Who We Are

D J Woody’s Disco was founded at the end of 2000 by Claire Woodward, (D J Woody), with support and assistance from her family. This was following a number of successful professional appearances as both a D. J. & M.C., plus being a finalist in the Buckinghamshire Junior Talent Contest for that year!
For the previous 4 years she had worked part time for a local Disco Organiser.

D J Woody went on to study Music and Drama for 3 years at Drama College, gaining a B. Tec in Performing Arts. Whilst at College she continued to run the business, which expanded rapidly during its first three years. Also during this time she was a member of the Wycombe Swan Youth Theatre, with performing roles in several musical and drama productions, including major parts in “Bugsey Malone” and “Me and My Girl”.

D J Woody’s Disco, is still mainly a family run business, with “D J Woody Senior”, (see below) responsible for Technical, legislative and administrative matters; whilst D J Woody’s sister acts as her agent for “South Coast” bookings. We have a select group of “Roadies” that assist to set up and take down the equipment. Each of whom is either a trained musician, electronics, software, or lighting engineer. We also have a policy of training new talent in these fields.

 
 
           
 

D J Woody’s story – told by herself

I began “on the decks” in 1995 at the tender age of twelve, working for the DJ at our local village hall. After this "apprenticeship” in January 2001 I set up on my own, having purchased decks, amp, etc and enough lights to illuminate the Albert Hall! At the time I was one of the first female DJ's in Buckinghamshire!

I started off doing parties, weddings, celebrations, the usual mix for a mobile DJ.  I am also an MC and continued doing that as well, both with my Disco and as a “turn” at various gigs. Whilst being a “garage” fan, I can play, (and mix), just about anything. If clients wish, I engage extra staff to give a fuller range to the event.

Also I pride myself on being able to obtain any particular music that they require. Provided that I have at least 6 days notice, I can obtain nearly any music track or song. I play all sorts of music from 60's to present day, including pop, RnB, hip-hop and of course garage. My passion is music, in all its forms, my “babies” are my decks, on which I can mix music to create sensational sounds.

I normally work the mobile gigs with a "technical" crew of at least two, who do all the heavy work of setting up and taking down. They also work the "lighting deck" for the light show, (and fix anything that goes wrong). Our lighting equipment has grown with the business. We now have the capability of putting on a true “club” atmosphere at suitable venues. This can include laser displays as well as stunning lighting effects, controlled from our 120 channel lighting deck.

Within two years the business had grown to such an extent that I had outgrown my parent’s house outside High Wycombe. The search was on for somewhere larger, which was eventually found near the Buckinghamshire / Oxfordshire border. Having moved in January 2003 the business has continued to grow, with the provision of a workshop, (for equipment repairs, testing and maintenance), office and storage space.

My first “break” on the professional D J scene came in 2005 with a six month contract for the Tussauds Group. This was followed by a nine month contract in both 2006 and 2007. In 2007 Tussauds sold this part of the business to Merlin Entertainment, which saw me working for them for the last few months of my contract.

In November 2007, my contract with Merlin finished, and once again I was looking for club work during the winter. My sister lives in Southsea and has some contacts in the night-club business. She suggested that I move in with her and try my hand at the clubs in Portsmouth. Always willing to try something new I gave it a go, and soon found work for several clubs in the area. I have left my father, (D J Woody Senior), running the administration of the “Mobile” business in Bucks. I come home to do gigs for the “Mobile” business 3 or 4 times a month. I’m pleased to say that I am still popular, and just love the feeling at the end of a really good gig. It’s when people come to you afterwards and say, “Thanks. That was something really special”.

 My ambition is to stay as a DJ and to continue with my career in the music and entertainment business.

D J Woody  (Claire)

   
               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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