Hi all. Well it’s half past one in the morning and I can’t wait any longer to write this weeks blog. First of all I’d like to say a big thank you to Hazel and Stewart who really looked after me at the Burley Manor Hotel
on Thursday night. Check out the video of the first dance. Very well done.
Here’s their testimony:
Now the rest of the blog that I wrote, I have deleted, as it was too angry. basically last night (saturday) I was driving the crowd wild with excitement but the venue owner ruined the end half hour by insisting that I turn the volume down to near zero for no valid reason that I was able to determin.
Never mind all that. This afternoon I helped my mate Tim from Atlantic sound set up for the Bognor illuminations. This is a large procession of floats that sets up in West Park Bognor and at 8:30pm sets off along Bognor seafront much to the aural and visual delight of all the locals. What a laugh. It was the first time I actually met Tim in the flesh although we’ve talked for lord knows how long on facebook and on the phone over the years and I found him to be a really personable bloke. We had the job with various other deejays too of setting up a float on the back of a 23 tonne curtain side rigid truck complete with disco, lights lazors etc. and various banners and dancers. Tim’s been a dj for a while now as was obvious by the suitcase loads of plug leads etc. that he carries around with him. I could never work like he does. I have everything hard-wired into cases and ready to go but he sets everything up from scratch, not even connecting hard drives to his laptop until he arrives at the gig. Top marks to him though, he reckons he can set the whole lot up in about 30mins, which is faster than yours truly.
After what seemed like endless plugging,gaffer taping, climbing and hanging etc. we eventually set up a float and spent the next half hour trying to alter the set up so that the two generators could cope with the huge powerlaod being asked of them! We had to turn off a few old style halogen lighting effects that were drawing 250 watts each and rely on the LED ones which were drawing about 1 watt or something close. Thats progress for you. And they weigh a lot less too.
Nothing can beat that moment of excitement when you get the first bit of music blasting out of a new/different sound system and everyone cheers. And nothing can top the disappointment when it all cuts out again as the generators give up…Stick some petrol in Tim! Still, we got it working in the end and I met some interesting charactors, like a guy who used to be an engineer on radio Caroline in the 60’s and became a dj who played to thousands at a time when mobile deejaying was in it’s heyday. I left them all to it just before they set off but I’ve actually managed to take some shots and do a bit o filming so go here if you want to see it.
Have a great bank holiday and I’ll see you next week.