Is it too early to talk about Christmas!

Christmas and New Year’s Eve are both very busy times for the entertainment industries. Most professional DJ’s that work as preferred suppliers for venues throughout the year end up being booked in January/February time for all the Christmas party nights and also the biggest night of the year New Year’s Eve. As a DJ, I think that I could have booked Christmas and New Year’s eve over and over again as I have had so many enquiries. 

My advice to anybody looking for a DJ around Christmas time for your corporate party, wedding or other event would be to contact and book them at least 10 months ahead to avoid any disappointment. 

This year I have been asked by the fantastic team at Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort in the heart of the New Forest to host all of their Christmas Party nights and also their New Years Eve party which is going to be one big celebration. We have a couple of things to keep you entertained throughout the food service and then you will need your dancing shoes ready to party the evening way. 

If you still haven’t yet booked anywhere for your Christmas or New Years Eve party night, Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort still have a few spaces left so get in contact with Chelsea Bacon on 01590 646504 or email chelsea.bacon@macdonald-hotels.co.uk for more information.

October 24, 2019

Summer Days

Well, where do I start this summer?

I have spent most of my week days in July delivering a government contract called the National Citizenship Service (NCS) for Personal Best Education.

The workshops that we have delivered are centred around DJ & Event Production but incorporate lots of other key skills that the young people can use in their lifetime. The workshops are fun, interactive and give these Year 11 students a taste of managing sound, lighting along with being creative behind the decks. We have seen over 1500 students from Hampshire based schools this summer and the participation and engagement level has been exceptional considering these guys have just finished their G.C.S.E exams.

Every week to celebrate the students time on the programme, I would provide a lively party night which gave all the students and leaders the chance to show their best dance moves. These party nights took place at Marwell Activity Centre and Tile Barn Outdoor Centre twice a week and were in very different settings. Marwell was set in a large barn so had a club feel to the evening and Tile Barn was playing out of a marquee so more of a festival vibe for the students.

Overall, it’s been a great year so far and seeing some of the students grow in confidence and improve their self-esteem in such a short space of time has been one of the biggest highlights for sure.

If you work at a school, college, youth club or you are a corporate based team looking for a team building day with a difference please get in contact to discuss building a tailored programme or workshop to suit your staff or student needs.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Dean

August 22, 2019

Latest Update

It’s been around three months since I did my first ever blog and as you can imagine lots of things have happened since then…

The summer will soon be upon us and the wedding season is certainly in full flow now averaging 2/3 wedding bookings per week so keeping the business ticking over nicely. Having already celebrated with over 12 couples this year, the season looks like it will be very busy so thank you again to all the couples that have booked with Dean John – Professional DJ & Event Manager.

I am also pleased to announce that Dean John – Professional DJ & Event Manager will be working in partnership with Personal Best Education (PbED) to deliver DJ & Event workshops for their National Citizen Service students at both Marwell Activity Centre and Tile Barn in Brockenhurst. More information about the programme can be found here.

Lastly, I would like to thank some of the amazing suppliers that have helped with my journey and have recommended me to their clients.

These include: Alisa Roberts Photography, Luminique Events, Elmsleigh Cakes, Wonderberry’s, Anita Makeup Artist & Hairstylist, Natural Skin By Lynne, Southsea Drinks Company.

And of course a big thank you to all the venues that recommend Dean John – Professional DJ & Event Manager to provide entertainment to their clients.

Marwell Hotel

Bartley Lodge Hotel

MacDonald Elmer’s Court Hotel & Resort

South Lawn Hotel

The Cromwell Arms

Have a good week!

Dean John

May 23, 2019

A Year Since I Started

So it’s been nearly a year since I decided to go off and follow my dreams of owning my own business and blogging was something that I thought was easy until you actually have to write something that not only is your livelihood but gives other people the chance to be part of your world for that short read over a nice coffee.

If you told me back then it would be this much of a rollercoaster ride having your own business then I certainly would have jumped onboard earlier. I love theme parks and the adrenaline however when you are relying on bringing enough money in every month to support your family without that regular monthly safety net of a salary then things can sometimes become a little more scarier.

For those of you that don’t know, I have a beautiful wife and two little children that certainly keep me very busy. I am very lucky with my business that I can have my little girl three days a week and also get to take my little boy to school and pick him up most days which is something in this generation that not all families have the luxury of due to work commitments. I can say that yes being a Dad is hard, raising your children can be very challenging however I would not change anything and I just embrace my life as I know there are many more families out there that have tougher challenges in their lives.

Back to my business. I have been very lucky in my first year of being full time as a Professional DJ & Host to have become a preferred supplier at some lovely Hampshire based venues including Marwell HotelMacDonald Elmers Court Hotel and Resort, Bartley Lodge Hotel, South Lawn Hotel and most recently The Cromwell Arms in Romsey. This gives me the chance to support these venues with any events they are running but most of my work seems to be weddings. In my next blog I will talk about my wedding services and how they are different from your standard Host/MC or Wedding DJ so check in soon for the next blog.

I have also been extremely lucky to have also won two national awards in my first year, one with Bridebook and the other with Bark so thank you to all of my customers that left me some amazing reviews and nominated me for these awards.

Lastly I would like to say a big thank you to my family, friends, venues and of course my customers that have booked any of my services. If you haven’t checked out my Facebook Business, Instagram or LinkedIn social media pages then please do so. It would be great to gain some more followers and “likes”.

If you are looking for a DJ or Host that can keep your party or event entertained then please get in touch with me now by clicking here.

Have a good week!

Dean John

February 13, 2019