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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!

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!

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.

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

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!

 

Happy New Year

2014 A.C.Knell Entertainment logo

A Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas break and hope the weather didn’t put a dampener on things (pardon the pun)!

We have plenty of exciting developments for A.C.Knell Entertainment in 2014 and we would like for you to be a part of it.

We have extended our Facebook followers offer and will still continue to offer 10% off all party bookings in 2014.

Hit “Like” on the page below and drop us a message with your details:

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…

A new edition to the family

A.C.Knell with daughter ChloeToday I am proud to announce that Chloe Jessica Knell (our latest team member to A.C.Knell Entertainment) was born today at 5:38am weighing a healthy 7lbs and 11oz.

Well done to Gemma for being fantastic through the birth… only 4 hours in labour, very lucky indeed!

We look forward to spending lots of sleepless nights with the little one.

I will be back behind the decks again next weekend and look forward to sharing lots of pictures with you all.