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Discover our Virtual DJ Service

We are asked all the time “what actually IS a virtual DJ service?”. We understand. It’s a new term and one you only hear in relation to live bands.

A virtual DJ service is a great thing. It has many benefits, adds value and saves you money. All good things, right? But what actually is it?

In this article we’ll do our best to explain exactly what a virtual DJ service is and how it can benefit you.

What is a virtual DJ service?

Our virtual DJ service is when we provide recorded music during the times that we are not performing. In more common terms, it’s a disco. Like the ones you will already be familiar with. The main difference is that we are DJ’ing for you as part of our service and you are not having to book an extra DJ.

It looks, sounds and feels like a normal DJ or disco and operates in exactly the same way. Music plays from our digital music library of thousands of tracks via the band’s PA system.

!daft! provide a DJ service alongside our live performance so that you have a busy dance floor all night long.


Virtual DJ Service guests

Our virtual DJ service is perfect for weddings, parties and corporate functions.

Benefits of our Virtual DJ service

There are many benefits to using our virtual DJ service, here are few to note:

It Keeps Things Simple and Easier to Manage

A major benefit is that it reduces the number of people you have to deal with and when you’re planning an event. This can help make it easier for you to keep track or your suppliers, plans and logistics during your planning stages.

It Looks and Sounds Great

Our band PA system is superior to that of the typical mobile DJ’s. This is a big advantage when you want music to sound rich and clear. Additionally, it all works alongside our impressive stage lighting which looks fantastic.

It’s so much more affordable

One of the key advantages to our virtual DJ service is that it is cheaper than a mobile DJ option. Our virtual DJ service can save you hundreds of pounds in comparison to a traditional mobile DJ.

A nice lady dancing at disco

A disco service that appeals to all.

Virtual DJ Service FAQ’s

Here are some of the questions asked most about our virtual DJ service.

Yes! ! It is as good, if not better. Our virtual DJ service is a perfect, low-cost modern day alternative to a separate mobile DJ. We are your DJ and live band in one neat service. You will get a fantastic party DJ experience like you had booked a more traditional mobile DJ.

It does, if not better. Our virtual DJ service music plays via the band’s PA system, the sound quality is incredible. The band’s PA is equipped with dual 18 inch subs as well as full range, band-ready top speakers. Overall, our set up is much more “heavyweight” than a small DJ rig offering brighter, richer sounds. And it all works in harmony with our lighting, which again, is usually superior to that of a typical mobile DJ.

Like any other professional DJ we will play music that is appropriate for your event. You can also provide feedback on what music you would like during the planning process.

Yes, of course. Like any good DJ we want you to have the music you want to hear at your event. We can include a small number of tracks you would like to hear at no extra cost, however there may be a charge incurred to provide fully bespoke or customised playlists.

Yes. Like any other professional DJ we will have a very large music library with us at your event. Guests can make requests, and we will do everything we can to accommodate them. If we don’t have it immediately available we can download it (subject to having a wifi or data signal). You can also make requests in advance of your event.

Yes. We use industry DJ software to play the tracks and this allows us to mix the tracks for seamless playback.

Yes. There are no curious versions or copies. We use the authentic, original tracks and can play your chosen mix or version if you wish.

Yes. The great thing about our virtual DJ service is that it can continue as long as you want it to. It is very cost effective as well to extend to the virtual DJ service once the band has completed its live sets.


We hope you have found this info helpful and that has given you an insight into our virtual DJ service. One last thing to note is that this is how WE do it, it might not be the same for other bands. They may not take requests or customise playlists like we do. If you are talking to bands then this might be something you want to check.

You are also very welcome to contact us to discuss this, or any other, of our live entertainment services. Call us on 0333 456 4556.

VIth form Leaver’s Ball Party Band

Who ever said that music has boundaries? Or that it can only be enjoyed by a certain few? Not us. That’s for sure. And certainly not the VIth form leavers ball we performed for recently.

One of the best things about !daft! is that our music and entertainment value has no limits and no one is restricted from enjoying what we do. It’s amazing how we can have a fun-filled night for a 60th or 70th birthday but also head down the other end of the age scale to party with a 18-20 year olds.

We love the fact that music doesn’t speak in terms of limits but instead seeks to cross age ranges and cultures to create unification and happiness.

The people featured in this video are VIth form school leavers who chose !daft! to provide the entertainment for their leavers ball. And what a night it was!

VIth for leavers sat down for dinner

VIth form leavers looking stunning

The young ladies all looked beautiful and radiant whilst the gentleman attired themselves in black tie formalwear, many, we imagine, for the first time. But boy did they all make an effort.

Joe Fryd Swing Singer

The evening started with arrival cocktails to the backdrop of a fantastic live set from solo performer Joe Fryd.

Joe is an outstanding swing singer as well as a master at the many contemporary pop songs he performed. During his set the young audience couldn’t resist getting up to dance with him, which was fantastic to see and gave us the impression we were in for a great night later on! Joe did a fantastic job and it was a delight to work with him. Be sure to check Joe out at http://www.joefryd.co.uk and https://www.facebook.com/Joe-Fryd-Singer-and-Entertainer-212548778773805

Singer Joe Fryd performing at a VIth form ball

Joe Fryd swing singer performing

VIth Form Student Ball Live party band & DJ

Following a fine 3 course meal !daft! turned up the energy with our upbeat disco soon followed by our first set.

During the first set we took the audience on a journey through decades of hits and anthems, particularly as they had shown such a huge amount of love for Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ – so we made sure to include this in the set. Our main contact for this booking also expressed a love for the Killer’s Mr. Brightside, so we made that the soundtrack to their video.

VIth form leavers dancing at a live music gig

!daft! performing for the VIth form leavers

The staff have never seen so many of the students stuck to the dance floor, so bravo!!

Following the impressive fireworks at the end of the night the band played their second set which went down an absolute storm. In order to make sure there is variety and interest in what the band is playing we make sure to vary things up a bit and the second set was full of its usual contemporary party hits and anthems.

We thoroughly enjoyed playing for the VIth formers and we hope we get to see the next round next year!

Hire a VIth Form, University or college party band

Contact us should you ever wish to book a live party band for your VIth form leavers ball, university or college or find out more about our range of services here.

Book A Christmas Party Band

Who doesn’t love a Christmas party?

After a long year you can finally let your hair down and start looking forward to spending some time at home with your family.

You also get to spend time with your work colleagues in a social setting at the office Christmas do. With all the food, drink and high spirits about the company Christmas event can be the talking topic of the office for weeks. We’ve all been there.

Work Christmas do’s come in all shapes and sizes. They can be modest affairs for small numbers and held in the office, or much larger, corporate events.

Whatever type of office Christmas party you’re planning one sure fire way to make your Christmas party amazing is to book a live Christmas party band.

Wedding band guitarist

!daft! guitarist Adam getting ready to rock a Christmas party crowd.

Why book a Christmas Party band?

DJs are often the “go to” entertainment for parties and we all know they do a phenomenal job.

But is there a way to really push the boundaries, break tradition and do something new and different?

Booking a live band is one way to create a wow factor and a guaranteed way to fill the dance floor all night.

How can !daft! help?

!daft! are Christmas party experts and we’ll help you create an amazing Christmas party by:

  • Offering a convenient combined live band and DJ service for non-stop entertainment.
  • Bringing energy, excitement and engagement to your event.
  • Providing a smooth and efficient booking process with regular communication.
  • Further enhancing your party with impressive sound and lighting, sound & lighting engineers, photographers and videographers.
  • Offering expert advice based on years of experience performing and planning private, public and corporate events.

But don’t just take our word for it. Hear directly what previous clients have to say about !daft!.


Click here to enquire now or call us on 0333 456 4556 and let’s get planning!

To theme or not to theme?

Winter Wonderland Theme

A beautiful winter wonderland theme.

Something that ensures a Christmas Party stands out, is a theme. There are so many to choose from that will add that extra special element and fun to the night.

From Santa’s grotto to Winter Wonderland to Christmas Movies! If you’re in the mood for dressing up why not ask !daft! to dress as part of your theme?

Need inspiration?

If you need some help you should take a look at Eventa’s awesome Christmas party theming ideas here to really get the creative juices flowing!

Or contact us. !daft! have performed for various companies over the years including DeloitteThe New Victoria HospitalDell, Royal Air Force, BBC, Allianz, Fujitsu and many more and we have some fabulous ideas and contacts that will help you.

Start now by calling us on 0333 456 4556 or visiting our dedicated Christmas Events page to discover how !daft! can get you all rockin’ around the Christmas tree this year.

Sound Limiters: What You Need to Know

Sound limiters are electrical devices that measure the amount of volume, or noise, in a room. If that volume reaches a certain level the sound limiter is designed to cut the electric supply to the stage.

Ultimate sound limiter guide for live bands at weddings, corporate functions and parties. A guide to sound limiters.

The visual indicator on the limiter works most commonly on a “traffic light” system, green = no problem, amber = sound levels approaching the threshold, red= threshold breached. If the light stays red for more than a few seconds, the limiter will then cut the power to the stage. This will leave you with no lights, action or music.



To safeguard both of us we will contact your venue as soon as you book us to enquire to whether one is in use.


Whilst there take a look in the corner of the function room. If you see a small box or unit with obvious red/amber/green lights on the front, the chances are it’s a sound limiter.


If you have exclusive use of the venue this is usually more than acceptable. Once granted please get this confirmation in writing. We wouldn’t want to end up in a discussion on the night with someone who denies all knowledge of the agreement.



Where venues are near residential properties they have a duty to keep any noise to a reasonable level. In rare cases your venue may also have been instructed by the local authority to have one installed.


There isn’t yet any legal requirement to protect customers or party guests, who are there voluntarily, from loud noises. But there is a requirement for employers to protect employees and contractors.


The venue may want to keep noise down for other resident guests or simply just have greater control over the band’s volume.


You will find in most cases that sound limiters are set to between 80-90 decibels (db). This is an average based purely on our experience and you may find yours is set to a different level. Most live amplified rock & pop gigs register at between 100 and 115db. Acoustic drums kits alone can easily register 105 – 110db.

80-90db might not sound like much less than 100dB, but in fact the decibel scale isn’t a straight line. For example 110db actually sounds almost twice as loud as 100db, NOT a “tenth” louder.


It’s really not very loud at all. In our opinion this is too quiet an environment to host a live rock band.


Check out the detailed infographic showing you what kind of decibel levels are produced in everyday, typical situations.


We held a professional sound measurement device next to a tap of running water. The tap was fully open and was falling into a stainless steel sink. We held the measurement device around 6 inches from the sink and it registered at around 76db.


Unfortunately there are a few issues that sound limiters can cause, here is a summary:


Sound limiters are frequently set lower than what is reasonable for a live band to work with. The reality is anything below 95db is too low for any party band to perform properly.


There is never a guarantee that the limiter at your venue has been correctly installed, or that it is being operated by someone qualified in sound engineering. The system must be correctly installed, calibrated, maintained and operated for anyone to have total confidence that everything is being measured accurately.


Not only are sound limiters inconveniencing but you also have to wait for them to be reset by a venue representative. If said person is not in the immediate vicinity then this can mean the power is off for an indeterminate amount of time. If the limiter keeps tripping then you can see how this can begin to turn into quite a ridiculous exercise.


The audience will always assume the band have messed up! To go from a live band playing a party track to total silence in a fraction of a second often in results in 150 confused faces staring at us in the assumption that our equipment has failed or we’ve done something wrong.


In our opinion sound limiters tend to adversely affect the mood that you and we will be trying to create at your wedding by essentially “dulling” the atmosphere.


Sound limiters can, and do, damage the band’s equipment. PA’s, amplifiers and mixing desks require an uninterrupted supply of power and to be switched on and off in the correct manner. The fuses and valves in our equipment can be damaged when suddenly powered off and on again, speakers can pop and blow too as a result of signal spikes when the limiter kicks in.


This is something we hear venues say all the time but we urge you to take this statement with a pinch of salt.

We would not suggest for one second that venues would state a deliberate untruth. But you have to bear in mind that no venue is going to want to willingly deter you from booking their building and services by revealing that their noise policy doesn’t allow anything louder than a dishwasher at your wedding party.

No sound limiter sits there doing nothing and if there is never a problem, then why have one?

They have to, at some point, come into effect during live performances. Saying “there’s never a problem” isn’t enough, in our view, to confirm that we won’t have a problem.


We certainly find it very difficult performing the same volume as let’s say, a hair dryer (80db).

We are a rock & pop party band and you may well have booked us because you saw us performing in a way that you wanted to have at your wedding. You don’t want the band to be watching the traffic lights and trying to stop the red light coming on. Instead they should be focusing on giving their performance and keeping your dance floor full.


We have heard many horror stories of sound limiters affecting the band’s ability to perform resulting in the constant stop-starting of music, circuit resets, audience confusion etc.

We know of one wedding where the band tripped the system during the bride and groom’s first dance just 25 seconds into the performance. The first dance track was the beautiful Chasing Cars which as you may know is hardly a loud or powerful song, certainly in the first few minutes. This, for us, is just crazy.

We are not divas and we do not care to be selfish or play at ridiculous volumes, but we do expect to be able to deliver what you have paid for and asked us to do. Sound limiters can, in some cases, make this virtually impossible.



Prior to booking we are happy to talk to your venue about their sound limitation policies. We’ll seek to ensure our mutual compatibility and we have done so many times before. We have also been successful in finding a compromise where required.

For example at some weddings it may be the case that the wedding party have booked out the vast majority (if not all) of the venue’s accommodation. This means that there are no other non-wedding guests to disturb. Therefore a sound limiter would seem unnecessary.


We will also employ various tactics to minimise our peak volume impact where limiters are in operation. We have many ways of reducing sound impact without having to drastically affect the overall quality of sound.


!daft!, and practically every other band out there, do not have any desire to play at uncomfortably high volumes. We want our clients and audiences to enjoy every aspect of our performance. Therefore it is in our interest to play at an acceptable volume level for the room and the event overall.

You will find us to be experienced performers with the ability to set acceptable sound levels. This will create the right atmosphere without shattering the ears of others.

In our experience, band members can dictate sensible sound levels simply by using their common sense, an ability which does not, unfortunately, always apply to sound limiters.

If you have any questions about sound limiters, or if we can help in any other way, please feel free to contact us.