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DJing:

Martin has been a DJ for over 20 years. He quickly progressed from making up mix tapes for family parties to becoming a full time DJ in the 90’s.

His talent was spotted and he was approached to become the technical director for Phoenix Event Management which involved purchasing, designing and programming all of the companies sound and lighting equipment and managing and training the companies DJs.

Martin was still an active DJ within the company, performing at weddings at major hotels and venues across the region. He was also one of the country’s top modern jive DJs performing and programming music for the very successful Mo’jive nights which attracted 1500 a week. He was also a resident DJ at the Mo’club for 4 years.

In recent years Martin has concentrated mainly on weddings and has an excellent reputation, getting many 5 star reviews from delighted brides. He meets up to find out exactly what the bride and groom wants for their big day from the music, the colour of the lighting, to those special unforgettable moments. He also ensures that the reception looks fabulous.

Equipment:

Martin has always had a very keen interest in sound and lighting and how it can transform the look of a venue and create the perfect atmosphere.

He uses equipment of the highest quality to ensure that wedding looks stunning and sound amazing. He is one of the few DJs in Hampshire that use a premium Nexo sound system.

He can provide various lighting options for a bespoke look. The lighting can include scanners for projecting patterns like hearts around the room; a classic mirror ball; lighting effects which fill the room with beams; LED COB lights for a beautiful colour wash in your wedding colours; gobo projector projecting your names onto the dance floor; a show quality laser for animation, patterns and laser text on the wall; and uplighting which is programmed to compliment your colour scheme.

All lighting is custom programmed and tastefully matched to compliment the music.

 

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All Day Weddings:

Martin performs at many all-day weddings each year where he provides music for the ceremony, background music for the drinks reception and wedding breakfast and provides a microphone for the speeches.

He also makes key announcements throughout the day like introducing the bride and groom into the wedding breakfast for their grand entrance (to music), introducing the speeches, organising cutting of the cake and any other special announcements that need to be made. Martin has completed the Brian Wroe wedding etiquette programme.

 

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Personal:

Martin is married with two children and lives in North Baddesley. He is a trained chef but hasn’t cooked in years much to his wife Jane’s annoyance (Christmas dinner and barbeques don’t really count).

His main interests are football (mainly watching since his son can run rings around him now), cycling, walking in the forest, fishing and travel.

Martin’s passion is music and for a few years he probably spent more time in record shops than at home. Martin has got a really diverse taste in music which includes Funk, Northern Soul, Motown, Dance (please don’t call it EDM) Rock, Swing, Latin, Ska, Jazz, Disco and so many pop songs from the last 35 years.

Even though Martin has been a DJ for over 20 years he still keeps right up to date with all of the promo releases and chart dance mixes through CD Pool so knows exactly what is current and can mix them into his set.

Martin meets all of his clients in advance to discuss their needs within a 10 mile radius. He is a full time DJ so can meet you midweek daytimes or evenings.

 

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Testimonials:

 

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‘We loved every minute of our evening wedding reception and the music was spot on! When we told Martin that we wanted a ‘cracking good’ party he took that on board and we had just that. The dance floor was full the whole night long and he played all the hits that we loved and more.

I know it was my wedding but I can honestly say that it was the best party I have ever been to and I would absolutely recommend Martin for any special evening occasion. It was way beyond our expectations and all our guests were extremely complimentary. If I had a criticism, it would be my sadness when the evening was over. Thank you Martin for giving us the most fantastic party, you were brilliant!’

 

Nigel & Jane Peasley – Careys Manor – July 2012

 

Martin was superlative. What a lovely guy. He was brilliant and in all our views went way beyond the call of duty. I cannot praise him enough. A gentleman, a fun man and a 100% brilliant DJ

Please send him my best regards and thank him again so much.

Top drawer!

 

Stuart Lunan’s 60th Birthday Party – June 2013 – Marquee, Guilford

 

Martin, as always a great DJ set and we had so many comments about how awesome our DJ was.

 

Ali & Tom Gurd’s wedding – Trafalgar Park – July 2013

 

Dear Martin

Thank you so much for DJ-ing at our wedding. It was fantastic – you really kept the energy going throughout the evening and there was a great combination of music.

We had a fantastic time – just how we imagined it to be. Ps. My DJ dad was very impressed with your kit.

 

Claire & Mark Bacon – Wedding In The Woods – June 2013

 

We asked Martin to DJ at a combined family celebration of two 60th birthdays and one 30th attended by just over 100 people. We met and briefed him on a specific flavour of play list – plus particular tracks across the decades. Put simply he was outstanding, he had obviously listened carefully to what we wanted and then delivered a pretty perfect set that had old and young on the dance floor pretty much continuously throughout the evening. We have no hesitation in recommending him.

 

Chris Russell – 60th & 30th Birthday Parties – Royal Southern Yacht Club – March 2014

 

Hi Martin,

Thank you so much for everything that you did on our day! You did a fantastic job.

We had lots of great comments on the music and lighting. We will be highly recommending you!!!! To everyone.

Thanks again for making our day all we hoped it would be.

 

Lauren and Darren – All Day Wedding Package – Empire Hall – April 2013

 

I struggle to find the adjectives to describe what an amazing night that was.

Everyone has said how much they enjoyed it – everything – the jiving, the bolly, the disco….  And I could never have done it without you.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 

Elaine Rees – 50th Birthday Party – Hamworthy Club – March 2013

 

Thanks again for looking after the music so well. You caught the mood perfectly. It was rather amusing as recognising the somewhat elder age profile of the majority we had said on the invite that there would be “gentle” dancing after dinner. Well we got that wrong didn’t we!!!

We will certainly be asking the hotel to recommend you and pass on your details.

Again very many thanks

 

Bill & Sylvia – Birthday Party – Chilworth Manor – March 2013

 

Excellent communication including venue meeting and frequent emails.

All round excellent appearance, the lighting created a lovely atmosphere.

Martin let me pick all my favourite songs for the playlist and let my guests put in requests.

Martin converted my favourite album onto the correct format so he could play it for our ceremony music; I now get goosebumps every time I listen to it as it brings back magical memories. The lighting in the reception room was brilliant, we went from a formal dinner setting to a chilled out night.

 

Claire & Mark Lilley’s Wedding – Careys Manor – September 2012

 

We just wanted to say thank you for a great night, your music selection was awesome and everyone said how great you were. It was everything we hoped for, so thank you very much for making it special!!

 

Martin and Amy’s Wedding – Rhinefield House Hotel – August 2013

 

Thank you very much for being our DJ at our wedding at the Rhinefield. We had an amazing day and you had the dancefloor filled in the evening.

 

Helen & Paul’s Wedding – Rhinefield House – August 2013

 

We wanted to thank you again for the awesome night, really what we wanted. You clearly felt what people were in the mood for and kept people dancing all night. Brilliant!

 

Gerard & Laura Pieters Wedding – Rhinefield House – September 2013

 

Thanks for being part of our special day and providing first class music at the Rhinefield House. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening and I even got my parents to dance which is a first!

Thanks again for being part of our special day. Best Wishes.

 

Mr & Mrs Hopewell’s Wedding – Rhinefield House – June 2012

 

Martin, as always a superb DJ set and we had so many comments on how awesome our DJ was!

 

Clive & Jayne’s Wedding – Chilworth Manor – September 2013

 

Hi  Martin,

Thank you so much for Friday night it was brilliant. Everyone had a fab time, Clive and myself included. And it’s really nice to hear that you enjoyed doing it as well.

 

G Pieters – Rhinefild Sept 2013 rated your service as 5/5 stars with the following feedback:

 

We had a very unfortunate experience with a booked DJ who cancelled us the day before the wedding for a silly reason. After some frantic calling around Martin turned out to be available and came recommended, but we didn’t have time to meet him and only had a short chat on the phone. How lucky were we in hindsight as we couldn’t have wished for a better DJ for the night. We hoped to have everyone on the dance floor all night and it takes skill to sense what guests will dance to. Martin got it spot on despite a very brief conversation beforehand about our music taste, and we had a full dance floor all night (even more tricky with a large contingent of continental guests). Really couldn’t fault him he was literally the saviour of the party. Many thanks Martin, awesome job!

 

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