This is the time of year when winter apprehension starts hopefully to ease off a bit as bookings start to come in again for the summer ahead. Seems slower than usual, but I think that most years, so perhaps it's just normal.
Starting this season with a revamp to the heart of my show: My DJ Console. You're looking at my DJ facebook page for April 20th. If you're looking at the dates on here and wondering why the post frequency has gone down in recent years, It's because most new ideas and mutterings are now quickly posted to that page. Anyway, When deejaying went digital, the industry wasn't really prepared to cater to the needs of the digital DJ in terms of flight casing the gear. It was fine if you had a pair of record decks or CD decks, but with laptops and various 19" rack shaped controllers (decks that play mp3 files from a hard drive or laptop drive) you were "shagged" really. So I being one of these early pioneers, designed my own case. It was well made, but when it arrived, the lid came up too high and I could only just peek over the top. My mate Ian joked that perhaps I could cut a slit/postbox hole in the lid and have a type of burka console. Well I lowered it by introducing a wooden (but tastefully blackened) prop. This had the effect of making my face visible to the crowd if of course you looked through the lighting without being dazzled in the process. Honestly folks, I thought no one want's to really se the DJ do they? Well I may be right in some cases, but not in most. So now with the lights to one side and the new case without the coffin lid, I should be more in the spotlight and less intimidating. If I'm haveing a great time, the audience will see and it should spread the mood onto the floor a bit more than before when I relied mostly on great music alone! 15 years as a DJ and I'm still learning. Back to the days when all you had was a set of cd decks between you and the punters! hold onto that lager! Don't come near the stage with that you p***head! (all my protection is gone!)
One more good thing: As I emptied the old "coffin" case today, I realised that part of the reason why it weighed a flippin' tonne is not so much because of what I had in it, more because the case itself weighed a ruddy tonne before anything was put into it...Looking forward to easier times...
Bye for now.