As its now past midnight and its New Years Eve I was reflecting on the high and low points of 2010.
I am not going to make this a personal log and comment too much on the rubbish economy,the ridiculous weather (does anyone remember the ash cloud after all this snow?) although they did contribute towards making this a challenging year (when the ash cloud hit we had two bands stranded …one in the UK who couldn’t get to a gig and one over in Cyprus who couldn’t get back from a gig…..luckily there was a silver lining to the Cyprus one in that the bands booking was extended and they were able to stay over and play for another week…..we covered their shows here in the UK and it was all good.)
The snow obviously was a challenge for all our DJs and bands but we had very few cancellations as actsmade special Herculian efforts to get to gigs (Electric Mayhem had the misfortune of having to drive all the way across Europe to Munster during the peak of the snow problem……but they got there as indeed did Lucas who were driving to Edinburgh when the city was brought to a stand still….but they still got to the gig!)The snow has hit our industry bad in terms of people being able to get to night clubs and parties but I suppose it has hit most industries hard with factories having to close,deliveries being disrupted,shops shutting and workers not being able to work.
So although we were hit by the weather one of the high points of the year for me was seeing how much effort our guys made in order to get to work.It was truly impressive.
One of the other high points was our involvement in the media in 2010.
We supplied two musicians for the pilot of the Xmas Baileys cream TV ad campaign.
We supplied the female vocalist for a major new advert which is to air on TV and radio in 2011 .
We supplied a Frank Sinatra Tribute and an Elvis Tribute for a TV sow which aired on prime time TV in Romania on Christmas day.
DJ Big Al wrote and recorded the music for an ITV programme which aired earlier this year.
Of course besides all of this the highlights of the year have been the many thank you emails and letters we have been sent by clients who have booked bands or DJs from us for their weddings,events or parties.
I would have to say though that the Highlight and low point of the year came two hours apart and involved the same event.
I had the great pleasure of booking DJ Jim Brownto play at Guns N Roses secret show which was confirmed for Dingwalls this summer as a warm up to their festival events.As a life long Guns N Roses fan I knew Jim would be over the moon and he was….for about two hours…I then,very unfortunately, had to call him back and cancel as Guns N Roses had decided that they would not need to do a secret warm up set after all.I am currently reading Slashs biography and after hearing about Axl Roses behaviour I am not surprised at this but it was the low point of the year to give Jim the bad news.
Maybe in 2011 eh?