This was the first time for me at the French Consulate in Edinburgh. The occasion was the wedding of Camille and Emmanuel and the party for all their guests.
I always like to perform at a venue I have never been to before so was keen to what was ahead of me at the French Consulate. It is a pretty grand building with some great staff.
The first, and very important, thing to impress me was the lift. This place has a lift! Unlike next door, at the Signet Library, where it almost kills me every time. A nice, easy access in a decent time left me plenty of time to set up my smaller than normal rig into the limited space I had for the night.
The wedding breakfast and dinner were held in the Edinburgh Suite which looks like a conferencing room. By the time the room was all decorated, it looked great.
It was a long day from the set up at 5pm. Dinner at 730 and dancing from 1030 until 130.
I have plenty of experience performing at weddings but it is not very often I have been asked to do a full French wedding. Although confident that this would be a successful and enjoyable night, I was a bit apprehensive due to the large number of French songs chosen for the reception.
To best DJ any event there is a need to know and understand the music selection before you. There is a need for the knowledge of how to put certain pieces of music together in the right way. To achieve this there is also a need to know the music pretty well.
My knowledge of French music is pretty much as good as my French language, limited to a couple of words. So with the help of the bride and groom’s list, I did what I could on the night. I ROCKED it! Unexpectedly the result was exactly as desired by the happy couple.
Everyone attending was just brilliant. Even when trying ceilidh dancing there was great banter and giggles. It is so much harder explaining the dances to people with a limited understanding of English, or my brand of Scottish at least.
Great people, great fun and a very successful night all round.
Thank you to Camille and Emmanuel for your hospitality and for having me perform at your wedding reception.
Congratulations to both of you and have a great life together.