All set for 2020?

Audio, Lifestyle

Hi there. Had a fantastic New Year’s Eve gig last night at The George at Burpham near Arundel . What a lovely bunch the staff are and they’ve asked me to come back next year too. Brilliant! Thanks folks for looking after me so well.

Well this time of year is peak booking time for weddings and parties in the coming year. So secure your space now before someone else pulls the rug from underneatth your feet!

I hate to have to tell folks that I’m booked already for a certain date, so please, if you want a DJ that will Shock your guests as to how damn good he is and to know that I have never let a single customer down in all my time in business – That’s nearly 20 years! – Then book me whilst you can. I specialise in wedding functions, but I do all other types of party as well, such as birthdays, anniversaries, Corperate functions, Children’s parties, proms, summer balls and whatever else you can think of.

07976409141 / 01903366052 any time.

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Audio, Lifestyle

The Most Popular Songs for Private Parties

Music is the soul of the party—choose it well and people will love it. Whether you’re preparing for an uproarious party, a more mellow one, or anything in between, your playlist will set the mood for the entire event. Your music can inspire people to join in the fun and trip the light fantastic.

The playlist at private parties is especially important. These events are fun and full of good vibes, and often, they are relaxed and intimate. Many people know each other, and they feel at ease. For a DJ, that’s great—it means that they’re open to the music and ready to dance.

From dancing hits to feel-good songs, here are some of the most popular all-time favorite party songs you can add to your playlist.

Popular Dancing Classics for Private Parties

Some songs have gone down in the history of music as dancing classics. No wonder that they’re always booming from loudspeakers at countless parties around the world. They’re favorites with both guests and DJs.

With their crazy rhythms and their lyrics that stick, they are just awesome. Whether you choose to open or close with these songs or just mix them with contemporary hits, they’re guaranteed to increase the fun factor.

Popular Hip-Hop and RnB Party Songs

Hip-Hop and RnB songs have got that swagger and confidence to them that can make parties so much cooler. They easily dominate the playlist at many parties. But even if you choose to mix them with other genres, they can still set the room on fire.

Here are some hip-hop and RnB hits you may want to add to your playlist. Choose any of these tracks to get people dancing—the party’s sure going to get hotter.

Whether you want to get people to dance, add a sexy feel to the party, or just vary the rhythms, these songs are just right. They’ve rocked thousands of parties since they’ve been released, and they’ll keep on rocking many parties to come.

Popular Pop Songs for Parties

Pop music is a popular choice for many private parties—it’s fun and easy to like. A lot of it makes you want to dance, but there are also plenty of tracks for the more laid-back intervals during the party when people are sipping their drinks and getting ready for the next RnB or Rock hit.

A lot of these pop songs are about love. Love is always there in one form or another at most private parties, whether it’s in the form of couples having a great time together, or people who’ve just met feeling drawn to each other. Make sure to mix in some love songs to add a touch of romance to the party.

Popular Rock Music Party Songs

Rock music can electrify any party. Whether it’s a constant presence on your playlist or you use it only at key moments, rock is great for creating an intense experience that keeps people on their feet.

Not all great rock music is great for parties, though—after all, you probably don’t want the music to get too rough. But there are lots of hit rock songs that make it regularly on the playlists of popular private party DJs. Here are some of them.

So, which of these songs will you add to your playlist? Which of them will rock your party? You can’t go wrong with any of them.

The Wrap Up

With so many great songs to choose from across genres, it shouldn’t be too hard to make a great party playlist. You can mix genres or focus on one genre over all the others. Either way, your music will make people want to listen to it and dance to it and sing along until long into the night.

Are you on the lookout for the next great party? You can find cool DJ job offers on Jobsora. You can search for DJ jobs based on date, income, and more. With Jobsora, finding your next gig becomes so much easier.

Have a nice party and keep the music playing!

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Christmas bookings

Audio, Lifestyle

Well it’s Christmas party booking season again. I love this time of year. The nights are drawing in and the heatwave is finally over. The rain is pouring down…Hey wait a minute! When the hell is this rain going to stop! This is highly irregular…. It’s supposed to be chilly and crisp and dry! I never signed up for a flood….

Anyway, I have a load of bookings for December, But I still have a few spots to fill if your a late comer to the party. And then of course there’s next year..and halloween too. Still empty booking slots for that weekend….

Take care and have a great week. Pray the rain will stop soon!

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All inclusive wedding packages

Audio, Lifestyle

Hi all. I’m getting some worrying news these days about hotels supplying dj’s as part of the package. particularly for wedding receptions at budget prices. This isn’t anything new, but it’s on the increase if all the blogs are to be believed. Well, Just in case you’re thinking of going down that route (and who could blame you?) I’ve heard a lot of complaints are being received from customers about what transpires on the actual night. I guess it stands to reason that if the hotel is paying the DJ a pittance, then a few things will be inevitable: 1. He/she won’t know or be particularly interested in the customers individual needs. 2 He/she won’t have the budget to invest in decent equipment. you may not think this is important, but believe me I went to a gig the other week and the sound system was so badly set up that the sound output was practically cutting my head in half. I finished my one beer and promptly left the building. 3. The hotel or venue will try and lock you into this deal with some extra charge for not agreeing to the whole sad business. Try to remember that as Paddy Mc Guinness says: Now the power is in your hands. And as businesses compete for your attention, if you stick to your guns and threaten to walk if you don’t get the choice, then you will retain that power no matter what happens after. If they’re smart, they’ll capitulate; if they’re stupid, they’ll lose your business and somewhere down the line probably will go out of business. I’ve seen a lot of businesses where I’ve wondered how they survive and sure enough, many a time I’ve seen them predictably die.

I hardly need mention this, but if you’re a couple in love and want to make your wedding reception the party of a lifetime, then don’t let some banqueting manager dictate that you have to have a poor quality, under invested  DJ/entertainer to underwhealm both yourselves and your closest friends and family. By the way, I’m not saying that if the hotel recommends a good DJ who you have chance to talk to before hand and isn’t tied into some kind of crippling deal with them won’t be rewarding. That isn’t the point. I know DJ’s who do this and it’s all good. If you do meet them and like them, then no problem.

Book someone who is independant and cares what happens at the venue and on the dance floor through the night. I have many competitors in this field, but few of them if any are actually the same guy you talk to beforehand like my self.

I used to employ other dj’s when I started out and could still make a lot of money out of doing so if I wanted. However, I rarely do these days as I had some close calls on reliability and decided that ethics and 100% peace of mind- ie: knowing that you can look after the customer and never let them down (short of dying on the way to the gig) with the resulting good reputation was far more important than outsource income. Something that all inclusive package hotels could do well to learn now and not sometime in the future when all the good guys have been priced out of a living.

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Spring roundup

Audio, Lifestyle

Hi all,

This is the time of year when winter apprehension starts hopefully to ease off a bit as bookings start to come in again for the summer ahead. Seems slower than usual, but I think that most years, so perhaps it’s just normal.

Starting this season with a revamp to the heart of my show: My DJ Console. You’re looking at my DJ facebook page for April 20th. If you’re looking at the dates on here and wondering why the post frequency has gone down in recent years, It’s because most new ideas and mutterings are now quickly posted to that page. Anyway, When deejaying went digital, the industry wasn’t really prepared to cater to the needs of the digital DJ in terms of flight casing the gear.

Old Days

It was fine if you had a pair of record decks or CD decks, but with laptops and various 19″ rack shaped controllers (decks that play mp3 files from a hard drive or laptop drive) you were “shagged” really. So I being one of these early pioneers, designed my own case. It was well made, but when it arrived, the lid came up too high and I could only just peek over the top.

Hijab

My mate Ian joked that perhaps I could cut a slit/postbox hole in the lid and have a type of burka console. Well I lowered it by introducing a wooden (but tastefully blackened) prop. This had the effect of making my face visible to the crowd if of course you looked through the lighting without being dazzled in the process. Honestly folks, I thought no one want’s to really see the DJ do they? Well I may be right in some cases, but not in most. So now with the lights to one side and the new case without the coffin lid, I should be more in the spotlight and less intimidating. If I’m haveing a great time, the audience will see and it should spread the mood onto the floor a bit more than before when I relied mostly on great music alone! 15 years as a DJ and I’m still learning. Back to the days when all you had was a set of cd decks between you and the punters! hold onto that lager! Don’t come near the stage with that you p***head! (all my protection is gone!)

Weighty

One more good thing: As I emptied the old “coffin” case today, I realised that part of the reason why it weighed a flippin’ tonne is not so much because of what I had in it, more because the case itself weighed a ruddy tonne before anything was put into it…Looking forward to easier times…

Bye for now.

Jack Dee on being drunk

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Celebs and DIY makeover

Audio, Lifestyle

Well you know, as an ex musician and now DJ, I’ve met my share of celebrities I suppose and Most of the time I’m quite sort of…”Yeah whatever”. I must admit though, Sitting next to this lovely lady who actually is probably the only lady left in the develoloped world who actually has that woman look ie: not jeans or trousers all the time, I thought: My god, I’ve been watching this person on TV for years admiring that look and here she is sitting next to me in another gorgeous outfit and looking even better in real life! Well it was a brief moment and a quick chat, where I admitted to her that when they said who I’d be working with, I thought it was what turns out to be Linda Barker (I’ve never been to hot with recalling names of TV folks on those magazine type shows). Well I’m glad it was the actual Kirstie Allsopp instead.

Just a quick thanks to all at B&Q Bognor who looked after me and were great: Tony, Yohan and the crew. And hello to the Spirit FM Crew Who I had a good chinwag with too. I never realised how much the look of B&Q has changed with this revamp until I talked to one of the manageresses today. I’m not much of a DIYer, being a renting tennant, but I do recall that grey warehouse look with pallets up to the ceiling on racking shelves with all the dust that accompanies such a system. Well that’s all gone now. Plush clean floor level layout with lots of space and thought into where stuff is: eg: if you want curtains then you should find curtain hooks right beside them instead of in a different department like ironmongery or something! Also it’s fully hooked into the web with interactive screens where you can order brochures direct to your home and look up instructional films on youtube. Free wifi instore if you’ve got your ipad or netbook etc. If you’re really savvy you can hook up your smartphone and save broadband data allowance. That reminds me, I need to ditch this blackberry and bear the pain of texting on a touchscreen phone so I can actually see a website when I need to without the use of a microscope! Meanwhile back at the ranch (B&Q), they really seem to have thought it through, with the idea being that if shops carry on the way they have been doing, then even more will go out of business. For that alone I admire the forward thinkingness of the board, or if not then whoever isn’t getting the credit right now. They’ve put the money where their mouths are too investing around £3million in this one store alone.

On a different note, thanks to kim for recommending Leanne to me. I think that covers it for this one.

Take care until next time.

Mike

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Wedding speech? try mixing in these witty quotes

Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Hey all you wedding blokes. I’m not addressing the brides here, because I’ve never seen a bride make a speech yet, so if you are that bride, Please go somewhere else whilst your fiancee reads up on this lot.

 

Blokes pay attention! I’ve collected some of the funniest quotes to mix in with your speech and in case you’re wondering whether they are well worn, Don’t worry. I’ve done tonnes of weddings and I ain’t heard any of them yet!

Here you go. Tuck into this little feast and don’t say uncle Mike never does anything for you. OK?

 

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. (George Burns)

I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. (Rita Rudner)

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight. (Phyllis Diller)

There’s only one way to have a good marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I’ll get married
again. (Clint Eastwood)

The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret. (Henry Youngman)

A man walks up to a gorgeous woman in a large market and says, “Excuse me but, I’ve lost my
wife somewhere here in the market, could you talk to me for a few minutes?” “Why?” she asks.
“Well, whenever I talk to beautiful woman my wife suddenly appears out of nowhere.”

Here’s to our wives and lovers. May they never meet.

The most effective way to remember your wedding anniversary is to forget once.

There are only two times in a man’s life when he can’t understand a woman – before marriage and
after marriage.

We call him the exorcist in our house. Every time he comes around, he rids us of all our spirits.

It was an emotional wedding. The mother of the bride cried. Even the cake was in tiers.

After a quarrel, a wife said to her husband, “You know, I was a fool when I married you.” The
husband replied, “Yes, dear, but I was in love and didn’t notice.”

Speech-making is a bit like prospecting for Black Gold. If you don’t strike oil in 10 minutes, stop
boring.

I’m told that the best speech makers follow three simple rules. Stand Up. Speak Up. Then, very
quickly, Shut Up. I’ll try to stick to that advice.

The brain is a wonderful thing. It never stops functioning from the time you’re born until the
moment you stand up to make a speech.

Why does a woman work for 10 years to change a man’s habits, and then complain he’s not the
man she married? – Barbara Streisand

The trouble with being the best man at a wedding is that you never get to prove it.

I can honestly say that in all the years I’ve known him, no one has ever questioned John’s
intelligence. In fact, I’ve never heard anyone even mention it.

Man who sinks into woman’s arms, soon has his arms in woman’s sink. – Confucius

Best man speech: Tim and Patricia, what a wonderful day it is to be getting married. As we all know marriage carries many new responsibilities. Patricia, from now on, you must never argue or even disagree with Tim, because as we all know he is now the head of the family and the king of his castle. You must keep your hair, makeup, and clothes perfect at all times. You should always cook Tim’s favorite foods and encourage him to go out with his friends often. Do these few simple things and you will surely be blessed with many years of happiness. (Pause to let it sink in) Patricia, I know that Tim loves you very, very much… (Slight pause) because he spent a long, long time writing this speech for me. Congratulations to you both!

Marriage is a 3-ring circus – engagement ring, wedding ring and suffering.

Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.

Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener.

With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.

I haven’t spoken to my wife for 18 months- I don’t like to interrupt her.

My Wife Says I Never Listen, Or Something Like That.

Why does it take 1 million sperm to fertilize one egg? They won’t stop to ask directions!

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January. Can there be a worse month?

Lifestyle

Well, Here we go again. In my 12th year of business. Looks like being the most challenging one yet. I thought this Christmas was quiet, but in reality, when I did the accounts, it turned out to be a little bit better than last year and a little bit worse than the one before so I’d say average on the whole. I’ve decided to freeze the wedding price for the third year running. We’ll see how that pans out. Already have quite a few bookings for this year but can always take more.

If you’re looking for a wedding DJ with experience who can also DJ for all other types of party too, then please read my reviews from real people who have seen me in action.

Wow! what a week. on Thursday I cought the most horrendous cold…Worse than anything I’ve had in recent times. The thing I hate is that once you get that familiar feeling on the back of your nose, you know that you’re basically screwed and all you can do is inflict as much damage limitation as possible. So as I had a gig this Saturday and I hate being ill, that’s what I did. I hammered it with everything I could think of. Tonnes of vitamin C powder, A clove of raw garlic every morning and evening. Ginger root, Elderberry capsuls, Honey, Multi vitamin IM90 (immune vitamin casules). This was working, but it was a strong one, so I ended up supplimenting that with an asma (probably spelt wrongly) inhaler and some of that nose unblocker squirty stuff. Well that was Thursday and it’s now Sunday. I’ve done the gig. Got great praise from the customer (hello Jill!) and the cold has almost gone. I can taste again and I don’t need the two drugs mentioned. I was talking to a girl the other day who’d had a cold for some three weeks and couldn’t shake it off. Perhaps I should give her this anacdote when I see her again.

Also on Thursday my vacuum pump for the brakes went on the van. As if a cold isn’t bad enough, I have to deal with a breakdown too. Well thanks loads to dave at Automedics for fitting me into his already tight workload and sorting it out!

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Usual random round up

Lifestyle

Hi There. Just to let you know there are a few dates still available in December for your party. Please check here to see if I’m available..

Liking having a less hectic schedule in November. Went to the Theatre Royal Brighton last week with a friend and saw “An Inspector calls”.

Great play but we were so high up in the “gods” that we couldn’t see the top of the stage. Although I don’t think we missed anything, I can’t be sure due to the fact that we couldn’t see it you see…A self perpetuating conundrum.

Just been checking out Wild Cherries back catalogue over the past few nights. They were famous for that song Play that funky music (white boy), but it would seem they have a few more worth playing on a particularly funky-assed evening. Did the same with Average white band the other week (famous for Pick up the pieces). It would appear that they too are perhaps, no definitely even more worth checking out. I’m always looking to increase my funk and (if there’s any left that I don’t know about and have) disco tracks. So if you know of any rare grooves, feel free to suggest and I’ll give them a going over.

Just tried to launch a Google + page tonight and as happens sometimes could’nt get it up for love nor technical knowhow without the error massage coming up. Oh well, it’s early days and if they want to compete with facebook it had better work. Do you know Facebook gets more hits than Google these days? No wonder Google want a piece of the action!

Anyhoo, I want to catch that new Ricky Gervais – Lifes too short tonight and I just realised I’ve run out of prepared salad (gasp!) so I’d better get out of ‘ere!

See you all soon,

Mike

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Book, thanks, reality and a laugh

Lifestyle, Literature

Hi all. My god, it’s so long since I wrote a blog, they’ve changed the layout here on the site software! Well looking forward to those cold winter nights as it’s getting dark earlier and earlier. Isn’t that day coming soon when they change the clock around again and throw everything into confusion? Can’t be far off. My apologies for not writing in a while but it’s been my busiest summer to date and I haven’t really had any time. Moving flat didn’t help, as there are about 50 different companies to email after changing address even after you’ve sorted the furnature out and hung all the pictures..

Reading Ben Elton’s “Dead Famous” at the moment. I feel slightly ambivalent about it. The story centres around a group of weirdos and dullards in a “big brother” style show called “house arrest“. It goes into how one of them is murdered and the mystery of how it was done with so many cameras in the house.

The production company is not called “Endemol” but “Peeping tom productions” which is a fair joke on the part of Ben. Only trouble so far with this book is that I hate shows like that and so reading about how bad and false they are is sort of old news to me. But to be fair the book was written quite a few years ago and I only bought it to read whilst waiting to play at Saturday nights gig. On the up side though, I am studying philosophy right now, so It stops me getting distracted I suppose and provides some relief when I don’t feel like reading about the meaning of life etc. any more.

Just want to say hello to Mike and Arabella who I played for on Saturday and Little Izzie and family who I played for on Sunday. You all were lovely and thanks for looking after me.

I’m just having to copy my entire catalogue of mp3’s from one of my hard drives to another so I can change the first hard drive to a “fat” system format, so it will work with my new decks. I started at 5pm. it’s nearly 8pm and it’s still copying. Try copying eleven thousand songs from one drive to another and see how long it takes! Another “Frankenstiens lab” evening.

Well thats all for now, but please check out this brilliant sketch from legends Ronnie Corbett and Harry Enfield. A brilliant take on modern technology! Watch them trying to keep a straight face towards the end..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0o-afuVzTw

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