Keep On Running with ASB Auckland Marathon

For the second year, Ridler DJ was set up outside the new ASB North Wharf on Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter for the Auckland Marathon which see thousands of people take to the streets around Auckland to participate in a range of running distances.

Outside the ASB North Wharf and the Viaduct Events Centre, ASB had a cheer squad there to support, motivate and cheer on those running past as they head for the finish. A squad of bright yellow t.shirts and motivational slogans on placards gave runners a bit of a boost for the final section.

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Ridler DJ was there too, providing a fun and uplifting atmosphere through music. From 7am through to the final runners/walkers approx. 11:30am, we played a range of music styles for all ages groups participating in the event and all upbeat and fun songs to help get them through.

Once again, Ridler DJ was providing the music for another iconic Auckland event and if we’re honest, we’d rather be playing the music than running it!
 

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Bride & Groom Show Winner

Another great year at the Bride & Groom Show this past weekend at the Ellerslie Event Centre and we got to speak to a number of people about their upcoming Wedding.

 
At the show we ran a competition for visitors to be in to win $1,000 towards their Wedding entertainment from The Ridler Mobile DJ. We literally had hundreds of people enter to win a prize that could really make quite the difference to a Wedding budget.

 
We are very pleased to announce that the winner was KELLY NGAKURU! CONGRATULATIONS! We’re looking forward to your big day and can’t wait to work with you to provide you with an amazing entertainment solution for your special day!

 
 

Corporate Christmas Party DJ

When it comes to needing a Corporate Christmas Party DJ for your Corporate Christmas Party you need to ensure you’ve got the best. Ridler DJ has the experience in a range of corporate events to make your event go off without a hitch. We’ll work with you to ensure that as your professional Corporate Party DJ, we deliver on your expectations – aiming to exceed them!

 
From Corporate Christmas Parties, awards evenings, social club or team building events to your product/campaign launch, new store opening, Fashion Show, Conference, brand activation, meeting & trade show, Roadshow, Exhibition and more – we have a Corporate Event DJ able cater to them all.

Tell us what you need and we’ll make it happen. We’ll work with you to make your corporate event a success!

 
We’re able to provide a full Corporate Event DJ set up complete with sound & lighting or work in with other audio visual companies…with experience working with Oceania Audio Ltd, Monstavision, Edwards Sound Systems, Staging Connections as well as others.

 

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We have some of the best equipment available on the market. With top quality sound equipment, professional microphones, a range of static/wall wash or wall uplighting/custom monogram and LED effects lighting (that can be customised to suit your particular event), staging, truss stands, projectors & screens and so much more. We’ll work with you to ensure what you require is arranged.

 
Not every event is the same and neither is the audience so we’ll work with you to ensure we provide the right music mix for your particular event. We have a massive range of music from the rock n’ roll era of the 50’s to today’s Top 40 and dance. Whether it’s background music or dance floor fillers, we can make sure that it’s the right mix.

 

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Find out more about hiring a Corporate DJ for your Corporate Event or Corporate Office Christmas Party HERE
 

Booking A DJ

When it comes to booking a DJ, sometimes you don’t know where to start. Here’s a few tips and advice as well as why we think booking a DJ with The Ridler Mobile DJ is the best choice.

 

Firstly, The Ridler Mobile DJ is a professional DJ company with the experience and knowledge to make your special celebration one to remember. Whether it’s Weddings, Birthdays, Engagements, Corporate Christmas Parties, Social Functions, Fundraisers or Sports Events…we’re able to cater to any of them!

 

If you’re looking to book a DJ, it would be to have a good look through our website. We’ve provided as much information as possible to ensure you can make an informed decision about your entertainment options. It’s all laid out pretty clear…making it easier to find out what you need to know.

 

Have a good look around. Yes we suggest you do investigate your options for booking a DJ as there are many DJs out there… some professional and some ‘bedroom DJs’ or ‘hobbie DJs’ who do it for a bit of fun but with out the quality equipment or experience to ensure your event runs smoothly. We hope that at the end of the day you’ll love what we can provide and be impressed by our punctual & informative customer service and advice.

 

When it comes to booking a DJ, we’ll send you a link to our online booking form where you can outline all the key information about your celebration so we have everything we need. This may include your venue and the address and contact person of that venue so we can contact them prior if need be, how many guests you expect, who the contact person might be on the day if it isn’t you and any optional extras you may like (e.g. laser lights, smoke/bubble machines, uplighting for walls/entrances, custom monograms and more). You can also view our terms and conditions. Once you complete the form it comes straight through to us so we can lock it in. There’s also a minimum $100 non-refundable deposit required to secure the date.

 

Of course if you need any advice and not sure what would suit best, what song to choose or what optional equipment extra you may want then all you need to do is ask and we’ll be happy to help. Chances are we’ve been to your venue before so will have a bit of an idea of what may or may not work or how much space there might be.

 

Lastly, there’s the music. We don’t turn up with pre-decided song lists because what you like may not be what the event last night liked. Prior to your event we encourage you to give us an idea of what songs or artists you like or styles of music you’d prefer. It’s also a good time to mention any “please don’t play these” songs. Approx. one month out from your event we’ll send you a link to our playlist request page where you can submit your music requests and any specifics e.g. First Dance song, Processional song or Signing of the Register song – making it super easy.

 

We hope this helps give you a bit of a guide about what booking a DJ entails and what you can expect from The Ridler Mobile DJ. If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to give us a call or submit a quote.

 

 

Capital Cities – Safe and Sound

CAPITAL CITIES – SAFE AND SOUND: I think this is one my favourite songs right now! Capital Cities is an American indie pop duo from Los Angeles, California formed by Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian. It’s debut EP was released on June 7, 2011, with lead single “Safe And Sound” which is only just hitting the airwaves in NZ now with the release of their debut album “In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery”.

 
Their electronic-infused pop rock represents all that is right in modern music making, and makes the perfect soundscape for a day at the beach, or a night in the dark part of town, as long as you’re ready to dance.
“Safe and Sound,” the first single, is uplifting, sincere, catchy, and, like all their songs, full of heart. The duo sings in unison: “You could be my luck… Even if the sky is falling down, I know that we’ll be safe and sound” — offering up an inviting message of hope.

 
Currently all over the radio in NZ and ripping up dance floors all over the World, this hot new song is one you will love too…if you don’t already! Check out their music video below!

 

What To Think About When Booking A DJ

Finding and booking the right DJ is essential to having a great wedding reception…hire the wrong one and it can ruin your whole day! A bad DJ can actually turn your reception into a nightmare, so this really is a very important decision and should be made very carefully.

People usually opt to booking a DJ because it’s simpler than dealing with a live band and usually less expensive. You will usually find quite a few DJs in your area to choose from, and they will range in experience from casual guys that moonlight and do it on the side to professional wedding and corporate DJ companies and DJ’s that can come equipped with their own light show if that’s what you want

Prices for DJs
Prices can usually range from $300 to $3,000 when booking a DJ, the average being around $1,200 for a professional and depending on who and what you include. There’s various things to think about that help make up your cost e.g. lighting and what type of lighting you’re after, duration DJ booked for, Reception music only or cocktail music during photos/dinner or sound for the whole day including the Ceremony…plus there’s travel costs or possibly accommodation…make sure you ask these questions or submit the information when asking or filling out a quote form.

Professional DJs and Experience Counts
The bottom line in deciding on your DJ, and the single most determining factor, should be experience, experience, experience. You should always opt for the DJ with the most experience – specifically wedding reception experience – that you can find.

There is a flow to wedding receptions and a professional, experienced wedding DJ that has done many receptions is familiar with how receptions proceed, the traditions, and how to emcee and keep your reception moving along and keep your guests happy and dancing. There is also nobody that can save your reception faster when something goes wrong, food gets delayed, or other things happen, than a really experienced wedding reception DJ. Most of the time your guests will never know of a problem as the DJ has kept them entertained while the problem was fixed.

One of the best ways to find a top-notch wedding DJ is to ask the venue where you are having your reception if they have one that has done numerous weddings there that they can recommend. A DJ that knows the venue and the support staff and has worked it many times before is a real advantage, obviously has the experience and can really help things run super smoothly.

If you are using a DJ company, a good idea is to always insist on hiring the owner of the company. The owner will probably cost more to hire but they will almost always have more experience and it is usually well worth the extra money. You can specify this in your contract with no substitutions allowed so they can’t switch at the last minute.

Another good way to find a good DJ is word of mouth or personal experience. Ask co-workers and friends or maybe see if the DJ that did that awesome job at the last wedding or fucntion you went to is available.

Source: www.weddingscenter.com