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09.06.2016
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Champagne sunshine and laughter was the order of the day for Michaela's fabulous 50th Birthday party on the south side of the river.                 With special thanks to:   Venue: Battersea Quarter   Flowers: Hannah Martin   Cake: Cakes by Robin   Calligraphy: JBCalligraphy   Balloons: Bubblegum Balloons    Good Looking Waiters: Snapshop Staffing   Entertainment and Production: Matt Maurice    Photography: Holly Clark  Videographer: MJS Media Event Planner: Lotte Travers                         
11.03.2015
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Matt Maurice are pleased to now offer an innovative new Junior DJ service that promises the ultimate entertainment experience for the younger generation.  Launched in response to overwhelming demand for our DJs to play at children’s parties, JDC delivers a unique entertainment act suitable for kids birthday parties, product launches / in-store events at kids boutiques and for an alternative room / 2nd room at weddings.   Hosted by professionally trained and super cute resident Junior DJs Matilda and Maisy, the JDC disco experience will bring the best party tunes to the coolest kids dance floors. For an additional element of fun or where sound restrictions may be in place, JDC offers the option of a silent disco. All JDC events are accompanied by an adult sound engineer / DJ. Prices start from £595 + VAT for a two hour set with a small sound system and lighting for the dance floor. For booking and enquiries, please contact lotte@mattmaurice.co.uk Venue - Claridges Hotel Images - Eddie Judd Hair and Make Up - Page Richards
04.03.2014
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A belated New Year blog with a short round up from past few months of beautiful events, weddings and parties. Highlights of which were another Italian Job in Tuscany. Two Mayfair weddings, one in the very grand Spencer House with the original nutty boys Madness and another at One Mayfair with indie rock band The Vaccines and Just Bespoke The first corporate event of 2014 saw us helping Chanel make moves not only on the catwalk, but also on the dance floor. Here are a selection of images for the wedding we played with Madness. All held within a marquee constructed in the centre of Mayfair, London. Images by Paul White Wedding Design The Bespoke Wedding Company Tuscan Wedding Venue, Borgo Santo Tietra We traveled here in June. Stunning venue and wedding! Brides The Show Brides The Show in October took us back to Battersea Park. Here we also created two separate soundtracks for the Brides catwalk show. Click below to hear these two very different styles. CLASSIC SHOW MIX SUMMER SHOW MIX Lotte (aka the boss) also turned her hand to laying down a few tunes with a one off impromptu live DJ performance from our exhibition stand. 2014 will see Lotte concentrating on two new exciting projects for MMEM. Details coming soon! Venues Some of the venues we rocked in 2013 were Fetcham Park, The Bluebird, Claridges Hotel, RAC Pall Mall, Cliveden House with Tigerlilly Weddings and The Four Seasons, Hampshire with Niemierko, The Landmark Hotel with Hawkes & Hughes and an Ibiza themed wedding at the Hurlingham Club with Cranberry Blue and DJ Brandon Block. We'll be going back over some of these events in more detail on later blogs with the inclusion of the images. A few of the venues that we'll be rocking in 2014 include the very cool Balcony Bar at The Globe Theatre, Dartmouth House, Manderin Oriental, Blenheim Palace, Sculpture Gallery @ Woburn, Skinners Hall, V&A Museum Chiswick House and the The Carlton Club Sound & Lighting  2014 brings new equipment and DJ toys to invest in. Our sound. Lighting and production division looking set to enlighten many a venue over the coming months including our super slick contemporary DJ Booth and micro sound system to compliment the tighter spaces we DJs need to squeeze into. DJs Fresh back from their Asian tour, we welcome one of the pioneers to the UK dance scene Mr Danny Rampling along with his DJ partner and wife as Mr & Mrs Rampling. This, to compliment our already slamming premier league of event DJs. Mr & Mrs Rampling's diverse and eclectic style compliments our musical vision so well. Wedding Showcase This month on the 27th March we’re making it in Chelsea as we head back down the Kings Road and join the lovely people at The Bluebird for their annual wedding showcase along with a host of other fine suppliers.
25.03.2013
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Music requests to share! After some very nice parties over the weekend, I thought it a great idea to make it a regular thing in sharing the top 20 tracks from both client requests and the little added DJ touches (in blue) made to link everything together. Fetcham Park, Friday 22nd March. One seriously cool guests list that was matched by and equally stunning request list from the bride and groom. Artist Title DJ Thoughts Paul Weller You Do Something To Me First dance, a regular and classic choice The Beatles Hey Jude End of the night anthem Neneh Cherry Buffalo Stance Original 12” mix, still sounding good. Malcom Mclaren Buffalo Gals Mixed so well with the above I just had to play Notorious B.I.G Juicy Even the older guests were jamming to this one Pulp Common People Just builds and builds Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter What an intro Stevie Wonder Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Think Salsa style piano riff made dance floor move Bobby Brown Don’t Be Cruel 12” mix, 80’s dance drum loop sounded amazing Kingsman Louie Louie Funky 60’s floor filler Tony Bennett The Good Life Client’s choice but oh when to play? Cake cutting! Missy Elliot Work It The Go Go loop at the end. Ladies!! Janet Kay Silly Games Reggae / Lovers Rock classic The Velvettes He Was Really Saying Something 60’s got soul Shangri-Las Remember (Walkin’ In The Sand) More cool 60’s grooves Miles Kane Come Closer Not one I knew but bought bride & groom back to dance floor. Sounded great The Who My Generation Guest young and old play air guitar. Loved it! Blur Girls & Boys 90’s indie clubbers in the house Stone Roses Fools Gold See above Rihannah Rude Boy Played to death but still filling floors Next up, a classic house inspired set for a 40th birthday.
14.03.2013
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What's Going On   It’s been a while! We attempted our review of 2012 in January but the Christmas recovery took longer than anticipated. So after yet another incredible year of real weddings, our first magazine cover and feature (Pro Mobile) and our first promotional photo shoot at Fetcham Park, we zoom in to 2013 in style. The year ended for us in spectacular fashion with Matt making a grand entrance upon a revolving stage at Claridge’s to the intro of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, courtesy of another very cool wedding from Niemierko. We completed a legendary run of Christmas parties at both the Shakespeare’s Globe with Swan Events, and further along the South Bank at the London Film Museum.  We played some great festive events for Dewintons at the stunning Art Deco Bloomsbury Ballroom and for Party Ingredients at the equally beautiful Skinners Hall. Our return to Home House also saw us working once again with the very cool production team at Event Concept. To complement the diverse selection of venues and events, we finished off with our first venture into the world famous Ritz hotel, and London’s highest New Year’s Eve party within the champagne bar at London’s Tower 42, Vertigo 42. The first big party of 2013 was also our second visit to fashion house Chanel, who produced a starlit affair surrounded by a collection of vintage Mercedes cars. The season of industry events kicked off with us supplying the soundtrack to the Something Blue event at the amazing One Marylebone for both the wedding press and brides to be. Weddings By Harrods followed, with a Champagne Launch in store. As the exclusive supplier for all things DJ to this truly British establishment, we thought it a good idea to take along two of our DJs, DJ Felix and DJ Simon Cabrerra, to help mingle and spread the love. DJ Felix DJ Simon Cabrerra DJ Matt Maurice March for us is all about Love Scarlett; a new online platform for wedding professionals from the truly talented Penny Cullen. Through Love Scarlett we’ll be putting together a selection of exclusive DJ mixes and interviews from both our own DJs, and DJs we feel are making a noise on the finer UK event and party dance floors. Check out Matt's interview complimented by the first exclusive soundtrack. Next up for volume 2, DJ Sam Young. Our Mixcloud page now has a good, solid and organically growing following. If you’ve not yet checked it out, Mixcloud is a brilliant London based web site that enables DJs and the like to legally stream high quality music mixes. Along with our music, it’s an amazing place to discover music and DJ sets from around the world and from virtually every genre of music. It’s also a goldmine of classic radio shows. From 2013 we are pleased to add the following to the growing list of venues to which we are now a recommended supplier for DJs: Museum Of London, Claridge’s Hotel, Weddings By Harrods and South Coast boutique hotel The George In Rye. We have an amazing summer of parties to look forward to, and are now backed up by one of the finest teams of event DJs available. April will see us a little closer to home with Circa Events and our first destination wedding for 2013 kicks off in Tuscany, Italy, this June. We're also looking forward to venturing to three of the corners of the UK: England, Scotland and Wales. Love   Lotte Photos by Eddie Judd and Mark Bothwell
05.02.2013
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We don't just write about weddings, we actually attend weddings every week. We know first hand that music and entertainment are the big key to a successful and memorable day. Here we share some recent first dance choices that includes the new, the old and the classics. Matt Maurice Event Music, 50 First Dances Artist Title Tempo Al Green Let's Stay Together Mid Arctic Monkeys Baby I’m Yours Mid Bruno Mars Just The Way You Are Mid Buddy Holly True Love Ways Mid Coldplay Fix You Slow Daft Punk Digital Love Up Dj Sammy Heaven – Candlelight Mix Slow Elvis The Wonder Of You Mid Eric Clapton Wonderful Tonight Slow Etta James At Last Slow Frank Sinatra For Once In My Life Mid Genesis            Follow You Follow Me Mid Goo Goo Dolls Iris Slow Harry Connick Jr It Had To Be You Slow Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass This Guy’s In Love With You Mid Phil Oakey Electric Dreams Fast Jack Johnson Better Together (Cuban Mix) Mid Jackie Wilson Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher Up Jamie Cullum What A Difference A Day Makes Slow Jamie Lidel Another Day Mid Joe Cocker You’re So Beautiful Slow Josh Rouse Love Vibration Up Keane Somewhere Only We Know Mid Kylie Minogue Love At First Sight Up Lionel Richie You Are My Destiny Mid Louis Armstrong All The Time In The World Slow Maroon 5 She Will Be Loved Mid Marvin Gaye Let’s Get It On Slow Michael Bublé Everything Mid Nat ‘King’ Cole Let There Be Love Mid Natalie Cole Orange Coloured Sky Mid Neil Young Harvest Moon Mid Nina Simone My Baby Just Cares For Me Mid Nora Jones Come Away With Me Slow Paul Weller You Do Something To Me Slow Peter Grant You’re the first, my last, my everything Mid Proclaimers Let’s Get Married Mid Queen You’re My Best Friend Mid Robbie Williams She’s The One Mid Rod Stewart Tonight’s The Night Up Semisonic Secret Smile Mid Stevie Wonder For Once In My Life Up Sting Mad About You Slow Style Council You're The Best Thing Mid Take That Greatest Day Mid Tony Bennett The Way You Look Tonight Mid The Beach Boys Gold Only Knows Mid The Ramones Baby I Love You Mid The Turtles Happy Together Up The Whitlams Breathing You In Slow  
10.09.2012
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Article taken from Pro Mobile Magazine. Aimed primarily at DJs, hence the occasional technical references. My passion for both music and music collecting started in the late 1970’s when I’d spend all of my Saturday job wages in the pursuit of collecting every single from the top 30 pop charts. As my vinyl music collection increasingly grew, I would occasionally be asked to supply the music for the school fete and local youth club, played from a single portable Fidelity Record deck with a built in speaker. So in effect therefore, I’ve been playing out since I was 10 years old - 33 years! Things have come a long way from these humble beginnings with one record deck to the company I run today. Matt Maurice Event Music, formed in 2000 and was the culmination of countless Club Nights, Parties and Events. My first professional DJ sets started when I was about 15 with a Soundout double deck unit, two large unbranded speakers, a rope light and 2 sound-to-light traffic light styled units. My foray into nightclubs began at around the same time with an introduction to a pair of Technics 1210’s. Starting out as night club glass collector, it was only a matter of time before I was playing the first hour of warm up and being taught the joys of “beat mixing” by the resident DJ. 80’s soul and dance was the main soundtrack to the night and so began my journey. Many of the early house music tracks began to break through at this point in the mid-80s and being able to play these in my early warm up sets was a joy. I also don’t recall ever feeling at all nervous playing these early club sets. At the same time I was still playing out as a mobile DJ with my trusted Soundout double decks. For one of my first full time day jobs, I was lucky enough to obtain a youth training placement at Chrysalis Records. At the time, Chrysalis were one of the largest independent record companies in the UK with artists such as Spandau Ballet, Billy Idol and Blondie, to name but a few. 1986 also took me out of the UK for 6 weeks DJing on the Greek island of Corfu. Working alongside one of Greece’s leading club DJs at the time, under his guidance I perfected my mixing skills with a blend of euro dance and pop music. In ‘87 I ventured into pirate radio, gaining a Sunday morning slot on a London radio station called TKO, a fairly big Soul Music station at the time and a rival to London’s other big pirate radio stations LWR and the now very legal Kiss FM. In 1988 the Acid House scene exploded across the UK and after a visit to the then-unknown Paul Oakenfold’s Balearic club night Future, my eclectic love of all music grew. I also gained my first UK club residency with one of the longest running club nights, Club Labrynth, under the guise of DJ Vinyl Matt - a club night I still play for today, 23 years later! Club Labrynth allowed me to play alongside some of the very first live gigs of The Prodigy, as well as a host of legends from the house, hardcore and drum & bass music scenes. I continued playing out at many private parties and events whilst also travelling around the UK to play various one off club and warehouse party DJ sets. By 1991 I had produced my first record, though its signing ended up being dropped by ffrr due to the fact that we’d sampled too many other records to make it. Despite that, it still made it to number 4 in Mixmag’s house chart, solely off the back of a white label release. The crowning glory of 1992 was my second DJ set abroad, this time in Ibiza at the legendary Es Paradise club. 1994 provided another career highlight: playing at Wembley on New Years Eve. I remember finishing a party set at 12:30 in South London then speeding over to West London to perform in front of 14,000 ravers. It marked the end of a year in which I had also signed a singles record deal with Pulse 8 records under the name of Sweet Life, alongside artists such as Rozalla and the Urban Cookie Collective. At this point, I concentrated my DJing efforts on club work and as a result my mobile work dropped off. Like many independent record labels, Pulse 8 eventually became defunct with the owner launching a new label as Inferno records. Their biggest signing was girl band Mis-Teeq and thanks to my affiliation with Inferno I played at the Ministry Of Sound on numerous occasions at Inferno parties. The increase in demand for mobile work necessitated an investment in new kit by 1997. As I result, I purchased my first duel CD player, a Kam KCD950. It did the job as required, although these early duel CD players had a habit of jumping like their vinyl counterparts. I still used vinyl in conjunction and continued to do so up until I went all CD in around 2003. My first decent lighting equipment consisted of 4 Abstract Twister 4’s; I still have and use these original lighting units as they work so well. At the dawn of the new millennium, I gained a Friday residency at the infamous celebrity hangout, the Met Bar in London. On my very first night at the Met Bar a guest asked if I could play his Christmas party and handed me his business card, which was great. The fact that it was in New York was even better. Three weeks later I was in a Manhattan loft playing to a discerning guest list with the Empire State Building as my backdrop! Although breaking my arm in a bike accident the day before I was due to fly, like a true pro I still honoured the event playing the gig with just one arm! Following on from the Met Bar, I moved to another short DJ residency, this time at Richard Branson’s club, The Kensington Roof Gardens. At around the same time I began freelancing for another DJ named Steve Lewis. This resulted in many epic nights, the highlight of which had to be a cliff top party at the Cannes Film Festival for Vanity Fair Magazine. For this event, all the kit was imported from the UK, two Technic 1210’s, a Denon CD player and a Rane mixer - the sound for outdoor event was amazing! During this period I had the pleasure of entertaining the likes of Nicole Kidman, Hugh Hefner, Jackie Chan and numerous other A-list celebrities from around the world. At the end of the Vanity Fair party, I was asked if I would like to play the after-show party at the Oscars in LA. Unfortunately, as I was playing under another company the boss took the gig, but I couldn’t blame him for that! I also owe a lot to Steve for some of my early events experience. Other memorable parties at around the same time included the Rugby World Cup Winners’ Party in London and the Goodwood Festival Of Speed after-show party, which I played for three years in a row. I performed on stage with a different artist each year at Goodwood, including Brian Ferry, The Pretenders and Steve Winwood. In 2000 I launched Matt Maurice Event Music and this was the year I also started employment with the UK’s biggest independent music distributor, Pinnacle Records. My new day job started off in the dance sales department before progressing to the national accounts team, looking after the sales of singles into Music Zone, Andy’s Records, Tower Records, Virgin Online and (the only one left still trading today) HMV. I received several BPI Gold discs at Pinnacle Records for my work with artists including Katie Melua and Feeder. Prior to Ms Melua’s rise to fame, not only did I have the pleasure of sitting next to her whilst she sang most of her debut album, I also organised her first in-store UK record shop tour. Every year Pinnacle would hire a leading London club for their Christmas parties and employ me to play and I have to say that playing party sets in both Pacha and Fabric was incredible. 2003 was the year I launched my own record label, Playable Music, primarily a vinyl music label releasing mash-ups and bootlegs. The biggest of these titles was The Rolling Stones “Sympathy For The Devil”; we circulated a rumour to Virgin Records that it was a Fatboy Slim Remix but this backfired somewhat when they actually then commissioned him to do an official remix and not us! We were also approached by Hed Kandi for our Donna Summer remix of “Autumn Changes” and commissioned to remix for the Ministry Of Sound Winter Chill album. We received the ‘Bootleg of the Month’ accolade four times in DJ Mag and had regular plays of our remixes on Radio One, XFM and the like. The last vinyl release on the label was in 2005 just as the bottom fell out of the vinyl market. Another one of my finer remix moments was of Bob Marley’s “Jammin”, which was included on Mastermix 294 in 2009. All the remixes were recorded under the name of Lost Vegas with my production partner Steve Andrews. We still remix and record just for the love of music, but now give the tracks away for free on Soundcloud. In 2006 we played our first celebrity wedding for Big Brother’s Chantelle & Preston. They may be distant tabloid memories now, but it was a pretty big deal at the time and we were included in the coverage for OK! Magazine, as well as the book. Further high profile weddings followed, including one playing alongside singer Duffy for a Russian oligarch on the Italian Amalfi Coast, the wedding of photographic legend Rankin and the wedding for Nick Mason’s (Pink Floyd) daughter. This included a priceless moment with Nick Mason playing a cover version of Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family”. Matt Maurice Event Music’s growth has been organic and steady with the last two years being our busiest ever. This, in the middle of the current financial climate is the result of hard work and long hours both in and out the office. We now specialize in high-end weddings and parties, offering DJs either with equipment or on a DJ only basis. The wedding industry is huge for us and we invest a lot of time and money on marketing our business in the relevant niches to keep our name at the top of the industry across the South East. With bookings for 2013 already increasing, our style and approach appear to bode well and appeal to high-end clients and luxury venues. Further expansion is inevitable now that my partner/director Lotte Travers is running the business alongside me. Going forwards, a big area of growth for us will be lighting, dance floors and event furniture hire, with a large industrial unit also on the cards to store it all in! Lotte’s previous senior management experience with a large retail company has been invaluable in both looking after our client base and helping to select our team of DJs. Lotte also has a great eye for detail in selecting the DJs and this comes across well in the image we strive to create. As a company, we look for DJs with something different to offer, with a speciality in a particular genre other than dance music always a bonus. Lotte also manages our online media and marketing, another area that’s so important in keeping up to date within the industry and keeping the company moving forward. Personally, my main sound equipment of choice right now (and for the past 10 years) has been HK Actor, I DJ from a Mac Book Pro with a 500gb solid-state hard drive currently running Traktor. To surround the DJ equipment we use DJ booths from S&H in either black or white. To control the software I use two CDJ 350’s that also act as a CD back up; I also have an iPad as an additional music back up tool and have just purchased a Pioneer DDJ-S1 with a switch to Serato Itch immanent. When called upon, I also like to dust down my Technic 1210’s and go back to basics. For this I still avidly collect and have a passion for classic dance music on 7”. For lighting we use anything from four Twister 4 units on a winch stand to plinth mounted Martin moving heads. Each set up is unique and really depends on the client’s budget and the look they are trying to achieve. I like to keep the equipment looking simple, yet able to create an amazing sound with effective lighting. Matt Maurice
24.07.2012
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Matt Maurice Event Music Promotional DJ Photo Shoot, Fetcham Park, July 2012 After several busy months, rocking from one event to the next, we kicked off July with an amazing photo shoot at the stunning Fetcham Park in Surrey, a Queen Anne Mansion dating back to 1705. Fetcham Park's owner, the lovely Laura  Caudery, let us use the house for the day to create a collection of photo’s of our DJs and tailored party production package. The MMEM team did what we do best, mixing the old with the new in more ways than one. With some large photographic inspiration from surrey based photographer Eddie Judd, Eddie bought out the best in our Djs and created a selection of photos from our initial brief. Having first met Eddie at a Wedding fashion show, we knew her down to earth style would make her the perfect photographer to help make our ideas work. This was also a chance for us to put together a selection of pictures from our own new range of event furniture, designed to compliment our white dance floors and sound systems. The very creative Jay Archer supplied the flowers for our internal production shots and we were totally amazed how she managed to deliver on our vision with her bespoke floristry skills complimenting our ideas so well. No wedding or party would be complete without a bar and the guys from Shaken & Stirred were kind enough to install one of there cool looking bars. Shaken & Stirred are well known for their delicious cocktails and outstanding service. A big thank you to everyone involved, especially our team of  fine Djs for making this happen. Djs Steve, Rory, Simon, Felix, Lucci, Richard, Matt, Chris. The Great Hall. The ultimate luxury party room. Jay Archer flowers. Fetcham Park Simon Matt, Rory, Matt, Simon, Chris, Felix Lucci, Steve, Matt, Chris, Matt, Rory, Felix, Richard, Simon's Arm Jay Archer Flowers Rory Felix The hand that rocks! Richard Richard, Felix, Rory, Lotte, Matt, Simon Richard, Don Lucci, Rory, Matt Two Djs, One Leather Sofa and two mirrored plinth mounted moving heads. Lotte reading the industry bible. Music study time with Matt, Lotte, Steve and Matt Personalised cusions now available. Loving 7" vinyl. White leather bar stools White poseur tables White LED Dance Floor White Leather Chesterfield We also do lanterns Lotte Travers DJs, Lighting and Production www.mattmaurice.co.uk Venue www.fetcham-park.co.uk/ Flowers www.jayarcherfloraldesign.com Photography www.eddiejuddphotography.com Bar www.shakenandstirred.co.uk
17.07.2012
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Music SOS How Do I Find A Good DJ?                                        Word of mouth and recommendations are a good start.  Also, take a look through the blogs and twitter pages of the leading wedding planners. Some will always mention what entertainment they’ve booked. Google is OK, but remember the top page listings are there because they’ve paid Google. It does not guarantee the quality of their work. How much should we budget for the DJ? As much as you can afford, as with everything, the best comes at a premium. Scrimp and scrape at your peril. Generally it’s one of the smaller costs of the day but one of the most important. All your guests will remember the music and entertainment above everything apart from the dress. What is the average DJ’s charge for an average 4hr reception? For any DJ worth their salt you would look to pay upwards of £600 and prices do vary from region to region. Also, expect to pay for travel if your Dj isn’t local to the venue. How does this compare to a live band? A good live band would be £1,800 + How much is overtime? For our DJs it’s £100 + VAT per hour. How far in advance should we book the DJ? One year to get the DJ your want, although we do get bookings with just weeks to spare. What are the advantages of choosing a DJ over a live band? Cost, choosing a DJ will give you extra cash to spend on things like lighting and dance floors. Djs are also far more versatile in the music that can be played. Our Playlist Our tastes cross over hip-hop, country & pop. Will the DJ have a back catalogue that covers all music types and will he be able to blend the genres smoothly? Indeed he will. Also, your eclectic tastes will go down a storm on the dance floor. Mixing up the musical genres is sure to keep everyone happy. Will the DJ be offended if we list every single song we want played and don’t give him the freedom to include additional songs? Not offended, but from experience this can kill the party. If you’re paying top money for your Dj, you’re paying for experience. If you want to choose all the music and in which order you want them played, you may as well plug in an ipod. Good Djs know and have tracks that will link your request list together to create as seamless and flowing a Dj set as possible. How many songs would typically be played during a 4 hr reception? Around 60 to 70. When should we have our first dance? Never do your first dance too early. What tends to happen is guests will then dance for a few tracks then hit the bar. If the dancing does start early, let the party warm up a little before you both take to the floor. Also, don’t feel you have to complete the whole first dance yourself, inviting your guests to join you half way through is a great way to get the party started. How does he know if we hate a certain song and is it unreasonable for him to refuse guest requests if the bride or groom has vetoed that song? I would always ask clients for a list of tracks they don’t like. If requests are received on the night that don’t fit within the clients style and personality, they shouldn’t be played. Guests generally understand this What makes a good first dance song? We need help!  We’re also need to pick an exit song. Any classics that you can suggest? Remember it doesn’t have to be slow for the first dance. First dances I’ve seen work best include dance classic Daft Punk’s “Digital Love” and from the 60’s The Turtles “Happy Together”. For the exit, it really depends on what you and your guests are in to. Mainstream finales that work well are The Beatles “All You Need Is Love and Stevie Wonder’s “Signed Sealed Delivered”. For an encore, “Candi Staton or Florence & The Machine “You Got The Love” work well, or rock them out with Guns ‘n’ Roses “Sweet Child Of Mine”.   The Audience We know what we like, but are aware that there will be a broad cross-section of generations at the reception. Should we include tunes that different age groups will recognize and enjoy? Indeed you should, a good Dj will program genre sections of his set to appeal to all your guests, selecting these tracks from your initial request list. Whereas our friends will be inclined to crowd the dance floor, our parent’s friends will want to mingle and talk. Should be take an understated approach to the music and sacrifice the big dance tracks? Big dance tracks should be played if that’s what you’re into. I tend to leave these towards the second half of the set. If the music’s good, by then your guest will dance regardless of their age. Hopefully the set up of the sound and position of the bar will allow guest to still talk if they want to. The Look What will the decks look like? How much space do they take up? Depending on what you’re looking for, vinyl decks can be used and on show to offer a more traditional club look. Most Djs now play from laptops for convenience and we feel a smart black or white DJ booth works best for these. These also hide all the wires. Avoid starcloth Dj booths where possible as they now tend to look cheap and old fashioned. Our Dj Booths are 6x4ft and you’ll need to leave two small spaces for the speakers, around 3x3ft for each one. Can the speakers be hidden? Are they available in white to blend in with white space? White sound systems are available at a premium and do look amazing when white is the theme. If you have draping, speakers can be placed behind these providing there is enough room. How can we find out about noise restrictions? Is there likely to be a maximum decibel level at the venue?  Acoustics of the space? You’ll need to speak to your venue regarding noise restrictions and inform your DJ and entertainment of these. If the venue has a traffic light system, these are a Djs and entertainers nightmare but not too big an issue if your Dj knows what to do. If you feel acoustics may be an issue due to the size of the venue, it’s always a good idea to have your DJ complete a site visit. Do we need a dance floor? I’ve seen a cool one with LED lights. How much do they cost? Dance floors create a great focal point for dancing. Depending on the size required, expect to pay upwards of £500 plus delivery. Power requirements?                                                         For a standard DJ set up, 2 X 13amp sockets should do, although always double check how much equipment will be used and the power requirements of the Dj.   How much set up time will the DJ need on the day of the wedding? Break down time? All DJ set ups will vary but as a rule, for us it’s a minimum of one hour for a standard set up. This can also vary greatly depending on what equipment is being booked. Is it necessary to arrange a recce so the DJ can see the space? If the venue isn’t a traditional set up and if you’re looking to book more than just a standard set up, then a site / venue visit may be required. Generally, experienced Djs will be able to adapt to most situations and venues upon arrival for the first time
22.05.2012
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