Nye 2013 this year was at Peaches Bar, Harrow.
Saturday 13th April 2013, a wet and dull day in London town. However, the party in Piccadilly at the Bentleys Oyster Bar & Grill was full of party people to brighten the place up! I was DJn once again for Bhavesh from Mystique Events. I met him at the venue fairly early evening and he had just come from another show during the day.
The room where we were setting up was situated downstairs and Bhav’ was installing the decor which included all the seating as per picture below!
The picture below shows an interesting set-up of Jameson.
I must admit this venue had one of the best staff I have ever worked with. It doesn’t take much to be polite and hospitable, this venue I totally recommend for both!
We were set-up by 8pm and people had started to arrive slowly. I have know idea why the picture below has come out like this? I used my Canon 60D with the Sigma 10mm-20mm wide lense and it shows a very strange perspective, but still shows the set-up. Bhav’ installed the dance floor and looks extremely clean. LED dancefloors have been popular for a while now and to me it adds a disco feel. I think the ceiling complements this photo perfectly.
This next two pictures demonstrate a classic single focal point style photograph. But it was done using the internal ‘miniature’ filter. You simply choose the area you want in focus and the rest is blurred. It is very effect when taking shots from say a few feet up, everything looks like a model.
Enough on the photography and onto the DJn.
This crowd was eager to party and was a crowd who loved their old-skool, from Biggie to 90s house through to SWV. As much as I don’t mind people providing lists of music to play, but it is nice to be able to play by what you feel at the given moment and not be dictated by a playlist or a punter whom wants a record that will kill the vibe on the dance-floor. This crowd were feeling everything that I chose and really appreciated the fast mixing (especially of the house music) and the ‘scratch teasing’ I love doing. This is when you drop a bar of a record but don’t necessarily play it straight after. This really adds to the hype I believe.
Overall this party was the best event I have played so far this year !
1st January 2013, after getting to bed at 6am from DJn at Peaches me and Dreypa decided to practice some scratch routines.
Take a look at DJ Dreypa:
New Years Eve 2012 was spent at Peaches Bar in North West London. If you haven’t been to this bar then it offers a mix of music on the weekend and various social activities during the week. In addition, you can also enjoy the Indian food on offer.
I made my way up to North London around 3pm to Vishal’s. Vishal is DJ Dreypa, who I booked to perform with me. DJ MJ was DJn with us too. Dreypa has been now DJn for a long time and at heart is a turntablist like myself. It’s very freshing to see him in the studio scratching. So most of the afternoon was spend scratching!
We decided to get to Peaches for 8pm so we could get some food down us. The worst possible choice in my opinion is fast food, as more often then not DJs end up eating fast food after a gig, so double dose of chicken and chips was a real possibility.
Upon arrival, fortunately DJ MJ had already set-up the Technics turntables, as there is no way our performance is maximised using CDJs. He also installed the Pioneer DJM500 mixer. It is an industry standard mixer however to run Serato you must bring your ‘Serato Box’. So what are the differences? Well the Rane mixer allows for instant laptop contol from selecting tracks to track mark triggers. But I have always welcomed the challenges that come with DJn, I believe it will make you a better DJ if you are presented with the worst possible DJ set-ups, from jumping needles to ‘hill type’ cross fader curves preventing you from scratching easily! This is where you need to understand free hand scratching, besides the fader is a ‘stop start’ action.
We managed to set-up the Serato box and got the turntables running! If you understand the Serato ‘challenge’ of changing laptops between DJs then it’s worse with the box unless it’s powered…but there is a way – and probably for another post!
We started off by playing 70s Raregrooves, into the 90s and then right up to date, building up the tempo to midnight. Peaches was filling up fast and I was told they were sold out which was good news.
Dreypa managed to play an alternative mix of Ragga for just under an hour which worked extremely well. Eventually we were playing house which lead nicely to the midnight track I had chosen ‘The bongo song” – Safro Duo. I had timed this track perfectly as I was using the website ‘time.is’ and had track marked the record 1 minute from midnight. This is where Serato really helped, otherwise you would have to subtract the length of the track from the drop you wanted from midnight, maths is not for me Dreypa!
Safro Duo went down very well and the party continued. The crowd enjoyed the mix of music and we kept them on the floor until MJ took over at 2am.
MJ is a real old skool DJ, his experience can be clearly seen from his tight mixing ability and knowing the music inside out.
We stayed at Peaches until 3am and decided to get some food, which was chips! What we had for dinner!
Mystique is an Events company I have been working with since I first got into DJn. Bhavesh, the founder and main man behind the successful company is a humble and very creative person. Probably one of the most creative people I know. I truly believe he has changed the Wedding Decor market significantly due to his individuality, passion and commitment to this industry. I think I will do a seperate blog on him soon!
In September I found myself booked to DJ for Bhav’ and what a wonderful event and venue I got to work at, the Copthorne in Sussex. The venue was decorated solely by Mystique.
The Mystique team have a whole host of ‘themes’ they can use to decorate the any given venue, however if you can’t find exactly what you need but can imagine it, I am confident Bhav’ will be able to build it !
You can see some of their work below.
The picture below shows Mystique’s logo:
The below gallery shows pictures of The Copthorne Hotel draped with star cloth and white draping hanging from the center of the ceiling.