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Mobile discos in Canberra. Anyone used one lately?

By farnarkler - 9 June 2009 28

I’m planning an event and need a mobile disco to provide entertainment.

Have any of you got any recommendations or warnings about local mobile discos and their DJs?

What’s Your opinion?


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Mobile discos in Canberra. Anyone used one lately?
Nambucco Deliria 1:37 pm 09 Jun 09

I’ve got 60Gb on MP3 and (at last count – and I do count) 917 CDs. Do I win?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 12:58 pm 09 Jun 09

Funnily enough I have a portable hard drive with approx 12k songs on it (a gift from a DJ mate in London who retired) but I don’t have an ipod yet.

I don’t have an ipod either (and don’t want one), but have well over 100Gb of songs on mp3, as well as perhaps 200 cds.

farnarkler 12:54 pm 09 Jun 09

Yeah but I don’t want to have to pay APRA for being allowed to play music in public. A mobile DJ will have that all sorted. I don’t know how much investigation is done by APRA here but I got caught up with all the bullsh*t about illegal music in the UK and don’t need it here.

Jim Jones 12:38 pm 09 Jun 09

farnarkler said :

Funnily enough I have a portable hard drive with approx 12k songs on it (a gift from a DJ mate in London who retired) but I don’t have an ipod yet.

Now is a good opportunity to buy one (it’ll be cheaper than hiring a DJ, so it’s completely justified!)

Nambucco Deliria 12:29 pm 09 Jun 09

dtc said :

Warning on the ipod – at our office’s last Christmas party, due to a mix up two people – both males but with about 10 years difference in age – were asked to bring their ipod filled with music to dance to post dinner. Out of the 40 odd songs chosen by each of them, there was ONE song that was the same (a Justin Timberlake song). The other 39+ were completely different. And it wasn’t that one picked Chisel and the other DJ Funky House remixes, they just had slightly but noticeably different views on what made a good dance song.

The benefit of a mobile DJ is that s/he will have 500 – 5000 songs on their potential playlist. Your own ipod – you probably have 50 and if your music choice doesn’t match a lot of other people’s, then there is trouble . . . (also, you have to find the songs – you might think you have a lot of songs already, but filling in 3hrs+ of music takes a fair few dance/party songs, and that obscure brit pop band that you love aint going to hack it. You can’t be too ‘pretentious’ about what you choose, you just might have to buy a Kylie song. Still, its cheaper than hiring someone).

Then again, if its your party (BBQ/birthday/wedding etc), choose the music you want.

Mobile DJ as well as working in an office, are you?

farnarkler 12:28 pm 09 Jun 09

Funnily enough I have a portable hard drive with approx 12k songs on it (a gift from a DJ mate in London who retired) but I don’t have an ipod yet.

dtc 12:17 pm 09 Jun 09

Warning on the ipod – at our office’s last Christmas party, due to a mix up two people – both males but with about 10 years difference in age – were asked to bring their ipod filled with music to dance to post dinner. Out of the 40 odd songs chosen by each of them, there was ONE song that was the same (a Justin Timberlake song). The other 39+ were completely different. And it wasn’t that one picked Chisel and the other DJ Funky House remixes, they just had slightly but noticeably different views on what made a good dance song.

The benefit of a mobile DJ is that s/he will have 500 – 5000 songs on their potential playlist. Your own ipod – you probably have 50 and if your music choice doesn’t match a lot of other people’s, then there is trouble . . . (also, you have to find the songs – you might think you have a lot of songs already, but filling in 3hrs+ of music takes a fair few dance/party songs, and that obscure brit pop band that you love aint going to hack it. You can’t be too ‘pretentious’ about what you choose, you just might have to buy a Kylie song. Still, its cheaper than hiring someone).

Then again, if its your party (BBQ/birthday/wedding etc), choose the music you want.

farnarkler 12:00 pm 09 Jun 09

I’ve had more than enough of bands. I worked at a London club which had live bands and there are only so many times I can take renditions of ‘Sweet home Alabama’ and ‘Summer of 69’.

The crowd are all in the mid to late 30’s so 70’s to 90’s will be on the menu.

Jim Jones 11:35 am 09 Jun 09

farnarkler said :

Thanks for the info. I had thought about people getting upset when they request a song that just doesn’t fit in with the crowd.

Jim, that must’ve been really nasty, I hope you’ve recovered!!

That was a loooooong time ago (I can’t remember if I was using CDs or LPs).

If you’re worried about people getting upset about the music, I’d suggest hiring a good band – they’ll entertain everyone, work with you in structuring the event, and provide the best possible musical experience.

The hassle here is that it’s necessarily a lot more expensive and you’ll have to make sure that noise levels aren’t a concern, etc.

burkes08 11:30 am 09 Jun 09

Yeah, Ipod is the go.

If you can’t be bothered with that, the best one is definately 3D Entertainment.

farnarkler 11:25 am 09 Jun 09

Thanks for the info. I had thought about people getting upset when they request a song that just doesn’t fit in with the crowd.

Jim, that must’ve been really nasty, I hope you’ve recovered!!

Nambucco Deliria 11:04 am 09 Jun 09

Dagget66 said :

Seriously though, why not put together an IPod playlist and run it through a set of PA speakers? You’ll save a bunch of cash and get *exactly* what you want.

+1

This is by far the best way of doing things – you get the music you want, and none of the inane banter most of the practitioners of ‘mobile discos’ want to subject you to.

Dagget66 10:56 am 09 Jun 09

Seriously though, why not put together an IPod playlist and run it through a set of PA speakers? You’ll save a bunch of cash and get *exactly* what you want.

+1

Jim Jones 10:44 am 09 Jun 09

I did mobile DJing years and years ago. Perhaps the most horrible job I’ve ever had.

I remember one gig at a wedding in Tuggeranong: the blokes all wanted to hear Acka Dacka and the birds all wanted to hear Kylie, I spent the entire night almost getting beaten up by representatives of the two warring factions.

Seriously though, why not put together an IPod playlist and run it through a set of PA speakers? You’ll save a bunch of cash and get *exactly* what you want.

NoAddedMSG 10:33 am 09 Jun 09

Having hired a few over the years, I don’t have any on my blacklist, or any on my must have list either, but what I would say is ask lots of questions about the kinds of music they have. Ask them to describe their collection before you tell them what you want – and don’t settle for “a bit of everything really”. Some will have mostly latest pop/hip hop dancing type music, which is not so good if your guests are mostly older and will want some salsa-type beats thrown in. Or they want to hear 80s pub music. Maybe make a list of the ten songs you think should definately be played on the night and check that they have all of them.

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