Who are you?
Hi, I'm Paddy (The P part of MPG Entertainments). I have been working as a Professional DJ in Scotland for the past 10 years (since I was 16 years old) and in that time, I've performed at tons of Weddings, Corporate Events, Birthdays and more.
Music has been in my life since birth as my father, Mark (the M part of MPG Entertainments) has been DJing since before I was born and 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!
How much do you charge?
If you want an exact quote, you'll be best to head to the homepage and 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?
Yes, I am happy to accommodate for playlists but I will advise against it. 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 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. 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.
Fortunately as my father was a DJ before me, he will likely be able to cover the event in an emergency.
If 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.
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, we 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, I have a full list here. Typically I will bring:
Front of House PA: 2x Nexo PS10 Mid-Top, 2x Nexo LS600 Sub-Bass through Nexo DTD Controller
Front of House Amps: Powersoft M20D, Crown XTi 4000
Monitors: 4x d&b audiotechnik E3
Monitor Amps: 2x d&b audiotechnik D6
Mixing Console: Behringer X32 with Midas DL16 Digital Stagebox (Midas Pro series Preamps)
Microphones: 2x Sennheiser ew135 wireless mics, Beta & SM58s, Audix Drum Set for Kick, Toms, Snare
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.