing for over 2 and a half hours.
Sunday, 9 September 2012
Ask any of my friends which decade of music they associate me with and it would definitely be the 80s. Aged 10, my first record was 'Hey you the Rock steady crew'. Sadly this was closely followed up by 'Rat Rapping'. I think that sums up the 80s though, some of the best ie. Michael Jackson, and some of the worst ie. The Birdie Song. So when Jackie asked me to DJ her 80s themed 40th many months ago I'd been waiting excitedly ever since.
It was a beautiful evening and I was DJ'ing a wedding reception disco in The Pavilion, an unusual venue above Jacks Brasserie on Bristol's harbourside. I don't know of many places in Bristol to hire that have a wide balcony over looking the waterfront and this was definitely the evening for it.
Monday, 27 August 2012
This weekends wedding disco was slightly different to the usual venues I've played so far this summer season. It was in a horse stables/barn near Witham Friary, close to Frome, Somerset. It was an intimate and personal affair that included lots of home made touches and some of the best lamb burgers I've ever tasted!
Monday, 20 August 2012
This was the first time I'd DJ'ed The Best Western Webbington Hotel in Somerset and hopefully I'll return one day. They have a resident DJ who was playing to a wedding reception party the other side of the hotel - I had a good chat with him, it's rare to meet someone who's doing the same job as you at the same venue!
Monday, 13 August 2012
I love weddings. People say "Don't you get bored doing the same thing all the time?" But I don't. Every one is different, every one is really special to the bride and groom who have thought long and hard and planned for months and months about how to throw the best party for their friends, their family and themselves.
Sunday, 5 August 2012
Thursday, 2 August 2012
Monday, 30 July 2012
As soon as I read through the playlist the bride and groom had given me I could see that they wanted a specific soundtrack for their special day. Revolving around the 80s, 90s and 00s, with only a few songs outside this, it was designed with them and their friends age group in mind.
Monday, 23 July 2012
The Bride and Groom didn't give me any musical steers when I visited them for their consultation. There was nothing they didn't like and nothing that they especially wanted me to play, despite much digging from myself. This is never a problem though as I'm always flexible and quite happy to see what works best on the night.
Monday, 16 July 2012
Sharing the wedding receptions evening entertainment with a ceilidh band is something I've done before - although possibly not as late into the night as this.
Saturday, 14 July 2012
This was a school disco that kicked off at 6.30pm for years three and four for one hour followed by a disco for years five and six for another hour... with a 30 minute break in between for me to get some much needed fresh air.
Monday, 9 July 2012
Saturday, 7 July 2012
Well it would've been a surprise if I hadn't got to the venue at the agreed time, found it locked up and empty and phoned the lady who's mother's birthday it was and left a message...
Sunday, 24 June 2012
When I say 'special' birthday party I really mean it. This reminded me more of a wedding reception than a birthday party and even included the cutting of the cake!
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Friday, 8 June 2012
One of the benefits of using Virtual DJ to play all my music from is that it automatically records a chronological playlist of the whole evenings songs. These playlists can be used afterwards to see what worked well on the night, what didn't work so well and what to change next time.
Monday, 4 June 2012
So as you can see from the timings below this party started late and went on relatively late, and being in a marquee in the back of her parents garden this wasn't a problem. To be honest I think they would've liked me to continue playing until the sun came up...