Live visual mashups of every track
Connect to screens all over your venue - or have huge projections at your event
Often adds live musicians to a set
Saxophonists, rappers, percussionists and singers all available to add that little extra 'something' to your night
Able to specialise
Played at a variety of themed nights, including dance, drum n bass, indie, 70's funk, 80's retro, Motown, Old Skool, UK garage, hip-hop & RnB
Requests can be catered for
Happy to take requests on the night - or grab a handful of suggestions prior to the event!
Clear microphone voice
If your event needs mic work, Andrew has been entertaining audiences since he was 14-years-old!
Profile: Andrew Marston is a British based radio presenter, music producer and club DJ, known for his extensive work with musicians under the BBC Introducing scheme. His DJing work has included house, trance, drum n bass, indie, rock, '70s funk, '80s disco, Motown, Old Skool, UK garage, hip hop and RnB - although he's known for his love of dance and electronica music. He first started DJing in clubs aged 14 at the Jailhouse in Hereford. At 17, he started working for the BBC making radio shows and building websites. He's now presented his BBC Introducing show for nearly two decades and spent half a lifetime behind the record decks. Read more at Wikipedia...
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 (8,000 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).. Listen at Mixcloud...
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. Catch up on BBC Sounds...
Andrew Marston | Radio Presenter • Music Producer • Club DJ
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People I'd recommend...
Lofty (Magic Circle Certified)
“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. He is a genuine music man and is a really nice guy." - Charmaine Danter, Jacqueline's Nightclub
“He’s tireless; he’s like a one man dynamo in the energy he puts in.” - Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music Presenter
"Andrew Marston 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
What you've said...
“Worked with Andrew for years now and I can only say great words. Hardest working man in the scene and a musical encyclopaedia. Total crowd pleaser and top gent.” - Jay Newman, Owner at Pro-ject Events | Events Manager at Ibiza Rocks Bar | Ministry Of Sound World Tour Artist
“Andrew was fantastic! Extremely professional and got stuck in straight away with the procedure of events for the evening ahead. Liaised with the dancers and the band to ensure everything went smoothly and adapted as timings changed etc. Great music and compering throughout the evening. Perfect! Would like him all the time down here!” - Fiona Watson, Worcestershire County Cricket Club
“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, Naughty But Nice
“A hugely enthusiastic and dynamic DJ, bringing much fun to every party he plays." - Graeme Merifield, Director, Wychwood Festival
DJ GIGS - FAQs
What music do you play?
The radio show and DJ sets are quite different. When asked about the genre I play, I always respond with "whatever you - as the client - want." So while the radio show's brief is 100% local music - that probably wouldn't cut it in a live environment. Yes, sometimes that flexibility makes people nervous, but I always work on the basis that the bar staff wouldn’t serve a customer with a Jagerbomb if they’ve asked for a pint!
Over the years, I've done virtually every type of night imaginable. Before taking on a residency, I usually ask the client “what three songs best represent your night” - from there I can musically join the dots.
Add that to the fact 100,000 new tracks are uploaded every single day to Spotify - I'd say if you want somebody who plays the same songs in the same order, every night, click away now!
Can I give you a list of songs we want playing?
In terms of setlists, I'd say the golden rule is to not overplaylist - keeping it to bare minimum and a fairly open format on the night. That's the reason an iPod or a jukebox never attracts a dancefloor, as it never captures the mood and feel of an event - and you lose the ability to go 'they liked this and they liked that, so they're going to love this'!
Nowadays I get more people saying “here’s a list of stuff we don’t want” than pages of “what we like”. If, however, there are a bunch of songs that really do mean something to you and you know you're going to dance to it - absolutely!
Even with my years of experience - and performing in a club where I've been a resident for years - I can never predict what will work from one night to the next (and I've seen many DJs fall flat on their face by having everything pre-prepared).
What about requests?
I love song requests from the audience, as it's an opportunity to discover new tracks and engage with them. However, I also need to read the crowd and maintain the right energy on the dancefloor. So, 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!
People will always dance to stuff they ask for on the night - and, as a DJ, if they’ve been on their feet all night and ask for something - I know they’ll dance to it! For that reason, I tend to put request cards out wherever I perform. But if they’ve sat there all night and asked for something while I have a packed dancefloor, I know I risk killing the floor for an unknown.
Do you talk?
Errr, yes, I present a radio show! Of course I can talk...if you want me to! It find it's always good to give a shout out to those who've asked for requests
Should I ask my guests what songs they like?
Despite being a really nice idea, it tends to fall flat in reality. Somebody's favourite song will often only appeal to that one person - if they're even in the room when it gets played! Those kind of events can result in hundreds of songs when I can only play 10 in an hour, meaning you're setting 70% of people up for disappointment before even pressing play (and I'm left kicking myself because I held back on what I knew would get everyone up).
I’ve done weddings, for example, before where 30% of people haven’t actually been in attendance and I’ve still played the songs, another 40% have been having their photo taken/been at the bar/in the loo, another 15% who hate dancing in front of their family and have asked for the most weird bizarre B-side nobody has heard of, meaning you’ve only been left with 15% of what people will dance to - and even that may only be aimed at one person rather than the entire crowd.
Bands 100% need a playlist as they will need to rehearse beforehand but with my vast collection, I'm 99% sure if you/your guests asked for something on the night (when they're in the full swing of it), I'd have it at my fingertips. But that's where my secret skill as a DJ lies - reading a crowd - something which you could never get from a jukebox or Spotify. And I’m always happy for it to be a request-fest on the night!
Will you send me a demo/tracklist?
Having DJd 125 times last year, it still comes as a complete shock when somebody asks me that! I read a wonderful blog, last year, where an industry professional said “you wouldn’t ask a hairdresser to service your car - and you wouldn’t book a builder to audit your accounts”. Yet I’ve met so many DJs who play records at night and, by day, work in a shoe shop!
Discovering new music is my passion - 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 - and very very few will ever make the final cut. Yet an audio recording will never convey the energy - the manipulation - and the live sampling of what was going on in the club at that time. I do, however, release the tracks and listen again for my radio show.
What if the timings of my event change?
I charge two rates - a day rate and a night rate (based on the day of the week/time of year). Also factored in are travel & possible overnight costs and equipment hire. If there's kit to derig, my evening rate covers up until 1am - or 2am without. If you've booked me for an hour, I'm more than happy to play for 4; I'll be there for the day/evening.
I will always go above and beyond what people expect, whether that's creating custom slideshows, adding additional musicians, performing live synth, adding pyrotechnics - this is something I pride myself on. Tips are appreciated, but not expected. However, some crowds simply want "more" every time you finish. I'd rather pass a tip jar around if they'd like another hour than pushing your event over-budget (when it's them asking for it!). If there's no licence curfew, this may be something we discuss closer to the time.
Equipment required, if provided by the venue:
For sound: Either 2 x RCA Phono Inputs, 2 x 1/4" Jacks or 2 x XLR inputs up to 5M away from setup (more available upon request).
For video: Either VGA or HDMI up to 5M away from setup (more available upon request).
Equipment provided by me:
I regularly tour with a 3.6M projection screen as part of the lighting rig. I can use this for a variety of functions, from simply throwing some colour into the event to visualisers, lyric videos, music videos, video clips and other things to keep people visually entertained in sync with the music. But I can also use this for photo or video slideshows during my set, so if there’s anything you want to display during the event - do fire it over to me on Dropbox/WeTransfer/Hightail/etc (although the easiest is dropbox.com/transfer).
While some people have simply given me photos/video clips of their engagement, first holiday or ‘best of’ - others have been more creative, going through social media to find the worst photo/video they can of every single guest to create something hilarious during the night.
If you’re keen on having anything displayed and you’re able to get it to me up to 5 days before the event, that would be great! In terms of “how many is too many”, I like to sequence these to songs - so if you consider having an image on-screen for 5 seconds, a 4 minute song = 48 photos. Double and it’ll be 2.5 seconds which is just a bit quick, so those are definitely the sweet spots. I can, of course, do multiple galleries but keeping people’s attention is key.
If there’s background music to play, I’d always advise that’s best done by the venue as - in most instances - they’ll have loads of tiny speakers dotted across the venue perfectly balanced for that very purpose - whereas you’d risk blasting the people closest to the DJ booth while the sound may be lost towards the back of the room. Plus, to make the biggest impact, having that clear divide between background music and foreground is much harder for a DJ than a band (with a band, it’s an obvious “boom, we’re on!”). So I’d always recommend background music is done in-house or have an acoustic musician perform before the main event.
It’s always worth checking with the venue if it’s ok to bring a haze machine. Ever since the smoking ban, a lot of places have replaced their heat sensors with smoke detectors (although larger venues tend to have zonal systems they can isolate for events etc - theatres and nightclubs, for example, switch them off during performances - and on for when there’s nobody in the building to spot a fire!). So, if it’s a decent enough system, it should be on an isolator for when it’s fully staffed/there’s public in to raise the alarm in the unlikely event a fire should break out. Building insurance tends to only be null and void if they’re left off when the building is unattended.
If you think of those iconic festivals and gigs where you can see every single beam from the lasers and the lighting looks amazing - that’s because of a small amount of ‘fog’ in the air (the liquid particles show up every beam). You’re talking about a teaspoon full of liquid for a room of about 250 people - so it’s effectively steam. Without it and all you’ll see is the dots of the laser on a far wall and the same if you were to shine a torch against a surface. A £25 light with a small amount of haze in their air will look like Glastonbury or a high-end theatre show while a £5000 light with no haze will look an effect you can buy in Home Bargains! So the difference it makes is vast - but always worth checking in advance as you don’t want all your guests standing in the car park while the sprinkler system is going off!
More and more people are adding sax/percussion/singers to DJ sets - if this is something you’d be interested in, let me know and I can pop you in touch with some really amazing performers.