How far in advance should we book the DJ?
As early as possible to guarantee the DJ you want – some bookings are made years in advance! One advantage of booking early is the price is fixed at the start. However, we often find availability at short notice – please ask…
What are the advantages of choosing a DJ over a live band?
The three main advantages are Cost, Practicality and Flexibility.
A good quality Band may cost roughly three times as much as a similar Quality Disco.
A Good Disco will be slick, compact and well presented when setting up, and quickly able to supply appropriate music and lighting as the venue is being turned round ready for the evening Party.
We supply almost every type of music, to suit all tastes and ages – unusual requests can be sourced in advance. We have full control over volume, and operate at exactly the right level for every occasion.
Will we play music you like?
Absolutely! We offer full consultation, and welcome your Playlists and musical choices – we are working for you at the end of the day, and guarantee to play all your “Must Haves.” We supply printed Request Slips to go out with your invitations, plus “Text Your Request” slips for every table. However, we are experienced in getting the whole room onto the dance floor – that’s where it pays to give the DJ some flexibility.
Can we cater for guests of all ages – and varying tastes?
Based on your wishes, we play music to appeal to all your guests! We use our knowledge, experience and intuition to play the right song at the right time – at the correct volume. Good communication skills are also essential, so everybody knows what’s happening, where to be, and what to look forward to. If the music’s good, and the atmosphere is attractive and engaging, your guests will join in regardless of their age.
When should we have our first dance?
Never do your first dance too early. The optimum time is around 8.30pm – this gives the party time to warm up and a chance for you to meet and greet your guests, who all want to congratulate the Bride and Groom. We have some great suggestions on how to make your First Dance really special – even for the shyest Brides and most reticent of Grooms! – let us guide you and support you, and make sure there are lots of cameras at the ready – it will be a truly magical moment! Your guests can join you part way through if you wish – taking the pressure off you, and including everyone in the celebration.
Will the DJ play our music selections, no matter how diverse?
Indeed, he will. Once the DJ has built up the dance floor energy, your more eclectic choices and personal favourites can go down a storm – mixing up the musical genres is part of the fun.
Will the DJ be offended if we list every song we want to be played?
Not offended, but this can really kill the party. If you’re paying good money for a Professional DJ, you’re paying for their knowledge and experience. If you choose all the songs and the order in which you want them played, we will of course follow your instructions. However, a Good DJ will know how to link your choices together with more general crowd pleasers to create a flow that is as seamless and inclusive as possible.
How many songs would typically be played during a 4-5 hour reception?
We find it is approximately 17 songs per hour, so roughly 70 – 80 songs.
Can we ban certain songs – how about a Veto List?
We always ask clients if there are any songs they don’t want us to play. If requests are received for these, they won’t be played, and guests generally understand why.
What makes a good first dance song? We need help! Any classics to suggest?
This is a tricky one – over the years, we are of the firm opinion it doesn’t matter what kind of song you choose, as long as it is special and meaningful to you. Our best advice would be to practice your first dance at home – is the tempo comfortable, are the words appropriate, how does it make you feel? Much better to find out in advance than on the night!
As mentioned before, we have many ways we can help make this a truly wonderful experience – please get in touch, we are always happy to help.
- Facebook Rating4.6Bonni Shapland-Hill2019-03-18T14:31:28+0000Absolutely amazing night! Thank you so much for a great night! Wouldn’t of had any other person DJ my mums 50th! Gets everyone involved and dancing! Jokes around and a bit of banter going... definitely recommend 😊Emily Lister2019-02-17T21:56:29+0000Richard was perfect for our wedding at Trevenna. We had a consultation with him before and explained that I wanted to do something a little different prior to the first dance, with a dance mash-up with my friends. Richard was brilliant and got everyone on the dance floor. He was great with the kids and played a variety of music that appealed to everyone to keep the party going. We'd highly recommend Richard for weddings and other events.Laura Cording2019-01-23T12:42:20+0000Richard came to my mums wedding/50th party (19.1.19), he provided a service that guests are still talking about days later. He played great music all night, he took requests & not only that but he also played a massive part in keeping everyone entertained throughout the evening. He is a true gentleman & would highly recommend! Thank you SO much Richard!Zoë Tyler2018-11-30T16:24:46+0000We had Richards Time Machine Mobile Disco for our wedding earlier this month. One of the most important parts of the day for me was that there was lots of dancing and we had a full dance floor all night! He judged the guests really well and there was something for everyone- thank you!Becky Cawse2018-09-23T17:14:59+0000We had richard as our dj for our wedding on the 8th september at the two bridges, he was amazing! I dont think the dancefloor was empty once! I certainly didnt leave the dancefloor he played everyones requests & got everyone up dancing, even to baby shark! Thanks richard we had a great time xxGemma Churchill2018-07-29T18:20:43+0000I would like to say a huge thank you to Richard for entertaining a room full of 5 year olds today! The disco was amazing, the kids loved it! Richard was great with the kids, got up dancing with them and kept them entertained with their favourite songs and lots of fun games. Can’t recommend Richard highly enough, if you need a disco, he’s your man! Thanks again Richard!Paula Stonehouse2018-07-21T17:22:35+0000We booked Richard for our school's leavers disco, this was the third time we have used him and he as always was fantastic! He is great with the kids, full of energy and created such a fabulous atmosphere that even the teachers couldn't resist dancing! We are already looking forward to seeing him at our Halloween disco.Lorna Evely2018-07-09T22:06:36+0000We had Richards time machine for our wedding DJ. He was brilliant. Got everyone up dancing and played great music for everyone. Got the crowds up for first dance so well. Highly recommend. Thank you Richard �Jon Buss2018-07-07T07:37:34+0000Thank you SO much for a fabulous Prom last night at Rosemoor Gardens. It was the best send off we could have given to our Year 11s leaving Great Torrington School! Great music, great service and you got ALL the students and staff dancing which was VERY impressive! Thoroughly recommended, five stars!Jon March2018-06-25T20:52:04+0000As a Wedding Photographer operating under Prime Photos, I see a lot of different DJ's in my profession. I was fortunate enough to photograph a wedding at Woodbury Park this Sunday and came across Richards Time Machine Mobile Disco. I have to say that Richard's attitude, service and all round professional approach were superb. It's rare to see a DJ interacting with Bride and Groom, all staff and even myself with such enthusiasm. As for the music, it was brilliant. The best bit, Richard's exceptional organisation of the First Dance which, as a Wedding Photographer, was a dream. I will be highly recommending Richards Time Machine to all my future couples. 5 Stars.Ellie Pascoe2018-06-25T13:25:46+0000Myself and Dan would like to say a massive thank you for the perfect wedding disco last night! Your hospitality was amazing, your efforts to get everyone on the dance floor was brilliant. Thank you for your kindness and great music collection! Definitely a recommendation from us!Claire Harris2018-06-10T19:44:50+0000Thank you Richard for a wonderful party for Lily today. From beginning to end you have shown great professionalism, enthusiasm and experience. I have had many comments since from parents to say how much the children enjoyed it.Michelle Deacon2018-06-04T06:47:54+0000Myself and Matthew would like to thank Richard on doing such an amazing job at the disco. Couldn’t recommend highly enough. Did a fantastic job right through from the first dance to the end of the evening, getting everyone up on the dance floor and playing something to suit everyone! You know it is a great party when you have both the groomsmen and the grandparents in the dance floor all night! Thanks againMichelle and MatthewLeanne Hancock2018-05-14T10:16:40+0000Richard, I cannot thank you enough, what an amazing evening, you kept everyone dancing all night. We had the best wedding reception. I would give you 10 stars if it would let me. Thank you xxKirsty Oldland2018-04-23T10:39:58+0000Richard provided a fantastic night of entertainment for my guests and I would definitely recommend. Brilliant host! Can't wait to have him back again at The Welly!Emma Symons2018-04-21T16:48:43+0000Brilliant atmosphere, all my daughters friends enjoyed it!Bev Lawson2018-03-20T14:11:04+0000Thank you Richard for another fabulous disco at Okehampton Golf Club. You are simply the best at what you do. Everyone had so much fun.Ian Johnstone2018-03-19T20:22:21+0000Brilliant night at jazzy and Johnny s wedding night would recommend this guySandy Johnstone2018-03-19T10:22:07+0000Absolutely fantastic evening well executed perfectly by Richard! Was nearly impossible to stay off the dance floor. Many thanks to you, from Mr and Mrs Flook!!!!!!!!!Chloe Lake2018-03-01T10:52:52+0000My Husband and I booked Richard for our wedding last weekend, and what a great evening we had! Richard played a variety of music throughout the night, making sure there were songs played for all ages, and music tastes. He went above and beyond to ensure all our guests had a great time, and kept the dance floor busy all night.I also had some very specific requests for Richard, including a new first dance song, as well as a music edit to be played for my dance routine with my bridesmaids. He catered for all requests made, and produced such a brilliant atmosphere on the dance floor. A perfect night was had by all. Thank you very much.Greg Gay2018-02-06T20:54:30+0000Myself and my new wife Rachel would like to thank Richard for an amazing disco for our wedding party on 3rd February. There was a great range of music played over the course of the evening that catered to everyone's musical taste and got our guests dancing away! We were very grateful for Richard's advice and his professionalism in the build up to and on the evening for us, and his total flexibility on timings such as the cutting of the cake and the first dance, bearing in mind we had children attending who were not going to be at the party all night. We certainly recommend him and his mobile disco for anyone that is looking for great evening entertainment for a wedding party and I'm sure for other types of party as well - Richard, thank you for playing your part in the happiest days of our lives! � Greg and Rachel Gay.Barry Wheeler2018-01-30T06:14:03+0000Beth Wheeler2018-01-29T21:38:04+0000Richard did my sons 5th birthday party yesterday - he was fantastic ! All the kids, and adults, really enjoyed themselves ! He got all the kids involved with all the games and the dancing - and everyone left happy! I’d 100% recommend Richard to anyone looking for a disco for their kids parties. Thankyou! �����Sarah Bale2018-01-28T14:25:14+0000Just came from a 5year olds party and cant recommend Richard highly enough! Entertaining, brilliantly organised and great music! 🙂Victoria Sangster2018-01-02T14:51:02+0000We want to thank Richard for making our evening reception so successful. Being the bride I ended up being half an hour late to our first dance (oops!) and from what I hear Richard kept guests occupied by playing some great music and encouraging them onto the dance floor. Richard played all the songs we requested and on a couple of occasions restarted songs as the bride and groom missed the beginning! My only disappointment was when the music ended 🙁 We would highly recommend Richard for any event. Thank you so much again. Victoria and James SangsterJill Bewes2017-11-13T17:49:08+0000Thank you Richard for providing the music for our multi celebration evening. You got the party started and kept it going all evening, it was fab! You exceeded our expectations and helped make the evening really special!Nikki Skinner2017-10-29T19:20:21+0000I cannot rate Richard highly enough...From start to finish our 8 year olds birthday party was fantastic, so much so that she cried when it was over.Richard is a consummate professional - from the first email through to today's party.He involved all the children with and the choice of music was spot on - you know it's a great party when all the mums and dads join in too.Thank you Richard for just the best disco Highly recommend �����Edward Wardios Pauchet2017-10-29T06:23:52+0000Debbie Elkins2017-10-29T06:22:35+0000Richard put on an amazing surprise birthday for my 6 year old daughter. He was there for two and a half hours and kept the kids entertained for the whole time. Hats of to you Richard! The kids loved you as did all the mums and dads. The best bit was just seeing all the children with smiles on their faces. We cannot thank you enough for all your effort and the great communication throughout the whole party. We hope to use you again one day Richard!Claire Herlihy2017-10-23T12:30:03+0000We booked Richard again for our school Halloween disco this year and as usual he didn't disappoint! He arrived on time as booked, kept the children entertained for a whole 2hrs with music and games. He is professional and polite and I absolutely recommend him for any event. Thank you again Richard ! Claire Herlihy xPatrick Francis Hyde2017-10-17T19:21:46+0000Great DJ, gave Harriet a brilliant 9th birthday party, thank you very much Richard.Stephanie Jenn2017-10-11T19:17:09+0000Richards time machine disco was fab, he played music to suit every1 , he geared every1 up for our first wedding dance with a countdown and we didn't want the disco to end! Looking forward to going to my friends wedding in Feb as he is playing there too!Philip Lynn2017-10-06T22:48:09+0000Great disco for my daughter's birthday party tonight. Over 30 teenage girls all dancing the whole evening and thoroughly enjoying themselves. Richard tailored the music perfectly for them and made sure they were all involved.Marc Collins2017-10-03T15:47:25+0000As a wedding photographer I get to work with a lot of DJ's in Devon and Richard is one of the best. He really puts a lot of effort into making sure the guests have a great time and gets everyone involved on the dance floor!Lynne Rogers2017-10-02T18:03:27+0000It is simply not a party or celebration without Richards Time Machine. He reads his crowd perfectly whether they are 80 or 8 years old and keeps the energy going on the dance floor. Thanks for an amazing event.You won't regret hiring this professional man!David Fuller2017-09-27T15:08:27+0000We could not imagine a better DJ for our wedding. He made sure we got exactly what we wanted and played a great selection of music that kept people dancing all night and created the best party atmosphere. We cannot recommend Richard highly enough and would definitely use him again for parties.Dan Brazier2017-09-21T07:38:41+0000I have seen Richard work a few times, he is one of the best around as he engages perfectly with each audience. Highly recommended.Alan Lomax2017-09-06T18:58:18+0000Fantastic DJ, and a genuinely lovely guy. Would recommend.Jessica Debra2017-09-05T15:41:14+0000Christine Soper2017-09-03T11:59:54+0000Richard was amazing at our wedding at Lake View Manor, Dunkeswell. He picked the perfect music and was able to get everyone up and dancing throughout the night. Adults and children alike loved the music and we had some really fun dances! Thank you…ChristineTom Wotton2017-08-31T09:46:37+0000Fantastic from start to finish. The atmosphere and the music was greatDarren Jenkins2017-08-08T05:47:41+0000Jill Daniels2017-08-06T10:27:54+0000Richard contributed far more than just music for the wedding party of Mr & Mrs Munford yesterday.He created a fabulous party atmosphere with the perfect mix for the friends and family. Richard added the extra sparkle to the evening by allowing the bride and groom relax into their first dance. He is a talented DJ and a bonus at a wedding.Lucy Browne2017-07-27T10:54:52+0000Claire Potts2017-07-26T15:04:54+0000Very friendly and professional. Richard offers an excellent service xAnthony Lyons2017-07-06T09:38:37+0000As a wedding photographer I have worked with many different DJs and I have to say Richard is the best so far. For the first dance he warms up all the guests with some great anthems before announcing the couple. By this time the guests are super excited, which is a great start to the night. For me as a photographer it is fantastic as I get loads of happy guests on the dance-floor to capture. Well done and keep it up!Janette Gray2017-05-22T19:09:44+0000Thank you for the fabulous party atmosphere you created at Kat and Jon's wedding on Saturday. Excellent choices of both old and new tracks which kept us dancing all night!Helen Earnshaw2017-05-11T19:03:24+0000We booked Richard for our Wedding at Northcote Manor and we're not disappointed! His fantastic knowledge and approach created a brilliant atmosphere that kept our party going and everyone loved his choice of music and ability to play requests.Hannah Pickard2017-03-16T20:08:05+0000Marion Frances Eastland2017-03-03T11:36:04+0000I am an experienced wedding photographer and I always photograph the first dance. On most occasions the DJ makes an announcement and a few people come and watch. Richard was amazing. Firstly liaising with me about lighting, timings and so on and then organising the guests. No one was left in their seat, he rallied everyone and got them dancing, cheering, clapping and generally fired up. When the bride and groom danced it was so lovely as their were literally surrounded by their friends and family. It was great to photograph and the atmosphere was amazing.I am sure he tackles all his bookings with this same enthusiasm and energy and I would highly recommend him.Mandy Blackler2017-03-03T00:59:17+0000I have work with Richard on many events over the years and his professionalism is just amazing! He loves to entertain and keep the guests happy which is so so important at a wedding or party. I'd certainly recommend Richard for a fabulous disco ...Richard J R Jones2017-02-27T16:57:35+0000I have worked with Richard many times now at different weddings. He is amazing, the dance floor is always full when he is Djing creating a feel good atmosphere guaranteeing a brilliant party. I can't wait to work with him again.Victoria Conway2017-02-26T11:29:41+0000First class from start to finish! Can't recommended Richard highly enough! He is just fabulous made our daughters 8th birthday just perfect! Will be using him everytime we need a disco no one else is good enough!Ann Croft-Hutton2016-12-08T20:37:43+0000What a fantastic night on December the 5th with Richards Time Machine danced the night away highly recommendedKath Kilsby2016-12-06T12:24:54+0000Wow!!...what can I say!.. Saturday 5th Dec, venue The George Hotel Hatherleigh..The place was buzzing, the atmosphere was electric..thanks to the wonderful Richard & his Time Machine Disco...a great mixture of oldies & new music, infact whatever anyone fancied on request...thanks to the unique text from your table request form..great idea!..please come again soon..xIan Fry2016-11-14T10:40:24+0000Quite simply a 'proper' DJ! Why do I say that?... well Richard gets everyone dancing, not content with just playing music he interacts with guests and has a good time with it. I'm a wedding photographer so see a lot of DJ's and Richard is one of the best.Kelly Smale2016-11-13T17:39:35+0000Thank you for being our DJ at our wedding 12/11/2016. You got everyone up and dancing, also complying to everyone's requests.Elisabeth Georgina Deakes2016-11-02T13:12:27+0000Thank you again for doing our wedding on 17th September and for going to the effort of finding our first dance song. Everyone loved it and had a fantastic time. Will be recommending you to friends.powered by FacebookGoogle Rating5.0Becky Fry15:51 08 Jan 18A fantastic DJ, kept me relaxed in the build up and accommodated a silent disco ending to proceedings as we wanted to party until late on our NYE bash! The floor was filled all night, guest requests were welcomed and playlist largely adhered to as well so no mean feat - thank you again Richard!James Stevens15:31 12 May 16My wife and I were recently invited to a friends daughter's Wedding and disco after. Being more mature we thought it was all going to be music we didn't know and felt a bit reluctant to go. However, how wrong we were, Richard created an incredible atmosphere with his disco and played music for all tastes and ages.Even myself and my wife were up dancing to music we requested from Richard, within minutes almost everyone was up on the floor, even the kiddies were dancing to our favourite music, what a fantastic time we had.Nothing was too much trouble for Richard and throughout the evening he was so cheerful and attentive when anyone asked him for a request. He treated the children as he did the adults and went out of his way to make sure everyone enjoyed it.This was a lovely Wedding Day but with Richard and his disco after, made this a day and evening one we shall never forget. If you are planning an occasion in the future we highly recommend you contact Richard, he made sure we all had an incredible time, thank you Richard!Matt Ryman19:46 15 Oct 13We booked Richard on recommendation from our friends for our sister's wedding. Thank goodness we did. He was outstanding in his professionalism and instinctively knew what we needed even though we didn't!The evening was such a great night and it would never have been so wonderful without Richard's expertise in knowing how to get the best from a wedding crowd. They were all up and enjoying themselves.Time of our lives! Thanks Richard.Alexandra Martin08:06 03 Sep 14Hi Richard,A Massive thank you for being the most outstanding DJ we have ever seen at a wedding, and it happened to be ours!!! You carry such professionalism and all night we were carried along by your knowledge and experience to make the most of those who wanted to enjoy the dance floor. The numbers dwindled a bit due to those who had to leave earlier, the choice of music was varied for all and the 'text the DJ a song' Is an amazing idea, thank you for bringing it all to our wedding!We shall be recommending you to our friends & family.Many thanks once againMr & Mrs RiversDavid Darken13:29 24 Nov 15We booked Richard as our daughter wanted to have a disco for her and her friends to celebrate her birthday party, already having experienced the brilliant and top service that Richard delivered at a wedding we attended we had no doubts that this would be the best option for our daughters party. He kept the children entertained throughout the party and the response from the children was great, I am assured by all that everyone in attendance had a great time, even some of the adults. Would highly recommend. Thank you Richard.SOPHIE HOILE08:21 30 Aug 18My husband and I booked Richard for our wedding reception, he organised our first dance brilliantly with something we had never seen before. Great selection of music.Sharon Hubbocks10:32 29 Oct 18We booked Richard for my son's 14th birthday party, the children were mostly kids with special needs. Richard did an amazing job! He engaged the children and they loved him, the games were fantastic and it was the best party ever! Wouldn't hesitate to book again, highly recommend.Paula Stonehouse11:18 08 Nov 18We have booked Richard for our school functions a few times now and we are never disappointed! So full of energy, the kids love him and he never fails to get the adults up too. We will not hesitate to book Richard for our future events.Laura Cording18:51 23 Jan 19Richard came to my mums wedding/50th party (19.1.19), he provided a service that guests are still talking about days later. He played great music all night, he took requests & not only that but he also played a massive part in keeping everyone entertained throughout the evening. He is a true gentleman & would highly recommend! Thank you SO much Richard!Mike Lister21:49 17 Feb 19Richard was perfect for our wedding at Trevenna. We had a consultation with him before and explained that Emily wanted to do something a little different prior to the first dance, with a dance mash-up with her friends. Richard was brilliant and got everyone on the dance floor. He was great with the kids and played a variety of music that appealed to everyone to keep the party going. We'd highly recommend Richard for weddings and other events.Tine Landy10:24 13 Feb 19Richard created a fantastic disco party for my daughter's 14th birthday. His preparation was thorough, and he made sure my daughter's wishes were at the center of the event. Richard was great at interacting with all, grown ups as well as young people, and he was great to work with around timing of food etc. He had a fantastic light show and played brilliant music. Can highly recommend Richard for your party.Marisha Landy19:49 12 Feb 19Richard played for my birthday party and he played good, up-beat pop songs that almost everyone could shout the words to, it was brilliant!! Everyone was dancing, even the grown ups and the competitions Richard put on were really fun!