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Is It All About The Kit? (Member Article)

The team here at the National Association of Disc Jockeys are always trawling the Internet for new and interesting articles, tips, tricks and other news related to the DJ sector of the Entertainment Industry.  We feature some of the comments from members, non-members, suppliers and other representatives who work within the DJ area (with their permission, of course!).

  While viewing the various NADJ branch pages on Facebook, we spotted a few words from Bernie Tiller of Spectra Discotheques.  He has recently reviewed what he takes out as a part of his basic Mobile Disco package and he decided to post his findings on the NADJ London Facebook page.  Bernie has looked at how some Mobile DJs are progressing and he experimented with the show that he puts out.  Here's what he had to say and if you'd like to comment, please add your feedback to the bottom of this page:

  "Last year I stepped back and had a look at what I was doing.  I was having a problem getting reliable roadies, I was not doing so much in London any more and a lot of the venues I was booked in were quite small.

  I have always put out a very large show - a lot of the events I was working at needed it.  Huge venues needed the visual impact and the sound.  It had got to the stage that I would pack what ever I could into any space and I needed a large van for all the gear.

  I looked at what other DJs were doing and noticed that many were working with very small shows, some from the back of cars so I decided to have a go.

  My main worry was that my regular customers would notice the difference and stop booking.  I also thought that new customers would feel that they were not getting their moneys worth.

  I purchased four small speakers, a couple of smaller amps, a smaller mixer, a Chauvet 4 play and a couple of cheep effect lasers.  At first I could not bring myself to just use the small gear and added bits to it, but after a while I found that people did not seem to worry too much and the audience still seemed to be having a good time.

  Now, a year later I am using the small gear more and more.  In fact, I am down to two speakers at a lot of events and I still getting bookings for the same money. The small show is now standard and the rest is extra - things such as big lasers, big screen projection, my big light gantry, special lighting effects and the big sound system are now extras.

  I have still not built up the courage to use a car as the van has all my back up gear, but I can set up on my own in a short time.  I am still not 100% sure I like this, but it does work.  Now I have to decide if I should sell some of the spare gear or keep it, just in case?"

Bernie Tiller

Spectra Discotheques


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