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old soul

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About old soul

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  • Birthday 04/02/1967

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    Semi-Pro - I D.J alongside a full time Job / School
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    Experienced DJ looking to network with others
  1. Military prison is no joke, I went to the glasshouse in Colchester once on business, unlike our comfy everyday prisons, very few people want a return to a military prison, hopefully they'll learn a hard and sharp lesson.
  2. I'd go with all the above advice, but just to add a couple of things. If speaking is something you are nervous of, then I would suggest as said, just say a brief hello and welcome to... at the start of the evening. Once you've said something once, you'll relax and find it much easier if and when you need to say anything later or make announcements, you don't want to spend half your night worrying about when you have to say something. Another tip, if you have the ability to turn down the mid range on your mixer whilst speaking, then this will make you far more easily understood, obviously
  3. One I remember from several years ago (before I was married) Friday night club gig on the Kent coast somewhere, think it was a gate, Mar or Rams lol, finished at 2 AM, broke down on the motorway on the way home, finally got home at 6-45 AM, had breakfast, went to the day job and worked 'till 5 PM. Went home, had food and sorted out troublesome car, then off to club res from 8 'till 2AM, had a very good night, so ggod in fact that I was obliged to accompany a young lady home and entertain her, got home at 9-30 on the Sunday morning and went to bed, very tired, very happy and with a pocket
  4. Hi Nathan, welcome aboard and be sure to stick around :)
  5. I've worked with bands a few times and had some really good nights, and I have to say imho, live music has an atmosphere all of it's own which is different to a disco. However, I can't imagine anybody wanting a band without a disco, most bands are at best going to provide a couple of hours of music, and there's a good chance that a number of people won't be into what they are doing anyway. With the experiences I've had it's normally a case of the disco playing second fiddle to the "big event" of the band, warming up and introducing them, and then playing out the gig afterwards. However, I
  6. Interesting point, and I can see both sides of the coin. I worked in clubs where I did "pop" nights where it would be a case of playing chart stuff, and would rarely dream of deviating from the familiar, however Saturday nights was normally at a club or clubs which would be known for playing dance music. These were completely different crowds, people who would be going to the club mainly for the music, not so much to socialise or pull, but to listen to their genre of music and dance the night away. It was expected that the music was on the edge, and nights like these generally were what w
  7. So who still buys albums? and who plays tracks off of them? I still love buying albums of artists I like, and it's always fun trying to pick a track off the album that people will like and dance to, even if they don't know it. When I started, it was common when working in clubs to end up spending fortunes on 12" USA imports, and playing them, which meant people were quite used and open to hearing stuff they weren't familiar with. It doesn't seem to be so much the case these days, most just seem to want to hear what they know most of the time.
  8. I wouldn't do them now, but the main reason is that I don't really feel qualified. I'm now over 40 and am probably not quite up to date and fashinable enough with music to do them justice. I did a lot in the past though, and generally used to ejoy them, normally very responsive audiences, and enough eye candy to seriously put you off what you are doing. Having said that, I would still consider one now, but only really if the client involved was looking for more general party music rather than really up to date stuff. Don't be put off, if you are up with current trends then more often
  9. I do think at this point I ought to add that anybody who is running their own business and getting a decent living wage out of it for 40 hours a week investment ought to be extremely happy. There aren't many businesses you could do that. Something else that may be a factor to some degree is the unsocial hours thing. When I started out, way back in the eighties, working on a Friday or Saturday night was considered unsocial hours, and heaven forbid having to work on a Sunday. However large swathes of the population now work across the weekend as a matter of course, so whilst people may have
  10. Any service is only worth what a client is prepared to pay for it. The only way to increase their perception of what it's worth is by selling it to them properly. A lot of people see salesmanship as a bit of a dirty word, but if you run your own business then it has to be an integral part of it in order to secure what you want for your services. That may sound a bit rich coming from a part time DJ like me, but to refer back to an earlier point made, in my full time job, as a self employed electrician, I do have to sell my services, otherwise contrary to popular opinion I'd be losing all m
  11. LOL including the "five must know answers you can give to telephone enquiries to guarantee business"
  12. Actually I know someone who only charges £80 a night. He's well into his sixties and does afternoons at old peoples homes and birthday parties for the older generations. Strictly speaking what he does probably wouldn't be classed as a disco, but he does take equipment, set it up and play music. He also does a job that I wouldn't be able to do. Be very surprised if he was voting in polls on here though
  13. White Doblo, juuuust about big enough.
  14. No, probably wasn't being very clear. What I meant was that a conventional speaker is fairly directional by it's nature, and a high quality one will tend to sound "less loud" at the same volume. The Bose, as I understand it, whilst a high quality sound are omni directional. My point was really that a decent quality set of speakers that are 'aimed' at the dance floor are likely to be just as succesfull in this regard. Probably me trying to sound clever and look stupid :joe:
  15. I'd be interested to know what they felt when Weller left, and then turned up with the Style Council. A bit of a departure, and perhaps you could ask them their favourite Style Council track lol.
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