2020 Weddings, a New Year a new decade.

Where to start? Before I move onto 2020 Weddings, a bit about the last year or so. Last year was very busy, after taking a few years out away from DJ’ing in bars and clubs I signed with an agency that has me doing a lot of DJ work in bars again. A lot of this work has been afternoon and early evening work, but some does encroach into the night, although I’m oft done and dusted by midnight and home to my bed. With the various musical genres directed by the various bars I’ve been getting to explore aspects of my large collection of music that had not been getting much ‘airtime’ prior and this has been refreshing.

My 2020 Weddings and other function work has also taken off, it seems a lot of couples have been waiting for 2020 to roll around to get married. I’ll be working across several venues in the coming months that are new to me and yesterday I site checked Otaki’s Anam Cara Gardens for a Wedding I’m DJ’ing in February. This pace is stunning, beautifully set up and I’m excited to have the opportunity to work there.

www.anamcaragardens.co.nz/

I also got a puppy, Nina (thank you Wellington SPCA), a Border Collie/Labrador cross, and she has changed so much about how I live and the things I look forward to. This is her high in the hills with one of her Mum’s. I look forward to every moment with Nina and it is hard to be away from her for the long days that my Weddings are but I, and she, have a network of friends and neighbours that are all helping out and the peak of the Wedding season, the majority of my long days, is not too long.

I’ve invested heavily in new equipment over the past year and now boast a thumping JBL sound system and Pioneer Nexus II media players. I’ve also added 2 sets of Sennheiser microphones and a plethora of other ‘bits and bobs’, this has significantly improved my set ups and shows and reduced some of my labour. All great things.

I have a busy summer ahead and this includes my annual pilgrimage to the 3 day Splore Music Festival in February, to relax, dance and enjoy the music of others. This will be followed by the 3 day Club 121 Festival in March (again just a punter) at the Tauherenikau Racecourse, where I DJ’d a fabulous Wedding in December last year. This place too is stunning and Rose and Smith are supreme operators, if you’re hunting venues you definitely need to visit this one. I also have work on various concerts driving production crew and musicians and drove for the John Farnham production in December and next month have Randy Newman and then in April, one of my heroes, Patti Smith in Christchurch.

www.tauherenikau.co.nz/weddings/

In March, the tail of peak Wedding, I’m back at The Otaki Milk Station (OMS) themilkstation.co.nz/, another sublime venue and under the auspices of the brilliant Norbert and his beautiful German Shepherd, Bella. This is a Ruth Pretty Catering (RPC) www.ruthpretty.co.nz/ catered affair, as they oft are at the OMS. I’ve done a lot of work with both the OMS and RPC and I credit Paul Pretty with where I stand now with regards my position as an experienced Wedding DJ.

That’s it for now, thanks for reading. #herewego2020weddings

Winter 2017

Here we are, DJ Max, Winter 2017 and above a beautiful Black Barn sunset from a January Wedding this year. Something to remember Summer by, although it was an especially appalling Summer, where the weather was concerned. Lets hope for better weather next year!

Interestingly and thankfully, all my Weddings were largely unaffected by  ‘said’ Weather with regards to the outdoor Ceremonies everyone has nowadays. The one that was affected, @Wallaceville House, the drizzle, rain and cold arrived just as we finished the Ceremony. It was a traditional Scottish styled Wedding with the Bride piped in, a knot tied and some Kilts in evidence. I made the quip “that it must be just like home” to some of the guests who had traveled from Scotland to be greeted with some chuckles and agreement at the comment.    We had a great hooley with a few Reels and some more Bagpipes thrown into the dancing.

Generally, Winter is a time of hiding indoors  and Brides and Grooms are starting to think about their upcoming Spring and Summer Weddings and are nailing down the finer details.  It is also the time of year when DJ’s are starting to think about their marketing and what new gear they’d like to have in time for the seasonal rush.

Last year I added a Rane 64 DJ Mixer (Rane are pretty much the most acoustically pure, ‘off the shelf’ mixers on the planet), and after a decade plus of using Pioneer DJM series mixers, I’m blown away by the lift in quality of the Rane audio versus the Pioneer.  I also added an 18″ HK Audio Pulsar Subwoofer and K&M crank handled windup distance rod to support placing my mighty HK Audio L5 series top box on. It’s an expensive business staying up to date with gear and I’m alway working to upgrade each time I buy anew. My intention, around November, is to add a 2nd Pulsar Sub and to potentially upgrade my Wedding Ceremony system from my current HK Audio S.M.A.R.T. ( a very cool and powerful wee system) to a HK Audio Soundcaddy, tho’ I’d really like a Sennheiser LSP 500. The Soundcaddy is very cool, but requires power. The LSP 500 is Lithium Battery powered and can be fitted with up to 3 wireless Sennheiser microphone systems. The LSP 500 with mics runs to about 4.5 times the price of the Soundcaddy, with the questions being … do my clients really want this? Will they and can they afford to pay for it? Am I just doing this for the satisfaction of myself in offering my clients the ultimate in convenience and technology? It is very easy to over capitalise!

Today I renewed my Google Adword and Facebook marketing, these are just a few of the hidden costs that my clients don’t necessarily see or have an awareness of but that can come with real benefits for my business and for my prospective clients as it puts me ‘in front of them’, so to speak, and gives them access to my superb services.

Winter is obviously a much quieter time of year for most of us Wedding specialists, people hibernate and plan. However, it is not entirely quiet and over the next few months I have a spate of 50th’s to DJ; I’ve already done 3 this year and several last year. They are very much a thing and they have all been a lot of fun. At 50 people have been exposed to a wide gamut of tunes and so you get to DJ a wide variety of genres and eras, which I love and thrive on. It is extremely satisfying to get a party rocking to the Rolling Stones Honky Tonk Woman and blending/mixing it out to something like Ram Jams Black Betty, or even Whitney Houston, and then into something like Rihanna or Jax Jones House Work.  Three of the 50th’s were quite large scale and required a lot of physical work setting up and many hours and site visits to plan. They looked and sounded brilliant, especially a Warehouse party where we rigged a large lighting and Mirrorball cluster, a rig I emulated on a lesser scale for another 50th a month or 2 later (check out my DJ Max Facebook for some images) . One day I’ll have a roadie! One of the 50th’s had close to a $100,000 thrown at it and is easily one of the most extravagant parties I have participated on. With that kind of a spend you want to be very on your game and I was and it ROCKED. The most recent one I DJ’d for 10 hours, starting @5PM and finishing @3AM, I was having so much fun and they were such cool clients. Though it was a bit of a mission lugging my large volume of gear up the steps of their beautiful home … and then back down again. Again, one day I’ll have a roadie :~).

Until next time, ciao my amigos.