Blog : DJ Services

Hiring Live DJ Services A-Z

Hiring Live DJ Services A-Z

We all know what a DJ or Disk Jockey is. That’s the person who plays background music to which crowds or guests will either dance, mingle, say their vows or simply listen and vibe with. Music is a powerful tool which can set the tone of an event and control its environment as well as the emotions of the crowd. Music sends messages to the subconscious mind. Happy music can encourage joy, laughter and have a ‘good-vibes’ effect on people. EDM (Electronic Dance Music) funk, R&B and Latin music are all beat and groove based genres which have an immediate and almost uncontrollable dance-effect on people, making it hard even for the self-proclaimed non-dancer to avoid moving to.  Soft, thoughtful and melodic music has a way of connecting people with their deeper emotions, making them more vulnerable and sensitive.

The most important element of a DJ’s job is what they call ‘reading the room’. A good DJ will be able to connect with the audience while in action and choose the next song to be played based on the existing vibe set by the audience. If they sense that the energy levels are low, they may choose a slightly different direction to bring those levels up, while also considering choosing a softer direction in order to put an overly-hyped audience into a more subtle state.

It is important to remember that there are many different kinds of DJ’s, catering for different type events. Fact of the matter is, in order to cater to a large variety of events, you need to own a ridiculous amount of music. Some DJ’s are collectors in nature and therefore can adapt and serve to a larger clientele. However, most DJ’s have a specialty which defines their area of musical interest, passion and expertise.

Goal

If you want people to dance no matter what, it is recommended to hire a party DJ or a club DJ which has experienced in making people happy on the dance floor. If your event is a corporate event intended for mingling then you need a DJ for a cocktail party or DJ for a business reception, one with a top-notch professional demeanor, who could play a variety of loungy genres ranging from Jazz and blues to ambiance and contemporary. Are you throwing a kids’ birthday? Then definitely go with a DJ that has experience catering to children of a certain age group, and can play anything from entertaining children tunes for toddlers to the most up-to-date popular teeny-bop hits for a sweet 16. Being that weddings tend to bring together an especially diverse crowd, if you are looking for a DJ for a wedding, it’s best to go with an experienced wedding DJ with some proven track record, as he will know how to consider the musical preferences of the happy couple, while still pleasing the vast majority of the crowd by picking the best tracks from different eras and genres to match different age groups and ethnicity.

Theme

If you went to a certain length to design your event to a specific theme, it would be wise to hire a DJ who can stretch themselves to your theme. For instance a DJ with interest in Country music will fit well if you’re planning a country hoe-down party, and would pair well with a line dancing instructor for children or adults. When you think of a DJ today, in most cases the old-school image of turn tables and sexy vinyl no longer applies. However, if you are looking to give your event that unique vintage feel, why not go for a vinyl Party and find a vinyl DJ specializing in 40’s, 50’s, 60’s or 70’s music and ask your guests to dress accordingly. Vinyl is also quite common in the R&B (rhythm & blues) world, so if you’re looking to bump-n-grind and have the right audience hooked to their baggies and bling – That might be your way to go.

Collaborations

Some DJ’s like take their services to the next level by offering different collab-combos such as having a guest singer exit in the middle of the night singing some of the tunes live, much to the delight of the crowd. Similarly, you could intertwine unique rhythm drumming alongside the DJ stand, or a live sax player belting out some magnificent instrumental solo parts. A live beat-boxer can be a great addition to hype-up the vibe of an R&B party, or maybe a manic break-dancing duo. Another brilliant combo is allowing for a led hoola-hoop dancer to suddenly take over the floor and grab everyone’s attention. When it comes to combining a live DJ with live entertainers – let your imagination run wild, and you’ll be one step closer to creating that epic moment your guests will keep on buzzing about for a while.

Whatever party you’re planning – We’re sure it’s going to be great with the right DJ on board. We are here to offer any advice to lead you in the right direction. If you need any further information on choosing the right kind of DJ service for your corporate party or private party, don’t hesitate to use the contact form below and contact us directly.

The art of Sound Engineering

The art of Sound Engineering

Sound engineering (or, the job of making musicians sound great) looks and sounds all hi-techy and digital, but is in fact an art form. People tend to overlook the importance of a quality sound system and an experienced, trustworthy sound engineer. It is essentially the make-or-break of the quality of your event from the entertainment perspective. A wonderful performer, function band or orchestra can literally sound awful if the overall sound output quality and setup are poor. A lot of thought, calculations and preparations go into each concert or show played. Different engineers will have different work methods, ideas and ways of doing things, still, there are some key points to look at when searching for the best overall sound setup and personnel:

 

Gear

Getting the right equipment is important. Microphones, cables, mixers, speakers, monitors – The list goes on and on, and as you can imagine all of the above can cost some big money. There will forever be as many opinions about which brands to use as there are engineers, but either way, it is vital to test-out quality before buying. There are bargains out there, but cut corners in the wrong place and your overall mix output may suffer the consequences. In the same way, you may own a system of £20,000 worth but without the knowledge it may still sound noisy, buzzy and over-modulated in which case ears would bleed and if a £20,000 worth sound system could cry in pain, it would!

 

Ear

An engineer’s natural ear is something money cannot buy. You are either born with it or you’re not. If you go to an event and the band sounds not only exquisite but also delightful to your ears, you are probably facing the art form of masterful sound engineering. Find an engineer with a sensitive musical ear, developed by the right amount of education and field experience – And you’ve got yourself a winner.

 

Experience

Never underestimate the experience of a sound engineer. Most amateurs would find their way around two speakers connected to a basic mixing desk. If you really want your event to sound amazing and your guests to be blown away? Our best advice would be – Don’t settle. Field experience with a wide range of equipment, facing real-time challenges, overcoming power drops and setup malfunctions are all part of the craft. An experienced sound engineer will know the ins and outs of field operations and will have a deep understanding of acoustics, EQing and equipment limits.

 

Lighting

Some sound engineers will expand their expertise to provide lighting solutions. If you find an engineer that can put some lights up to enhance the performance area then you’ve got yourself a lovely deal. However, being that lighting and visuals is an entirely separate entity to the world of sound and a different artform altogether, it is important to work with engineers that have prior experience in lighting. As you would regarding your sound, you’d want to hire someone who knows which gear to use and has both made significant efforts in learning the craft and hopefully had experience in lighting larger-scale events and dealing with real-time lighting.

 

Health & Safety

The level of responsibility expected of an engineer while dealing with heavy gear and messing with electricity is not to be undermined. It is vital your engineer is trustworthy, fully insured and hopefully comes with a set of referrals from previous clients and/or former employers. The ever so important goal of reaching the perfect sound setup is not to come on the expense of the audiences’ safety. Engineers must adhere to level-control guidelines in order to protect the audience’s hearing, as well as keeping their workspace and the venue tidy and safe, with speakers and light stands positioned out of harm’s way and cables either tucked away or properly taped to the floor outside of main paths and walkways.

 

Whichever way you choose to go with your sound setup, never hesitate to contact an expert. We are here for whatever consultation or advice you may need. Keep us in the loop!