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A sound investment

Corny heading I know right?

However for any DJ to be successful at what they do, they must have a decent PA system to play out to their party guests.

In recent years I have been using the Cerwin Vega Intense INT152 600W Speakers which has been rated in the top 5 for Passive Wooden Speakers. If you are looking for a premium brand, there are a few companies that I can recommend:

As I move into larger events across Sussex, Surrey, Kent & Hampshire, it is key to look into finding the right system for you. Some of the questions you should ask when looking to invest in a new system I have listed below:

Passive speakers or Active speakers?

There are pro’s and cons for both…

Passive speakers require a seperate amplifier to be connected and offer power to the speakers. You need to make sure that the amp is powerful enough to support the preferred output you have chosen. This means you do not need to use additional power points to power these, however you will end up lugging around an amplifier in the meantime.

Active speakers are independently powered with the amplifier contained within the speakers and/or bass bins. You will need to make sure there is sufficient power points available at the venue for this, however the added benefit is you will no longer need to move around a standalone amplifier as this will offer a portable solution with microphone or mixer inputs directly into the speaker itself.

How powerful is the system and/or how many people can this cater for?

The output of a speaker system is very important whilst doing your research. It is key to understand what type of events you usually cater for and how many people are usually in attendance. On average this can range between 80 – 150 people normally, with larger events looking at 350+ people.

I have recently invested in the HK Audio Linear L5 Club Pack from DJKit.com which boosts a massive output of 4400 watts. Now obviously I haven’t had the chance to push this to it’s full potential yet, however early signs show that it has a large throw with the sound across the room, which leads me to my next point.

What size of venue do you usually perform at?

This is extremely important with the acoustics of the room. If you are using a smaller system (for example with an output of 400 watts) this isn’t exactly going to carry well in a large concert room. Assess the type of venues that you normally perform at and make a call on what system will best fill the room.

What manufacturer warranty/guarantee is available with the system you are looking into?

A good quality PA system does not come cheap. If you are playing in the public domain you should realistically look at spending anything from £600 upwards. The RRP on the HK Linear 5 Club Pack that I’ve acquired is £3,839, however the system also includes a 5 year warranty should there be any unforeseen issues that you encounter with usage.

Cables are equally important!

Investing in a new system alone is not enough, you should look at sourcing good quality speaker cables or leads that are compatible with your PA. This will make all the difference with the output of sound.

I have included a little video below unboxing the system I went for and from the first initial test at an event I hosted last night (Saturday), it definitely outperformed my expectations:

Thanks for reading and feel free to ask any questions on what you’ve seen!

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.

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.

 

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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…

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!

 

Bye bye Belushi’s

Belushi's Brighton logo

Sadly after 4 years at Belushi’s & St.Christopher Inn in Brighton, I will be spinning the decks here for the very last time. It only feels like yesterday when I first stepped into the bar after my good friend Josh Hunt contacted me about a new exciting night he wanted me to play for… Where it all began! The nightclub is situated on the seafront across the road from Brighton Pier which made it a prime location for a popular evening spot.

Coyote Muy Loco

Coyote Muy Loco at Belushi's Brighton

Coyote Muy Loco at Belushi’s

Table top dancers, fire-eaters and House music saw a wild start to your Friday Nights which bought a niche market to the venue.

June 2009 saw my first gig at Belushi’s and the start of great things to come!

Josh continued to run promotions for the night for a year and shortly. I then hired in a promotions team to help promote the night and bring it to new heights… rebranding it to Friday Night’s Muy Loco!

Friday Night’s Muy Loco

Friday Night’s Muy Loco saw our dancers get people up on the dance floor and party like there was no tomorrow.

Friday Night's  Muy Loco at Belushi's Brighton

Friday Night’s Muy Loco

The £1 Wildshooters went down a storm and saw the night getting busier week after week. A diverse crowd from Stag, hen parties and corporate parties would often join in the fun.

General Manager, Russell Newby was so impressed that I began running other nights such as the Belushi’s Christmas Eve’s Snow Party and New Years Eve for 2 consecutive years!

Brighton was still lacking some decent mid-week entertainment and fellow DJ Meesta Sleeps and I came up with the idea to host an Eighties night for an older clientele as well as fans of this genre of music. This is when Back to the 80’s was born.

Back to the 80’s

Back to the 80's at Belushi's

Back to the 80’s

In February 2012, Back to the 80’s bought all the commercial hits of this era to Belushi’s in Brighton every Tuesday Night. As well as the great tunes, we also setup a retro Nintendo Entertainment System (NES Games console) for people to relive some classic gaming from this era with titles like Super Mario Bros setup each week.

This soon became Brighton’s biggest Eighties night running for nearly a year!

Sadly in November 2012, we saw the end of Friday Night’s Muy Loco and the beginning of Friday Night Floorfillers!

Friday Night Floorfillers

Friday Night Floorfillers

Friday Night Floorfillers

Still with the same music policy as it’s predecessor, Friday Night Floorfillers drew in the crowds looking to celebrate the start to their weekend. Next Friday 28th June, sadly marks the last gig that I will be playing at Belushi’s in Brighton and I have many fond memories from all the staff and friends made during my 4 years there.

I would like to thank you – the crowd for being a fantastic support and Russell Newby for giving me the opportunity to entertain you all over the past 4 years and hope our paths cross again.

Memories from some of the nights can be found still on our Facebook pages (Friday Night’s Muy Loco, Back to the 80’s, Friday Night Floorfillers) or by visiting the Belushi’s photo gallery…

I hope to see you all next week as I plan to go out with a bang, in the meantime I have left with you with a 30 minute mix I have put together in memory of the good times at Belushi’s…