“ I MAKE NO ERRORS, MISTAKES OR BLUNDERS
IT’S LIKE A WEDDING, LET NO MAN ASUNDER.” – YOUNG M.C. ”
Welcome To Speaker Box
Hey Mr DJ
Who’s behind Speaker Box? Marcus Lovell, renowned Bristol-based DJ, is the founder and chief turntablist at Speaker Box.
Why hire me to DJ at your event? Besides my many years of professional experience as a DJ, I bring a passion for getting parties started (and rocking all night long) to every event I play at. DJing is what I love to do, and I’m happiest when I see a jumping dance floor in front of me and a sea of happy faces loving the tunes that have been selected for them. I thrive on creating the perfect atmosphere for the host(s) and their guests through my in-depth knowledge of music and my turntable skills, always aiming to exceed expectations. I don’t just turn up to your event with a memory stick and a lazy attitude - I turn up with positive vibes and a genuine enthusiasm for what lies ahead. I am discreet and professional, and focussed on tailoring the music I play to your tastes, so you have the BEST party imaginable.
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
Marcus’ love for music stems back to his school days in the Eighties, when he and his friends used to share round mix tapes from parties held by Bristol’s legendary DJ crews, The Wild Bunch (now Massive Attack), FBI and Def Con.
The Hip Hop, R&B, Funk, Soul and Reggae music he was hearing on the tapes inspired him to start buying records, and the mixing made him want to learn to DJ himself. He saved and saved to buy his first pair of Technics 1200 turntables and three weeks later was playing his first house party. Suffice to say, he’s never looked back.
Marcus’ Djing career has seen him win DJ competitions, support a number of international bands, lay down scratches for recording artists, present a Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul and Rare Groove radio show, and take up residencies and regular guest spots at nightclubs in and around Bristol.
At the Dojo’s nightclub, Marcus was part of the team responsible for the club’s longest running and most successful Hip Hop, Funk, R&B and Soul night, which included residences with Jazzie B (Soul II Soul), Snowboy and Jody Wisternoff (Way Out West), who all remain some of Marcus’ DJ heroes. He also got to play sets with some of the DJs he used to listen to at school, including Daddy Gee from Massive Attack.
During this busy time, Marcus also played his first wedding - for a Bristol-based TV actor - which quickly led to more private parties and weddings for international music industry moguls, sporting legends and members of the national media industry. The time was right to turn his passion into a business and Speaker Box was born.Find out more
For weddings and parties, I DJ using Serato with a Pioneer S-11 mixer and Technics turntables or Rane 12’s (depending on how bouncy the floor is at your venue). This enables me to DJ exactly how I would in a club, but with access to my extensive library of tracks.
Sound comes courtesy of my BOSE system. If your venue already has a PA sound system installed and they stipulate that the DJ has to use it, that’s fine. As long as it is suitable for a DJ performance, I’ll happily plug into it.
Set-up and break-down of equipment is always seamless and discreet.
I can supply tasteful - but exciting - lighting, including uplighting, which is great for highlighting architectural features - or adding general ambiance. I don’t use dotty lights or lasers that can ruin photographs. Most of my lighting is ‘colour wash’, and is wifi-controlled and battery powered. This means it can be placed anywhere in your venue without the need to tape cables to the floor.
Lighting can also be scripted to your first dance.
Ready to book? I look forward to hearing from you! ‘Yes, let’s go!’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.Find out more