12 May 2022

Dan puts his own innovative spin on DJing

| Evelyn Karatzas
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BoomBox2U owner Dan Rawson on the decks

Dan Rawson is the man behind the decks at BoomBox2U. Photo: Mel Bingley.

Following a successful start-up in 2019, the DJ with a dream – Dan Rawson – launched an entertainment business providing DJs with all-in-one mobile units.

BoomBox2U provides DJs with all the equipment they need in one wheeled box, allowing them to easily set up for private functions, corporate parties and events.

“We’ve really hit the market, playing to all demographics. We’re becoming the go-to DJ entertainment service in Canberra and surrounding region,” Dan said.

When BoomBox2U started, Dan would take a unit to DJ at one or two events a month. But news of his services grew and he now has six DJs on board to help manage multiple daily bookings.

A BoomBox2U unit set up at a wedding

BoomBox2U set up at a wedding. Photo: BoomBox2U.

Dan said he took inspiration from a concept widely embraced by small businesses in Canberra as a go-to form of compact entertainment – photo booths.

“In a way, we wanted to copy the photo booth industry and how the photo booth has taken off, but in the music entertainment realm,” he said.

“The BoomBox just makes events that little bit more special, and the setup time has decreased dramatically, so we can now move between events with ease and have more bookings on at one time.”

BoomBox2U now gets booked for weddings, private parties, corporate events, university functions, presentations, Friday night mix parties at Walsh’s Hotel in Queanbeyan and Saturday night karaoke parties at Gungahlin’s Young and Frisky.

“We also make lots of private bookings and milestone birthdays like 18ths, 21sts, 50ths,” he said.


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Marcus Divito has been DJing in Canberra for six years and said packing up and setting up for gigs became a lot easier with BoomBox2U.

“I like working for Dan because it’s like going to a nightclub; you walk in, bring your laptop and he does all the dirty work for you and then you pretty much DJ,” Marcus said.

“When I do my own gigs, I’d spend at least an hour setting up my stuff, my table, speakers, cords and cables. With BoomBox2U, Dan wheels it in; he does his thing, which takes no longer than five to 10 minutes and then I rock up.

“Instead of rocking up at six o’clock for an event that starts at seven, I can literally rock up five minutes before, so it’s been super handy.”

Dan Rawson on a BoomBox2U unit

BoomBox2U will be making another appearance at the Stromlo Running Festival in November this year. Photo: Mel Bingley.

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