MEET: SNAP DJs Elliot & Paul
Thu 19 May 2016 @ 17:13
Meet Paul and Elliot, two of our favourite DJs who seem to get glowing testimonials every time they perform, whether it's a corporate event, wedding, birthday bash or even the odd school disco or bar / bat mitzvah. Here we ask them for a bit of an insight into their lives (and a bit of advice while we're at it!)
Who are you and where did you meet?
We're Elliot and Paul, and we met as students at Greenwich Uni back in 2008. We DJ, make music and present radio shows together, and we are two of SNAP's roster of DJs available to hire for events.
Let's kick off with some name-dropping - who have you DJd for to date?
Ha, how about The BAFTAs and the BRIT awards? Most of our work is across hundreds of venues, clubs, bars and festivals, ranging from corporate clients to private parties and weddings. On the corporate side we've DJd for Virgin Atlantic, ITV, Cancer Research UK and Mastercard.
The life of a professional DJ can be busy - roughly how many gigs do event DJs do per year?
We play at approximately 130 events throughout the year varying from weddings to award shows and private parties. When not DJing, we're making music in the studio! Music plays a big part in my day to day activities. We perform as solo DJs individually, but also as a duo too, depending on the gig.
You play at a big variety of events, but do you often get the same issues cropping up that you wish could be avoided?
While most events are smooth sailing, you will get the odd guest who's had a bit too much to drink (party is in full swing - everyone is dancing their socks off) and they come up to you asking for a ballad or country song immediately! It is pretty funny sometimes, but when they are adamant it can get a little tricky to deal with! All part of the service though, and we're very used to it by now!
What's the most challenging thing about playing at events?
If it's a lively event, the most difficult thing is honestly not being able to get on the dance floor with the guests!
...And what's the most enjoyable thing?
Seeing so many amazing places that you never thought existed throughout the country. Playing along the walkways at tower bridge or on the top floor of the gherkin with 360 views of the capital is super enjoyable!
What advice would you love people to heed before booking?
I think that a good idea when booking a DJ is to think about the vibe you want your party to be. Compiling a small list of genres or songs that you definitely think will work for your event gives a good insight into the type of party it will be. Sometimes going into an event not knowing what music people are expecting can be daunting as the DJ wants the best night for everyone! A small list of tunes can ensure that all the favourite styles and genres are played and gives the DJ something to work from. It doesn't need to be a huge playlist, just a small one to give us a flavour. Then we do the work!
Elliot and Paul can be booked as solo or duo DJs, contact us to discuss your event now.