I secretly always fancied being a DJ during my early event management days. Then a DJ I was working with let me have a little go of mixing some tunes during his sound check. My imagination in full swing I pictured myself spending my nights DJ’ing at Mambo, then recovering during the day basking in the Spanish sun. Then I discovered just how difficult it really was and quietly retreated back behind my
comfort blanket clipboard.
So to find out what life is really like under the bright lights we quizzed one of our favourite wedding entertainment DJ’s and all round top bloke, Richard Dannaher, from Discologic. Let’s find out more ……
How would you describe your DJ’ing style?
As a wedding DJ now in my 30’s I grew up listening to the same kind of music that a lot of my couples did! I specialise in a number of styles including; Motown, 80’s & 90’s, Old skool dance & garage plus Modern day RnB. In fact I just love any music. It’s my passion and I am very proud to have a job that I love.
How did you become a wedding DJ?
My career started when I 17 years old and I got a job at a London radio station. I started learning the ins and outs of DJ’ing and within 2 years I was DJ’ing at some of London’s biggest club venues. I decided to become a wedding DJ just over 10 years ago when I noticed there was a massive gap in the market for professional, quality, DJ entertainment. I hate the term “mobile DJ” as it doesn’t really explain what we do. At Discologic we want to offer an unbeatable service from the 1st point of contact and help create the best night of my clients life!
What makes a good DJ?
One of the reasons I love my job so much is that I really like meeting new people and connecting with my clients. It’s really important to understand musical tastes and quickly assess what your couples really want to achieve. You need to be ready to work hard as you will only get out what you put in!
What are the best and worst parts of your job?
Getting to play the music I love and performing all over the country, and beyond! It’s fantastic being able to make a wedding day complete with amazing entertainment and leave the guests buzzing from a brilliant evening.
The worst is definitely the long hours, both in the office and at events. I’m usually working until the early hours of the morning having had a really early start. It means I don’t get to see my family quite as much as I would like!
What tips would you give couples to help their day run more smoothly?
Make sure you completely trust your suppliers and then use their advice. The best and most experienced suppliers will know how to make your big day perfect for you and your wedding plans.
What is the best piece of advise you would give an aspiring wedding DJ?
It takes a long time to really get to know music and DJ’ing is very hard work. Success doesn’t come overnight – you’ll need to gain lots of experience at small events before you can move on to the larger events and weddings.
What’s been the best part of your job so far?
There have been so many brilliant times but I have to say DJ’ing at the Champions League Final has to be a real high. Then winning wedding DJ of the Year at the Kent Wedding Awards was fantastic.
Richie collecting his award (on the left)
Thanks Richard for sharing your DJ life with us! For more info about Richard and the services he offers click here.
Have a great day!
Coming up with ideas to get your guests involved in your wedding can cause sleepless nights but we’ve found the perfect solution. How about getting them DJing at your wedding? Yes really.
Stick It On is an entertainment company with a difference. They provide the DJ equipment all you need to do is provide the DJ’s. Wedding guests are actively encouraged to make their way to the decks and do their best Rizzle Kicks or Mark Ronson impression for a 15 minutes slot. No experience necessary. It’s novices all the way and the only mission is to get everyone up on the dance floor.
So if your mates are reliving Pacha but Auntie Joan’s style is more Agadoo than Ministry of Sound you’ll be mixing it up all ways and getting everyone involved. The perfect recipe for a wedding your guests won’t forget.
What would be in your 15 minute set? Let us know!
Today on the blog is home-grown Kent talent, Adam Chandler, who we saw singing in style last weekend.
With his cool Rat Pack style Adam has been a wedding singer in Kent for over 8 years in the county where he was born and raised. Adam says “Weddings here are often the most beautiful as there’s so many picturesque venues and locations that only Kent can offer.”
If you think you’ve seen Adam somewhere before you probably have. He made it through to the last eight in the X-Factor finals with band Futureproof. Adam has also sang with the likes of Westlife, Shayne Ward, The Sugar Babes, Leona Lewis and Tom Jones to name just a few!
Find out more about Adam and details of his prices and wedding packages here.
Over the next five weeks we will bring you the best Kent has to offer if you are planning a vintage wedding. From complete wedding stylists to vintage hair and make-up it’s all here to help you get started. Whether or not you are going fully themed or just picking vintage elements to create your day here’s our pick of the suppliers to check out.
We were going to kick off with the dress but there’s been such a debate about how to narrow down our list of favourites that we’re starting with one area we could actually agree on – that’s entertainment!
The Polka Dot Dolls (no relation!) are three super singing ladies who capture the romance and emotion of the war era. Your guests will be toe-tapping, dancing and jiving as the ladies belt our swing tunes by the plenty. We saw the ladies perform in Kent last year and they were a hit with the whole crowd.
If Old Blue Eyes hits your vintage note then Alex Banks might be what you need. We saw him last performing at Leeds Castle – the tunes were smooth, the voice was silky and everyone couldn’t help but sing-along. A cracker for over dinner and to get your evening reception underway in style.
Goosebumps are one of the hottest Swing Jive and Jump Blues bands in the UK. These five guys have a full gig list so check out their website and go see them perform.
If you have a vintage themed band you can recommend we’d love to hear from you.
Next week on our vintage wedding special: Hair & Make Up