I've been DJ'ing for over 20 years. I started at the Bellevue Gardens in Lower Hutt for Visions Discotheques. I played in the lounge bar and we were open from 7-10 pm. These days we're only leaving home at 10 pm to party! Nevertheless we had that place pumping! From there I moved into the Club scene - including Club De Ville's and The Big Easy. Hard yakka, some of those places were 9 pm-4 am.
During that time I went along to many other functions with some very well established and professional DJs. These guys were old - I mean, they were in their 30's! The functions were things like the Wellington Rock 'n' Roll Club, Dine and Dance at the Tasman Hotel or the Flamingo, Marist St Pats Rugby Club, 21sts, Blue Light Discos, the list goes on...
Later I worked with another established business in Wellington - Campbell's Discotheques. Campbell too, had me all over the place. One that I remember is the Totara Lodge in Trentham - DJing 3 nights a week, plus the Karaoke competitions on a Wednesday night. Sometimes I think I slept there!
Next I bought my own equipment. Very quickly I established myself with many Wellington venues - including the Park Royal (now Hotel Inter-Continental) - as well as many repeat clients. One that comes to mind is the Clench family. With their children's 21sts, their friends' 21sts, a wedding and a 40th, I have done 7 functions for them! (Thanks guys!). Also thanks to the Moody Family - three out of four children's weddings in the last few years - Thank you too!
In the last sixteen years I have specialised in weddings and my relationship with the venues has certainly strengthened. The importance of doing a GREAT job at every function has been an integral part of not only my business, but also theirs, in repeat and referred work.
Things To Think About
My piece of advice to anyone looking for a DJ, is to check
that the DJ comes recommended by a venue. This is a 'third party' testament
to the consistent quality a DJ must have, along with ability and equipment.
If your DJ is using a computer, make sure they're playing "live" and aren't just using a pre-recorded playlist - you could have just made a playlist on your iPod if that's all you wanted for your big day.
Well, a lot has changed in 20 years. Then, we were 80% vinyl
and 20% tape. Now we are 90% PC and 10% CD (or iPod).
Lighting and effects have also changed dramatically for the Mobile DJ. Twenty years ago all you could get were four coloured lightbulbs flashing on and off. Now we have controlled, intelligent lighting like you see in major productions and live concerts! Very dynamic, yet subtle in colour and effect.
And me? Well, I have three gorgeous girls aged 19, 16, and 10. I've changed careers from account manager back to being a full time mobile disc jockey and filling in my quiet times as a carpenter specialising in bathroom renovations. I am also Chairman of Gracefield School where I've been a Board member since 2003.
But I have not forgotten that, bottom-line, I am being paid to entertain - not only to the birthday girl, or the bride and groom but to EVERYONE in that room. That is, not only the music that is played, but also when and how it is played. Not all DJs are created equally!
Let's Talk About You
Please give me a call, or send me an email. I welcome the opportunity to talk to you about your requirements and answer any questions you may have.
I look forward to making your celebration a roaring success!