Welcome to Hot Trax Disco Online!

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.

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Some Things Are Always The Same …

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… for instance everyone, including children, loves a great light show. That’s why we always take our full lighting rig to every children’s party.

But entertaining children is not the same as keeping a room full of adults on the dancefloor, so it’s important for DJs to be able to provide a good range of games and activities when working with younger party-goers. Just as importantly, all activities should be age appropriate. While 5 year-olds will happily join in a game of “Duck, Duck, Goose”, 13 year-olds are much more likely to want to play “Arches” or do the “Cha Cha Slide” and hear the latest hits.

In order to ensure the children have a good time at the party, it’s essential to develop a rapport with them early on. A good way to do this is to encourage the birthday child and their friends to ask for their favourite songs at the start of the party, and make sure that you play some of them early on.

As every child’s party is as important to them as that 40th Birthday or Golden Wedding Anniversary disco is to adults, they should be handled with the same respect and professionalism. We always take the business of having fun seriously!

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Top 20 Alt Rock Christmas Songs

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Yes, we know it’s only November, but tis almost the season, etc.  So, with the shopping centres, supermarkets, restaurants and more already bombarding us with the usual compilations of Christmas tunes, we got to thinking that it might be nice to hear a different take on the winter holidays.

We did some research, and having trawled the net for some of the best Christmas songs and videos that you may have never seen or heard, we put together this list.  If you want to check them out for yourselves, you’ll find the links on our Facebook page facebook.com/HotTrax Disco.  Take a look, have a listen, see what you think.  Here’s the list:

Top 20 Alt Rock Xmas Songs

Julian Casablancas “I Wish It Was Christmas Today”

The Killers “Don’t Shoot Me Santa”

The Ramones “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)”

The Vandals “My First Christmas (As A Woman)

The Kinks “Father Christmas”

The White Stripes “Candy Cane Children”

Death Cab For Cutie “Baby Please Come Home”

Smashing Pumpkins “Christmastime”

Eels “Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas”

Run DMC “Christmas in Hollis”

Tom Waits “Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis”

Pearl Jam “Let Me Sleep (Christmas Time)”

Blink 182 “Won’t Be Home For Christmas”

Jimmy Eat World “Christmas Card”

The Long Blondes “Christmas Is Cancelled”

Bare Naked Ladies “Jingle Bells”

Kurtis Blow “Christmas Rappin’”

The Late Greats “Sleigh Ride”

Sufjan Stevens “Get Behind Me Santa”

Dropkick Murphys “The Season’s Upon Us”

If you think that we’ve left anything out, do let us know.  In the meantime, have a Merry Christmas!










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Forewarned is forearmed!

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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!

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More Neglected Love Songs


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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)

  1. And I Love Her – The Beatles
  2. Baby I Love Your Way – Peter Frampton
  3. Back For Good – Take That
  4. Everyday – Slade
  5. How Deep Is Your Love – The Bee Gees
  6. I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden
  7. Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel
  8. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  9. Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney
  10. More Than Words – Extreme
  11. Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
  12. Sweetest Thing – U2
  13. This Boy – The Beatles
  14. This Guy’s In Love With You – Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
  15. Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
  16. Waiting For A Girl Like You – Foreigner
  17. What A Difference A Day Made – Jamie Cullum
  18. You Make Me Feel Brand New – The Stylistics
  19. You’re In My Heart – Rod Stewart
  20. You Send Me – Sam Cook
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Halloween Fun & Games


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!


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Christmas Offer for Schools

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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The Long & Winding Road

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!

RAF Benson Plane

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Do It Yourself?

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.

iPod vs DJ

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Most Entertaining Crowd

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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Great Value Mobile Discos

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!

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