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Who’s behind Speaker Box?

Marcus Lovell, renowned Bristol-based DJ, is the founder and chief turntablist at Speaker Box.

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 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.

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.

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Testimonials

Like all the other reviews, I can’t recommend Marcus highly enough. We booked him for our wedding after he played a great set for my sister’s wedding last year – so good, that one of the first questions my family asked after we got engaged was “have you managed to secure the same DJ?!”

Marcus is so friendly and easy to work with. We gave him an idea of the kinds of genres we wanted to hear, and a short playlist, but also asked him to bring his knowledge and expertise so that he could have fun and respond to the crowd. He couldn’t have done better – we and many of our guests literally didn’t leave the dance-floor all night, we had so many compliments on the music. Even the bar staff at the venue were dancing behind the bar, and told us afterwards it was the best set they’d heard all year – “actually good music, not just the same old wedding playlist!”

Marcus also recommended some Indian Dhol players he’d worked with before, and they were amazing. We had them join after our first dance – Marcus mixed them in seamlessly and they played along to the next few tracks, creating an amazing energy to start the night with which our guests loved. We were running slightly behind schedule meaning Marcus had limited time to set up, but he worked tirelessly to get going ASAP, which we really appreciated – we were anxious not to lose party time! Towards the end of the night, Marcus even got my cousin up on the decks as a surprise – they’d been chatting during set up and my cousin had mentioned he’d always wanted to try DJ-ing. It was such a fun moment for us all, and so thoughtful of Marcus.

After we booked Marcus, we saw on his website that he used to DJ at my favourite club when I was a teenager. That first foray into clubbing was seminal, and the wedding was extra fun and special knowing that Marcus had already soundtracked so many good nights in my life!

It’s been 10 days since the wedding and we are already trying to think of another excuse for a party so we can book Marcus again… x

Layla Daer

Marcus is a great professional and is transparent in the way he conducts his business. We contacted him to DJ at our wedding which was held in June 2023, he couldn’t have been more helpful and added a great personal touch by inviting us over to talk to his house to talk about the types of music we would like at our wedding. He encouraged us to design our own playlist to which he could dovetail his musical expertise into.

On the day, Marcus set up professionally with no hassle. Everybody enjoyed the music and plenty of dancing was done!

It’s safe to safe we had a great time and would definitely book Marcus again for another event.

Tom Newman

Marcus absolutely killed it – he was SO good.

We booked him for our wedding having heard rave reviews and he kept the party going from start to finish without let up. We never left the dance floor all night and neither did anybody else.

He was so easy to communicate with in the build up, on the day and after the event – an absolute joy.

We gave him a little brief and a few songs we definitely did and didn’t want played and then trusted him and SO glad we did – we could never have built a better set ourselves or read the room as well as he did.

We didn’t bother with a band – didn’t need it.

If you are getting married at The Mount Without (where he regularly DJs) you are MAD if you don’t book him.

Thanks Marcus!

Mick Le Mare

Following a venue recommendation, we booked Marcus at Speaker Box as our wedding DJ. Despite many delays and revised dates, Marcus accommodated each change with patience and grace, even honouring the original price. Marcus was fantastic, from mixing music to intro a Brazilian Samba group, to recreating the music from a much-loved nightclub. Marcus accommodated all without any difficulty, in our opinion mixing tracks together better than the original club! He is a generous “no fuss” professional, we cannot recommend him highly enough! Stuart & Carlos

riggstuart

From our first conversations with Marcus it was clear what he can bring to a party – His knowledge, experience, & incredible skill, are all combined with a passion for his work.

After the event we received fantastic feedback from our guests, who all enjoyed a brilliant night. That was in large part down to the soundtrack, & we’ve been asked by several people for Marcus’a details.

In addition, to the above, Marcus was super friendly & a pleasure to work with .. Whole heartedly recommended.

Rachel and Matt

Marcus was so amazing DJing my birthday party. His energy is fantastic, song choice is flawless and always had the crowd dancing.
Such a lovely guy, wouldn’t recommend anyone more!!
Thank you xx

Alice-Bridie Dunne

Marcus DJ’ed at our wedding reception in Bristol. From showing us how his equipment worked, talking us through how he runs the evening and taking some music suggestions from us he was amazing.

On the night, he absolutely smashed it and everyone was raving about him. My wife and I hope we get to go to another event where Marcus is DJing!

Kevin O’Donoghue

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