I got my first double deck when I was 12 (1992) and started doing children’s parties and school discos until I was 16. I then progressed to adult functions, weddings, birthday parties etc. At 19 years of age I was signed to an exclusive DJ agency in London, this is where things started to change for me. I started to DJ at many prestigious and luxurious venues and high profile parties in and around London such as The Hilton on Park Lane, Café Royal, Lanesborough, Intercontinental, Grosvenor House, Savoy, Dorchester, Wembely Indoor Arena and The Birmingham NEC. During this period of working for my agent I had the privilege to work along side numerous stars and celebrities.
2001 I was asked to play the role of a DJ in an advert to promote the eurostar train; this was shown on Sky T.V for several months. In the same month I secured a contract with the travel organisations governing body A.B.T.A. I was to be their official DJ for all of their overseas conferences, see below
November 2001 – Portugal
November 2002 – Egypt
September 2003 – Spain
November 2003 – Spain
September 2004 – Greece
November 2004 – America
November 2005 – Morocco
November 2006 – Marbella
November 2007 - Tenerife
November 2007 – Portugal
November 2008 – Gran Canaria
November 2009 – Spain
October 2010 – Malta (forthcoming)
2002 I secured 4 weekly residencies in modern music bars and nightclubs playing to 3000 people per week. This is where I developed not only my technical ability but also my skills to entertain large audiences.
2005 My club skills were recognised and I played at the worlds biggest dance music festival, Global Gathering. I played a Dance classics set to 25,000 people.
2007 and another highlight in my career, I was voted one of the top 3 DJ’s in the country, I was given a high commendation for my musical knowledge and technical skills by John Hayes, Chairman of BEDA (Bar Entertainment & Dance Association).
2008 I was headhunted by Luminar leisure to be the resident DJ in the brand new Oceana nightclub in Milton Keynes, the largest club in the midlands; I currently play there 4 nights a week
2009 Still only 29 years of age, I celebrated 17 years as a full time DJ. I come from a family of entertainers which range from DJ’s to Comedians, therefore playing music and entertaining people is in my blood. Although I am very busy with my club work I am still popular with my roster of corporate clients who continue to re book me for their awards ceremonies, after show parties and international events.
2010 Requested by Butlins to be their resident DJ and Compere for their ‘adult big weekend’ theme events, which attract over 4000 people. This includes playing alongside pop stars of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s such as Billy Ocean, Bananarama, Bad Manners, Aswad, Alvin Stardust, The Real Thing, Boney M and Heatwave to East 17, 2 Unlimited and 911. Each weekend has a different theme, either 70’s, 80’s or 90’s.
In conclusion I am a quick-witted DJ/Presenter who communicates with a smile, I have a modern image, professional approach and an extensive musical collection ranging from Swing to popular upfront music.
Quotes‘You are a talented man’
Howard Ritchie (Ministry Of Sound DJ and presenter of the biggest dance show on UK commercial radio every Friday and Saturday across 35 stations)
‘A very versatile DJ with a wide knowledge of music, as well as the skills to blend his tunes to perfection. Great’
John Hayes (BEDA chairman)
‘Professional DJ’s with the ability to entertain are a dying breed, Gavin James ticks every box’
‘I know when I use Gavin, I have a consummate professional service every time, nothing is too much trouble for him’
Les Eastaugh (Dellar Davies)
‘Gavin James has made a real name for himself this year, he makes every night feel like a Saturday night and never lets the excitement drop for a minute’
Mark Hickey (General Manager Oceana)