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    Quote Originally Posted by Imagine View Post
    First dance dispatched, not to shoddy with the number of guests who joined in and stayed for the second dance (a dedication to bride's mum and sisters)....and then they found the outside terrace
    Had the same thing happen on Saturday at a surprise 40th in a very nice Golf Club about 20 miles away.

    Lovely venue surrounded by the grounds and nice on the inside, too.

    There's a very nice balcony/terrace out the front and everyone was there all night. (Can't blame them - making the most of it).

    The lady who booked us come over around 9PM and said "We should of got you to set-up outside. Want to finish at 11 before my husband drinks too much in the sun?".

    It got to about 10PM and we got a few up playing the usual suspects, Ladies Nights, Raining Men etc then packed down at 11.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Excalibur View Post
    Friday, I had the honour of being road crew for Mr David Jackson. Dave, ( to give him his normal title ) does a school prom near Norton each year, and likes to push the boat out gear wise for them. This requires him to hire a bigger vehicle to shift the kit, so he decided this year to cut his workload by enlisting my help, gear, and van. Wise move, as we didn't so much push the boat out as launch a cruise liner!!

    Dave brought playout and associated paraphernalia, as well as a Yamaha sub. I chipped in by bringing a DSB, filling the truss with lights, and chucking the 15" Proels in, which sounded sweet with the sub. We had two Hadrons above us, an EFX500, two lasers and two Crossfire XPs. Loaded for bear, we were!

    Sadly, we were graced with fewer guests than Dave expected, and what with hot weather, photos, awards, pizza, and a chocolate fountain, it was a somewhat haphazard affair. The guests were lively enough, and greeted many songs with delight. It was good to see another DJ at work, and while he does some things differently to me, we share a lot of common ground. It was a pleasant change just to rock up as Road Crew, and watch someone else do the hard work. I had a ball, just running the lights, taking requests, and helping out a bit.

    Re lights, two things sprang to mind last night.
    1) The EFX 500 is a mighty beast, and still beats the out of most LED effects.
    2) Why hasn't someone started putting 100w LED power inside the blasted things, and cutting the weight? Would sell like hot cakes, I reckon.


    Huge thanks to Peter for the assistance on this one, I remember being told last year that they expected this one to be the biggest for some time,
    So it was somewhat of a surprise to only see enough seating for 60.

    VERY HOT and sticky :- the room didn't do justice to the lighting but the few that did turn up did seem to enjoy themselves and I received a nice thank you email from the school.
    Home for 11.30pm and a pleasant evening with the oldest Rodie, Lighting engineer, Chocolate fountain de-rigger and Pizza eating man I know
    Mental note Must remember rubber mat for Sub when on a wooden floor, otherwise it tends to try to escape!


    Wedding at my usual venue Saturday night ---(more on that later)
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    Well that was a LOT harder than it needed to be

    Firstly let me say, I spent last night in the middle of a field with 50 Scouts on our annual group camp and was woken up at 4am by a stray cat trying to get into various tents.....it was always going to be a long day.

    So - to this evening's wedding. When things go wrong - they REALLY do go wrong for some reason.

    Turned on the main playout to update the music library this afternoon.....nothing. Not even the usual startup chime that Mac's are known for. Turns out I needed to re-seat the memory and all was well (but left me feeling worried just in case it should happen this evening)

    Bear in mind, I'm already running on fumes from a lack of sleep last night, I got to a local venue tonight for a lovely older couple's wedding reception and set up as usual. Sound check done....all OK....until I try to fade from one deck to the next on the Denon MC7000. VDJ is happily saying it's playing out....the speakers say otherwise.

    Luckily I always carry the MC6000 around with me so out it came (it seemed tiny!) and music was fine.

    Let's turn on the lighting then. Erm...nope - that's not happening either. Turns out the 3-5 pin converter my DMX dongles use and is literally the ONLY thing I don't have a spare, of has decided one of the wires is going to come unsoldered. That's another job for tomorrow then. As much as I hate doing it, my only option was Sound 2 Light for the evening. Not ideal, but I think I got away with nobody noticing

    And then we come to the party itself. 7:30 start, and background until 10:45....it took that long for the buffet and dessert to be eaten, cake to be cut, gifts to be given....I was on background duties for most of the evening whilst the guests talked amongst themselves.

    BUT...when then started.....

    The flavour of the evening was always going to be 60s music (that's what the bride and groom had asked for and to be fair....they and their guests were all of that sort of vintage). Now after the 70th I did a couple of weeks ago....I was worried. I needn't have been because they were well and truly up for a party.

    Now bear in mind I had a little over an hour....I went from lots of 60s, to a smattering of 80s, ACDC and Sandstorm (no....there wasn't a lot of logic to the flow but it somehow worked).

    You know what....after being awake for so many hours (22 at the present moment in time), I actually NEEDED a party like that where it was slow, relaxed and easy going. I thoroughly enjoyed that one and it made me realise that it's not necessarily all about the amount of time we spend banging out the party classics at high volume.....sometimes background is more than enough.

    Righty-ho....time for some sleep now. I've got an hour's drive early doors to be back at the camp site where I left my Scoutlings this morning to finish off the camp and bring everything home..

    No rest for the wicked. I just hope they've save me some marshmallows!

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    Two differing gigs this weekend, Friday a 13th Party with the usual " too cool for school " playlist. Which songs brought them running in from the blazing sunshine and green fields to pack the dancefloor? Macarena and Cha Cha Slide. I spent most of the time effectively on my own, and regarded keeping them in the room for three consecutive songs a result. Hard work for little return.


    Saturday, a 40th Wedding anniversary at a golf club I've played before. This one has some of the nicest staff you could meet, very pleasant. Sadly, not terribly well up on spatial awareness. Due to the placement of the temporary dancefloor, the disco was set up not actually facing it, and the cake table went in front of the bar! Had they not put the floor rammed tight up to the end wall, I'd have been facing it, so would my lights, I'd have faced the entire room instead of across it with guests either side, and the cake table could have gone where I was placed. Perfect.

    Still, making the best of a bad job, the Hadrons went atop the poles, and were pointed wherever I wanted with ease, and the Mauis gave good coverage. The CD I was handed without prior consultation had the required track ripped and put on a stick, to play successfully.
    We had a sit down meal first, which took up time, a speech or two, a poem, a Scottish Dance by a splendid young lady, and with twenty minutes to go, everyone remembered the tracks they must hear before leaving. Shame their memories didn't work in the four hours earlier, really.

    We had guests from round the world ( well Scotland and America, anyway ) and the Scottish guest gently berated me for playing The Best, and said I'd have to atone for my error by playing Sunshine on Leith. We had quite a few tracks for the Caledonian contingent, including Scottish Soldier! I was thanked at the end for playing them, which was nice.

    All in all, a good night, which could have been superb. At least my bargain basement kit all worked as intended when I plugged it in, so I suppose that puts me way ahead of poor Wayne.

    ( There you go, that's tempting fate, isn't it? )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Excalibur View Post
    At least my bargain basement kit all worked as intended when I plugged it in, so I suppose that puts me way ahead of poor Wayne.

    ( There you go, that's tempting fate, isn't it? )
    Weirdly, fetched my MC7000 from my lock up tonight, plugged it in and hey-presto....it's all working as it should be!
    Nothing changed on the laptops, nothing changed on the controller, in fact nothing changed anywhere

    Just need to sort the lighting problem out now (soldering iron is already warming up), and we're good to go again.

    Saturday night does prove the need for a good backup solution or three though

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    OK - after the trials and tribulations of the wedding at the weekend (which received mahusive Faceache likes and feedback despite the problems)....

    Tonight was a regular year 6 leaver's do in my local primary. I've done this one since Baden Powell was a lad...and it just keeps getting betterer! . I actually look forward to this one (plus their Xmas and Easter discos). The energy levels are just immense!

    EVERYTHING WORKED for starters. I've rebuilt the offending MacBook (worked flawlessly), got three new 5 pin to 3 pin cables for the DMX, and the trusty MC7000 played ball.

    Being very bright daylight though (the party was from 5pm to 6pm), I took the WashFX2's and the Intimidator 305's. Running at 100% brightness, they soon blotted out the sun!

    These gigs are getting weird though. I'm contracted to a couple of local schools (I don't as a rule do too many as the kids like songs with sweary words and the teachers don't....it's a minefield at times!).

    Tonight though....it could have been your average wedding reception!

    Requests included such songs as:

    * We will rock you by Queen
    * Livin' on a prayer by Bon Jovi
    * Mr Brightside by the Killers (I wasn't allowed to follow up with the usual Sex On Fire )
    * The Conga by Black Lace
    * The Final Countdown by Europe
    * Take On Me by A-ha
    * The Grease Megamix
    * Jump Around by House of Pain
    * Don't Stop Believing by Journey (this was the last song of the evening and was apparently part of their Xmas performance...to see 100+ kids waving their arms in the air and singing to it at the top of their lungs brought a real lump to the throat!)

    These kids aren't old enough to know these tracks!!!!!! But my Gawd - they bounced around in 30+ degrees of heat to all of them (I was soaked, and the windows of the school hall were dripping in condensation!)

    And the usual suspects like the Cha Cha Slide and YMCA also put in an appearance. In actual fact for once at one of these gigs...I played nothing older than about 5 years old...certainly nothing in the current Top 40!

    I'm lead to believe that a computer game has something to do with this trend. I'm not a big fan of gaming (computers have sooooo many other more important uses), but if they're going to promote proper music...I'm all for them

    That's it for me now for a couple of weeks (in fact THREE weekends until 6th August), by choice!

    I'm starting to feel burned out...I'm on holibobs in the Peak District again at the end of the month and then have a very full and lucrative August waiting for me.

    It's time for a short breather and several bottles of beverage made from grapes

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    Default One down, three to go.

    First one didn't bode well. Wedding in a lovely hotel, for a lovely " over 21 " bride and groom. Low numbers, sweltering heat, early finish planned, and the phone call to the venue to check set up indicated the familiar " are you ready yet " set up during the room turn round.

    Never trust a venue. Having arrived early, as is my wont, it became apparent that the room was empty, which tallied with what the bride had told me in advance would happen. Cue a lovely leisurely set up, with no rushing, and the full Equinox booth instead of the Micromax. Times were 7.30pm to 11pm, and if we made it to midnight, I got more money. Venue staff and I weren't placing huge bets on me getting extra wonga, with only forty guests. Wrong again.

    Meal had taken place in another room, and guests didn't come to me until after eight, when we had the cake cut, and first dance as the start of the night. There were request cards on the tables, and they were returned with a somewhat " eclectic " mix of tracks. A smattering of folk took to the floor, with the bride wanting to dance to everything. The word she kept using about the whole day was " Amazing ". Buffet put a crimp in the dancing, and I was holding back some of the banker requests. I was invited to the buffet, and it was lovely.

    We sailed past 11pm, and had the whole room on the floor for New York, New York. Cue round of applause, and a happy but bemused and slightly richer DJ. Delighted bride, and happy guests, so job done.

    Netball young persons tonight.
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