Live Wedding Music Essex

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Biography - About us

We're sure your most important wish is to see the dance-floor packed with all your friends and family having a great time. We ALWAYS achieve this, and you’ll enjoy yourself even more knowing all your guests are happy.

Essence DJ's are headed by Tim Thorogood, a professional DJ, musician and owner of this company. He was the regional finalist for ‘Best Wedding DJ’ in the 2017/18 Wedding Industry Awards (so in the top 7 in the South East) plus short-listed ‘Best DJ’ in the Essex Wedding Awards (he actually won ‘Live Act of the Year’ with his live band). You've one opportunity to get this right so you need a DJ that lives and breathes music and DJ's several times a week so is always at the top of their game!  Due to demand, Tim leads a hand-picked team of equally professional DJ's that under his guidance allow them to deliver their high-quality service to a wider audience. Each of these DJ's has experiece of over 2500 weddings and are all pleasant, courteous, approachable and well-spoken professionals. 

Note: There is a lot of "Emperor's New Clothes" in the wedding industry with some companies publishing ridiculously inflated prices yet immediately offer discounts to imply you're getting an 'elite' service at a lower price. There will always be 'cooked up' reasons why you can save £1000 if booked today (e.g. the DJ is local to you, no accomodation is required or they're recommended by the venue). Therefore, please just be aware. We prefer to start with a sensible price, we're not greedy and as we're recommended by so many venues we save a fortune on advertising so don't have these costs to pass on. .  
  

Considering a 'Club' DJ?
We get it, you love your dance anthems, don't want anything cheesy and really want a club atmosphere! In which case we would supply a DJ from that background.

But..........from experience, even if you spend thousands on an 'Ibiza' DJ, unless all your guests are the same age, it will only be an hour before guests start asking for Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Clean Bandit, Mr Brightside, Motown etc. Club music does work at weddings but the timing is critical but we would not recommend it all night. The key to a successful party is to play a complete MIXTURE to include everyone. We would only ever play anything 'cheesy' if specifically requested by yourselves - we guarantee a packed dancefloor and have never failed! 

What you get in our "Evening Disco" package.

  • Expertise - A friendly and courteous professional DJ with experience of 2500+ weddings.
  • The latest 'modular' disco booth system - Colour matched to your scheme (we can supply traditional black starlit booths if required).
  • Theatre grade sound system - A much higher specification than most of our competitors. A professional system like ours ‘cruising’ along will sound infinitely better than smaller cheaper systems on full blast. It makes a such difference!                Pssst! ……we’re not too loud either!
  • Amazing lighting - We use an impressive array of intelligent effects lighting, projections, lasers and also include 4x uplighters to really create a party atmosphere.
  • Thousands of music tracks - Plus we always keep up to date with latest releases. 
  • Fully legal - £10 Million public liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment.
  • Peace of mind - Contracted bookings plus stand-ins and duplicate equipment in the event of illness or accident (hence our 25 year, 100% reliability track-record).
  • Free text a request service - playing exactly what you and your guests want!
  • REDUCED PRICES  - ON ANY DAYTIME LIVE WEDDING MUSIC (e.g. pianists, harpists, string quartets etc) booked from Essence Music.

Requests
We welcome a list of songs in advance (assume 12-15 songs per hour) and we're equally happy to take requests on the night. Our free 'Text a Request' service is also incredibly popular. Here we hand out little 'iPhone' cards allowing guests to text requests directly to the playlist.

What we do and FAQ's

How long does it take you to set up?
About an hour

How much performance space do you need?
Width: 4m x Depth:2m

Are you happy to perform outside?
Yes, we love doing this providing we're undercover.

Can you learn requests or a first dance?
We're happy to take requests.

How long do you play for?
We're not clock-watchers and flexible. Usually we'd arrive from 5pm to be ready for 6:30pm and continue through to Midnight

Do you provide your own lighting?
We provide everything including effects lighting for the dance floor, colour washes, moving head projectors and lasers.

What do you do during your break(s)
We don't usually take a break and play continuously as required.

My venue has a sound limiter – is that a problem?
We're very careful about volume, we know people like to be able to talk as well as dance.

Where are you based?
We're based in Essex with DJ's covering London, Surrey, Kent, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and UK

Repertoire - the music/songs we play

We welcome a list of songs in advance (assume 12-15 songs per hour) and we're equally happy to take requests on the night. Our free 'Text a Request' service is also incredibly popular. Here we hand out little 'iPhone' cards allowing guests to text requests directly to the playlist.

Testimonials and reviews

"Tim was professional, punctual, a pleasure to deal with in the run up to the wedding and our reception could not have gone as smoothly as it did without him as our DJ. Tim went above and beyond assisting with the speeches, helping to get all the guests outside for surprise fireworks and managing drunken guests requesting songs in a good humoured manner. The service Tim provided was excellent value for money and I would highly recommend Tim to others as he was an integral part of the reception. "
Lauren Norkett (Hudson), Wedding, Essex

"Tim was really helpful and a very good DJ on the night. He helped out before hand with the speeches as well. We loved the music and the flexibility to play what we wanted and also not to play what we didn’t want if requested. He was a pleasure to have as our DJ and we would recommend him to anyone else."
Jackie Newing, Wedding, Essex

"Hi Tim, as I completely forgot to say on the night (sorry!!) ...just wanted to send an email to say a big thank you for being such a fantastic DJ at our wedding last Sunday! Both of us and our guests all had a brilliant time and the music was absolutely a big part of that. I hope we kept you entertained with some interesting dance moves haha!
Sophie and An Le, Wedding, Essex

"Tim was very accommodating, very professional and helpful with every aspect of the organisation process and booking. He was always easy to get hold of and did exactly what we had asked for. On the night, Tim also took requests from the guests as well as playing an extensive playlist of songs we had requested prior to our wedding day."
Jemma Lyttle, Wedding, Essex

"We used Tim for our wedding and he was outstanding,  we sent him a list of songs that we wanted played and he outshone! We also had a live Turkish band and he was professional and the changeover between both was amazing you would not think that they had only just met! Thank you."
Rebecca Masar, Wedding, Essex

"Just wanted to say that you were brilliant last Friday - as always. What a great ball. Lots of my friends have commented on how amazing the playlist was - would you be able to send it over to me as I can't remember it (very, very drunk!) and it would be good to choose some old favourites for our forthcoming wedding."
Jacqui, Charity Ball, Suffolk

"I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for Friday. With such short notice & helping us out with all our requests and payment took a lot off our hands! The dance floor was rocking all night. Thank you again."
Sarah Whitlock, Wedding, Hertfordshire

"We were so pleased with the music and presentation. The volume and the lighting were just right and you skillfully included the music we asked for. There were lots of compliments from guests. I fear also that we didn't even buy you a drink or two, as we would have wanted to. We were a bit busy trying to keep on top of everything and that made it even better being able to rely on you to do your stuff.  But we are usually much more polite! Thank you very much - we are so glad we chose you and were really happy with everything.  We really appreciate how professional you were and we relaxed during that part of the evening and had great fun."
Sue and Fred, Wedding, Middlesex

"Tim was very helpful in the lead up to the wedding and took our music requests before the wedding to ensure he knew what we wanted for the day and he delivered an excellent service on the day from start to finish! He also ensured the dance floor was full and the music was exactly what we asked for!"
Sarah Bonnici, Wedding, Essex

"Tim was very helpful in responding to our questions whilst planning for the big day, nothing was ever too much trouble and he went over and above in helping us achieve what we wanted."
Kayleigh Melis (Thompson), Wedding, Essex

"The music at our wedding was perfect, I would recommended Tim to anybody. Really helpful and accommodating before the wedding and on the day also."
Christopher Ellis, Wedding, Essex:

"Amazing, arrived early and got everyone dancing and played requests which was great for the kids."
Caroline Scales (Brown), Wedding, Essex

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