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About DJ Andrew

BBC Presenter • Video DJ • Music Producer • Piano & Synthesisers || "The BBC DJ that discovered chart-toppers Ellie Goulding & Becky Hill
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I’ve not only spent more than half of my life behind the record decks - but I’m also the longest serving new music presenter at the BBC. Every week, hundreds of original artists send their music direct to my inbox and I regularly travel to some of the biggest clubs in world; Las Vegas, NYC, Miami, Chicago, London and Ibiza (and have DJ'd a number of times at Ibiza Rocks). I'm also a musician, having played piano and keyboards since the age of 6. While some people collect stamps or coins, I collect music, and I want to share some of these discoveries with you. I’ve always had an ear for a hit - and never failed to get a dancefloor pumping, which is why I've always been invited back to every place I've ever played. Which, incidentally, was 125 gigs last year! I’ve also hosted takeovers on BBC Radio 1’s In New Music We Trust and, most recently, broadcast from LakeFest at Eastnor Castle on BBC 6 Music - so my portfolio is vast. I also choose EVERY song you hear broadcast on my local BBC - from breakfast to sport, drivetime to the gardening phone-in! Some of the things that make me unique… 1. I’m a Video DJ (or VJ as some people call it). Whenever I DJ, I’m actually mixing live video! But unless I have a projector or set of flatscreens - you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. If I’m booked at a venue that has this installed, simply hand me an input cable and voila! I also tour with a rather funky projector screen, so while many people may be in love with their 55" flatscreen, this one is 3.6 meters (or 142" if you want to go by TV standards)! Display wise - anything is possible - from music videos, photo slideshows, visual effects, promo videos, animations, etc. I often make video slideshows to accompany my sets - click on videos to see some examples. I offer these as standard. 2. I regularly tour with a saxophonist, rapper, vocalist and percussionist. As a piano player, I can also walk around the dancefloor playing synth…so if you fancy hearing Zombie Nation performed live…! Let me know if this is something of interest as I’ll need to check availability. I have often had conversations with clients who are not sure whether to book a DJ or a band. Sometimes they’ll spend a fortune by having both. I’m able to offer both - performing non-stop, without breaks in the music (and most importantly - in the set) while bringing a combination of singers and musicians on-and-off stage to perform live. Having been at the helm of BBC Music Introducing since 2005, I’m in no shortage of finding the very best talent. 3. Everything I do involves music. I read a wonderful blog where an industry professional said “you wouldn’t ask a hairdresser to service your car - and you wouldn’t let a mechanic audit your accounts”. I’ve met so many DJs who play records at night and, by day, work in a shoe shop! Discovering music is what I do - and I refer to my best discoveries as my “secret weapons” - tracks that will blow the roof off any venue. Every week I listen to in excess of 400 tracks - so my collection is VAST. If you want a dance set, no problem. Or house, trance, drum ’n' bass, indie, rock, 60’s soul, 70's funk, 80's disco, Motown, Old Skool, UK garage, hip-hop and RnB - I’ve got it all! I also carry request forms with me and I’m happy to take suggestions on the night. 4. If your event requires equipment, this is where I really stand out. Having spent thousands on the best gear, while making sure it's all extremely portable, my setup is both subtle and impactful. For example, my speakers are of festival grade (with built in feedback eliminators and anti-distortion limiters) so no matter how loud or quiet you’d like it, the full range clarity of sound will ensure nobody will be leaving with raging tinnitus! For live projection, I install a 3.6M screen between both speakers and backwards project, meaning you won’t see any cabling. My lights are DMX controlled and range from stage-grade moving heads, nightclub-grade strobes, moonflowers, lasers and smoke (if permitted!). I normally operate from a DJ booth away from the setup meaning people can request songs. Having run a variety of club nights for a number of years, I’m also able to recommend bands, fire eaters, stilt walkers, table magicians, photographers, videographers, casino table operators, chocolate fountain providers, photo booth suppliers and plenty of other professionals that can really put the 'wow factor' into your event. Just drop me a message! Notable sets: In New Music We Trust on BBC Radio 1, The BBC Introducing Mixtape on BBC 6 Music, Ibiza Rocks in San Antonio, Scala in London (Resident), Naughty But Nice in Hereford (Organiser/Promoter), The Electric Ballroom in London, Velvet/Tramps Nightclub in Worcester (Resident), LakeFest at Eastnor Castle (10,000 people), The Upton Sunshine Festival (6,000 people), the opening slot of the Nozstock Festival (7,000 people) and closing off the Wychwood Festival (10,000 people). Also held residencies at more than 10 venues across the Midlands for more than a decade. Skills: Video DJing | Every track visually, beat & key mixed | Live mashups | Regularly performs alongside MCs, singers, percussionists & saxophonists. The BBC: Presents a weekly new music show on the BBC / Select playlist tracks for BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra / Recommends “ones to watch out for" for BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, BBC Asian Network and BBC Television / Chooses all of the music for BBC Hereford & Worcester / Receives in excess of 400 promos a week / Selects artists for stages at Glastonbury, Reading + Leeds, SXSW, Radio 1's Big Weekend, T In The Park, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Worcester Music Festival, Nozstock, Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park, The Great Escape, Bestival, LakeFest and the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. • "Andrew has been DJing at our club for the last two years, or so. Not only is he the best DJ we have ever had, he is also completely reliable. His knowledge of music and mixing is excellent." - Charmaine Danter, Jacqueline's Nightclub • "Andrew is one of the most entertaining DJ's we've had, whether solo or with other musicians. Highly recommend him." - Paul O'Neill, Artistic Director, Lakefest • "A hugely enthusiastic and dynamic DJ, bringing much fun to every party he plays.” - Graeme Merifield, Director, Wychwood Festival • "Having worked with Andrew with regard to DJing, event promotion, and live performance, I can happily say I found him to be intelligent, insightful and reliable. His professionalism allowed me to relax and concentrate on other facets requiring my attention, safe in the knowledge he had things covered. Recommended.” - Andy Passman, Founder of Naughty But Nice • "Andrews's talentspotting record at BBC Introducing stretches back over a decade - and puts him at the living, beating heart of Hereford and Worcester's thriving music scene.” - Tom Robinson, Musician & BBC 6 Music Presenter

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
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Booked for 5 Encore gigs!
Electronic, Deep house, Drum 'n' Bass, Electronica, Electro-Swing, EDM, Dubstep, Garage, House, Ibiza club, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Pop, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop, Motown, R&B, Top 40, Rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Pop rock, Indie, Rock 'n' Roll
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise
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Other skills:
Audio engineer, Producer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Composer, MC, Live looping, Accompanist, Fluent improviser, Composition teaching, Theory teaching
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Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Regular work includes broadcasting for the BBC. Therefore anything starting earlier may require me to find cover, so I'll need as much notice as possible. Late events will equally mean I'm not able to take early presentation shifts. Having said that, my regular pricing includes up to 2am, which tends to cover most eventualities!

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I normally perform throughout the entire event, no breaks. But if you'd like to run background music before the event begins, I can supply an iPod cable for that very purpose.

How much time do you need to set up?

Setup can be as little as the duration of a song. But if you're after full equipment hire (lights/smoke/PA) then you're looking at around an an hour (+30 minutes if transporting equipment up/down stairs). De-rig takes approximately 30-45 minutes.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I carry request forms with me and I’m happy to take suggestions on the night. Nowadays, I get more people saying “here’s what we don’t want” than list of what they do! For that reason, requests from joe-public I'll take on merit. Don't worry - if I'm in the middle of a house set with a packed dancefloor, I’m not going to bang the brakes on and play AC/DC!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I offer two pricing options - DJ only / DJ + Equipment. My only requirements are 3 plug sockets fairly close to the performance area. Standard setup includes LED, laser and strobe lighting, smoke, a 3.6M projection screen for special FX, a state-of-the-art sound-system with plenty of clarity and bass, a DJ booth and virtually no visible wiring.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I am happy to play any genre of music and individual pieces, but please inform me of any rare records in the week leading up to the event.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My sets. Most people feel like I've taken on a complete musical journey, not just playing the hits but digging out forgotten classics while introducing them to their new favourite record. For every request, I get people asking me to "write down this song". I'm confident and clear on the mic, happy to interact and I'm not scared of putting on 'a show'!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

• BBC Radio 1 • BBC 6 Music • Ibiza Rocks, San Antonio • Scala, London (Resident) • Naughty But Nice, Hereford (Organiser/Promoter) • Play, Hereford • Velvet/Tramps, Worcester (Resident) • LakeFest & Big Chill, Eastnor Castle • Upton Sunshine Festival • Nozstock Festival, Bromyard • Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse • The Kerry, Hereford (Resident)

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

That is a list that is forever changing! Although I'm proud to say I was the first person to ever play Ellie Goulding, Becky Hill and Peace on the BBC!

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Those would have to my festival performances, where I'm joined by a singer, rapper, saxophonist and percussionist while I play live synth. I believe it's just as important to visually entertain an audience as well as blessing their ears with incredible sound!


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Roger S, 1 year ago

So glad I booked Andrew he was professional in every way, the lights and the sound quality was amazing and he had us dancing until the very end of the night!

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Eliott L, 1 year ago

Big thanks for New Years Eve, you were absolutely spot on, the guests had a great night and we broke the record for most sales in a single day - couldn't have done it without you. Eliott Lomas, General Manager, The Swan @ Broadway

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Chris N, 1 year ago

Amazing DJ with some awesome mixing skills, love going to see him!

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