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GarageProud May Bank Holiday Weekend

GarageProud on Friday & Prophecy of House on the Sunday, I had a busy one this Bank Holiday Weekend.

Proud Camden

Proud in Camden is fast becoming my 2nd home, I was there for the Rich Homie Quan UK Tour Party (Flexin’), the launch of GarageProud, on Friday I headlined the R&B London room (at GarageProud), the end of the month I will be back to shake a leg at Spoony’s House and hopefully I will be DJing at the next GarageProud – The Summer Ball.

R&B London Room

Spread over 3 floors, I was DJing in the R&B London room. Climbing the ladder to reach the DJ Booth I could picture the former horse hospital that this venue used to be.

My Set

It has been a minute since I have played out, I do a lot more radio now (twice a week on Pulse 88) since my weekly residency at Moonlighting Night Club. The DJs on before me were good and their mixing was tight so I had to make sure my game was on point.

After judging the crowed I could tell I would have to do a Kisstory set so I started off with Where The Party At by Jagged Edge to keep the party going followed by Boogie Tonight by Tweet and Ride With You by Joe. As this was an early set 11.30 pm – 12.30 pm I decided to start off Old School and gradually work my way up so that the DJs after me could play the current hits.

Even thought the crowed clearly enjoyed my first set I was just warming up.

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My next set was at 2.30 am, I was in two minds, do I stay in the R&B room or do I check out the UK Garage and House rooms. As a DJ it is always good to listen to the DJ set before yours so that you know what was played and get a feel for the crowed, as my next set was prime time I had to stick around so I quickly niped into the other rooms, there were so many nice woman of all types I could not resist lol.

I proceeded into the main UKG arena I am not sure what DJ was on it could have been Mat Jam Lamont or Pied Piper but one thing I do remember is that the vibe was lit and some serious Old School Garage tunes were being played. From the UKG room I progressed to the House – I Like It Deep Room.

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I Like It Deep

In this room they were playing at the time what I believe is called Nu Disco, I do like Nu Disco as it borrowes from 80’s Electro music (wich I loved growing up as a kid) I was tempted to stay in this room but Instead I grab a drink at the bar and made my way back to the R&B London room.

Climbing the ladder to the DJ Booth I was mentally gearing myself up, I decided to mix it up the old with the new, R&B, Hip-Hop, Trap, Afrobeat and Dancehall etc. I remember dropping Beyonc√© – Drunken Love, Ghost Town DJs – My Boo, Drake – One Dance, Kent Jones  – Don’t Mind, Yo Gotti – DM, Desiigner – Panda not in this order but they were all in the mix somewhere, this time I was in my element.

All in all I had a great night, nice people and good music what more could you ask for? I survived a few near falls from the ladder leading to the DJ Booth lol, so now I can see you all at the next GarageProud – The Summer Ball Friday 24th June 2016 lol.

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10 Things That Make For A Bussy Club Night

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As an established DJ/Promoter with over 10 years of promoting club nights, over 25 years DJing and over 300 club nights under my belt, I have been asked many times by clubbers “is my club night going to be any good”? Even if I think it is not going to be, I am hardly going to answer by saying “no my night is going to be rubbish so don’t come”.

So to help you clubbers make an informed choice I list 10 things that can make for a busy club night, I stress that the following do not always guarantee a packed event but they do help.

Established Venue

The party is at well known venue and the venue/club night is synonymous with a particular style of music for example Egg Club and Ministry of Sound with dance, Moonlighting Club with Urban Music (R&B, Hip-Hop & Dancehall). Clubbers are drawn to the branding of the venue just as much as they are to the club night brand, increasing business. Also established venues are conscious who they hire their venue too and will vet promoters to ensure they can actually pull a crowed.

Ministry of Sound

Established Brand

A well know brand is behind the night, the night has been been going for many years on a weekly/monthly basis at the same or different venues in London, around the UK or internationally. Some names that spring to mind are Garage Nation, Sun City and Twise As Nice. These club nights are established brands and  have diversified into Merchandising, Franchising and a DJ Agency and generally these club night brands will work hard to protect their name.

Weekly/Monthly Event

Touched on this above slightly, if the event has been at the same venue for a while on a weekly or monthly basis then this can be an indicator that the night will be a good one. A weekly/monthly residency can enable the night to grow and establish a following. Generally speaking a venue would not want to keep a promoter on if their particular club night is not dong well if the event is in-house then this is a different story. You can always call a club and ask is the event in-house or put by an external promoter.

Word of Mouth

They say the best form of promotion is Word of Mouth. If a lot of people are talking about the event, there is a lot of hype on Social Media surrounding previous/forthcoming events, basically a buzz then generally this is a good indicator that the night is going to be busy.

Tickets Sold Out

Obviously if tickets are sold out then this is an indicator the night is going to be packed. Although I do know of promoters that have lied and made out on (ticketing websites) mthat First Release (Early Bird Tickets) have sold out just to induce sales.

Big Name DJs

If big named DJs like DJ EZ for example are playing at the event this can help the popularity of the event, the more big names the better. Big name DJs cost money so a night club promoter will obviously want to recuperate his or her money thus doing everything possible to ensure a busy event. Although this can be a good indicator that the night will be busy, I do know of promoters though that have lied on flyers listing big name DJs knowing fully well they will not be turning up or cancel the big name DJs just before the night as the promoter has an inclination the night is not going to be busy.

DJ EZ KIss FM

Promotion

If the night has been heavily promoted for example on radio, social media, posters/poster boards etc this can lead to a busy night. Budgets vary will vary though, radio advertising and poster can be costly so a promoter will want to guarantee a busy night so as to recuperate his or her costs.

Special Occasion

Special occasions can help for example New Year’s Eve, Bank Holiday Weekends, Valentines etc. Some people that don’t go clubbing on a weekly basis choose to go out on these occasions.

After Party/Celebrity Appearance

A guest appearance from a famous rapper or reality TV star can boost the popularity of a night or an after party to a popular concert or an award ceremony like the Mobos, be sure to check that these parties are the official ones though.

To sum up I would say that no one thing (apart from tickets selling out) can guarantee a busy event but a combination of the above will definitely help.

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Spoony’s House Is Back!

Proud Camden

So after a few months break Spoony’s House is back and has a new home, Proud in Camden. Proud is fast becoming a second home for me, I recently went there for the Rich Homie Quan tour launch party – Flexin’, for Garage Proud, I will return for Spoony’s House and I will be spinning at the forthcoming Garage Proud in the R&B London Room.

Spoony's House

Jazz Cafe

I started to become a regular at Spoony’s House when it was at the Jazz Cafe, as usual I was on free Guest List. I enjoyed the night for a number of reasons, I got the chance to meet up with friends that went to my school (Highbury Grove) and DJs I used to play alongside on Y2k 90.6 Fm, secondly the crowed was more my age group/mixed & thirdly I enjoy reminiscing to Oldschool Garage.

Although I don’t play UKG I was on pioneering stations like Dejavu 90.3Fm and Y2K 90.6Fm, I used to rave at Colloseum and many of my peers are well know UKG DJs & Artists like DJ Pioneer (Kiss Fm), Donaeo and Heartless Crew, I naturally respect and have love for the music.

Spoony’s House

At Spoony’s House I was treated to DJ sets by the man himself (who went to the same school as me), DJ Luck and MC Neat, DJ Fonti and a live PA by Nana performing – Body Grove (who incidently I went to the same Colledge as me) I feel at home when I am at Spoony’s House, although I am from East London I am at home in North London, I think because I went to School/Colledge there and because Y2K 90.6 Fm was based all around North London.

I am sure the legacy will continue at Proud Camden, see you all there on the 26th May!

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