Becoming a DJ
Way back in 1994 I brought a set of twin cd players, and starting messing about at home. Didn’t really get on so sold ’em. But I had been bitten by the bug. I started frequenting a local DJ Store in Luton, and the guy recommended that I talk to this other guy called Wayne who ran Contrast Entertainment Agency. He supplied the equipment and jobs, I would go out and do the jobs. So in July I went to have a chat with him, but I wasn’t 100% sure I wanted to do it, so I put it on hold.
NYE 1996 I get a call from Wayne, “if I’m still interested, he’d had an inquirey, and would I want to work”. I said “yeah go on then” and off I toddled. Using half CD’s, half vinyl, playing in a pub in Hightown. Was a little weird but lots of fun. I then proceeded to work for Wayne for the next 4-5yrs. Learning the ropes, doing birthday parties, pubs, over 25’s, singles nights you named it I worked it. This was until I moved ooop north to Oldham in 2002.
In 2002 I got made redundant from my job at Apex Office furniture, took my redundancy and brought my 1st set-up, and moved to a new home in Oldham. Looking back it was quite a monumental year for me, I just didn’t know it at the time.
I started working as a DJ for myself as Groovy Nights Discos. This website is still live, is in it’s 3rd incarnation but has been left well alone now for 8yrs or so but it’s still here – Groovy Nights Discos . I did this while always holding down a full time job. Being married and having 2 young children meant no time for lazy days! But after awhile I realised I need to stop or get more. And the only way for me to get more was for an overhaul.
This led to David Lee DJ being born. This was where I turned from treating my DJ life as a hobby into realising my potential of being a full time DJ. It was a completely different mind-set and that needed to be apparent with the website. So this was the new website – David Lee Professional DJ Services. This step-up in attitude meant doing more work before the event and giving the client more input. This led to the introduction of the Online event planner for all my clients. I then started dropping my full time job to just week days, then part time. The constant changing of technology and my business meant that after a few years I need to change again.
David Lee DJ – The New Me…
After starting this website in 2013 and having self made issues (as you do) I now (2015) feel I am up to date with my current incarnation. So with my mobile friendly website, the online planner, new van, new equipment, new unit, new office, I feel more than ever that I am suited to this life of a Professional full time DJ.
The one thing that hasn’t changed through out this time is my mantra of let the music flow. All through out my DJing life I’ve always tried to let the music do the talking and flow and judging from my testimonials and reviews you agree that I seem to do be doing something right.
Anyway – that’s the 2nd and final part of my djing life story so far. I hope I haven’t bored you all too much, and if you have any questions or comments please do drop them in underneath and I’ll endeavour to reply as soon as poss.