here we are in 2020 and what's changed? I'll tell you, everything as changed from client demand to entertainers who can provide it all, in
other words a one stop shop But to ruin all that along comes Covid-19 and BOOM, the industry grinds to a halt. March came and so did lockdown and we are now in October with no end to this nonsense. As an industry we've been left high and dry by a government who couldn't run a bath and they don't learn from previous mistakes. Hey ho! It's out of the general publics control and we are made to go along with it. The Industry will be back and bigger and better than ever, mark my words!
I still feel proud to be around after all this time and still be in demand but to keep
up as taken hard work and a lot of research. By research I mean finding out
what makes a good night and how to constantly give that 100%. I don't just
invest in new equipment but I also invest in me and by that I mean looking at
what people want and giving it to them, after-all they are paying.
the early days of vinyl and tapes, breaking your back carrying cases full of records up
flights of stairs and laying them out on tables, the more you had people would
think you were the best but in them days that's what you did. Then we went to
CD's the unbreakable, un-scratchable or so they said. I remember watching
Tomorrows World and them showing off this new technology, they even put butter
and jam on the disc, wiped it off and it still played! the future was CD or so
we thought. Well a few fingerprints later and the thing would skip like mad,
although on the plus side it would get you a round of applause.
Next for me came mini
disc, wow what was this technology? I used to spend hours recording my CD's on
to these little discs and I could title them so I could see what was playing
and even going to lengths to write what was on each disc in a book. I was
looking at my Discs the other day and have around 100 or so each holding around
2 hours each, now they're redundant and made way for the next technology.
Today our latest technology is MP3 a truly amazing invention I for one could
not live without. I have worked hard on converting my CD's to this format along
with buying from iTunes all the new releases and some older ones that I wanted
a better quality of. This new invention works for me as I invested in Apple. I
have an iPhone, Ipod, iPad and a Mac book pro. This works for me in a lot of
ways and one of the ways is this, I hear a track or song, while I'm out I then
open an app called Shazam on my iPhone and I press the listen button, this then
sends the information to iTunes and tells me what it is, Artist, Title, Album
etc And here is the best bit I can then buy it while I'm on the move and when I
get home I switch on my other Apple devices and the track I bought is on them.
I know longer have to convert what I have bought during the day and further
more it saves me time. Gone the days of spending all day in the local music
store for a handful of tunes, you probably wouldn't play. It doesn't stop there
with this technology either. remember the day of asking the DJ has he got a
certain song and him saying "I've left it at home" yeah right course
he has, we all know he didn't have it. Well with the new technology and iTunes
I can now get that song in minutes and be playing it. I no longer have to worry
about having everything, I now just buy it when I need it.
The point I'm Making here
is my investment has never stopped, so before you think wow that's a bit more
than I wanted to pay for a DJ, just think of the journey I just talked you
through, it's priceless!
is where I started and the journey it took me on, to make me the entertainer I
where the journey began!
I first became interested
in music and Entertainment at an early age, so when I left school in the 80's
it was no surprise that I became an Entertainer. What started as a hobby soon
became my living and a way of life.
I made my first disco
setup from some old turntables and an old amp I had given me. I bought some
cheap lights and I was up and running. My cousin and I started working at the
local Boys Club and Community Centre and the money came rolling in at £15 a gig
(laugh). I knew then that entertaining was for me. Word got around that I was a
DJ and soon I was doing weddings and other functions. I also had a bit of a
problem with getting round from gig to gig and often used Taxi's or friends,
resulting in me not making any money in the early days but I enjoyed performing
and wasn't to fussed about the money back then.
I met another DJ who used
to work the local pub. He was good and I knew I could learn a lot from him, so
I asked him if I could help. First setting up and then warming up before he
went on. I gained a lot of experience from him and owe him for what I have
achieved to date.
I went on to attend two
auditions for a hotel in Runcorn. One for a dinner dance DJ and the other for a
children’s Sunday lunchtime Entertainer, which I found out later meant Clown
and to my surprise I won both auditions and spent about 2 years there, working
through David Anthony Promotions.
My career as an
Entertainer went from strength to strength and working in partnership with
another DJ, we toured the Midlands for various beer promotions and later the
Isle Of Man,
sometimes spending weeks away from home. I would work alongside bands and other
acts on the same bill, usually introducing them and providing music and
entertainment in the intervals, along with games, giving promotional gifts away
I then did a series of
60’s weekender cruises to
Jersey, working alongside International music stars Tony
Blackburn and David Hamilton, again working in partnership with another DJ.
Shortly after this I
secured another contract at a busy town centre pub in
playing Chart and Dance music to large crowds. I took work when and where I
could, also extending to private functions along the way. The pub and club
scene was for me and I travelled the country performing as a DJ in
Wales, Buxton and Southport
to name a few.
It was time for a change
and I took up with another agency, Celebration Discos, whom I met when
attending a quiz hosted by the Manager at a pub in Swinton. I worked on many
types of functions, including wedding’s, 21st birthdays, presentations etc. At
this point I also worked for another agency Unit One doing bigger and more
Working at Queen Elizabeth
was a memorable occasion, working alongside music legends Edwin Starr and
Showaddywaddy, then as a children’s entertainer I performed at Peter
Schmeichel’s Daughters (Cecilie) birthday party, at the Bramhall Moathouse.
I also perform as a Singer
and have done so for various organizations, from dinner dances to New Years Eve
parties, singing hits from the Rat Pack , 50’s, 60’s and Rock n Roll. Usually I
will perform from 45 minutes to an hour.
Right now I’m at the top
of my game and have been told I provide an Outstanding Service. I have enjoyed
the journey so far that my career as an Entertainer has taken me on and hope to
be around for many more years, gaining even more experience and knowledge in my
chosen field. I always give 110% to every job I do, with meticulous attention
to detail, letting the client have input right from the start on times, music,
dress code etc. As for trophy’s and awards that all other DJ’s and Entertainers
seem to brag about, I don’t have any and don’t want any! I just come with a
wealth of knowledge and experience that I've gained along the way, which helps
me provide Entertainment second to none.
“The proof is in the
pudding” as they say and "thank you, we’ve had a great night", is
reward enough for me.
Thanks for reading and I
hope to Entertain you soon.