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The future of the DJ

It has been a while since I have posted on here, so apologies you haven’t heard from me in a while.

As a DJ that has been in the entertainment industry for 15+ years now, I have seen some significant enhancements in Disco equipment and technology to improve and enhance ones set.

Starting on the decks

Back when I first started (and probably more of a novelty thing), I experimented on vinyl. Many would argue the pro’s and cons of mixing on vinyl. The pro’s being the quality of the sound and that authentic crackling noise you would expect to hear, however on the flip side, the con’s are protecting your collection. This could lead to a degraded sound over time depending on how scratched the record turns out over time.

When I went professional and due to the format of my collection, I started on a CDJ system. The mobility of playing a collection of CD’s as opposed to vinyl’s meant you could transport about four times the music with ease.

Entering the digital revolution

I then entered the digital revolution and began to ‘digitalise’ my complete music collection. With the introduction of Digital controllers, with manufacturers such as Pioneer, Numark, Denon leading the way this meant organising your music collection and transporting it to your next gig never came easier until now.

You could now cue up requested songs from your clients without finding your way through your vinyl and CD collection and like many DJ’s this was always tricky to keep a relevant filing system on these.

Some ‘traditional / old skool’ DJ’s would argue that technology cheats the system and there is little or relevant skill in adapting to new technology, however as I read on a DJ forum the other week:

‘If a palette of bricks were delivered to a warehouse, would you really stack them manually by hand or use a forklift to assist you?’

Don’t forget it’s not just about using technology to your advantage. You need to be able to read a crowd and can keep the dance floor consistent throughout the night. This comes with experience and the more gigs each weekend should help you with this if you are aspiring DJ looking to learn the trait.

So, what’s next?

An abundance of cables… hopefully!

I would quite confidently state that the setup and dismantle for each event usually involves cables and lots of them. Cables to plug into a mixing desk, speakers, microphones and lights.

Wireless microphones are already on the market and improving all the time. In fact, I use a good quality microphone receiver complete with 6 x wireless microphones for corporate functions, wedding speeches or even Karaoke events.

What I would like to see is more integration with stage gantries and lighting with perhaps a wireless system to not only reduce the time it takes to setup and dismantle at the end of the night, but improve the appearance of your setup at any event.

More touch screen devices to control your playout system. In recent years we have already seen a decline in Desktop and Laptop PC/Mac sales with the rise of mobile devices and tablets being the primary device in most households.

This brings me to a cool video I saw (quite old now, so imagine what is next) that demonstrates a new style of controller.

Where do you think technology will take us next? Feel free to have your say.

Thanks for reading!

Re-inventing creativity

Reinventing and creativity both have similar meanings… with the main focus on producing something new.

With remixes, re-edits featuring snippets of audio reminiscent from former chart hits, some would say it is an artists way of cashing in on past songs fortunes and success.

Well recently there was a high-profile law case that has impacted two artists in particular; Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke with their chart hit “Blurred Lines”.

With the Marvin Gaye family claiming that the song resembled the late legends hit “Got to Give It Up ” both artists were ordered by a US court to pay the family $7.4m in royalties.

Yes Pharrell himself has admitted he was inspired by Marvin Gaye when producing his “own” sound, however what does this mean to other hits of his? “Happy” has also been criticized by the family for another one of Gaye’s hits.

One would argue that yes there are definitely similarities in the beat which in my opinion I couldn’t really see as a crime as there are many “copy-cat” tunes out there inspired from other classics.

This has now made artists very wary on the way they produce their music and what beats they can use, which takes me back to my point on creativity. Have we really reached a point in music where a song is truly a unique experience and no inspiration has been taken from existing music out there?

Personally I like the fact that artists are breathing fresh life into hits and lyrically I would argue that “Blurred Lines” is a totally different song. I would understand it if they took audio bytes of lyrics and made it into their own sound.

A great example of this, one of my favourite songs at the moment is “The Party” remixed by Joe Stone; featuring the sound of Montell Jordan’s classic hit “This is How we Do it” originally released in 1996:

Artists have to be very careful about how they collaborate with an artist living or dead following on from this case.

Share your thoughts on this as I would love fellow artists, musicians, producers to have their say…

Back at Hever Castle

It’s been two years since I was involved with the filming of Channel 5’s Cowboy Traders with Dominic Littlewood and Melinda Messenger and I’m back again, this time for the wedding of Charlotte Walker and Jonny Mitchell…


I always get a little bit excited when performing at iconic venues like Hever Castle. I think this is partly down to being intrigued about the history behind the venue, it’s architecture and how it works with the acoustics for my sound system or lighting.

Located in the village of Hever in Kent, near Edenbridge, Hever Castle began its life as a country house, built in the 13th Century. This became the seat of the Boleyn family from 1462 to 1539. Anne Boleyn was the second wife to King Henry VIII and when her father had died possession was passed on to him.

With the historic surroundings of the moat and located by the Aster Wing, I was setup and ready to go. The lovely couple had their first dance to a Connor Maynard cover of Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t you Worry Child”.

The evening was great and both Charlotte and Jonny’s friends and family were up dancing all night long.

I think you’ll agree with me the newlyweds looked absolutely amazing! Wish them all the best in their new life as husband and wife.

Beware of the Trolls

Trolls

Image source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/sammy-sultan/what-to-do-with-internet-trolls_b_3707933.html

What is an Internet Troll?

The traditional meaning behind a troll was always depicted as an ugly cave-dwelling creature or monster. This is also true to this new meaning the “Internet Troll”, whom personality is reflected by this description of a troll.

Sadly myself, have been a victim of Internet Trolling on a community group on Facebook recently. With the Internet now being an increasingly popular way for people to express their opinions about individuals and businesses, this sort of activity can be potentially damaging and hurtful to those that try and make a living through trading or operating their business or personal activity online.

Why is “trolling” bad?

Like any business, we take great pride in our positive reviews. We even welcome negative reviews if someone has had a bad experience to help us develop our business and learn from previous mistakes. After all, we are all human and we cannot be perfect all of the time.

Don’t be mistaken, trolling is not a form of customer/client voicing their review of something. Trolling is where someone attacks a business or person with no justification or reason behind their attack. Often this results in vulnerable people; especially in this day an age (whom try to maintain a popular impression online), to be driven to drastic events.

Sadly, I have read so many stories in the news, in which children have committed suicide over heartful comments in some of these attacks:

Can you kill yourself already?’ The vile online messages from internet trolls ‘that led girl, 16, to hang herself

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2246896/Jessica-Laney-16-committed-suicide-internet-trolls-taunted-told-kill-herself.html

Lucky for me, I grew up when the Internet had only just been invented and the Social community (or anti-Social in this case) did not exist until recently.

So bullying was often an exchange of nasty words verbally; rather than written down to a whole community of strangers to see, read, share or like with their peers. The viral affect caused by these “internet-bullies” can be far more damaging these days than a few nasty words.

What leads people to “troll” others?

We will never know the real reason to why people have to express so much hate for another person. Sometimes this could be down to jealously, due to someone’s success or perhaps they may just have a personal vendetta against them or even in some cases, just a random unprovoked attack.

What can be done to prevent being trolled?

Report it to the community administrator, police (yes that’s right it is now a criminal offence to be a Troll) and if you know who that individual is you can file a “gagging order” with your Solicitor/Lawyer to prevent any slanderous content appearing about you on various channels.

In some cases you may not be able to identify who the Troll is as they often try and hide behind a computer screen (often behind a fake profile or alias) to stop themselves getting caught with no thought on what damage they can do to that individual or business. Luckily for the victims, these individuals are being exposed for spreading hatred by the authorities all the time and punished for their crimes:

Twitter Trolls Jailed For Sending Abusive Tweets

Read more: http://news.sky.com/story/1200521/twitter-trolls-jailed-for-sending-abusive-tweets

So to anyone else that has encountered similar sort of problems, follow our advice and rise above the comments as they are probably jealous of what a wonderful person you have become.

Speak soon!

A.C.Knell

A new residency

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since my last post, however things have been might busy at A.C.Knell Entertainment HQ.

I am excited to announce I will be starting another residency at newly opened Penny’s in Burgess Hill. On the site where former Mooch @ 76 used to be (76 Church Walk, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9AS), Penny’s was opened by a friend of mine on Saturday 12th July 2014.

Penny's Burgess Hill

General Manager Naomi Penny opened the bar after tragically losing both her mum and dad to cancer. The opening night saw a massive £500 raised for St Peter & St James Hospice; a charity very close to Naomi’s heart.

Penny’s are offering something very unique to Burgess Hill with a wide selection of cocktails, great food (got to try the cakes) and a great selection of live music.

As well as providing our support with their marketing, I will be starting this Friday (every Friday throughout August) playing a selection of chart & dance anthems from 9PM to get you set for the weekend. I hope you can join me there this Friday or any other Friday in the summer.

Karaoke will also be on the first Thursday of every month. For more details about all the events held at Penny’s be sure to check out their Facebook page.

How did we do?

Like any business, reviews and positive feedback are key to their survival. It is always in their best interest to provide a great service and experience to their customers.

At A.C.Knell Entertainment we strive to treat each gig we perform at as the best ever to ensure the crowd have an enjoyable and fun experience.

Whether we are performing at a wedding, providing PA hire, Karaoke or music for a Birthday party or kids party we make sure it is an event you’ll remember.

Reading some of the testimonials on this website is a positive sign that we are doing something right. 😀

We take great pride in our Reviews and if we have hosted an event for you recently, we want to hear about how we performed for you.

 

ACKnell 10% discount

Feel free to leave a comment on our Facebook page or write a comment below and you will be entitled to a 10% discount off any future party bookings…

Spice up your Friday Nights…

Are you a bar or nightclub owner looking to breathe some fresh air into your venue? Want to draw in a crowd and need some lively entertainment or a new Resident DJ with the expertise to do so…

We are currently offer a special Residency Rate for Friday Nights and with over 11 years experience in mixing across various venues in Brighton and Sussex, look no further than here:
Residency on Friday Nights

Easter Bank Holiday 2014

This Easter why not shake off all that chocolate you have binged on as we return to Orange Square Bar in Haywards Heath for the annual Easter Eggstravaganza.

DJ A.C.Knell will be spinning the tunes old and new from 8PM on Sunday 20th April and looks like the weather will make it a great turn out again this year!

Hope to see you all there as we all know it’s a good crack at Orange Square on Bank Holiday weekends!

Orange Square Bar Easter Eggstravaganza

Orange Square Bar Easter Eggstravaganza

For more details about events at Orange Square feel free to visit their Facebook Page or website: http://orangesquarebar.co.uk/

Be Happy in 2014

January – normally a month that most people dread, spent too much money at Christmas, feels like a lifetime before you’ll get paid from work and nights out are usually a little bit quieter this time of year!

However in 2014 we have kept in good spirits – especially after the success of Pharrell Williams chart-topping song “Happy”.

What an amazing song to start of the year, combat those January blues and even BBC Radio 1 did a Happy Week feature recently to help turn that frown upside down.

Well, we thought we would jump on the bandwagon too and offer some Happy offers for you throughout the fantastic year ahead that is 2014.

Check out our Happy promo video and keep on smiling about some of the great offers we can provide for an event near you!

Saturday Night Sessions

Saturday Night Sessions at the Maidens Head Uckfield

Hope your start to 2014 has been a happy and enjoyable one so far…

After 2 weeks away from the Maidens Head in Uckfield, we have come back with a fresh new look on the night… Saturday Night Sessions.

I will be spinning all the best tunes old and new, however the pub has some great early bird drink offers between 8PM – 10PM, so it is definitely worth popping down early!

To find out more about the Maidens Head in Uckfield, visit their Facebook page

Look forward to seeing you at the launch evening tonight!