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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!

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.

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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!

Happy New Year

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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.

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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…