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    Default The fundamental dichotomy.

    No, not splitting your trousers, but the standpoint for judging the success of a function, Punter vs DJ.
    Surprise Birthday party for some lovely people in a little pub up in the Yorkshire Wolds. Layout of venue is just about as bad as it can be. The room is L-shaped, and you face down the long leg towards the bar, which is often out of sight is someone closes the partition. Allegedly, there is piped music/jukebox playing in there as competition to the disco, just to make things interesting.

    I'm set up by 7pm, and because the guests enter through the pub, the birthday boy arrives without me knowing, so I can't do the big surprise entrance. Three and a half hours of me being ignored follow, I've no idea if I'm going well or badly, and I'm losing the will to live.
    First request of the night " We're going to get the jukebox turned off in the bar, can you turn yours up" ?
    Second request " Can you turn it down "?

    Many of the guests are Young Farmers, and once the alcohol has kicked in, it's party central, and all semblance of musical integrity has left the playlist. Guests are convinced I'm a brilliant DJ, Birthday Boy and family are delighted, and I'm wondering what the hell just happened.

    Good night, or bad one? All depends where you're standing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Excalibur View Post
    No, not splitting your trousers, but the standpoint for judging the success of a function, Punter vs DJ.
    Surprise Birthday party for some lovely people in a little pub up in the Yorkshire Wolds. Layout of venue is just about as bad as it can be. The room is L-shaped, and you face down the long leg towards the bar, which is often out of sight is someone closes the partition. Allegedly, there is piped music/jukebox playing in there as competition to the disco, just to make things interesting.

    I'm set up by 7pm, and because the guests enter through the pub, the birthday boy arrives without me knowing, so I can't do the big surprise entrance. Three and a half hours of me being ignored follow, I've no idea if I'm going well or badly, and I'm losing the will to live.
    First request of the night " We're going to get the jukebox turned off in the bar, can you turn yours up" ?
    Second request " Can you turn it down "?

    Many of the guests are Young Farmers, and once the alcohol has kicked in, it's party central, and all semblance of musical integrity has left the playlist. Guests are convinced I'm a brilliant DJ, Birthday Boy and family are delighted, and I'm wondering what the hell just happened.

    Good night, or bad one? All depends where you're standing.
    Before it picked up, did you go into the bar and "work" it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim - Scotland's Party DJ View Post
    Before it picked up, did you go into the bar and "work" it?
    Sadly, I had no tear gas with me.

    Jim, I understand what you say, and it's a good question, but to my eternal shame, the answer is " No". Whether it would have had any beneficial effect, well that's another good question. Personally, I doubt it in this case, but better men than I, who knows?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Excalibur View Post
    No, not splitting your trousers, but the standpoint for judging the success of a function, Punter vs DJ.
    Surprise Birthday party for some lovely people in a little pub up in the Yorkshire Wolds. Layout of venue is just about as bad as it can be. The room is L-shaped, and you face down the long leg towards the bar, which is often out of sight is someone closes the partition. Allegedly, there is piped music/jukebox playing in there as competition to the disco, just to make things interesting.

    I'm set up by 7pm, and because the guests enter through the pub, the birthday boy arrives without me knowing, so I can't do the big surprise entrance. Three and a half hours of me being ignored follow, I've no idea if I'm going well or badly, and I'm losing the will to live.
    First request of the night " We're going to get the jukebox turned off in the bar, can you turn yours up" ?
    Second request " Can you turn it down "?

    Many of the guests are Young Farmers, and once the alcohol has kicked in, it's party central, and all semblance of musical integrity has left the playlist. Guests are convinced I'm a brilliant DJ, Birthday Boy and family are delighted, and I'm wondering what the hell just happened.

    Good night, or bad one? All depends where you're standing.

    Another quality Gig !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by djdj View Post
    Another quality Gig !!
    You didn't warn me about the trip hazard in the car park! Resembled the North face of the Eiger.
    And you especially didn't warn me I had to unload in front of the Old Folks Home. The staff there dragged me in twice thinking I'd escaped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Excalibur View Post
    And you especially didn't warn me I had to unload in front of the Old Folks Home. The staff there dragged me in twice thinking I'd escaped.
    So my cunning plan failed!

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    Right folks, triple header here, so likely to need at least two cups of coffee, and three Hob Nobs. ( Other biscuits are available )
    Friday:
    Over to Wakefield for a last minute 30th with Karaoke. I was provided with invaluable assistance from young Mattysounds, while Dave and Lily headed off to do a presentation. We arrived at the venue in good time, and were let in by the family, who had got the keys in advance of the staff arriving. Access wasn't ideal, but two pairs of hands made it much easier. No lights required, as many years ago, Dave had installed a collection of disco lights in the venue, and a control panel behind where you set up. Magic.
    Although budget effects, they were well up to the job, so that was one less bit of kit to bring in.

    Matty was in charge of the Karaoke side from the VMS 2 and spare laptop. I'd combined a couple of small Karaoke drives onto one large one, but made the mistake of not indexing it. It looked as if it might finish doing this after the gig ended, but Matty assured me it would be completed five minutes before start time, and lo and behold, it was. I then performed my party trick of pulling out the wrong cable, and instead of swapping the HDMI cable between laptops, removed the USB cable from my VMS4. Oops. My recently acquired video switcher appears to need the application of external power, so that's one for the to do list.
    Matty provided music from the karaoke side, while I rebooted mine. Technically, we hadn't reached start time, so no drama.

    The crowd seemed a tad unresponsive to our efforts, and a grim night was in prospect. Then, the karaoke took off in a big way, mainly due to one lad " volunteering" people and tunes. We had an amazing rendition of " It's oh so quiet ", and three lads doing a Westlife number on stools, while the crowd waved lighters and phones!!
    Matty coped with every karaoke request with ease from the VMS2, and even managed to swap cued songs in the blink of an eye at one point, merely by using the crossfader. Nice one Matthew.

    We were applauded at the end of the night, and having packed up, met Dave and Lily in the local Golden Arches for a tea/coffee and post mortem of each gig. Dave was unimpressed with a lot of the music he'd had requested at his gig when I played it to him on Spotify, and pleased he didn't possess it! Most of it was tuneless profanity, so I tended to agree with him.
    We went our separate ways, and I set off back along the M62 with a large cup of Ronald's finest in the cupholder.

    Saturday:
    What a contrast to Friday. Whereas the night before had been a low key effort with no lights and the Maui 5s, this time we were loaded for bear!! 200 medical students in a big hotel in Hull. Young Twinspin was Roadie, Amenuensis, and Native Guide.
    LD 15" subs and 12" tops were going to move a lot more air than the 5s ever could, and lighting wise, we had the two new crossfires, the Fusion rollers, a tri-colour cluster laser and a pair of Vbars for wash. We'd done a very similar gig in the same place last year, so had an idea we'd brought the right kit for the job. Since the venue had put the room divider across, we might have been able to get away with just the 15" Proels, but it was nice to get the subs out for an airing.

    Dealing with this client had been hard work, and we didn't have as much information about anything as we'd have liked. Nevertheless, we were on our toes and ready to go before the start time. Just as well, as this gig was pretty much " make it up as you go along". I'd expected a fund raiser, with mature guests as well, but this was just a up for the young 'uns. We were expected to play background during the meal, and that went straight out of the window. We had to keep asking them to sit at the tables, in order for the venue to serve food, cos the room resembled a rugby international with soup at one point.

    The venue had provided a radio mic for announcements and raffle which, although a top grade Senny, was woefully inadequate to cut through the general hubbub in the room. John took my radio mic over, and it was like watching hyenas scrapping over a carcass! Once that and the meal were over, and he'd announced we were happy to take requests, it was a lot like that round the DSB, too. A combination of two DJ laptops and a tablet with venue WiFi, shouting, typing and mobile phone waving meant we were able to get a lot of them played.

    It was more like a pre teen gig, with that level of excitement and activity, until......................
    The coach taking half the guests away was announced. Although the venue were happy for us to play till 1am, our contract stated midnight, but we had an inkling that 11.30pm might be more likely. We were out by 10 minutes, and played the last song at 11.20pm Seems we went down a storm though, so all good. Loaded and on the move by midnight, so I saw my bed earlier than I might have. Lovely.

    Sunday:
    What idiot took a booking forty miles away on a Sunday withan 11am start time?
    Oh, that would be me. 8.30am when I headed off to Ronald's for a big cupful of coffee, and onto the M62 and its roadworks again. I arrived at the venue before the stated arrival time, and got access just before the cavalry ( Dave and Matty ) arrived. Apparently, Dave had used the threat of violence, and other incentives to get the lad out of bed, as teenagers aren't familiar with early Sunday mornings.

    There wasn't a load of kit to bring in, and it didn't take long to get it running. One crossfire and two Fusions were a very impressive lightshow for a gig with a younger element present, and so we had time for a chinwag and demo before guests arrived. Arrive they did, and the dynamic duo headed off to set up Matty's rig for his christening nearby, with a more leisurely 1pm start, but the same finish time as min, 4pm.

    It seemed the early start had taken its toll of many folk, and although I had lots of guests initially, with some very energetic and well mannered young ones, I got my second early finish in two days. Dave turned up again to pack up, and I headed back East for some serious

    I must take this opportunity to thank all three of my valued helpers, and to say what a valuable place this is for sharing help and resources. Without it, I wouldn't have managed this weekend at all.
    Excalibur. Older than the average DJ.

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