Category Archives: Equipment

Music…It’s a huge part of the night…But there’s more…

Thankfully,  the idea of turning up for 7pm and double-clicking on a Play button are far behind us, well except in the under £200-a-disco-startup marketplace perhaps.

Todays modern service-providing DJs and Party Hosts can be expected to offer far far more than just music.  Some of those services are as much creative skills, rather than physical products which any ol’ DJ could buy or rent.  Some things however, are very much a combination of both having the right products, and knowing when and how to use them.

Lighting a room for example:

stars in avon

This room was the venue for a corporate dinner dance, just before Christmas.   The guests would all be sitting at their tables for upwards of three hours, including their meal,  speeches, various presentations etc.  Wildly flashing, strobing throughout those proceedings simply would be way too brash, annoying for the audience.   So, this graceful, slowly rotating lighting scheme worked so much better, giving the audience a superb WOW factor as the entered the room for the first time, then the stars slowly ascended to the ceiling when the hungry audience took their seats, to avoid the lighting shining into anyones eyes during the meal.

Of course, it didn’t have to be stars…company logos, bride and grooms first names, casino themes, or almost any other graphic design.

Atmosphere and ambiance … its like music, for your eyes.



Testing One Two, One Two….Testing, testing….

Certificate and tester

My Training certificate and pat tester

Don’t worry, you’ll hear nothing so mundane over the microphone at your event…this is about a different sort of testing, but still something very important for all potential hirers, their guests, their venues… and therefore it’s important to me. Even the smallest disco will use dozens of electrical items to provide you and your guests with music, lights, vocal direction and above all; atmosphere and a great night for all! That goal isnt going to be achievable if equipment is poorly maintained. So, whilst others were taking the plunge in their local swimming pool, or their favourite seaside destination for a fun-filled fortnight…I took the plunge and enrolled in a Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) training course. Since passing with flying colours (95% !!!) on the 19th of August, I’ve invested in my own Electronic PAT testing package. This means that my equipment will not only be testing regularly enough for even the most prestigious venues to allow me to bring my equipment into their buildings, and to maintain my memberships with DJ associations who often require copies of PAT results from their members, but also I’ll be able to test my own equipment and cables freely, even more frequently for my own, and your peace-of-mind.


Dancing in the clouds… and Amazed!

First dance - dancing in the clouds to alone star: Amazed

First dance – dancing in the clouds to alone star: Amazed

Most brides simply feel like they’re on dancing on cloud 9 on their wedding day. However Stephanie & David were really dancing in the clouds last Saturday, to their chosen first dance (Lonestar: Amazed) having choosing to include my new Dancing in the clouds option for their first dance. One of the first Wiltshire couples to have this lovely romantic effect at their wedding, which until recently had been mainly offered at large American weddings, or experienced in West End Theatre productions.

Cheap imitation devices have been around for a while, getting a poor, wispy, noisy, lack-lustre effect by trying to use a couple of trays of home fridge-freezer ice cubes instead of the 10kg per 3 minutes of Dry Ice Pellets which the professional solution requires in order to achieve absolutely beautiful effect. An atmosphere which will feature in Stephanies and David memories, and wedding photographs forever.

Congratulations to Stephanie & David, and thank you to their guests, the audience for helping me make it a great evening at the end of that wonderful day.


The new Mr & Mrs Butler and guests… Dancing in the clouds