My first solo gig as a mobile DJ, January 1986

In a recent question on a New Zealand DJ Facebook forum, we were asked if we remembered our first solo event as a Mobile DJ. I remember mine well. It was in January 1986 in the Belmont Memorial Hall in Lower Hutt, a 21st birthday for twins, a boy and a girl. He and...

Guidance for Wedding DJs seeking to improve

I recently had a most interesting and spirited discussion on an online forum for mobile DJs. A lot of them were really struggling to understand how I have repeatedly booked beautiful, elegant weddings in some of the nicest locations in the country, and a a price range...
27 Great Years As A Mobile DJ

27 Great Years As A Mobile DJ

In 1986 I started working for a multi-operator DJ company called Visions Discotheques. I trained with all of the company’s DJs by going out with them and learning the trade and in early 1987 I performed my first event solo, a 21st in Lower Hutt for twins- a boy and a...

Learning More About Popular Music

For most of the 25 years I’ve been entertaining as a DJ, I’ve played music that I feel will fit the night, the mood and the crowd. Recently I realised that my perception of older songs is likely to be quite different to that of the guests at my events,...
The dreaded price question!

The dreaded price question!

Most people don’t ask a Florist “how much for flowers for my wedding?” without discussing what it is they actually have in mind. It doesn’t make sense to ask a Lawyer for a rate for his/her service without sitting down and discussing your case....
DJ price 1986 vs 2018

DJ price 1986 vs 2018

Hiring an average New Zealand mobile DJ to entertain at your wedding in early 1986 (when I started) typically cost around $400.00. According to the Reserve Bank’s inflation calculator, $400 in wages would be the equivilant of $1,286.13 in quarter 2 of 2018. This...