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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 have such a great night seeing all your guests happy.

Essence DJ's are headed by Tim Thorogood, professional DJ, musician and owner of this company. Regional finalist ‘Best Wedding DJ’ in the 2023/24 Wedding Industry Awards plus short-listed ‘Best Wedding DJ’ in the Essex Wedding Awards (he actually won ‘Live Act of the Year’ with his live band). Therefore, he's recognised (and recommended) by many of the top wedding venues and previous couples as the person to trust when it comes to music for weddings. Tim heads a small hand-picked team of 5 other DJ's that share his passion for music, quality and professionalism. Each one has experience of over 2000 weddings and functions and are friendly, courteous, immaculately presented and well-spoken.

Considering a 'Club' DJ for your wedding?
We get it, you're really into your music and love your dance anthems. You don't want anything cheesy and really want a club atmosphere. No problem, we'll work with you all the way! Our DJ's have different backgrounds including the Ibiza and Ayia Napa club scene. However, from experience, even if you spend thousands on a 'named' Ibiza DJ, unless your guests are all of a similar age and music taste, it will only be an hour before they start asking for some Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Mr Brightside and Motown etc. To save the evening your expensive club DJ could end up playing exactly what any other quality wedding DJ would play - e.g. what a mixed group of guests want.  Essence DJ's guarantee you a packed dancefloor and always achieve it!  

How much should a wedding DJ cost?
There is a lot of "Emperor's New Clothes" in the wedding industry. We're all for people believing in themselves but please be wary of hype and exaggerated claims to justify ridiculously high prices (implying an 'elite' service jetting all over the world etc). Be cautious if they then immediately give you a reason why you or your venue qualifies for a £1000 saving (e.g. the DJ is local to your venue, no accommodation required etc). It may feel like your lucky day to 'save' £1000 but do the maths and look at what you actually get.  More often that not you will STILL end up paying WAY over the top for a very average DJ. We start with a sensible price, we're not greedy and as we're recommended by so many venues we hardly advertise. Therefore you're not paying for us to recoup these costs.  

What we include in your "Evening Disco" package

  • Expertise - A friendly and courteous professional DJ with experience of 2000+ 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.

We're always happy to meet you for a coffee or visit you to discuss your wedding and music preferences - Please email or give us a call - 01621 744388

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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