I Love Music - Hampshire DJ Martin Lake

Please Note – After almost 40 years as a DJ I have decided to hang up my headphones after my last wedding in August 2024. I have performed at over 4000 weddings, Parties and Modern Jive nights and have had the most amazing time with lots of incredible memories.
I have met lots of lovely people and some real characters along this amazing journey from bride and grooms, customers, guests and fellow DJs. I have created memories that I will cherish forever and am very proud in playing my part in so many unforgettable weddings and parties. There will always be music in my life as I cue up the next chapter, press play and enjoy life!

Awesome Music For Your Party In Hampshire – Creating Your Perfect Soundtrack!

Do you want the best music at your party in Hampshire… do you want everybody dancing… do you want the most amazing party? The answer is probably yes and I can achieve this for you by playing just the right music at the perfect time.

I can do this by not only having excellent music knowledge and knowing what works having performed at several thousand parties but also by speaking to you in advance to find out your personal music tastes and styles of music that your guest might like.

I like to tailor the music to your tastes to make the party more personal to you. I encourage a playlist in advance and use my experience to arrange and mix it in with other similar tracks to give you an unforgettable night.

Throw An Awsome Party In Hampshire - DJ Martin Lake
Weddings and family parties bring a unique and very diverse group of friends and relatives together which creates a challenge for any DJ. I use my experience by incorporating your requests and playing different styles of music to get everybody involved and dancing.

Playing the right music at the right time is a skill that is underestimated and will have a big impact on your function. I have many years of experience in picking the right tracks and mixing them in smoothly to keep the dancefloor full, this combined with extensive music knowledge and a vast music library ensures that you can have the best possible party.

What is generally not noticed by the public is that a skilled DJ is creating moods throughout the night through the music. He will be creating a welcoming laid back mood when people are arriving and socialising, building the excitement and when he feels people are ready he will cut in with the right track to fill the dancefloor. When he feels people are getting tired he will bring them back down again to catch their breath and then build again

5 Amazing Modern First Dances - Hampshire DJ Martin Lake

  1. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  2. All Of Me – John Legend
  3. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  4. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  5. Make You Feel My Love – Adele

5 Timeless Classic First Dances - Hampshire DJ Martin Lake

  1. At Last – Etta James
  2. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
  3. We Have All the Time in the World – Louis Armstrong
  4. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
  5. Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Elvis


5 Best Ever First Dances - Hampshire DJ Martin Lake

  1. Amazed – Lonestar
  2. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
  3. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  4. Your Song – Elton John
  5. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams


5 Rock & Alternative First Dances - Hampshire DJ Martin Lake

  1. Everlong (acoustic version) – Foo Fighters
  2. Use Somebody – Kings Of Leon
  3. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
  4. Always – Bon Jovi
  5. Metallica – Nothing Else Matters


5 Father & Daughter Dances - Hampshire DJ Martin Lake

  1. I Loved Her First – Heartland
  2. My Girl – The Temptations
  3. Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
  4. It’s For My Dad – Nancy Sinatra
  5. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley


5 Guaranteed Wedding Floorfillers - Hampshire DJ Martin Lake

  1. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
  2. Mr Brightside – The Killers
  3. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
  4. Dancing Queen – Abba
  5. Beyonce & Jay-Z – Crazy In Love


5 Wedding Last Track Anthems - Hampshire DJ Martin Lake

  1. (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
  2. Never Forget – Take That
  3. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  4. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  5. New York New York – Frank Sinatra

Request Lists & Playlists

I welcome request lists and playlists as I think this is an important way of  personalising your party and making sure that your night is exactly as you want.  You are the ones that know the tracks that bring back special memories throughout your lives, maybe when you first met, special holidays, the big hen/stag party tracks, a classic family favourite etc.

Some people give me a guideline of different genres that they like while others will give me a comprehensive list of 70 tracks.  Once I get the list I use my experience spending up to several hours organizing the music for the best possible success on the dancefloor.  I will know what sort of music that you like from your requests and will mix similar tracks alongside them to ensure that the dancefloor stays full.

The tracks on your request list that are probably not going to get people dancing but are still important to you may be played early on, as background music, or during the buffet.  This way they can still be incorporated into the soundtrack of your night.

I arrange your requests to give them the best possible dancefloor reaction. Some DJs just play the list as it is written down and wonder why people dance to the odd track then sit down again creating a disjointed atmosphere. There is an art in deciding what tracks work smoothly together and in which order and this art is partly instinctive and partly learned by many years of trial and error whilst DJing.

My aim is to make your night as personal as possible whilst creating a brilliant party for your guests. 

The Do Not Play List

Equally important to the request list is the “Do Not Play List”.  The last thing I want to do at your party is to play music that you don’t like so it is good to know this in advance so that I can avoid it.  You may hate cheesy party action songs and want to keep it cooler with lots of dance and charts mixed together.  You may love cheesy party music and hate dance music.  If you let me know these things in advance then I will be able to tailor your party to exactly what you want.

Tips On Creating Your Request List

  • When choosing your first dance make sure the lyrics are suitable for the occasion.
  • Would you like the second dance to be a Father & Daughter dance?
  • Highlight any really special tracks on the list that must be played.
  • List any tracks or genres that you definitely do not want played.
  • List any dedications or announcements for the night and include their names.
  • List the memorable stand out track from the Hen/Stag parties.
  • List a track that you would like for your wedding circle or archway.

I have been DJing for many years and I will use my experience to help you with any advice that you need in selecting your music.

How Being A Mo’jive DJ Increased My Music Knowledge

While I have been DJing at weddings, parties and functions most weekends for over 20 years I was also a top modern jive DJ working up to 4 midweek nights a week for 19 years. I started working at Ceroc nights and then for Mo’jive across Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and the New Forest. I was active in helping to develop the style of music that was played on modern jive nights, researching music, searching out new tracks to play and planning the best way the music was programmed into sets.

There is such a diverse range of music played at modern jive nights from swing and jazz through to latin and pop right up to the latest dance charts. The tracks chosen had to be within the right tempo range and have the right feel and mood to them to dance to. You could be playing Glen Miller, Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra one minute and playing the Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry and Avicii the next.

There is really no other night with such a range of music that gets played. Elvis and the Beatles could be followed by Santana and the Gotan Project. A whole new repertoire of tracks are opened up by having thousands of modern jive tracks available. I use this knowledge when I am DJing at parties and I can often incorporate some great unexpected tracks into the night.

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