All set for 2020? Book your DJ now!

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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Do you think size matters?

Audio

Hi again everybody. I have an idea which I’ve bored others with from time to time over the years but never really voiced in the broad spread that this blog no doubt achieves!

Ok actually I’ve no idea how many folks read my humble thoughts other than a few definites but anyway, what do you think of this…

I nearly always do gigs which start at around 7:30 pm and end at around midnight.

That’s a long time isn’t it? do you think the crowd dance attentively for all that time? Mostly no. I mean there’s usually upwards of two or three at least on the floor for most of the night but the main rush comes at around 9:30pm to 10:00pm and then again in the last 45 minutes. This isn’t because I’m a bad DJ. Read the reviews yourself.

Just occasionally or at Christmas functions I come on late and play for 2 to 3 hours. This has the effect of concentrating everyones attention and the shows can’t help but be more snappy and a little bit more exciting. In fact I’ve had some of my wildest gigs and best crowd reaction in this shorter format. This, I’m guessing is why most concerts are around this length. Just immagine if I came on at 9 or 10pm and everybody just went for it big time on the floor…..This is why I charge a set fee now and not so much an hourly rate, as I believe after many years of exprience that it’s quality, not quantity that counts and let’s not forget the oldest rule of entertainment: Always leave ’em wanting more…Not for nothing was that saying a cliche long long ago.

If your another DJ reading this or another customer or a friend, I’d really appreaciate your view on this. I’m genuinly interested to know what everyone else thinks.

Not a lot to say other than that rather important point, except that spaces are filling up for the summer now so please don’t miss out on the wonder that is the Cloud And Sun funky-assed disco in 2011!

Take care and see you soon..

Mike.

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Christmas and new year round up

Audio, Lifestyle

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great Christmas. I thought we had a quieter one than usual work wise, but I’ve totted up the income and it’s almost exactly the same as last year. Not only that, I’ve discovered that I made a mistake in last years final gross profit figure and I’ve paid too much tax as a result! Bugger! Never mind. I guess they need the extra money after the last lot ballsed up the economy so much – with help from the bankers but not exclusively of course.

Anyway, talking of ballsing it up. I got a last minute New Years Eve gig and the host told me to set this confetti cannon off at midnight. I say to him: “Do I need to take this polythene off if the tube first?” “No I think it’s fine” he says. So come midnight I play the new year chimes (which last about a minute). All this time I’m trying to twist this ruddy cannon tube open and not getting anywhere.

Finally the chimes end and …well nothing. Dead air as they say on radio. I rush over and start Auld lang Syne on the other decks (it’s complicated but the start of the chimes needs cueing out as it goes on forever – otherwise I’d have programmed it up on the laptop) and a cheer goes up. I realise that this ruddy polythene needs to come off so I’m about to set fire to it with my lighter (for speed – used to do this with CD covers) when Becky clocks what’s going on and comes and rips it off in one surprising and slightly annoyingly smooth and efficient German movement, thus enabling me to fire off at last the confetti on to a now Auld Lang Syne swaying Audience.

I told the host what happened after and he was cool about it. “Oh yeah” he said, “we had the same problem earlier in the car park”. At first I thought; Why were they setting confetti cannons off in the pub car park? And then I thought; why the hell didn’t you come and tell me that before midnight????

Then there was the girl on the dance floor who had a dress on so short that every move she busted, it rode right up over her bum. My god this job is hard sometimes. You just have to grit your teeth and get through the night as best as you can….

Sigh….Anyway, things are filling up up nicely for 2011, though I’m determined to find out why if you type “mobile disco Sussex” into Google, I don’t appear anywhere…Try it. You’ll see.

Have a great new year and see you soon,

All the best,

Mike.

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Warm up to the big season and acknowledgements

Audio, Lifestyle

Hi all. Just to let you know I’m available again for New Years Eve due to a cancellation. Prices start at £500.00 for an amazing night out. New years eve is the best night of the year so make sure you book the best. Last year I was at The Ship Hotel in Chichester and it was wild! Enquiries are bound to come in even at this late hour so don’t um and err for long…

Reviews

Thanks to my clients this weekend for showing your love. Mel, Chris, Joelle and Dave in that order. Hope to see you all again soon and thanks for the great reviews.

Hello to Andy. Nice talking with you today. Hope it all works out this year and next.

TV

My tip for Christmas TV. Most of you out there have posh new HD ready TV’s in your front room right? I bet you have at least one laptop with an HDMI connection. Well if you do, Get yourself an extra cable so when the awful TV comes on you can run your TV catch up sites through your big screen TV and watch all the best of what you didn’t have time to watch before. If you havent got an HDMI connection from your PC there may well be other ways so check it out, as most new TV’s have a multitude of connections that could potentially come from a PC such as VGA although this may or may not give you HI-Definition. Mind you even here in Worthing, I would struggle to get the bandwidth needed for that!  If you need extra long cables try going to leads direct in Seaford. You can order from their site. Also there is lots of classic comedy to be viewed on youtube from days gone by as you may have realised either from previous blogs or just surfing on your own. So there you have it. You don’t have to watch Only Fools And Horses (good as it is and was) or some lousy American Santaclause movie for the 600th time. Good luck!

Decorations

Ok well if you haven’t got your decorations up yet, why not? Come on you muppet! Get into the spirit of it all. I’m ordering you to do so! I mean we might even have snow at Christmas and then what are you going to look like eh? Just immagine if you were driving down the road and every single house actually had lights up in the front room etc. AND it snowed at the same time? I’d have to go out and take pictures then would’nt you?

Last word

Alright that’s enough bossiness. Have a great Christmas and New Year if I don’t blog before then, which at my current frequency is highly possible. Well I’m afraid I’m one of those people who only blog when they’ve actually got something to say. Commercial suicide I know, but there you are…

Take care,

Mike.

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Moving Stories.

Audio, Lifestyle

Changing pads

Hi again. Next week we’re moving to Worthing and I’m dreading all that lifting and packing. You’d think as a DJ I’d take it all in my stride wouldn’t you? But as this will be about the 55th move since I left the home of my Transient military family, I know exactly how much of a sweaty, groany, tiresome business it is. On the upside I’m looking forward to living in a flat where you can walk straight out of the kitchen and into the back yard where there will be a table chairs and parasol waiting for us to sit down and have breakfast, dinner or barbacue etc. Also having a living room with a fireplace (just for the look only) and parking space for the vehicles at Cloud And Sun Towers that doesn’t come with overhanging trees and accompanying perpetual bird shit and tree debris to wash off. Yes the car and van will actually stay shiny! You should see them now after a storm has hit. They look like I’ve just driven them through a commercial compost heap.

Wind

I spend my life wondering whether one day a very over grown tree will introduce itself into our bedroom one windy night, but all that’s over now. I love trees by the way, but not the fast growing kind on a bit of no-mans-land. They’ve even blocked out terrestrial TV since I moved here. At 60′ high they show no signs of either slowing down or meeting a tree surgeon any time soon.

Time off

I had a cancellation last Saturday night. The bride and groom split up six months earlier and the “groom no more” who’s job it was to tell me, didn’t bother. Never mind. Becky and I decided to make the most of my complete weekend off as it’s such a rarity. We ended up going out for lunch and then dinner. A bit decadent I know, but as I’ve mentioned on facebook, not enough it seems.

Cops

On the way to Chichester for dinner I got pulled over by the long arm of the law and fined for not wearing a seat belt. By Christ that was an expensive day. I know we’re all supposed to wear them but as an ex truck driver I still have to remember every time I get in to do so. (there aren’t any seatbelts in lorries or haven’t been until recently.) None of this made the young motorbike plod any more sympathetic. The sprogs are always the most keen to dish out paperwork. Give it a few more years and he’ll try and avoid it wherever possible.

False claims

This is beside the point I’m trying to make though. I’ve been a professional driver for around 25 years now. Yes I’m still doing it in the week. I drive special needs folk to and from a day centre when I’m not deejaying.  I’ve had prangs and clips and even two head on crashes before now and not once have I needed a seat belt. I’m not saying we should stop wearing them, I’m just saying that how is it just to punish someone for not ensuring that they might avoid accidently killing themselves? I don’t get it. Surely if I want to kill myself I am free to do so? And how is not wearing a seatbelt going to kill someone else? When you’ve crashed, you’ve…well, crashed. You might be dead, but it doesn’t kill the other guy or the passengers does it? Which brings me to the other official obsession. “speed kills”. No it doesn’t! If speed killed, then we wouldn’t have any racing drivers left would we? You want to know what really kills? It’s nothing to do with seatbelts or speed. It’s ta ta ta ta ta ta taaah….. Inabilty or inattention. If you’re a boy racer and you can’t take that corner at the right speed, that’s inabilty mate. Don’t try to run before you can walk. And while you’re at it, drive your own car and stop nicking ours. If you’re on anti deppressants or alchohol or spliff, or you’ve just had a falling out with a friend or relative, or you’re just plain knackered. That’s inattention. Oh and before you mention other road users and the stupid things they might do.. If you have your attention on the job, you can compensate with defensive driving can’t you?

Punitive

We live in such a punitive society don’t we? Nobody except the wonderful emergency services (the irony) are acknowledged for their hard won skills and experience. What’s that saying? If you’ve done something for five years you’re an expert. If you’ve done it for ten years you’re a doctor. If you’ve done it for twenty years, you’re a professor. As I said before. I’ve been professional for 25 years. Surely my opinion counts for something? I reckon they should leave us alone and if they insist on pulling us over, I have ears and a brain. I don’t need a whopping £60 bill to remind me to obey (or else) the arbitrary law of the realm in future outings. Oh by the way, I talked about some of my point with the young whipper-snapper who pulled me over. One of the things he said was that “on the down side, I’ve known people die in their cars when the car caught fire and they couldn’t remove their seatbelt in time.”  Discuss.

Have a great weekend and remember to belt up or you might be sending that painful envelope off to Edward Street in Brighton. Think on…

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