DJ Mixing versus Music Knowledge…a very 21st Century debate

I belong to a number of online social media DJ groups, and a few associations too….and one of the more recent and most common threads is whether a DJ is considered worthy of the title if they unable to mix two (or more) tunes together in perfect beat synchronicity. For the uninitiated, beat mixing has been around for years. Soul and funk DJs from the late 60’s/early 70’s were already experimenting with bringing one tune into another in perfect tempo timing, mainly to keep the dancers on the floor. A sudden change in tempo (especially slower) can result in dancers heading

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80’s Night – The Revival!

I’m always looking for a new angle, a unique party theme or simply anything that will keep me above the ever-increasing flood of wannabe DJs now washing round the UK. And guess what I’ve found? That’s right…something completely unoriginal but sadly neglected over the past few years….the 80’s Party! I’m currently putting together a unique package for the ultimate 80’s experience, which will include genuine record decks (remember those?!), real 7″ singles, traffic light effects (admittedly I now have LED ones, and not the finger-scalding bulb versions) and even a Night-Fever style dancefloor!             Having

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Happy New Year!

2015 is finally in full swing, and if you’re planning your Big Wedding Day this year, then why not give me a call?! I’m currently spending up to four hours per day in the office, speaking to potential clients from all over the UK, helping them to plan their perfect wedding reception disco entertainment. With the advent of so much hands-on cheap technology now flooding the market, there has been a significant increase in the number of ‘mobile DJs’ advertising their services on the internet….it’s so easy nowadays to walk into Maplins in your local high street and walk out with

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Free Old Skool Dance Mix!

DJ Ian Scott’s Old Skool Dance Mix – Now Available! Very rarely do I get into the studio and lay down a mix ‘tape’ these days…..but here’s one I’ve been nagged into! Big thanks to my friend Kirsty for the complete track listing choice and the constant harassment to finish it! Here’s the list of the (mostly 90’s) tunes onboard: Unfinished Sympathy The Power Gonna Make You Sweat (I Wanna Give You) Devotion Finally Sing It Back Show Me Love Missing Gypsy Woman Rhythm Is A Dancer What Is Love? Music Sounds Better With You Free Dreamer Professional Widow The

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Jingle all the way!

Yes, yes….I know……Christmas marketing gets earlier every year! We’ve only just finished our ice creams and Piña coladas when they start ramming images of Santa down our throats! Well, December is only a month away so here at DJ HQ (aka my office) I’m preparing for the festive onslaught. Nearly all the Fridays and Saturdays have now been filled with corporate parties (including a trip to Skipton in Yorkshire!) and I’m now looking to add some midweek dates to the diary, before the well-earned rest on Christmas Day. As I am now free of my contract as a resident DJ to

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Where’s Your Party? Location, Location, Location!

I guess you’ve never really seen it all, even after being in the business for 25 years…..and once again I witnessed something new and very exciting last weekend. Originally I was quite tentative when the booking enquiry came in; a 50th birthday party in the middle of a forest. Hmmm, all the usual obstacles sprang to mind immediately….the weather, the stability of any marquee I’m to set up underneath, and of course, electricity. But the birthday girl convinced me that this was going to be a laid-back, Ibiza-style event with a UK twist. The music was right up my street,

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Total Control of the Music – How far will you go?

For the very first time in my entire DJ career, last Friday was a milestone for me…..and one which I will hopefully never repeat! Working in conjunction with a very close friend and agent, I was booked to play a wedding in a large Suffolk country house hotel. All of the admin side of the booking was taken care of by my friend. I was given details of starting times, equipment requirements, First Dance choice, etc. But on the Thursday (24 hrs before the wedding) we received a playlist from the couple. Nothing unusual there, a list of fairly popular

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Essex Wedding DJ – Extra Services

In the 21st Century, mobile DJs in the UK are asked for so much more than just providing music and flashing lights for a wedding reception. Most likely influenced by the US, dressing the venue up is no longer the preserve of the florists, and now we offer everything from coloured uplighting to LED table decorations to Wedding Day post boxes. Using one of my oldest lighting effects recently, the gobo projector is such an easy yet amazingly effective way of filling a blank venue wall. Our clients simply wanted their names above the head table for the duration of the Wedding

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Essex Wedding DJ – Qualified by experience!

Your Wedding DJ for Essex One of the frequent questions asked when clients first speak to me is, “Have you ever played at our Essex venue before?” It’s a very important point…there is reassurance in familiarity and when a DJ is aware of the room requirements, the acoustics and the general rules laid down by the venue staff, it bodes well for a successful evening all round. So here is a list (by no means comprehensive….I’m sure I’ve missed some along the way) of  just the Essex venues at which I’ve played on more than a few occasions over the last ten years:

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Ultimate Wedding DJ Package – Update

Wedding Day Post Box I’m very pleased to have recently acquired a bespoke Wedding Day Post Box, hand made by the same good friend who designed the superb columns for my LED Starballs. All bookings taken from now onwards for the full Ultimate Wedding DJ All-Day Package will include the hire of this wonderful Wedding Post Box. Sadly, my photography doesn’t do the paintwork any real justice, as the Wedding Post Box is finished in a glittery effect that looks great on any venue gift table. Hire of this Wedding Post Box is available as an extra to any of

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