This weekend I decided to do a full DJ Video Diary and document all the events that I was covering. It gives you a fly on the wall look at the life of an Irish Mobile DJ. It ain't that glamorous! :)
So in 20 mins this video will take you through 6 events, over 4 days. It was all totally filmed, edited and uploaded on my iphone 6, which just goes to prove you don't need expensive video equipment to produce video content for your brand. Hope you enjoy, please leave and comments you might have and subscribe to my YouTube channel.
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So its been a while since we have done a Blog post (Sorry) but I have been busy and it was worth it. Our production studio has had a total revamp I've took on some new exciting clients and I've built a professional sound recording booth. So to show you what I was up for the past couple of months I took a few pics. Check them out.
So this is where I was doing all of my production. It had served me well all through college but I needed a professional sound booth because of background noise. The Chord Vocal Arc was great for killing some of the mic reverb but it just didn't sound professional enough for me.
First thing I did was strip out and pack away the sound equipment. All cables had to be removed and labeled so I knew what was what, when I went to put everything back together. I then stripped out the wood work. It was custom built at the time to match the bar area on the other side of the room. Once it was stripped I had a nice blank canvas to work with.
I had some electrical to move in order to place the studding where I wanted it. I decided that I would make the booth 1m x 1m to external measurements. For the height I was governed buy the conservatory's support guttering. The maximum height allowance I had was 2m that was internal. So I marked out on the floor the space I needed and built the stud to suit. To make sure I was going to get the deadest sound possible I decided not to have any window in the booth.
As I said I wanted a total dead sound so I also went with a standard 28" flush door. I had some small electrical work to do as well. The socket that I had moved for the stud would be needed for the studio equipment, so it was moved into the stud itself. I also had to run in cabling for a light switch and light for inside the booth. I was opting for a spotlight down lighter that I could fit with an LED bulb. So studding was finished, first fixing on the electrics was done and the door was hung. Everything was nicely secured and level. Time for some plasterboard.
So once I had the internal plasterboard in place I was able to fit the rockwool insulation that would act as an extra soundproofing material for the booth. This was fitted in the side studding and in the booth ceiling. the other two external walls had been fitted with 50mm aeroboard insulation when the conservatory was being built. I know this because I built it :). I also fitted some nice molded architrave around the door frame. This would give me the straight edge I needed for the external plasterboard.
The external plasterboard was fitted along with the new socket and light switch. I didn't skim the booth for two reasons one was budget and the other was time. So I decided that a tape and fill job would be just as good on it. All screws and corners where filled and then sanded once the filler had set. I spent the best part of a day on this part so that it would look right, once it was painted. I did the same on the inside and fitted the light fitting. It was now ready for paint. But first i had to size up the new desk that I had bought online. I Knew that there would be a lot of modification to get the desk sitting just where I wanted it. There was 6" to be cut off once side and new cable holes to be drilled for the sound equipment. I also had to modify it to fit my mic stand for my desk mic.
The desk had been modified and it was time to paint. I decided to stick with the cream colour that the rest of the conservatory had been painted, but that would also need another coat. It took four coats of paint in all to get the correct finish that i was happy with. I also made a cool little cable hide under the desk using the off cut and some piano hinge that I had from the old studio door. I had bought a nice Ikea unit about 6 months ago and wanted to use it in the new setup. So in order for it to fit where i wanted it i had to cut it down by 250mm on one end. Once that was done it fitted perfect under the desk to hold by computer tower and amp for the TV surround sound. The cables for which you can see lying on the ground.
Then began the task of putting all of the sound equipment together and keeping the cables as neat as possible. I had bought a second hand Roland digital mixer that had barely been used by it's previous owner. Fitted my trusty desktop and new laptop. At this stage the studio was about 90% done. I still wanted to get a new bigger screen for the desktop and move my existing one into the booth as a levels monitor. I also had another laptop that I wanted to get in. Everything would have its place and function as the ultimate sound control centre. I also had to fit 40mm acoustic foam to the inside of the booth. This was ordered from Germany. It only took 5 days to get here and was well worth the cost.
So that's it. Our new studio and how I put it together. I'm going to put a youtube video together over the next couple of days to show people how easy it is to do and the great results it can bring. As always keep an eye on our production page for any new material we have produced. Hope you've enjoyed seeing our studio transformation and I won't leave it as long next time between blog posts.
So you've just finished your wedding meal, the speeches have been done and your DJ or Band is setup. Its time for your first dance as a married couple. For some couples the thought of standing in front to their friends and family being the centre of attention, while they shuffle around the dance floor is a terrifying prospect. For others they relish the opportunity to show off their best dance moves.
While we do get a lot of couples that will pick their first dance song based on 'their special song', we also have a growing number of couples that will just want a song that fits the occasion.
So, for the couples that don't have any idea where to start when looking for a first dance song. We have gone back through our Vivify music database from the last 2 years and compiled a list of the Top 10 most popular Wedding first dance songs. We have even put up the track so you can have a listen.
10. Frank Sinatra - The way you look tonight
9. Paul Weller - You do something to me
8. Van Morrison - Someone like you
7. Adele - Make you fell my love
6. Al Green - Let's Stay Together
5. Take That - Greatest Day
4. Tom Baxter - Better
3. Ellie Goulding - Your Song
2. Elbow - One Day like This
1. At Last - Etta James
I hope our list has helped you to pick a memorable song for your first dance. Click Here to view all of Vivify's Wedding Packages.
I had my first experience of an #Irishbizparty last night on Twitter. For those who don't know what it is. Its where new and established SME's meet on Twitter every Wednesday night between 9-11pm and use the hashtag #Irishbizparty to network with each other. The Tweets are fast and furious with sometimes hundreds of SME's from every conceivable sector of industry posting their products or service and offering good advice to those who ask for it. I was a little slow at posting at the beginning of the evening but the tweets and RT's soon started to mount up. By the end of the two hours I had gained over 130 hits to this website, 45 new followers on our @therisingtrail twitter feed, countless numbers of RT's and over 10 new downloads of our app. For me that was an excellent return on what is a free, easy & fun to use service. So my advice to any Irish SME is get on this thing, you'll get to network with some very interesting people in similar circumstances to yourself. You may gain new customers or meet that supplier that reduces your costs to allow profit growth, but more important then that you are letting other people know you're there and that may reach far beyond the 2 hours you spend tweeting on a Wednesday night. I know that I'll be back on Twitter next Wednesday night and if you are a SME that wants to get the word out there about your business you should be to. Just don't forget to use the hashtag #Irishbizparty on your posts and enjoy.
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Saturday 8th February 2014
Package: Custom Full Day Package
Venue: 6 Kildare Street, Dublin - Royal College of Physicians
We had an unusual, but most enjoyable custom full day wedding package on Saturday. The venue was the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare Street in Dublin. It was a wedding for Anthony and Cathy Thuillier. Originally we had been booked to play for a full night package but because the couple where doing things differently our playing time was extended.
We had an early afternoon setup, as we had two systems to setup in two different areas of the venue. We had a small setup in the reception area of the venue for the drinks reception and guest arrival and our main DJ setup in the Ball Room.
The Couple had decided that they where not going to have a meal at the venue, they had their meal earlier in a nearby restaurant with family. Their guests for the wedding where to arrive at the venue for 7.30pm for the drinks reception and finger food.
Vivify provided music for the drinks reception from 7pm till 8.30pm. Speeches where then done with sound and mics supplied by Vivify. At 9pm it was into the Ball Room for the first dance, which was an Elvis Song 'I just can't help believing', it was the first time that I have ever played that particular song for a first dance and it seemed to go down well with the crowd.
The guests were a little slow to get going which is what happens sometimes with a weddings that start that little bit later. But once they settled in the dance floor was soon full. 80's and 90's with a touch of chart was the order of the night. I had tried some older stuff at the start of the night but it was a younger crowd and 80's seemed old enough for them to keep them moving.
Last song of the night was chosen by Anthony & Cathy and it was The Waterboys - 'Whole of the Moon. As I said not your typical full day wedding but a most enjoyable one.
Some pictures below of the drinks reception setup and our main DJ Setup:
Friday 7th Feb 2014
Event: Bar Gig
Venue: Odeon Bar & Grill Harcourt Street, Dublin
Times: 9.30pm till 3am
Friday seen us back behind the decks in Odeon Bar & Grill on Harcourt Street Dublin. This is a cracking venue with a nice laid back atmosphere. Fridays are normally a busy night in Odeon with office workers coming in from work to enjoy those end of the week cocktails.
We kick off the music at 9.30 and go till around 3am. In that time I get to cover a lot of music and it's interesting watching the crowd to see what songs get the biggest reaction. For me this is a great place to try out new music, because there is no dance floor as such (people just dance where they stand) I can drop in unknown upcoming artist and judge the reaction to the songs. I can then take this knowledge and use it in my wedding sets so I have a constant stream of fresh floor fillers to keep the party atmosphere going.
This weeks best reaction : Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne - Rather Be
This week Most requested: Pharrell Williams - Happy
Vivify is now all hooked up to the social networks. Well the ones that we can use anyway.
To like our facebook page and follow us on Twitter, just click on the two icons on the top right hand corner of the website. Don't do it for me, do it for this little guy, is begging you.
Our brand new and easy to use interactive music database is now up and running on our site. If you have an event already booked in with Vivify this is the easy and hassle free way to compile your personal playlist.
Our database is available here.
Once you are there you can search for songs one by one or you can chose from the top 200 selection already available. The system works on a simple traffic light setup. Green button for 'Must Play', Amber button for 'Play if Possible' and the Red button for 'Do Not Play'.
If there are any songs which you want played at your event and they do not appear on our list, then you can add them as a custom song.
If you have only compiled some of your list and wish to continue it at a later stage, you can save your list under your our email address and date of your event. You can then return to your list when it suits you.
To send your finalized list and send it to Vivify, all you have to do is click on the 'Submit List' button and your personal event playlist will be emailed directly to us.
It's as simple as that. Have a go yourself and enjoy helping Vivify to make your event as unique and personal to you, as it can be.
Last night (12th Jan 2014) was the first Sunday night gig of 2014. It was a Christmas Party for the staff of the K-Club. Like many of the Hotel staff around the country, they never got a chance to have a staff outing during the busy Christmas period, so they had their party in January. There were about 110 in attendants.
The event was held in the Westgrove Hotel in Clane Co.Kildare. I've played this venue about 30 times over the years and its always a good night there. I'm not sure if its the shape of the room or the low ceiling but, i find that its always very easy to build a good atmosphere in the Westgrove.