“I make no errors, mistakes or blunders
It’s like a wedding, let no man asunder.” – Young M.C.
Welcome to Speaker-Box.
Hired Marcus to play at our wedding after much investigation into DJ's. We wanted something a bit more authentic - not one of these DJ's that turns up with a memory stick. Marcus is the opposite of this. His vinyl collection and knowledge of music (hip-hop and R&B in particular) is second to none. He plays a wide selection of all music and manages to mix and blend many different styles to get the crowd pumping. Prior to hiring him we went to his house to see an example set and his passion for music and DJing shown during this cemented our decision that he was the DJ for us. He arrived promptly at the venue with a quick set up which meant our guests weren't unduly waiting. His equipment is modern and up to date. He looks the part wearing nice attire. I would definitely recommend Marcus and will use him at the next possible opportunity.
Ben Wilson / Berkeley Castle
How I got started
At school my friends and I used to share round tapes from the parties held by The Wild Bunch (now Massive Attack), FBI and Def-Con crews. This led to me buying the records I heard on the tapes and wanting to learn to DJ myself. I saved and saved to buy my first pair of Technics turntables and three weeks later I was playing my first house party (I was rubbish).
After that first house party though I had the buzz and practiced and practiced playing out more and more until I became a weekly resident at Dojo’s nightclub where I was part of the team responsible for their longest running and most successful Hip Hop, Funk and Soul night this included residences with Jazzie B from Soul II Soul, Snowboy and Jodie Wisternoff who all remain some of my DJing heroes. I also got to DJ with some of the guys I used to listen to at school including Daddy Gee from Massive Attack.
During this busy time I also played my first wedding for the then Hollyoaks actor James Redmond which led to me being asked to DJ other parties and weddings. Some highlights of these included for the manager of Gorillaz at his home and the whole cast of Poledark to celebrate the end of their first seasons filming.
I also entered (and won) DJ competitions, supported bands, laid down scratches for artists, presented a Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul and Rare Groove Show on local radio all whilst playing Dojo’s and other regular club nights in Bristol
and beyond including the clubs Blue Mountain, Cafe Blue, The Thekla, Square Club, Pata Negra and Poo Na-Na among others.
All this led to me starting Speaker-Box as an wedding DJ service for couples who love music and wanted music to be an important part of their day, but didn’t necessarily want a typical wedding mobile disco entertainer.Find out more
For weddings and parties I DJ useing Serato Scratch Live with a RANE 62 mixer and Technics turntables. This enables me to DJ exactly how I would in a club on vinyl, but now I can carry a 20,000 plus song library ranging from party classics to more obscure album tracks and remixes.
It is this combination of new technology and a traditional turntable setup that is an absolute winner. It provides a real hands on spectacle for your guests and enables me to feel part of the party as I’m not just hunched over a laptop pressing buttons, I’m simply doing what I love.
As well as my turntable setup I bring a quality Italian made RCF Evox 12 Sound System that looks and sounds incredible (especially for a wedding / mobile system) I constantly get compliments to the fact it sounds so clear and detailed even at louder volumes.
As well the sound equipment I can also supply some tasteful (but exciting) lighting including uplighting.Find out more
Music and playlists
Getting the music correct at your event is hugely important so “playlists” are always bespoke and designed with your input, these “playlists” are flexible and can be adjusted as the wedding / party develops.
With weddings some couples choose to give me a list of significant or sentimental must plays and then leave the rest of the musical choices to me. On other occasions I’ve had couples leave it entirely to me. The idea is for you to have as much input as wanted.
I do understand that a wedding is not a night club and that the “playlist” of the night has to take into account a mix of ages and musical tastes.
It is my job to keep people everybody moving and build on the natural party atmosphere of your wedding day. To create a dance floor energy using the techniques and experience I have built up over the years of keeping dance floors busy and to move as seamlessly as possible from track to track.
To this day I am on my turntables for hours at a time, it is this constant need to improve my skills that enables me to relax and be very sociable whilst playing the very best set possible at your wedding.
Please check out the mixes page or visit my Mixcloud to listen to some example mixes of different genres and styles.Listen to my mixes