Who are you?
Hi, I'm Paddy (The P part of MPG Entertainments). Music has been in my life since birth as my father, Mark (the M part of MPG Entertainments) was a DJ well before I was born and he trained me on how to fill a dance floor.
My massive musical knowledge allows me to cater for any crowd from 18ths to 80ths, Baby Showers to Weddings and 90s Raves to High-End Corporate Charity Fundraisers.
I am a classically trained musician who has played all over the country with some top acts including Nicholas McDonald, Luke Friend (X Factor) and Edward Reid (Britain’s Got Talent). As a musician, mixing records comes as a second nature meaning the blending of music throughout your event will be seamless, no awkward pauses between songs!
I'm also trained & qualified as a Sound Engineer so can deal with any technical issues that may creep up during an event and can work alongside other acts such as bands or singers. You can rest assured that your event will run smoothly when I'm at the helm.
I am more than comfortable speaking on a microphone ensuring all your guests will understand what's being said. Although I am up for having some light-hearted fun, I will only use the microphone when appropriate, no offensive jokes, swearing or saying 'shabba'/'oggy oggy oggy' here!
What kind of music do you play?
I am well versed in all sorts of music from the 50s right through to this week's chart across various genres such as Indie, RnB/Hip-Hop, 90s Rave, Northern Soul, 70's Disco etc.
No event is the same, I will play anything to get your guests moving. I will select my music based upon who turns up on the night!
By default I do not play any overly-cheesy songs (Agadoo, The Music Man, Hokey Cokey), football related or political songs.
How much do you charge?
If you want an exact quote, you'll be best to fill in the enquiry form. For the majority of events, I will usually reply with a quote within 2 working days.
The cost will change depending on the type of event, preparation & meetings, venue location, venue logistics (upstairs without an elevator, half a mile along a path etc), the number of guests attending (and therefore size of set up required), day of the week, timings required (e.g. 7.30-12) are all factors that will affect the price.
Do you take requests?
Yes, I take requests both in advance and on the evening.
Can you cater for themed events?
Yes, I can also put you in touch with some contacts to help decorate the venue in your chosen theme.
Do you accept playlists?
I am happy to work using your suggestions as guidance and I will advise against working strictly to a playlist. It is preferred for you to send over some suggestions of your favourite music or even to ask your guests in advance to name 2 songs that they would dance to (the wording here is very important).
As a full time DJ, the main aspect of my job is to fill a dance floor. I have vast experience of what works and what doesn't work. Your guests may feel disconnected if, for example, they have to listen to the same genre all night when they are expecting more variety. The DJ must be allowed the freedom to build an atmosphere, make changes, speed the night up and slow the night down.
I have a 'Do not dare' list on the booking form which you can fill in as vaguely or precisely as you wish. For Example: 'No cheesy line dances', 'No Hip-Hop', 'No Proclaimers' or even 'Don't play Despacito' etc
Can you Instruct Ceilidh Dances?
Can you host party games?
Are the images on the site your own or are they stock images?
All promotional images on this website are our own and were taken at real events by either Paddy or Mark. We do not use stock or posed Images.
Do you have your own Equipment?
Yes, I have only the best Sound & Lighting equipment available. Only a handful of other DJs, Bands & Entertainers in Scotland have equipment of this calibre. I have detailed it fully in a separate section here.
Do you have back-up equipment?
Yes, there several failsafes, redundancies and back-ups if the worst were to happen (however unlikely). You most likely wouldn't even notice if a piece of equipment 'went down' as the vast majority of the equipment can be 'silently switched'.
How long does it take you to set up?
I can have sound & a DJ booth set up within 20-30 minutes. Setups with larger sound systems and lighting will take longer.
I would prefer to have 90 minutes to set up for the standard Wedding package to allow time to program lighting and test all equipment but this can be done in under an hour if there is a room turnover. The largest setups can take 4-6 hours.
At the end of the night. It typically takes 1 hour to break the equipment down and depending on the load out, an additional 10-30 minutes to move the equipment into the van. The largest setups can take 3-4 hours to break down.
Do you have a PAT Certificate?
All equipment is either less than 1 year old or goes through a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) annually. I can also provide Method Statements & Risk Assessments if needed.
Are you Insured?
Yes. I am a member of the Alliance of Mobile & Party DJs (AMP DJ) who supply us with worldwide Public Liability Insurance up to £10,000,000.
If I book a DJ through MPG Entertainments, who will turn up?
Me! I will not 'sub' out your event to a DJ you've never met unless in an extreme 'Force majeure' circumstance such as death, illness or if I'm in an accident and physically cannot attend. I've never missed an event yet but if I fail to prepare then I must prepare to fail.
Mark will likely be able to cover the event in an emergency.
If you make an enquiry and I'm already booked on your date then I will let you know straight away and have several great DJs I can recommend to you, I'm a member of the Alliance of Mobile and Party DJs & have worked alongside plenty others so have contact with some 'similarly specced' DJs.
Are you willing to travel?
Yes, I have gigged from Rome to Applecross!
I do not charge for travel between Glasgow - Edinburgh, Loch Lomond or Ayrshire. Travel is charged at £1 per mile (1 way) out with these areas and I will require overnight accommodation if the event is being held over a 2 hour drive from Glasgow (anywhere North of Fort William/Brechin or South of Shap/Berwick).
I will expect the organiser to cover any public transport costs such as ferrys, trains or planes.
If the event is being held abroad then a technical rider will be provided detailing the equipment I require and recommend.
What if I have other entertainment such as a band or singer booked for my event?
I'm more than happy to work alongside bands & singers. I can actually go one step further and supply a single sound & lighting system that both the band and I will run through. This will 'clean up' the stage area so there's not a ton of speakers, lights and cables cluttering up the background of your pictures! This could potentially reduce costs for the band if all they have to do is turn up with their instruments. I'll liaise with the band myself and sort out what they need (mic & input wise), I'll get their playlist so I don't play any of their tunes between when they're on etc too.
As I'm a Sound Engineer, I can run sound for the band or work with the band's engineer (if they have one) then head on to DJ during breaks and after the band finish. I will also control the lighting to match what the band are playing. Check out the video below as an example:
In the above video, MPG Entertainments supplied everything from stage monitors to microphones, the main speakers to the lighting. This was a 6 Piece band with 2x Guitars, 3x Keyboards, Trumpet, Trombone, 4x Vocalists, Bass, Auxiliary percussion and Drums.
If you contact your band and they ask what equipment they'll be running through, please see what I'd typically bring to an event below:
Front of House PA: 2x d&b audiotechnik Q7 Mid-tops paired with 2x d&b audiotechnik B6 Subwoofers (upto 4x Subwoofers can be provided at extra cost)
Front of House Amps: 1x d&b audiotechnik D20
Monitors: 4x d&b audiotechnik E3 or 2x d&b audiotechnik E12-D
Monitor Amps: 2x d&b audiotechnik D6
Mixing Console: Behringer X32 or Midas M32R with Midas DL16 Digital Stagebox (16 channels of Midas Pro series Preamps)
Microphones: 2x Wireless Sennheiser ew135, Several Wired Shure Beta & SM58s, Neumann KMS105, Audix Drum Set for Kick, Toms, Snare, Audix D2/D4 Instrument mics for guitar/bass
The issues that can crop up when both a Band & DJ are playing & how I circumvent them are as follows
DJ playing songs from the Band’s set list
I always liaise with the band with what’s on their set-list before I start playing . I can do this weeks/months in advance if the band have pre-defined set lists or can liaise on the night before they go on. This will ensure I don’t play anything they plan on playing.
There’s often limited space for DJ and Band to set up
I will always turn up as early as possible to set up before the band so when they break down, they’re not tripping over any of my equipment that wasn’t there when they began to set theirs up. Although my lighting setup is vast, its actual footprint is small as it’s all stored across 2x t-bars. I don’t carry any heavy duty trussing etc as it takes up a lot more room on stage. This will give the band as much space as possible to perform.
Once the band is finished, they can spend ages tripping over people on the way out with their hands full of equipment.
I have a full Lighting and Sound Rig that is equal to or better than what 90% of bands would bring to an event. I bring everything from the PA, Monitors & Lighting to Power Extensions and Microphones, I’ll set it up & sound check with the band before the first dance (it’s preferred if I can set up earlier in the afternoon to give plenty of time to do so). I will then run the sound & lighting during the time when the band are playing, I’ll do the usual during the interval/buffet then take over after the band have finished performing.
My sound desk is a digital desk with wifi which means the band can control their own monitor mixes with their phones/tablets from the stage too. They’ll hear everything as they want and this will ensure they’re able to perform at the best of their ability without hinderance. This also means if we only have an hour to set up for a room turnaround, I can meet them in advance to carry out a pre-production rehearsal/soundcheck, I can save the settings to the digital desk and when I turn up on the night, everything will sound as it should.
If the band have their own digital desk, I’m happy for them to plug it into my PA system too.
The band will only have their instruments to break down once they’re done as opposed to a full PA system & Lighting rig. It means there will be a smoother transition between the band and DJ. I will then break down everything else at the end of the night.
A Messy Stage/Aesthetics
I have attached a couple of images from a Wedding we performed at years ago. It was a Las Vegas themed event with Edward Reid, an Elvis Tribute, a Rod Stewart tribute, a Michael Buble tribute plus us as a DJ all performing a set. There was no organisation beforehand with regards to PA systems so everyone turned up with their own system. There were 5 different PA systems in total and several monitors on stage and it looked terrible. If the band are happy to run through my system, it will look a lot neater too!