Fifteen Years of MP3s!

Wow! Has it really been 15 years? All the way back in 2006, I made the ‘brave’ step to leave my CD decks behind and perform at a friends wedding reception using my laptop and thousands of MP3 files onboard. If I’m totally honest, I was absolutely bricking it! Fear of the laptop failing, Windows inexplicably shutting down and above all else, not being totally au fait with the software! Somehow, I made it through unscathed. In fact, one of my friends in the audience noticed no difference (I hope that was meant in a good way!) Fast forward 15

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2021….and we’re back!

Hello World! Oh boy….it seems like a year since I was last talking about the life of a DJ….hang on a minute, it was a year! A whole year without doing the job I’ve loved best, a whole year of no dancing, no mixing, no fun! Netflix and Zoom were scant consolation for a world without parties. But we’re back. as strong as ever, still taking bookings for weddings, birthdays, engagement parties and quiz shows. And speaking of quiz shows, that has been my one saviour (both financially and mentally!) during those dark, difficult times. I hosted dozens of online

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No room at the Inn? No problem!

Yesterday I was hired by insurance giant AON to perform a pub quiz show and provide after-show music in The Bootmaker pub in Chelmsford. It’s a great bar, and we had a large area at the rear reserved for the function. I was all set to install my DJ booth, decks, speakers, lights, etc from which to host the show and the subsequent disco…however, due to the layout of the pub and the large number of staff attending, I had nowhere to go! There was simply no room to put all the kit in place! In a weird masochistic way,

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January Blues….& Soul….and 80s!

A very busy weekend ahead for me! On Thursday, I’ll be hosting a quiz and then the after-show party for insurance giant AON at a city centre venue in Chelmsford. Really looking forward to that, as they’ve opted for the Film, TV & Music Quiz Show which is always popular. Friday’s event has now been moved to the end of January so I feel a social evening calling me! Then on Saturday, I team up once again with my 80’s co-pilot Ian Sellens for another fabulous 80’s Mix Tape Night, this time in the brilliantly refurbished Regent Ballroom in Stanford-Le-Hope.

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Where have I been?!

It seems like years since I’ve posted a blog update on here… So, what’s been happening then? Well, things have definitely changed for me over the past 18 months. The QuizHire business has grown and grown; with such a large corporate clientele, I’m now hosting annual events for about 90% of my customers. One or two of my corporate clients are now in their fifth year of quiz events hosted by yours truly! The DJ side of my business has changed too. I’ve made a conscious decision this year to be more selective about the type of events I host,

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Back To The Future – Vintage Style!

Brand new for 2019…or is it?! I’ve invested in some awesome retro lighting and backdrop curtains as today’s clients demand the vintage look, without compromising the quality of the light show and sound system. One of the most innovative lighting fixtures of the past twelve months is the Vintage Blaze retro halogen ‘searchlight-style’ lamp. A huge circular silver bowl with a warm, old fashioned glow…but with the 21st Century twist of added LED lighting to create an endless choice of colour combinations. These fixtures are hugely popular on TV shows; just watch any live music performance and you’re bound to

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Is it August already?!

Erm…..hello! Has it really been eight months since my last post? Wow. So what’s happened in 2017 so far then? I’ve certainly travelled far and wide in the UK once again, with both discos and quiz nights taking me to the Midlands, Hampshire and Gloucestershire. In July, there was a glut of Central London events at which I played in some very swish five-star hotels and banqueting suites. And it’s been a year so far of repeat bookings from large corporate clients who really enjoyed my Quiz Shows in 2016 and immediately returned for more! Over the next few months,

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Your Wedding In 2017 – Mind The Gap!

Happy New Year! ….ok, so I’m a few days late but the sentiment’s still there! For all those recently engaged couples, this is probably your biggest year. Planning, interviewing, reviewing and ultimately booking your wedding day suppliers seems quite daunting at the outset, but trust me you will definitely know when you find the right people. Instinct is way more valuable than it’s given credit for. That little feeling nagging away at the back of your mind that something just isn’t right about a person or their services needs to be given serious consideration. This all stems from two incidents

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2016 – A reflection

Wow…what a year that was. Sadly, it will always be remembered as the year we lost some truly legendary heroes, especially in the music world. Playing classic tracks by Bowie and Prince following their untimely deaths, the amount of love and respect for them from my audiences was humbling. If anything good can come from losing them so early, it’s that millions of new fans are now seeking out their albums and back catalogues and the world is appreciating them all over again. From a business point of view, 2016 took a wildly different path to the one I expected.

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Everyone’s a tech expert nowadays….or are they?

So…you’re planning your wedding day, everything has to be perfect for the biggest event in your lives…and you get to the booking stage for your entertainment…You decide to go with a DJ instead of a band and you begin asking questions of all the DJs you’ve contacted. So far, nothing unusual. Except one thing…are you asking them the right questions?! This year, I have lost count of the number of brides-to-be questioning me in detail about the equipment and the technical specification of the kit that I use. “How many cabinets and how many watts is your sound system?” and “Do

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