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Mobile discos in Canberra. Anyone used one lately?

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?


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Quokka Quokka 5:51 pm 21 Jun 09

Who would you recommend Jim? I’ve got some friends that are getting married next year, and they’re on the lookout for a good band!

Jim Jones Jim Jones 3:27 pm 11 Jun 09

No fuss, f.

Hope the event goes smoothly!

farnarkler farnarkler 2:35 pm 11 Jun 09

IF I did want a band I’d be approaching big Mitch who I’ve known over the years or Chicago Charles who I met a few weeks ago.

Jim I understand your feelings about APRA. As I said, I got into some trouble in London with playing self recorded music so I don’t want a repeat.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 9:04 am 10 Jun 09

farnarkler said :

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.

And if you do want recommendations of decent bands, I’ve got a few (none of which have ever played either Summer of 69 or Sweet Home Alabama’).

Jim Jones Jim Jones 9:02 am 10 Jun 09

farnarkler said :

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.

With the utmost respect, farnarkler: F*ck APRA. F*ck them right in their shiny arses. I’ve had to deal with them on a couple of occasions, and I can confidently state that you’re best off ignoring their existence entirely.

bergamot bergamot 9:00 am 10 Jun 09

No no no Davo111 – see my comment #18!!! (Promised I would do my best to give them bad press!)

realityskin realityskin 8:00 am 10 Jun 09

or just get a SUPERJUKE !

http://www.superjuke.com.au/can_home.htm

Davo111 Davo111 1:37 am 10 Jun 09

If you need someone simple, then you can’t really go past mobydisk. They choose pretty good songs, have their own speakers/lights etc, and for a little bit extra they have a karoke function. They’re not very good at “mixing” so to speak, but they have a large song list, and they are good at making playlists to suit the audience.

Fiveby5 Fiveby5 9:18 pm 09 Jun 09

if you want a DJ, you could put a post on inthemix (www.inthemix.com.au) asking for any interest. Canberra’s got some great DJs and many of them are young and looking for more experience so they may do you a really good deal.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 2:41 pm 09 Jun 09

“Mobile disco”?

I found them a bit hard to dance in when they kept driving around corners…

bergamot bergamot 2:24 pm 09 Jun 09

DO NOT use Mobydisc. Their business is run quite well from the back end, but the DJ who ended up at our wedding turned up late, clearly didn’t want to be there, was on his mobile all night, stopped playing in the middle of our farewell circle (before his time was up), wouldn’t engage at all with our guests when they approached with requests etc. The company asked for feedback after the event, which I gave to them in a frank but polite manner, and I never heard anything from them again……..

that name again, mobydisc!!!

shitzu shitzu 2:15 pm 09 Jun 09

You could consider a jukebox – I’ve used Superjuke for two 18th birthday parties and it went down a treat – you can select what music you want on the box (head office is Adelaide I think, but the jukebox is local) – the guy delivers it all, sets it up and picks it up the next day – very dependable. It comes with flashing lights and you can even get karaoke…..and you can delete the list of songs requested if it gets ridiculous….
http://www.superjuke.com.au

lemaChet lemaChet 1:57 pm 09 Jun 09

we had one do a fantastic job at our reception. This particular person is also known to have played in Garema place on new years eve.
I’m just following up to fid some details for you…
(or get the good sir to com and post himself)

Nambucco Deliria 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_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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