News – What’s going on?
Although not as exciting (or depressing) as the real news at the minute, you can trust in us that this page will be full of new exciting updates, offers, discount codes, bundles, and also what goes on in the exciting day-to-day life behind the scenes at SBDJ Services, Ultimate Productions and MCR Photobooths.
Merry Christmas to all of our wonderful customers, clients, friends and family! Although 2020 hasn’t brought us the best luck or given us the opportunity to grow as we would have liked, we can’t help but look forward to 2021 where we will continue to develop our customer relations, create new and exciting products, services and packages, and do all we can to offer our great value services to all of our amazing customers.
We can’t wait to get back out there soon, and in the meantime if you have any questions about an upcoming event, please don’t hesitate getting in touch!
We hope you have a very Merry Christmas, and a happy, peaceful New Year.
From all the team at SBDJ Services, MCR Photobooths and Ultimate Productions LTD!
Our website update is live! We’ve been working closely with our developer to update sections of our website.
After our re-brand in 2019, we updated our packages and additional services, so it was so important that our website was able to act as a tool to show off the great value bundles, and give customers as much information as possible before getting in touch.
Due to the nature of our business and the fact that we’re constantly updating our services, it’s never long before we’re working on developing our website.
The new update includes a new Biography, new images, this dedicated News page, documentation / security upgrades, as well sections to help you discover more with Ultimate Productions LTD and MCR Photobooths.
You’ll be happy to see that we’ve not changed any prices, we’ve just packed more features into the packages for you to enjoy at our events.
We hope this update makes your journey through our booking process simpler and offers a clean, effortless solution for finding out more about SBDJ Services!
We’re always doing what we can do develop our product, and offer as many different types of services to our amazing customers as possible. This is why we partnered with MCR Photobooths, and created Ultimate Productions LTD over the summer, as it means that we’re able to fulfil different types of request, and constantly evolve and extend our services.
We were asked by Stockport Academy to film, edit and ‘virtualise’ their annual Christmas Concert, to give their talented students a chance to perform, all be it to a camera rather than an auditorium full of parents. We’ve worked with the school in Stockport on many occasions, and have become their resident Sound Technician / DJ for all school evens including Proms, Staff Parties and School Productions.
Prior to filming, we worked with the IT department to service and test all of the equipment in preparation for a nine hour filming session.
Four different cameras on the go, as well as our portable recording setup meant that we were able to capture 4K footage, as well as professional quality audio. We mixed and mastered the soundtrack, added sound effects and trawled through 36 hours of footage to produce a two part video totalling 50 minutes. We also produced a one minute trailer optimised for social media!
The performances included vocalists, dancers, drama performances as well the schools very own ‘Rock Band.’
We received some great feedback from the staff and students at Stockport Academy, and we’re really pleased with the outcome of the video. Here’s what they said:
“A HUGE thank you to @sbdjservices! Highly recommend to anyone looking to plan a virtual performance. Shaun has been there every step of the way from the planning stages and we cannot wait to see the results.”Sydney Keough – Stockport Academy.
It’s been a quiet year for us here at SBDJ Services. Theres lots going on behind the scenes, and exciting updates now secured for when we’re allowed back outside, but it’s still strange being sat infront of the TV on a Saturday night!
Today however, I delivered a parcel as part of my temporary delivery job to two of our customers. It’s always great to see previous customers, especially Wedding clients! We spend so long organising the big day and talking about things that on a normal day would seem so stupid, that we become close and communicate on almost a weekly basis on the run up to the big day.
To top off the happy coincidence, it is actually their first wedding anniversary, TODAY! We all had a quick chat (socially distanced of course) and reminisced on their lovely wedding day.
We provided our Evening Reception DJ Package, as well as a booth from MCR Photobooths, and the whole reception was a great success.
Check out the Wedding Highlights video we created as part of our package – we managed to use the audio from the speech by the father of the bride, and play it over the song played for their first dance. A perfect keep-sake and an amazing memoir of such a great day.
Happy anniversary Aaron & Karmen!
OUR PANDEMIC GUARANTEE
We’re happy to transfer ANY rescheduled event which have been postponed as a result of government restrictions at NO ADDITIONAL COST. We’re committed to resolving each event individually, being pragmatic and as sympathetic with our clients as possible along the way.
We regularly clean all of our equipment, and provide sanitation facilities for equipment / items used by customers. SBDJ Services is 100% safe and compliant with all governmental and regional regulations.
If all of the options are exhausted and we are unable to resolve your booking, we have introduced steps to ensure your deposit payment is handled correctly. Partial Refunds or Credit Notes can be arranged depending upon the circumstances, but please feel free to get in touch if you have any concerns and we will do our best to assist you.
Such an exciting opportunity for the launch of Ultimate Productions! Lisa from Echo Performing Arts Academy reached out to us, to ask if we could film and edit their Summer Showcase performance to replace what would have been a live performance.
As well as being a massive project with a soundtrack to create, mix and master from scratch, six cameras to negotiate and lighting / audio to navigate on the day, there was the added pressure of the final product being played in a cinema! That’s right, a cinema…
The turnaround was also only 3 days, which meant it was all hands on deck to complete the project within the timeframe before the first showing at Cinemac, Macclesfield. A big ask some may say!
After a 7 hour filming day, the group of thirty children worked so hard to make our job as easy as possible. Thanks so much to Lisa and Syd who looked after us and our equipment all day long – despite the organised chaos!
Here’s what lisa had to say about the final result:
“I really love it, so so much! It even brought a tear to my eye. I can’t wait for the kids to see it in the cinema – thanks Shaun!”Lisa Campbell, Echo Performing Arts Academy.
Although we’ve been out of action for some time, we couldn’t help but do all we could for this one. Kathryn reached out to us to see if there was anything we could do to help her, as she was organising a wedding for one of her close family members, Pete.
After hearing an awful diagnosis, one of Pete’s final wishes was to marry his loving partner, Jodi. The task ahead of this family was huge – planning a wedding which should normally take months, in just a few weeks.
We spoke to Kathryn, and offered our Wedding DJ Package alongside a booth from MCR Photobooths. We also arranged for a live singer, Rob Ashton to perform at their wedding ceremony, as well as a live acoustic saxophone performance at reception venue as the couple and their guests arrived. We we’re happy to waver the cost, and donate all of these services free of charge.
A former DJ himself, Pete was so complimentary of our music, setup and services. It was a great feeling to be complimented by a fellow entertainer, made even more special by the gravitas and circumstances of this occasion.
Here’s what Kathryn, one of the wedding organisers had to say:
“I was given the heartbreaking task of organising a wedding for my terminally ill brother in-law. I contacted Shaun and he kindly offered to play the saxophone, DJ and provide a photo-booth free of charge. He was incredible all day, friendly and helpful and made a very sad day extra special. I will never forget the generosity of these companies, and can’t thank them enough for what they did on that day. Overwhelmed by their kindness.”Kathryn Louise, Wedding Organiser.
Exciting Update!!! MCR Photobooths is officially under new management! Jake and his team have done an amazing job creating this brand. With unforgettable events and so many happy customers, we’re so excited to capture more memories and grow this unique, exciting business!
MCR Photobooths will now part of @ult_productions . With years in the events, wedding and entertainment industries, we’ve worked hard to incorporate Jake’s hard work with our ever growing entertainment company, @sbdjservices.
Now with multiple booths, we’re excited and confident that we can continue with the hard work that Jake put into this business, and can’t wait to grow and see what’s down the road! We look forward to welcoming customers – as soon as it’s safe to do so!
This means that we can offer our customers a much greater selection of Photobooth, props and add-ons for a fraction of the price when booking alongside a SBDJ Package.
This weekend, we took part in the “Virtual Lockdown Festival” which raised over £13,000 for the Pendleside Hospice!
Organised by my good friend and fellow performer Josh Hindle, the three day festival was a great success and featured soloists, DJ’s, Tribute Acts and even some live bands!
I performed a 30 minute saxophone set featuring some Ibiza style classics as well as some well known dance tracks. Despite being in National Lockdown – the aim was to bring the party to your living room with lighting, smoke (which maybe wasn’t the best idea) and a great catalogue of tracks.
The National Wedding Show in Manchester is over, and we’ve had such an amazing time speaking to so many couples who are planning, and looking for suppliers for their big day!
It’s been such a surreal experience exhibiting alongside other amazing service providers, and setting up shop either side of Aces Car Hire, who casually brought along two of their Rolls Royce’s, and Tipi Unique with one of their amazing Tipi outdoor structures!
We can’t wait to speak in more detail and arrange consultations with all of our prospective customers, and begin planning their celebrations over the next year.
We’d like to thank the team at the National Wedding Show for welcoming us so warmly at our first show, and we cannot wait to do it all again next year!