Hot Trax Disco promises to give you a great party experience, whatever the occasion. With over 15 years experience as DJs, our mobile disco will make your party one to remember.
Our full range of lights and effects, together with a wide variety of music – everything from 1940′s swing to the latest hot tracks – enables us to cater for all tastes.
Family functions are our speciality, and we have provided discos for weddings, anniversaries, and birthday parties throughout the Home Counties, including Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Northants as well as making excursions to Hampshire, Dorset, Birmingham and even a Welsh mountainside.
We all like to be as prepared as possible when we head off for a gig, so it’s always a good idea to find out as much information as you can about a venue before playing there for the first time. With this in mind we always ask the client about specifics for the party booking such as will we be on the ground floor? (1st floor or above means longer set up times), how much space will we have to set up in? (might need to use a smaller lighting rig), how large is the room itself? (might need to place additional speakers around the room), among others. If the client is not the venue itself, we will then contact the venue to find out about access – do we load in through the front doors, or is there another entrance nearer to the function room? Do we need to make special arrangements for access when arriving at the site (a common problem when playing at military establishments). After all these years we thought we had it all covered, until we arrived at a village hall for a 16th birthday disco. Ground floor? Yes. Load in? Drive up to the side door and go straight into the room. But of course this was all irrelevant when we couldn’t get into the car park because our high-top van wouldn’t fit under the height restriction barrier! Luckily after a couple of phone calls we managed to locate a key to the barrier’s padlock – saving us a nightmare journey to and from the road where we would have had to park the van. It just goes to show, there’s always something new to learn!
Last year on Valentine’s Day we set ourselves the challenge of finding 20 great but neglected love songs. This year, just to make life difficult, we decided to find 20 more! Have a peek at the list below, then let us know if there are any substitutions you would make, and why – go on, you know you want to!
20 More Great But Neglected Love Songs (In Alphabetical Order)
- And I Love Her – The Beatles
- Baby I Love Your Way – Peter Frampton
- Back For Good – Take That
- Everyday – Slade
- How Deep Is Your Love – The Bee Gees
- I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden
- Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel
- Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
- Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney
- More Than Words – Extreme
- Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
- Sweetest Thing – U2
- This Boy – The Beatles
- This Guy’s In Love With You – Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
- Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
- Waiting For A Girl Like You – Foreigner
- What A Difference A Day Made – Jamie Cullum
- You Make Me Feel Brand New – The Stylistics
- You’re In My Heart – Rod Stewart
- You Send Me – Sam Cook
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So it’s Halloween. The veil is thin, witches, vampires, werewolves, mummies and various other ghosts & ghoulies roam the night. There’s only one thing you can do to protect yourselves – party on! If like us you’ll be entertaining younger partygoers, here are some tips for Halloween themed twists to favourite party games:
1) Pin the Tail on the Werewolf – get creative and draw or download one of the many free werewolf graphics available on the internet. Print it up on an A4 page. Draw or print up 1 werewolf tail for each child at the party and number each one. Place a small piece of bluetack on the back of each tail. Fix your werewolf picture to the wall at a height within easy reach of the children. In turn, give each child a numbered tail, blindfold them, turn them in a small circle and then point them in the general direction of the werewolf. The numbered tail closest to the correct position on the werewolf is the winner.
2) Duck, Duck, Boo! Sit all the children in a circle. Choose 1 child to be “It”. The child should walk around the circle, touching each child on the head, calling them “Duck”, “Duck”, “Duck” etc. The child then chooses another child at random, touching them on the head and saying “Boo!”. The child that is “It” then runs around the circle, being chased by “Boo!”. If he or she can sit down in the now vacant place in the circle before being tagged by “Boo”, then “Boo” becomes “It”. Repeat until every child has a turn at being “It”.
So just a couple of ideas there, but we hope they inspire you to come up with your own spooky twists on traditional children’s party games.
Until next time, Happy Halloween!
We can’t believe that the year is nearly over and we’re now taking bookings for Christmas. As DJs, one of our favourite things about the Xmas period is seeing the excitement of children as the festivities approach. With this in mind we are offering schools a discount on our usual Christmas party prices. Book your Christmas disco by 31st October for an all inclusive fee of just £100.
Here at Hot Trax we believe that children deserve the best, so you can expect a full sound and light show as well as age appropriate activities. Contact us now to secure your booking!
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We seem to be making something of a habit of getting lost at R.A.F. bases. The first time we did a disco at Halton House, the satnav took us on to the base at Halton Camp. Unfortunately the beautiful Officers Mess is not on that part of the base. Having established that we actually had to drive past the base to find the entrance road, we duly turned on to the access road sign posted “Halton House”. Sorted, right? Wrong! With lots of confusing (or maybe it’s just us?) signage on said road, we took a wrong turn, which put us on a one-way system that necessitated us driving in a large circle around the village of Halton before we could get back to the access road. When we eventually found the right entrance, it turned out that we had been within 100 yards of the building in the first place! Lucky we always allow extra time for just such contingencies so the party started on time despite us taking the scenic route to get there! We had a really good night so all’s well that ends well.
Last week we played 2 R.A.F. bases, one of which was a return to Halton House. No problem finding it this time, or in finding the venue at R.A.F. Benson near Wallingford where we were issued with security passes and escorted to the Officers Mess. After entertaining the livers-in at their summer party, we packed up and left a very merry crowd. Apparently no escort is required to leave the base, which is unfortunate as we spent lots of time driving round the married quarters, community centre and various car parks before eventually finding our way back to the Guard Post and off the base! Still, it does mean a DJ’s life is never dull!
Nowadays, if you’re having a party you can choose between 2 options for providing the recorded music. In these straightened times, cost can often be a deciding factor. However, there are certain basics that you will always need if you’re going to hear the music properly. The least expensive option is to try to make do with an iPod or similar plugged into a domestic stereo system. Given the size of the crowd at the average function, this could prove to be inadequate. You could hire a larger sound system if you’re prepared to carry it in, set it up and you know how to operate it. Of course the question of lighting then arises. Many venues will have a couple of basic lights, but if you want a proper light show and some special effects, again, you will need to hire them, with all that that entails. It may surprise you to know that the total cost of hiring a PA system, lighting and special effects is usually far more expensive than simply hiring a mobile disco. With all this in mind, we’ve listed some pointers below.
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As providers of discos we know that it’s supposed to be the DJ’s job to keep the crowd happy, but we’ve just been discussing the crowds that have entertained us the most.
A strong contender for the title would be the people at the National Side Saddle Group’s annual bash at Addington Equestrian Centre. As well as the expected dancing, the night usually also entails limbo dancing under the horse jumps, a long conga line in the outdoor arena and lots of shinning up rather unsteadily held poles.
But talking about shinning up poles reminded us of what surely had to be the winners – the Southeast Wales Hang Gliding & Para Gliding Club. They spent the weekend celebrating having bought the top of a mountain in Abergavenny. We provided discos for the kids in the afternoons while their parents were busy hurling themselves off the mountain (some in fancy dress – the pilots that is!). The finishing time for the evening disco seemed to be when there was no one left standing! The parties were held in a huge marquee which had 2 x 20ft (approx) poles holding up the roof. These obviously presented a challenge to many of the crowd, and while we were doing our thing, they entertained us by inching up the pole to see if they could reach the top, and then sliding down resulting in many a friction burn. We spent the evening alternately laughing and wondering when the marquee was going to collapse!
However, all’s well that ends well and our admiration for the pilots knows no bounds as their cure for a hangover is launching themselves into space!
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Hot Trax Disco aims to be the best value-for-money disco you’ll find. While we have a price package to suit every pocket, please be assured that basic does not mean bare bones! Every disco package includes a full sound and light show. Whichever price band you choose, we will always discuss your personal requirements beforehand, and confirm the details in writing either by e-mail or post (your choice!). At every disco we provide, we will take requests throughout so you and your guests get to party to your favourite tracks and keep the dance floor full all night!
At Hot Trax Disco we welcome a challenge, which is why this Valentine’s day we decided to bring a slightly different twist to the usual list of Top 20 love songs.
After extensive consultation with other music fans – including the super-friendly waiting staff at Pizza Hut in Central Milton Keynes! – we have come up with a list of 20 great but neglected romantic tracks. Our criteria was that they have to be songs that were hits, but are rarely heard now (in 2 cases the songs are heard a lot, but not by the artistes on the list). Also, they had to be GREAT (in our opinion, at least!) songs, which could explain the omission of “Especially For You” by Kylie & Jason!
So, here is our list ( if you disagree with any of our choices, please tell us why, and what you would replace them with!):
1. Truly, Madly, Deeply – Savage Garden
2. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
3. She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
4. Through The Barricades – Spandau Ballet
5. I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
6. Woman – John Lennon
7. Someone Like You – Van Morrison
8. If You Leave Me Now – Chicago
9. Everything I Own – Bread
10. I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton
11. True Colours – Cyndi Lauper
12. Zoom – Fat Larry’sBand
13. My Love – Wings
14. If I Fell – The Beatles
15. Eternity – Robbie Williams
16. If You Don’t Know Me By Now – Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
17. Warm And Tender Love – Percy Sledge
18. You Are The Only Exception – Paramore
19. True Love Ways – Buddy Holly
20. The Air That I Breathe – The Hollies
We had a great time with the warm and friendly crowd at Burford Golf Club on New Year’s Eve. They obviously did too as they’ve already booked us back for NYE 2013!
Watch a video here: Midnight at Burford Golf Club